Video: Pat Michaels Discusses Climategate On Neil Cavuto Show

Patrick Michaels, a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and past president of the American Association of State Climatologists was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. But to the global warming alarmists at CRU, he is simply a “denier” who deserves to get the crap beaten out of him. He appeared on the Neil Cavuto Show, this afternoon to discuss Climategate.

He’s clearly enjoying this:


Statement From Donald Rumsfeld On Obama-lie In Afghanistan Speech

For some reason, Obama can never resist throwing in an unfair dig at the previous administration in every speech he gives, no matter the subject matter. Doesn’t he realize how small that makes him look? It’s almost become a waiting game – waiting for that special moment in each speech when he has to cast blame on his predecessor, just to prop himself up. Former Sec. of State Donald Rumsfeld, like Dick Cheney many times before him, wasn’t going to let Obama’s slander go unchallenged:

“In his speech to the nation last night, President Obama claimed that ‘Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.’ Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as Secretary of Defense, deserves a response.”

“I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006. If any such requests occurred, ‘repeated’ or not, the White House should promptly make them public. The President’s assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan.”

“In the interest of better understanding the President’s announcement last night, I suggest that the Congress review the President’s assertion in the forthcoming debate and determine exactly what requests were made, who made them, and where and why in the chain of command they were denied.”

That conforms with what Steven Hayes reported in THE WEEKLY STANDARD in October, who went on to say that Bush sent 7000 more troops in 2008, before he left office.

Gibbs that the Bush administration ignored requests for more troops. It’s nonsense, they say. McKiernan wanted more troops–he asked for three additional brigades in the summer of 2008–but he understood that he could have them only when they became available. “McKiernan was making requests down the line,” says a Pentagon official, “and late in 2008 we did have the ability to commit more forces. So we did.” Indeed, Bush sent nearly 7,000 additional troops to Afghanistan before he left office, including one brigade that had been repurposed from Iraq.

I’m still waiting to hear “ankle-biter”, Dick Cheney’s thoughts on the speech.

More reactions from the left and right, (almost all negative), here.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit


Steven Hayes also notes that before Obama had eloquently decried the “rancor and cynicism and partisanship that has in recent times poisoned our national discourse” in his speech at his West Point speech, last night, Biden had sent out this mass email to liberal supporters  touting Obama’s speech:

“It’s a clean break from the failed Afghanistan policy of the Bush administration, and a new, focused strategy that can succeed’.



Wednesday’s Hero(es): Spc. Michael P. Garton & Spc. Rolando R. Flores

Spc. Michael P. Garton & Spc. Rolando R. Flores

Spc. Michael P. Garton, a gunner with the Personal Security Detachment, with the 36th Sustainment Brigade out of Temple, Texas, and a Texarkana, Texas, native, relaxes on a Humvee and shares a laugh with Spc. Rolando R. Flores, a gunner with the PSD and a San Antonio native, during a break in preparations for a mission Nov. 23 in the maintenance yard at Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq.

Photo Courtesy U.S. Army

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Written by Indian Chris, Right Wing and Right Minded


Compare and Contrast:The Decider v.s. The Ditherer At West Point

Last night, President Obama chose to make his Afghanistan troop announcement at West Point, AKA “The Enemy Camp”. The response of the cadets was polite, but subdued, even after apparently being told to “respond enthusiastically”:

As usual Obama’s speech ran long, and was a snoozer as was evidenced by these cadets knocking nails, seen here, and here.

Der Spiegel Online has been brutal to Obama, lately:

Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic:

Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama’s speech would be well-received.

Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond “enthusiastically” to the speech. But it didn’t help: The soldiers’ reception was cool.

President Bush, as hated and reviled by the anti-war left as he was, was always appreciated by our troops:


See The WSJ for Fight Looms on How to Pay for New War Plan

The Democrats are going to push for a “war tax”. Republicans would like to continue to borrow, (how about not, guys), or allocate other funds, which is what I favor, but are Dems  going to go along with that, when they think can justify raising taxes? I think not.

Captain Ed has a few more thoughts on the speech:

The only sense of real mission I get from this speech is that we’re going to send 30,000 more troops now so we can start evacuating all of them in the summer of 2011.  It sounds like a slow-motion Dunkirk, and it recalls what Winston Churchill had to say after being congratulated for rescuing the entire British Army and a good portion of the French Army in 1940 from that massive cross-Channel evacuation: “Wars are not won by evacuations.”  And apparently Obama agrees, since he didn’t bother to talk about victory at all, but instead treated it as a massive responsibility that he reluctantly will fulfill.

What’s the point of sending troops into a far off war zone, if you know you’re going to be sending them home in a few months, win or lose?


House Republicans Respond To Obama’s speech.

General Stanley A. McChrystal: Message to the troops

Video: Chairman Mike Pence Supports Sending Reinforcements to Afghanistan

Pence Supports Sending Reinforcements to Afghanistan: Cautions Against Timelines, Benchmarks and War Surtax

Taliban analysis of the Obama speech