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Almost nothing Obama does on national security satisfies either the left or the right

Kevin Drum NAILS IT:

Poor Barack Obama. The left isn’t very happy about Libya because the left isn’t all that thrilled with military interventions in the first place, and anyway, this one was done without congressional authorization. And the right isn’t very happy about it because…..it happened while Barack Obama is president. The guy can’t win.

I understand the left’s problem with Obama’s national security policy. But the right? What the hell is their problem? Obama has escalated our presence dramatically in Afghanistan; he created a massive drone air force that’s all but wiped out al-Qaeda in Pakistan; he killed Osama bin Laden; he approved a multilateral military operation in Libya that ended up killing Muammar Qaddafi; he sent a SEAL team out to kill Somali pirates; he assassinates U.S. citizens in foreign countries who are associated with al-Qaeda; and he’s done more to isolate and sanction Iran than George Bush ever did. Crikey. Just how bloodthirsty do they want the guy to be?

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  1. I think Obama has done a good job giving the green light on OBL, and Muammar Qaddafi. I do believe he should have gotten congressional apporval though. That being said, I think most Americans are fed up with us being the world police. So is the rest of the world.

    It’s time to grow a backbone, bring our troops home and place them on our southern border. Maybe then we can stop filling our prison system with Hispanics. This would save money on so many levels.

    Obama also needs to grow a backbone and stand up to OPEC. Tell them we aren’t paying these high prices for oil anymore. If they don’t want to comply, then he should get congressional approval on using our own resources.

  2. William says:

    “Obama also needs to grow a backbone and stand up to OPEC. Tell them we aren’t paying these high prices for oil anymore”.

    Yeah, let’s tell them $20 a barrel is fine, since Americans don’t want to pay more than 99 cents for a gallon of gas. While you’re at it, tell those greedy Illinois farmers that $1 a bushel for corn is all they get, so they better get used to it or else.

    Please tell me you are either 14 or a middle school dropout, William. I don’t think I could stand your economic ignorance if you were a high school graduate. The world uses 90 million barrels of oil A DAY. The US uses less than 20 million barrels a day, and only produces less than HALF of what it uses. It’s called SUPPLY AND DEMAND. No one is forcing you to gas up a car, heat or air condition your house, or eat food that uses energy in it’s production. If you don’t want the energy it takes to run a civilization, there are 7 billion other people who are more than glad to take that expensive old oil off your hands.

  3. William.I agree that we as a country should grow a backbone. It’s time to take our common sensse out of mothballs and put the PC into mothballs. WHY…we continue to make no distinction between LEGAL and ILLEGAL is mind boggeling. Some people and/or organizations still need to have racisim present so that the have a platform to attract would-be voters. Welcome legal immigrants. NO tollerance for Illegal immigrants.

    As for OPEC. Think for a minute, if you will, just exactly what domestic Oil Drilling would do for this country. Lessen our dependency (ON ANY OTHER COUNTRY) for oil. Lower pump prices (maybe). Strengthen our economy as we become an oil exporter. AND…..all of the jobs that go with it! But, alas…we won’t see it as long as the Democrats rule..OR…should I say the “PARTY OF FOREIGN OIL”

  4. Thanks Ed, after reading Terry’s post I was thinking my stay on this blog might be short lived. I assumed only lunatics posted on here.

    Doesn’t that moron realize that OPEC can increase production when ever they want. Terry seems to be the kind of guy that would show up at a car dealership and pay full price for a car.

    I would be willing to bet Terry is the proud owner of ocean front property in Arizona.

    Terry: Come on, comparing farmers to oil producers. When was the last time you saw a farm community with Dubai’s riches?

  5. Thanks Ed, after reading Terry’s post I was thinking my stay on this blog might be short lived. I assumed only lunatics posted on here.

    Doesn’t he realize that OPEC can increase production when ever they want. Terry seems to be the kind of guy that would show up at a car dealership and pay full price for a car. I would be willing to bet Terry is the proud owner of ocean front property in Arizona.

    Terry: Come on, comparing farmers to oil producers. When was the last time you saw a farm community with Dubai’s riches?

  6. William says:

    “Terry: Come on, comparing farmers to oil producers”.

    You’re right, William, huge megafarm conglomerates are nothing like the independent oil producers in America. The Department of Agriculture actively hands out billions of tax dollars to farmers (read that “corporations”) every year. The Department of “Energy” does nothing of the sort for our oil producers. And, I don’t own any land in Arizona, but my wife and I do own a house and a 1/4 acre lot in Texas (where I have worked as a geologist (and teacher during the down times) for the last 30 years).

    And, no OPEC doesn’t have any more spigots to turn wide open as you seem to think. You are apparently living in the 1980′s. The only slightly swing producer left is Saudi Arabia, and their excess capacity is pretty small. The Chinese could suck that all up pretty soon. Also, the US imports almost all of its crude from Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela (the only OPEC country of the three) and gets very little oil from the Middle East. Our refineries primarily pay for crude based on WTI which is about $85 a barrel right now. Europe gets most of its crude from the Middle East, and pays closer to the North Sea Brent price, which is about $110 a barrel now. How would you like to pay for your gas based on THAT price?

    When you learn anything at all about the oil industry, come on back to discuss it intelligently. Until then, why don’t you leave complex industries that you know absolutely nothing about to those who can actually discuss it.

    P.S. I’m a Rockford native and NIU graduate who lives where I do because this is where the jobs are. You don’t always get to pick the price you want to pay for your consumer goods (only in idiot child fairy land).

  7. Terry: You went from comparing farmers to middle east oil producers, to comparing them to independent oil producers in the states? You seem pretty desperate.

    I just want to know ho much you paid for the lot and home in Texas. I’m assuming you paid full price and the home was built on a flood plain.

    P.S. I don’t care where you live or work. Signing off from “idiot child fairy land” William.

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