Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Patent reform 2010: selling an unsellable position?

Snippets of the McCrystal/Rolling Stone interview are appearing [ US general McChrystal recalled amid Rolling Stone gaffe ] Of a meeting between McCrystal and Obama:

Another aide refers to a key Oval Office meeting with the president a year ago.

The aide says it was "a 10-minute photo op", adding: "Obama clearly didn't know anything about him, who he was... he didn't seem very engaged. The boss was pretty disappointed."

Gen McChrystal himself says: "I found that time painful. I was selling an unsellable position."

Another aide refers to national security adviser, James Jones, as a "clown stuck in 1985".

Poor plagiarist Joe Biden even comes up for some flack:

Gen McChrystal also appears to joke in response to a question about the vice-president.

"Are you asking about Vice-President Biden?" McChrystal asks. 'Who's that?"

An aide then says: "Biden? Did you say: Bite Me?"

As to patent reform 2010, one wonders if the reformers are selling an unsellable position. Ironically, the IT people (and the Coalition for Patent Fairness), in digging in their heels in the House and putting the brakes on S.515, have assisted small inventors and the like in putting a hold on the reform. For all the consensus said to be associated with S.515, we have ended up in an odd place.

Is S.515 the reform of the future, that always will be?

**Of clowns stuck in the past, recall reformers talking about a 97% patent grant rate, that didn't exist at the time, and certainly doesn't exist now.

**The article (The Runaway General) claims McChrystal has seized control of the war "by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House."

**McChrystal out; Petraeus picked for Afghanistan:

If not insubordination, the remarks — as well as even sharper commentary about Obama and his White House from several in McChrystal's inner circle — were at the least an extraordinary challenge from a military leader.

Of the Obama remarks:

"I welcome debate among my team, but I won't tolerate division," Obama said. He had delivered that same message — that there must be no more backbiting — to his full war cabinet in a Situation Room session, said a senior administration official.


The final commentary on Face the Nation (Schieffer) on 27 June 2010 referred to McChrystal's statements as a sophomoric rant.
Separately, Jan Crawford was fairly aggressive toward the Senator from Vermont (Leahy) on issues in the Kagan matter.
One response from Leahy was that Bork was unqualified (one might compare the past jobs of Bork to those of Kagan).


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