Biden’s reasons were based not on national security, but on electoral politics. “The vice president was never shy about political calculations,” Bowden writes, citing exclusive interviews with Obama and other top officials. “Biden believed that if the president decided to choose either the air or the ground option, and if the effort failed, Obama could say goodbye to a second term.”
Further in the linked story, there's some history of the foreign policy experience Biden brought to the Obama Administration; my first thought , having my memory refreshed by this, is "What did Biden have on someone to get the Veep slot as a payoff?"
You may have heard that New York is threatening to pass microstamping legislation; Remington(for one) is saying "Pass this, and we'll look at moving to another state." Gun bigot politicians & hacks are making the usual "You're bluffing!" noises. One of the followons that occurs to me: It's been pointed out by many that changing a firing pin isn't a big deal; in some firearms it's a five-minute job at most. So if this is passed, expect to see legislation soon after stating that it's a crime to replace the firing pin in ANY firearm with one that does not have the stamping, also a crime to replace one and not report it to the police on the proper form.
They'd consider it a twofer: both trying to keep microstamping going, and building up a further registration of firearms in the state. And you know damn well the NSD would love to shove that out nationwide; can you say 'backdoor registration'?
Not to mention upping the cost of repairing a firearm.
Not to mention that the logical next step for them would be to REQUIRE you to replace ALL firing pins with one properly registered. All for public safety, of course.
This crap makes you wonder if someone in the State Department or upper reaches of Obama's people WANTED the ambassador dead for some reason:
ATTKISSON: Do you feel like there was a disconnect between what you saw on the ground and what the State Dept. folks thought was going on in Libya?
WOOD: There was certainly no disconnect in our transfer of information to them. They were getting the information on the situation on the ground. We sent it up through State Dept. cables and I sent it up to the military side on the D.O.D. side. So, there was awareness of what the situation in Libya was about.
ATTKISSON: How did you get the word that your team would not be allowed to stay?
WOOD: We knew that was coming through the cables and the draft cables that were going back and forth. The requests were being modified to say ‘don’t even request for D.O.D. support’.
ATTKISSON: So State Dept. was telling the folks on the ground in Libya ‘don’t continue to ask for this help’?
What might be going on in your school district?
Florida Republicans are outraged after a school district allowed a pro-Obama organization to conduct student voter registration drives and deliver speeches to classes – but denied the Romney campaign similar opportunities.
In addition to voter registration, a former teacher was allowed to deliver Obama speeches to a number of senior high school students.
“She got into six classrooms and gave pro-Obama speeches – like way off to the left,” said James Mathieu, general counsel for the Pasco County Republican Party. “That got out to parents and parents complained.”
People should be fired for this.
That's a real good question: if it's not to pay off foreign money people, why the hell would Obama not want this industry building ships and creating jobs?
Next, look for Moms Against Drunk Driving to sue Ford and Toyota(but not Government Motors, I think) for knowingly selling cars to someone who drinks. And might at some point in the future do something that might lead to an accident.
Oh, this must really tick some people off:
The State Supreme court has just ruled unanimously a person mislead into believing they are the father of a child may sue the mother for back payments made if it is later found they are not the biological father of that child.
I shall now prepare for a dentist appointment. And, after that, today I string the guitar and give it a try, which I'm actually nervous about.