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President Obama: Doing For Afghanistan What He And Hillary Did For Iraq

Saturday, June 28, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

 

The Taliban are gearing up just as we gear down, moving over to the offensive just as predicted by many following President Obama’s timetable for the U.S. quitting the country.

The news out of Iraq foreshadows what will happen in an Afghanistan suddenly emptied of U.S. and allied forces.

Given the president’s desire to withdraw from the world, you have to wonder why he hasn’t targeted the 7,000 troops in Kosovo’s Camp Bondsteel (pictured below)?  The country is quiet –though it wouldn’t stay that way if the U.S. withdrew from its now nearly two-decade long commitment to peace-keeping.  The answer of course is that the president’s political fortunes were served by bolting Iraq, and he sees his “legacy” bound up in unleashing a similar chaos in Afghanistan.  It is an upside down view of history and leadership, especially given that the peace in Kosovo is the one long-term accomplishment of the Clinton years.

But President Obama’s view of the world –and of his “legacy”– isn’t an ordinary presidential calculation.  It is radically different.  And opinion polls show what Americans think of his approach to matters foreign and domestic as he enters the twilight of his presidency.

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“The Ballad of Dangerous Duane” by Tarzana Joe

Friday, June 27, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I’ll tell you a tale of a man and a town

And the town’s tale I’m telling you first

But it don’t matter much

Cause to tell you the truth

Both the man and the town have been cursed Continue Reading

A Day Of Disney And Draft Diversion

Friday, June 27, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The news for the past six months has been so awful –so bad in fact I didn’t have time to focus on the wonderful Obama economy which shrunk the most it has in five years as Obamacare sets in– that I am looking forward to our annual broadcast from The Happiest Place on Earth more than usual.  Generalissimo will be attempting 150 consecutive rides on Thunder Mountain (which he has already begun at dawn’s early light) and the broadcast will be mostly politics free, though MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid –the happiest person on MSNBC-- will join me for a couple of segments.

Stop by and say hello if you are visiting the park today.

Yesterday the Cleveland Cavaliers guaranteed future basketball greatness by drafting Andrew Wiggins to pair with Kyrie Irving and who knows which other free agents who come along, and added Fred Barnes as a fan with the addition of University of Virginia sharpshooter Joey Harris in the second round of the draft.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto notes on Harris are here.

NB to news networks that will be covering the GOP 2016 Convention which will almost certainly end up in Cleveland now that it is down to Dallas v. Cleveland.  (See the debate on the two cities between Ohio’s current Governor John Kasich and Texas’ future governor and current AG Greg Abbott here.  Note that the usually eloquent Abbott had to pause when asked about the bodes of water on which elevates might relax during the day and the fact that his massive –and needed– road improvement plan will be rolling out –and roiling traffic– just as the delegates come to town were the RNC crazy enough to send their convo to deep red Texas in June/July of 2016).

Terry Pluto is the guy who knows Cleveland through and through and especially the long, sad history of Cleveland sports –turning around just in time for the GOP convention in all three major sports– and any network that will want a “local color” broadcast voice will want to ink Pluto now.  Of course, as a Salem Radio Network guy, Johnny Radio is already committed, but I’ll be there at the new Lakefront convention center, happily watching the nomination of the man or woman tasked with beating Hillary and then beginning the mountain of work necessary to undo the damage of eight years of the worst president since Wilson and perhaps even far before that.

Off to see the Mouse.

 

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Mitch McConnell On Tuesday’s SCOTUS Holding And The “Imperial President Obama”

Friday, June 27, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The GOP’s leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, joined me to discuss today’s ruling on the president’s recess appointments power.

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Joined now by the leader of the Republicans in the United States Senate, Mitch McConnell, Senator from Kentucky. Senator McConnell, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you, particularly on a day when your view and my view of the Constitution prevails 9-0 in the United States Supreme Court.

MM: Yeah, I mean, I think, Hugh, today it’s pretty clear this President’s behavior with regard to recess appointments was so egregious that it produced a 9-0 Supreme Court decision, Justice Breyer, of all people, writing, in which the Court basically said the Senate gets to decide when it’s in session, not the President. The President had, in really an audacious move, decided that he got to determine when the Senate was in session when we were in fact following a procedure that we had followed for many years of coming in every three days in order to prevent recess appointments. And he, the imperial President Obama, decided he knew more than we did, and just, he tried to establish that he got to decide when we were in session. It was particularly maddening, Hugh, I would just add one other thing, it was particularly maddening, because at the same time he decided we were not in session, for purposes of the recess appointments, in other words, giving him the opportunity to make the recess appointments, he was more than happy to sign a bill that we passed on a voice vote during that same period that he was in favor of. Continue Reading

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