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LAST WEEK

Week ending June 25, 2010

Monday
Speculation goes public that Rahm Emanuel will leave White House by November
Burn out, disagreements over strategy, Obama is uncompromising… or it may be Blagojevichgate

Tuesday
UK raises the VAT from 17.5% to 20%
A VAT is akin to a national sales tax. It This European invention will be coming to our shores.

Wednesday
MacChrystal is gone, Petraeus gets the duty.

Thursday
Obama and Medvedev do Burger King
Well, it was Ray’s Hell Burger’s, a sort of upscale Burger King

Friday
The New York Times expresses their “glimmers of hope” for the Democrats in November
They can hope, but what is coming is change.

Gallop reports
Self proclaimed Conservative in America outnumber self proclaimed Liberals 42 to 20

Bob B

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THE MacCHRYSTAL AFFAIR

The hardest thing about being a General is you must send honorable men to their death. Knowing you are fighting for victory of good over evil is what sustains you through every sorrowful personal letter you must send to parents and wives. When your Commander in Chief sees no evil and commands you to fight, not for victory, but just to reach a date, what do you do? When the enemy has been given the date you are to lay down your arms, defeat is assured, deaths are rendered vain. By what sense of valor can you send more men to die for a date?

General MacChrystal was torn asunder by the burden, as must be other commanders in the field. But what he did was wrong. He was forced to retire by his own actions and deprived the Army of a hero. The proper thing would have been to (1) request a personal meeting with the President, (2)tender his resignation, (3) hold an immediate press conference and air his views as a civilian. It would be clear that the General’s resignation was a sacrifice born of conviction and the Army would have had a new hero.

Bob B

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