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411 on Trump ….

,,,from the Washington Post….

‘Trump Revealed’: The reporting archive

The Post is making public today a sizable portion of the raw reporting used in the development of “Trump Revealed,” a biography of the Republican presidential nominee published August 23 by Scribner. Drawn from the work of more than two dozen Post journalists, the archive contains 398 documents, comprising thousands of pages of interview transcripts, court filings, financial reports, immigration records and other material. Interviews conducted off the record were removed, as was other material The Post did not have the right to publish. The archive is searchable and navigable in a number of ways. It is meant as a resource for other journalists and a trove to explore for our many readers fascinated by original documents….


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The 2008 to 2016 Anti-Obama Books….

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The Washington Post provides a look at the list and picks some to critique…..

The books paint a bad picture of Barack H. Obama by the Right Wing Nuts with make-believe stuff and a Lot of angry ….

The American Right has NEVER has been able to accept President Obama….So they have developed a negative mythology against him and built on it in print….

Secret Muslim. Socialist. Amateur. Anti-American. Criminal.

Throughout the presidency of Barack Obama, and even before it, a chorus of writers has stood stage right, reinterpreting the era but mainly eviscerating the man. Obama, initially little known, became a literary subgenre and publishing obsession, with countless volumes attacking the president, promising to unmask who he really is, what he really thinks and why he does the things he does. And for a while, at least, the books sold well.

Selecting a representative set among dozens and dozens of titles in the Obama hatred literature is not easy. Do you go with “Impeachable Offenses” or “The Manchurian President”? “Divider-in-Chief” or “The Obama Nation”? “Culture of Corruption” or “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”? A sample of such books, spanning 2008 to 2016, shows that, while the anti-Obama canon can be predictable, it is by no means static. The aversion to the president is always growing, and the nature of that aversion is always evolving toward harsher conclusions.

In the beginning, there was ignorance, and the void of our Obama knowledge was filled with speculation, bits of autobiography and family lore. The senator from Illinois was deemed dangerous for all that he might be: distant, unfamiliar, foreign in so many ways. Once he sat in the Oval Office, however, the attacks shifted, and the president became that most recognizable of political creatures: unprincipled, corrupt, Chicago. As conservative disdain intensified throughout his first term, Obama came to be seen as a bungler, in over his head (think the Libya intervention or Operation Fast and Furious). Yet soon he was redefined once more, this time as a brilliant subversive: It’s not that Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing but that he knows all too well. That leads, inevitably, to the final and most damning judgment — that this president is a criminal.

Donald Trump’s rise in GOP presidential politics has drawn sustenance and inspiration from the anti-Obama literature, regardless of whether its authors support the candidate. Indeed, the arc of Trump’s criticisms of the president, from his birtherism in 2011 to his more recent charge that Obama is “the founder of ISIS,” traces, in a distorted and exaggerated way, these portrayals of the president, from unknown outsider to recidivist lawbreaker.

These books and writers do not necessarily agree with one another. But they do build upon each other….



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Why Did They Choose George Washington As President ?

from the Oligarch Kings.

Washington’s gifts were not immediately apparent. Certainly he was fastidious in his dress, indeed something of the dandy. Washington was powdered and puffed and wore a dress sword and white stockings, his shoes had silver buckles and the buttons of his Hartford cloth coat had eagles on them. As a general in the Revolutionary War, however, he seemed unable to win battles. He was in constant retreat hoping perhaps that the British would simply give up and go away. His deficiencies were only saved by his British counterparts being even more ill-endowed. General Howe, his opposite number, has not had a good press. “Any general in the world other than General Howe could have beaten General Washington; and any general in the world could have beaten General Howe”. Finally the French came to help out at Yorktown and that was that. The British contrived to hold up at New York and other bits but eventually went away as Washington had always reasoned they would.

