Message: What we have here is a failure to communicate…
About July 2011:
To review the bidding, last week Vice President Joe Biden figured aloud that the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan expected next summer could begin with a drawdown as small as a few thousand or so (out of an approximate 100,000).
Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates (on the debut of “This Week with Christiane Amanpour”) synced up with the Veep predicting “fairly limited” withdrawals in the beginning stages.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she understands we’re not getting out in a day, but the woman who saw 102 of her democrats vote against funding for Iraq and Afghanistan knows a trend when she sees it. The American people, she says pointedly, “expect” a withdrawal of more than a few thousand troops.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) says it’s “impossible to determine” what the pace of withdrawal will be. BTW, Levin is remarkably positive about progress on the ground.
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) says he can see a circumstance under which MORE U.S. troops are needed “to keep (the Taliban) on the run.” Graham, far less upbeat about the situation than Levin, added that if there’s no progress by December “we’re in trouble.”
Message: Double-Dip Dance
Alan Greenspan wasn’t mincing words this morning. When asked about the likelihood of a double-dip recession, the former Federal Reserve chairman said the answer lies in the same place that got us into this mess – the volatile housing market.
Other Stuff On Sunday TV
In light of recent alleged ethical no-no’s from certain Democratic members of Congress, Minority Leader John Boehner blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “breaking her promise” to “drain the swamp.” The swamp, he says, is “alive and well.”
Senator Graham also chimed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law… and by the way, he can get you a fake social security card if you need one.
And we couldn’t leave this out… Sarah Palin on Fox questioning the president’s “cojones” (her word, not ours).
Robert Gates, Defense Secretary, on ABC’s “This Week”
“My personal opinion is that - that drawdowns early on will be of fairly limited numbers. And as we are successful, we'll probably accelerate.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“We may need more troops to keep them on the run. But I'll say this. If, by December, we're not showing some progress, we're in trouble.”
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Michigan), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“I think it’d be impossible to determine what the pace of the reductions should be, so I think it's proper for the vice president to say that we just don't know the pace.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-House Speaker) on ABC’s “This Week”
“I know it's not going to be, 'Turn out the lights and let's all go home on one day.' But I do think the American people expect it to be somewhere between that and a few thousand troops.”
Alan Greenspan, Former Federal Reserve Chairman, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“[A double dip recession] is possible if home prices go down… If home prices stay stable, then I think we will skirt the worst of the housing problem. But right under this current price level, maybe 5, 7, or 8% below is a very large block of mortgages which are under water so to speak or could be under water. And that would induce a major increase in foreclosures. Foreclosures would feed on the weakness in prices and it would create a problem so that is touch and go.”
Rep. John Boehner (R-Minority Leader), on “Fox News Sunday”
“When I talk about draining the swamp Chris, you've heard me say this. That I expect, and the American people expect, the highest ethical standards from their members of Congress. Nancy Pelosi said four years ago that it was time to drain the swamp. And I cannot believe it's taken some two years to investigate the Charlie Rangel case. But the fact is she’s not kept her promise. The swamp is alive and well.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“Let's secure the border. I'm willing, Candy, to have every American take their Social Security card and turn it into a biometric document. Put your I.D. on there or fingerprints so when you go get a job or I go get a job, we can present a Social Security card to our employer and they can verify we are who we say we are. If we all agreed to do that as a people, you wouldn't have to look at somebody based on their accent or their background. You would have a document that's trustworthy and verifiable. I can get you a fake Social Security card by midnight.”
Sarah Palin, Former Vice Presidential Candidate, on “Fox News Sunday”
“[Arizona Governor] Jan Brewer, bless her heart, she’s going to do all she can to continue down the litigation path to allow secure borders because she's - Jan Brewer has the cojones that our president does not have to look out for all Americans, not just Arizonans, but all Americans in this desire of ours to secure our borders…”
And don’t miss Senator Carl Levin’s childhood heroes and Senator Lindsey Graham’s living room
Getting to know… Sen. Carl Levin
Getting to know… Sen. Lindsey Graham
I am coming to the point where if the G.O.P. had any brains at all; they would nominate Sen. Lindsey Graham (S. Carolina) as their nominee for the Presidential election of 2012 in a landslide. Not only does he have 10x the experiance; but 100x the intelligence of say Sarah Palin!! Of course they won`t do that; because picking someone who is both qualified, smart, moderate, and truely has America`s (not his own) best interest at heart ; is just not the Republican way these days. Of course he will now be condemned for appealing to moderates (gasp); but one can only hope and pray that people like Sen. Graham will be listened to for once; instead of hand grenade throwing idiots like R
Regarding John Boehner on Fox News sunday. Mr.Boehner talking of ethical standards is a joke. In fact, any politician who appears on Fox News, stands the risk of being 'labeled' a puppet of Glen Beck, Rus Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter et al. The American People need to recognize that these television and radio personalities are just that; 'personalities'. These personalities and their broadcast platform, Fox News are NOT experts on the economy, health care, religion, etc. but quite the contrary. The ARE, however, experts in 'maneuvering and manipulating' public sway towards a very narrow socialogic point of view. What they broadcast CANNOT be construed as 'news', it CAN, however be construed as PROPAGANDA. They use this as a conditioning method herd people of ordinary means towards their point of view and no one elses. The financial gain is not of the American People, it is the wealthy few who benefit immensely. For what its worth, that's my opinion. Also, CNN, why don't you take a look at Justin Coussoule, the Democratic candidate for John Boehners 'chair'. Ask of the American, one simple question (since Boehner brought ethics up). Who's more ethical? John Boehner or Justin Coussoule?
So Speaker Nancy Pelosi that say in 2006 that it was time to drain the swamp is saying now that she is "out of the loop" when it comes to Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters when it comes to cleaning up the corruption in Congress.Why should we be surprised? It's always the other party that is the problem.