“George Bush and his Neocon allies got America into two costly wars. Barack Obama is getting America out of those two wars” (Updated with chart)

Gaaaa, I hate to link to Huff-Crap, but how can I not link to this…

Robert Creamer:

Like many Progressives I would have preferred a faster time table for withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. But that does not diminish the fact that President Obama’s announcement of his plan to end the Afghan War provides a good opportunity to consider that massive qualitative differences between his foreign policy and that of the previous administration.

First and foremost, George Bush and his Neocon allies got America into two costly wars. Barack Obama is getting America out of those two wars.

When Obama took office the United States had 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We now have 150,000 troops in those countries. By the end of the year that number will drop to 100,000 and to 70,000 by next summer.

The combat mission in Iraq ended last year. All troops will leave Iraq by the end of next year.

Obama has indicated that all American troops will depart Afghanistan by 2014, with the prospect that their combat mission will end before that date.

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Obama promised to focus like a laser on Al Qaeda, and he did it.

Instead of concentrating on America’s true terrorist enemies, Bush and company focused on Iraq and downplayed the importance of Bin Laden — who it now turns out was still very much in charge of the Al Qaeda network up to the time of his death.

And let’s remember that the swaggering but hapless Bush Neocon crowd presided over the worst attack on the American homeland since Pearl Harbor — ignoring intelligence warnings of a pending assault.

Finally, Bush’s unilateralist, bull-in-a-china -shop approach, sunk America’s reputation in the world to record lows. Obama has restored America’s standing in the world.

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Some have argued that U.S. support of military intervention in Libya stands in contradiction to the view that his foreign policy is qualitatively different from the policies of the past administration. I could not disagree more.

In fact, the approach we have taken to Libya is an example of that difference. In Libya, the United States is a part of a true multi-national effort to protect the Libyan population from a leader that had vowed to kill thousands. That action was called for by the international community through UN resolutions — and by the Arab League.

We have no troops on the ground and now provide only logistical support for airplanes flown by our allies.

It is hard to imagine that anyone who demands — quite correctly — that the world should never again stand by and allow another Darfur or Rwanda or Srebrenica should oppose Obama’s policy in Libya. U.S. policy in Libya does not stand in the tradition of Iraq. It stands in the tradition of the successful multi-national policy in the Balkans that ultimately (though belatedly) saved thousands of lives and ended a bloody ethnic war.

I, for one, am proud that Benghazi did not become Barack Obama’s Rwanda.

When he ran for President, Obama promised to end the War in Iraq, refocus America’s resources on Al Qaeda, bring the conflict in Afghanistan to a close, and restore America’s role in the world. He is keeping those promises.

In summary, whatever you believe about the pace of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, it is critical that Americans recognize the sharp, qualitative difference between the Neocon policies that cost America so dearly and President Obama’s policies that have restored America’s leadership in the world.

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146 thoughts on ““George Bush and his Neocon allies got America into two costly wars. Barack Obama is getting America out of those two wars” (Updated with chart)

  1. WOW, BWD, I just get home from work and check in and see this great post. There is a journalist who actually does his work. This President is getting us out of horrible situations and doing it smartly. Thank you for finding these gems for us!!!! We love you!!!! Love those pictures too.!!!!

  2. And today the IEA released 60 million barrels. Coincidence? Or another brilliant coordinated plan by the president?

  3. I’m sure there are many more important things to discuss but how adorable is the baby?

  4. I read that Carney said on AF1 that PBO will not endorse gay marriage tonight, so I guess we should prepare for the new outargue over the next 24 hours.

  5. Great post. That was a really cute scene when Michelle handed Barack the crying baby and instantly the baby stopped crying! :)

  6. LOL… the baby PBO is holding looks like a stoner thinking “Duuude, this is the Prez!”

  7. Considering NY has a very close vote that is literally one vote away from legalizing same sex marriage – I think the very last thing President Obama should do it muck up those works by endorsing it in any way, making it about him and scaring away the Republican votes the bill already has.

  8. Nothing towards republicans, who mostly hate the gay community!

    Again, misdirected anger.

    And of course, the gosh damn msm is pushing buttons, on this issue!
    Of course!

  9. He is really cute – nothing wrong with noting the small joys in the world! :)

  10. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but in this case it may be a gigantic billy club.

