Watch Out for Falling Objects (g = 2h/t2)


Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal:

The Pace of Obama’s Disasters

Was it only 10 months ago that President Obama capitulated on Syria? And eight months ago that we learned he had no idea the U.S. eavesdropped on Angela Merkel ? And seven months ago that his administration struck its disastrous interim nuclear deal with Tehran? And four months ago that Chuck Hagel announced that the United States Army would be cut to numbers not seen since the 1930s? And three months ago that Russia seized Crimea? And two months ago that John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace effort sputtered into the void? And last month that Mr. Obama announced a timetable for total withdrawal from Afghanistan—a strategy whose predictable effects can now be seen in Iraq?

Even the Bergdahl deal of yesterweek is starting to feel like ancient history. Like geese, Americans are being forced to swallow foreign-policy fiascoes at a rate faster than we can possibly chew, much less digest.


On Thursday, Russian tanks rolled across the border into eastern Ukraine. On Saturday, Russian separatists downed a Ukrainian transport jet, murdering 49 people. On Monday, Moscow stopped delivering gas to Kiev. All this is part of the Kremlin’s ongoing stealth invasion and subjugation of its neighbor. And all of this barely made the news. John Kerry phoned Moscow to express his “strong concern.” Concern, mind you, not condemnation.

If the president of the United States had any thoughts on the subject, he kept them to himself. His weekly radio address was devoted to wishing America’s dads a happy Father’s Day.

Also last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized Mosul. Then ISIS took Tikrit. Then it was Tal Afar. Mass executions of Shiites in each place. The administration is taking its time deciding what, if any, aid it will provide the government in Baghdad. But it is exploring the possibility of using Iraq’s distress as an opportunity to open avenues of cooperation with Tehran.

When I was a kid I used to play with model rockets – the kind that really fly. When you launch one it takes off with a WOOSH and shoots up into the sky. When the fuel runs out and it nears apogee the rocket slows, then seems to just hang there in the sky defying gravity. Finally it begins to descend, slowly at first, then gaining speed.

If it doesn’t deploy its parachute (or doesn’t have one) it accelerates until it is moving almost as fast as it went up. Then eventually it reaches the ground with a crash. After they crash rockets aren’t much good for anything anymore.

Humans aren’t rockets, but sometimes they do the same thing.

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137 Responses to Watch Out for Falling Objects (g = 2h/t2)

  1. The Klown says:

    I have to confess I tried repeatedly but never succeeded in getting one to explode in mid-air.

  2. The Klown says:


    The Collapsing Obama Doctrine

    As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama’s past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. “If a J.V. team puts on Lakers’ uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant” (January 2014). “[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated” (August 2013). “So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding” (September 2011).

    Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America’s enemies are not “decimated.” They are emboldened and on the march.

    The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States. Mr. Obama’s actions—before and after ISIS’s recent advances in Iraq—have the effect of increasing that threat.

    On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, “Can you please explain what your president is doing?” “Why is he walking away?” “Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?” “Why is he abandoning your friends?” “Why is he doing deals with your enemies?”

    In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, “They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don’t the Americans care?”

    Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

    When Mr. Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of U.S. armed forces during the surge. Mr. Obama had only to negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and intelligence capabilities to help secure the peace. Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.

    The tragedy unfolding in Iraq today is only part of the story. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent across the globe. According to a recent Rand study, between 2010 and 2013, there was a 58% increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist terror groups around the world. During that same period, the number of terrorists doubled.

    In the face of this threat, Mr. Obama is busy ushering America’s adversaries into positions of power in the Middle East. First it was the Russians in Syria. Now, in a move that defies credulity, he toys with the idea of ushering Iran into Iraq. Only a fool would believe American policy in Iraq should be ceded to Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.

    This president is willfully blind to the impact of his policies. Despite the threat to America unfolding across the Middle East, aided by his abandonment of Iraq, he has announced he intends to follow the same policy in Afghanistan.

    Despite clear evidence of the dire need for American leadership around the world, the desperation of our allies and the glee of our enemies, President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch. Indeed, the speed of the terrorists’ takeover of territory in Iraq has been matched only by the speed of American decline on his watch.

    That was by Dick and Liz Cheney. A few years ago I never would have believed I would find myself agreeing with him.

