Archive for August, 2010
Posted by ThirstyJon in News, Politics, and World Events, tags: Bush, Iraq, News, News Commentary, Obama, Politics, War, World Events
I just watched President Obama’s speech on Iraq.
I appreciated that he did not seem to be diving into any “I told you so” kind of talk.
The speech seemed mostly consisting of patriotic rhetoric.
So… Did America win the war in Iraq?
- Saddam Hussein was removed from power.
- Iraqi WMDs are either gone or in Syria, but they don’t have them now.
- Iraq has a government. I am not sure that the U.S. can do anything more militarily to ensure that. I agree with the President that this is ultimately up to the Iraqi people and their natural leadership.
Perhaps we should have pulled out a bit more slowly and it certainly should have been done with much less “we’re losing, it was wrong, so let’s leave” kind of rhetoric (as in what happened in the last presidential campaign).
I think if John McCain would have been elected, the timing of our withdrawal would have been historically similar. That is, it would have only been a few years longer before we pulled out of Iraq. That may be a long time in terms of U.S. Presidential Elections, but it would not have been that long in terms of history.
In other words, President Obama’s election has very little to do in real history with the draw down in Iraq.
I give all of the credit to President Bush and the troops. The results in Iraq would have been disastrous if John Kerry had won in 2004 and actually pulled us out then. (I doubt he would have actually pulled us out.)
I am glad that Obama didn’t pull out as fast as he seemed to think we should during the campaign.
Summary: The U.S. and its coalition of friends has won the war in Iraq as far as achieving the major objectives is concerned. We are pulling out pre-maturely, but only barely pre-maturely (by perhaps 2-3 years).
I’m not an expert on military but there are my thoughts. For free.
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Posted by ThirstyJon in News, Politics, and World Events, tags: Big Government, News, Politics, Socialism, Statism, Tyranny, Venezuela, World Events
Communism / Marxism / Socialism do not help the poor, they use the poor.
If you want to help the poor, show them how to change their situation. Stay away from the cruelty of state sponsored wealth distribution.
Or you may end up with the kind of “yiechhhkkchh” going on in Venezuala.
From Yahoo News:
“National Guard soldiers, who have policing powers, used tear gas to repel a small group of opposition candidates near the legislature on a busy downtown street, TV images showed, after they appeared to clash with parliament workers.
“‘We were walking toward the assembly. We were going to read a document, and without warning the National Guard started firing tear gas,’ candidate Stalin Gonzalez told opposition TV station Globovision. The parliament issued a statement accusing the candidates of trying to force their way into the building.” [Read More]
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Posted by ThirstyJon in Freedom Ideas, tags: America, Civil Government, Freedom, Judicial Activism, Judicial Branch, Judicial Tyranny, Liberty, News, News Commentary, Politics, Threats to Freedom, Threats to Liberty, Tyranny
I have often considered that one of the necessary steps to restoring liberty in America may be to impeach and remove federal judges who have blatantly made up fiction about things allegedly in the constitution. (For example, the recent case of Judge Vaughn Walker and “gay marriage.”)
Carson Holloway of The Public Discourse argues persuasively for pursuing this course of action:
“Such judicial activism has been an ongoing problem for decades. In response, a conservative legal movement has arisen to offer resistance through public and scholarly argument, the election of constitutionalist presidents and senators, and, ultimately, the appointment of judges and justices who will confine themselves to the requirements of the constitution and refrain from imposing their own values as law. Such efforts have been fruitful but never fully effective. Judicial activism has been slowed but not stopped, with the result that democratic self-governance and the rule of law continue gradually to erode. Since even the incremental surrender of these fundamental principles of American republicanism is unacceptable, it is time to weigh the use of stronger medicine. It is time to consider the impeachment of federal judges as a remedy to judicial activism.” [Read More]
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