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I liked this part of Obama’s speech when he switched generals

We need to remember what this is all about.  Our nation is at war

I mean, we really need to remember what this is about. Why are we a nation at war again?

he also said

But war is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general, or a president.

I am pretty sure it’s bigger than all the people which died in it. So, do we need to worship it or something?

I know it has a deadline which starts to look like the horizon

US officials downplay July 2011 withdrawal from Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected suggestions Sunday that US forces will move out of Afghanistan in large numbers in July of next year under a deadline set by President Barack Obama.”That absolutely has not been decided,” Gates said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

The Guardian correctly noted that

America has settled into being a nation perpetually at war. In this climate it’s no surprise generals sometimes get out of control

So, the question would be, where is the anti-war movement?

Found it! Busy scrubbing the past!

After all, it’s not nice to protest the Nobel Prize for peace laureate!


This terrific headline

Cutting to heart of Obama’s dilemma: ‘Can the war be won?’

a reporter shouted an impromptu question. “Can the war be won?” he yelled. The president didn’t answer — perhaps because he doesn’t know.

Video at the link.

B0bot apologia

1. Well, at least he didn’t lie


and more

10. That’s not exactly a fair article.

The president was finished his statement and was walking away from the podium. He didn’t take questions.
8. Supid, pissant, mousey little showboating reporter

and some common sense

7. It’s all about Obama, huh? WHAT ABOUT THOSE KILLING AND BEING KILLED???

End the war. NOW.


10 minutes – the duration of the first meeting with McChrystal

Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was.

20 minutes the duration of the first meeting with BP executives

President Obama also took part for 20 minutes at the start of the meeting. It was Obama’s first face-to-face confrontation with Hayward and BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg since the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began 57 days ago. Vice

20 minutes the duration of the last meeting with McChristal

And then, finally, the president ended General McChrystal’s command in a meeting that lasted only 20 minutes.

I have been wondering about that pattern. Finally, The Onion to the rescue! It explained everything to me

Obama’s Weekly Video Addresses Becoming Increasingly Avant-Garde

Hailed as a sign of renewed government transparency when they began airing last year, President Barack Obama’s weekly video addresses have grown increasingly experimental in recent weeks, raising eyebrows nationwide.Videos like the one that aired Tuesday morning, which begins with Obama outlining his new plan to provide healthier school lunches to the nation’s children, but soon devolves into frantic editing, unsettling imagery, and dissonant audio effects, have left many wondering about the president’s ultimate message.

Silly us!

My work speaks for itself,” Obama said as he applied blackface makeup to prepare for the shooting of a new video called Ask/Tell/Die. “I can’t tell the people of our great nation what to think or how to react. That’s up to the viewer.

Silly B0bots! All this time you were trying to learn multidimensional chess.

Said Kirk to Spock in The Carbomite Maneuver:

Not Chess, Spock. Poker.”

Said The Onion to the bewildered nation: Not chess, nation. Art. Avant-garde,.


Psst! B0bots! Lay of it already!

Three-Dimensional Chess

With one move, President Obama was able to:

1. Get rid of McChrystal

2. Demote Petraeus (he was head of CentComm, now he’s a field General again)

3. de-fang any criticisms the right could have over the McChrystal firing

4. Remove a possible 2012 opponent.

5. boost troop morale

Damn… he’s better at this than even *I* thought.

That ought to be a whole lot of “better”.

There’s a lot of glee in the tabloids over McChristal’s resignation/firing. Most of it in Stars and Stripes

followed by NY Post

with an apologia from Daily News

on the oil-kill front, Obama’s other 20 minutes headache,  the good news is that the cap knocked over yesterday was reinstalled

The bad news is that in Florida is advancing fast

to the panhandle


with new no swimming advisories and a change in lifestyle

and WSJ informs us that  BP had faulty US data

The government models, which oil companies are required to use but have not been updated since 2004, assumed that most of the oil would rapidly evaporate or get broken up by waves or weather.


Not Your Sweetie

June 2010