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Barack Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Obama

Recently, I was reading a liberal web site and enjoying a huge sense of schadenfreude at their outraged sense of betrayal at President Obama. But one of them linked to a compilation of what they thought of as their grievances against the president, and it was remarkably enlightening.

As I read the list, I found myself nodding along. Yup, he really has done all that. And dang, I'm in favor of almost all of all those. (No, not the child soldiers. And I'm still disgusted over his response to the attempted ouster of the would-be tyrant Zelaya, among other things cited here.)

Of course, Obama doesn't get full credit for those actions. In each and every case, he had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to the right action. He didn't choose the right move, he was forced into most of them. And he expressed regret for each.

He's still a true believer in many of the wrong-headed policies and principles that he's espoused for years. So he bears watching, very, very carefully.

But it's nice to know that he's not completely immune to reality. In fact, he's striking me more and more as quintessentially American -- in that he seems to embody Winston Churchill's famous observation that "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

Or, for another quote from Great Britain (cementing my reputation as an Anglophile), this one allegedly from a British officer's fitness evaluation: "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap."


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Comments (27)

Its rather funny watching h... (Below threshold)

Its rather funny watching him getting beaten black and blue by reality.

I can't say that we're not ... (Below threshold)

I can't say that we're not on the path of living in mine shafts for a few hundred years, and I can't say that that keeps me from worrying and now love the bum, but as the Major said:

Major Jack D Ripper : Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau once said about war?
Captain Lionel Mandrake : No, I don't think I do, sir, no.
Major Jack D Ripper : He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought.

One might say the same about running a country as running a war.

Be even funnier if we didn'... (Below threshold)

Be even funnier if we didn't get to 'feel his pain'. As it is, the pummeling is painless - except to his ego - and we get the 'benefits.

All in all, not exactly a win for the country.

"So he bears watching, very... (Below threshold)

"So he bears watching, very, very carefully."
Every minute he is in office.

"...he's striking me more and more as quintessentially American..."
I disagree big time. I'd like to think when Americans (eventually) do the right thing they are pleased, not even more angry about it as this president seems to become. Remember "hostage takers"?

The reason most American's ... (Below threshold)

The reason most American's eventually do the right thing is because millions of other Americans are willing to stand up and put an end to harebrained ideas.

Who'd have thought the left... (Below threshold)

Who'd have thought the left would grouse about electing 'an empty suit'.

"In each and every... (Below threshold)
"In each and every case, he had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to the right action. He didn't choose the right move, he was forced into most of them. And he expressed regret for each."

It's no wonder Gibbsy looks so exhausted, explaining all those regrets. And, a hardy pat on the back to the liberal media, for "smoothing out" his "misdirections". It must be getting to be quite the struggle for a liberal journalist to get up in the morning and write about the marvelous undertakings their "dear leader" has been championing for the past two years.

Now, if we can just get him to sign the repeal of the health care debacle, the metamorphosis would be complete.

Lets see us "do the right t... (Below threshold)
David Spence:

Lets see us "do the right thing" in 2012. We've tried this thing, whatever this thing is.

In fact, he's striking m... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

In fact, he's striking me more and more as quintessentially American -- in that he seems to embody Winston Churchill's famous observation that "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

Apparently it's an Indonesian trait too.

Who'd have thought the l... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Who'd have thought the left would grouse about electing 'an empty suit'.

I blame Bush. And also question the timing. Follow the money! Connect the dots!

OK, I'm out of leftist knee-jerk reactions now.

It does not matter how ofte... (Below threshold)

It does not matter how often he's dragged to the right, it won't change the fact that Barry Hussein Soetoro Obamadinijad still is a narcissistic commie Marxist empty suit one term mistake who continues to destroy the constitution, our medical system, our economy, our military, and soon our sovereignty.

Yes, no wonder Jay is pleas... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Yes, no wonder Jay is pleased, you would think Obama is running to be the GOP standard bearer on defense and security. He wants every weapon in the arsenal even reversing his senatorial stand, which was opposing cluster bombs munitions. a great killing machine of children.

