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That Didn’t Take Long

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Michelle Malkin posts that gunmen have fired at the US embassy in Yemen.

Gee, Obama’s been in office less than a week. But I suppose it’s somehow still Bush’s fault. 

One of the reasons that I cannot pull the lever for a democrat for president – indeed the single most important reason – is their fecklessness on matters of national security. Do you think the hot air coming out of Washington about Gitmo might have something to do with this? All of a sudden, our enemies around the world great and small (and these guys in Yemen do seem to fall into that latter group) know they’ve got a neophyte to deal with. Worse, a neophyte who doesn’t actually take terrorism seriously. After all, they’re talking about turning back the clock and making it a law enforcement matter. Because that worked so well under the Clintons. 1930s economic policies and 1990s terrorism policies. This is not ‘change’ we can believe in, unless Tinkerbell is somehow involved.

Carter Redux – we’re on our way. Elections have consequences folks. They’re just beginning to roost.

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Written by martinipundit

January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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  1. The World is a much more unsafe place after eight years of Bush pumping his fists at every state that he didn’t like. It has encouraged terrorism. It has created the worst feeling of anti-Americanism to ever exist. Conservatism, lead by the idea that unless you support torture, intolerance, hatred and war, you’re “Unpatriotic” has resulted in the ‘enemy’ that you talk about.
    And you have “Palin 12” as a banner. I cannot imagine the disaster the World would come to know, if she ever came close to power. It’d be a nightmare.

    futiledemocracy

    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm

  2. Nonsense – we haven’t been attacked on US soil (embassy = US soil) since 9/11. Therefore, Bush kept us safe. Encouraged terrorism? Like failing to respond to a bully doesn’t encourage him? How’d that work for you on the playground? Resulted in the enemy? Were you asleep during the Iranian hostage crisis under Carter or the first WTC bombing under Clinton, not to mention the bombing of embassies, barracks, and warships under Clinton? All pre-Bush.

    Elementary logic and facts which tend to escape liberals.

    Your characterization of conservatives is the usual cartoon. And just as real.

    You obviously voted for Obama, and your nom de plume is extremely ironic – ‘futiledemocracy.’ Well, you own the war now and it’s time to step up and be an adult. Can you handle it?

    martinipundit

    January 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

  3. George Bush was not the best President. He did what the Commander and Chief is supposed to do, kept America safe. Life here, unless you are a terrorist, is still free and you may still vote for whomever you wish. It remains to be seen if President Obama is up to the task. I don’t like his politics or many of his ideas. Unlike many on the left, I respect the office held no matter who is in it. In other words, I wish Obama well but have grave doubts as to whether or not anyone can live up to the expectations many have for the current office holder.

    David

    January 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm

  4. Depends Dave, on what you mean by best. Best ever? No. Best of the last four – so far, yes. Best postwar? No – that goes to Reagan.

    In the end, the economic issues of today (largely caused by democrats being themselves and republicans forgetting who they are) will be themselves forgotten, and the only issue will be the safety of the nation. This is really why FDR was great – his economic policies prolonged the Great Depression but he was also a great war president. He made his share of mistakes, as did Lincoln. Bush is in this pantheon. History will vindicate him as at least one of the near-greats because of it.

    martinipundit

    January 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

  5. My ranking is overall for the 44 men who have occupied the office. He was not the best, but he did a good job in my opinion. One of his best qualities (though he is criticized for it) is his keeping to his beliefs and not changing with the current whims of the pollsters. He should have given more spending bills a veto and I thought his stand on illegal immigration was wrong. He dealt with all in a straightforward manner and what you saw is what you got. His ability to speak publicly was not the greatest, but nobody mocks the Mayor of Boston though his speech problems are very much worse.

    President Obama has a long way to go (but does have the time) to either prove or disprove the hopes and beliefs of his supporters. I hope they have not put too much faith in a machine politician from Illinois but I am not going to wish him ill will, his task is too important to this country to want him to fail (as I believe his policies as currently stated) will. Time will prove me right or wrong (at least in my own mind)

    David

    January 30, 2009 at 8:16 am


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