As part of the Big Pink health plan, we continue to monitor the fever levels of Hopium Guzzlers with thermometers stuck firmly in their recta.
First up – Andrew Sullivan, the one who thought Obama’s “face” was sufficient to bring about a golden age of “new politics”. Sullivan’s Obama Delusion was at a fever high when he declared that Obama’s “face” would “rebrand” America so that “a young Pakistani” Muslim would hear celestial choirs and that:
“At a time when America’s estrangement from the world risks tipping into dangerous imbalance, when a country at war with lethal enemies is also increasingly at war with itself, when humankind’s spiritual yearnings veer between an excess of certainty and an inability to believe anything at all, and when sectarian and racial divides seem as intractable as ever, a man who is a bridge between these worlds may be indispensable.”
What does love obsessed Sullivan see after one year and a half of Obama? Here’s the latest assessment:
“Those of us who hoped for some kind of winding down of the longest war in US history will almost certainly be disappointed now. David Petraeus is the real Pope of counter-insurgency and if he decides that he needs more troops and more time and more resources in Afghanistan next year, who is going to be able to gainsay him? That’s Thomas P. Barnett’s shrewd assessment. Obama’s pledge to start withdrawing troops in 2011 is now kaput. It won’t happen. I doubt it will happen in a second term either. Once Washington has decided to occupy a country, it will occupy it for ever. We are still, remember, in Germany! But Afghanistan?
Obama’s gamble on somehow turning the vast expanse of that ungovernable “nation” into a stable polity dedicated to fighting Jihadist terror is now as big as Bush’s in Iraq – and as quixotic. It is also, in my view, as irrational, a deployment of resources and young lives that America cannot afford and that cannot succeed. It really is Vietnam – along with the crazier and crazier rationales for continuing it. But it is now re-starting in earnest ten years in, dwarfing Vietnam in scope and longevity.[snip]
This much we also know: Obama will run for re-election with far more troops in Afghanistan than Bush ever had – and a war and occupation stretching for ever into the future, with no realistic chance of success. Make no mistake: this is an imperialism of self-defense, a commitment to civilize even the least tractable culture on earth because Americans are too afraid of the consequences of withdrawal. And its deepest irony is that continuing this struggle will actually increase and multiply the terror threats we face – as it becomes once again a recruitment tool for Jihadists the world over.
This is a war based on fear, premised on a contradiction, and doomed to carry on against reason and resources for the rest of our lives.
Maybe this is why you supported Obama – to see the folly of nation-building extended indefinitely to the least promising wastelands on earth, as the US heads toward late-imperial bankruptcy. It is not a betrayal as such. But it is, in my view, a huge and metastasizing mistake.”
Imagine what that “young Pakistani” Sullivan fantasized about is thinking now. As we analyzed in 2008:
“Again and again the Hopium addled live outside reality when they think that the great issues are a matter of personality. Americans are divided and many around the world hate America because of our interests and beliefs, not our personalities nor the personalities of our leaders. [snip]
Frank Rich will eventually be forced to express the reality of Obama as we have so accurately described it. Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry sold Obama’s “black face” as the great hope. Opposition governments and terrorists HOPING for our demise will not be disuaded by a black face in the White House.“
Sullivan and his ilk who supported Barack Obama should not have been listened to. Sullivan does not address his foolishness in supporting Obama then. But as unaccountable as Sullivan is, MoveOn is even worse – Stalinist worse, erase history bad:
“When Gen. David Petraeus testified before Congress in September 2007, MoveOn.org ran a New York Times ad accusing him of “cooking the books for the White House” about the U.S. troop surge in Iraq and labeled him “General Betray Us.” The ad could be found on MoveOn’s website until Wednesday of this week when it quietly came down and all references to it were scrubbed.
Why was the advocacy group willing to forcefully criticize a top general when President George W. Bush was commander-in-chief, yet is now silent now that President Barack Obama is in office? Is there a double standard at play or has MoveOn.org had a sincere change of heart about the abilities of Gen. Petraeus and the merits of military strategies employed in Afghanistan and Iraq?”