Most of the stories of Washington that are known are as false as his teeth. He suffers from an almost complete makeover to the point of hagiography. The source of all these paeans of Washington’s prowess came from the pen of one Mason Locke Weems or Parson Weems as he is known in posterity. Weems wrote an unbelievably successful Life of George Washington: With curious Anecdotes, Equally Honourable to Himself and Exemplary to His Young Countrymen which was printed in 1806. It is not a book where events are simply dressed up in their Sunday best it is a book quite simply packed full of lies. Washington never threw a dollar across the Potomac – that is just impossible. He never cut down a cherry tree – that was a story made up years later to make him an exemplar to children, and as for never lying, well come on – he was a politician.

He was a firm believer in his own dignity to the point of vanity. He was cold and reserved in manner and hated to be criticised…..


Note …..

George Washington by way of Wikipedia....

Mason Locke Weems…..(Parson Weems)….

A History of the Life and Death, Virtues and Exploits of General George Washington…by Mason Locke Weems.

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A REAL look at what went on in Iraq from a former Marine….’Redeployment’

And it ain’t pretty like a John Wayne Movie…..

And some people don’t get to go home in one piece…..

In any other vehicle we’d have died. The MRAP jumped, thirty-two thousand pounds of steel lifting and buckling in the air, moving under me as though gravity was shifting. The world pivoted and crashed while the explosion popped my ears and shuddered through my bones.

Gravity settled. There’d been buildings before. Now headlights in the dust. Somewhere beyond, Iraqi civilians startling awake. The triggerman, if there even was one, slipping away. My ears were ringing and my vision was a pinpoint. I crawled my eyes up the length of the barrel of the .50-cal. The end was warped and blasted.

The vehicle commander, Corporal Garza, was yelling at me.

“The .50’s fucked,” I screamed. I couldn’t hear what he was saying.

I got down and climbed through the body of the MRAP. I went on my hands and knees across the seats and opened the back hatch. Then I stepped out.

Timhead and Garza were out already, Timhead posted on the right side of the vehicle while Garza checked the damage. Vehicle Three came up with Harvey in the turret to provide security. It was a tight street, just getting into Fallujah, and they parked off to the left of the MRAP, which was slumped down in the front like a wounded animal.

The mine rollers weren’t even attached anymore. Their wheels were spread out everywhere, surrounded by bits of metal and other debris. One of the vehicle’s tires was sitting a few feet out, cloaked in dust, looking like the big granddaddy of all the little baby mine roller wheels around it.

I wasn’t quite steady on my feet, but training kicked in. I put my rifle in front, scanning the dark, trying to do my fives and twenty-fives, but the dust would have to settle before I could see more than five feet in front of me.

A light in one house glowed through the haze. It flickered, quickly dimming and brightening. My head rang and my back hurt. I must have slammed into the side of the turret…..



Phil Klay served with the U.S. Marines in Iraq during the 2007 and 2008 surge. Upon his return, he wrote Redeployment, which won the National Book Award for fiction in 2014. Today, the U.S. House voted to halt a program aimed at resettling thousands of Syrian refugees. In a series of tweets reacting to the news, Klay wrote, “It’s only during frightening times when you get to find out if your country really deserves to call itself the ‘home of the brave.'”

…from twitter….

1. Tremendously upset by attempt to effectively close our borders to Syrian refugees by imposing impossible-to-implement screening standards……



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Ted Cruz Update…His dad tried to join Castro’s Army….

The Texas Senator tell’s it all about his fathers early efforts in his homeland of Cuba….

And how things changed for him with a realization of where Castro went after taking over the island….

(Ted Cruz will join other GOPer’s in selling a book with the exposure he gets from the  2016 Presidential Run….)

The father of Senator Ted Cruz was a 1950s Cuban revolutionary who longed to slip into the island’s eastern mountains and join Fidel Castro’s guerrilla army.

At 17, Rafael Cruz led a group of insurgents staging urban sabotage against Fulgencio Batista, a Cuban dictator. Mr. Cruz was eventually jailed and tortured, and upon his release wanted the underground to help him reach Mr. Castro’s camp in the Sierra Maestra highlands.