  11. Since there’s no doubt in my mind that PBO doesn’t have – and never had – any problem with gay marriage (Not for real), I hope he’ll just get this over with soon. It’ll be good for everyone.

  12. “Next 24 hours?”

    LOLZ, it’s an every day event over there!

    ClarkNT69er, or whoever, makes a point to trash Obama and Democrats with ginned up outrage over there every day!

    Have they even thought for one second, “Why do we idolize Dan Choi, a Republican shill who just attended a Conservative GOP Conference just weeks prior to pulling a childish stunt against an OFA member at NN?”

    Choi is no “progressive,” but he sure as hell knows how to manipulate and dupe them.

  13. Wow, great article! Thanks for posting it here BWD, because I never go to Huff-n-Puff and would have missed it.

  14. From CQ Roll Call:

    A Republican campaign veteran tells the Wall Street Journal that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has decided to run for president, “though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe.”

    “Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is hosting on August 6 at a Houston football stadium. Our source also reports that Mr. Perry is aiming to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, even though it occurs just a week later, on August 13. The thinking is that apparent front-runner Mitt Romney ‘does not reflect the Republican Party’ and is therefore vulnerable to a credible challenge from the right, especially after Mr. Romney’s recent squishy remarks on global warming.”

    Yes, please, more of Rick Perry.

  15. Thanks for posting this – it makes me like Robert Creamer much better than I used to…
    When will the American people realize what an intelligent, humble, sincere, caring man
    we have in the WH? And it appears he’s playing multi-deminsional chess again and the
    majority of people including the media just can’t keep up.

  16. Thanks BWD for sharing this excellent article by Robert Creamer. I especially liked his take on Libya. I think any sane person, who is not suffering from ODS, understands the difference between Gorge Bush’s policies and Barak Obama’s policies.

  17. Yes, more crazy in the race. He would knock the wind out of the sails of Romney and the media darling Huntsman! Come on Rick, run!

  18. That’s too late to get in. I was thinking he could maybe go for the 4th of July to make a big symbolic splash as that’s only a week and a half away. He’ll be miles behind in fundraising and boots on the ground.

  19. Really? Ronald Reagan doing hardball tonight. On Friday, Caroline Kennedy will give it a shot(snark)! Lol!

  20. Normally, yes. But I think the great advantage he has in the GOP primary is that he’s the rock-ribbed Tea Partier that the GOP base has been looking for. I think even if he waited until August to officially announce he would’ve already amassed a lot of support, and could hit the ground running. And, I would hazard to foretell, I think he’d be the putative favorite for the nomination if he did declare.

  21. Creamer laid out the fact about what the President campaigned on and that he is keeping promises. The PL should read what he wrote. I agree with you about his take on Libya. If more writers explained the differences between the Obama and Bush presidencies maybe people would wake up.

  22. If they did it doesn’t seem like it was a very strong denial. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s true.

  23. He’s from Texas – the money is probably just poised to fall in his lap. Remember, Bush Jr raised 100 million for his library in just 100 days.

  24. Ok, so I tend to follow these threads via Gmail, and Google throws all sorts of different political ads at me based on the emails I receive. Here’s one that made me guffaw:

    Donate $50 and add your name to the Freedom Registry at the Bush Center.

    Really, at some point the buyers of ad space on Google have to start wondering if their product is reaching the right audience.

  25. Also, Gates just came out and said he won’t certify DDT repeal before he leaves. That is going to push out implementation months.

  26. Well, they pay pennies for those ads, so they don’t care, but seriously, you have to look at ads? Is that because you’re at work?

  27. I use the standard Gmail. If I switched to simple HTML the ads wouldn’t show up. But I like my fanciness.

  28. There are two reasons American planners hope to negotiate with the government of President Hamid Karzai an agreement to keep upwards of 25,000 US forces in Afghanistan, even after the 30,000 ”surge” troops are withdrawn over the next 14 months, and tens of thousands more by the end of 2014.
    The first is to ensure that Afghanistan never again becomes a base for attacks on the US. But the more urgent reason is Pakistan…
    In his speech, Obama invited Pakistan to expand its peaceful co-operation in the region, but he also noted that Pakistan must live up to its commitments and that ”the US will never tolerate a safe haven for those who would destroy us”. But Pakistan has made it clear that it will never allow US forces to be based there…

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/pakistan-constrains-us-retreat-from-a-decade-of-blood-20110623-1gh8b.html#ixzz1Q8Z5LJ1c

  29. Someone in real life tried to explain what emoprog means and I just didn’t understand. Something about some music scene. Anyone here want to give it a shot? I’ll try real hard to keep up.