The problem that I see it, the President and Congress are not making any hard choices or sacrifices. Obama tries to have everything both ways. The Nobel Peace winner who has no compunction about bombs, and using them, despite civilian casualties, because he wants to appear tough. I hope he draws the line on a doomsday machine.

"Obama tries to have everyt... (Below threshold)

"Obama tries to have everything both ways."

There is no issue The One can not straddle.

Oh look! Over there - some... (Below threshold)

Oh look! Over there - something shiny! Quick, let's all go and blather about cluster bombs!

Steve - kindly point out to me one war (since, oh, 1860) in which no civilians were killed. Kindly point out to me where the 'insurgents' in Iraq decided to stop deliberately targeting children with their suicide bombs. While you're at it, how about the Palestinians deliberately targeting children whenever they could with their suicide bombers?

I suppose it's more 'moral' when you deliberately target kids, right? Oh, wait - the USSR did that with scatterable munitions shaped like toys in... Afghanistan, didn't they?

Tell you what - I'll get outraged over Obama's stance on those when the Palestinians, Taliban, and the various 'insurgent' groups decide to sign onto the Geneva Accords, 'k? Until then, not so much. Believe it or not, being conciliatory and appearing weak doesn't win you respect... as Obama's finding out. I don't think he likes that much.

And the irony... it tastes wonderful.

Back to the original thread - I do agree, Jay Tea, it's kind of pathetic that Obama gets pissed when he does things that aren't in accordance with his ideology, but I think that anger is good for him. Frustration builds character, after all, and he's had his way smoothed and paved for far too long. He's badly needed something that'll show him that the world does not - regardless of his belief - revolve around his wishes and desires.

I still believe that affirm... (Below threshold)

I still believe that affirmative action sets fools up to be embarrassed.

I like this complaint:... (Below threshold)
John S:

I like this complaint:

"One in three killed by US drones in Pakistan is a civilian, report claims..."

Well, 100 percent of Al-Qaeda are civilians, so this sounds about right.

The latest rumor is that Soetoro will announce cuts to Social Security in his State of the Union address. Could he accidently become a great president?

I don't think I'll ever say... (Below threshold)

I don't think I'll ever say...I love Obama - our Commander-In-Chief. He doesn't get it with ABM systems or prosecuting a war and his economic team (or what's left of it) is just horrible: Thinking they can manufacture demand by printing money and then buying our own debt - acting like it just is an accounting entry. God help us!

I remember when Mr. Snow became the 1st Treasury Secretary under the previous administration. He ran CSX railroad...so I thought about buying some of their stock. But first, I trooped out to a couple of their switching yards to look at their rolling-stock. I was appalled. Billions of $ in inventory deteriorating and just rusting away... maintenance bays with weeds growing through them...not used in a long long time. And this company paid a dividend? And its boss was now running or treasury? Ack!

Obama's Treasury (and the FED) are 10X worse than even the previous administration's sorry-ass state. Our finances are out of control. Enough already. Our nation is way beyond the condition where we can afford on-the-job training adjustments while our leaders grow in the job...in defense of our country or with facilitating economic growth (just to focus on two biggies - which is like the visible part of a floating iceberg).

Will we survive until 2012? We survived previous bone-headed Administrations and Congresses. Anybody remember wage and price controls?...or WIN - Whip Inflation Now - Buttons? How about daylight savings time? (It takes a special kinda politician to screw with time).

We are still afloat (and we survived)... and we'll survive this batch of incompetent politicians as well. So I agree, "America will end up doing the right thing... after trying everything else." But I can't ever say I'd love our so-called leaders for their efforts.

Semper Fidelis-

JLawson, your argument whic... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

JLawson, your argument which is that as long as the enemy, which we never seem to be short of, is doing it, then we must do the same, is no doubt, the same rationalization they use. I won't argue too strenously, since Obama seems to favor your argument, and moreover, on land mines which he firmly opposed, as a senator.

anti-Campaigners were heartened last week when the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. James Cartwright, was asked about his views on both land mines and cluster munitions.

"In growing parts of the world," he said, "(they) are becoming activities that we don't want to participate in. They may be effective as lethal agents, but they …have a social and cultural bias against them for good reasons."

