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Remember when Afghanistan was the war that had to be won?

September 22, 2010

Apparently Obama doesn’t

“This needs to be a plan about how we’re going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan,” Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid out his reasons for adding 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation. “Everything we’re doing has to be focused on how we’re going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It’s in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room.”

Obama rejected the military’s request for 40,000 troops as part of an expansive mission that had no foreseeable end. “I’m not doing 10 years,” he told Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a meeting on Oct. 26, 2009. “I’m not doing long-term nation-building. I am not spending a trillion dollars.”

Ace has zeroed in on one of the quotes and has what I think is the proper interpretation –

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

The idea, of course, is that America overreacted to 9/11, and 50,000 people die every year in car crashes, and we don’t freak out about that, do we? No, we accept these as acceptable losses in the bigger picture (that is, we want to drive places) and we take the exchange. We drive, some of us will die. Sound bargain.


XBradTC assigns some homework

Collusion and Price Fixing among Silicon Valley venture capitalists?

This group of investors, which together account for nearly 100% of early stage startup deals in Silicon Valley, have been meeting regularly to compare notes. Early on it was mostly to complain about a variety of things. But the conversation has evolved to the point where these super angels are actually colluding (and I don’t use that word lightly) to solve a number of problems, say multiple sources who are part of the group and were at the dinner. According to these souces, the ongoing agenda includes:


  • How the group can act together to keep traditional venture capitalists out of deals entirely
  • How the group can act together to keep out new angel investors invading the market and driving up valuations.


Evictions halted in 23 states because a single person was processing up to 10,000 foreclosures a month and not review them for justification as required by the law.

Some of the nation’s largest mortgage companies used a single document processor who said he signed off on foreclosures without having read the paperwork – an admission that may open the door for homeowners across the country to challenge foreclosure proceedings.


As head of Ally’s foreclosure document processing team, 41-year-old Jeffrey Stephan was required to review cases to make sure the proceedings were legally justified and the information was accurate. He was also required to sign the documents in the presence of a notary.

In a sworn deposition, he testified that he did neither.

The reason may be the sheer volume of the documents he had to hand-sign: 10,000 a month.

Fox News poll show Christine O’Donnell down by 15 points

Andrew Breitbart pissed at Glenn Beck?

The topic of Beck’s giant Aug. 28 Lincoln Memorial rally, with its religious theme, came up in the middle of Breitbart’s talk—and Breitbart didn’t hesitate to say that he was “pissed that he [Beck] would commandeer the Tea Party for that purpose,” meaning a religious purpose. Breitbart’s argument seemed to be, to paraphrase: “We had a nice Tea Party going on in a big tent, with secularists and Jews and South Park-ers and what-have-you allied against big government. Why chase away people who don’t want it to be all about God?”

I have been pissed at Glenn Beck for quite some time and it never made Newsweek. How come? That’s OK though Kaus sums up my take on Beck in the next paragraph –

And resentment of Beck is widespread among other right-wingers I’ve talked to—less because he’s made the Tea Party about God than because he’s made it about Beck. These conservatives don’t think he’s a dangerous ideologue. They have no problem with ideologues. They think he’s a phony who’s in it for himself. Like Keith Olbermann, they reference the Budd Schulberg classic A Face in the Crowd, in which Andy Griffith plays a two-faced populist broadcast sensation. I’ve never seen A Face in the Crowd.

Not only that but he gets his historical “facts” wrong consistently and twists them to justify his inane ramblings. He is a modern day border blaster doomsday preacher – he just doen’t have to broadcast from Mexico.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. xbradtc permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:40 am

    Oh, I don’t think Beck’s a phoney who’s in it for himself.

    Mind you, he IS in it for himself, to a goodly extent, but I think his passion is genuine.

  2. Steve permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:05 pm

    Great Post – I always enjoy visiting…

    Common Cents

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