Why I love conservative legal minds

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Because they so expertly and soundly destroy liberal “legal” tripe like this on a routine basis. 

The excellent legal fisking was done by Aaron Worthing, who has been guestblogging at Patterico’s for a few months.  Make sure to bookmark the blog to read him daily, and if you’re a Twitter fan, here’s his page.  

If Time Magazine had any cojones whatsoever they’d post Worthing’s counter to their Managing Editor’s dreadfully ignorant column on the Constitution, but it’s understandable that they don’t because Worthing’s takedown makes it crystal clear that, in the future, Stengel ought to confine his superficial, half-baked legal theories to the DC/NYC/Beltway cocktail circuit, where unquestioning self-important liberals and “respectable Republicans” who are standing around listening him can mindlessly nod in awestruck approval — because, as so often demonstrated on the pages of mainstream media publications like the New York Times, they don’t know any better, either.

I’ll be writing more posts like this one in the future.  My personal and professional time has been heavily occupied the last several months, so you’ve seen a little less of me here at the blog.  But even though at the moment I can’t write as much as I’d like to, I can still link to people who I think you should read and bookmark.  In the coming months, their arguments will be extremely helpful and instrumental in both helping to keep people informed and the information flowing – hopefully ensuring that our media-aided celebrity President does NOT win a second term.

Getting out of Dodge… er… Kabul

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**Posted by Phineas

It was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east: on the heals of President Obama announcing our acquiescence to defeat a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Brave Sir Robins of the NATO governments are rushing for the doors:

This morning NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told reporters today that one-third of NATO forces will withdraw from Afghanistan by next year. In Paris President Nicholas Sarkozy said France would begin a “progressive withdrawal” from Afghanistan.

Everyone is rushing for the exits. The President was warned this could happen if it looked like America was about to cut and run.

In fact over the last few weeks during his worldwide farewell tour, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that the worse thing to happen is for NATO to “rush to the exits” in Afghanistan. This, he said, would jeopardize military progress.

Gates is right. Obama committed only a portion of the “surge” forces his commanders recommended, and so they were only able to secure the south of Afghanistan, instead of simultaneous operations to secure the south and northeast. The plan had been for follow-up operations to secure the northeast along the Pakistan border this next year, but, well, that was sacrificed to the gods of reelection. With last night’s news, there will likely be no offensive in the northeast and, as withdrawals progress, holding on to the gains made will be harder and harder. And it will be all the more difficult with our allies vanishing over the horizon, encouraged to do so by Obama’s speech.

“Just words,” eh?

All al Qaeda and the Taliban have to do now is wait us out, and Afghanistan will likely fall into their hands in just a few years. I never thought I’d see another “helicopter on the embassy roof in Saigon” moment, now I have a hard time imagining it not happening.

I only hope there will be visas for all the women who want to escape the coming nightmare.

PS: I’ll have further thoughts on Afghanistan later this weekend, after I’ve had some time to read and get past my disgust.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)