Earlier this week, I predicted a Ron Paul Win in Iowa. Amazingly, the panel on the McLaughlin Group agreed with me. The sticking point was that they believed that a Paul win would be good for Romney, and not for Paul. I disagree. I think since Paul is the only one talking about real issues and real problems - that people want a leader, not a haircut. I hope that I'm not wrong.
Meantime, conservative radio host Mark Steyn said that Newt isn't a conservative. And went on to say that he's a totalitarian. In the benign sense, of course. It seems the GOP soup de-jour is getting cold. Well, with awesome quotes and flip flops by the Newt - "I'll ignore any Supreme Court ruling I disagree with..." he's just a regular Washington wank... more on that in a minute.
The Iraq War officially ended. Not with a parade. Not with a signing ceremony. But with a whimper. Obama and Biden didn't push for a base there (but they did open one in Australia?) and the long term vacuum without a US presence is about to start a new chapter there. I don't want to agree with anything John McCain says, but I think he may be right... we'll have to go back. The Kurds are about to break off, the Iranians are the wolves at the door, and the powder keg of the 'Civil War' that was busted up by 4,483 American lives is bound to reignite without American bodies separating the two factions. Was it an unjust war? Was it worth a trillion dollars? Should we not have over reacted to Saddam's possible threat against American and Western interests - well, that debate was over the day we crossed the boarder 9 years ago. What the lasting legacy will be, and which should, and will, rest solely on Mr. Obama's shoulders - and that depends on how it all ends. Ask the Cambodian people how it worked out when the US simply got up and left? How's Vietnam doing? Conversely - last checked - Germany and Japan became superpower members of the G8. Ultimately though, it's up to the Iraqi people now.
What's funny about that, more ironic, really - is that "The Protester" has become Time Magazine's man of the year. I guess Steve Jobs was getting too cold already? Maybe the "Protector" was just too corny. The Predator Drone wasn't available for the photo shoot since it was captured in Iran.
Howard Stern is on tap to be a judge on America's Got Talent. That may have been bigger news about 10 years ago.
“A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops.
Christopher Hitchens, April 13, 1949-December 15, 2011.”