Archive for September 2009

I Agree with the French (cough) (choke) (gag)

French President Sarkozy thinks that Obama is weak and naive.

‘President Obama dreams of a world without weapons…but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite,” Mr. Sarkozy said.

A Frenchman with balls. Mon dieu!

What Bush Got Right

I think we’ll be seeing more pieces like this over the next few years.

President Bush made a courageous decision in the summer of 2006 to reverse direction, but not the reversal sought by Congress (including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden), the American public, the overwhelming majority of the press (including this newspaper), and even most of his own military advisers. Instead of cutting our losses and pulling out of Iraq, as we did in Vietnam, Bush doubled down. He invested more troops and, more important, embraced an entirely new strategy.

And Bush was right.

Sarah Palin Loves the Little Children

Anyone comfortable with children being taught in a public school to sing the praises of Obama might want to consider the future when the Republicans take back the White House.

It’s difficult for Obamanistas to consider today, but just as morning follows night it will happen.

The Council Has Spoken: September 25, 2009

Congratulations to this week’s winners:

Council:  Bookworm Room - A reminder to join the Navy League

Noncouncil:  Z-Word - Gaza: The Overcrowding Myth

Full voting here.

In the ‘Are You F***ing Kidding Me’ File Today…

We’ve got to get the government out of the Arts because it’s encouraging stupidity:

Kim Hastreiter, founder of Paper Magazine, developed an idea to create a Department of Alternative Thinking, a “volunteer brain trust/think tank made up of the country’s most creative and maverick minds,” as participants made plans for a follow-up conference.

Department of Alternative Thinking. You just can’t make this stuff up folks. Your tax dollars at work. For change!

Jimmy Carter, Racist

Yet another reason to despise America’s worst president.

As Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU’s Voting Project, relates in his book A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia, Carter’s board tried to stop the construction of a new “Elementary Negro School” in 1956. Local white citizens had complained that the school would be “too close” to a white school. As a result, “the children, both colored and white, would have to travel the same streets and roads in order to reach their respective schools.” The prospect of black and white children commingling on the streets on their way to school was apparently so horrible to Carter that he requested that the state school board stop construction of the black school until a new site could be found. The state board turned down Carter’s request because of “the staggering cost.” Carter and the rest of the Sumter County School Board then reassured parents at a meeting on October 5, 1956, that the board “would do everything in its power to minimize simultaneous traffic between white and colored students in route to and from school.”

That’s alot more than Joe Wilson ever did.

Why the UN Loves Obama

And why you shouldn’t.

The president scores highly at the UN for refusing to project American values and military might on the world stage, with rare exceptions like the war against the Taliban. His appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear free world, his siding with Marxists in Honduras, his talk of a climate change deal, have all won him plaudits in the large number of UN member states where US foreign policy has traditionally been viewed with contempt. – Nile Gardiner, writing at the Daily Telegraph

Strike a Grand Bargain with Russia

Unlike many on the right I don’t instinctively fear Russia or the former Soviet Union. Having studied Russian history and culture over the years I appreciate the suffering its citizens have gone through – usually at the hands of their own government. But understanding Russia one appreciates that at heart it views itself as in competition with the West – a zero sum game whereby any perceived weakness of the Western powers is perceived as making Russia that much stronger.

Eastern European countries also understand this, which is why they are pissed at being stabbed in the back by the Obama administration (who can’t even seem to get the protocol right when wielding the knife). Having been occupied by the Soviet Union for most of the last century, they aren’t very keen on being threatened with another occupation, especially when they see themselves as a pawn by an American administration keen to “reset” relations with their former occupier.

So being an ex-diplomat-wannabe myself, I propose that we offer Russia a grand bargain: They can occupy France, Germany, the Benelux countries, the Nordic states (except Denmark because the Danes understand America better than most of the Euroweenies), Portugal and Spain in exchange for leaving alone the Eastern European countries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine. We can even throw in my ancestral Ireland to sweeten the deal. Moscow wants a warm-weather port? How about Lisbon? Is that warm enough for you?

That way most of the Europeans who hate America will get their wish, and those who want to be our allies, get theirs. Russia gets some new friends – and everybody wins.

UPDATE: Since I got someone’s Irish up in the comments I reconsidered and decided to swap out Ireland for New Zealand in the Grand Bargain. Ireland may have its doubts about the USA, but aside from throwing Mary Robinson at us and being neutral during WW2 it has generally been a good ally. So sorry Liamascorcaigh.

