An Inherited Problem

One thing that persistently angers me is the president’s tendency to blame everything that goes wrong on someone else.  If the economy is weak, it’s Bush’s fault.  If something goes wrong in Afghanistan, it’s Bush’s fault.  Nothing is his fault.

Ironically, the one area where Obama could actually shift blame to someone else, he hasn’t … yet.  After 9/11, there were two massive bureaucracy changes: the creation of the Depart of Homeland Security and the Directorate of National Intelligence.  Both of changes were initially opposed by Bush, but the former president relented to Congress’ demands.

The promised result of these changes?  We were supposed to get better intelligence sharing so that shoe bombers didn’t keep their visas and board airplanes with explosives.  But that’s not what we’ve gotten.

How’s that 9/11 Commission reorganization working?

I just look forward to those Congressional hearings blasting the administration for not connecting the dots and not taking the terrorism threat seriously.

— uo

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Channeling Cool Hand Luke

Channeling Cool Hand Luke:

What we have here is a situation in which the failings were individual, organizational, systemic and technological,” the official said. “We ended up in a situation where a single point of failure in the system put our security at risk, where human error was compounded by systemic deficiencies in a way that we cannot allow to continue.”

– Anonymous Obama Administration official

— uo

“I’m laughing at the superior intellect.”

Published in: on December 30, 2009 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

“Catastrophic Breach”

When I first read the headline, I thought he was talking about the Salahis.

— uo

Published in: on December 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Catch And Release, Then …

Okay, I have a HUGE problem with this catch and release thing when it comes to certain Guantanamo prisoners.  Bush got it started by releasing prisoners to the Saudis, who apparently believed they could rehabilitate the jihadis.  Ironically, an underwear bomb like the one used on the Delta/Northwest flight was used to try to kill the prince in charge of counterterrorism.

Now comes this:  U.S. Probes Links Between Bomb Plot and Guantanamo Detainees. That’s right, the folks we’ve released are back on the battlefield in the skies.  It’s enough to make my blood boil.

But hey, if you’re going to release them to get them out of the court/tribunal system, and then kill them, I’m okay with that.  Not having a trial saves a lot of taxpayer money, and it makes sure that justice really is served and the terrorists can’t do harm.  Only thing I’d change is that the bad guys need to be killed sooner.

Cheney’s probably pissed he didn’t think of this.

— uo

Published in: on December 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jim Bunning Takes On The Fed

This is pretty interesting, given what has occurred over the past year and a half.  Senator Jim Bunning departs from the sycophants in Washington.

Here is the first and last paragraph of his statement at today’s hearing on the nomination of Fed Chairman Bernanke:

Four years ago when you came before the Senate for confirmation to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve, I was the only Senator to vote against you. In fact, I was the only Senator to even raise serious concerns about you. I opposed you because I knew you would continue the legacy of Alan Greenspan, and I was right. But I did not know how right I would be and could not begin to imagine how wrong you would be in the following four years.

From monetary policy to regulation, consumer protection, transparency, and independence, your time as Fed Chairman has been a failure. You stated time and again during the housing bubble that there was no bubble. After the bubble burst, you repeatedly claimed the fallout would be small. And you clearly did not spot the systemic risks that you claim the Fed was supposed to be looking out for. Where I come from we punish failure, not reward it. That is certainly the way it was when I played baseball, and the way it is all across America. Judging by the current Treasury Secretary, some may think Washington does reward failure, but that should not be the case. I will do everything I can to stop your nomination and drag out the process as long as possible. We must put an end to your and the Fed’s failures, and there is no better time than now.

Nice!  Read the whole thing.

Jim Bunning Does Not Heart Ben Bernanke

— uo

Published in: on December 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm  Comments (1)  

Back from Vacation, and Laughing Out Loud

I don’t always agree with Jon Stewart, but when he’s on his game, he is laugh out loud funny.  Check out this video on the perversion of climate science.

Jon correctly points out that there is science, and there is advocacy.  And when you become an advocate, as opposed to a scientist with an open mind, you end up with unintended consequences.  For instance, my greatest concern is not that U.S. politicians will use this as an excuse to avoid clamping down on greenhouse gases.

As noted before, the reason the Kyoto Treaty didn’t get ratified by the U.S. is due to a 97-0 vote by the Senate that basically said as long as Kyoto exempts developing countries like China (world’s biggest polluter) and India, there is no way that the U.S. will ratify the treaty.  Therefore, the problem with a greenhouse gas agreement isn’t with the U.S.; it’s opposition among developing countries.  Therefore, if this controversy causes doubt that air pollution contributes to global warming, then we’ll never see a global solution to reducing air pollution in the foreseeable.

So what these advocates (not honest scientists!) have wrought is their worst nightmare — the exact opposite of what they intended.  Because of their outrageous behavior, there is no way we’ll see a meaningful agreement on air pollution reduction.

— uo

Published in: on December 3, 2009 at 10:40 am  Leave a Comment