FIAF – End of Vacation Edition
No, not the end of MY vacation. I haven’t had a proper vacation since Obama was elected.
I refer, instead, to the end of the Obama “family” vacation. Now that the Wee Ones have finally arrived at, it’s near time to wrap up the “family vacation.” Apparently, the girl’s “camp” coincided with the planned (months and months in advance) trip to Martha’s Vineyard, and they didn’t arrived until Thursday. Huh. Weird. You’d think a family man like Obama would want to optimize his “family” time since we’ve heard so often that it’s so important to him.
Anyway, Obama’s spent his “family” vacation by playing four rounds of golf in the first five days. We’ll see if he can fit any more in before it ends.
Now, on to the news. Everything that is happening while Obama golfs.
I’m saddened to write this because I’m a proponent of free speech and have been brought up to allow everyone to have their say. But I also realize that there are other considerations that institutions are faced with. This afternoon I was contacted by the University of Michigan instructing me to withdraw their invitation due to the removal of funding from the donors, because of their interpretation of Ms. Walker’s comments regarding Israel. They are not willing to fund this program and the university/Women’s center do not have the resources to finance this on their own.”
Walker titled her blog post about the incident “In Case You’ve Ever Wondered How It’s Done: Censorship by Purse String.”
She wrote that she hoped the situation would prompt reflection.
Baa haaa haaaa.
Excuse me, Ms. Walker, but the people WHO YOU HAVE OFFENDED do not wish to PAY YOU to speak.
It’s not “censorship by purse strings.” Here’s a little mindthought experiment – how about YOU offer to pay for a speaking engagement of – oh, say David Duke. You up for that?
Or do you want to CENSOR that?
Commies do not really understand how capitalism/free market work.
So, how’s things in Egypt? Obama even interrupted his vacation to make a statement.
“Interrupted” may be a bit severe, since he simply read a statement into a recorder. Basically.
Springtime never came to Cairo at all. In some ways, Egypt is right back where it was when Hosni Mubarak still ruled the country. The political scene is exactly the same. Two illiberal titans—a military regime and an Islamist opposition—are battling it out. But in other ways, Egypt is in worse shape now than it was. It’s more chaotic, more violent. Its economy is imploding, its people increasingly desperate.
Damn that Bush.
Eric Trager: The United States has done a very poor job managing perceptions in Egypt. The administration assumed if it wasn’t critical about Morsi’s behavior domestically, they’d win his cooperation on foreign policy. The problem is that Morsi was only willing to cooperate with us on foreign policy in the short run. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to consolidate power in Egypt and then create a global Islamic state. It’s a key part of their ideology and their rhetoric. They talk about it with me. They can’t be our partners.
Worse, by not speaking up and criticizing Morsi as he tried to create unchecked power for himself, it created the impression that the United States wanted to replace Mubarak with the Muslim Brotherhood. That’s extremely damaging in a place like Egypt with such tumultuous politics.
We didn’t support the Brotherhood. We failed to speak up and manage perceptions. In the future, the only way to address this problem will be to make sure we don’t put all our eggs in one basket. We have to spread our risk by making sure we engage everybody.
MJT: Okay, now let me ask you this. Why should everyday Americans care about what happens in Egypt?
Eric Trager: For the simple reason that Egypt is a lynchpin of American foreign policy in the Middle East. It’s important for counter-terrorism, for maintaining the peace treaty with Israel, ensuring overflight rights so our planes can deliver goods to the Persian Gulf, to check Iran’s interests, and ensure passage through the Suez Canal.
I thought the smartest man ever was going to make the world love us? He was give the Nobel Peace Prize even! I return to this, because, HILARIOUS
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.
Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.
Ba haaa haaa haaa. Every time I read that press release I crack up.
I love Bill WHittle. He’s going to sum-up everything you need to know, but didn’t hear in teh newz.
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