July 2, 2011

IBD to GOP Candidates: Go After Obama

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:05 am

An Investors Business Daily editorial states the obvious (which is why Karl Rove — “The GOP candidate must express disappointment and regret, not disgust and anger, especially in the debates” — doesn’t get it) — that to defeat your opponent, you actually have to articulate your criticisms of him in uncompromising terms:

Rolling Downhill Since Jan. 20, ’09

Nearly half of Americans think they’re worse off now than they were when Barack Obama was inaugurated. Will GOP challengers start giving him the treatment Ronald Reagan gave Jimmy Carter?

‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Reagan asked in his closing statement in the only debate of the 1980 presidential election.

“Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we’re as strong as we were four years ago?”

More than three decades later, we find ourselves again suffering through another destructive presidential term. And as in 1980, the public knows who’s to blame.

That makes it essential that you show the public that YOU know who’s to blame, and that you articulate why in no uncertain terms:

Reaganesque zingers should work well throughout the 2012 race, but the real campaigning and debates are far into the future. Rather than wait until then, the opposition should go on the offensive now. Besides trying to distinguish themselves from one another, the Republican contenders all need to run, for the good of the republic, against the president now.

After reciting a litany of economic failures which have caused and continued to cause and extended national suffering the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Great Depression — the last time a hardened wealth-redistributing “progressive” occupied the White House — IBD identifies where the focus should be, right now:

… the recession ended five months after he moved into the White House — and he has succeeded only in stifling progress.

This ruinous record should be the focus of the campaign not only in 2012, but this year as well.

The GOP candidate who will distinguish himself or herself from the rest of the field will be the one who articulates the best case against Barack Obama. If that includes criticizing ways in which your primary opponent has veered into Obamaland during his or her career (e.g., RomneyCare, Pawlenty and Romney on globaloney, etc.), that’s fine. But the primary focus has to be on why Obama must go. A majority of the electorate understands that, as shown in the complete turnaround of the House and the significant gains in the Senate made in 2010. That majority is growing. Build on it.

Holder Folds, Pulls Plug ‘on Investigation Into Most CIA Interrogations”

Filed under: National Security,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 7:39 am

From the New York Times, carried at St. Louis Today:

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it is opening a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two terrorism suspects in CIA custody overseas, but it is closing inquiries into the treatment of nearly 100 other detainees over the last decade.

Attorney General Eric Holder said a two-year review by a specially appointed prosecutor, John Durham, had determined that any further investigation into that large group of cases “is not warranted.” The inquiry into the two deaths, though, could result in criminal charges against CIA officers or contractors.

Intelligence officials saw the announcement as a vindication of sorts.

A Wall Street Journal editorial translates the big picture:

The education of the Obama Administration on antiterror policy has been remarkable to behold, and the latest installment is Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to pull the plug on the investigation into most CIA interrogations. The disgrace is that this probe was ever undertaken.

In 2009, Mr. Holder appointed prosecutor John Durham to look into the possible mistreatment of some 100 detainees by the CIA, with an eye toward possible prosecution. On Thursday, Justice said it would proceed with investigations in two cases where prisoners died in CIA custody, but that any more investigation of the others “is not warranted.”

… Mr. Holder originally said that “it would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the Justice Department.” But he still couldn’t resist the opportunity to placate the anti-antiterror left that had invented a fantastic dark world of alleged Bush misdeeds. In the event, Mr. Durham has found nothing but two cases whose details are unknown to the public and so are impossible for us to judge.

The probe has still done considerable harm by creating a culture of second-guessing and political retribution that CIA operatives must now consider as they try to protect against terror threats. We’ll never know what actions in the future won’t be taken, because of this culture, that might have saved lives.

Never forget that Osama bin Laden was killed based on “the first strands of information” obtained from enhanced interrogation.

Positivity: Attorney Thought Fast to Avoid Death in Plane Crash

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Ashland, Mississippi:

June 28, 2011

Brother recounts harrowing minutes from takeoff to crash

New details are emerging about a plane crash Monday, in which a prominent local attorney escaped with his life.

Those details of his harrowing fall from the sky and how he survived come from his family.

John Booth Farese returned to his home in Ashland Tuesday after an overnight stay at The Med in Memphis.

Family members say his survival is nothing short of a miracle.

Those who knew him best say John Booth Farese never saw a gadget he didn’t like or didn’t have to have eventually.

An aircraft pilot for decades, Farese recently bought a parachute system to help him, and his passengers survive a plane crash.

His brother, Steve Farese, says that parachute saved him from an almost certain death. “You know, I’m old enough where supposedly nothing could surprise me, but yeah, it’s a miracle he survived.”

As in formal chief technology officer for the family law firm, John Booth was an early adopter of all things electronic.

Known as “Captain Kirk” around the office, he brought radio phone technology to the firm and many other technological improvements.

The parachute, only just installed, became his savior when his plane’s engine suddenly stopped.

“He had only gotten up to about three hundred feet when his engine stopped, so he only had a split-second timing to make a decision. He said he’s lost all control he was auguring in nose first and he had just been briefed on the parachute.” Said Steve Farese. …

Go here for the rest of the story.