(Excerpted from a newsletter published by www.winningthefuture.com)
DEATH PENALTY FOR BURNING A BOOK?
“Two high-ranking North Atlantic Treaty Organization advisers were killed Saturday during a clash with an Afghan police officer in a highly secure command center at Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, according to Afghan and Western officials. A NATO colonel and major were shot in the head by an Afghan policeman who was upset about the burning of Qurans earlier this week at a U.S. military base, according to one Western official in Kabul.” - Wall Street Journal, 2/25/12
THE WEAKEST LINK
From the Associated Press on Friday…
“A senior Pentagon official is apologizing to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan. Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, says the military is investigating and that all troops are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.
Lavoy's remarks were Friday at a mosque in suburban Washington, D.C. They come after protests across Afghanistan over the burning of several Qurans at a U.S. military base. Military officials say 20 people have died in the protests, including two U.S. soldiers. President Barack Obama has apologized for the burning…”
Oh, how we miss John Wayne!
The Duke, playing Capt. Nathan Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, famously instructed a young cavalry lieutenant thusly: “Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.”
Someone needs to make copies of that movie and send it not only to the President, but apparently to every senior officer in Obama’s Defense Department, as well.
THE PALE PASTEL REPORT
From The Hill: “Mitt Romney spoke to several empty seats Friday in Detroit, in a speech that offered Democrats more fodder for their attacks and failed to deliver the major economic address his campaign promised. Television cameras showed rows of empty chairs as Romney rehashed many of the policies and quips he’d used in previous speeches, made a few jokes that appeared to fall flat with the audience and said that his wife, Ann, drives ‘a couple of Cadillacs,’ which will likely give Democrats more ammunition for their depiction of him as rich and out of touch.”
NEWT’S DYNAMIC TAX PLAN
From Stephen Moore of Political Diary on Friday…
Overlooked because of the buzz about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's new 20% income tax cut plan was the latest splash out of rival Newt Gingrich's economic policy shop.
Mr. Gingrich has announced he will use dynamic, not static, scoring to demonstrate his plan's potential to jumpstart growth. The former House speaker arguably has the boldest tax plan, which includes a 15% optional flat tax. He would also allow young workers to take a share of their payroll tax dollars and divert the funds into a personal IRA.
The new economic numbers, from former Reagan economists Peter Ferrara and Gary Robbins, also show that the Gingrich policies would balance the budget within the first term of his presidency. . . . “There's no doubt Newt is the real supply-sider in this race," said Mr. Ferrara. "And now we have evidence the numbers actually add up. "Exciting stuff…
Exciting, indeed. No pale pastels here!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Now-Sen. Lindsey Graham, talked about being a member of the “Coup Crew” that attempted to unseat then-Rep. Newt Gingrich as House Speaker in 1997. In case you missed it, Graham told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that, in retrospect, he and the plotters were too harsh on the man who led them out of the political wilderness in 1994:
“I can't imagine his job. The first time Republicans had the congress in 40 years, trying to lead a revolution, taking people like me that came here to burn the place down and govern the country and deal with Bill Clinton -- a good politician. Looking back, I appreciate how hard his job was better than I did in 1997. And I'm here to say, as the guy who was in the coup, that looking back we were too hard on him and if he got to be the nominee I think he could win.”
Yes. Yes, he could.
Savannah Morning News: “A new poll shows Gingrich well ahead as the (Georgia) March 6 primary approaches. . . . The new sounding, taken on Thursday night for Atlanta’s WSB-TV, pegs the former long-time Georgia congressman and House speaker at 37 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum had 25 percent; former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, 29 percent. Texas congressman Ron Paul trailed with 5 percent. The margin of error: 2.7 percent.”
Tri-City Herald: “(Newt) Gingrich said he has not given up hope of overtaking Romney and Santorum. ‘I am confident we can do this,’ he said. ‘What I think makes me different from the three other candidates for the nomination is I've actually done things at a national level.’ While he did not comment on Santorum's campaign, Gingrich attacked Romney as being ‘Obama-lite’ and in cahoots with Wall Street.”
CBSNews.com: “Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama ‘surrendered’ Thursday when he apologized to the Afghan government for the burning of several Qurans at an American military base near Kabul. Referring to the burning of ‘radical Islamic material’ that included the Qurans, the former House speaker said…that while the president had apologized for the burning, he had not called on the Afghan government to issue an apology for the deaths of two NATO soldiers who were killed by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform during increasingly violent protests of the desecration of the Muslim holy book.”
ABCNews.com: “Newt Gingrich has been hitting Obama’s energy speech since the president delivered it Thursday, calling the speech funny enough to be on SNL and ‘something worthy of Leno or Letterman.’ Gingrich’s biggest talking point about Obama’s speech attacks the president for his embrace of investments in biofuels such as those made from algae.”
MyNorthwest.com: “(Newt) Gingrich didn't elaborate on the plan for getting gas as cheap as $2.50 per gallon, but said…1) You could approve the Keystone Pipeline, moving large quantities of oil from Canada to the United States. 2) You could reopen the Gulf of Mexico and get it to production levels of four or five years ago. 3) You could open areas of Alaska.”
Houston Chronicle: “Newt Gingrich recently presented an ad, featuring himself talking about energy for 29 minutes. Yes, that’s right. . . . A half-hour infomercial. It’s unconventional, but it’s pure Newt. He’s a man of big ideas who speaks in soliloquies rather than sound bites.”
Tierney Sneed/U.S. News & World Report: “Wednesday's CNN debate in Mesa, Ariz., was the first in which former Sen. Rick Santorum enjoyed top-tier polling numbers and media attention going into a debate. He…struggled to defend himself or punch back, suggesting that he may not be able to handle the spotlight of the GOP race, let alone the general election.”
MLive.com: “Michigan voters are not nearly as demanding as those in Iowa, who want every candidate to sit in their front room before they will vote for him or her. But voters here still want some love. . . . Mr. Romney is bending over backwards to put his arms around his former home state, and where has it gotten him? A race for his life and not the slam dunk everyone thought might happen months ago.”
QUOTES TO NOTE (from Newt)
“This president is the greatest national security disaster (as president) we’ve had in my lifetime. In many ways the world is spinning out of control more than at any time since the end of World War II.” – Newt Gingrich in Spokane, WA on Thursday
'Every American should be genuinely worried. This is the most dangerous administration in national security history. These folks are delusional about the nature of the world." – Newt Gingrich in Washington state on Thursday
“There seems to be nothing that radical Islamists can do to get Barack Obama's attention in a negative way and he is consistently apologising to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the United States period. And, candidly, if Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, doesn't feel like apologising then we should say goodbye and good luck. We don't need to be here risking our lives and wasting our money on somebody who doesn't care.” – Newt Gingrich, Daily Mail, 2/24/12
“The President would like to force all of us into small vehicles. The President would like to force all of to do what he wants. He's president of the wrong country. ... He needs to move to Europe. . . . Obama's vision is one of total power in the White House." – Newt Gingrich, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2/24/12
“The Obama administration is the most anti-religious administration in American history.” – Newt Gingrich, The Spokesman Review, 2/24/12
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