Update: Sen Kyl ‘dangerous and short-sighted’;Lech Walesa; TOTUS abandons Eastern European Allies, scraps Missile Shield…
Lech Walesa says it all:
…”It’s not good,” said former Polish president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa….
And TOTUS just told these folks in APRIL he was behind the shield:
..In April in Prague, Obama said Washington would proceed with developing the system as long as Iran posed a threat to U.S. and European security…
He will throw ANYONE under the bus at ANYTIME for ANY REASON. No world leader will trust us to keep our word now and why should they?
Update 12:11pm EST: Mrs MiM here. Well. I am ready to leave the last vestiges of my Democratness, my Clintons, if Hillary doesnt figure out a way to step down asap. This is just unacceptable to support this clearly WEAK policy, this ‘atonement’ (for having the audacity to keep the world as free as we are able), this capitulation, this appeasement of big bullies at the expense of our allies and ourselves
Hillary get out of there. Staying IMO is ENABLING this. What is Gates thinking?
More good news on this – Biden says we are backing off shields b/c Iran is ‘not a threat’ WTH?!?! From Ed at HotAir:
Why has the Obama administration decided to toss eastern Europe under the bus in order to make nice with Russia? According to CNN, Joe Biden says that a missile-defense system in Europe isn’t really necessary, because Iran isn’t much of a threat. No, really:
Vice President Joe Biden earlier refused to confirm to CNN that the George W. Bush-era plan was being shelved. But he did explain the logic of doing so, saying Iran — a key concern for the United States — was not a threat.
“I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat,” he told CNN’s Chris Lawrence in Baghdad, where he is on a brief trip.
Update: Well this commentator in the Telegraph is upset about it, let me ask you Europe, what did you think you would get when you kept pushing Obama as the greatest thing on Earth? Hillary and MAC were the hawks in the race, but all you cared about then was ‘race’. This is what you wanted isn’t it, a friendlier, open handed (ie weaker) less involved America? Our poor allies.
(…)This is bad news for all who care about the US commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the defence of Europe as well as the United States. It represents the appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency. A deal with the Russians to cancel missile defence installations sends a clear message that even Washington can be intimidated by the Russian bear.
What signal does this send to Ukraine, Georgia and a host of other former Soviet satellites who look to America and NATO for protection from their powerful neighbour? The impending cancellation of Third Site is a shameful abandonment of America’s friends in eastern and central Europe, and a slap in the face for those who actually believed a key agreement with Washington was worth the paper it was written on.(…)
With friends like TOTUS, who needs enemies? WSJ has it. Well I always said he was Carter on Steroids and now he is taking Eastern Europe back to pre Reagan status isn’t he?
The White House will shelve Bush administration plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in Europe.
…Russia on Thursday welcomed the news, but said it saw no reason to offer concessions in return.
Oh good we are abandoning our allies for nothing.
The decision to shelve the defense system is all but certain to raise alarms in Eastern Europe, where officials have expressed concerns that the White House’s effort to “reset” relations with Moscow would come at the expense of U.S. allies in the former Soviet bloc. “The Poles are nervous,” said a senior U.S. military official.
Earlier, a Polish official said his government wouldn’t “speculate” on administration decisions regarding missile defense, but said “we expect the U.S. will abide by its commitments” to cooperate with Poland militarily in areas beyond the missile-defense program….
After the Fire courtesy of poisondoor
Falco courtesy of Fritz5130
Political Wrap: In Gordon Brown’s footsteps, VAT tax floated..Jokin Joe slams TOTUS..ReasonTV slams Joe…
As the Obama Administration BOLDLY takes the deficit where no deficit has gone before …hilarity ensues….
Vice President Joe Biden gives as good as he gets. His response to a malfunctioning teleprompter at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado Springs, Colorado:
“What am I going to tell the president? I’ll tell him his Teleprompter is broken. What will he do then?“
The terrifying thing is they are ALREADY floating a federal sales tax/VAT tax in the Obamedia, call your Critters before the horror of European VAT tax raises it’s ugly head any higher…PATRICULARLY BUDGET CMTE SEN. KENT CONRAD ND who apparently embraces the VAT concept…maroon!!
h/t to DrewM at AceHQ
From Mark Hemingway at The Corner, go read the whole thing, everyone should get to hear Joe once a day, the laughing has got to be among Joe’s greatest gifts to the American people as Veep..
Joe Biden gave the commencement address at Wake Forest yesterday. You can read the transcript here, but as to be expected, you could probably give yourself a pre-frontal lobotomy with a screwdriver that’s accidentally been dropped in the toilet and come off more coherent than Joe Biden…
“There’s not a single issue on this President’s plate that will not yield a change — just merely by ignoring it, it will change.”
“This has been the history of the journey of America — never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, never have the American people let their country down at rare moments, similar moments in our history. And it’s a journey we’re all going to take together.”
Biden then added, “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.”
Hey did Joe Biden just RickRoll the country?!
That’s Doctorate Joe Biden to you, BWAAAHAAAAA!! Hey my alma mater ASU wouldnt give one to TOTUS,
*I have something he dont have* nah nah nah nahh nah
Joe Biden says Middle Class of America has to ‘share’ and Timmeh gets ready to rumble with bank CEOs…
Good News! Our Warrior for the Middle Class, Joe Biden, says we have to ‘share’ here in America…like our consumption and funding of IMF UN charitable donations all were nonexistent pre Obummer..
more good news! Our Treasury Secretary is really growing into his fascist role as monitor of private pay and arbiter of ‘good’ CEO stewardship…totally bypassing you know the pesky shareholders and free market system….
