Meanwhile, We STILL Don’t Know What President Obama Was Up To When He Disappeared For A Couple Hours?Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
What’s more concerning is that no one can confirm if the Secret Service even accompanied Obama on his adventure. Furthermore, let’s look at the elapsed time. If the president left the White House at 9:20AM as reported, according to Mapquest, it takes about sixteen minutes to get from the White House to 40th and Chesapeake NW, bringing his arrival time to the field at 9:36AM or so. But then he would have had to leave the field at the latest at 10:00AM to return to the White House at the documented time of 10:17AM. So he spent about twenty minutes at the game? When did the game end? That time is vague as well.
With all of the technology that people have — iPhones, Blackberries — not one person took a photo of Obama? And the press didn’t get a shot of him getting into his vehicle? Obama loves the cameras, and this is what he looks like at his daughter’s soccer game.
Even three days later, there are still no pictures of the president from Saturday’s game. The USA just disarmed to Russia, Poland’s president and 95 others were killed hours before, and there were many international leaders in Washington, D.C. for the nuclear summit set to begin on Monday, April 12.
And we shouldn’t raise even more questions on his whereabouts? According to the MSM, the answer is yes.
We still don’t know the answer to questions number one: Where was he?
We do know the answer to question number two: They are President Obama’s lap and attack dogs.
Now, did that grab your attention? Maybe this, from Big Hollywood will, too:
According to my Secret Service case agent, this was the first time anyone accused of possessing the Supernote went to trial. In the past, those caught entered guilty pleas. Liu, a Taiwanese national, decided to take his chances with the federal judicial system. With a twelve year sentence, he may now be re-thinking his decision to roll the dice in the Las Vegas federal courtroom. In one exhibit we played a video recording of an undercover meeting I had with one of Liu’s co-conspirators, Chao Tung Wu. Wu, believing me to be a criminal confederate, said on camera the money was manufactured in North Korea and distributed through the Russian embassy in Beijing. Expressing fears this might be some kind of “rip,” Wu suggested I travel with him to China and sit outside the embassy as he made the purchase. But even that tape failed to garner national media interest.
Balbina Hwang of the Heritage Foundation believes the North Koreans produce about $250 million of the Supernotes per year. Various other investigations claim anywhere from $45 million to $1 billion in Supernotes are in circulation. Your guess is as good as mine. Since the flaws are invisible to the naked eye we have no idea what we may be holding in our wallets.
The world knows North Korea is a nation that relies upon criminal ventures such as counterfeiting, kidnapping, and drug distribution to maintain its solvency. Some believe the North Koreans are producing the Supernote to undermine our economy. One look at our current economic situation seems to show we don’t need outside help… maybe counterfeiting is no big deal.
On Jan. 26, 2006, in a White House news conference, President Bush asserted, “We are aggressively saying to the North Koreans don’t counterfeit our money.” A Congressional Research Service report two months later concluded, “At least $45 million in such supernotes of North Korean origin have been detected in circulation, and estimates are that the country earns from $15 to $25 million per year from counterfeiting.” Later that year, Hezbollah — a wholly owned subsidiary of the repressive regime in Tehran — began flooding Lebanon with supernotes. Thanks to Iran and North Korea, there may be billions in “phony Franklins” floating around the world. The bills also have turned up here at home.
Economic action precedes military action.
I’m guessing it will be more troublesome to get the economy righted if there are millions in counterfeits flooding the American market.
Foreign Policy Advice For Obama [Funny]
#1 Don’t trust the Russians.
I’m completely flummoxed. Where to start? In a couple weeks, Barack Obama has managed to prove far more destructive than I could have imagined possible. Not only has his form been careless, dismissive, petty, and unpresidential, his substance will fundamentally transform the country in a horrible way. It’s like the destroyer train has left the station and nothing will stop it.
I fear for America. Countries who should respect us already treat President Obama with scorn. From Powerline, the laughable notion of “Smart Power”:
Nor is Ahmadinehad an outlier. Abe Greenwald observes that Russia has reacted to Vice President Biden’s overtures with similar disdain. “Today,” reports Greenwald, “Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov praised Vice President Joe Biden’s recent kind words for Russia before making Biden seem foolish for ever uttering them.” Greenwald is referring to this AP account of the Deputy Prime Minister’s reaction to Talkin’ Joe’s overtures:
“The U.S. administration sent a very strong signal, and the signal was heard-a signal that says they’re ready to resume the Russian and U.S. dialogue frankly and openly,” Ivanov told a news conference on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
But he said Russia did not feel it necessary to immediately reciprocate.
