Did CAP’s John Podesta Urge The President To Use The Armed Forces To “Advance Progressive Change”?

John Podesta’s policy recommendations for the President have garnered quite a bit of attention in the past couple of days, mostly because of  his unconstitutional (and hypocritical) advice on the use of executive orders. But the folks over at The Blaze have looked the recommendations over carefully, and are wondering about this section:

In the aftermath of this month’s midterm congressional elections, pundits and politicians across the ideological spectrum are focusing on how difficult it will be for President Barack Obama to advance his policy priorities through Congress. Predictions of stalemate abound. And some debate whether the administration should tack to the left or to the center and compromise with or confront the new House leadership.

As a former White House chief of staff, I believe those to be the wrong preoccupations. President Obama’s ability to govern the country as chief executive presents an opportunity to demonstrate strength, resolve, and a capacity to get things done on a host of pressing challenges of importance to the public and our economy. Progress, not positioning, is what the public wants and deserves.

The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy. These authorities can be used to ensure positive progress on many of the key issues facing the country through:

  • Executive orders
  • Rulemaking
  • Agency management
  • Convening and creating public-private partnerships
  • Commanding the armed forces
  • Diplomacy
  • The ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these powers should not be underestimated.

    Now, I don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill, but, what the hell? It’s obvious that Podesta is talking about Obama’s (radical) domestic agenda….armed forces, dude, really?

    Jonathon Seidl asks:

    What exactly does Podesta think the president should use such powers to “accomplish”? Among others, the report suggests “job creation,“ ”quality affordable health care,“ ”sustainable security,“ and ”a clean energy future.”

    Perhaps Podesta could elaborate?

    Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

    Hoyer Miffed- Says GOP Leaders “Snubbed Obama”

    Steny Hoyer, the “moderate” one.

    This is via the WSJ’s Washington Wire:

    Congressional Republicans were unable to  accept President Barack Obama’s invitation to a bipartisan leadership meeting today because of their busy post election schedules, so the the meeting had been postponed until Nov. 30.

    But House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) saw that as a rude snub to the president as he was extending an olive branch. Mr. Hoyer said at his weekly briefing today that, to the best of his recollection, he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) always adjusted their own schedules to accommodate requests from President George W. Bush. He called it a matter of “respect’’ for the presidency. Just days after Democrats won control of Congress in 2006, Mr. Hoyer said, he and Ms. Pelosi were at the White House for lunch with Mr. Bush.

    “I was disappointed,’’ Hoyer said, that House and Senate Republican leaders said they could not meet with Obama because of the demands of the lame-duck session and their party’s meetings to organize for the new Congress and the demands.

    Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said that the White House’s mistake was to announce the Nov. 18 date for the proposed bipartisan meeting without first checking with congressional leaders, who knew weeks ago how busy this time would be.

    Gee, maybe it was a little rude of the White House to have announced the meeting before the GOP leaders had RSVP’d.

    And maybe after two years of Obama’s lies and bullying, Republicans are not inclined to say, “how high?” when he says, “jump”.

    Just a thought.


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    Thursday Link-Around

    There is a “must read” tie, today, between: Ann Coulter’s:  NAPOLITANO: THE BALL’S IN MY COURT NOW:

    It’s similarly pointless to treat all Americans as if they’re potential terrorists while trying to find and confiscate anything that could be used as a weapon. We can’t search all passengers for explosives because Muslims stick explosives up their anuses. (Talk about jobs Americans just won’t do.)

    You have to search for the terrorists.

    Fortunately, that’s the one advantage we have in this war. In a lucky stroke, all the terrorists are swarthy, foreign-born, Muslim males. (Think: “Guys Madonna would date.”)

    This would give us a major leg up — if only the country weren’t insane.

    And the Howard Kurtz @ The Daily Beast interview with Roger Ailes, who throws out red meat like this:

    Then he turned his sights on NPR executives.

    “They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view. They don’t even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive.”