“My dad asked if he could join Castro in the mountains and keep fighting,” Senator Cruz, Republican of Texas and a presidential candidate, writes in his book, “A Time For Truth,” which is being released on Tuesday. “But he was told there was no way to get to the rebels.”

Instead, the elder Cruz bribed his way to a Cuban exit visa and headed to the University of Texas.

He returned home shortly after Mr. Castro seized power in 1959, but, Ted Cruz writes, was appalled to see Mr. Castro had “declared to the world that he was a Communist.” Mr. Castro did not formally call his revolution Socialist until the eve of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961….


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‘2016 and Beyond’….Book Report on the Republican’s and possibly the Rubio try for the White House…

Conclusion ?

Rubio and ANY possible Republican nominee for President next year MUST get More of the declining White vote….And they would need to win more of the white vote in state’s ABOVE the Mason-Dixon line and generally East of the Mississippi….

(Oh, and get More Black, Brown and Yellow voters….)

That is a MUST writes Republican pollster Whit Ayers….

Based on estimates of the composition of the 2016 electorate, if the next GOP nominee wins the same share of the white vote as Mitt Romney won in 2012 (59 percent), he or she would need to win 30 percent of the nonwhite vote. Set against recent history, that is a daunting obstacle. Romney won only 17 percent of nonwhite voters in 2012. John McCain won 19 percent in 2008. George W. Bush won 26 percent in 2004.

Sen. Marco Rubio, who’s running for president in 2016, is known for his stances on immigration and tax reform. Here’s the Florida Republican’s take on Obamacare, the Islamic State and more, in his own words. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)
Put another way, if the 2016 nominee gets no better than Romney’s 17 percent of the nonwhite vote, he or she would need 65 percent of the white vote to win, a level achieved in modern times only by Ronald Reagan in his 1984 landslide. Bush’s 2004 winning formula — 26 percent of the nonwhite vote and 58 percent of the white vote — would be a losing formula in 2016, given population changes.

Ayres also points out that the GOP’s support among whites is not evenly distributed across the country. He notes that Romney won “overwhelming margins” among whites in conservative southern states, but won fewer than half the white vote in northern states such as Maine, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Oregon. More importantly, Romney won fewer white votes than he needed in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

To Ayres, this isn’t an either-or choice for the GOP. As he puts it, “For Republicans to become competitive again in presidential elections, Republican candidates must perform better among whites, especially in the overwhelmingly white states of the upper Midwest, and much better among minorities.”…


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‘Clinton Cash’ author owns up to mistakes in his book…

Another one of those OOooops Things?

That after the guy has in pocket money from major media outfits , who jumped for access….

And dump on the Clinton’s…

In trying to defuse the potential damage of the buzzy book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies seized on factual errors identified in author Peter Schweizer’s reporting.

Now, at least for Kindle eBook readers, those passages with errors have been deleted or edited in an updated version of the book.

Amazon on Tuesday blasted out an alert to purchasers of the book — which investigates alleged connections between the Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton’s work at the State Department, and debuted at no. 2 on The New York Times’ best-seller list for the week of March 24 — notifying them that “significant revisions have been made.”

“An updated version of your past Kindle purchase … is now available,” reads the email. “The updated version contains the following changes: Significant revisions have been made.”

Schweizer corrected “seven or eight” passages that were revealed to be inaccurate after the book was released, according to publisher HarperCollins.


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Ex -CIA Boss knocks the White House, CIA and NSA and says benghanzi had NOTHING to do with Hillary Clinton…

Former Deputy Director of the C.I.A., Michael J. Morell, is releasing his book, “The Great War of Our Time” shortly……

He has served in the Central Intelliogence Agency for 33 years…..

In his book he touches on several things….

He thinks that the CIA should NOT be writting what should be sent out to the press after the agency got things wrong on Benghazi that caused now National Security Advisor to make incorrect statements that led to her NOT being able to get the Secretary of State job….

He asserts that Hillary Clinton has nothing to do with the Benghazi incident , and that sveral versions of what went on there are incorrect…

He faults the CIA AND NSA for their internal security prior to Edward Snowden walking away with almost ALL of the US intelliegence ‘family jewels’….