And what of the gusher of words from Obama on Guantanamo? This is what we wrote in Obama Is The Third Bush Term, Part II – Guantanamo:
“The latest Obama flim-flam took place on ABC’s This Week. The campaign promise to close Guantanamo within 100 days is now a broken promise. Obama says he has just now discovered that closing Guantanamo is “complex”. The truth of course is that nothing has changed on the issue of Guantanamo, there are no new facts on Guantanamo.[snip]
Obama is simply lying, again. The Guantanamo prison and the issues surrounding it have been well known and yes, complex. But there is nothing new on the Guantanamo issue. What is new is Obama is flim-flamming again and Big Media is protecting Obama, again. “
Obama made a lot of empty promises and the gullible and the Hopium guzzling lit incense. Remember what Obama said about the absolute need to close Guantanamo?
“The president said he was issuing the order to close the facility in order to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism.”
Obama’s own personal Hopium den stated closing Guantanamo was necessary. This is what Obama said then:
“Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center: Guantanamo has become a recruiting tool for our enemies. The legal framework behind Guantanamo has failed completely, resulting in only one conviction.[snip] The first step to reclaiming America’s standing in the world has to be closing this facility. As president, Barack Obama will close the detention facility at Guantanamo. He will reject the Military Commissions Act, which allowed the U.S. to circumvent the Geneva Convention in the handling of detainees. He will develop a fair and thorough process based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice to distinguish between those prisoners who should be prosecuted for their crimes, those who can’t be prosecuted but who can be held in a manner consistent with the laws of war, and those who should be released or transferred to their home countries.”
What happened to all that? What happened after the gusher of words when Obama signed an order to close Guantanamo? Here is the latest (Big Media excuses for Obama included):
“Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.
When the White House acknowledged last year that it would miss Mr. Obama’s initial January 2010 deadline for shutting the prison, it also declared that the detainees would eventually be moved to one in Illinois. But impediments to that plan have mounted in Congress, and the administration is doing little to overcome them.
The administration argues that Guantánamo is a symbol in the Muslim world of past detainee abuses, citing military views that its continued operation helps terrorists.[snip]
“The president can’t just wave a magic wand to say that Gitmo will be closed,” said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking on a sensitive issue.”
Obama promised to close Guantanamo but now that nothing has changed in the level of complexity when he made the promise, Obama has bailed on the promise. Perhaps he is too busy golfing and healing the planet with his soothing words.
Senator Levin of Michigan, an Obama ally says: “They are not really putting their shoulder to the wheel on this issue.” “It’s pretty dormant in terms of their public positions.”
Guantanamo is still open and Obama Hopium Guzzlers are playing apology bingo.
“My initial sense is, honestly, I wasn’t sure he had it in him.”
Marshall who typically thought the decision was typically brilliant of his hero God did not think Obama “had it in him.” Marshall later tried to explain what he meant but failed. Clearly, Marshall’s first impression was that Obama does not have “the stuff” to do what needs to be done.
Many thought Obama would not fire McChrystal because Obama, the bower in chief to foreign potentates and domestic lobbyists and special interests of his special friends, lacks leadership. So what explains the McChrystal firing? The same “reasoning” that motivated Obama to get rid of McChrystal is the same “reasoning” that prompted Obama to throw Jeremiah Wright under the bus (to join his own grandmother and in loco parentis): his ego.
What prompted Obama to whine himself away from “God Damn America” Jeremiah Wright (Wright is back in the news this time attacking “Jews” and Whitey)? Wright, like McChrystal’s aides, insulted Obama:
“What triggered Obama’s twisted reenactment yesterday of Oedipus Rex? Was Obama’s proxy patricide due to something newly outrageous uttered by “Pastor” Wright? No. Obama’s explained the scolding of his “Pastor” of 20 years by stating “And what I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciation of his remarks was somehow political posturing.” Obama further whimpered, I don’t think that he showed much concern for me. “
It wasn’t “God Damn America” that caused the rupture between Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama. It was Jeremiah Wright telling the truth about Obama’s (as Michelle Obama has said) “selfishness and careerism“. When McChrystal and his aides insulted Obama, we should have all known that Obama would bristle and McChrystal would join the under the bus brigades.
