Asylum, clean record not enough for Taliban – $1 billion cash offered

Last week, I wrote about efforts to provide Taliban leaders asylum, political positions in the Afghan government and a “clean record” void of previous terrorist activities. Now the United States and Britain are considering a $1 billion ransom payment.

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Sunday Talk Shows: Clinton and Gates forced to twist and define Obama’s Afghanistan “deadline”

I am just going to include a couple bites from the Sunday morning shows because anymore than that would have Justice and Eric Holder all over me for torture.

It’s one of those moments when I actually feel sorry for Secretary Clinton … and poor Robert Gates, who’s up first trying to explain Obama’s date certain as … well … not really a date certain. It even makes him choke on the words.


That’s some fine twisting, but nothing compared to Secretary Clinton’s response to the same question on Meet The Press. It’s not an exit date … it’s an assessment. Oh brother.


Just as a refresher … here is what the president actually said. I don’t hear much wiggle room.


It’s torture really, for them and us. Even the left is beginning to notice the vacuous nature of this President’s speeches. Tina Brown offers clarity herself, and it makes this administration look either comical or inept or both. Via: Instapundit

It’s a strange paradox for a great wordsmith, but whenever Obama makes an important policy speech these days he leaves everyone totally confused. His first health-care press conference back in July triggered a season of raucous political Rorschach and left his hopeful followers utterly baffled about what they were being asked to support. Now White House envoys are being dispatched all over the globe to explain what the president really meant about the date when troops will or won’t be pulled out of Afghanistan. Hillary, you go to the Hill! Take Gates and Adm. Mullen with you. Holbrooke, off to Brussels! And you, Gen. Petraeus, you go on 360 and hit Anderson Cooper with jargony dog whistle caveats like “the pace of the drawdown is conditions-based.” Does Obama create confusion on purpose?

This is what comes from a President whose heart is not in a war he told America he would win and a President whose heart is with the left, forcing him to hold his nose as he orders troops into Afghanistan hoping the strategy works before he is forced to withdraw. In my view, it doesn’t make for good leadership or instill confidence in either the American or Afghan people.

Sunday funny

At least he didn’t say … SHE isn’t getting any younger. Bill on Hillary’s chances of running for President in 2012 or 16.


Hey, it’s not like the former President was in Las Vegas for his birthday while his wife was sweating in the Congo or something.

The Secretary Of State … decorum please

Yes she is tired. 9 African countries in 11 days. The woman who would be President though show here frustration when she’s asked a question about her husband Bill. Talk about lighting a fuse.


As it turns out … the question was mistraslated, or so we are told.

The only problem? Apparently the translator made a mistake and the student had wanted to know what President Obama thought of the deal. A State Department official tells ABC News the student went up to Clinton after the event and told her he was misquoted. No immediate word yet how Clinton responded.

The questioner meant to ask what does the president … meaning Obama … think. I don’t know if I buy that … but for the chief diplomat, not a good performance.

State Department gaffe in Baghdad – Gay Pride theme party at pub

General Order 1 – as associated to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan – is designed to ensure the locals are not offended by the actions of visiting troops. Former General Norman Schwarzkopf initiated General Order 1 during Desert Shield in late 1990. It begins

Operation Desert Shield places United States Armed Forces into USCENTCOM AOR countries where Islamic law and Arabic customs prohibit or restrict certain activities which are generally permissible in western societies. Restrictions upon these activities are essential to preserving U.S. host nation relations and the combined operations of U.S. and friendly forces.

The rule remains today, and BlackFive picked up a story in the Washington Post.

Apparently they have different rules at the State Department.  This isn’t pointed at the lads and lassies on the ePRTs who are doing good work, running the hazards and sharing the suffering with the rest of us.  I’ve yet to meet a one of them I didn’t like, while I’ve met a few I genuinely admire.  But what should I read in the paper?

From Al Kamen at the Washington Post

For One Night, Baghdad Gets a Pink Zone
Change has certainly come to Baghdad. And it appears that includes the U.S. Embassy, where they are holding what the invitation says is the first-ever U.S. Embassy Gay Pride Theme Party next Friday at Baghdaddy’s, which is the embassy employee association’s pub.