He faults the White House for politicalizing some of the conclusions developed by the intelligence services ….

The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”


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The Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer….Who has his back?

After his book, ‘Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich’ is ready to hit the newstands with negative stuff on the Clinton’s finances?

The wave is growing AGAINST the guy who wrote it and his benefactors …..

His intentions appear to be a bit biased, lets say?

Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer is the president of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a conservative group with close ties to a billionaire family funding Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run. GAI has also received substantial support from groups backed by Charles and David Koch.

Schweizer’s upcoming anti-Clinton book has garnered widespread media attention, despite the author’s long history of criticism from reporters for blatant errors, retractions, and reliance on sources that “do not exist.”

Schweizer’s GAI, which was behind one of the “bogus” reports Schweizer has been excoriated for, bills itself as a nonprofit devoted to investigating “cronyism and government corruption” and protecting “free markets.”

But as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explained on her show, “[W]hen you take a closer look at Mr. Schweizer’s organization and who is backing him, it is a who’s who of big right-wing funders, including one of the guys behind the right-wing media site, for which Mr. Schweizer has previously written — also the billionaire family that is currently bankrolling Ted Cruz’s presidential run.”



This AGAIN will be another thing the Hillary Clinton campaign will have put behind it….

As some on Fox have been saying….

The more this stuff gets thrown at her early?

The batter off she’ll be….

But the guy IS trying to sell books right?


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The guy who has the book out on Hillary will go after Jeb next…..


The past week can’t have been very pleasant for Peter Schweizer. On Sunday, the New York Times revealed that his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, was roiling the political world—“the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy,” as the Times put it.

That landed Schweizer squarely in the crosshairs of the Clinton team and allied liberal groups, which have launched a campaign to discredit Schweizer as “disreputable” and blinded by partisan animosity. Anyone familiar with Schweizer’s work knows better: he wrote a well-regarded book about the Bush dynasty and another, detailing insider trading in Congress, that led to a new law, the bipartisan STOCK Act of 2012, which aims to curb these abuses.

That hasn’t quieted the left-wing clamor that Schweizer is simply out to get Hillary Clinton. But maybe this will: Schweizer is working on a similar investigation of Jeb Bush’s finances that he expects to publish this summer…..


While channel surfing this morning I heard a guy on Fox Cable say something I posted a few days ago….

These negitive books coming out BEFORE next year’s primaries actually HELPS the candidates ….

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How Republicans Can Win in 2016…Book Review….

A must-read: 2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect a President in the New America by Whit Ayres.

“If the 2016 Republican nominee wins the same percentage of the white vote that Mitt Romney won in 2012 — 59 percent — then he or she will need to win 30 percent of the non-white vote to be elected. That is far greater than the 17 percent of the non-white vote that Romney achieved in 2012, or the 19 percent John McCain won in 2008, and better even than the 26 percent of the non-white vote that George W. Bush won his 2004 reelection campaign.”

“On the other hand, if the 2016 Republican nominee wins no more of the non-white vote than Romney’s 17 percent, he or she will need to win 65 percent of the white vote to win. That is a level of white vote achieved by only one Republican nominee in the past forty years: Ronald Reagan in his 49-state landslide reelection sweep in 1984, when he won 66 percent of the white vote… Republicans can complain about these trends, wring their hands over them, and get heartburn as a result. What they can’t do is change them.”



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Americas Bitter Pill:Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System…Book Review

Veteran journalist Steven Brill has penned the basic history of Obamacare and the past,present and future of the American healthcare system in his latest work.Brill shows how our unique health insurance system(where employers provide workers insurance) was an outgrowth of labor union collective bargaining back in the forties and fifties.He speculates that ,but for this, we likely would have a health system much closer to most of the western democracies.

Contrary to Republican claims,Brill intricately shows that Obamacare is nothing more than Romneycare on a national level and that the hated(by Republicans) “mandate” was the idea of the Right Wing Heritage Foundation.Except for that and a few others references to Republican intransigence the GOP plays little role in this story .

