Whatcha gonna do now?

Richard at The Belmont Club has a very good piece up today.  Here is a bit.  Go to his site and read the whole thing.

It is not hard to surmise that Pakistan secretly supported the Taliban long enough to keep Obama from outright winning his centerpiece military action. That also had the desired effect of requiring the US to keep enough forces on the ground to effectively keep them logistical hostages. Rarely has an act of such treachery been performed with such effectiveness and aplomb. No greater service for the Jihad can have been performed with such great effect than by the ISI.

What happens now depends on whether the Pakistanis have correctly judged their man. If they have misjudged him then even now President Obama will be preparing to pivot from Afghanistan to Pakistan. It may be politically expensive for Obama to admit he had been suckered into a strategic trap. Nor is it clear that hostile Republicans or liberal Democrats will support an even potentially larger conflict in Southwest Asia, at least not until after 2012. But he may try it. It will require determination and decisiveness. To fake a withdrawal from Afghanistan simply would not work; it would mean the abandonment of local allies, hard won bases and dismantling infrastructure that would be traumatic and irrevocable. Another man might say, “I shall return”. But that was in another century, in another world.

Aha what to do, what to do….

Afghanistan if your serious

CTC Haqqani Report_Rassler Brown Final_Web_Page_01The Haqqani network has been named  responsible for the recent Kabul attacks.  If you are serious about the fight in Afghanistan you must remove the Haqqani network and the Pakistani backers.  If we don’t we are wasting our time.  The Haqqani network has been at the center of everything in Afghanistan for over 30 years.  We know this. While they have kept a lower profile than Al Qaida without their support the insurgency would not survive.  But to remove them is a task that will lead back to Pakistan.  So are we serious?

U.S. warns Pakistan after suspected Haqqani attack

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep. 15, 2011 (Reuters) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan on Wednesday the United States would "do everything we can" to defend U.S. forces from Pakistan-based militants staging attacks in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials, including Panetta, suspect militants from the Haqqani network were behind Tuesday’s rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, as well as a truck bomb last Saturday that wounded 77 American forces.

"Time and again we’ve urged the Pakistanis to exercise their influence over these kinds of attacks from the Haqqanis. And we have made very little progress in that area," Panetta told reporters flying with him to San Francisco…

The Haqqani Nexus and the Evolution of Al-Qaida

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haqqani_network

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pentagon-blames-haqqani-network-for-huge-afghan-bombing-that-injured-77-us-troops/2011/09/12/gIQAgoi8MK_story.html

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-09-14/world/who.is.haqqani_1_haqqani-network-haqqani-group-terror-group?_s=PM:WORLD

Border priorities….

Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry

Can’t tell me our DHS doesn’t know how to stop people from coming into this country.  I’m glad they have their priorities right.  I’d laugh if the situation wasn’t so sad. 

So far, the RCMP hasn’t provided the office with clear answers about how or why police records of non-violent mental health incidents are passed across the border.

Brad Benson from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says medical records aren’t shared between countries. However, "if you have an arrest record, Canada would share that with us," he says.

If a police encounter includes information about mental health, Benson says front-line officers can use it.

"Mental illness is actually under our law as a reason that you may not get admitted," he says. "The issue is always going to be: could someone be a danger to someone [else]?"

All talk? President Obama

There is lots of talk lately about the irrelevancy of President Obama. If that is true the only one to blame is the President himself. President Obama was neither qualified nor prepared to take the office and its shows. Just as a senator, for those very few months, he has voted present. Now comes one more in a series of speeches that asks for the same old same old. There was nothing new. In fact as many have pointed out there is nothing at all but words. Where is this Jobs bill he speaks of?

You want jobs? Cut the red tape of government regulations, simplify the tax code and seriously reduce the EPA. No tax payer money needed. Cut government spending and get America off the dependent victim mentality that is destroying our way of life. Until those things take place I don’t see much hope for jobs or this country in general.

SoD has it figured out. Flying cheap

Obama National Security ChangesDefense Secretary Leon Panetta is traveling to his California home quite often.  This seems to bother some people.  If I worked in DC and lived someplace else I’d sure like to go home every weekend.  I mean we all want to see our families and our homes.  Jobs in DC tend to be temporary.  So how can we really fault the guy.

Panetta has made the cross-continental flight from D.C. to Monterey five weekends since being sworn in at the Pentagon on July 1.

Panetta’s predecessor, Robert Gates, has a home in the Pacific Northwest, which he rarely visited during his five-year tenure spanning three wars. Unlike most defense secretaries, Gates lived on a military installation in Washington, D.C., where he paid rent.

Some in Washington are questioning whether Panetta is taking a less "hands-on" approach to his new job. Panetta’s flights to California were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Come on, a guy doesn’t have to be on the job itself to be working.  Not with modern technology as it is.

Just the same as with any member of Congress, Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare for every personal flight he takes. But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour

See he’s paying his way.  Whoooh, wait a minute let me read that again. 

…Panetta is made to reimburse the U.S. government for the cost of an equivalent coach fare…

But Panetta doesn’t fly coach. When he’s not flying for business in the Defense Department’s customized Boeing E-4B, Panetta travels the country in a government Lear jet at a cost of $3,200 per flight hour

Holy flying F*^*& batman.  Is this how you set the example?  Just one more worthless abuser on the Government payroll.

Screw this lets pay his full fare.  That is his full couch fare and he can fly like I do.  We’d still save a fortune.