    I’m sure he’d be pleased to know that defunding NPR is on the House Republican agenda:

    NPR officials have indicated that taxpayer funding makes up only a small portion of their overall budget. Therefore eliminating taxpayer support should not materially affect NPR’s ability to operate while at the same time saving taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

    Creeping Sharia: Proof Terrorists Crossed Mexican Border (video)

    Justin Farmer at wsbtv.com continues exposing border insecurity and the terrorists who are crossing the southern borders of the U.S. via Channel 2 Uncovers Proof Terrorists Crossed Mexican Border

    If you thought the friggin’ Phelps clan couldn’t get any lower than protesting military servicemen’s funerals – think again: Funeral Protesters Now Targeting Oklahoma Children’s Funerals (to avenge their slashed tires from last week):

    Members of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas will be in Burneyville in southern Oklahoma today. That’s where a funeral is being held for eight-year-old Jalen Wolfe, who died in an accident at the Love County Fairgrounds last week.

    On the WBC website, members say they are protesting because of the vandalism they suffered over the weekend while protesting at the funeral of McAlester serviceman Jason McCluskey.

    They say quote “the Lord curses them by killing Oklahoma’s children and casting them into Hell.” Furthermore, their website reads “Thank God For More Dead Children In Oklahoma!”.

    In addition to today’s funeral, the protestors are scheduled to return to Owasso Thursday to protest at the funeral of Melissa Hanslovan of Collinsville, who died Sunday after a one-car crash over the weekend.

    The good news is that they ended up being no-shows.

    Editor’s Note: The group from Kansas that announced on their website they would protest the funeral never showed. KXII-TV chose not to mention this group in our coverage, out of respect for the Wolfe Family and the Love County community.

    Meanwhile, an epic battle is brewing between the Westboro Baptist Church and the…..Dearborn Islamic Center.

    Thank you, Jesus. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is like Alien v. Predator, Leonard v. Hagler, Seinfeld v. Newman, Ralph Macchio v. The Cobra Kai Dojo and Olbermann v. Stewart all wrapped up in one delicious bite. If only I had cornered the market on popcorn before this fateful day!

    Video added: Yesssiree…..this is serious crazy right here:

    See Gateway Pundit for the full after-action report.

    Verum Serum has Good news for bloggers: Righthaven Loses in Court, Plans to Cease Bullying Bloggers

    In case you missed it, Righthaven was the brainchild of  Steve Gibson. Over the last year he has sued over 100 mostly small time bloggers demanding thousands in damages and their domain names. The bloggers in question would learn of the suits in the newspaper. Most of the bloggers in question had no resources to fight the suits and agreed to settle rather than endure court costs. This was bullying, plain and simple.

    Ulsterman’s latest White House Insider: Don’t Back Down Now:

    Insider:Hey, it’s not just me.  There’s a whole mess of us pissed over what this White House has done to the party.  So many good Democrats have been destroyed.  What is left in the party.  Nancy -expletive- Pelosi?  Charlie -expletive- Rangle?  Barney -expletive- Frank?  Harry -expletive- Reid?  No-no-no-no…there’s gonna be some new blood come into our party.  The Democrats will rise up from this mess and be stronger for it.  But you gotta hang tough kid – don’t back down now.  Don’t lose your stomach.  The one’s who don’t believe the information I’ve given you CHOOSE not to believe it.  They refuse to. They don’t want to. They can’t admit the mistake that is Barack Obama.  Hell, I wouldn’t want to either.  If I hadn’t seen it, if I didn’t have people telling me every week how the man couldn’t find his own ass with a bell on it, I would calling you out as a liar as well.  But that’s not where we are at now, right? 

    I’m beginning to worry that the public’s hackles have been raised without enough thinking about the issue in a way that will wind up benefiting terrorists. As with so many issue, the answer depends on the question posed: Is this a citizen versus his government? Well then, generally, the citizen should win.

    I come down with Coulter on this one. Scanning the comments over there…it looks like most of the morons do, too.

