Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nero Was An Amateur

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Obama golfed while Japan and Libya burned. But Obama was media-savvy enough to have his press secretary provide cover by announcing the President's carefully thought-out position on a matter of worldwide interest--the NCAA rankings. Am I missing something here? Let me know your thoughts.

23 comments:

Joel Farnham said...

I don't think you are missing anything, LawHawk.

Well..... What does Michelle think of the price of dresses in France? That is a question that I hear comes out from time to time.

T_Rav said...

"Am I missing something here?"

No, but I am. I think it's the clumps of my hair I've torn out.

wahsatchmo said...

Saturday he makes some snide, condescending remark about Hillary lobbing rocks through his window at night about Libya, like the whole matter is simply beneath him. The next week, he meekly follows suit with the French/UN no-fly zone resolution that Hillary was hounding him about. Three weeks ago Sarah Palin suggested this very course. Obama is an arrogant, hypocritical, complete wimp.

Not that I’m against enforcement of the no-fly zone; I’m against the leader of the most powerful nation in the world not taking a lead or even an interest in world events, and then condescendingly dismissing his Secretary of State when she brings her concerns to him.

We live in a sad world when Hillary Clinton would have made a stronger, more ethical president than the sitting one.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: Michelle only worries about the size of the dresses. Price is not object.

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav; I'm lucky. I don't have that much hair left to tear out. But at the price of TVs these days, I do have to stop throwing things.

LawHawkRFD said...

wahsatchmo: Obama is a leader like I'm a nuclear physicist. How bad does it have to be when America waits to lob missiles at God knows what until the French air force has attacked first. The FRENCH air force. I didn't even know they had an air force, but when one gets shot at, they'll surrender. Does that mean we'll have to surrender too?

T_Rav said...

LawHawk, just think of it. We're being led in international affairs by the French. I think that makes seven circles of Hell frozen over, two more to go.

wahsatchmo said...

By the way, I seem to recall that the last time the French led us into a war was Vietnam. This should work out well, then.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: True. It's like following the lines in paint-by-numbers. God help us if something goes wrong.

LawHawkRFD said...

wahstachmo: I was sure someone would bring that up. NOW I'm worried.

Tam said...

Lawhawk, my husband is French and he said this morning "It's a whole new world when the French are going medieval on Gadhafi and the Americans twiddle their thumbs." A whole new world indeed. I think it was Giuliani who called Dear Leader a stuttering weakling? I agree. Pathetic, embarrassing, shameful, and frightening.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tam: Now if the Germans send in Panzers, we could end up with a whole new version of the North African campaign in WW II. Where are Montgomery, Eisenhower, Patton and FDR when we need them?

I absolutely do not want to see American boots on the ground in Libya, but what kind of idiot announces that in advance?

AndrewPrice said...

I see that the African Dictators League... er, African Union, wants us to stop harassing Gadhafi. LOL!

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: Those guys had better shut up or we'll lob a missile at one of their aspirin factories or baby formula production lines. Obama will seemingly never learn that if you try to satisfy everyone you end up satisfying nobody, and usually create a few new enemies in the process.

T_Rav said...

Incidentally, here's a nice comparison to keep in mind over the next few weeks:

Excerpt from Obama's press release, March 19, 2011
'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...

Excerpt from Bush's press release, March 19, 2003
'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger'...

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Barack Obama, neoconservative.

StanH said...

This reminds me of a sign I used to keep on my desk, “nobody knows what I do, until I stop doing it.” The same could be said about the President of the United States, the world abhors a vacuum, and like it or not, Barry is the leader of the world. This also fits very nicely into the classic moral equivalence horse twaddle, let’s remember what Madeline Albright said, something to the effect, “it’s not fair for America to be the only super power,” America is just another country…excuse me! We must remember on the left, dithering is considered deep thought - - too thinking, productive people it’s known as jerking off. I’ve never seen a more inept CEO, he is totally reactive, as opposed to proactive, once events get to critical mass, he almost makes a decision, and to think this is our president, God help us!

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: A military defeat is a military victory put together by a coalition. We're already getting criticism from the same Arab League that we joyfully included in the coalition. Aside from a few French and Qatarese (Qatarian?) planes, the coalition motto is: We're going to use military force, aren't you? What the hell did we sell all that military equipment to Saudi Arabia, Yemen and other Arab nations for? If they won't use them to stop a tyrant, we should leave them to their fate.

Nevertheless, I take your point. But Obama is incapable of telling our "allies" to lead, follow or get out of the way. I guarantee that if things start to go badly, our "allies" will abandon us and Obama will surrender and declare a victory.

LawHawkRFD said...

Stan: Absolutely right. If a "leader" denies American exceptionalism, he denies America. We've discussed that in the past, as Obama said "the Greeks believe their nation is exceptional," etc., ad nauseam. That's a matter of stating the truth, but not the facts or the philosophy behind it.

Obama's community organizations are falling apart or being indicted for criminal activity, or both. Yet the American people put him in charge of organizing the community of the entire civilized Western world. The results are turning out to be very similar. But at least in less than two years, we can fire him. Let's hope that's not too late.

JB1000 said...

Remember the "3 am phone call" ad from the campaign? Now we know what Obama does, he lets the phone ring, hightails it to the airport and gets out of town.

If it wasn't so serious, it would be comical.

chuck_mayhew said...

You know that the war hasn't reallt gotten started until the French have surrendered. Pretty soon now .....

AndrewPrice said...

Chuck, Welcome, and great point! I'm sure surrender is already in the game plan somewhere. ;-)

LawHawkRFD said...

JB: I don't want either of them getting the call at any time of day. But even Hillary would be more decisive.

LawHawkRFD said...

Chuck: Welcome and right on. My big worry is that as soon as the French surrender, Obama will follow their lead.

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