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In his weekly video address, President Obama brags about the magnificent job he’s done in Afghanistan. “[T]he tide of war has turned in Afghanistan,” he says. “We have broken the Taliban’s momentum … The goal that I set – to defeat al Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild – is within reach.” As it turns out, that’s not true – the US has been in direct talks with the Taliban; the goal of defeating al Qaeda was not Obama’s, but Bush’s; and most importantly, the Taliban, according to a Congressional report by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), has been strengthened over the past two years.
But all of this was lead-up for Obama’s big announcement:
“After more than a decade of war, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.”
What this means is anybody’s guess. We have already spent trillions of dollars in a Keynesian attempt to “nation build” here at home.
In January 2009, President Obama engaged in an all out effort pass the massive boondoggle of a so-called stimulus. The Obama Administration made two promises: 1st - the stimulus would prevent the jobless rate from going over 8%; 2nd -- the stimulus would be used on "shovel-ready projects." So what happened? National unemployment peaked at 10.1% in October 2009 and remained at 10% or more for three months. It now stands at 9.1%. And those "shovel-ready" projects? Obama joked today "shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected."
Originally posted by jjkenobi
Obama has improved our economy so much already even the illegal immigrants are leaving. It wouldn't surprise me if Obama decides to build a border fence now to keep them from fleeing back to Mexico.
HURT: In this economy, U.S. needs border fence — to keep Mexicans in
Did ANY shovel ready projects actually work at all ?
(Newsroom America) -- The U.S. has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, in a bid to strengthen its negotiating position with the insurgent group as the Obama administration seeks to reduce the American military presence there in the coming months.
The Washington Post reported Monday that the "strategic release" program of high-level Taliban detainees is aimed at giving the U.S. a stronger bargaining chip in parts of Afghanistan where U.S. and international forces are having trouble controlling the security environment.
Originally posted by beezzer
The questions should be;
"What kind of nation is Obama building?"
"Do I want to be a part of this nation?"
"What is the foundation to this new nation?"
In a bold and at times sombre 18-minute inaugural speech, Mr Obama pledged to rally Americans to a "new era of responsibility", lamenting a profound "sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sight".
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
Throughout his tenure, Obama has laid out in public statements the tenets of a doctrine that purports to remake America simply as one nation among many, with no singular claim either to responsibility or exceptionalism. These tenets are: (1) America will ratify more treaties and turn to international organizations more often to deal with global crises and security concerns, often before turning to our traditional friends and allies; (2) America will emphasize diplomacy and “soft power” instruments such as summits and foreign aid to promote its aims and downplay military might; (3) America will adopt a more modest attitude in state-to-state relations; and (4) America will play a more restrained role on the international stage. These tenets, however, will make America and the world far more insecure.
The tenets of the Obama Doctrine will have both intended and unintended consequences: They will make America less exceptional and put us on the road to decline, and they will make us less secure as other countries feel emboldened to threaten us and hold our policies hostage. The alternative is not to become the world’s bully, but rather to reassert American leadership in defense of U.S. vital national interests and liberty around the world.
Originally posted by HauntWok
Here's a question for everyone.
What has the GOP done to help fix this nation and fix this economy?
What ha Ron Paul done?
Oh that's right, they haven't done anything to help fix this economy, they have only worked to block ANYTHING this particular president and the left has tried to do to get this economy moving.
Originally posted by neo96
"What kind of nation is Obama building?"
Hey nation building usually involves dropping bombs and boots on the ground and winning the hearts and minds of the population with bribes and psyops.
And spending cash we don't have.
That's thinkin with your noggin O.edit on 7-5-2012 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
Not alot. Granted. This is why te Tea Party came about.
Been in congress for 30 years.
You're right. Ultimately, it's up to us. WE THE PEOPLE have always had the power ourselves, but we've given up control to jack-wagons who thought they knew better.