    Red State has: Trifecta: Don’t Touch My Junk

    Michelle Malkin is keeping a watchful eye on Congress: DREAM Act scorecard: The GOP Senate fence-sitters
    I’ve polled Republican Senate offices and you should know that many open-borders squishes remain on the fence about this Obama/Reid down payment on blanket illegal alien amnesty. That’s right. The following GOP Senators haven’t made up their mind on whether they should oppose a bill that amounts to a 2.1 million future Democrat voter recruitment drive. Know your fence-sitters:
    See Michelle for contact information on the squishes.
    AFP emails:

    According to National Journal (subscriber only link) retiring Sen. Kit Bond is considering breaking with party leadership to help Democrats force through one final massive omnibus spending bill.

    Tell him not to do it! We have easy pages set up to call or email Sen. Bond.

    From National Journal:

    Asked if he was concerned that McConnell’s comments spelled the demise of the omnibus, Inouye held out hope that other Republicans might step up and buck their leadership. He did not provide any details about who he had in mind.

    One Republican who Inouye might look to is retiring Sen. Christopher (Kit) Bond, R-Mo., the ranking member on the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.

    On Wednesday, Bond said he wants to vote for an omnibus and has been involved in negotiating it.

    “We’ve got to have an omnibus,” he said.

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, Betsy McCaughey outlined the implications of an omnibus on ObamaCare:

    To achieve this goal, Senate Republicans should filibuster to stop the omnibus spending bill, delaying action until after Jan. 3. Stopping it is vital not only to shrink government spending but also to defund ObamaCare.

    If Republicans say “no” to the Democrats’ lame duck omnibus bill, then in January Republicans can write numerous, specific appropriations bills that fund federal departments but bar money from being used to implement the new health law. They can prohibit funds appropriated for the Internal Revenue Service from being used to hire agents to enforce compulsory insurance, and bar funds for the Department of Health and Human Services from being used to write ObamaCare regulations.

    Back by popular demand! Who would have ever guessed that MSNBC viewers would miss the dopey, mean-spirited sniping?
    Michelle Obama’s Mirror Mr. Podesta Consults. Beware of Free Advice: 

    Look, I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but this, from John Podesta, is the last thing we need around here: advice on how Big Guy can act more like a South American dictator. In his current state of mind, this is just a little too tempting.

    Moonbattery: Happy Kool-Aid Day, Moonbats!

    Ghailani Debacle Blamed On Bush


    In what can only be described as a gross miscarriage of justice, Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was acquitted yesterday on all but one of 285 counts in connection with the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

    The man who played a key logistical role in the preparations for attacks that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans and wounded thousands of others now faces a minimum of 20 years, but according to Ed Morrissey, a big chunk of his sentence will be  reduced by time already served..

    The administration is left with three choices in regards to Ghailani: announce that they will release him at the appointed date whenever his sentence ends, announce that they will hold him indefinitely without regard to the court’s ruling on the matter while referring the case back to a military commission despite his acquittals, or refuse to state which they will do and hope the issue falls to the next administration.  The first will mean that the US will knowingly release a master al-Qaeda terrorist with more than two hundred murders under his belt; the second will mean that the trial they staged was nothing but a sham.  And the third will be a cowardly dodge.

    Morrissey left out the fourth choice…act pleased with the result because the one guilty verdict is all they needed to put Ghailni away for life, and blame Bush, (not the fact that the case was ill-suited to civilian courts),  for the non-guilty verdicts:

    A senior administration official told Jake tapper:

    “He was convicted by a jury of a count which carries a 20-year minimum sentence,” the official says. “He will very likely be sentenced to something closer to life. (The judge can, and very likely will, take into account things that the jury did not, and he can and will consider conduct that the jury found him not guilty of — e.g., murder). He will never be paroled (there is no parole in the federal system). There are very few federal crimes that carry a mandatory MINIMUM of 20 years. What that means is that he was convicted of a crime that is a very big deal.”