    • Lulu says:

      You don’t have to be a follower or agree-er with those two to see the obvious. The entire administration is in collapse. Few are willing to say it openly but it is being thought about. A lot. It has been a slow slide to hell since about Jan 2013. Everything they have tried to do has turned to shit. Somewhere between the VA and the Terrorist swap the zeitgeist changed followed rapidly by the Iraq collapse and the collapse at the border (and Cantor’s). It is all collapse. Republicans won’t impeach him. But Bronco has said that a Republican House and Senate would be “unbearable”. The IRS emails may make him quit. I say might because a lot of them are to the WH and the same lost emailers are on the WH visitors logs for many visits with his staff. And those Dem Senators who wanted the Tea Party investigated sure have been quiet lately. When the shit gets real Obama moves on. He may be on a frenzy of getting his travel and party goodies while he still can. Besides he can be a martyr and blame the country and the Republicans now but maybe not later.

    • mcnorman says:

      Yeah, that’s zero’s wisdom in a nutshell.

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    It never fails, when I’m wide awake everybody else is asleep.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Ooops, Chuck Todd has some bad news for Obama … more WH soirees for ChuckyT !

    • Mary says:

      Finally! The majority of Americans no longer believe he has the ability to lead—-and from NBC/MSNBC poll too, which can’t be rationalized.

      Not that he ever could lead well, but at least some true believers are coming ’round to reality.

      • Mary says:

        Oh, and this poll was taken BEFORE Iraq melted down. Wow.

        • Mary says:

          And his competency ranking is LOWER than Bush after Katrina. Wow again.

          • leslie says:

            An interesting piece is the poll is an NBC/WSJ poll. So if this is what NBC polling shows, then the other polls might be even less favorable.

    • jeffhas says:

      Blames dad for bad advice?…


      Feels bad for putting family through 5 years of worrying about their son?

      I’m not so sure anymore….

    • Lulu says:

      What about that crazy Enquirer story about him leaving a “family” behind in Pakistan? They get just enough news correct to make it sound remotely possible. He comes from a family of oddball alternative type space cadets, goes on deployment, immediately goes native, deserts, captured, etc and “marries”. It makes sense that the dude talking to him before he was turned over says “never come back” (like a sane person would want to do so) and his being in such good physical shape. Very weird.

      • Constance says:

        I think it was the Enquirer that broke the Edwards love child story 6 months before the others in the media.

  8. The Klown says:

    Hillary: IRS Is Not A Phony Scandal:

  9. elliesmom says:

    Is he walking the dog, or is he trying to keep the dog from running away?

    • The Klown says:

      Neither one – he was posing for a photograph. I’ll bet there were aides off-camera ready to take over once the pics were taken.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Didn’t they have a professional trainer “work on Bo” ? Seems to me, it’s BO who needs training. 🙂

      I did obedience trials with my springer spaniel in high school and the classes we took for the competitions were more to train ME to the train the dog.

      • elliesmom says:

        When I took Ellie to obedience training, it was to socialize her to other dogs. This was not the first I time I had been around the park. At the first class the instructor said to think of your dog as a toddler. I asked to be switched to a class where the instructor knew dogs aren’t toddlers. They’re teenagers. They will only behave as well as you expect them to, and they will try to get away with anything you’ll let them. Now Bo may be very well-behaved for the person who actually cares for him, but he can smell a novice from a mile away. It makes me wonder whether Obama has any real control over his daughters.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I can see a young puppy being considered a toddler, everything goes into their mouth ! Puppy proofing is a lot like child proofing. Some breeds never outgrow their teenage years, my scrappy, stubborn doxies proved that.

          I thought the Obama’s breed selection was interesting for a non-doggie family. Very high maintenance, and one of those ‘teenage’ breeds. I just don’t think the family spends much time with them either (why they got the second dog? For Bo’s sanity?) Last I heard, they don’t live in the family quarters, live in the WH basement and have a 100k “keeper” on the payroll. I do think they’re just photo ops for the family, poor things

  10. The Klown says:

    I don’t envy the POTUS that follows Obama.

    • Lulu says:

      If you look at presidents who follow disaster presidents they often seem to step it up and are often our regarded as our greatest ones. Adams-Jackson, Buchanan-Lincoln, Hoover-Roosevelt, Carter-Reagan (who I hate), etc. I do not envy whoever has to untangle the mess.

      • The Klown says:

        If any one POTUS can untangle the mess we are in they deserve the honorific “The Great”

      • lyn says:

        I just hope voters are smarter in 2016 and Obama was an anomaly.