  30. From Wikipedia:

    Emo is a style of rock music typically characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as “emotional hardcore” or “emocore” and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. As the style was echoed by contemporary American punk rock bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed, blending with pop punk and indie rock and encapsulated in the early 1990s by groups such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate. By the mid 1990s numerous emo acts emerged from the Midwestern and Central United States, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the style.

    Emo broke into mainstream culture in the early 2000s with the platinum-selling success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional and the emergence of the subgenre “screamo”. In recent years the term “emo” has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists, including multiplatinum acts and groups with disparate styles and sounds.

    Basically Sylvia Plath for the Millennial generation.

  31. Yesterday I asked folks to generate talking points, and I received some wonderful answers from Tien Le, and Nathan Katungi. I have created a page with these talking points, links to some of the wonderful articles BWD has listed here and embedded the video from President Obama and VP Biden. It is intended to be a “cheat sheet” and reference for those who want to have points to make with regards to the troop withdrawal.

    I would also like to make it a template for other pages I can make on all the issues that will affect the upcoming election.

    If you have corrections or suggestions for improvement, please post it here.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/06/talking-points-afganistan-troop.html

  32. That is really unfortunate. Panetta will still do it, but I think it would have been better with the Republican Gates doing it.

  33. Thanks, Overseasgranny for keeping up with and sharing this news on this issue.

  34. Interesting take from TPM on Cantor leaving the debt ceiling negotiations over tax hikes.

    While Cantor said taxes were the main obstacle to talks, he noted that he and Vice President Joe Biden were making significant progress and indicated that the current sticking points were merely beyond his authority to negotiate without Speaker Boehner’s participation. Reading between the lines, the suggestion was that he wasn’t blowing up the talks at all — one might even speculate that Republicans were budging from their no-taxes position, but needed Boehner’s approval to clear the way forward forward.

    That idea seemed dashed, however, as Boehner doubled down on his anti-tax rhetoric on Thursday, redrawing his party’s line in the sand.

    But Boehner’s intransigence fed into a third possible narrative of a behind-the-scenes power struggle in the House GOP, in which Cantor deliberately is tagging in the Speaker to complete the politically unpopular task of conceding tax increases necessary to secure any major deal. Boehner did little to tamp down speculation over Cantor’s move on Thursday, offering a less then enthusiastic response to a reporter’s question on whether he supported the decision. Asked by TPM about the timing of Cantor’s exit, a spokesman for Boehner did not address whether he had been informed of the decision prior to its announcement.

  35. Of course that’s just kicking the can down the road. From what I’ve read, Greece will likely need a second bailout. What else can the Greek govt cut without risking a full-blown uprising?

  36. Well, from experience here in Ireland going through a similar but smaller shrink of the economy, they can protest all they want and be as disruptive as they like, but as long as the government does what it has to do the 2nd bailout and linked cuts will also happen. The alternative is far uglier and the Greek government knows that. The citizens are going to have to realize that a smaller paycheck is better than no paycheck at all, and that is what it boils down to. Replacing the government will not change the situation or the facts. Greece overspent for decades and hid that, and now they finally have to pay for it.

  37. Looks like I have been missing out on the new thread. Darnit. Thanks BWD. Another masterpiece thread. :)

  38. I have to say, Tien, I’m thoroughly enjoying AdBlock. Imagine, an internet free of advertising. I even went to GOS just so I could look at their content without ads. Hah!

  39. You’re closer to this than I am. How badly are ordinary Greeks hurting? Are those on the streets protesting against unbearable cuts, or are they protesting the loss of the subsidized lifestyle they enjoyed for the past couple of decades?

  40. Ahhhh…see Sylvia Plath I get. I read that wiki definition before and it didn’t make any sense to me. But Sylvia Plath…yes, now I see how it applies to those progressives. Thank you.

