Obama Says U.S. Has Fallen ‘Short of the Ideal’ in Afghanistan

Via the Weekly Standard:

In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen “short of the ideal” in Afghanistan:

“So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there’s a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal,” said Obama.

Note the use of the royal “we”. When things go bad, it’s a collective, “we” – The United States – all of us, and “you” fell short the ideal-  not “I” as when Obama gave the gutsy call to kill Osama Bin Laden. Oh no….things aren’t “optimal” and it’s only going to get worse so it’s  “we”.

But it was Obama himself who sealed Afghanistan’s fate when he announced to the enemy our peace partners a withdrawal date from the beginning of the surge in late 2009, ensuring that the over 2,000 US combat deaths would be for naught.

As Charles Krauthammer opined in October 2010:

On Dec. 1, 2009, commander-in-chief Barack Obama orders 30,000 more Americans into battle in Afghanistan. But in the very next sentence, he announces that an American withdrawal will begin after 18 months.

Astonishing. A surge of troops — overall, Obama has tripled our Afghan force — with a declaration not of war, but of ambivalence. Nine months later, Marine Corps Commandant James Conway admitted that this decision was “probably giving our enemy sustenance.” This wasn’t conjecture, he insisted, but the stuff of intercepted Taliban communications testifying to their relief that they simply had to wait out the Americans.

What kind of commander in chief sends tens of thousands of troops to war while announcing in advance a fixed date for beginning their withdrawal? One who doesn’t have his heart in it. One who doesn’t really want to win but is making some kind of political gesture. One who thinks he has to be seen as trying but is preparing the ground — meaning, the political cover — for failure.

The Taliban is celebrating our withdrawal and preparing Jihad Against US and ‘Crusader-Zionist Alliance’:

MEMRI reported on this Taliban tape, via Atlas:

“The shari’a system for which Allah has ordered us, we are waging the struggle for the same shari’a, and the same shari’a teaches us to keep holding the rope of Allah; and the Prophet [Muhammad] also teaches that we keep the organization [i.e. Islam] united and follow it essentially. And one who left the organization [i.e. Islam], he separate for the fire…. Praise be to Allah that by consensus we put our trust on the respected emir [Hakimullah Mehsud] and we have trusted him as the head of the movement [i.e. TTP].”

Waliur Rehman: “Whether It Be Against Pakistan Or Against Afghanistan, We Consider Both As The War Against America And Are Fighting Against The Crusader-Zionist Alliance”

Yep. “We” sure fell short of the ideal.


The Corner: Krauthammer: Today Obama Acknowledged His Surge Failed


Michelle Malkin: No joke: Obama and Karzai agree to allow the Taliban to open an office in Qatar:

What could go wrong?

From a statement on the White House website:

The Leaders [Obama and Karzai] said that they would support an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations between the High Peace Council and the authorized representatives of the Taliban. In this context, the Leaders called on the armed opposition to join a political process, including by taking those steps necessary to open a Taliban office. They urged the Government of Qatar to facilitate this effort. The two Presidents reiterated that the outcomes of peace and reconciliation must respect the historic achievements that Afghanistan has made over the past decade, including protecting the rights that all citizens of Afghanistan, both men and women, guaranteed under the constitution. As a part of the outcome of any process, the Taliban and other armed opposition groups must end violence, break ties with Al Qaeda, and accept Afghanistan’s constitution.

Friday Free-For-All: Gun Defense Stories From Just the Past Week


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There is no shortage of crime stories that have happy, feel-good endings because the victims had access to guns. But the national media chooses to pass them over in favor of sensational gun crimes that better fit their anti-gun narrative. Most of these stories happened in the past week. Videos are at the links.

ReadingEagle.com: Police: Clerk with gun thwarts robbery attempt by cattle prod-wielding suspect:

Associated Press, Jan 9, 2013:

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun.

Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck. Deputies stopped Tomberlin’s truck but he fled on foot.


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KSDK: Man threatening group with gun ends up being shot himself, arrested (St. Louis, MO)

6:31 AM, Jan 9, 2013

Just after midnight, the unidentified 48 year old man began waving a gun and yelling at the group of people and fired a shot.  One of the men in the group being harassed, produced his own gun and fired at the man, striking him once in the upper portion of the arm.

The man who was shot ran a block to the 4700 block of Newcomb Place where he called police for help.  Police arrived and transported the man, only to later arrest him for the incident on Dr. King Drive.

