Update: General Petraeus (the guy who last week fainted, the guy Move-On attacked as “General Betray-us“) will now run things in Afghanistan. The firing of McChrystal opens up all sorts of taps.
The biggest of those taps is what will happen now in Afghanistan? There is supposed to be a major offensive there later this year, will that still happen? Afghanistan, the story Obama does not want on the front pages is now back on the front pages and on the front burner. Will Obama now be forced to get off the golf carts and into caring about what happens in Afghanistan?
A dissatisfied General McChrystal wanted to “shake things up” and he sure did. Obama ignored the infighting and the divisions within American military forces and civilian authorities in Afghanistan and he can no longer do so. Obama Hopium Guzzlers mostly reject the one promise Obama has done the most to keep – the Afghanistan War. Will the strategies and policies, such as they are, in Afghanistan stay in place or will there now be a push for yet another review? Clearly many, not just McChrystal, and not just the “pro-war” side, are not happy with what is going on in Afghanistan.
It’s now, beyond any doubt, Obama’s Afghanistan War. Saying he needs “unity” across “his” national security team Obama added, “I welcome debate among my team, but I won’t tolerate division. All of us have personal interests, all of us have opinions, our politics often fuels conflict, but we have to renew our sense of common purpose and meet our responsibilities to one another and to our troops who are in harm’s way, and to our country.” Tell that to Move-On.
Meanwhile the oil gusher decided to gush even more and there are more dead:
“Two people involved in the Gulf oil spill cleanup effort have died, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
Meantime, tens of thousands of gallons more oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped a venting system, forcing BP to remove the cap that had been containing some of the crude.
It was yet another setback in the nine-week effort to stop the gusher, and it came as thick pools of oil washed up on Pensacola Beach in Florida and the Obama administration tried to figure out how to resurrect a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.”
Disaster breeds disaster. A boob breeds boobery.
By now the Obama “governing” style is clear – knock a disaster off the front pages with another disaster followed by another disaster followed by another disaster. It’s a unique way to control the narrative.
As the American gulf coast continues to be destroyed by Obama incompetence and nonchalance, it is only by the grace of another disaster that it has temporarily been pushed off the front pages. But the below the surface oil monster, will rise again. Other Obama disasters will replace Obama disasters. Today we wait to update yesterday’s McChrystal article with the latest boobery on McChrystal and Afghanistan once news of the chest pounding meeting arrives. Meanwhile…
Yesterday encapsulated the Obama boobery-topped-with-boobery style and the damage this does to the Obama Dimocratic Party and to America.
Consider, yesterday the Hopium Guzzler dream of 40 years of Dimocratic rule due to demographic changes in the American electorate was shattered. In primary elections yesterday Republicans nominated a 38 year old woman as their nominee for Governor in the state of South Carolina. That she is a former Sikh and of sub-continent Indian heritage shows that Republicans will, as we predicted, adjust to whatever demographic realities develop. The future belongs to the swift, not the corrupt. In addition, black Republican Tim Scott, also endorsed by Sarah Palin, beat the son of long dead segregationist Strom Thurmond in a big victory and will likely become the next congressman from the South Carolina district. It’s not just Nikki Haley and Tim Scott – there are others. Louisiana Governor (and Indian-American) Bobby Jindal might be joined by “rainbow” candidates such as Susana Martinez (New Mexico governor nominee), Marco Rubio (Florida Senate nominee), and lots of women.
Consider, yesterday we learned that at a time when wise budgeting matters most, there will be no budget prepared by Obama Dimocrats in Congress this year. The most basic job for a legislature, won’t be done. What Democrats used to condemn when Republicans governed is now what Obama Dimocrats will also do. A total failure of leadership. Obama Dimocrats won’t pass a budget or even prepare a budget for fear of failure and exposure as irresponsible spenders.
Consider, yesterday we learned that the massive gusher of incompetence and deceit from Obama Dimocrats who plan to raise middle class taxes during economic turmoil in order to spend more (“tax and spend liberals/Dimocrats” is sure to make a comeback thanks to Barack Obama – killing all the “re-branding” and responsible economic policies of Bill Clinton). Now that more money is wanted for more uncoordinated spending, the “read my lips – no middle class tax increases” promise is no longer operative. If there is a need for more taxes there should be a budget. But there is no budget. There will be new middle class taxes.
Consider, yesterday a new poll revealed a bare majority of 51% of Americans consider Obama qualified to be President (hint: by his own admission, he is not qualified to be president).
Consider, yesterday a federal district judge repudiated and rejected, in harsh language, an oil drilling ban issued by the Interior Department at the behest of Barack Obama. The incompetently drafted order is to be replaced with yet another order which will likely have boobery built into it as well. Wolf Boy Obama did not have a mother at his side telling him “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well – the first time.” Expect another court circus as the Obama incompetents attempt to push back against the judge and play whack-a-mole with court orders.
Consider, yesterday we witnessed the collapse of the Obama promise to his congressional shills that his health scam (a gift to Big Insurance and Big PhaRma) would make Americans happy and gift Obama Dimocrats with riches of victory. Now the “People who buy their own health insurance have been hit lately with premium hikes that far exceed increases in premiums for employer-sponsored coverage, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.” The Obama response? Obama met with the chief executives of the major insurance companies “to caution them against using new requirements in the recently enacted health-care reform legislation as a pretext to substantially raise premiums.” Shorter Obama ‘raise as much money as you want from gouging Americans – just don’t blame my health scam for the raises and it will be A-O.K. with me.’ A nod and a wink from the horse with the dreamy eyes. Those premiums are going up, up, up.
