Thursday, March 31, 2011

Libya vs. Iraq

What a great summary of the simplib mindset.

Hat tip GS.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Some Thoughts on Libya

A few reflections and questions on the state of affairs in Libya (and our involvement in it):

Hat tip IBD, Michael Ramirez

  • My first reaction to getting involved there was "WTF??" I thought getting rid of barbarous dictators was no longer in our playbook.  Obama said so about our involvement in Iraq.
  • OK, we're going to get involved. Oh no we are not, we are / are not going to arm the "rebels."  Mr. President, I know you are a great student of military affairs, but allow me to give you a couple of pointers:
    • If you are going to go in, do so with overwhelming force.  (Powell doctrine)
    • When committing to a military action, ensure that the goals are clear, specific and achievable.  Vagary of purpose on the battlefield will get people killed - not only innocent civilians, but our guys too.
    • Do NOT get involved in a civil war - it never turns out well.
      • OK, we're involved in a civil war.  Support the side that is most consistent with your values and preferably not the side that is already fighting you elsewhere.
        • OK, both sides are already attacking you...let me get back to you...
    • Do NOT overextend our military.  Ever since World War II, our military has been designed to fight two wars.  Budgetary constraints and on-going mission creep has badly deteriorated that ability, so it is wise not to engage any further.
    • Do NOT turn the military into a humanitarian, feel-good, take out the trash organization.  The military is made up of a breed of human that liberals like you despise: the warrior.  They kill people and break things so that you can tell them that they shouldn't kill people and break things...a conundrum,  I know, but that's the way it works.
  • Is it just me?  Since Vietnam, is there a single war/engagement/"kinetic military action" that has not been a scenario where U.S. Forces are protecting/fighting for/dying for Muslims?  Gulf War I, Bosnia, Gulf War II, Afghanistan, Somalia, and now Libya.  What makes us believe that they will now like us?
  • What's up with Russia?  Hmmm, Europe gets about 30% of their oil from Libya...Russia is their major supplier.  Sooo, if you are Russia, why not abstain from the vote at the UN and then condemn US/NATO/?? Forces for using force - "it wasn't in the mandate!!!" Mayhem in the competitor's camp is good for business!
  • I've been thumbing through the Constitution (of the United States)...I can't find the part where the President has to have approval from the Arab League, the United Nations, NATO, SEATO, ASPCA and several other important alphabet combinations to go to war and not from Congress??
  • I really wish that conservatives could set a good example and not criticize our government when engaged in overseas imbroglios, but Dammit, this bunch makes it impossible!

A Texan's View

As a proud son of the Lone Star State, your humble Rumbler got a chuckle out of this one:

Hat tip EG.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Obama to Millenials: "Tough!"

Here's a great video that expresses what should be the concerns of all Millenials - (born 1980-2000):

Great we get to have our parents pay for our healthcare until we are 26, one of the actors states, but they would rather have a job and pay for it ourselves.

That's the spirit!  Not of dependency and "getting something for nothing" aka "liberalism," but of INDependece.  That's the American way and the spirit that will pull us out of this mess.  Great message!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obama Jokes

A lot of truth in all good comedy.  Rumbleneighbor had no problem ripping GWB but if nary a word is said about the Santa Obamista, he is offended...we're not giving him a chance....sniff, sniff.  We're three years into this nightmare, I would say he's been given more than a chance.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Moment of Silence

Let's dispense with politics for a minute and acknowledge that a profound tragedy has occurred and will continue to unfold before us for some time.  These are events that leave one wondering if man has a God that is traveling through this universe with him.  Let us pray for the dead and the suffering in this proud land and for a restoration of true hope.  Even in this darkness, there is the light of human kindness that restores the faith that we are made in His image.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dear Mr. President - When Can George W. Bush Stop By For An Apology?

Having endorsed the previous administration's policies in Iraq and Afghanistan - despite campaigning vigorously against them, the Obama administration has reached the red hot magma core of liberal hatred of George W. Bush: Guantanamo.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Isn't it a shame when naivete collides with reality?  I congratulate the President on this move - it's two years too late, but at least he has finally started to cope with the reality that there are greater evils in this world than Republicans.

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's Not A "Right," It Is "Power"

Great summary of the terms of the battle in Wisconsin (and elsewhere, including right here in Tennessee):

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Significance of Madison

Once again, Bill Whittle nails it!  This is a terrific look at our history and the significance of Madison...well worth the 10 or so minutes to watch.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Evil Dictatorship of Noodles

I had read that eating too many carbohydrates could cause digestive problems, thus going to the Noodles restaurant daily could be a problem.  Dangit, we're about to get one right down the street.  I can't possibly support them now that I know they are an evil dictatorship:

Hmm.  Some pretty interesting economic theories proposed here:

1. People that own their own businesses are actually "dictators," because they tell the "workers" what to do.
2. The way to solve that is to have a union and if the owners don't cooperate you get rid of them.
3. Racism, homophobism and sexism exist to divide people against each other - apparently the dictators created these things...but not sure on that one.

Somewhere a parent is watching this and crying.