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Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

Immigration, Democrats Duck-and-cover, and The FDA

May 15, 2009

For those who think the United States is alone in it’s immigration troubles, you should check out Italy’s immigration situation. Kind of reminds me of how the US deals with Cuban refugees. If they are fond at sea they are returned to Cuba, if found on land, they are on arrested. Meanwhile, the Obama administration […]

History Repeats Itself In Afghanistan and Pakistan

May 10, 2009

Reports on Friday and Saturday indicated that the Taliban is using civilians as human shields. This article seems to imply that this is a surprise. I fail to understand why it should be. This has been a tactic of intimidation used by every terrorist guerilla warfare group, at least in recent history–Hamas, the Taliban, all […]

Abandoned Partners

March 24, 2009

Sunday’s announcement that former insurgents were under Iraqi control was fantastic news. It defied all the gloomy predictions since the plan was announced. Of course, independent journalists, like Michael Yon have been telling the real story of these former al-Qaeda members for a long time. While only about 10-15% of those fighters will actually have […]

Obama and The Military…and debt

March 19, 2009

Obama has already begun to cut defense spending. The article, ostensibly about the proposed missile shield in Poland, went on to give some specific numbers. The most specific point is there will be no additional funding. Obama’s proposed budget only funds ongoing operations, with a supplement for Afghanistan and Iraq. The expanding military requirements, coupled […]

Banks, Obama, Islam, and…What the…?

March 8, 2009

Think Sharia Law will not come to the states? Think again. University Bank now has an entire subsidiary devoted to financial products that comply with Muslim religious law, or Shariah. It has done nearly $80 million in Islamically approvable “mortgage-alternative” financing for residential and commercial real estate in 15 states. For the past decade, Dow […]

Change We Can Believe In…NOT!

March 5, 2009

So much for change “Change We Can Believe In” in Washington. Democrats fight to keep earmarks. I seem to recall some campaign promises by a bunch of Democrats, including the President, to end the earmark process. Senate Democrats on Wednesday preserved pet projects sought by a lobbying firm under federal investigation and tried to nail […]

Indecisive Leadership

February 11, 2009

Should we be surprised at the “Stimulus Package” announcement? Not really. Geitner’s announcement was so full of vague there was no substance to it at all. It was almost as if the administration was trying to see what would public opinion might be, rather than making a statement of policy. Of course, this is nothing […]

10/09 Morning Report

October 9, 2008

Does anyone remember that 10 years ago, some experts were already predicting the financial crisis we are in today? A Fox News report shows that indeed they were. So why is everyone so suddenly surprised that it happened? (…maybe the media ignored it rather than make people worry about their credit levels…that conservatives were saying […]

10/03 Morning Report

October 3, 2008

It could have been any country that started the financial crisis cascade, as an article at The Economist indicates. Unfortunately for America, it wasn’t another country. The crisis exists in America, and is affecting other countries as the waves of illiquidity spiral out. . The governments of several nations have already stepped in to bail […]

09/12 Morning Report

September 12, 2008

It may be late, but it is always time to remember those who have fallen. You can read my thoughts on that awful day at “Where Were You.” It’s a couple of years old, but the sentiment, the hurt, and the final question still remain. I’m still trying to answer it. How about you? Meanwhile, […]