"…(W)e tended to live for several years in a mindset of 'This is war.' The reality is, we're back to Clausewitz,

I'm pointing out (like Jay) how far Obama has moved, or somebody has got to him, and being such a malleable politician, his principles, such as they are, can be bent easily or leaned on. I still don't understand why the right is so worried about Obama? Sure he has opened the coffers with no payback, but that is hardly unusual.

Could he accidently become ... (Below threshold)

Could he accidently become a great president?

16. Posted by John S

Not unless he learns that there is a difference between "messaging" and action sometime in the next two years.

Mr. Crickmore,In d... (Below threshold)

Mr. Crickmore,

In defense of Mr. Lawson... he never said what you attribute to him. What is it with you liberals that compels you to build straw-men or put words in the mouth of others?

Equating our enemy's behavior and conduct as morally equivalent to our soldier's adherence to the Laws of War and ROE ... is just pathetic. To put it as gently as I can... by saying so, you are committing an egregious offense against our soldier's sacrifices in defense of our nation.

What do you think are troops are fighting with over there? They are hunting other human beings... and if you gave your enemy even the slightest chance - they'ed turn the tables and hunt you. War is death and destruction - a horrible and terrible thing... Hell on earth. The idea of a fair an equable fight is pure Hollywood - Paladin's facing off against each other in some kinda fantasy arena.. what crap-pola.

The liberal powers that be are absolutely clueless about the truth of War - how it is conducted,how it is fought, and its consequences. ROE? Laws of War? Geneva Convention? Liberals makeup their own rules. I really don't know how to characterize it, except to call it "situational ethics".

Exhibit A: We were issued cases of condoms the day prior to the invasion (D-Day)... I remember asking the LT "Sir, what do they think we are going to do? Love the enemy to death?"

We actually did use em to cover our rifle barrels (helped keep the dust out). But the logistics which made them rubbers appear were just mind boggling... and the mindset that made that happen is just frigging absolutely unbelievable too.

You want to persuade and get folks to agree with you on this thread? Best to get a better argument Mr. Crickmore, cause what you said about Mr.Lawson is just pitiful.

Semper Fidelis-

Brucepall -One of ... (Below threshold)

Brucepall -

One of the greatest privileges of being a 'reality-based' leftist is to never have to limit yourself to reality's constraints when arguing. If your opponent didn't actually claim something, you just go ahead and argue as if they did - because in YOUR 'reality-based' construct, they DID argue that point... and thus your argument is a perfect put-down in that instance!

That it didn't exactly happen that way isn't an issue - because for you... it did.

I suppose you could call it 'delusional' - but it's been pretty clear for quite a while that Steve's reality is a bit different than the cosmos the rest of us must inhabit.

The real problems occur when they get to a point where they can attempt to make real their 'reality-based' ideals. Usually the results are mixed to catastrophic - and when surveying the wreckage the plaintive cries of "We meant well!" are mixed with "If we just throw more money at it, it'll work just like it was supposed to!"

Because it's inconceivable that it wouldn't.

Brucepal, summarizing a per... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Brucepal, summarizing a person's point of view is always risky, in a sentence or two, even Jay trying to shorthand or precise Obama, but remember winning hearts and minds, is ultimately very important, just because the Taliban and al-queda are medieval.

I don't think Afghaninstan is of any great national interest. Al queda has gone elsewhwere to Pakistan and Yemen and the Taliban are part time warriors-they are not going anywhere, they will have to be part of the solution..so I don't really understand the war, the Karzai government is so corrupt, with our money and rigged elections and have alienated the Pashtuns. The Taliban is probably less corrupt, of course they are much more brutal, but then look at the society they are coming from.

Bucepal, you were welcomed as liberators, the Germans were the occupying force. Perceptions are quite different in Afghanistan. I see it closer to the Vietnam confict, too close. American and Nato Pacification programs and then the Taliban see themselves as the nationalists removing the foreign infidels plus Karzai and company, their Vichy regime.

Mr. Lawson,Can't i... (Below threshold)

Mr. Lawson,

Can't imagine having to go through life suffering such a handicap as you so eloquently describe it.