As I’ve documented here, here and here, New Zealanders hate America with a passion that scares their sheep. So that they can sleep soundly, I would offer this fly on the windscreen of American foreign policy to the Russians gratis.

Guess it’s obvious why I washed out of the Foreign Service interview process.

The Council Has Spoken: September 18, 2009

Congratulations to this week’s winners:

Council:  Bookworm Room - Liberals are correct: I have a serious problem with Obama’s color

Noncouncil: Big Government - Chaos for Glory: My Time With ACORN

Full voting here.

Quote of the Day

The tyrant always talks as if he’s preserving the best interests of his people when he actually acts to undermine them. – Ramman Kenoun

Claiming Racism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

It is claimed that in 1775 Samuel Johnson said “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel,” although the context of his statement has been lost over time. After reading this piece by Victor David Hanson I’m beginning to wonder if Johnson were around today if he would say the same about claims of racism.

Americans were assured that with the ascendance of Barack Obama we would evolve beyond race. Yet in the last ninth months it is almost as if precisely the opposite has occurred — but with a strange twist. The country has been serially lectured about race from some of the most privileged Americans in the country. Columbia law grad elite Eric Holder accused the country of cowardice for its reluctance to speak about race. Harvard-law alum Barack Obama accused the Cambridge police of profiling and acting stupidly in taking elite Harvard professor Skip Gates down to the station after his screaming invective episode. Harvard-law educated Michelle Obama explained Justice Sotomayor’s unease at Princeton by comparing her own ordeal there. Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel who had serially dodged his tax obligations claims that white angst explains his IRS problems. New York governor David Paterson blames his sinking polls on white racism, more prominent than ever in the age of Obama. Now Yale law graduate Van Jones claims smears did him in. The list could be easily expanded.

What we are seeing is a very unfortunate turn of events in which racism is now the guaranteed retreat position once many prominent African-American elites find themselves in controversy.

It’s actually not much different then the African kleptocrats who have raped that continent of its wealth and continue to keep the African people in poverty. Dictators like Robert Mugabe, for example continue to blame the US, Europe and the few remaining whites in Zimbabwe for his own policies that have turned one of the most resource rich countries in the world into a shithole.

Will Collier Gets Carter

Will Collier explains why Carter haters like me simply laughed when Carter crawled out from under his rock and peeped about Joe Wilson’s outburst.

And for those too young to remember history’s greatest monster (thanks, Glenn), Jimmah’s empty slander is just another sign of the unbecoming moral vanity at the heart of the modern Left, to say nothing of its overweening intolerance for any hint of dissent.

Yep. Trotting out America’s worst president only proves that the Left hates dissent almost as much as its heroes Che and Stalin. Fortunately for the rest of us their distaste for guns prevents them from handling dissent the same way. It’s much harder to do a Katyn forest or a Great Purge when you support a ban on assault rifles.

Southern Comfort

A light fog sits in the field near the river as vegetation pops with drops of rain collected on its leaves during several passing showers through the day. A halo of light surrounds the street light near the barn, but there is no sign of the coyotes that appeared there last week. Maybe they have taken heed of my warnings – splashing the bushes and trees with my own pee – leaving a message they understand that says “Here is the boundary between us. Do not cross.”

Of all the places I have been, from the streets of Chicago to the rain forest of Tanzania to the bridges over the Kamo-gawa in Kyoto manned by chanting monks, I never imagined myself here in Carolina with the mountains in the backdrop somewhere through the darkness and the fog. Not that such things matter. Why should we be limited by our lack of creativity after all?

I came to this place because I had to. I needed a place to breathe, to take a respite however brief to view the trajectory of my life now in mid-flight. I needed the uncountable trees that I now call my own whose species are more foreign to me than the acacias and ficus species I learned to identify in Africa. I needed the river whose water I haven’t even touched yet, but take solace in simply knowing that it is there. Most of all I needed the freedom for my suburban soul to thrill itself before it lost the capability forever.

Those are the emotional reasons for coming here that don’t get explained to those I meet.

What Media Bias? This Media Bias…

Free Frank Warner reports the 20 things the Press will not report on while Democrats rule. My personal faves:

  • The firing of federal inspector generals for purely political reasons.
  • Subjecting Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors to poor health care at military hospitals.
  • Congress leaders accepting kickbacks from General Motors or Chrysler officials in exchange for laws giving GM or Chrysler an unfair advantage over other automakers.

But read the entire thing…

My only solace? The few people left who get their news from the MSM are probably too old or too stupid to get it anywhere else.

