An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 17 September 2009
In case you were wondering, I’m in Nashville, along with a number of other Smart Girls. If I wasn’t dog tired, and have to be up at dawn’s crack tomorrow, I’d tell ya what a terrific bunch of ladies this is, but since I’m more brain dead than usual, I won’t. So, here are just few of the ladies.
Wanna hear something scary? This lady, Mary, is ALMOST as big a wisenheimer as I am. I think we’ve figured out we’re kind of twins, from different parental units, and separated by a few years. Heh.
A couple of the head honchos, Paula and…..oh poop….Julie? Anyways, that woman seems to have a problem keeping her eyes open. I don’t suppose it had anything to do with the 90 million flashes going off on a regular basis, could it?
Welp, tomorrow is going to be a LOOOONG day, and like I said, butt crack….dawn…… ACK! I’M GONNA DIE!
This the view from my room. What the heck is that thing?
I have to question if Mr Obama, and the Democrats, along with a few RINOS, are even aware of the damage they are doing to this nation? Do they care? Did they learn nothing from history? Or, is it truly the intent of this administration to put us at risk? To destroy what so many gave their lives to protect? I honestly wonder.
Last month we reported that news outlets in Poland were saying that the Obama administration had made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Today Czech Premier Jan Fischer confirmed those reports telling reporters that President Obama phoned him overnight to say that “his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration is justifying its decision on their determination that Iran’s long-range missile program hasn’t progressed as rapidly as previously estimated. This despite the facts that:
- On February 2nd, Iran successfully launched a satellite into orbit using a rocket with technology similar to that used in a long-range ballistic missile.
- On May 20th, Iran test-fired a 1200-mile solid-fueled two-stage ballistic missile.
- On July 15th, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, BND, announced that Iran will be able to produce and test a nuclear weapon within six months. BND also stated that it has “no doubt” that Iran’s missile program is aimed solely at the production of nuclear warheads.
- On August 3rd, The Times of London reported that Western intelligence sources concluded that Iran has not only perfected the technology to build and detonate a nuclear weapon, could assemble a weapon in just six months, and could deliver the weapon on Iran’s Shebab-3 ballistic missile.
- Just yesterday French President Nicolas Sarkozy said: “It is a certainty to all of our secret services. Iran is working today on a nuclear [weapons] program.”
The only country other than Iran that is happy with President Obama’s decision is Russia. State Duma foreign affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachev told the Associated Press: “The U.S. president’s decision is a well-thought (out) and systematic one. Now we can talk about restoration of (the) strategic partnership between Russia and the United States.” But, in fact, the missile defense capitulation is just one in a long line of Obama surrenders to Russia. Heritage fellow Ariel Cohen explains from Moscow:
All these concessions the Russians pocketed, smiled, and moved on to new demands: European security reconfiguration; additional global reserve currency which would weaken the dollar; and a strong push-back on sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program. …. While the Russians clearly like the better atmospherics, and somewhat toned down the shrill anti-American rhetoric, the Iranians and the Venezuelans, who also received Obama’s “stretched hand” and, in case of Hugo Chavez, a pat on the back, are refusing to play ball. They, like their friends in Moscow, are also pocketing concessions while continuing the mischief.
The decision to abandon the “third site” deployment of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic violates President Obama’s pledge to support missile defense that is “pragmatic and cost-effective.” Ground based missile defense is effective, affordable, and available now. According to the Congressional Budget Office, alternatives to the third site do not provide a comparable level of defense. The CBO concluded that the estimated $9-14 billion 20-year cost of the third site was half of the estimated costs of a sea-based alternative. Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available.
The Poles and the Czechs know what it means to live under the boot of Russian domination. The third-site issue is of huge symbolic importance to both nations, and if Moscow emerges the victor, with an effective veto over U.S. policy in Europe, it would represent a massive surrender of American strategic influence and a betrayal of two of its closest friends in the region.
Go to 33minutes.com for more on missile defense, the threat posed to us and our allies by nuclear weapons, and the action plan necessary to revive a strategic missile defense system that America uniquely can develop, maintain, and employ for its own defense and the peace-loving world’s security.
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
~ George Santayana ~
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
NEVER forget it!
What did I do this time?
Maybe they don’t like RINOS either?
Swiped from Notoriously Conservative.
If the Democrats love being losers so much, I’d say we should hand them a defeat so resounding, they may NEVER recover……. in 2010, 2012, 2014, etc.
At the strategic level, the situation is decidedly different. Mullah Muhammad Omar, the leader of the Taliban, is not a head of state like North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh was. There is no conventional armed force in Afghanistan analogous to the North Vietnamese Army. The Taliban does not have a support structure anything like the scale of what the communist world provided to Hanoi. Those who think the Vietnam War was won by pajama-clad guerillas in the jungle should take another look at images of communist tanks crashing through the gates of the South Vietnamese presidential palace in 1975.
Unfortunately, the most important strategic factor is the same: a liberal Congress working to undermine the U.S. war effort. The U.S. military had won the Vietnam conflict by 1970, but when Democrats in Congress cut aid to South Vietnam in 1974, our trusting allies in Saigon were left helpless before the communist onslaught. Mr. Obama might want to consult with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on the spirit of those times. Mr. Biden was a freshman senator and one of the cosponsors of the Case-Church Amendment, which stopped aid to Cambodia and opened the way for the Khmer Rouge takeover and the killing fields that followed.
I do not, CAN NOT, understand this sort of mentality. I don’t want to. Why do Democrats hate this country so much they’d prefer defeat in war, ANY war? I’ve heard all the touchy feely nonsense, I want RATIONAL answers. Whether or not you supported going into Afghanistan or not, we are there, and you should be backing the effort 100%. Instead, we have whining . Wars are not won sitting behind a desk, but they damn sure are lost!
I grew up during Vietnam. I do not EVER want to see such a defeat again! All you whiny liberals….sit down, shut up, and let those who know what they are doing….DO IT!
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday major adjustments to plans for the European missile defense system.
Reports first said the U.S. would junk the missile defense shield, but the Pentagon now says it will shift away from long-range missiles to a strategy to counter short- and medium-range missiles.
Isn’t that just peachy! We have a POTUS who embraces our enemies, and shafts our allies. My question: Can we actually survive till 2012?