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Daily Archives: April 28, 2012


Saturday Link-O-Rama

Another week, another round of stories I just couldn’t get to in any detail:

-Uh, I don’t think this guy understands what “anti-bullying” really means.  And he certainly doesn’t help his case when he does precisely what he denounces.  Dope.

-I kind of think it has: “Has America Been Crippled By Intellectual Idiots?”

-Investors Business Daily talking about “journalists” (yes the scare quotes are intentional): “It’s Cool To Be In The Tank For Obama”.  But they’ll still want us to laud them for being “objective” and “hard nosed”, right?

-About time.  New professional behavioral guidelines have been issued for the Secret Service.  This only intensifies my belief that this sort of behavior was widespread and fairly common and that leadership was either clueless or did the ole “wink, wink, nudge, nudge”.  Either way, higher heads should roll.  And yeah, I’m a hard ass about stuff like this.

-An interesting exploration of the US labor participation rate.

-Students may love the idea of the redistribution of wealth (when it comes to paying their student loans), but when the example is redistribution of grades, not so much.

-The LA Times carries a story saying the US is signaling a major shift on the Iran nuclear program in which the Obama administration might support letting Iran continue enriching uranium up to 5% purity if it agrees to other U.N. restrictions.  Of course that begs the question as to why the administration has also sent a flock of F-22s, our most advanced air superiority fighter, to bases in the sandbox?

-Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder has declared there’s “more work to do” before his term is done.  Like what?  Scouting out country club jails for his future incarceration?  The guy has got to be the worst and most corrupt AG we’ve seen in quite some time.

-How to win friends and influence an industry – “crucify them”.  Remember, the government is a servant of the people … right?

-I know this will come as a complete shock, but did you know that Social Security and Medicare are going to go broke even sooner than we thought?  Who knew?  According to experts, each household owes $538,000 toward unfunded SS and Medicare liabilities.  Or, $63 trillion, with a “t”, dollars.  Anyone out there want to argue we’ve been well served by our political class?

-I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the Senate race in MA, but Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor and darling of the left is finding out that politics is a bit more hard ball than being in the academic in-group.  Especially when you can’t support your claims.

-Finally the Zimmerman narrative has begun to crumble completely.  The man who was portrayed initially by omission as a white man is apparently a man of very mixed race, to include African ancestry.  Also interesting is after you read this story, you’ll most likely have much the same thought as I did – I now know more about Zimmerman than I do about the President of the United States.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


Obama didn’t make a “gutsy call” but he didn’t cover his rear either

I am on record saying that Joe Biden is full of crap when he tried to sell Obama’s decision to okay the raid that killed bin Laden as “gutsy”.  Biden’s claim is that had the raid failed, his presidency would have been over.

Nonsense.  We’d have simply never heard about it.  There was no risk to Obama or his presidency to okay the raid and tremendous upside (which he continues to try to cash in on) if it succeeded.  Most reasonable people know and understand that.  It is the usual Biden hubris.

But, this new claim which has been floated by Big Peace is also nonsense.  The claim is a memo that authorized the raid also was used to cover the President’s rear if it failed.  Here’s the memo that is being touted as proof:

Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.

The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands. The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.

The decision to shift operational command to McRaven is being characterized as a CYA move by the president who, if the raid failed, would or could throw McRaven under the bus.

Nonsense.

What was done is exactly what should have been done by standard operating procedure for any operation – unless, of course, you want people who have no situational awareness, haven’t been in on the planning and are thousands of miles away, making minute-to-minute operational decisions.  You know LBJ designating targets in North Vietnam or Jimmy Carter trying to run the Iranian operation.

Of course you give operational control to the operational commander for heaven sake.  He’s the guy who has planned, rehearsed and is most familiar with the operation.  He knows the operators, he knows the terrain, he has helped configure the force, he knows the best time to go in.

He is the guy best qualified to have operational control and the shift noted at 10:45 am means at that point it was up to the best qualified man to make the call “go”.

The sort of nonsense that Big Peace is running is, unfortunately, done out of apparent ignorance.  This is not a story.  It has nothing to do with CYA.  It is how operations are done.  When the command authority, who retains the right to make the decision of “go” or “no go”, makes the decision to  proceed they then hand the operation off to the operational commander.

That’s what was done here.  It was the correct thing to do.

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I am no fan of Obama’s. And I remember when he criticized another campaign for using bin Laden to “score political points”.  But this sort of attack is just nonsense.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO