It seems that sitting atop the fence of neutrality can be a very painful to your political posterior.. The most recent Obama missive was about a subject of unprecedented importance, the war in Afghanistan, so his perpetual “CYA” stance is not only clumsy, it is also dangerous for so many others. Since Obama also considers himself not only the conscience of, but the President of, the World, what the world thinks is important especially when it mirrors the thinking of the American victims of the imbecilic flailing of the Obama administration..
In “Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic” (spiegel dot de), Gabor Steingart wonders aloud what many across the Atlantic must be thinking. Then again, these are the same thoughts and questions that everyone on this side of the Atlantic must be thinking.. Normally, Obama tries to pay a submissive homage to his lathering liberal base when it comes to matters of war. In this case, Obama has tried to plant a series of disingenuous kisses upon everyone’s cheeks. When it comes to war, trying to please everyone invariably ends up pleasing no one..
“Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false..” It seems obvious that Steingart and the rest of the Germans haven’t been spoon fed the litany of Obama speeches since the beginning of his presidential shampaign.. Each like the one before, is simply another example of communist cut and paste meant to play upon the emotions of those who are lachrymosely inclined. Were Steingart to have been deluged with the endless examples of Obamadrama strained and kneaded through the columns of the “impartial” media here in America, he would have a better understanding of how “false” ALL of Obama’s speeches feel..
The speech “left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught..” The liberals are afraid of moral absolutism in terms of war. Let me rephrase that.. The liberals absolutely have no morals, therefore they have an allergy to moral absolutism and they are perpetually afraid.. Coming down firmly upon the side of neutrality makes a weak president appear to be even weaker, if that is at all possible with this president..
“Extremists kill in the name of Islam, he said, before adding that it is one of the ‘world’s great religions’”.. Obama failed to ask why so many of these practitioners of this “great religion” don’t spend more time disavowing the “extremists who kill in the name of Islam..” “Responsibility for the country’s security would be transferred to the government of Hamid Karzai—a government he said was corrupt..” No one understands the concept of a corrupt government better than Obama as his administration is setting the bar to levels so low that it is making the Afghanis jealous and causing them to take copious notes. “The Taliban is dangerous and still growing but ‘America will have to show our strength in the way that we end wars..’” The biggest problem here has to be the concept that Obama has decreed that the “end” of this war comes in 2011.. I hope that the end comes even sooner, but that end should come from an unquestionable victory, not the turning of another of the pages in Obama’s Stalin/Lenin day planner..
America showed “strength in the way that we ENDED wars” in the past because we threw out the calendar and got down to the job of “winning”, it was only then when the job was done that we then helped those that we had conquered and vanquished to rebuild. In Afghanistan, a tie DOES NOT go to the runner. Ask the Soviets about that concept. Obama wants to “run” in 2011 regardless..
“He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly..” This is the collectivist’s conundrum that envelops every speech made by any kooky cookie cutter liberal. When the liberals start crowing about “sacrifice”, there is one thing that they invariably forget. Soldiers aren’t concerned about the “sacrifice” that they are being asked to make as long as the sacrifice that they are being asked to make ISN’T IN VAIN.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that part of this “sacrifice” means that the liberals want to raise taxes for the war effort in order to help the soldiers on the front line. This is how the liberals would advertise such a tax increase and those of us who are actually Americans would support such a tax. Here is where the liberal animal begins to shed its skin.. Any tax collected by the left would without question, make its way to the “general revenue” cauldron. Taxes collected to aid the soldiers would then conveniently make their way to ACORN or to any of the other liberal siphon and sponge “organizations” for their proper redistribution to the rabble.
Obama’s little timetable, put in place to appease the cowardly liberals, tells the Taliban that their whole mission now is to wait things out. They have the perfect environment in which to that, both geographically and politically. Geographically, the mountainous and cavernous environment of Afghanistan makes the waiting game considerably easier. Politically, the timeline falls before Obama is defeated in the election of 2012. Setting a timetable based upon the calendar as opposed to the surrender of the enemy means that there will be very little difference between the Afghanistan deserted by the orders of Obama in 2011 and the one deserted by the orders of Gorbachev in February of 1989..
Turn to the words of Dick Cheney from yesterday. In “Cheney slams Obama for projecting ‘weakness’” (Politico), the Vice President said, “the average Afghan citizen ‘sees talk about exit strategies and how soon we can get out, instead of talk about how we can win..” “Here’s a guy without much experience, who campaigned against much of what we put in place.. and who now travels around the world apologizing..” You forgot to mention all of the obsequious bowing, Sir..
Steingart said, “The American president doesn’t have any opponents at the moment. He’s already got himself.” His “opponent” is the typical liberal mentality that hinges upon trying to make everyone happy. Striking the progressive pose of the milquetoasty moron impresses absolutely no one. Surrender isn’t happening soon enough for the left, ending the combat without a clear victory which is based simply upon what day it is isn’t palatable to the right.. As always, right is right and left is wrong..
Steingart said, “Obama’s magic no longer works. The allure of his words has grown weaker..” If anyone happens to be searching for substance within the words of Obama, no matter where you happen to be geographically positioned on the globe, you too will be searching in vain..