More Wikileaks fall out

251,000 State Department documents, many of them secret embassy reports from around the world, show how the US seeks to safeguard its influence around the world. It is nothing short of a political meltdown for US foreign policy.

                                                          …Der Spiegel


Not that I give a crap what Der Spiegel has to say but still.  Not the hope and change we were promised.  Why don’t they love us yet? 

I thought Jimmy Carter was gone…. Oh wait this term may be even worse. 

Remember how cool it was to disclose information when Bush was President.  How it was patriots simply trying to stop the tyrant.   Not so damn cool now is it? 

Now there is a good side to this release however.  You can tell me what it is.  I like comments..

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Willie Nelson busted again


Look, I love Willie Nelson’s music.  I’ve listen to him all my life but at some point you really have to grow up.  This time Willie may face jail time.  I mean it’s not his first offense and Texas isn’t California. 

Now if Willie was in Colorado where for roughly $160 dollars you can get a prescription and go down to the local “green medical” shop and buy all you need.  Hell they sell it just blocks from great consumer places like schools, kids gymnastics centers, or blocks from the Sheriffs Office. 

Actually yeah Willie you come on up here and I’ll move….

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Germany gets it; Obama does not « Don Surber

Germans I hope are starting to see that they can not sustain the burden of supporting those that don’t work and overspend.  The EU was a bad idea as it continues to support those that are unsupportable.  It’s much like too big to fail.  When you can’t fail why work as hard, why watch your spending someone else will pay the bills. 

Germany gets it; Obama does not « Don Surber

I’m sure it means nothing.

Coalition and Afghan special operations teams targeted another Taliban commander linked to al Qaeda and other terror groups operating in western Afghanistan during a raid yesterday.

The combined special operations team "targeted a key foreign-fighter facilitator in Farah district … after intelligence reports indicated his recent return to Afghanistan from Iran," the International Security Assistance Force stated in a press release. The Taliban commander, who was not named, was not reported to have been captured during the raid.

The commander "provides a conduit for foreign fighters from an array of terrorist networks, including Al Qaeda, to enter the country and fight for the Taliban," ISAF stated. "The insurgent acts on behalf of terrorist cells to move foreign fighters into Farah and Helmand via Iran."

Read more: at The Long War Journal 

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

“…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth…”

T. Blankley “Save our troops…

Tony Blankley on Afghanistan.

…I am not arguing that we could not win a theoretical war in Afghanistan. But this particular war is being fought without sufficient resources, without a strategy than can remotely succeed and, most unfortunately, with at least one eye on our domestic politics, rather than both eyes on victory.

Regarding resources, the strategy calls for us to deny sanctuary to the enemy such that al-Qaida could not get back in the country safely. Yet even with the surge troops, we cannot occupy any but the most populous areas — so even if we succeed in our current efforts (which we are not doing), we will not be executing our strategy for want of troops.

Regarding the strategic failure, the premise of this war as currently being run is that we turn everything over to our Afghan government army and policy, who will be capable of maintaining whatever successes our troops will have achieved. This is laughable.

As virtually any troops or officers recently back from Afghanistan will tell you, the number of troops and police being recruited, trained and kept in service is pathetically short of targets.

Moreover, most of them won’t fight. The idea that they will be ready to take over in 2011 or even 2014 is just not in the cards. And yet that is our strategic exit strategy.

Finally, it is apparent that the strategy of this war has been fatally tainted by domestic political calculation. This proposition was unambiguously described by Woodward in his recent book "Obama’s War…"

I’m not sure I could argue any of his points.