Why Obama Ignores the War in Afghanistan

I’m not fan of Barack Obama. I think that he’s an egotistical community activist drudged up from the streets of Chicago by a racist machine, refined by limousine liberals who wouldn’t want their daughter to marry him yet feel guilty about that, and installed in the Oval Office by Americans who were tired of Republican hypocrisy as personified by George W. Bush. I think that Obama is without question the worst president since Jimmy Carter and may yet surpass his elderly mentor within the next 3 years. But on one issue I want to see President Obama succeed and that issue is the war in Afghanistan.

Obama and his supporters wanted to see failure in Iraq just to spite President Bush, but I’m willing to let Obama take the glory for success if that results in a stable Afghanistan that no longer harbors terrorists. Unfortunately given the state of affairs that appears unlikely.

As Afghanistan circles the drain, the President has focused the power of his office on health care reform that the majority of Americans do not want. With a mainstream media acting as his personal propaganda ministry, Obama has turned into the “cheerleader in chief” for the government takeover of huge swaths of the American economy. He has given more prime time press conferences and interviews this summer than his predecessor had given his entire  8 years in office. Granted it’s much easier for Obama to get an hour of prime time than Bush when the owners of the networks are top Democratic Party donors, but the president has gained little from such spectacles; the majority of the public still opposes Obama’s plan to takeover health care.

So why has Obama made the divisive issue of health care his signature issue for his first year as opposed to the war in Afghanistan that enjoys (for now) broad bipartisan and public support?

Obama has associated himself with a very narrow ideological band of the political spectrum that views war in general as incapable of solving underlying conflicts, and the war on terror as being particularly misguided. In this view terrorism is a symptom of a deeper disease – the oppression of a people that leads them to commit terrorist acts because it is the only option they have available. Terrorism is best solved by ending the oppression that underlies it. Since one of the original three excuses for the 9-11 attacks given by Osama Bin Laden (and reiterated in a tape celebrating the anniversary of the attacks) is continued American support of Israel, the long-term solution for Islamic terrorism is for America to abandon Israel. The Obama administration has accordingly begun to distance itself from Israel although it is constrained by the large Jewish donor base to the Democratic Party as well as the Republican Party’s quick to exploit any real or apparent division between America and Israel for its own electoral benefit.

By this logic the war in Afghanistan makes no sense. In fact conducting it increases the likelihood of another attack by inflaming the underlying passions behind terrorism. This “blame the victim” logic has infected leftist thinking since the early 1970s when leftist political groups began justifying terrorist attacks conducted by leftist terrorist organizations like the Red Army in Europe and Japan and the Weather Underground in the USA. It is no coincidence that Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the Weather Underground, is a friend and mentor of the president, or why his administration missed Van Jones’s “Truther” connection: the assumption “baked in” to leftist thinking that we deserved the 9-11 attack and brought it on ourselves pervades the administration to the point that it blinds it to the fact that the vast majority of Americans don’t subscribe to the “Battered Wife” theory of terrorism and find it morally repugnant .

So why hasn’t the president pulled the troops from Afghanistan? Obama is smart enough to know that to do so would support charges from the right that he is “soft on terrorism”.  In addition, having placed his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to head the State Department and kept on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates from the Bush administration, Obama has set up both up to be scapegoats should the Taliban march triumphantly into Kabul before the mid-term elections in 2010.

The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for a policy that Obama himself announced at the Cairo Conference in June that it believes will eventually end the threat of Islamic terrorism. This policy appears as appeasement to those on the Right, but is considered to be “draining the swamp” by the Left. This “swamp” of an activist foreign policy in general, and American support of Israel in particular explains why the administration has done little to counter aggressive moves by Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, China and Russia while bullying allies like Israel, Honduras and Colombia.

A battered wife justifies her husband’s blows and works to stop them by changing her behavior. Such a woman takes comfort in the belief that she is in control of the situation. Similarly the Obama administration justifies the terrorism experienced by the United States and its allies, and believes that the key to stopping the threat is to change its behavior towards the world in general and the jihadis in particular. However an outsider recognizes that the abusive husband controls a battered wife’s situation, and there is nothing that she can do except leave him. Similarly the only way to end the threat of terrorism is to kill the terrorists wherever they crop up and by any available means.

With Obama at the helm I am sadly left to conclude that Afghanistan is doomed. For the sake of the Afghan people and all those fighting for them, I hope that I am wrong and will happily trumpet that fact in the future should that prove to be the case.

UPDATE: More of these and I might have to change my mind about the president. I’d rather be wrong and have dead terrorists littering the landscape of Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and any other s**thole they cower in. I too will happily back the president on the GWOT if he chooses to executes it; I just have my doubts that he will.