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It’s Tough to Argue with Results

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by rottenart

For the past 20 years, one of the most effective attacks Republicans have used against Democrats is the ‘Soft on Defense’ barb. In actuality, one could make the case that Democrats have far more experience (and success) with military conflict but since when has reality had anything to do with politics? It’s been a pretty devastating tactic and one which Democrats have always had a problem defending against, even when it should have been easy.

That era, however, might be coming to an end.

Three distinguished former military members, former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, and retired Major General Paul Eaton, tore into the GOP field and strongly defended President Obama’s foreign policy after Tuesday’s debate. The attacks are pretty brutal, though entirely factual:

“While President Obama has kept his promises across the globe, the leading Republicans have been all over the map, offering sound-bite critiques and shifting positions with every change in the headlines as they seek partisan advantage,” Clark said.

“If you took any six of those candidates, you might find sixteen positions on any issue,” said Danzig. “If you added Governor Romney you’d probably find forty six positions.”

Ouch.

Of course, it has the added benefit of being true. Even leaving aside the end of the Iraq war, the steady dismantling of Al Qaeda, the overthrow of Qaddafi and the unwinding of the war in Afghanistan, Obama still has an ace in the hole that the right will have a hard time attacking: Osama Bin Laden. After ten years, it was this administration that killed him. That alone should be enough to neutralize the ‘Soft on Defense’ sop.

If the Republicans want to attack Obama’s foreign policy credentials, I’m sure it’s a debate the administration would heartily welcome.

 

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John Mccain Now Supports the Libyan Rebels

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2011 by rottenart

Oops.

Jim Inhofe, Ignorant as Ever

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by rottenart

I’ve never been been one to confuse Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) with an intellectual. His one-man mission to disprove climate change by simply refusing to acknowledge it is the very definition of willful ignorance. But his recent comments on rising oil prices cross the line from his usual lack of critical thinking right into jaw-droppingly stupid:

“A lot of people are saying that the gas prices that are going up are a result, partially, of what’s happening over there. That isn’t the real problem,” said Republican Senator James Inhofe, his party’s senior member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a climate change skeptic.

Inhofe said that “the real problem” was President Barack Obama’s efforts to enact a cap-and-trade plan to curb emissions of greenhouse gases blamed by scientists for global warming.

Wow. Just to be clear, revolutionary tension in a region of the world that controls a huge chunk of oil resources and refining capability  isn’t as big a factor in oil prices as a bill that hasn’t been passed, isn’t law, has no likelihood of either anytime soon, and isn’t really anything more than a “goal” of the Obama administration, as Inhofe puts it. As Steve Benen points out:

Keep in mind, Inhofe isn’t just a strange guy on Fox News or right-wing talk radio; he’s the leading Republican senator on the Committee on Environment and Public Works. If the GOP takes back the majority next year, he’ll be chairman.

I didn’t think it was possible to make Tom Coburn look like the thoughtful, reasoned member of OK’s senatorial delegation but then Jim Inhofe went and opened his mouth. Again.