  41. I just saw this great article – what Al Gore REALLY said about Obama – Excerpt:

    “I am sure you have heard about Al Gore’s recent article in Rolling Stone. The corporate media coverage of Gore’s article perfectly illustrates how the left is being manipulated by the corporate media into blaming Democrats and giving Republicans a free pass. The articles have the following headlines:

    “Al Gore slams Obama on climate change.”
    “Gore Blasts Obama for Not Fighting Climate Change.”
    “Gore: Obama Has ‘Failed to Stand Up’ on Global Warming.”
    “Gore: On global warming, Obama has changed little.”
    “Gore Faults Obama on Global Warming.”
    “Gore faults Obama on global warming.”
    “Gore: Obama has ‘failed’”

    GORE: “First of all, anyone who honestly examines the incredible challenges confronting President Obama when he took office has to feel enormous empathy for him: the Great Recession, with the high unemployment and the enormous public and private indebtedness it produced; two seemingly interminable wars; an intractable political opposition whose true leaders — entertainers masquerading as pundits — openly declared that their objective was to ensure that the new president failed; a badly broken Senate that is almost completely paralyzed by the threat of filibuster and is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the oil and coal industries; a contingent of nominal supporters in Congress who are indentured servants of the same special interests that control most of the Republican Party; and a ferocious, well-financed and dishonest campaign poised to vilify anyone who dares offer leadership for the reduction of global-warming pollution.

    “In spite of these obstacles, President Obama included significant climate-friendly initiatives in the economic stimulus package he presented to Congress during his first month in office. With the skillful leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee chairmen Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, he helped secure passage of a cap-and-trade measure in the House a few months later. He implemented historic improvements in fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles, and instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to move forward on the regulation of global-warming pollution under the Clean Air Act. He appointed many excellent men and women to key positions, and they, in turn, have made hundreds of changes in environmental and energy policy that have helped move the country forward slightly on the climate issue. During his first six months, he clearly articulated the link between environmental security, economic security and national security — making the case that a national commitment to renewable energy could simultaneously reduce unemployment, dependence on foreign oil and vulnerability to the disruption of oil markets dominated by the Persian Gulf reserves. And more recently, as the issue of long-term debt has forced discussion of new revenue, he proposed the elimination of unnecessary and expensive subsidies for oil and gas.”

    Here’s the rest:
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=433×693795

  42. How well I remember as I got raises my lifestyle improved until I could not remember what it was like living with less income. It is both – they are being cut back hard on their current inflated income, but to them these are unbearable cuts. A lot will depend on whether the government hits the wealthier first. Cuts to the lowest paid and those already at the poverty level are the nasty ones, but those will happen, too.
    In Ireland, the EU is putting pressure on for water charges, property taxes and septic tank fees. How to assess those fees gets tricky. The gov wanted a quick way to do them, so on property tax they first said they would assess a flat 100 Euro per house. That was unfair because a millionaire in a mansion would pay the same as an elderly pensioner in a small cottage, so that is still being figured out. On water, it is the cost of the meter that is being tossed around for the same reason – the wealthy can afford it, the poor cannot. The septic tank charges may tear the country apart because those in the cities on sewage pipe systems won’t have to pay it, while the rural communities, who have no choice, will. The debates go on.

  43. Wow, living in the US it’s just gobsmacking to hear that there were no property taxes, water or sewage charges in Ireland. Those are just given costs of living here. I don’t pay property tax since I rent, but I do pay water, garbage, and sewage — about $50 a month.

  44. The last I heard the great people of NY told Obama to not interfere with NY politics. I certainly hope if the vote fails that they don’t put this on Obama because he didn’t endorse gay marriage. Its not like Republicans will suddenly become enlightened if he does.

  45. You pay property tax through your rent.
    Not having those charges was one of the very attractive things about living here. Breaking it down more, the property tax might be 100 Euro per year until there is some system of assessing home values. Until now it was not necessary as house sales were done by public auction. The water meter will be 175 Euro, plus water charges after a free allowance; all meters have to be installed as there are none now. The septic fee might run 300-400 Euro, but there is no system to check them yet and the fee is supposed to cover that. Adding those up, for a rural pensioner, that is half of one month’s pension check right there.

  46. wow is all I can say and I had enough! No more reading and buying corporate media BULL! They are trying to poison us against each other so their masters and friends can get a free pass!

