Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sweet Blog scoop: The new Obama website is about You!

It's ok to be a partisan pundit but some of Liberal media types in Illinois getting a little unhinged with a guy who after all ditched Forest Claypool for Todd Stroger.

If Stroger the guy who will hang on Obama's coat tails to the White House, the country really in for a dismal four years.

Zorn (who's kept his head better) wrote back in Nov,

The stench of same-old-same-old from John Stroger's years of cronyism and bloat hung over the process, and Obama had every excuse to distance himself from it.

Instead came this letter--a body blow to Claypool Democrats and the idealists whose fantasy about Obama is that he will transcend the grubby machinations and tawdry favor-swapping of party politics--followed by word from Obama's office that he will appear on stage at a pro-Stroger rally Monday night.
Obama's website is about him and his threat he'll bring Cook County's grubby machinations and tawdry favor-swapping to Washington given the chance.

Obama want's to abandon Liberals in Iraq. He wants to build walls of protectionism around the US. He endorsed the worst kind of government in Cook County. He's no progressive: unless that's what progressivism has become today.

Sweet should offer some analysis to defend all of this instead cheer leading the man.

The 2008 elections not about you or me but about what Americans are called to do. Liberals knew this once.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Try squaring abandonment of our allies in Iraq with those words. But then maybe Sweet's right, Obama's all about telling us what America will do for you. Stroger should be warning enough about believing any of that.

Update: Credit John Howard. The Obama hype has been hoping problems go away by not talking about them much. Talk about pot smoking, his middle-name, and on-and-on. It takes an Austrialian ally to call out Obama on the mixed signels he sends to our enemies. Obama responded

The 45-year-old senator waded into a major foreign policy row just one day after formally announcing his candidacy, telling Mr Howard he should dispatch 20,000 Australians to Iraq if he wanted to back up his comments.

Obama voted to confirm Gen Petreaus for Iraq Command but introduced a non-binding (i.e. no defunding the war) resolution of no-confidence in Petreaus's mission. That's muddled, confused policy about war. It's not even anti-war, just a dodge.

Al-Qaeda's head of the Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi said Victory from Allah, Victory is Near, and he's not muddled on his plan, butcher the wounded Crusader tyrant and take advantage of the collapse of morale among [the Crusader] soldiers and commanders; to unite the ranks of the mujahideen and to strengthen the foundations of the Islamic State [of Iraq]. Al-Baghadadi picking up thoughts of demoralization from the talk of redeployment.

America can't redeploy from these butchers. They're coming for us. Obama supporters are going to need to offer more than hope. We'll have to fight them where ever we redeploy too.

A nice start would be Lynn Sweet and the rest of the media started asking the questions so we don't have to depend on Australians to wake us from this dream world.

xp Bill Baar's West Side


the Other Anonymous,  10:28 AM  

Try squaring abandonment of our allies in Iraq with those words.

Life for most Iraqi people has gotten distinctly worse due to the prolonged presence of US troops. People who live in a civil war zone do not enjoy "freedom" -- or, at least, they have greater concerns than exercising their "freedom."

Now, I think it's legitimate to criticize Obama for endorsing Todd Stroger as a political expedient. However, I fail to see how his call to end the US entanglement in Iraq is related to Cook County corruption.

In fact, there are some who would suggest that one motivation for our initial engagement in Iraq was concern over the financial health of the oil industry. Others believe that one motivation for continued engagement there is the availability of big, fat juicy contracts for companies like Halliburton.

That sounds like a form of corruption to me.

Anyway, I think this theme -- that Obama is product of a corrupt Illinois political system -- will not succeed very well because it's simply not true. But should Obama become the Democratic nominee, we should prepare ourselves to hear the GOP slander our state, much like they slandered Arkansas and Massachusetts.

It's too bad one of our own is joining in the slander.

Bill Baar 10:35 AM  

I want to hear Obama's thoughts on sending back Tony Rezko's friend Ahim Chicago way Alsammarae to Iraq for trial.

Anonymous,  11:03 AM  

Sweet and some of the Chicago area writers have been doing promo for this event and the Obama announcement for months now. The media lead the way and the tail wagged the dog. This was the most artificially hyped event.

