We are all Euros, now

President Barack Obama went to the Pentagon this past week, and laid bare his Euro-like vision for America for all to see.

It goes something like this:

  • First, you assume that you have just fought the “war to end all wars”, so you promptly state that the “tide of war is receding” and you proceed to “turn the page” — presumably to a kinder, gentler chapter.
  • Next, you promptly cut defense budgets and spend what you see is a peace “dividend” (made possible, remember, because you have turned that page as the war tides receded).
  • And what do you spend that dividend on?  More social programs, pork barrel projects for public sector unions and other goodies to keep the people dependent and happy.
  • Except eventually you realize that the money isn’t going to last forever.  And when it runs out, all those fat, happy public employees, unions, and others on the dole begin protesting and rioting in the streets, claiming that they aren’t getting their “fair share”.
  • Suddenly you realize that you no longer have an effective military force, but you do have an army of smelly, dirty people inhabiting your public squares.
  • Finally, you realize that only higher taxes can solve this problem, so you institute a vast new Value Added Tax, designed to tax consumption along every step of the supply chain, but hidden deep in the prices of consumer goods and services.
  • The VAT raises vast new gobs of money, which, in the spirit of good government, is promptly spent on even greater social service benefits, payoffs to preferred groups and patrons of those in power.
  • Alas, even the VAT can’t sate the appetite of the people, who have let their ability to provide for themselves whither away, atrophied at the alter of transfer payments from Big Brother.  Who will take care of these poor wretched souls?

Fear not, say the intellectual elite, those who certainly know better than the rest of us. The IMF, the World Bank and, of course, the Chinese stand ready to help us in our time of need.

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Obama: Seizing defeat in Iraq

Barack Obama has never hidden his profound disdain for the U.S. war in Iraq. As an Illinois State Senator, Obama took to the podium to denounce the war as a mistake.  Later, as a U.S. Senator, Obama spoke often about the folly of the war, joining Harry “the war is lost” Reid in unequivocally denouncing the Bush Administration’s 2007 “surge” as a certain failure. In 2008, as the Democratic presidential candidate, Obama said repeatedly that unlike Afghanistan (the “necessary war”), Iraq was a costly “war of choice”. Indeed, in a speech in July, 2008, Obama said the following:

“This war distracts us from every threat that we face and so many opportunities we could seize. This war diminishes our security, our standing in the world, our military, our economy, and the resources that we need to confront the challenges of the 21st century. By any measure, our single-minded and open-ended focus on Iraq is not a sound strategy for keeping America safe.”

So it is no surprise that since becoming president, Obama has presided over the final removal of all U.S. forces in Iraq, and now is set to watch all of the hard-earned gains there fall apart. Just hours after the last U.S. troops left Iraq for Kuwait, the government of Shiite Prime Minister Maliki launched a very public campaign against his Sunni Vice President for organizing the assassination of Shiites, including government officials. The Iraqi Vice President has now fled Baghdad. At the same time, a number of Sunni-dominated provinces are seeking more autonomy from Baghdad — a process that is likely to intensify in the coming weeks as Shiite and Sunni tension increases. Over the past several weeks, sectarian conflict has resulted in multiple suicide attacks and targeted violence, including a massive bombing in Baghdad on January 5 that left 69 Iraqi Shiites dead.

And now it seems that one of America’s chief nemesis during the bloody pre-surge days, Moqtada al Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric, is now poised to reassert himself as a destabilizing force. The result may very well be a return to the dark days of the insurgency, when Iraq faced disintegration and all out civil war.

This was, of course, all but predictable. A number of current and former U.S. military leaders — including former JCS Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen — warned Obama that leaving Iraq without a sufficient U.S. security presence was exceedingly dangerous. And many Iraqis stressed the same thing: As former Shiite Prime Minister Allawi said this past week, “The Americans have pulled out without completing the job they should have finished. We have warned them that we don’t have a political process which is inclusive of all Iraqis, and we don’t have a full-blown state in Iraq.”

The Iraqis may have warned Obama, but the president made a calculated decision to put politics over policy, and leave anyway. In doing so he has burnished his anti-war credentials with his base, which is still smarting over the fact that Guantanamo remains open. And it reinforces his plan to reduce defense spending by an unprecedented amount, a savings he plans on redistributing to his union benefactors.

In an age where it is hard not to be cynical about politics, Obama has proved to be the Cynic-in-Chief: he has forsaken the 4,000 American lives that were lost in creating the opportunity for a working democracy in Iraq, all in name of reelection. And he has left Iraq in a position of extreme vulnerability — both to internal sectarian strife and to external incursion from Iran and Al Qaeda.

I’d Like To Teach America to Be More Business-Friendly…

(At least business-friendlier than China.  Good grief.)

Coca-Cola CEO Says China Now More “Business Friendly” than the United States

Super Committee Deadline Looms

Mark Rosen, New York Candidate for Congress, says defense spending is definitely up for grabs. He goes on to say he thinks “everything” should be on the table. Congress needs to look at all programs and cut wherever needed.

Mallory Factor on Romney’s Citadel Visit

from the POST AND COURIER
October 8, 2011

…Romney also said he would deter Iran’s military ambitions by maintaining aircraft carrier task forces in both the eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf region and would increase military assistance and coordination with Israel.

Charleston businessman Mallory Factor, who is leaning toward Perry, said he heard a lot of generalities but few specifics.

For instance, Factor said he agreed with Romney’s call for the United States to have the world’s strongest military, “but how do you do that running deficits upon deficits?”

Full story

Tom Rooney in the Strategy with Mallory Factor

Rep. Rooney (R Florida) talks Guantanamo Bay, terror suspects and other hot political topics with Mallory Factor.

Cynthia Lummis in the Strategy Room with Mallory Factor

U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R Wyoming) discusses government spending and the war on terror with Mallory Factor.

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