Jennifer Rubin has put into words what many of us were thinking last night about Obama during his speech (and heck, before that, for that matter) and who he is: The mask, she says, is off – he’s a liberal’s liberal, and one who never met a government program and tax hike he didn’t like.
The challenge, she notes, is in how to get the GOP to get the message across to the American people that his way of “stimulating” the economy is exactly the wrong way to “fix things” because it will create many more problems down the road with deficits and extreme dependency on government than it will resolve.
Make sure to read it all.
If you thought some of Barry Oh!’s other cabinet/admin picks were problematic, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Make sure to read Moonbattery’s full post on Chas Freeman, and then get back with me and let me know if you can figure out what the hell Team Obama was smoking when they (and he) made the decision to pick this anti-Semitic anti-democracy anti-American weasel to head the NIC.
Just what does the NIC do?
The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the Intelligence Community’s (IC’s) center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking. Its primary functions are to:
* Support the DNI in his role as head of the Intelligence Community.
* Provide a focal point for policymakers to task the Intelligence Community to answer their questions.
* Reach out to nongovernment experts in academia and the private sector to broaden the Intelligence Community’s perspective.
* Contribute to the Intelligence Community’s effort to allocate its resources in response to policymakers’ changing needs.
* Lead the Intelligence Community’s effort to produce National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) and other NIC products.
NIEs are the DNI’s most authoritative written judgments concerning national security issues. They contain the coordinated judgments of the Intelligence Community regarding the likely course of future events. The NIC’s goal is to provide policymakers with the best, unvarnished, and unbiased information—regardless of whether analytic judgments conform to US policy. National Intelligence Officers’ (NIOs) primary functions are to:
* Advise the DNI.
* Interact regularly with senior intelligence consumers and support their current and longer-term needs.
* Produce top-quality estimative intelligence in a process that is efficient and responsive.
* Engage with outside experts to tap their knowledge and insights.
* Help assess the capabilities and needs of IC analytic producers.
* Promote collaboration among IC analytic producers on strategic warning, advanced analytic tools, and methodologies.
* Articulate substantive priorities to guide intelligence collection, evaluation, and procurement.
Here’s the short version, via Fox:
As chairman of the NIC, he would lead the effort to create mid-term and long-term strategic thinking within the U.S. intelligence community and would assist in producing the National Intelligence Estimate — a classified document that analyzes potential threats to U.S. national security.
BTW, the NIC Chair is not a position that has to be confirmed by the US Senate. According to that Fox article, Freeman’s already accepted the offer for the job.
It’s news like this that makes me yearn for the days of … Bill Clinton. I know it sounds crazy, but if we’re going to have a Democrat in the WH, at least let it be one who has HALF A FREAKING CLUE!
Read much more via Memeorandum, where even some lefties are panning this choice.
Via Fox News:
Vice President Joe Biden, tasked with overseeing the $787 billion stimulus package, has been having a little trouble with his “numbers.”
During an interview on CBS’ “Early Show” on Wednesday, Biden told viewers to check out a government-run Web site tracking stimulus spending, but admitted he was embarrassed because he couldn’t remember the site’s “number.”
“You know, I’m embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number?” he asked an aide standing out of view. “I should have it in front of me and I don’t. I’m actually embarrassed.”
Biden, who seemed to indicate that he thought the Internet worked like a giant telephone, sounded an unusually Luddite note inside an administration often heralded for its mastery of the Web.
Web sites, as much of the “Early Show” audience may have been aware, are generally referred to by their URLs or addresses. The one Biden was searching for was Recovery.gov, which he announced moments later when reminded of the proper address.
But this wasn’t even Biden’s first error involving the name of the Web site. During a nationally televised address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Feb. 20, he directed the assembled leaders to visit the stimulus site — but sent them to the wrong one.
“We’ve already set up a Web site, Recovery.com, which will show where and how the money is being spent,” he said, apparently unaware that the government has its own domain. Before a government tweak last Friday, Recovery.com directed Web users to a commercial research company.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is America’s “stimulus czar.”
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