Those mischievous scoundrels at HotAir have tickled our pink funny bone today. Before we state why we are giggling so, let’s examine the difference between the George W. Bush “dead-enders” and the Barack H. Obama “dead-enders”.
The Bush dead-enders agreed with their leader on a great deal of his policy proposals even if they knew he was prone to garbled syntax in his speech and gave the appearance of being non-to-bright in his demeanor. On foreign policy the Bush era dead-enders agreed with much of the neo-con vision even if some prominent voices warned against the adventure in Iraq. The 9/11 attacks further fueled the fires of loyalty. On domestic policy there was more division among the dead-enders but to some considerable degree they supported Bush because his tax cut policy was their core issue. Expansion of health care and the budgetary excesses were excused by them to a large degree because in the end they believed that somehow this would help achieve political victories for the Republican party at the ballot box.
The Obama dead-enders however have no real rationale for continued support of the boob-in-chief. Boiled down to the bone the support of the Obama dead-enders for dear leader comes down to “racism” and “Republicans are worse”. They might celebrate the massive waste of money which was the “stimulus” scam, the “cash for clunkers” debacle, and passage of the health scam, but in none of these cases were the policies viewed as a triumph of Hope versus reality. On Guantanamo, retentions, torture, civil liberties, the Patriot Act, transparency, and “heal the planet” promises Barack Obama has been a total bust for them. The only thing that keeps them going is the abiding necessity to not admit they were wrong. They were stupid when they believed anything Barack Obama said. The Obama dead-enders cannot admit to themselves they were fleeced by a major league flim-flam man. So they yell “racists” and “rotten Republicans” whenever they feel the incense is burning out.
It is on Libya however that the excuse making has reached new lows. These fools could not accept the obvious that if Obama had been in the senate during the Iraq war deliberations he likely would have voted for the authorization of force. The simpletons cradled themselves to sleep thinking that Obama was the “new politics” of openness and that he would never be a “war monger” like that hated figure Hillary Clinton. Now these deceived Hopium addicts make pretzels of themselves trying to support Barack Obama for doing what they were sure he would never do. Reality is a… um… ditch:
“At Townhall, Victor Davis Hanson writes that “In short, Obama has ensured that the exasperated antiwar movement will never be quite the same:”
“By bombing Libya, President Obama accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:
a) War-mongering liberals. Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong” fashion. Apparently liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best and brightest.”
Ouch. Replace “liberals” with “Hopium Addicts” and the paragraph is right on target.
The HotAir article which so tickles us today is “Gallup: Wartime president gets highest rating in years”:
“This makes complete sense. At the beginning of a military mission, the American people usually get behind a strong, decisive leader, regardless of whether they have full confidence in the mission itself. When an American can bend global efforts to our objectives — and especially if the leader can overcome high-ranking resistance to achieve those ends — it almost always plays well in the first blush of conflict and gives confidence of victory.
Too bad this isn’t Barack Obama, huh?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating from Americans is now 66%, up from 61% in July 2010 and her highest rating to date while serving in the Obama administration. The current rating is just one percentage point below her all-time high rating of 67%, from December 1998. …
The latest results are from a March 25-27 Gallup poll conducted while the United States was actively involved in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, a policy Clinton reportedly advocated. The same poll finds Clinton rated more positively than other top administration officials. Obama receives a 54% favorable rating, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 52%, and Vice President Joe Biden, 46%.“
The blokes at HotAir have a warning for Hillary Clinton which is fair and prudent but when examined we are not so sure about. HotAir:
“As Gallup points out, this is Hillary’s highest rating since the impeachment scandal, but she’d better enjoy it while she can. She has gotten credit for pushing Obama to take some kind of leadership role in a military action that was going to happen with or without us (along with two other women in the administration, Samantha Power and Susan Rice). If the fallout from bungling the intelligence on the rebels that Clinton pushed Obama into helping gets too heavy to ignore — especially if it turns out that al-Qaeda is heavily invested in it — Hillary will become the sacrificial lamb, and not without justification.”
As we have repeatedly written we believe American action in Libya is the wise course (and our Egyptian policy was a mess). We also have no doubt that Barack Obama and his “blame the staff” history will attempt to make Hillary the “sacrificial lamb” if the entire enterprise blows up into a big mess.
But will the Obama attempts to make Hillary into a slaughtered lamb succeed, if things go badly and Khadaffy escapes the Libyan Tora Bora?
It is almost an undisputed fact now that the time to act in Libya was when Khadaffy was trapped in Tora Bora, er, the Tripoli barracks. The rebels, were on a roll then and (as we suggested at the time) a “well lobbed Reaganesque cruise missile aimed at the Tripoli barracks when the rebels had the upper hand was the way to go. But Obama dithered….” Hillary made a strong case to get Khadaffy at Tora Bora, er, the Tripoli barracks but Barack Obama was not thinking of barracks. Barack Obama had other things on his mind.
Imagine this conversation:
Barack Obama asks Hillary, ‘Hey, likeable enough Hillary, I’ve finally decided to stop dithering and get some missiles thrown at brother Moammar. I’m going to give the nod and while the missiles are in the air I’ll be on the air as well on my way to Rio to what I am sure will be adoring crowds unlike the bitter clinging mobs in the United States. This trip might help me with Latino voters and I might even get free tickets to the Olympics in Rio now that I bungled the possibility of getting Chicago Olympic tickets. What do you think (although you know that I am the president, commander-in-chief, maximum leader, and healer of the planet and no woman other than muscular Michelle tells me what to do)?’