Instead Brill concentrates on the maneuvuring done to get ACA adopted and the corners cut( many of which later came back to bite Obamacare supporters).Hes not as hard on insurance companies as one might think he would be ,finding medical suppliers,hospitals and drug makers much more responsible for the crisis in healtcare and the outrageous profiteering rampant in the field.

Alternately praising and harshly critical of Obama,he is unsparing in his criticism of the rollout and feels that the disaster that it turned into could have been easily avoided through better organization.Essentially no one was in charge and it showed.

He feels that Obamacare will never be as sacrosanct as Social Security and Medicare due to the fact that it only impacts about 25% of the population and that,indeed, it will remain unpopular as employers will continue to blame it (wrongly) for increasing premiums which he sees no end to as long as our healthcare system remains “broken.”

In his view, Obamacare is a good thing, but the problem of skyrocketing health costs will continue to plague the country for the foreseeable future.

My Name is Jack….


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On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller….Book Review

Presidential archivist Richard Norton Smith has just released what is likely to be the definitive Biography of the legendary New Your Governor,Vice President and probably one of the best known failed presidential candidates in history.Indeed, for a number of years he gave his name to moderate and liberal Republucanism,even today, one hears the term “Rockefeller Republican” used,often as an epithet, by Right Wingers , toward fellow GOPers insufficiently imbued with the conservative gospel.

Beginning his public career as a State Dept functionary under FDR,Rockefeller goes on to be elected Gov.of New Yorki in 1958,a position he would occupy until the mid seventies.The book gives a detailed overview of his Governorship ,including his shifting coalitions,his feud with fellow liberal Republican NYC Mayor John Lindsay(who later becomes a Democrat)and his penchant for changing positions as requiredin the rough Anford tumble world of New York politics.

Rockefeller was also a philanthropist,an exceedingly generous employer, a womanizer, in many ways sort of a regular guy,despite his great wealth ,and an art connoisseur of some note.All this is covered extensively in the lengthy tome(over800 pages).

Political mavens will find it all here:his several campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination(two declared,in 1964 and 1968 plus the odd non candidacy of 1960),the blandishments from Democrats that he become one of them(as late as 1976 Hubert Humphrey was promoting him as a Democratic presidential candidate),his unhappy and often humiliating service as Gerald Fords appointed VP( a position most of his advisors had opposed him accepting) his “discovering ” of Henry Kissinger, his on again off again relationship with Richard Nixon(who often told intimates that Rockefeller was the only man ,beside him, who really understood foreign policy),his divorce and subsequent remarriage which many people thought cost him the presidency and his strange death.

The author concludes that Rockefeller was,in many ways, a stubborn man, who was never really prepared to do what it took to become President, had a seeming tone deaf attitude toward what was required to do so and ,despite his public persona, often felt insecure in his own candidacies.As the song says though,ultimately his life was a monument to the fact that he lived it “his way”; thus the title and the conclusion.

Well worth the read…..

My Name is Jack…..

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Red State on White Class workers leaving the Democrats ….

White Working Class Voters Bail On Democrats. Smart People Wonder Why?

  streiff (Diary) @ Red State….

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Every election begets postmortems and Monday morning quarterbacking. When an election has results as stunning at that of 2014, many navels are examined… some of them from the rear. At the New Republic, Noam Schreiber makes his contribution in The Big Question Democrats Need to Ask Themselves Before They Nominate Hillary:

So Democrats need to find a way to appeal to an older, whiter electorate as well. Specifically, they need to find a better way to appeal to the white working class, which is where they’re getting clobbered. In last week’s midterms, whites without a college degree accounted for 36 percent of voters; Democrats lost them by a 30-point margin. In 2012, the margin was 26 points.

At first blush, the white working class would appear to pose a real dilemma. The set of issues on which the Democratic Party is most coherent these days is social progressivism. It’s very difficult to find a Democratic politician that doesn’t support immigration reform, LGBT rights, women’s reproductive rights, affirmative action, steps to reduce climate change, etc. (It’s even more difficult after last Tuesday’s election.) But while these issues unite college-educated voters and working-class minority voters, they’ve historically alienated the white working class.