  47. I watched the vidio of Don Choi he is dispicable, this gradioso asshole is all about him>
    I am getting tired of the PL complainig about everyfucking thing , Obama is the BEST friend the gay community have, and by the way their isue it’s not the only issue of this country. We support rights for eveyhuman bein in this planet, Obama is not GOD. he wiil do whatever he can for everybody The dairy on people’s view it’s right on.So to pur friends in the gay comunity please give Obama some slack. this is breaking my fucking heart.

  48. Stoner? been there done that., but my kids do not know LOL ot was many. many years ago. that’s funny LL.

  49. Yes it was a great article so Thanks Robert Creamer. We just watched PBO Remarks
    to the Army Mountain Division , and I sure GLAD Don Choi was not here, yes I.am fucking mad we our grand kids in harm ways in Afghanistan fighting for all of us, and when I see Don Choi DISRESPETING OUR PRESIDENT FUCK HIM

  50. It’s the ultimate secret plot of that kenyan muslin fascisto communisto – Take over the world of babies. Babies, run for your lives. l

  51. Sheesh. He really is a jerk.

    Why oh why won’t he go after the Speaker of the House? The House majority wants to defend DOMA. PBO doesn’t. What gives with that? Oh, wait… never mind. Choi is a Republican..

    But you know what? It almost seemed like a set-up. Why would the guy say that he wasn’t sure if he was for marriage equality even though he’s bi-sexual because PBO hasn’t come out in support of marriage equality? The guy can’t be for something unless PBO is? Makes no sense. Plus, the guy was smiling on his way back to his chair.

    If it was a set-up, all Choi accomplished was making himself look like and a$$.

  52. Well WIW, I am extremely impressed with the list of your talking points! Thank you for mentioning my tiny contribution in response to your request. I am absolutely convinced that the way you are going about this is the most effective way to ensure success in re-electing the President.

    I just love the way you spend your energy and time in highlighting positive things that we can use in winning support from voters; instead of trying to expend all our energy and time trying to respond to all the negativity being peddled by both the right wing teabaggers and the left wing “holier than thou” progressives.

    Again, thanks for the wonderful work you are doing!

  53. Excellent post. Will not read the comments section. And, again, I love reading GOS without ads. :)

  54. “They are trying to poison us against each other so their masters and friends can get a free pass!”

    Absolutely true Jeff! I feel ashamed for buying into these headlines before reading the actual article! Once I read the article, I quickly understood what both the MSM and the PL were trying to do: they wanted to use VP Gore’s minor criticism of Obama to advance their meme that Liberals and progressives are abandoning President Obama. This was an absolutely manufactured lie that led some of us on this site to buy as truth of Gore’s abandonment of the President. I will never again buy into headlines without reading the actual material.

  55. We should know better than to have a knee-jerk reaction to everything that “someone” said “someone” say unless you hear it directly from that persons mouth. I thought I had learned not to attack someone based on heresay. Next time I will reserve my comments for at least a day or two.

  56. Deaniac83 (Peoplesview.net) is awesome. He post information about the Labor Bd proposal to speed up Union Elections to reduce corp intimidation and litigation. But we have to show out and submit comments of support. Here is the link to read and submit comments:
    http://tinyurl.com/obamahelpsunions
    Since Card Check is DOA in the senate, let’s flex our people muscle to help build a strong middle class.

  57. Deaniac83 (Peoplesview.net) is awesome. He posted information about the Labor Bd’s (NLRB) proposal to speed up Union Elections to reduce corp intimidation and litigation. But we have to show out and submit comments of support. Here is the link to read and submit comments:
    http://tinyurl.com/obamahelpsunions
    Since Card Check is DOA in the senate, let’s flex our people muscle to help build a strong middle class.

  58. Huffignton post is not that bad, i think you should give them more slack, I do believe they support President Obama ( in a tuff way)… but, they do support him.
    On another note…. I love the way the baby is looking at OBAMA in that cool photo. i think i would look at him like that up close….. :D

  59. Rhoda, thanks for posting this. As I said in several of my comments, I will never again buy into the media hyped headlines. Except for a very small portion of the article where VP Gore, unwisely in my view, suggests that the President had failed to use the “Bully pulpit,” the major portion of the article praises the President initiatives on green jobs and climate change.