“It is not an Oriental bazaar,” he said. “And we do not trade the way people do in the bazaars.”
Greenwald’s dry conclusion is: “I guess Ivanov didn’t get the memo about ‘smart power.'” My conclusion is that Ivanov got the memo and understood the real meaning of this pseudo-concept.
Again, the Left would howl with derision at such a blatant slap to George W. Bush (not that countries dared such slaps, but individuals did. Remember how funny the Left found the Sunni Baathist shoe-thrower? Well, he has no power. Ivanov and Ahmedinejad have power to harm). I don’t find these verbal insults funny. They reveal a contempt for weakness.
Barack Obama makes a classic mistake, characteristic of those who have spent their lives in academia rather than the real world–he believes that his theories actually work. He fundamentally misunderstands human nature. He fundamentally misunderstands cultural character. Even more, he displays the sort of hubris so often attributed to George W. Bush–that is, he assumes that our enemies have an American sensibility. If it makes rational sense to an American leader, it should also make sense for a Russian or Iranian. By not acknowledging that some people respond only to strength, he reveals the naivité Hillary Clinton referred.
This ignorance has real-world implications. When Al Qaeda attacked on 9/11, I don’t think they believed George W. Bush and the American people had the will to fight. They were in for a rude awakening. George W. Bush was not afraid to retaliate. This was unexpected. By the end of his eight years in office, though, our enemies did not underestimate George W. Bush. Different regimes realized that attacks would exact a price. It caused them to consider.
Now, President Obama is being tested. He looks weak. And so, other countries feel free to disrespect him. Eventually their verbal taunts will turn into action. And it won’t be long. This is worrying.
Worse, in the short term, is the disrespect President Obama is engendering at home. And I’m not talking about the critical, shrieking hysteria directed at George W. Bush by a small section of the populace. And I’m not talking about the frustration of his own party at Georg Bush’s inability to communicate and his turn against conservative principles. Dislike is not the same as disrespect. We can like and dislike a person based on our mood. Emotions like respect and love are more difficult to acquire and more valuable.
President Obama is losing respect from his countrymen during a fragile time. When the government payouts come in at around 9.7 TRILLION, Americans stagger at the numbers. Charles Krauthammer writes a devastating piece today in the Washington Post listing his betrayals:
AND YET more damaging to Obama’s image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package. He inexplicably delegated the writing to Nancy Pelosi and the barons of the House. The product, which inevitably carries Obama’s name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.
It’s not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections, one of which would set off a ruinous Smoot-Hawley trade war. It’s not just the waste, such as the $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction.
It’s the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus – and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress’ own budget office says won’t be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish. He said.
Not just to abolish but to create something new – a new politics where the moneyed pork-barreling and corrupt logrolling of the past would give way to a bottom-up, grass-roots participatory democracy. That is what made Obama so dazzling and new. Turns out the “fierce urgency of now” includes $150 million for livestock insurance.
The Age of Obama begins with perhaps the greatest frenzy of old-politics influence peddling ever seen in Washington. By the time the stimulus bill reached the Senate, reports The Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical and high-tech companies were lobbying furiously for a new plan to repatriate overseas profits that would yield major tax savings. California wine growers and Florida citrus producers were fighting to change a single phrase in one provision. Substituting “planted” for “ready to market” would mean a windfall garnered from a new “bonus depreciation” incentive.
Already, I’m wondering how Barack Obama gets it back. He will not be given the grace George W. Bush received about 9/11. America, then, was asleep. We were lulled into complacency and the attack shocked everyone. A terrorist attack on America now would still be shocking but for different reasons. We should know better. Not that every attack can be prevented, but a President better look and sound authoritative and command respect and seem intent on putting American’s safety first. People must perceive this to be the case. Foreign leaders certainly don’t perceive this.
Americans see the broken promises after the sweeping hope and change rhetoric. With Obama’s meteoric rise, he has much further to fall. And he’s falling quicker than I every imagined. And it is not a good thing.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News
From Fausta, here is what’s happening with our “good friend” Russia:
- Naval maneuvers in the Caribbean
A potential Russo-Venezuelan OPEC-like agreement for natural gas
Trade agreements throughout South America with Russia delivering food, medicine, and NUCLEAR material.
