Posts tagged ‘Barack Obama’

June 1, 2011

Obama golfs on Memorial Day

Funny, I don’t recall seeing this story in the U.S. media but found the link in John Little’s Blogs of War. The ever reliable Telegraph covered the story, coincidentally pointing out that not a single U.S. newspaper reported that President Obama golfed on Memorial Day.

For those who don’t read the foreign press, I’ve found their perspective a refreshing change from our lamestream media. Nile Gardiner hits the nail on the head:

“The least the president can do on Memorial Day is spend the whole day with veterans and servicemen’s families while acknowledging their sacrifice. As Koffler points out above, President George W. Bush stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Iraq War dead. This demonstrated not only good judgment but humility and respect for the men and women who keep America safe. It is little wonder that, as Gallup reveals in a new poll, US military personnel and veterans give Barack Obama lower marks for his job performance than members of the general public. The president’s actions smack of poor taste, as well a lack of empathy and support for the US military, hardly the kind of leadership the White House should be projecting at a time of war.”

There are plenty of vets in the U.S. who teed it up on Memorial Day. That’s OK, they’ve earned it. Generally I don’t resent that Obama golfs so much, it keeps him away from the office. But not on this day.

I invite readers to submit your own captions to the photo. Mine is ‘Obama kicks veterans to the curb to enjoy 18.’

May 31, 2011

Missing the Point of the Joint Chiefs’ Kabuki Dance

Adm. Mullen and Gen. Dempsey. Courtesy Dept of Defense

Obama’s re-shuffling of his national security team, in particular, the new picks for chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, makes for great theater: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but the superficial musings of military analysts facing print deadlines. For example, after the expected platitudes to Petraeus as “the most successful general the U.S. has produced in decades,” and praising the ‘diplomatic experience’ of Adm. James Stavridis, Max Boot of Commentary allows that Gen. Martin Dempsey is an excellent choice for Chairman because of his intellect and combat experience.

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May 26, 2011

Obama: Narcissus Unbound

The Daily Caller‘s description of post bin Laden White House celebrations as “Obama Administration takes victory lap in clown car,” cannot be improved upon. In the rush to capitalize on a P.R. boon, the administration’s amateurishness was on full display, with the narrative changing constantly to suit the president’s re-election prospects. And when it comes to grabbing credit, no one does it better than Obama. Despite years of intelligence work and detailed operational planning and preparation that went into the raid, the president’s speech to the nation was riddled with the personal pronoun. Wait… that’s every speech. Sorry.

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May 26, 2011

New Joint Chief: Congrats to Gen. Dempsey

I’ve been critical of Gen. Dempsey for his devotion to doctrine, which I believe a poor approach to the complexities of non-linear dynamics and future uncertainty. However, good luck to a patriot and good man.

His elevation to chairman of the Joint Chiefs, just a few months after being named Army chief of staff, came as a surprise to many. Some speculated it was the Army’s turn, the last soldier who held the post being Gen. Hugh Shelton back in 2001. The frontrunner for chairman, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, was derailed because of allegations of sexual misconduct, despite being cleared by the Pentagon inspector general.

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May 18, 2011

Commander in Chief Clouseau

After the White House‘s non-stop, goat rodeo of incompetence following the bin Laden hit, the mind wanders back to this 2008 Daniel Craig interview in Parade magazine. In it, the latest 007 was asked who would make the better Bond, then presidential candidate Obama or McCain?