Authorities say the man in the group who opened fire on his tormenter, had a valid Conceal and Carry permit and was not detained by police.


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KAKEland: Suspected Robber Shot At Independence Store:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

People who know the owner of an Independence coin shop owner injured during an attempted robbery that also left the suspect severely injured say he is a very well-liked man in the southeast Kansas community.

A cousin of Ken Preble, owner of Uncle Ken’s Coin and Jewelry Shop, never expected him to have to deal with anything like Wednesday’s incident.

“He’s just a real good, mild guy,” said Jim Richardson. “Never been in any trouble. Just a super guy.”

That’s why Richardson was shocked to learn his cousin had ben shot during an attempted robbery.

“We didn’t know what to do and then we heard a lot of different stories, you know,” Richardson said.

Independence Police Chief Harry Smith said the suspect entered the shop about 10:30 a.m. and pulled a gun. Preble was also able to grab a gun, Smith said, and both men were shot during a struggle.

Smith said the suspect ran from the business and made it about a block before police caught up with him. Both the suspect and Preble were taken to an Independence hospital. The suspect was later flown to a Wichita hospital.

Richardson and his wife were on their way to visit Preble in the Independence hospital, where the coin shop owner was undergoing surgery. He was shot once in the left arm during the struggle with the suspect, Smith said.

NBC DFW: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Armed Intruder:

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013

The shooting happened in the 7700 block of McCallum Boulevard in North Dallas around 8:30 p.m.

Police say the intruder tried to break into the third floor apartment at McCallum Corners armed with a handgun.

Investigators say the 36-year-old man from Denton was shot and killed by the homeowner on the spot during the home invasion.

The intruder had several gunshot wounds to his upper body.

The Columbus Dispatch: Police say robber was shot by Hilltop man shielding his 2-month-old son

Tuesday January 8, 2013 9:53 PM

Kelby Smith, 34, had just gotten out of his car in his brother’s driveway on Crescent Drive about 8:45 p.m. when a man with a pistol approached him and demanded money, police said. Smith was carrying his 2-month-old son in a car seat at the time. He knelt down in front of his son to shield him as the robber held the gun to Smith’s head, police said. While Smith was handing over a small amount of cash, he pulled his gun out of a holster, said detective Brian Boesch of the Columbus police robbery squad. Smith is a concealed-carry permit holder, Boesch said. The robber fled, police said, but then pointed his gun back at Smith as he ran. “When I pulled my pistol he took off running and I shot and it hit him,” Smith later told a 911 dispatcher. The dispatcher asked Smith how he knew the man had been shot. “Cause when I shot he started crying and he fell to the ground,” Smith told the dispatcher.

Orlando Sentinel: Armed businessman confronts thieves in the act, deputies say:

A 64-year-old man armed with a shotgun caught two burglary suspects in the act Monday and detained the men until deputies arrived, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The owner of West Crane Services on Newport Avenue told deputies his business was burglarized last week, so he staked out the property at night anticipating the thieves would return.

The Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that the business owner and a friend were on the property about 8:50 p.m. when they heard a commotion outside.

The owner confronted two suspects, identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Ryan Moore, 28, and Scott Sasek, 27, as they got into a vehicle and were about the flee.

The business owner got Moore and Sasek out of their vehicle and detained them until law-enforcement arrived.

“We got them, buddy,” the businessman told a dispatcher, according to the Sheriff’s Office. “They’ve got stolen stuff from my shop in the back of their car.”


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Fish and Game: 15-Year-Old Boy Uses Dad’s AR15 to Fight Off Intruders (Houston, TX)

Posted on January 8, 2013
The 15-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister had been home alone in the Mount Royal Village subdivision when around 2:30 p.m. a pair of burglars tried the front and back doors, then broke a back window.

The teenager grabbed his father’s assault rifle and knew what to do with it.

“We don’t try to hide things from our children in law enforcement,” Lt. Jeffrey Stauber said. “That young boy was protecting his sister. He was in fear for his life and her life.”

KRDO, Colorado Springs: Police: Homeowner shoots 2 suspects during home invasion:

POSTED: 10:50 PM MST Jan 07, 2013  UPDATED: 12:50 PM MST Jan 08, 2013

Police said three male suspects broke into the home just before 10:00 p.m. on the 2400 block of E. St. Vrain St.

Al Michaud was home during the break-in. A struggle took place between Michaud and the suspects. Michaud got his gun and shot two of the suspects, police said.

“There was one by the door. I put a bullet in his chest.  I was going to shoot the other one in the chest but the one who was closest to me hit my arm and the gun went off and hit him in his leg,” said Michaud.

The two suspects who were shot ran from the home, police said. They stopped about one block away because of their injuries.


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News Channel 3 WREG, Memphis: Gun-Toting Homeowner Captures Burglar:

Posted on: 8:23 pm, January 7, 2013, by , updated on: 12:09am, January 8, 2013

A Mid-South hunter captured a woman burglarizing his home.It happened outside of Millington in the 4000 block of Quito Drummonds Road in Tipton County.

“I pulled up in the yard and there was a car there,” Alfred Wilson said.

Wilson told News Channel 3 on December 19th he was just getting home after a day of hunting to find a strangers car parked outside.

“The storm window was out like it was on a hinge,” he said.

A few minutes later he came face to face with the intruder.

“The lady came out from behind that bush there and was trying to get in her car and get away,” he said.

That’s when he went to his car and grabbed his gun.

“This is a deer rifle,” he said. “It’s not an assault weapon. It’s a deer rifle.”

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ABC 11, Eyewitness News: Two charged in attack on homeowner, wife:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

She told ABC11 that she learned from other neighbors that a woman inside the home was also attacked by intruders, but managed to escape to a nearby home.

Her husband reportedly did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but was taken to a local hospital by EMS.

Shortly after the shooting, officers tried to stop a Cadillac on S. Wilmington Street near Ileagnes Road and Rush Street. The car was reportedly seen on East Lane Street by neighbors during the invasion. The Cadillac ended up crashing, and two people inside the car were taken into custody.

Monday afternoon, police charged 26-year-old Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of attempted murder, one count of attempted first-degree rape, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Court records show he was sent to a South Carolina prison for burglary seven years ago.

Shabar Master Marshall, age 16,  is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree forcible sex offense.

Officials tell ABC11 Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall and Shabar Master Marshall are brothers.

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I could go on like this all day. These two Reddit sites http://www.reddit.com/r/dgu and http://www.reddit.com/r/selfdefense are a treasure trove of gun defense stories from across the nation. Stories, that I repeat, are ignored by the national media.

Here’s a couple of notable older stories from the past year.

ABC 4, Salt Lake City: Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree in Salt Lake City:

4/27/2012 12:26 pm | Published: 4/26/2012 8:20 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”

Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”

He held the woman at gunpoint until police arrived.

“All I wanted to do was stop the lady,” he said. “I didn’t want to be the judge, jury, and executioner so to speak right here.”

Once police got there they arrested Melissa Rodriguez,32.


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Intruder breaks in, mom calls cops, grabs gun, runs upstairs to daughters’ rooms and tells them to arm up.

Martha Lewis of Dora, Ala. told WVTM-TV it was about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning when she heard a loud noise, which turned out to be someone kicking in her door. Lewis said she called the police and grabbed her gun, then went to her daughters’ room and told them each to get something to defend themselves with. She said one grabbed an ax and one got a butcher knife.  

When momma’s got a gun and her two daughters can quickly lay their hands on a butcher knife and an axe, you’ve become the very definition of “failure in the victim selection process.”

These are the people the gun grabbers want to disarm. Policies that focus on reducing crime in the inner city where the vast majority of gun crimes occur, are not even on the table. It makes no sense.

One more self defense story for you via White House Dossier: Obama Opposed Gun Ban Exception to Defend One’s Home:

As a state senator in Illinois, President Obama opposed legislation providing an exception to handgun restrictions if the weapon was used in the defense of one’s home.

Obama’s vote would have maintained the status quo, which made it a violation of municipal gun ban law to use a firearm to save your own life in your own home. But the bill was passed anyway without his support.

The vote is a sign of how committed Obama may be to strict gun control measures.

The Illinois vote is hardly ancient history, having occurred in 2004 as Obama was running for election to the U.S. Senate. In opposing the measure, Obama lined up well to the left of the mainstream, as the Illinois Senate included 32 Democrats to 26 Republicans but approved the bill by an overwhelming margin and subsequently overrode a veto by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Bob Owens: Assault weapons and terrorists in America:

After reading the gun control proposals issued forth from Illinois, New York, and Washington, DC, I’ve taken it upon myself to scour the internet for dangerous terrorists that are using the sort of assault rifles that should be banned according to “common sense” gun control proposals.