Russia does nothing accidentally. Their Georgian act of war was timed while the world was looking toward China. This action is pure, unadulterated aggression, albeit rather passive.
I wonder what is Barack Obama’s comprehensive Russian plan? Sure hope he has one. He’s being bullied already.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News and The Houston Chronicle
Russian Spy A “Disaster” For NATO
But, but, I thought we were friends with Russia…
What? You don’t believe ’em? Sarkozy gets tough. Go to the link, though. The picture is absolutely disturbing. I recall the Americans receiving all sorts of outrage for our assault on Bagdhad. But look at what Russia is doing to Georgia. If they can’t have it, they’ll destroy it.
Looks like Russia is “defiant“. Imagine that.
Well, it only took a day or two. I’m surprised how long it took, actually. Fred Kaplan does an excellent job, though, of bringing the irrational rage and absolute venom of the Left towards President Bush to the fore:
Regardless of what happens next, it is worth asking what the Bush people were thinking when they egged on Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s young, Western-educated president, to apply for NATO membership, send 2,000 of his troops to Iraq as a full-fledged U.S. ally, and receive tactical training and weapons from our military. Did they really think Putin would sit by and see another border state (and former province of the Russian empire) slip away to the West? If they thought that Putin might not, what did they plan to do about it, and how firmly did they warn Saakashvili not to get too brash or provoke an outburst?
You know, this analysis deserves an analogy. So, you’re a woman married to an abusive jerk. You can’t leave. Finally, you have a chance, you divorce. You change your life, but you can’t move. You have kids together with the jerk, so you have to stay around. One of the kids, prefers abusive dad. You know what’s best, but what can you do? You try to assert yourself. The ex, though, he’s no nicer. It pisses him off that you dare defend yourself. He brings his gun over and he shoots you. Attempts to kill you, for having the nerve to defy him. And oh, by the way, he will show the others around where it’s at, too. He’s above the law, because he’s crazy and everyone is afraid of him.
Most friends are outraged at this jerk’s actions. He’s wrong. He’s abusive. He’s vicious. But some people go after the woman for daring to believe she could be independent and assert herself. She should have known better. She should never have provoked him. Stupid woman. She deserves what she got. And furthermore, she’s a complete idiot for listening to anyone who believed she could be independent.
Why does the Left always, always take the side of the abusive spouse? While they should be protecting the rights of the woman to wear what she wants, screw who she wants, the Left always blames the victim when it comes to freedom and sides with the aggressive, oppressive, dictatorial jerk. Always.
The most important thing Kaplan says, though, is this:
In the long term, the best way to take Russia down a notch (along with Iran, Venezuela, and other hostile powers overflowing with oil money) is to pursue policies and fund technologies that slash the demand for oil. The Georgia crisis should make clear, if it isn’t already, that this is a matter of hard-headed national security.
How about blaming Clinton for vetoing the drilling ten years ago? Oil dependence has given these world thugs power they don’t deserve. Slash demand? How about increase our supply? Wait. Wait. America is wrong. Always. Wrong. Everything is America’s fault.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews.com
Russia’s ongoing assault on Georgia bodes ill for Europe and the world. I do believe that history will show this action to be a seminal moment in the shift in world power. Russia herself is not all that strong, but if she controls Europe, she doesn’t have to be strong, just strong enough. Mikheil Saakashvili writes in the Wall Street Journal today:
Ostensibly, this war is about an unresolved separatist conflict. Yet in reality, it is a war about the independence and the future of Georgia. And above all, it is a war over the kind of Europe our children will live in. Let us be frank: This conflict is about the future of freedom in Europe.
No country of the former Soviet Union has made more progress toward consolidating democracy, eradicating corruption and building an independent foreign policy than Georgia. This is precisely what Russia seeks to crush.
The first step in warfare is economic. With this military action against Georgia, Russia wages economic war on Europe. The analogies to Tibet extend only to an imperialistic nation consuming an independent neighbor. Russia’s action is entirely different. Putin wants to control the region and Europe sits and watches while he is beginning to do just that.
More from Tigerhawk about the absent anti-war movement.