    For the media to selectively pounce on that small section of the article to proclaim that VP Gore called the President a failure on global warming was dishonest, totally unfair to VP Gore, and clear evidence of how the media manipulates news to fit their pre-conceived agendas. The agenda here was to paint the picture that progressive Democrats are abandoning the President in droves. Who better to reinforce the meme of Democratic disunity than the former VP, who was also the party’s Presidential nominee in 2000. By selectively picking a minor portion of Al Gore’s article, and using it to claim that he was slamming the President, they were able to accomplish their objective: sowing division within the Democratic ranks. The PL critics of Obama embraced Gore as evidence that their bashing of Obama was legitimate, and represents the base. For us, who support the President, we were quick to jump all over VP Gore for unfairly criticizing the President, and thus betraying the Democratic party.

    As much as I try to avoid the MSM, this Al Gore episode taught me a lesson: the MSM is so pervasive and it requires constant vigilance to avoid being sucked into its manufactured controversies.

  60. that firebagger dame makes it to urban dictionary

    Gone Hamsher 25 thumbs up

    To twist facts and reality in order to blame President Obama for all the wrongs in the world…whether the wrong is actual, perceived, or imaginary. Just like Jane Hamsher does.

    “Wait…Kevin dropped his ice cream, and he’s blaming Obama?” “Yeah, he’s Gone Hamsher

    hamsher janehamsher professional left fdl firedoglake direfoglake

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Gone%20Hamsher&defid=5893823

  61. Clarification: I meant to say “the MSM (plural) are so pervasive and it requires constant vigilance to avoid being sucked into their manufactured controversies.”

  62. ummm……………Ron what are you talking about? What HuffPo are you reading? What universe do you live in?

  63. If this is true, it makes me absolutely giddy. To see the spectacle of Netanyahu dissing President Obama in the ovala office and being joined at the tonsils with the Republican Party was disgusting.

    I remember during the 2008 campaign Senator Barack Obama said he won’t throw the first punch but he will throw the last. I looks like he may have gotten Netanyahu’s attention. i look forward to hearing more about this fascinating development.

  64. Could you let us know whether it is true that PBO can invoke a state of emergency and raise the debt ceiling if Congress fails to do so?
    I read this on another site but no confirmatory citation legally or from eg the DOJ.

    Thanks , I’ll follow to see if you can find anything on it.

  65. No worse than Orange. A few positive stories (or diaries) but mainly negative ones. A few paid reporters/bloggers, mainly freebies.

    I don’t read either of the two.

  66. “TRIPOLI — Moamer Kadhafi is considering leaving the capital Tripoli following blistering NATO air raids, a report said, as Libya’s rebels hinted they may allow him to remain in the country if he stands down.
    The Wall Street Journal Friday quoted a senior US national security official as saying American intelligence shows Kadhafi “doesn’t feel safe anymore” in the capital where he has ruled for over four decades….lots more

    http://tinyurl.com/5vhmf9u

  67. LL, I do want to expand on what I was saying yesterday re Ireland. Ireland’s problem was not caused by over-spending like Greece. There was no immediate need for the extra taxes before the banking crisis occurred. Ireland’s problem was with the banks and they were as guilty as the US banks and the European banks in overextending credit and corruption. Ireland has to put in the extra taxes just to bail out the banks, and that is deeply resented. In that way, Ireland is more like Iceland with its bad bank disaster.
    England is talking about giving their bank stock free to the taxpayers so that they will have an opportunity one day to get some of their money back. The same should be done in Ireland. The problems in Portugal, Spain and Italy compare to Greece, solvency problems.

  68. Looks like BIBi made himself look like a fool. President Obama called it and he is abiding. Lets see if the media pick that up.

  69. AMK, please keep posting that so people can follow the link in subsequent blogs to up the number of thumbs up on that one! Perfect.

