The judgement to lead

As Taleban fighters continue their surge toward the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the prospects of Islamic terrorists coming into the possession of nuclear weapons has never been closer. The gap, in fact, is a mere 60 miles.

The “test” that Joe Biden warned about may be upon us.

“Mark my words…… With the next, first six months of this administration, if we win, they’re going to — we’re going to face a major international challenge. Because they’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him.”

Instead of placating the radical Left by picking a fight with the previous administration over the definition of “torture,” our new president might be forced to spend some of his considerable people skills on the security task at hand.  And, if he in unsuccessful in “mending fences with our enemies, he may have to consider acting in the security interests of the Free World by securing the nuclear stockpile.

Obama told us that he was capable of doing this. … “Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

No big surprise if you don’t remember this. It was buried by the other comments he made at the same San Francisco fundraiser — the famous “clinging to guns and religion” statement. (I mean, really, who can doubt that DHS’s report on right-wing extremism is any different than Obama’s own true feelings about conservatives?)  Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, he alone possesses “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.”  source

What a piece of work, this man.  Perhaps he remembers making these statements.  Let us hope that his recollection is better than the statements he made regarding Cuba as recently as 2004, something that he described last week as happening “eons ago.”

Although Mr. Obama has been quick to blame many of the problems of the nation on his predecessor, one thing he inherited that is in good condition is our military.  Their bravery and mettle may have to bear the brunt of Obama’s “test.”

They, as well as he, are in my prayers.

(cross-posted at Nuke’s)

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One morning at Mt Rushmore

from the gang at the nose on your face

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The Myth of the Undecided Voter

You’ve seen them in interactive focus groups, and most recently in the Town hall debate: The Undecideds.

It makes a normal voter wonder, “Where in the heck to they find these people?”

The answer was inadvertently revealed at msnbc.com by Domenico Montanaro in his interview with “undecided” voter Oliver Clark, one of the Town hall debate questioners …

…the Sunday before last, I received a call from the Gallop Poll. They asked a few questions regarding my choice in the Presidential election. They asked who I would vote for. I said most likely I would be voting for Barack Obama. They followed with, “is there any chance that you would change your mind“? I said “Of course anything is possible.” They then asked me as an uncommitted voter would I like to participate in the Town hall debate. I said “Of course!”

Of course! It’s so clear to me now. This man is obviously undecided.

So, next time a pollster calls me and asks me if there is any chance I might change my mind, instead of telling them, “No,” I’ll just say, “When monkeys fly out of my ____,” and voila! You might just see me in the next Frank Luntz focus group!

The significance of Ayers

Today’s column by Charles Krauthammer gets to the meat of why the Ayers association is relevant, and why it is sticking to Obama’s suddenly un-teflon facade. Here is a long excerpt

Obama’s political career was launched with Ayers giving him a fundraiser in his living room. If a Republican candidate had launched his political career at the home of an abortion-clinic bomber — even a repentant one — he would not have been able to run for dogcatcher in Podunk. And Ayers shows no remorse. His only regret is that he “didn’t do enough.”

Why are these associations important? Do I think Obama is as corrupt as Rezko? Or shares Wright’s angry racism or Ayers’s unreconstructed 1960s radicalism?

No. But that does not make these associations irrelevant. They tell us two important things about Obama.

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A question for Obama

“Senator Obama, you distinguished yourself from your Democratic rivals in the primary season as having better judgment because you opposed the war in Iraq in 2002. Knowing what we know now about Saddam Hussein from the independent Iraq Survey Group (Dulfer) Report — that he had the capability to produce chemical weapons within three to six months (and that his son, Uday Hussein, head of Fedayeen Saddam, was openly advocating the use of chemical weapons on U.S. troops), that he was skimming billions of dollars in the Oil-For-Food program and was interested in off-the-shelf nuclear weapons, that he was providing safe haven for terrorists, that he was training and financing suicide bombers, what do you think Iraq would be doing today if Saddam were alive and still in power?”

Read more Q&A from Kathryn Jean Lopez and Debra Burlingame at NRO.

Obama grant being probed

from Chicago Sun-Times

A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent.

The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood.

Smith wrote another $20,000 in grant-related checks to K.D. Contractors, a construction company that his wife, Karen D. Smith, created five months after work on the garden was supposed to have begun, records show. K.D. is no longer in business.

Although decried by Chicago mayor Bill Daley, McCain’s recent ad about Chicago machine-politics seems to be right on the mark.

All together now, look real surprised.

Palin’s acceptance speech at RNC (video)

Fred Thompson told us that Sarah Palin might be the first VP candidate since Teddy Roosevelt who knows how to field dress a moose. Last night in St. Paul, the Governor of Alaska revealed that she is equally skilled in field dressing donkeys and other political game as well.

Here is the video…

And, here is the transcript of the speech, courtesy of CNN