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Barry’s sort of, half-hearted surge

I’ve said it before, if we’re going to dither, we should leave Afghanistan immediately. The government is more corrupt than the one in Iraq (and that’s saying something) and the Afghans don’t seem to want to fight. (Reminds me of South Vietnam.) We can always go back if we have to, or leave a few spec-ops behind to direct any necessary smart-bombings.

But Barry’s new half-in, half-out strategy is pathetic. Especially his setting of a timetable for departure, which will only serve to put the Taliban and Al Q on notice that they can do all the free-killing of American troops they desire in the meantime. President Pantywaist has done the next worst thing to failing to decide at all. "America – we are passing through a time of great trial." No kidding. Will the last soldier out of the GWOT please close the door? Meanwhile, keep your heads down out there.

UPDATE:  Military analyst Ralph Peters agrees: "Our president is setting up our military to fail." Yep and, meanwhile, sending the enemy more American targets to shoot at.

How are Barry and GWB alike?

Let me count the ways. But just take one for instance, the one you might not have expected from the former community organizer, Mr. Social Justice his own self: Despite 1,200 pleas for slate-cleaning pardons from ex-offenders who have served their time, and even more seeking sentence reductions, Barry has approved exactly none. Too much work, apparently, when he’d rather par-tay.

Via Radley Balko.

There is no law of averages

As Barry prepares to jet off to Copenhagen to promise to continue our descent to the poorhouse by cutting our carbon emissions to make the dictator’s club (i.e. the UN) happy, the climate naysaying is mounting.

Statistician, AMS member and blogger William M. Briggs shows the illogic in Barry’s logic:

"Diminishing glaciers did not prove AGW; they were instead a verification that ice melts when it gets hot. Fewer polar bears did not count in favor of AGW; it instead perhaps meant that maybe adult bears prefer a chill to get in the mood. People sidling up to microphones and trumpeting ‘It’s bad out there, worse than we thought!’ was not evidence of AGW; it was evidence of how easily certain people could work themselves into a lather."

Briggs is the self-published author of an amusing book on the law of averages that isn’t.

Meanwhile, Canadian businessman Stephen McIntyre, the famous blogger debunker of the infamous hockey stick "proof" for AGW gets a timely writeup in the WSJ.

Even (gasp) cBS is weighing in objectively (what will they think of next) on the hacked emails.

And blogger Megan McArdle, who (cough, spit) actually believes in AGW, notes the real problem with those emails: the major climate model predicting doom ahead could be rubbish. A little item financed in part by (you guessed it) the American taxpayer.

Oops, now there’s more climate science faking in New Zealand.

So will Barry notice any of this stuff and unbutton if not completely remove his climate hairshirt and spend more time trying to get our economy back on track? Naw. That’s above his pay grade. Apparently.

Sarah: Kill the bill

Sarah Palin, using her Facebook account as a periodic press release, is fighting tonight’s Dem vote on health care "reform":

"While this Saturday night vote might seem like a procedural matter, at the end of the day a vote against Senator Reid’s motion is a vote against massive new government spending and a take-over of 1/6th of the U.S. economy; it’s a vote against billions in tax increases and penalties; it’s a vote against federal funding of abortion; and it’s a vote against ignoring responsible tort reform."

Sarah, whose education and experience are so assiduously disputed by her Dem and old media detractors, can count the dean of Harvard Medical School in her corner on this one:

"…it’s entirely unclear how such unspecified changes would impact physician practices and compensation, hospital organizations and their capacity to invest, and the ability of patients to receive the kind and quality of care they desire. Similar challenges would eventually confront the entire country on a more explosive scale if the current legislation becomes law."

Course even if tonight’s vote to move the bill to the floor succeeds, it and the House version are different and must be reworked into one by a conference committee. Only then can two final votes occur, one in the House, the other in the Senate. So tonight is only the beginning of the game. And even if the bill were eventually to be voted down, we can assume the Dem leadership would come up with another one and try again. With Barry’s approval rating already in free-fall, they have to be worried about losing their majority in 2010.

UPDATE:  Reidcare moves on. With a little $300 million help for his friend. But there’s still plenty of time to kill this turkey.

While they’re at it…

So Barry’s boys sent billions of tax dollars to non-existent congressional districts? According to Recovery.gov. And Congress wants to investigate this "mistake"? Well, while they’re at it, how about investigating whether it was done on purpose? And exactly where the money went. Eh? After all, theft of tax money is the Chicago Way.

Why not OJT for Sarah?

On The Job training was good enough for Barry. Why not for Sarah? Even the few Legacy Media writers who claim to sympathize with her over the stupendous scorn she endures from their peers feel obligated to add that she needs something more to be taken seriously.

Huh? Wasn’t necessary for Barry. He was never governor of anything for any length of time. All he ever did was vote present, push unrestricted abortion and otherwise flip-flop with the wind. Only other difference I can see is that he’s a male and he’s black.

UPDATE:  Here’s an excellant description of why the Democrats and their client media (and some Republicans as well, particularly the RINOS) are so upset about her. Note the dirty-trickster trying to get in with the "Homos for Palin" tee shirt. If he had been gay, the shirt would have said "Gays for Palin," not "Homos," which is obviously meant to be perjorative. Looks like she’s running to me, too.

KSM’s trial: So what?

I’ve read the arguments about why this Jihadi jerk shouldn’t be tried in federal court in New York, but I remain unimpressed. Surely, if GWB had any plans to have him tried by a tribunal and hung, it would have been done sometime in the seven plus years he was in Gitmo. Since that didn’t happen, it doesn’t bother me especially that he will now be tried in a civilian court. And if he gets off? Well, then it will just have to be arranged for him to be run over by a bus.

But it’s tempting to believe, as Power Line relates, that AG Holder’s motive is to see KSM’s lawyers run with his "treatment by the Bush administration, real and imagined, [as] the centerpiece of their defense, with the possible result that Bush, Cheney, and others may be indicted as war criminals by European countries or international courts, thereby satisfying the far left of the Democratic Party, which Obama represents."

It’s still not clear to me, however, why this couldn’t have happened just as easily in a military tribunal.

UPDATE: Two Bush-era lawyers have an argument for KSM’s NYC trial that’s much better than mine, including that such trials have already happened before:

"Many of Holder’s critics appear to have forgotten that the Bush administration used civilian courts to put away dozens of terrorists, including ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid; al-Qaeda agent Jose Padilla; ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh; the Lackawanna Six; and Zacarias Moussaoui, who was prosecuted for the same conspiracy for which Mohammed is likely to be charged. Many of these terrorists are locked in a supermax prison in Colorado, never to be seen again."

Read. The. Rest.