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Friday, March 25, 2011

A tale of two Teddys

I agree and associate myself with Dr. Krauthammer's remarks from yesterday, among them this one:

This confusion is purely the result of Obama's decision to get America into the war and then immediately relinquish American command. Never modest about himself, Obama is supremely modest about his country. America should be merely "one of the partners among many," he said Monday. No primus inter pares for him. Even the Clinton administration spoke of America as the indispensable nation. And it remains so. Yet at a time when the world is hungry for America to lead — no one has anything near our capabilities, experience and resources — America is led by a man determined that it should not.

To be clear (to use one of The One's favorite phrases): I support our President in the original goal he announced — forcing Kadafi from power — because I think that is in America's own interests. And I think that is also the best way to meet the U.N. Security Council's resolution authorizing member states to "take all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians who are "under threat of attack."

I support our armed forces, who are going to be doing most of the heavy lifting even if our President chooses to pretend otherwise and thinks he's ducked responsibility by farming this out to NATO (as if America weren't the senior and majority partner in NATO).

I support this and every POTUS' constitutional right and obligation to take appropriate action as commander in chief, and I support Congress' constitutional right and obligation to insist that only Congress has the power to declare war, so I am glad whenever the Hill and White House can get their acts together and consult appropriately. But that hasn't been done yet either.

And I am astonished and appalled at the stunning naïveté and sheer incompetence of the Obama Administration as it stumbles through this. This is like watching a very badly run junior high school student council trying to pretend like they're world leaders.

Shorter version:

Dear Mr. President: We need, from you, more Teddy Roosevelt right now, and less Teddy Ruxpin.

(Of course, T.R. was not only the namesake for all stuffed bear toys, but actually deserved his Nobel Peace Prize.)

President Obama Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Ruxpin

Posted by Beldar at 10:38 PM in Congress, Foreign Policy, Global War on Terror, Obama | Permalink

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Comments

(1) ck made the following comment | Mar 25, 2011 11:08:31 PM | Permalink

Barry want's the muslim brotherhood and AQ in charge. But, he dosen't want the credit for it. Look how slick he was getting the muslim brotherhood in the drivers seat in Egypt.

(2) ck made the following comment | Mar 25, 2011 11:13:18 PM | Permalink

He's not naive or incompetent, oh how I wish he were. Soros wasn't able to buy the presidency because he's stupid.

(3) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Mar 26, 2011 1:52:28 AM | Permalink

Dear CK: you horrify me. The One is not "naive or incompetent." You mean these and all his other actions are part of a plan. To repeat Charles Krauthammer's most pithy phrase, fortissimo, GOOD GOD!"

Dear Mr. Dyer: OK you "... support this and every POTUS' constitutional right and obligation to take appropriate action as commander in chief,..." and forthrightly demand action in the manner of Theodore "Perdicaris alive or Riaisuli dead" Roosevelt. But the dreadful "weasel word" (another fine TR coinage) "appropriate" drains all the blood out of it. Do you think that The One has any doubts that his action isn't "appropriate"? For heaven's sake man, the New York TIMES idiotorial page says he's doing the right thing. What more do you want you red state savage, bitterly clinging to some raaaacist notion of responsibility? Knowing that The One wishes it would go away so he could go back to his basketball picks doesn't count.

Krauthammer is especially fine on Brazil's asking for a ceasefire in place in Libya, right after The One left Brazil, preening himself on his ability to charm those Latins. Again and again The One is shown up as fifth rate, in a manner that makes Jimmy Bumpkin say, See, I wasn't so bad. But his flops never register on what passes for his consciousness. Probably it can't. It will likely take a direct attack on a blue state with someone The One knows well dying before he'll change. The tuition bills for his education pile up unceasingly, and worse, to no point.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(4) Jenna made the following comment | Mar 26, 2011 6:11:19 AM | Permalink

Obama did and does many awful mistakes. He still has 2 more years as a president, I really hope things will get better.

[Editor's note: I've edited this comment to remove the link to a commercial website, but I've left the text because I'm not 100% certain that it's an anchor for commercial spam/Google bombing. — Beldar, 3/26 @ 7:30am]

(5) Larry Brown made the following comment | Mar 26, 2011 4:18:28 PM | Permalink

But what if everything IS going according to plan..?

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