Time for Obama to Lead or Leave

Time for Obama to Lead or Leave

That should be the headline of the day.

Barack Obama has just announced that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been relieved of command in Afghanistan based on an article in Rolling Stone which barely quoted McChrystal, but did include numerous inflammatory remarks by anonymous staffers and third-party commentators.

The Rolling Stone article was a hatchet job to create the impression that McChrystal was doing the criticizing.

But as I demonstrated yesterday, almost no quotes were attributed to McChrystal.

By firing McChrystal based on the Rolling Stone article, Obama has handed over control of the Afghan war to left-wing tabloids which happen to get close enough to a commander that they can weave a sensational story based on almost nothing.

Obama has replaced McChrystal with Gen. David Petraeus, who was lampooned by Obama’s base as General Betray Us when Petraeus was Bush’s chosen military leader.

The McChrystal discharge, even if you believe it was warranted on the merits, reflects a deeper problem of a Commander in Chief who has not earned the respect of the military at a crucial time in the Afghanistan war.

Starting with the delayed decision making process, and then the arbitrary political deadline Obama set last fall for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Obama has sown confusion in the ranks.

It’s time for Obama to lead, or to leave.

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Why Isn’t The Troops’ Urgency Fierce Now?
Someone Tell The Dawdler-in-Chief This Is Not A Term Paper

Mexican President Calderone in Washington to whine about immigration law

Mexican President Calderone in Washington to whine about immigration law

Rick Moran

We welcome our overlord from South of the Border – er, I mean South of what we used to think as the border but is not recognized as such even by our own government:

He has been frank in his condemnation of the Arizona law, however, saying it “opens the door to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement” and noting that the U.S. economy was built with a lot of Mexican sweat, legal and not.In remarks to Spain’s El Pais newspaper Friday, he asserted that the law is creating tensions between the two countries.

In Mexico, the political class from right to left has closed ranks to deplore the Arizona measure, which has dominated front pages and TV news here. Elected officials from the three major parties are exhorting Calderón to challenge it in Washington, where on Wednesday he will be greeted with pomp and ceremony at the White House and feted with high-end Mexican fusion food at a state dinner, and will address a joint session of Congress.

But the atmosphere might be a little strained.

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The Mexican Embassy in Washington is preparing amicus briefs to support lawsuits by civil rights groups seeking repeal of the measure. The head of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission declared the law “xenophobic.” Mexican universities said they would suspend student-exchange programs involving Arizona. And cartoonists here have had a field day depicting an Arizona without Mexicans, where U.S. citizens are forced to cook their own food, cut their lawns, pick their crops and care for their children.

I daresay that if Mexicans – illegal or otherwise – disappeared from America tomorrow, life would most assuredly go on and Americans who are unemployed would take most of those jobs if competitive wages would be offered. This can’t happen when illegals are willing to work for less than minimum wage.

Note: The American worker is the most productive worker in the history of human civilization. Our productivity rate is far beyond any other industrialized country and continues to rise.

I don’t think Mexican cartoonists get it, do you?

Iran says will continue 20 percent enrichment

Iran says will continue 20 percent enrichment

8:33am EDT

TEHRAN, May 17 (Reuters) – Iran will continue its uranium enrichment activities, including production of 20 percent enriched uranium, even after signing a nuclear fuel swap deal with Turkey and Brazil on Monday, a senior official told Reuters.

“There is no relation between the swap deal and our enrichment activities … We will continue our 20 percent uranium enrichment work,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation.

(Reporting by Parisa Hafezi)

Gov. Jan Brewer on Obama: “It’s Fair to Ask Whether He Intends to Be the Commander-in-Chief or the Comic-in-Chief” (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, May 16, 2010, 8:24 AM

Woah! Another home run for popular Arizona Governor Jan Brewer!
…And, another headache for the political hacks running Washington and America into the dirt.
Governor Jan Brewer DEMOLISHED Team Obama on Saturday for their divisive racial politics and for intentionally misleading the American public on Arizona’s new immigration law. Brewer took a shot at Obama’s comedy routine:

“It’s fair to ask whether he intends to be the Commander-in-Chief or the Comic-in-Chief. Since the president’s joke was so inappropriate, I suppose, if I wanted to join in the comedian game, I could suggest that he should not give up his day job. Unfortunately, though, he isn’t doing very well at that one, either.”

Ba-da-Bing!
Governor Brewer was sensational:

http://www.necn.com/05/15/10/Gov-Brewer-Obama-Comic-in-Chief/landing.html?blockID=235463&feedID=4559

KNXV reported:

In launching a Web site aimed at educating the United States on Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law, Governor Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) took umbrage with the president’s joke at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The event is an opportunity for its speakers to make light of politics, and President Barack Obama did so with Arizona’s immigration law:

“We all know what happens in Arizona when you don’t have ID — adios, amigos.”

It was this joke which became the target of Gov. Brewer’s address regarding new steps the state government is taking to promote the law on a national level.

“It’s fair to ask whether he intends to be the Commander-in-Chief or the Comic-in-Chief,” Gov. Brewer said. “Since the president’s joke was so inappropriate, I suppose, if I wanted to join in the comedian game, I could suggest that he should not give up his day job.

“Unfortunately, though, he isn’t doing very well at that one, either,” she added as her punchline. In the context of the Correspondents’ Dinner, Mr. Obama’s joke may not be seen by some as “so inappropriate.” Gov. Brewer does not see the issue of border security as a joking matter, regardless of context.

Hat Tip Brian B.

Governor Brewer and Sarah Palin also announced the launch of the Secure the Border website. The website is aimed at “educating” the nation “and some political leaders in Washington” on the state immigration law in Arizona.