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Question at town hall: “What I’ve been looking for in my candidate is fire in the belly. We’ve got to bloody Obama’s nose. You’ve mentioned challenging him to seven, three-hour debates. He has this armor of media surrounding him. If he doesn’t agree to that, how do you plan to aggressively take the gloves off and go after him?”
Newt Gingrich: “Let me say first of all, I don’t want to argue with you about the analogy. I don’t want to bloody his nose, I want to knock him out.”
- Gingrich: ‘I Would Be Delighted’ If Santorum Dropped Out (blogs.wsj.com)
- Newt Gingrich Amps up Negative Attacks on Mitt Romney (usnews.com)
- Gingrich wins Fox South Carolina Debate (brvanlanen.wordpress.com)
By Kim Paris
Do you realize that with FB’s anti-privacy “improvements,” any page that you Like (even to just keep an eye on things) when you mention them you automatically show up on their public wall? Take our friends at Dept. of Homeland Security here – I see several of my friends from our little cyber politics world. And having just figured this out, some are freaking out! Look at their posts. As for me, I’m probably setting off alarms by spreading this to all my groups. Looks like many of us may find ourselves in detention at Gitmo. Hope they at least offer us an unsustainable bar tab.
And be careful who or what you Like!
On December 14, 2010, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent Brian Terry was tragically shot to death in a firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border. In an investigation that followed Terry’s death, two guns recovered at the scene were linked to an ATF “gunrunning” program known as “Fast and Furious”. It appears that this program consisted of U.S. government agents intentionally allowing thousands of firearms to be delivered into the hands of drug cartels and criminal rings.
Since early 2011, when the Terry shooting and the Fast and Furious program first became public, both the ATF and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have come under increasing scrutiny for their roles in this controversial program. More than 1,400 firearms which were sold as part of the Fast and Furious operation are still missing. Kenneth Melson, former Acting ATF Director, has been reassigned to another department within DOJ.
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a joint report on Operation Fast and Furious in June 2011. Additionally, many other ATF and DOJ officials have been called before Congress, including Attorney General Eric Holder. He has testified that he knew very little of the program until earlier this year. In October 2011, the Senate unanimously agreed to an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, which would prevent taxpayer dollars from funding gunrunning programs like Operation Fast and Furious.
I appreciate you taking the time to let me know where you stand. You can be sure that my colleagues and I will be watching as details of this program and the continuing investigation unfold.
But when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. (Applause.) I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve. (Applause.) Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans. We’re not going to let that happen. (Applause.)
President plans to cut half a million troops and says US can’t afford to wage two wars at once
By: Rupert Cornwell, The Independent
The mighty American military machine that has for so long secured the country’s status as the world’s only superpower will have to be drastically reduced, Barack Obama warned yesterday as he set out a radical but more modest new set of priorities for the Pentagon over the next decade.
After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that defined the first decade of the 21st century, Mr. Obama’s blueprint for the military’s future acknowledged that America will no longer have the resources to conduct two such major operations simultaneously.
Instead, the US military will lose up to half a million troops and will focus on countering terrorism and meeting the new challenges of an emergent Asia dominated by China. America, the President said, was “turning the page on a decade of war” and now faced “a moment of transition”. The country’s armed forces would in future be leaner but, Mr. Obama pointedly warned both friends and foes, sufficient to preserve US military superiority over any rival – “agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats”.
The wider significance of America’s landmark strategic change was underlined by British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, who used a visit to Washington to warn that America must not delay the production of US warplanes bound for British aircraft carriers. The US strategy is expected to make a drawdown of some of the 80,000 troops based in Europe.
“We have to look at the relationship with Americans in a slightly different light,” Mr. Hammond told Channel 4 News. “Europeans have to respond to this change in American focus, not with a fit of pique but by pragmatic engagement, recognizing that we have to work with Americans to get better value for money.”
But there is little doubt that Europe will be a much-reduced priority under the new scheme. The blueprint’s status as the president’s own property, after a first three years in office dominated by wars he had inherited from his predecessor, was underlined by his rare personal appearance at the Pentagon flanked by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other top uniformed officials.
Henceforth, Mr. Obama underlined, the priorities would be maintaining a robust nuclear deterrent, confronting terrorism and protecting the US homeland, and deterring and defeating any potential adversary. To these ends, the US will also boost its cyber warfare and missile defense capabilities.
At the same time, iIf all goes to plan, the center of gravity of the US defense effort will shift eastwards, away from Europe and the Middle East. The focus will be on Asia and – both he and Mr. Panetta made abundantly clear without specifically saying so – in particular on an increasingly assertive China, already an economic superpower and well on the way to becoming a military one as well.
The specifics of the new proposals, set out in a document entitled “Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense”, have yet to be fleshed out. But they are likely to entail a reduction of up to 490,000 in a total military personnel now standing at some 1.6 million worldwide, as well as cuts in costly procurement programs – some originally designed for a Cold War environment.
The “Obama Doctrine” reflects three basic realities. First, the long post-9/11 wars are finally drawing to a close. The last US troops have already left Iraq, while American combat forces are due to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 (though a limited number may stay on as trainers and advisers).
Second, and as the President stressed in a major speech during his recent visit to Australia, America’s national interest is increasingly bound up with Asia, the world’s economic powerhouse, and where many countries are keen for a greater US commitment as a counterweight to China.
Third, and most important, are the domestic financial facts of life, at a moment when government spending on every front is under pressure. For years the Pentagon has been exempt – but no longer, as efforts multiply to rein in soaring federal budget deficits.
At $662bn, Pentagon spending for fiscal 2013 will exceed the next 10 largest national defense budgets on the planet combined. Even so, that sum is $27bn less than what President Obama wanted, and $43bn less than the 2012 budget.
Despite the constant leftist propaganda by the media and the #occupy criminals, Americans make up half of the richest 1% in the world.
CNN Money reported:
The United States holds a disproportionate amount of the world’s rich people.
It only takes $34,000 a year, after taxes, to be among the richest 1% in the world. That’s for each person living under the same roof, including children. (So a family of four, for example, needs to make $136,000.)
So where do these lucky rich people live? As of 2005 — the most recent data available — about half of them, or 29 million lived in the United States, according to calculations by World Bank economist Branko Milanovic in his book The Haves and the Have-Nots.
Another four million live in Germany. The rest are mainly scattered throughout Europe, Latin America and a few Asian countries. Statistically speaking, none live in Africa, China or India despite those being some of the most populous areas of the world.
The numbers put into perspective the idea of a rapidly growing global middle class…
… In the grand scheme of things, even the poorest 5% of Americans are better off financially than two thirds of the entire world.
Of course, it should be noted that Barack Obama wants to fundamentally transform America into something else entirely different. He’s proving it day in and day out with his failed policies.
It has been only a month of diligent blogging, with almost no hits in the first couple of weeks. I started out invisible with only a name in the search engine on yahoo and google.com. Tagging blog posts works very well on wordpress, and they show analytics of views and clicks on each blog post as they happen. Still learning how to drum up traffic — So far, so good.
I have comment settings approved to be posted immediately; no need to wait to see if I have approved it. All comments are e-mailed and I do read them. However, the spam-trapper does a good job filtering over 90% of junk.
Today, I will break my all time site views record!
Quote of the Day:
Work keeps us from three great evils, boredom, vice and need.
–François Marie Arouet Voltaire