NO BLOOD FOR OIL

What’s up with Obama? R.S. McCain:

First it was Michael Moore and now they’re all piling on. Ralph Nader says Obama should be impeached for war crimes, Josh Marshall says the president’s Libya policy is “a mess, poorly conceived, ginned up by folks with their own weird agendas,” and Andrew Sullivan . . .

Well, frankly, I’m beginning to feel a twinge of sympathy for Sully.

I feel not a twinge. Not a tickle. Sully on the no-fly zone:

I mean this is a, this, this initiative, this, this, this no-fly zone, this war essentially, is, is a Hillary-McCain concept.

Sully is suggesting that the most POWERFUL man in the free world is the puppy dog of those pasty white folks, McCain and Hillary?

More Sully:

To my mind, the great achevement of the Obama administration in two short years has been to remove the US from what has been a renmarkable moment of Arab popular maturation against the corruption, violence and tyranny they live under. This was an Arab moment, to be sezied by Arabs. They were finally to own their own victories and seek their own freedoms, without Western intervention.

The great achievement, up to now, was that Obama did nothing? Well played.

Others suggest that Obama has merely checked out; exiled himself:

A president whose complete disregard for substantive political discourse in addressing the nation’s fiscal woes is derelict. Whether he is lazy, irresponsible or just overwhelmed, the signs point to a man bringing disrepute to the office for which self-imposed exile is his only way out. A president with enough time and energy to fill out a NCAA Final Four basketball tourney bracket but can’t find the time to attend to border security or assemble a meaningful budget incorporating the recommendations of his own deficit commission, is derelict.

A president who refuses to address the nation on the crisis in Libya and the humanitarian catastrophe in Japan, instead giving fourteen rogue Democrat state senators from Wisconsin directions to Morton’s Steak House in Chicago, is derelict.

But, but, but … derelict? It’s a bit disengenuous to say Obama is doing nothing.

Amid all the turmoil, he discusses an apparently world historical issue of school bullying; honors the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks; delivers a radio address on another all-important subject, “Women’s History Month;” attends a fund-raiser; goes golfing (that darned weather: it was just too nice for the President to resist the temptation of hitting the links — for the 61th time in his two plus years in office); yuks it up with the Washington press corps (pronounced “k-o-r”, not “k-o-r-p-s,” try to remember this, Mr. President) at the annual Gridiron Dinner. And to top it all off, the crowning event in Barack Obama’s busy schedule — drum roll, please! — videotaping his NCAA tournament bracket picks. (Think about it: Obama discusses basketball with authority, which means that he must be spending a lot of time watching the games and listening to sports commentators. Exactly what he was elected for, wasn’t he?) While Rome burned, Nero fiddled. While the world burns, Obama ponders the outcome of a college basketball tournament.

Does that seem like nothing to you? Not to mention he had to pack for his trip to Rio.

The famous Occam’s razor principle states that the simplest explanation is the most plausible one. Applying it to dispel the fog of propaganda, it becomes glaringly obvious that Obama is an accidental president, a lazy and indecisive incompetent devoid of any ability or desire to perform the job to which he was elected by a gullible majority, who loves the perks but hates the duties of his office; who loves to play but hates to work. Have a good look at the man occupying the White House: what you see is what you get. The Emperor has no clothes.

Ouch.

Of course, David Brooks doesn’t see Obama’s leadership as derelict. For him, it’s prudent:

Prudence is always a nice trait in a leader, especially in the face of a thorny problem like Libya. At a time when the nation is anxious, Obama is coming across as a cautious and safe pair of hands. The man is clearly not going to do anything rash.

Cautious and safe. For whom? Obama, of course.

Politically, this is a style that seems to appeal to independents. Obama is not going to get sucked into a left-versus-right budget battle and see his presidency get washed away. On budget matters, he seems to be playing rope-a-dope — waiting for the Republicans to propose something courageous and foolhardy like entitlement reform, thus giving him an opening to step in as the bulwark against extremism. It’s likely that he can win the next election simply by force of personality, by overshadowing his opponent.

Hope and Change, remember? His presidency wasn’t going to be politics as usual. Yea, whatever.

All in all, President Obama is an astoundingly complicated person. During the 2008 presidential campaign, and during the first two years of his term, I would have said that his troubling flaw was hubris — his attempts to do everything at once. But he seems to have an amazing capacity to self-observe and adjust.

Astoundingly complicated. @@

He likes golf and basketball and parties. Not so complicated.

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2 Comments on “NO BLOOD FOR OIL”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    This is what happens when you elect a person because he is a black man, not because you cared enough to insist upon seeing his resume, because evidently doing that is racist.

  2. PCachu Says:

    “Astoundingly complicated”.

    I’m sure that David Brooks is regularly baffled by the existence of burnt toast.


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