“Obama had to do this 18-month surge just to demonstrate, in effect, that it couldn’t be done . . . the president had treated the military as another political constituency that had to be accommodated.”
The past three days the Washington Post has been serializing the new Bob Woodward book, “Obama’s Wars,” on the front page of that paper. Though I have been stunned by what I’ve read I haven’t been surprised. That a feckless and un-serious man when elected president would pursue a war in a feckless and un-serious way should surprise no one. What has left me stunned is the fact that Obama never seriously considered whether winning the war in Afghanistan (or sealing the victory in Iraq) was in the national interests of the United States. His lodestar was rather an arbitrary and precipitous withdrawal date in July 2011
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Sept. 29, 2010…….While environmental officials in Florida discussed coming federalwater pollution standards Wednesday, the federal agency that wrote them agreed to delay their implementation by a month and a U.S. Senator said he’d try to block the new rules altogether.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency agreed on Wednesday to move the deadline for finalizing new numeric limits on the amount of pollution in state bodies of water from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, at the urging of the state’s congressional delegation. The delegation’s request came after 36 CEOs of Florida businesses called for a partial review of the new standards. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat who supported the delay, said the extra time will be used to collect more feedback on the standards, which follow a long legal fight between the state and environmentalists. “I support new water standards but many Florida residents, municipalities, businesses and farmers have expressed concern about the potential cost of these standards and the validity of the science,” Nelson said in a statement. But Nelson’s counterpart in the Senate, George LeMieux, a Republican, moved independently to altogether block the new regulations, which would allow different nutrient levels in different water bodies. “This rule will hurt Florida’s families. It will cost our state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and drive up water bills,” LeMieux said Wednesday. “This is lawsuit-driven regulation without a sound scientific basis and the result will be unnecessarily catastrophic for Florida. The EPA’s actions threaten Florida’s economy and (are) unlikely to provide little, if any biological benefit.”
The four activists, from the Sarasota-area, said they were seeking to air their own radio ads opposing Amendment 4, the November ballot measure that would put land-use plan changes before voters. But the lawsuit claims the four were rebuffed after learning they would have to form a regulated political committee to run such spots.
Commentary: The Feast day of St. Michael the archangel is today. I post this reblog from Mexico in Focus by journalist Lourdes Cardenas. St. Michael helps people get out of the mud, because his statue got stuck in the mud of that town when his statue passed by. In that town people help one another get out of the mud.
NAPLES — A Naples man who was helping federal authorities investigate a multi-million money laundering Internet Poker gambling operation has been tossed back in jail because his estranged wife feared he’d flee the country.
Jennifer Sherman, 28, who married Michael Olaf Schütt in January after knowing the German less than a year, “indicated she was in fear, was afraid her husband was going to flee, and wished to be removed from the defendant’s bond,” federal court records say.
Commentary: The Collier County Commission made an average decision in reducing impact fees to encourage the economy. I disagree with Commissioner Fred Coyle because the idea is not that buildings won’t sell; the idea is that those building companies create jobs and certainty for investment. Jobs create growth and spending by the consumer. The consumer in the market will buy up the surplus building inventory. However, I would like to see the impact fees reduced even more. The ideal is no impact fees.