In other words - doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results...is delusional.

Oh the dishonesty... the utter lack of responsibility and accountability... no growth... pathetic. Thanks for explaining the mindset.

Semper Fidelis-

JLawson, I have some symbpa... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

JLawson, I have some symbpathies with conservatives, hey throwing money at every problem is American as apple pie or drunken sailors but very soon it will be unstainable. Look at the last week with Congress extending the tax and estate taxes! And if we keep extending unemployment benefits year after year, is that going to reduce unemployment..on the contrary.

The real reality that nearly every politician doesn't want to contemplate, is in continuing to employ a large and larger percentage of the budget just to service the interest on our debt, what if it doesn't get any better? This as good as it gets. We should look at why Spain has 20% unemployment rate?

No the American people only want to hear that is always going to get better, they are comforted that America is exceptional when I'm afraid that it is exceptional only in the sense that we have been living on borrowed time, an artificially high GNP because of the baby boom, women going in the labour force the last forty five years. Soon the US government will no longer have the money it had to provide the services and goods. There is a limit to huge borrowing. It is going to get dire-we should have been getting our house in order in the good times, instead...

I met reducing the estate o... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I met reducing the estate or wealth taxes.

Mr. Crickmore,The ... (Below threshold)

Mr. Crickmore,

The Taliban and Al-Queda don't belong to a religion. Mass murder of innocents isn't a religion... its a cult. And a very malignant one at that.

Wining hearts and minds? What that means to me - if you throw your weapons down and surrender, you have a very good chance of living...and now I'm responsible for maintaing your sorry life (Guantanamo). Otherwise we meet on the battlefield - you will die.

Afghanistan was sorry-ass country to begin with. There are other Nations in the world where people are not free and have crappy laws. There are dozen and dozens of em, and nobody gives a damn. But spread your terror ways around outside your borders (and bring your pain and misery to your worldly neighbors) and its War.

Germans, Vichy, Viet Nam? Liberation, Occupation? Less Corrupt, Infidels? WTF? I stand on the shoulders of giants - generations of patriots who gave everything they had - so my family and YOU can live free in our time. Its our history and legacy to be treasured and passed on to our posterity. Why are so many of the left persuasion unable to acknowledge or even articulate that?

Semper Fidelis-

Mr. Crickmore,I he... (Below threshold)

Mr. Crickmore,

I hear what your saying about debt. Its an old argument, shrouded in lies. If one goes to www.treasury.gov, under Bureau of Public Debt, one will find the truth (without the spin) that tells the sorry tale. The last year we owed less on our National debt than the year before...was 1960 (trust me on this - or better yet, take a couple of clicks and look it up yourself).

We've been piling on the debt longer than some of our citizens have been alive (including our current President). The left's spin of the Clinton surpluses is just that - a lie. Who's going to pay it back? Those least able to say no - women, children, minorities... those not yet born.

I wrote a letter to US Treasury Secretary on 1 May 2008...basically saying that until our Treasury decided to return to the days of positive real yields, I was declining to buy any more TIPS. Essentially, the Treasury said we'll give you 2 pounds of potatoes 30 years from now for 6 pounds of potatoes today. After all, 2 pounds of potatoes 30 years from now cost the same as 6 pounds of potatoes today, right? What a deal, huh? Who in their right mind would agree to such a bargain? The form letter reply I received, made me wonder if it would of been the same if I had wished him and his minions a cursed death. But on further reflection, I did not explore this supposition (as I might have received a courtesy visit from the FBI).

I though we went over the cliff then... and we would start having failed Treasury auctions. Well silly me, Grandma and Grandpa continued to buy these bonds for their grandkids (I wonder if the kids 30 year from now will every twig to the fact that they got rolled). And now (2+ years later) the FED is buying up billions of Treasuries every month (so no auction can possibly fail).

This is insane. I've never seen any behavior like it before... except in combat... where the tiniest character flaw or personal defect gets amplified all out of proportion... with stress. I've seen folks do the most crazy things - even my dog wouldn't do. So it appears to me - our Treasury and FED are starting to crack-up. This can only end badly.

Semper Fidelis-






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