  70. PRESIDENT’S FRIDAY SCHEDULE

    12:15 AM – The President arrives Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    10:45 AM – The President tours Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

    11:00 AM – The President delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor
    Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center

    12:45 PM – The President departs Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    1:40 PM – The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base

    1:55 PM – The President arrives at the White House
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    TURNING AROUND THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY…

    …. As the President spoke about earlier this month in Toledo, manufacturing is picking up all across the country. For example, Rhett Crooks is the owner of a precision tooling manufacturer in Vandergift, Pennsylvania that recently turned around and is rehiring. The President explained how manufacturers both large and small like Rhett’s are putting more Americans back to work:

    And what’s most important, all three American automakers are now adding shifts and creating jobs at the strongest rate since the 1990s. So far the auto industry has added 113,000 jobs over the past two years. In Detroit, Chrysler added a second shift at its Jefferson North plant. GM is adding a third shift at its Hamtramck plant for the first time ever. In Indiana, Chrysler is investing more than $1.3 billion in its Kokomo facilities. And across the country, GM plans to hire back every single one of its laid-off workers by the end of the year — every single one.

    And that makes a difference for everyone who depends on this industry. Companies like a small precision tooling manufacturer in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, have brought back many of the employees they had laid off two years ago. Manufacturers from Michigan to Massachusetts are looking for new engineers to build advanced batteries for American-made electric cars.

    So this industry is back on its feet, repaying its debts, gaining ground. Because of you, we can once again say that the best cars in the world are built right here in the U.S. of A., right here in Ohio, right here in the Midwest. And each day when you clock in, you’re doing more than earning your pay by churning out cars. You’re standing up for this company. You’re sticking up for this way of life. You’re scoring one for the home team and showing the world that American manufacturing and American industry is back.

    As a piece to the bigger picture of the auto industry’s turnaround, Rhett’s company, Carbi-Tech, makes dies and stamps brass-plated parts used in throttle and brake controls for Ford, Chrysler, suppliers in Canada, and Delphi Automotive LLP. Rhett’s company felt the effects of the downturn beginning in the second quarter of 2008 and had to lay off 40% off his workforce. However, since the past year, Carbi-Tech is now back to full capacity at 15-20 employees and is in the position to hire more. To continue the positive trend, Rhett recommends industries to stay competitive and believe in the quality of the American worker. Listen to Rhett share his story…

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/23/turning-around-american-manufacturing-industry (w/video)

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’!

  71. To many people, the hiring of 10 people at a small manufacturer is a drop in the bucket, but when this gets multiplied by thousands of these small manufacturers, with the increase in money being spent by the new employees, it really has impact.
    And when people were calling for GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt, they totally forgot about how that would have impacted all these small companies.
    Good to see some of the parts being made in the US. I wish more were.

  72. Absolutely WONDERFUL diary….a must read…in fact, I put that one in my favorites:) Clear, concise. Thanks for posting that…I read that this morning.

  73. HuffPo pretends to be liberal to attract a young demographic but slants much of its political coverage. It featured an op-ed by Gephardt attacking the Independent Review Board which is charged to look at making care more cost-effective and identifying medical practices and procedures which are harmful or ineffective and failed to note that he is a lobbyist for pharma and all the industry interests who are trying to destroy this part of Health Care Reform. This Review Board will be essential in curbing escalating medical costs, much of which do not contribute to improved health.

  74. I’ve never read huffpo unless a link was posted here. I didn’t even read it when Bush was in office. Mmm… I dunno, it just always seemed a bit sleezy to me. When an online news resource claims to be the “left’s answer to Drudge”, well, that’s not saying a whole lot for them.

  75. One of the top rated diaries I read there and there are so rare. The amount of work and excellent presentation puts it at the top of the list for me.

  76. And to their families and businesses where they will now be able to spend some money.

  77. @Shoq: Some calls us “OBAMABOTS.” I call us CONCERNED CITIZENS working with who we elected. @karoli explains:

    I OBOT?

    It’s time to address this once and for all. Here are a couple of things about me that you can count on. First, when I criticize the President, I endeavor to do so in a constructive way. Second, I will give this administration the benefit of the doubt. Third, there is never going to be a time where I will grunt and say that Obama is just like Bush. This is because that would be a lie of the highest magnitude.

    I understand that it’s all the rage these days to take anger at Republican obstruction and project it onto the President. I also understand that it’s all the rage, and I do mean rage, to take disappointment that he hasn’t moved whatever heaven and earth he should have moved for your personal pet issues quickly enough.