        • Constance says:

          Well it used to be hard for stupid people to vote. There was one day to vote and no one told you where the voting place was you had to care enough to seek out the place to register and then find your obscure voting place. You also had to register several months before your could vote so no one who couldn’t plan ahead could realistically vote. Oh and you had to be an actual citizen of the USA. Now you can vote by mail, you can vote for days on end and you don’t have to register months early. For some reason illegal aliens are considered Democrat voters. Republicans need to find a way to appeal to stupid voters because there are a lot of them and there are a lot of Democrats making sure they vote.

          • mcnorman says:

            Hey, not only do Dems love the illegals, but now they will be adding underaged voters to the rosters. All in due time Lulu. They have no intention of letting go of anything that they have worked so ruthlessly for.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Worse. Political. Experiment. Ever.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Don’t bet on it.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Wonder where next POTUS and family will live? Party central WH has been ruined for visuals for a generation. It’s time to deep six DC and relocate.

      • Constance says:

        I agree, move the capital to the midwest and make sure to buy up all the land for a 200 mile circle around the Federal government to make it difficult for those trying to buy our elected reps.

  11. Lulu says:

    “Perhaps most troubling for the president, 54 percent think he is unable to lead the country and get the job done, compared with 42 percent who believe he can.” HT: WZ
    This is from NBC. The tipping point appears to have been met and the preference cascade is starting. Conventional wisdom will indicate he cannot govern so what will be done about him.

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    Bending to the “well financed Oneida Nation lawsuit” the U.S. Patent office finds the Redskins logo desparaging to their people. I thought indian nations were poor? Who “well financed” them?

    I still think they should switch their logo to a potato and keep the name 😀 Even Cowboys fans are upset about this.

    • lyn says:

      In southern Oregon, Dead Indian Road had its name changed to Dead Indian Memorial Road.

    • DeniseVB says:

      This was in the comments at the wvec link, just had to share the whole thing…..from a ChiTrib LTE ….. finding every team name “offensive” 😀

      I always love your articles. and I generally agree with them. I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, …paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.

      Here are some other politically correctness to consider:

      I agree with our Native American population . I am highly insulted by
      the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue> that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would
      exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to
      offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we
      must move forward.

      Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the
      Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the
      reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get
      rid of the Cleveland Browns.

      The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of
      militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us
      white folk.

      The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a
      team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any
      reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young
      men’s lives.

      among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New> Orleans Saints, I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion
      the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.> Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and
      pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the
      Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh

      Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to
      habits. Wrong message to our children

      The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a> growing childhood epidemic . Wrong message to our children.

      The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates . Wrong message to
      our children.

      The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying. Wrong
      message to our children.

      So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes outto rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become
      involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing
      the do-nothing congress loves.

      As a die hard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers”.

      • swanspirit says:

        Why don’t we just change the team names to Team A, Team B , Team C , etc etc , that would be exciting , but I am sure someone would find something objectionable about that .

      • elliesmom says:

        The New England Patriots is free advertising for the Tea Party. The team owners should be audited by the IRS regularly.

    • Constance says:

      Great idea!

    • 49erDweet says:

      It’s time to publish and then regularly republish a major list of everything and every business owned by and next to the Oneida Nation. What people choose to do with such a list, of course, is up to them.

    • Lizzy says:

      As an Idaho Native I like the potato logo. Don Rickles could be the spokesman-talking head. I’m sure Toy Story would approve.

    • Sonrisa says:

      their casinos well financed them

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  15. DandyTIger says:

    Like geese, Americans are being forced to swallow foreign-policy fiascoes at a rate faster than we can possibly chew, much less digest.

    Reminds me of these hilariously bad metaphor contests in high school. Good points otherwise, but that bit was embarrassing. Collecting my bad writing samples for WSJ job submission.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    I think the Patent Office decision is today’s squirrel. It’s been trending all day on twitter and FB.

    • votermom says:

      well, got a lot of RTs on this one, which echoes that sentiment

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      My phone beeped with a notification early this morning. I assumed it was code red air/tornado warning/amber alert/etc. Something somewhat useful to know. Nope. Patent Office. My first thought was that this seemed to an overreach of authority. It also has the potential to set up a really really bad precedent.

      The vilification of the Redskins name has however been one of the go to topics in the DC area for avoiding any discussion that might shine unwanted light on all the crap coming out of the WH and friends.

      • 1539days says:

        Hold on. Were they using the EAS app to send messages like that? I remember when they started talking about using these systems they claimed it wouldn’t be used for presidential propaganda.