“Come celebrate the start of Summer with color . . . and in costume!” the May 10 invitation says. “Dress in drag or as a gay icon. All are welcome.” The invitation was attached to what was called an “All Hands Alerts” e-mail.

An embassy spokesman said by way of explanation: “This is an event organized and sponsored by a group of employees. Given the lack of places to meet in Baghdad, the embassy allows groups to use its social facilities for events on a first-come, first-served basis.”

The invitation says, “Prizes will be awarded for two contests: Best Dressed Gay Icon and Best Lip Synch Performance.” Unclear what the prizes are, but don’t forget to “order costume supplies now in time for May 29th,” we’re told. “For more info and costume ideas, check out the next edition of The Tigris Times.”

I guess Hillary did not get the memo about insulting the host country.

Kennedy drops out of Senate consideration – sour grapes?

They make for a bitter whine. Hat tip to Hot Air.

An update to the original story:

From the New York Post

Caroline Kennedy tonight withdrew her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn’t going to choose her, The Post has learned.

Kennedy’s decision removes the highest-profile name in the ring to step into Clinton’s now-vacant seat, as she departs after getting confirmed today as President Obama’s Secretary of State.

Bill Clinton Wants Hillary to Loose

That’s my only explanation. During the past few days, the entire we-flew-in-while-snipers-were-shooting-at-us dust up has quieted down for the Clinton campaign. Then, just last night, Bill Clinton felt the need to bring it all up again – and he lied, again.

He said that she was tired and it was the end of the day when she “misstated” what happened upon arrival in Bosnia. The problem is, her statements were made mid-morning on St. Patrick’s Day.

“You know, I got tickled the other day. A lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has amused me. But there was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated — and immediately apologized for it — what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995 [sic]. Did y’all see all that? Oh, they blew it up.

CBS News producer Ryan Corsaro, who covers Senator Clinton, reports she made the claim in mid-morning on St. Patrick’s Day.


Malkin has more, plus comments from her followers.

Democrats Seem to Always Want to Change the Rules

I don’t get it. Prior to the primary and caucus starting gun, the Democrats set the rules. The Michigan and Florida delegates would be punished since they went against party policy and scheduled early primaries. Keep in mind that the Democrat party is not the government, they are a private party and can make up any rules that they want. There was no voter disenfranchisement because this was not a general election. These were party primaries. Read more

For Conservatives – Race Not an Issue

But it certainly always is for liberals and most Democrats.

Rendell: Race Factor Could Hurt Obama
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most visible supporters, said some white Pennsylvanians are likely to vote against her rival Barack Obama because he is black.

“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” Rendell told the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in remarks that appeared in Tuesday’s paper.

Bill Clinton must have made a call: “Hey Ed, since I can’t attack Obama anymore, I’m going to need to to remind everyone that Obama is black. And while your doing that, why not let people know that whites probably won’t vote for him either.”

If that isn’t racism, I’m not sure what is.

I won’t vote for Obama specifically because he’s a liberal populist. I can list many reasons I do not think he is qualified to represent me as president, and not one of them has to do with race. The white folk in Pennsylvania should be outraged.

Attendees Fainting at Obama Rallies

We have not posted too much about the Democrat candidates for president, but something I heard near the end of Jim Vicevich’s Sound off Connecticut show on WTIC AM this morning made me laugh.

It seems as though the ladies are fainting as they cry and laugh with Obama at rallies across the country. Ladies are dropping in Seattle, Hartford, Kansas, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, and Dartmouth, N.H.

They seem to be fainting close enough to the stage for Obama to reach for some water and hand it to the crowd to provide some assistance. This is happening over and over. The faintee is always close to the stage and Obama seems to react the same way.

The phenomenon is not just limited to Obama rallies it seems. Clinton attendees are dropping in New York, St. Louis, Arizona, and Missouri. She’s ready with the water too.

I’m quite certain that folks are fainting at McCain and Huckabee events, but Google huckabee fainting and then mccain fainting and you don’t get too much other than references to the Democrat rallies above. I found the links above by searching for clinton fainting and obama fainting.

I’m not making light of these events, some of the attendees need to wait hours in line in the cold before they are crammed into auditoriums where it can get quite warm as they wait for the candidates. I just find the comparisons between R and D candidates pretty interesting. Maybe it’s global warming?