    “So, we tried a guy (who the Bush Admin tortured and then held at GTMO for 4-plus years with no end game whatsoever) in a federal court before a NY jury with full transparency and international legitimacy and — despite all of the legacy problems of the case (i.e., evidence getting thrown out because of Bush-Admin torture, etc,) we were STILL able to convict him and INCAPACITATE him for essentially the rest of his natural life, AND there was not one — not one — security problem associated with the trial.”

    Thomas Joscelyn at The Weekly Standard thinks they’re putting lipstick on a pig:

    It is difficult to square the DOJ’s rhetoric with the carnage that was unleashed in Africa more than a decade ago. The man who helped murder more than 200 civilians was acquitted of their murders even though he is obviously guilty.


    No one should be “pleased” with that verdict, even if Ghailani will likely serve many years in prison.

    Doug Powers put it this way:

    The Obama Justice Department said they were “pleased” with the outcome, but in baseball terminology, they barely avoided being no-hit because they got a bloop single. If they’re “pleased” about anything it’s that they didn’t end up looking like total asses.

    Here is what anonymous administration officials say:

    But senior officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private discussions, conceded that the one-count conviction, combined with big electoral wins for Republicans this month, will make it harder to close the prison.

    The administration had hoped for an overwhelming conviction to help ease congressional opposition to Obama’s long-stymied plan for moving the detainees to U.S. soil. The administration must notify Congress before any transfer, and Republicans have said they would block such efforts.

    “They couldn’t come close to getting that done when the Democrats were in charge,” said Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who is expected to be the next chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “There’s no way they’re going to get it now that Republicans are in charge.”

    Jennifer Rubin cuts through the crap as only she can:

    …what in the world was the bomber doing in an Article III courtroom? He was, quite bluntly, part of a stunt by the Obama administration, which had vilified Bush administration lawyers for failing to accord terrorists the full panoply of constitutional rights available to American citizens who are arrested by police officers and held pursuant to constitutional requirements.

    Once again, the Obama team has revealed itself to be entirely incompetent and has proved, maybe even to themselves, the obvious: the Bush administration had it right. And in fact, maybe we should do away with both civilian trials and military tribunals and just hold these killers until hostilities end. You know, like they do in wars.

    And Ed Morrissey has had it. He wants Holder to go:

    A less arrogant — and less ideological — Attorney General would have heeded Congress’ warnings and reconsidered the wisdom of the idea of shoehorning foreign-captured war criminals into venues where they have never been adjudicated before now.  And a less arrogant administration would have not defied the will of Congress, which three times set up military commission processes for these very cases, and for the very reasons that the DoJ spectacularly failed this week.

    There could be no greater failure by the DoJ in this war on terror than to get these decisions wrong, especially in light of the avalanche of criticism over those decisions and the administration’s reaction to it.  Holder should hand in his resignation before he makes the same mistake with the other terrorists our military and intelligence assets risked their lives to keep off the battlefield forever.  His continued presence insults their work, insults Congress, and insults our desire for justice for 9/11, the USS Cole bombing, the two embassy bombings, and the other terrorist attacks and plots we’ve managed to stop through a forward strategy on the war on terror.  If a resignation is not forthcoming, the Senate and House Judiciary committees should start hearings to determine why Holder remains in this position.

    The problem of course, is that Holder is only a reflection of the arrogant, and leftist ideologue who appointed him. Sure, it would be nice if he were gone, but why would we imagine that Obama would replace him with anyone better?



    Melissa Clouthier shares her thoughts on the trial at Liberty Pundits:

    And really, blaming the Bush Administration was the point of the show trial, and certainly a trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, to begin with. So righteously outraged by torture, they were going to humiliate the former President and his administration by trying, and losing the suits, of hideously evil terrorists who really deserve to be dead. Yesterday.


    Americans don’t care about international legitimacy and they don’t care that an evil guy such as KSM or this Ghailani were thoroughly interrogated. They DO care that America looks weak and pathetic on the world stage. They do care that a man responsible for killing our citizens will not pay with his own life.

    Nailed it.