If you see these dangerous individuals, or people like them, you are encouraged to call Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Air Force with targeting information.


Much more at the link.

Seton Motley, PJ Media, A Particularly Weird Week:

We’re $16+ trillion in debt, no federal budget in nearly four years, $1+ trillion deficits each of the last five years – and a president who says “We don’t have a spending problem.”

 So of course Item One on the Democrat agenda is gun control. Illegal, Executive Order gun control.
Former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell on MSNBC friday morning ” The good thing about Newtown is it was so horrific it galvanized Americans to a point where i think the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side.”
Good Gad. Talk about standing on the graves of dead children. These people are so craven they don’t even know how sick they sound to decent people.

Washington, DC’s prosecutors will send more than a few people to jail for possessing high capacity rifle magazines to jail.

David Gregory will not be one of them:

NBC journalist David Gregory won’t face charges for displaying what he said was a high-capacity ammunition magazine on his “Meet the Press” show.

But of course. Obeying laws is for the little people.

When it comes to Piers Morgan and his gun control mania, we’ve seen more than a few Sununu moments created by our side that might have made the choir cheer but did little to change many minds. In the end, it’s all noise; it’s all flash; it’s all a meaningless game of checkers.

Ben Shapiro came to play chess.

Shapiro had obviously studied Morgan’s rhetorical tactics and arguments, and prepared himself for them — not with insults or ad hominem, but with direct rebuttals based on facts, history, and logic.

First off, Shapiro opened by calmly stating a very simple fact: that the lazy premise Morgan has used for weeks now to bully those who dare disagree with him is unconscionable:

What you tend to do is you tend to demonize people who differ from you politically by standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook, saying they don’t seem to care enough about the dead kids. If they cared more about the dead kids they would agree with you on policy.

Faced with this fact, all Morgan could do was symbolically grasp his pearls and literally squeak, “How dare you.”

And this was the moment that changed everything.

Libs need to be called out every time they  claim “absolute moral authority” by standing on the graves of the dead.

School Choice Week Whistle-Stop Tour January 27- Feb 2

For those of you who are sick of having your kids stuck in failing schools, help is on the way…

The week of January 27, National School Choice Week will host the first-ever nationwide, whistle-stop train tour in support of school choice.

The goal of this tour — along with the record-breaking 3,000 events being independently planned for National School Choice Week 2013 — is to demonstrate overwhelming support, and demand, for school choice…while shining a positive spotlight on the hundreds of organizations, thousands of schools, and millions of Americans working every day to increase access to great schools in our country.


From Los Angeles to New York, with 14 stops, the National School Choice Week Special will bring messages of hope and optimism from coast to coast.

You can get involved along the way or right at home. Explore the train’s route by using the interactive map above or check out these options:

How can you get involved right now?

  • Sign-up if you haven’t already and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
  • Are you part of a school? Get a representative from your school to register for free materials to host a National School Choice Week event.
  • If you’re an individual or part of a business or other organization that supports school choice, be sure to download our Event Handbook and start planning an event — it’s easy, fun and helps to build support for school choice in your community.

Speakers will  include:
1.      Emcee: James Shuls, Show Me Institute
2.      Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week
3.      Virginia Walden-Ford- School Choice Activist
4.      Lisa Keegan – Former AZ Superintendent
5.      Joe Trippi – Fox News Analyst and Democratic Strategist
6.      Vonnelle Middleton: Vonnelle P. Middleton, Superintendent/C.E.O. Hope Academy Charter School
7.      Douglas Thaman, Executive Director, Missouri Charter Public School Association
8.      Emani Brown- Hogan Prep student
9.       Dennis Cooper- Hogan Prep student
10.     Student performance:  Della Lamb Elementary Choir
11.     Heidi Lynch and student Alex Lynch (Lawrence Virtual School)

Whistle Stops

Los Angeles, CA January 25

Albuquerque, NM January 26

Topeka, KS January 28

Kansas City, MO January 28

Chicago, IL January 29

Milwaukee, WI January 30

South Bend, IN January 30

Toledo, OH January 31

Cleveland, OH  January 31

Erie, PA January 31

Buffalo, NY February 1

Rochester, NY February 1

Albany, NY February 1

New York, NY February 2