Congratulations, Mr. Franken, for successfully stealing a Senate seat. You have accomplished what Governors of Illinois have only dreamed of. Oh, and also, more thanks for ensuring that it’s the 60th seat needed for a filibuster. I guess the joke’s on us.
Archive for June, 2009
On the eve of the withdrawal of US troops from large cities in Iraq, I hope and pray that the Iraqi police forces, army, and citizens are willing and able to defend their homeland. Our brave troops have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a free and safe Iraq, and let us pray that the deaths of their brothers and sisters were not in vain and that these fine men and women return home to a hero’s welcome.
Obama’s position over Honduras reveals something about Obama’s worldview that is crucial to the execution of his foreign policy. His first concern is how people think of America, regardless of America’s course of action in any given situation.
In Iran, his fear was that the US would be viewed as interfering, harkening back memories of 1953.
In Honduras, his fear was that the US would be viewed as interfering, harkening back memories of the 1980s.
However, what Obama either doesn’t realize or doesn’t consider is the fact that regardless of our actions in such individual situations, anti-Americans in these regimes are going to blame us for things we didn’t do. They thrive because of their opposition to our ideals, our way of life, and our country. They will propagandize perspectives of us to serve their own agenda because that is how they stay in power. And as a student of international relations, Obama should understand these problems at the state and individual levels of analysis more than anyone.
Gibbs said Obama addressed Honduras because he wanted to end rumors that the United States had anything to do with the coup.
Just as I suspected.
UPDATE II: Just checked Technorati…thanks for the link, Jason Bradley at Excellence in America! Oh and read his post…he raises some good points about how the “Honduran precedent” vis-a-vis our 22nd Amendment.
It just came out today that, back in May, the President wrote a lovely little letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, also known as the Iranian Sauron who has been behind much of the murderous crackdown on freedom protestors recently and was the heir to the throne of Supreme Leader from none other than Khomeini himself. The mullah was apparently mighty amused at our President’s pathetic plea, which are mirrored in his current tepid response to the terror in Tehran.
Someone in the State Department should be responsible for responding to Obama’s letters to foreign dictators in the same manner that parents “answer” the letters that their children write to Santa and celebrities. The last thing we need is a President whose correspondence habits are indicative of battered wife syndrome.