The editors should really examine their consciences and journalistic ethics.
There is no discussion of issues.
There is no substance to these stories.
There are too many of these stories.
These are completely uncritical.

They are like Debra Picket love stories or something trivial and stupid.

Bill Baar 11:08 AM  

Well said anon 11:03

UBF,  11:13 AM

Go Barack

Buck Turgidson,  2:09 PM  

Say, 11:03, they could have done better.

Perhaps a stirring eagle swooping graphic.

Maybe reporters all wearing lapel pins indicating agreement.

Perhaps some triumphant music...or coverage of a contrived plane landing, with Chris Matthews gushing about how much women are swooning.

THAT would have been the media doing promo for an event, no?

No need to ask about the reality of weapons, or 12 minutes to doom...
No need for the media to ask if there was an actual plan...
No need for the media to wonder aloud about the veracity of the intelligence that got us into the war...

THAT would be promoting an event, no?

If the media have given Obama favorable coverage, you can trust it is the least of their sins. To date, there have been zero senseless casualties due to the Obama announcement. Can't say the same about this ASININE slog in Iraq.

Unless you think the media dropped the ball in reporting the LIES that got us into Iraq, your position is hypocritical at best, fundamentally dishonest at worst.

Bill Baar 5:06 PM  

To date, there have been zero senseless casualties due to the Obama announcement.

Terrorists pay attention to our politics. Everyones words have consequence. When Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi (Al-Qaeda's appointed "head of the Islamic State of Iraq) says,

The goals of the plan are... to butcher the wounded Crusader tyrant and take advantage of the collapse of morale among [the Crusader] soldiers and commanders;

He's got American politican's words in mind.

We don't live in some vacuum much as Democrats would try to escape into isolationism and protectionism. Al-Qaeda won't let us.

We can't just hope they'll go away.

Buck Turgidson,  9:31 PM  

Every time some ass suggests them terr'sts gonn git us if'n we elect dimmycrats, I want to tear out my hair. Or theirs.

So let me get this straight. The terrorists hate us and our freedom. And the best way to fight the people who would curtail our freedom is by letting them supposedly influence our politics.

Comment #1 I am always fond of is "Thank God Bush was president on 9/11."

Why? Did he stop it? Or did he look like a deer caught in the headlights before finally beginning attacks in Afghanistan on OCTOBER 7, and then all but abandoning that war for one with a country that HAD NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH 9/11!

Comment #2 I am always fond of is "Terrorists want Democrats elected."

Why? Will Obama or Clinton or Edwards free bin Ladin?

Oh yeah, he remains at large.

Perhaps they'll let the Afghani drug trade, so essential in funding terrorism, to go on again.

Oh yeah, that's been done already.

Maybe they'll commit extra resouces to protecting Turkey Testicle Festivals and Pickle Museums instead of major buildings and bridges in American cities.

Oh yeah. Done.

Seriously, there are a lot of people running on both sides. Calculating politicians like Hilary and McCain. Political "rock stars" like Obama and Giuliani. And goof wannabes like Tancredo and Hunter.

The one thing they all have in common: it would be tough for any of them to do a worse job than Bush has.

Bill Baar 6:56 AM  

Every time some ass suggests them terr'sts gonn git us if'n we elect dimmycrats, I want to tear out my hair.

I think they're out to get us regardless of who we elect.

If we quit fighting, because we think we're ending the war that way, we'll be quiting the fight, but they won't.

We can't redeploy. Just read what they say... they want to butcher... they'll tear your hair out for you Buck at the neck. They mean it.

Anonymous,  1:50 PM  

The media may have given Bush a pass and the war but that does not mean they are not promoting Obama and giving him an uncritical pass.

NW burbs,  5:20 PM  

You really think your average Joe al Qaida is reading up on how Sen. Obama is voting and what he is saying in Iowa?

Gimme a break.

Besides, George Bush has a been bin Laden's dream president --

- start a war in Afghanistan but then drop the ball and don't follow-through
- stop the search for bin Laden himself
- start another war against a dictator bin Laden didn't like
- create an environment ripe for recruitment and training of new al Qaida operatives
- give strident Muslims world-wide a cause to donate money to al Qaida

...Yep, that George Bush. 'Terrorists must be praying, uh, 1000 times a day he can stay in office longer.' (To paraphrase John Howard.)

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