Bill Roggio, “Current State of Afghan War mirrors Iraq circa 2005-6” – reasons for pessimism in Afghanistan. From the article: Gerecht made an excellent point about the current state of play in Afghanistan, and it is one I have made often on radio with John Batchelor. That point is: The US is now in a situation resembling the 2005-2006 timeframe in Iraq, when the insurgency raged, the political situation was grim, the overall strategy to defeat the insurgency was muddled, the US was looking for the exit, and there were far too few Iraqi and US security forces to tamp down al Qaeda, the Mahdi Army, and allied Islamist and insurgent groups.
Stephen Hayes, “Dereliction of Duty” – Congress has not passed a budget on purpose; Democrats don’t want to be tied to a budget with record spending levels on it before elections. Hayes says that this may give them a license to spend even more before elections.
LGF, “Sharron Angle Surfaces, Still Nuts” – the real legacy of the Tea Parties are insane candidates that are destroying the viability of conservatism. The reporter asking the questions was tough, but there are better ways of dealing with him than mumbling a lot and blaming Harry Reid (re: entitlements – you need to lay out the case why cuts are necessary, and how Social Security isn’t going to be there for younger people anyway: I know someone who’s done that). Congress is corrupt and incompetent at present; voting in ideologues promises to at least maintain that.