The HopenChange..it burns!!!
Most UNready to lead on Day 1, Day 10, Day 30, 40, 50…. EVAH!
Averages down again, gee wonder why no one is going to TALF?? Hmmm could it be the crazed Congress Critters like Brad Sherman or the Union Bus Tours of AIG Executive homes?
And CBO says Team Obama Budget is off by a few trillion, media informs Americans not to worry this doesn’t mean he will “back down” on his “ambitious plans”( CNBC John Harwood)
Our dear leader, sans TelePrompter finally, informs us he has been bowling in addition to the weekend jaunts and cocktail parties and then hurts millions of Americans with special needs children with his water head slur…
DOW now down 117 to 7283
S & P down 16 to 767
NAS down 31 to 1452
Quadruple Expiration or some such day, and hey an Equinox :0)
Geithner is caught lying or obfuscating as the government likes to call it, again by Ed at HA who has the tape…so why are they ginning up anti Business rage when these Critters, Kanjorski, Crowley, Geithner, TOTUS, all knew?
UPDATE: MM has coverage of Gibbs blundering and blustering behind the lecturn today on this, apparently a reporter briefly broke free of The Matrix and asked about the date discrepancy in Geithner and the WH timeline on AIG bonuses’…
Are they so dense they think killing TALF and TARP participation is okay as long as they are getting their tax the rich crap through? Do they lack the sense God gave Joe Biden to see there will be no rich to tax if they continue counter productive unAmerican class bashing?
Who the hell knows. What will fall into the Friday news dump today?
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Party On Patriots…
A final note, I find the piano music during the pre/post presser period really irritating and out of place IT ISN’T VERSAILLES PEOPLE!!! I am sure Sally Quinn and MoDo just love it..frakers…
Update: Feb 27 will be first meeting of the task force in Philly and Biden has ANOTHER website good grief astrongmiddleclass.gov and he wants feedback there..not a single specific and notice the first meeting is AFTER the date they plan to pass the porkbuster stimulus plan…
the markets aren’t impressed, turning down faster…DOW down 92 now…
Update 2: so far POTUS is giving us a commercial for the stimulus plan and naming all the things they said it would have that it DOESNT have in the House bill…sounds like a strikeback at the GOP to me..where’s the beef?
he just added the ‘aspiring’ to be middle class, the poor, then he got animated…oh dear….now he is thanking unions…
he is talking leveling the playing field and labor unions now…dum da dum dum DUM….could Card Check be far behind?
3 exec order: 1, stops tax dollars from reimbursing fed contractors who stop union formation, oh dear; 2- qualified employees keep jobs EVEN WHEN CONTRACT CHANGES HANDS -how does that work?; 3-he isnt saying what 3 is….
no specifics on this ‘task force’ at all, no income figure, but he said poor people will be included who arent middle class yet
why do I feel like the middle class squeeze isnt ending anytime soon??
UPDATE: A briefing is expected when POTUS signs Executive Orders relating to this new Task Force…we will post an update as it happens..FOX will cover it LIVE HERE
I think we at MiM actually finally made enough money that we won’t be eligible for anything, and will get taxed more LOL!..Ain’t that always the way? But we are happy if the middle class finally gets some attention…I haven’t heard anything on the income range they consider ‘middle class’ but we are sure as hexx a working family….
I have one question, who is the Czar? Can I be the Middle Class Czar?? Oh it’s Joe? But he already has a title!
Here is the oped and an announcement is expected later today on VP Biden heading up a Working Family/Middle Class Task Force:
From VP Biden OpEd in USAToday, in its entirety:
For years, we had a White House that failed to put the middle class front and center in its economic policies.
President Obama has made it clear that is going to change. And it’s why he has asked me to lead a task force on the middle class.
America’s middle class is hurting. Trillions of dollars in home equity, retirement savings and college savings are gone. And every day, more and more Americans are losing their jobs.
(No that isn’t Palin and it certainly isn’t Joe Biden, but I miss BSG, and the boyz………that is Sam Anders aka Michael Trucco….h/t to Hillbuzz who patented the ‘just because’ posting of pics, hopefully hubby won’t mind HA!)
Joe Biden got up to the microphones today and made me laugh (Jake Tapper has the video), since the press won’t print what he says, for today I will, he said a lot of things I concur with and hope to see made into reality:
BIDEN: Well, Governor, thank you very much.
Ed, thanks for setting this up. Ed Rendell and I have been friends for years where he’s been sort of my second governor along with John Corzine over in New Jersey. In the Delaware Valley, we’re small.
I want to thank all of you for being here. And Governor Palin, I want to thank you particularly. I might point out, as I told you, we walked in. Since the race is over, no one pays attention to me at all. So I’m — maybe you will walk outside with me or something later and say hello to me.
It’s great to see you, Governor. Thank you. And, by the way, I think it is — I hope, you know, the whole country can see the sort of a metaphor for the fact that this election is over and here we are. We’re all together. We’re all dealing with a common problem. We’re all — this is not, as was stated so many times by all of you and us, this is not a Democrat or Republican problem. We’ve got ourselves a problem.