In this health survey of the Hopium Left we cannot forget to stick our thermometer into the recta of the “creative class” at NothingLeft. Lately, Big Boy Blogs like NothingLeft have had nothing to say about the boobery of Obama’s Katrina and the great gusher of oil killing the Gulf coast. The “creative class” at NothingLeft has been busy monitoring the distraction of the so called financial regulation reforms and cheering themselves about nothing left in the proposed legislation:
“The short version is that reformers won some and lost some. But however you feel on the upbeat/downbeat scale, the fact that we won anything is pretty remarkable at all, and should not dismissed by the cynics. The fact is that American democracy is in pretty rough shape: big corporations generally run this town. Watching the Wall Street lobbyists and PR gurus and PAC money roll through DC the past few weeks took my breath away, and I’m a cynical old insider with two decades here. Our side was outspent 500 to 1. The big banks had 2000 of the best-paid lobbyists in the city; our side had a few policy wonks cobbled together from various underfunded public interest groups. Their side had the biggest PR killers in the country; our side had a few intrepid bloggers. Their side had PAC dollars flowing like the Mississippi River; ours had a modest amount of labor dollars and a few $25 netroots contributors. On a few issues, like the swipe fee thing, our side had some business allies; on most issues, and the entire bill overall, the big bankers talked the Chamber of Commerce and many other business interests into helping do their dirty work for them.
So, yeah, I’m bummed that we lost some big things to this Mordor’s army of Wall Street lobbyists, and I know this bill goes nowhere far enough. But my hat is off to the people in this progressive movement who fought their hearts out to win some important victories. The outgunned reformers fought the good fight against the most powerful industry seen in this nation at least since the days of the robber barons, and you won some things that mattered. This bill, assuming it doesn’t yet get derailed, is just one step forward on the path to a saner financial system, but it’s been worth doing.”
Nothing left at NothingLeft. A comment to the above captured the reality:
“I’m afraid Mike contradicts himself here. [snip]
…the bill will not fundamentally restructure or reform the way Wall Street does business.
This is very true. Financial stocks were up 1.69% today, compared to the rest of the S&P at .22% up. This bill doesn’t really change all that much, which is why the banksters are so very happy with this outcome.”
To borrow from Kris Kristofferson, ‘when you got NothingLeft, you got NothingLeft to lose.’ And we won’t go into Biden’s latest truth telling gaffe “there’s no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.”
While the Hopium left continues to debase itself with slight breaks in the Obama fever, only to be followed by relapses, the American people are beginning to catch on to Obama bailing out on doing his job:
“His love of the game is clear from his willingness to play over successive weekends, even in sweltering heat.
But he has come under criticism from Republicans — and some in the media — for playing the country-club sport while millions of gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama has played at least seven times since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, according to a compilation of media reports. He has reportedly golfed a total of 39 times since his inauguration, though some rounds came during vacations.[snip]
Democrats were more outspoken about commanders in chief who golfed when Republicans controlled the White House, according to presidential historians.[snip]
Former President George W. Bush understood the potential public-relations fallout of playing golf during a time of national crisis. Bush said it would send the “wrong signal” to continue playing golf while American soldiers were fighting and dying in Iraq, and vowed not to.
He said he decided to quit after the bombing of United Nations headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003. But liberal critics shamed him when they found video of him on the green two months after making his promise.
But Bush seemed well aware of the sport’s image during a time of crisis.
“During the BP spill, it may have been wise to avoid a couple rounds here and there,” said Brinkley.
“Every elected official must be mindful of how things that seem a part of everyday life will be looked at differently during times of crisis,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, who ran for president in 2008.”
Even the kids are noticing that while dolphins die, Obama golfs and it’s Day 69 of the Gusher in the Gulf.
The Mess-iah has bailed on the people who elected him. Little wonder.
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.