And, this should encourage you guys, McCain actually saw this coming. Well, so did I, but I don’t think this makes me a foreign policy genius It might make Obama a dummy for not seeing it. I’m being generous here.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews
The imperialist aggression by Russia against neighboring Georgia over oil pipelines is not the beginning. The Russians have made moves to reassert themselves over the past year and half, or more, and no one has really been paying attention.
I’m just putting some links to past posts here, because I’m about to go swimming, and don’t have time to write about it more, but this is a big deal, what is going down in Russia. As it stands, Europe has decided to get in bed with an abusive husband. We’ll see how long this lasts, because Russia’s ambitions are never small, yet the Europeans collective memory seems astonishingly short.
Russians with money
Cold War days are here again
Georgia’s previous appeasement of Russia. Where I said, “Appeasing Moscow works if you like being called a new Soviet republic member.”
Russia and the Arctic
Russia’s new “Hitler” youth.
Russia’s “street theater“. I said this about the Russian mind and the notion of allies, “”Allies” seems a strange word to use in a sentence with anything Russian. They are like the autistic kid on the world block. (The big one, not the savant one.)”
On Russian-American relations.
Russia does what it does for its own reasons. They value strength and power and little else. They have suffered since the fall of the Berlin Wall and have not viewed the reorganization of geopolitics as favorable to them. Russians will trade freedom for power. In fact, they seem ill-equipped to handle freedom, well, freedom in the “American” sense of freedom.
Russia will make Europe suffer. They are not Europe’s friend. Germany has already sold herself, however. And is an unwitting puppet, or maybe, witting. Better be careful, Germany. For all the irrational fear of America, the country who can harm you most, is already making moves to do so.
The tiny Republic of Georgia, which straddles the land bridge between the world’s largest lake and the largest inland sea, is home to five million people. Both in population and in size, it is smaller than the other Georgia most Americans know. And yet, that miniscule country has provided 2,000 soldiers to assist our mission in Iraq. Why?
The answer to that question is obvious when you look at a list of countries who have forces here. Among the thirty nations are all three Baltic Republics, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhistan, and the Ukraine–each one a former Soviet Republic–along with several former Soviet Bloc countries including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. These are all countries who knew oppression. They knew fear. And they knew death at the hands of dictators.
And here’s more from Roger Kimball regarding McCain vs. Obama’s response:
For his part, Barack Obama called for “talks among all sides and said the United States, the U.N. Security Council and other parties should try to help bring about a peaceful resolution.” Obama looked forward to “an international peacekeeping force” under “an appropriate UN mandate.” As of this writing, there is nothing about the Georgian crisis on the Obmam campaign’s home page.
To recap: John McCain forthrightly condemns Russia’s behavior and demands that Russia withdraw unconditionally. Obama wants to turn the mess over to the UN.
Meanwhile, the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have issued a joint statement condemning the Russian incursion in Georgia.
McCain endorsed the statement:
I strongly support the declaration issued by the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and their commitment that ‘aggression against a small country in Europe will not be passed over in silence or with meaningless statements equating the victims with the victimizers.’
I am not sure that Obama has responded directly to the joint declaration, but John Hinderaker at Powerline notes the difference between McCain and Obama, quoting this statement about the crisis from the Obama campaign: “It’s both sides’ fault–both have been somewhat provocative with each other.”
On 9/11 we were grateful to have a leader who could distinguish between friends and enemies and who was not so crippled by moral relativism that he believed that victims should be equated with their victimizers. In 2008, we have a choice between 1) a man who knows evil and repudiates it and 2) a man who believes that there is “fault on both sides” and that discredited “progressive” institutions like the United Nations are better equipped to deal with disputes among sovereign nations than the nations themselves.
Which would you choose?
Gateway Pundit is all over this mess. Follow him to see what is going on. Here, he talks about Obama’s flip-flopping about Georgia:
Nowhere in Obama’s original statement did he exclusively condemn Russia but rather took the citizen of the world approach and left America’s ally Georgia to fend for itself.
Here is that statement:
“I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.”
But, that was yesterday.
Now Politico is reporting that Barack Obama has released a fresh new statement and has decided to choose sides:
“I condemn Russia’s aggressive actions and reiterate my call for an immediate ceasefire… Russia must stop its bombing campaign, cease flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia.”
Suddenly, Barack is sounding McCainish.
Drew thinks someone must have looked it up and told Obama which side we are on.
And Russians don’t like Reuters fauxtography either. Aw…