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Consider, the boobs are now pointing fingers at the boobs, without shame or apology.
Yesterday Obama fluffer and Hillary opponent Bob Herbert wrote a column titled “When Greatness Slips Away“. In his column Herbert strolls through the years blaming George W. Bush for various mishaps and boobery. Herbert mentions the economic mess at the end of 2009 and lost opportunities (without naming Obama) to address these issues. The destruction, as economic policy, of huge parts of Detroit is also mentioned as an example of the “helplessness” (Hey Bob, are you reading Big Pink to come up with that “helpless” bit?) Americans feel. Ditto the oil gusher.
Bob Herbert then has the cheek to ask: “How is it possible that we would let this happen?” Look in the mirror Bob, look in the mirror. You are one of many of your “journalistic” ilk who refused to vet Barack Obama and helped to unload this Chicago flim-flam man, devoid of any expertise ‘cept self-promotion and self-advancement into the White House. Our question to Bob is “How is it possible that YOU would let this happen?”
Richard Cohen, a member of Bob’s ilk, likewise discusses “The Riddle of an Enigma“. Writes this boob:
“It can seem that at the heart of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is no heart at all. It consists instead of a series of challenges — of problems that need fixing, not wrongs that need to be righted. As Winston Churchill once said of a certain pudding, Obama’s approach to foreign affairs lacks theme. So it seems does the man himself.[snip]
The president seems to stand foursquare for nothing much.
This, of course, is the Obama enigma: Who is this guy? What are his core beliefs? The president himself is no help on this score.”
Now it dawns on Cohen that we know nothing about this misshapen lump of protoplasm? Only now does Cohen ask questions about this warped little boy in men’s suits? Only now does Cohen understand the consequences of a feral child raised by wolves? Emotes Cohen:
“One can understand. Obama’s father deserted the family and afterward visited his son only once. He twice was separated from his mother, who lived in Indonesia without him. He was partially raised by his grandparents — an elderly white couple. If the president is what the shrinks call “well-defended,” who can blame him? [snip]
The consequences are unfortunate. Obama’s opaqueness has enabled his enemies — they are not mere critics — to define him as they choose. [snip] This makes it a lot easier to say what he is not than what he is.
Fortune has not smiled on Obama’s presidency. His one uncontested attribute — a shimmering intellect — has become suspect. A world of smart guys has turned against us. Everyone at Goldman Sachs is smart, but they seem to have the amorality…. [snip]
The oil industry is full of smart people and so is the mortgage industry. Smart people seem to have brought us nothing but trouble. Smarts without values is dangerous — threatening, scary, virtually un-American. [snip]
Experience has become a handicap and inexperience a virtue.”
Where was this dunderhead when we needed him to vet Obama and retype what we have been writing for more than three years now? Only now does Cohen say about Obama: “It is essential, though, that he show us who he is. As of now, we haven’t a clue.” That is supposed to be your job Cohen, to vet and investigate and question.
Herbert, Cohen – willfully clueless along with the rest of their treacherous brethren. Jason Horowitz, sophomoric Vergil pretensions never outgrown, perseveres with his willful cluelessness and examines the Obama “narrative”.
“Like, say, the time in January, when this paper characterized Obama’s State of the Union address as “an effort to set the narrative on Obama’s first year,” or in April, when the Huffington Post set about “Rediscovering the Obama Narrative,” or this month, when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wondered how such a gifted storyteller could “lose control of his own narrative.” Sing to me, Muse, of the dismay Mark Halperin registered on his blog, the Page, when he wrote “Pundit/Press Narrative Forms Against Obama.”
Journalists and politicians know that voters, like everyone else, are hard-wired to understand the world through stories. Elections are contests between competing story lines, something Obama, himself an elegant writer, and his team of political image editors were keenly aware of as they crafted the protagonist as a transformative Washington outsider, whose unerringly serious, postpartisan belief in competence, bridge-building and doing the right thing would improve the nation. That sympathetic character won 53 percent of general-election voters.
But now his narrative has taken on a life of its own.”
We daresay the next narrative will be Obama ineffectually swatting through the air at invisible enemies, helpless to even hurt a fly – too distracted, like an old glue horse, to bother closing his eyes or flexing his tail. For now, the narrative is the oil crude toppling the lanky, legs akimbo, slipping boob.
“The BP oil spill has largely been treated as the latest plot twist in the Obama epic. The plume of crude rising from the seabed is not only the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, darkening the gulf and thousands of lives and pervading the nation with a sense of helplessness, it is a metaphor for Obama’s loss of control, a revealing moment to study our protagonist. Will he feel the seafarer’s pain? Will he shake with fury? Will he weep tears into the salty sea? Sing to me, Muse, of the wrath of Washington’s Achilles.”
Horowitz gets paid for recycling “helplessness” (from us, not Bob) and recalling sophomoric conceits. And they wonder why the “news biz” is in such deep seas.
Utilizing an explanation of “narrative” to defend Obama, Jason Horowitz only contributes this bit of intelligence, which comes from Lyndon Johnson biographer Robert Caro: “But a week later, the columnists that were authoritatively saying one thing were saying the opposite in an equally authoritative voice.” Paging Herbert and Cohen and the rest of the treacherous (this means you Eugene) brethren.
Obama world is in disarray, but Obama is not alone to blame. The ones who enabled him must be routed as well.