    GAY RIGHTS? Yes, despite his DOJ making the decision that DOMA is unconstitutional and despite signing DADT’s repeal into law last year, despite setting policies for government employees that allow same sex partners to be covered by employees’ health insurance, and despite the fact that this president is undoing much of what our last Democratic president did, it’s not enough for some. It’s not fast enough, it’s not right enough, it’s not enough. Period. Fair enough. It’s your right to be peeved, but don’t project that onto me or suggest I’m some kind of robot-being for not shaking my fist hard enough. I prefer to fight that battle on the state level, thankyouverymuch.

    GUANATANAMO? Let’s all repeat after me: Congress killed the Guantanamo closure, not the President. But he didn’t fight hard enough, you say? To which I reply, choose your battles. This was one he desperately wanted to win for a number of reasons which transcend the disgruntlement of some of his left-leaning (former) supporters. But alas, he has an intransigent Congress with a bunch of wingnuts in the House. Everything is a battle. And to be fair, there were some conservadems willing to join hands to block that closure, so he was more or less out of ammo before he loaded the gun. Pick your battles, I say. Anyone who has raised kids knows by the time the second one can talk that every disagreement can’t be a battleground, no matter how much you want it to be.

    TAX CUTS? Okay, here’s a legitimate gripe. I’ll join in this one. I wanted the tax cuts to expire rather than a deal. On the other hand, it’s difficult for me to toss unemployed folks under the bus when the tradeoff was 13 months of extended UI benefits, which is stimulative to the economy and which makes a huge difference to the long-term unemployed. Still, I hate that the tax cuts were extended to 2012.

    WARS? Going back to the campaign promises, which were also part of the overall Democratic platform. I see where he promised to ramp up Afghanistan, hunt down Bin Laden, and end Iraq (Also see this WaPo article with specific numbers. All but 147 out of Iraq by 12/31 unless Iraq requests otherwise). Check, check and check. And now, just as was promised when he agreed to the troop surge, those troops are being drawn down and the transition to Afghan control planned by 2014. Am I happy that we have a presence in Afghanistan? Hell, no. Do I think he’s doing the best he can to unwind that presence responsibly? Yes, I think I do.

    LIBYA? Hate that we have any involvement, like that NATO is lead on it, hate Gaddafi with a passion and have for years, hope that it ends soon. I’m not sure there is a graceful way to decline to participate in a NATO action, nor do I have all of the information at my fingertips to know what led to the decision, but honestly, I wish it would have been a different one…

    IT AMAZES ME — TRULY AMAZES ME — THAT WE’RE HAVING DEBATES ABOUT HOW THIS PRESIDENT ISN’T LIBERAL ENOUGH WHILE REPUBLICANS ARE PLANNING TO LET THE ECONOMY GO TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET by playing chicken with the debt ceiling. YOU’D THINK THERE WOULD BE PLENTY TO CRITICIZE WITH THAT. YOU’D THINK WATCHING THEM WALK AWAY FROM BUDGETS NOT BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT GETTING THE SPENDING CUTS THEY WANT, but because Democrats won’t take tax cuts off the table would offer a clue as to who the real enemy is…

    LIKE IT OR NOT, THIS GUY IN THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST HOPE YOU’VE GOT. You can batter him or you can back him. I choose the latter. THAT ISN’T OBOTIC. IT’S SIMPLY REALITY….

    WE HAVE A SENATE AT RISK, A HOUSE THAT’S WINNABLE, AND A PRESIDENT WHO IS STRONG against the current Republican field. I’m aiming for the big battles, which are with Republicans, not those to the left of me.

    NOW EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO MAKE A DONATION AND BUY THE T-SHIRT. I’ll see the circular shooters on the other side, hopefully after another win.

    “…don’t hurt your human…”

    http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/2011/06/24/i-obot/
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    You go gurl…

    You tell ‘em…A**wipes! ;) lol

    This *SHOULD* “GO VIRAL”…Tweet/RT it, FB it, Email it, et al!!!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! ;)

  78. Mornin’ WiW,

    Thank you for helpin’ keep us current and informed…

    The TeaPublicans and their ilk *ARE* “goin’ down”…Grrr!!!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! ;)

  79. Wholeheartedly, yeah it is!

    Off-topic:

    By the way, I’m still lookin’ for that Koch’s 80 year “sabotage” plan article…

    The article I posted had a “broken” link!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! ;)

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