        Not surprised, just interested.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Had a thought after I hit submit.
      What about going with The Red Squirrels?

      • mcnorman says:

        Might be racist…you never know how the brown squirrels will take it.

        • Lulu says:

          The Washington Weasels. There should be some identifying element with the local area in a team name. The Washington Assholes comes to mind but would be in poor taste.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There’s a funny sub-twit-genre #AnimalDiscrimination. I’ve gone full PETA on rodeo animals with the Broncos and Bulls. Not really an “active” ARA anymore, but I know the drill. It’s Alinsky for Animal Lovers 🙂

  17. swanspirit says:

    The Washington Wingnuts , what a team!

  18. swanspirit says:

    Or The Washington ThinSkins … 😉

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s funny how the NFL fan community is coming together over this. The “natural” enemies of the ‘skins (cough, cowboys, cough) are standing together in solidarity and calling bullshitte on Reid behind this clusterf**k.

      Also, the Redskins(tm) went through this in 1999 (still Clinton era, eh?), appealed, and won the appeal. I think that was before the social media monsters known as Twitter and Facebook. This will be the true test of that which doth not kill them will make them stronger? OMG, and how cool is this for the Redskins franchise owner? No such thing as bad publicity, eh? 😀

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I was going to mention that I thought this had come up before but wanted to check first to make sure I was remembering correctly. Yep, 1999. But I am sure the progs will say that is so last century.

        My tin foil hat in place, I am wondering just who is the real target this time around. Is someone trying to force a cheap sellout of the Red Potatoes to a more politically correct group. Afterall, never let a squirrel go to waste.

        As a side note, they technically should not be the Washington anything. Their home stadium has been in Maryland for several years. Yep, they soaked us for the Ravens and the Skins. That makes them more like the Landover Crabs.

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    MUST SEE!!: Rep. Tom Cotton rips Obama administration a new one:

    • Constance says:

      Well said!

      • SHV says:

        Rep. Cotton has an interesting career trajectory, from wiki:
        “Cotton was born in Dardanelle, Arkansas, on May 13, 1977, the son of Avis (née Bryant) and Thomas Leonard “Len” Cotton.[2] His father is a Vietnam War veteran who served with the 4th Infantry Division.[3] After graduating from Dardanelle High School in June 1995,[3] he attended Harvard College, where he served as a columnist for the Harvard Crimson, and a member of the Harvard Republican Club. After graduating from Harvard magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government,[4] he went on to Harvard Law School, where he received his law degree in June 2002.[3][5]
        Military service

        On January 11, 2005, Cotton joined the United States Army and entered Officer Candidate School in March 2005. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on June 30, 2005. Cotton later attended both the U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School.[3]

        As an infantry officer and platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division, he was deployed to Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on May 19, 2006. In Iraq, Cotton was responsible for a 41 man air assault infantry platoon in the 506th Infantry Regiment,[6] and planned and led daily combat patrols. He completed his first combat tour in Iraq on November 20, 2006, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and various campaign/service medals.[3]

        In June 2006, Cotton gained public attention after he wrote an open letter to The New York Times criticizing the paper’s publication of an article detailing a Bush administration secret program monitoring terrorists’ finances in which he called for three journalists, including the Times’ editor, Bill Keller, to be imprisoned for espionage.[7] The article was widely circulated online and reprinted in full in several newspapers.[8]

        Following his deployment in Iraq, Cotton was assigned as a platoon leader at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery,[9] where he was responsible for conducting military honor funerals for veterans. In 2008, he volunteered to return to combat duty, was promoted to Captain on August 1, 2008, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on October 15, 2008. In Afghanistan, Cotton was assigned to Laghman Province, just north of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan. He was assigned duty as the operations officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team, where he planned and resourced daily counter-insurgency and reconstruction operations for an 83-member joint and interagency team.[3]

        Cotton returned from Afghanistan on July 20, 2009. For his second tour in Afghanistan he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and various campaign/service medals. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on September 26, 2009 at Fort Myer, Virginia.[3]
        Law career

        He served as a clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Judge Jerry Edwin Smith and then engaged in private practice[10] as an attorney with the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Cooper & Kirk,[11] where he concentrated in labor, employment, and constitutional law, in cases at all levels of state and federal courts.[3] After leaving active duty, Cotton joined McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. He subsequently returned to Dardanelle, where he works on his family’s cattle farm.[5

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    Hard Choices: Lightning Round!:

  24. DandyTIger says:

    Just to save time 🙂

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