If you’ve been around for a while you’ve heard different permutations of this. Reagan Democrats were white working class voters who had historically voted with the New Deal politicians of the Democrat party but felt so alienated by the post-McGovern Democrat party that they bolted. They resurfaced again in 1994, this time they were Angry White Males who, allegedly, voted for the GOP because they were angry about their whole white patriarchy racket being ruined by women and minorities. This is not new. It was well documented in 2012.

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It was the subject of the book, probably on every liberal’s bookshelf right beside Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century,” called “What’s the Matter With Kansas.” What Schreiber is reacting to is the fact that the 30 point blowout in favor of the GOP has migrated from areas that the Democrats have written off to areas that are critical if they are to elect a president.

At Mother Jones, Kevin Drum, posits an answer to the problem of why white working class voters have abandoned the Democrats:

I’d like to offer a different interpretation. I don’t have a bunch of poll data readily at hand to back this up, so it’s possible I’m way off base. But I don’t think so, and at the very least I welcome pushback since it might clarify some things that need clarifying.

Here it is: I agree that social liberalism isn’t quite the deal killer it used to be…..


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Panetta knocks his former boss Obama for NOT fighting hard enough….

Leon Panetta, the former Congressman from California who got to hold the Defense Secretary and CIA Director job praises his former boss President Obama, AND knocks him a book he out with and trying to sell….

Americans should be braced for a long battle against the brutal terrorist group Islamic State that will test U.S. resolve — and the leadership of the commander in chief, says Leon Panetta, who headed the CIA and then the Pentagon as Al Qaeda was weakened and Osama bin Laden killed.

“I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war,” he says, one that will have to extend beyond Islamic State to include emerging threats in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere.

In his first interview about his new book, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace, Panetta argues that decisions made by President Obama over the past three years have made that battle more difficult — an explosive assessment by a respected policymaker of the president he served.

Even before it’s published Tuesday by Penguin Press, the 512-page book has provoked rebukes at the State Department and by Vice President Biden. But Panetta says he was determined to write a book that was “honest,” including his high regard for the president on some fronts and his deep concern about his leadership on others…..


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The Wrong Enemy: America In Afghanistan , 2001-2014…Book Review

The author is the longest serving reporter in Afghanistan .Having traveled and lived among the Afghans for the past thirteen years ,she is eminently qualified to pen the story of our involvement there. Personal interviews, stories of her travels and a keen awareness of what has happened there in that time comprise the bulk of the volume.

Her conclusion is blunt and concise :Contrary to the official United States line,the REAL enemy in Afghanistan is our so called ally, Pakistan. Gall explains Pakistani involvement here since that country’s founding in 1947 and its continued paranoia over its bitter enemy,India. The Pakistanis believe that a docile,friendly Afghanistan is a necessity for its internal security and, while feigning support, has never favored American involvement there. She portrays the Taliban as largely a creation of the Pakistani intelligence bureaucracy and makes a compelling case that they were at least aware of Bin Ladens hideout in Pakistan,if not actually involved in setting it up.

Gall illustrates how the Pakistanis would sometimes with one hand support the United States actions in Afghanistan ,while simultaneously encouraging the continuing Taliban incursions.Its all designed to keep Afghanistan in upheaval,a state Pakistan regards as desirable for her own security.

Gall shows open contempt for outgoing President Hamid Karzai and believes that his small minded tribalism has contributed to the present situation.She still supports American involvement ,but surprisingly presents no endgame,except presumably to eliminate Pakistani meddling .Since we still believe that they play a constructive role here,such is highly unlikely.Other than that ,Gall implicitly concedes that a PERMANENT American involvement will be necessary and even that will only save the status quo.

The real enemy will remain Pakistan and that the USA will refuse to acknowledge.They are the enablers.In short,without Pakistan, there would be no Taliban….

My Name is Jack…..


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