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Obama In 2011; Iraq in 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From the Washington Post, October 21, 2011:

Administration officials said Iraqi forces are indeed prepared to preserve the nation’s stability.

“One assessment after another about the Iraqi security forces came back saying these guys are ready, these guys are capable, these guys are proven,” Denis McDonough, the deputy national security adviser, told reporters.

Now read today’s New York Times on the disaster that Iraq has become since President Obama cut and ran from the prospect of Maliki becoming a Shia Saddam as the country slides into chaos, divided into three regions, one of which is ISIS-land full of radical jihadis planning strikes, the second a Shia dominated dictatorship , and our fiends the Kurds whom we ought to be helping with every conceivable means but of course are not.

Long after the scandals of Obama’s tenure are thoroughly investigated, catalogued, prosecuted and put down in the minds of Obama uber-loyalists like Eric Holder to racism and to his embarrassed one-time supporters to expressions of the serial incompetencies to which they grew accustomed even as they grew wealthy and powerful, the terrible legacy of his tenure as the worst president of modern times will be the loss of the peace in Iraq.

George W. Bush won the war in Iraq.  Barack Obama lost the peace.  And the consequences for that country, and ours, will be awful indeed.



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The “Must Buy” Book Of The Summer: “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine” By Daniel Halper

Monday, July 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


Some Clinton stooge tried to damage the roll out of Daniel Halper’s “Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine” by leaking the bound gallies –all of which were covered by signed non-disclosure agreements– far and wide in the vain hope of strangling press interest in the book but in fact guaranteeing just the opposite. I would have gotten around to the book eventually and had Halper on, but he will now feature prominently in this week of broadcasting with my call to all listeners to pre-order the book ASAP.

If Halper is available this week, he will also be my guest, repeatedly.  If he is only available after the book’s official release date of July 22 when I am on vacation, I will urge my guest hosts Jamie Weinstein and Ed Morrissey to have him on and then I will have him co-host when I get back.  I think it should be the goal of every fair journalist –left, center and right– to push back against dirty tricks of this sort in the publishing world.  The same stuff was tried against Dinesh D’Souza last week when Costco briefly pulled his book only to restock it under a furious backlash from fair-minded folk, a backlash which helped fuel another $2.4 million in ticket sales for Dinesh’s film this weekend past.

The story of the dirty trick aimed at Halper is detailed in this Daily Beast article by Lloyd Grove.  I can only hope that not only O’Reilly and every other Fox News host features Halper but that MSM is shamed into the coverage of the Clinton Inc tactic which foreshadows how a Team Hillary campaign will be waged and how a Hill-Bill White House would be run.

In Friday’s interview with me Marco Rubio indicated that not just he but many people could beat Hillary.  I agree that her opening acts are as flat-footed as a circus clown’s, her book a colossal and embarrassing fail, and her image of invincibility as brittle as the Soviet Union’s in 1988.  But that won’t keep her stooges from trying again and again to bully their way back to 1600.  (My Washington Examiner column this morning suggests one additional means by which the would be GOP nominees might worry the other side.)

No matter how the 2016 race shakes out, this battle of late July and all of August to assure a wide reading of and robust sales for Daniel Halper’s book should be one on which the center-right and the MSM cooperate.


The Threat To Israel

Monday, July 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The lead from the New York Times this morning:

Israel intercepted a drone sent from Gaza on Monday as it flew just off the shore of the port city of Ashdod, about 14 miles north of the Palestinian enclave, adding a new element to a week-old conflict.

Drones are not rocket bottle missiles, nor are the longer range rockets manufactured in Syria but launched from Gaza.  Drones can carry explosives, and of course biological or chemical agents.  If the war escalates it will be because the threat to Israel –both to its north and its south– is increasing.  There is a butcher in Damascus who has been selling weaponry to the terrorists in Hamas.  No serious Israeli official will wait to see if Hamas shows the “restraint” with regards to such weapons President Obama is urging on both sides.

“Income Inequality in America: Is It Rising and Is It Bad” by Clark S. Judge

Monday, July 14, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge

Income Inequality in America: Is It Rising and Is It Bad
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

For anyone following the media just now, it is hard to get through a week without hearing about income inequality in America. In case you missed it, it’s gone up in the last few decades and this, we are told, is a bad thing. On both accounts, I wonder.

The recent flurry of interest follows the publication of Capital in the 21st Century, by French economist Thomas Piketty. After laying out his data, Piketty calls for a cure of, yes, higher taxes and a variety of familiar left-wing policy elixirs. Paul Krugman loves him. Continue Reading

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