Hillary Clinton: ‘Well, Barack, don’t worry. I’ll answer the phone when it rings at 3:00 a.m. I have been coordinating attempts to save the world for several years now and as exhausting as the job is, I am up to the task.
I know how stressful it is for you to be on the golf course, in a valiant attempt to become proficient at the game, and face defeat as that little white ball continues to outwit your attempts to get it to do what you want. By the way, maybe you should put Sarah Palin’s picture on the ball and you will be able to hit it with greater force, if not distance or precision. If that doesn’t work put one of those fabulous Michelle fashion icon pictures on the little ball. I also understand that you must be exhausted from the parties and the rallies and the Motown celebrations and the many publicity stunts, er events, that you require.
I know it must deplete your resources and stamina when you have to read all those words off the TelePrompTer. I fully understand how Rio humiliated your last ditch attempts, along with the increasingly hefty Oprah and sourpuss Michelle, and that you need to get closure on that damage to your ego by going to Rio and punishing them, er rewarding them with your presence.
If you want to go to Rio at a time that American women and men are in harm’s way, by all means go. You are responsible for your own actions. I’ll stay on the job.’
There is no question that Barack Obama and his thugs will attempt to blame Hillary. They have been waging war, as we have documented, against Hillary Clinton for years now. “Obama enforcer Tom Donilon” and the attacks on Hillary Clinton Czar Denis McDonough will try to blame Hillary Clinton for every Obama boobery.
The Obama thugs will try to smear Hillary Clinton, but there are all those news stories which refute that narrative. Remember these juicy news items:
“Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up”… “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” … “… it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”
And there is this allegedly humorous remark Obama made at a Journolister meeting:
“I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.
“These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”
From his own lips: Obama sleeping while Hillary Clinton is on the job.
Barack Obama and his thugs will try to tarnish Hillary’s golden glow but it’s going to be tougher a tougher fit than Michelle squeezing into her little daughter’s sweaters. The ‘blame Hillary for Obama boobery’ is a no fly zone.
There’s been another line of attack against Hillary, this time on Syria. Gateway Pundit leads the misguided charge:
“Hillary Clinton: Don’t Mind What I Say, I Don’t Speak For Myself or Administration
On Sunday Hillary Clinton said Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad was a “reformer.” [snip]
Yesterday Hillary Clinton tried to smooth over this ridiculous statement. She told reporters that when she’s interviewed she’s “not speaking either for myself or for the administration.”
In other words… Don’t take her seriously.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – when asked about why we’re involving ourselves in Libya but not Syria – said this about Bashar Assad: “Many of the Members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” For understandable reasons – more about that in a moment– those comments didn’t fly very well. So it was time for a retake.
Yesterday, when asked about her statement at a press conference, Secretary Clinton said, “Well, first, Jay [Solomon], as you rightly pointed out, I referenced opinions of others. That was not speaking either for myself or for the administration.”
As walk backs go, this one was unusually clumsy and obviously untrue. Mrs. Clinton could simply have said her previous comments were wrong and she was revising them. Instead we get a response that no one believes. Of course she was speaking for herself and for the administration; that’s what secretaries of state (as opposed to, say, MSNBC commentators) do.
But what is truly disquieting is what our secretary of state said in the first place. It raises the question: Was she even remotely familiar with Syria’s record under Assad? Just for starters, had she taken the time to read her own State Department’s most recent terrorism report? If she had, she would have found several references to Syria.”
That quote speaks for itself – Hillary was not expressing her own opinion. Hillary was accurately referencing the “opinion of others”. She knows she is surrounded by boobery. A little history via Wiki for those that think this is a smart line of attack against Hillary:
“Hafez al-Assad had been grooming Bashar’s older brother, Basil al-Assad, to be the future president. Bashar studied ophthalmology at Damascus University 1988 and arrived in London in 1992 to continue his studies. He was recalled in 1994 to join the Syrian army after Basil’s death in an automobile accident. [snip]
The accident made Bashar his father’s new heir apparent. When the elder Assad died in 2000, [snip]
Assad stands about 189 cm (6 ft 2 in). He speaks English fluently and also speaks casual conversational French, having studied at the Franco-Arab al-Hurriyah school in Damascus, before going on to medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency training in Tishreen Military Hospital of Damascus and subsequently went on to receive subspecialty training in ophthalmology at the Western Eye Hospital in London. He could not finish his formal training due to the unexpected death of his brother.
Until he became president, Bashar al-Assad was not greatly involved in politics; his only public role was head of the Syrian Computer Society, which introduced the Internet to Syria in 2001. Al-Assad was confirmed as president by an unopposed referendum in 2000. He was expected to take a more liberal approach than his father. In an interview he stated that he saw democracy in Syria as ‘a tool to a better life’ but then argued that it would take time for democracy to come about and that it could not be rushed. Politically and economically, Syrian life has changed only slightly since 2000. Immediately after he took office a reform movement made cautious advances during the Damascus Spring, which led al-Assad to shut down Mezzeh prison and release hundreds of political prisoners.”
Those very selective excerpts are not meant to portray little Assad as a nice guy. Little Assad is a creep of a man just like his father. What those very selective quotes state however is that when Little Assad replaced Old Assad there was a great deal of HOPE (there’s that durn word again) that he would be a reformer. The gullible believed that a change from father to son, particularly a son who had scientific education and lived in the West, would lead to “reforms”. These Assad apologists are as wrong as the Obama dead-enders.
Hillary Clinton is absolutely right that there are quite a few people who believe Assad is a reformer. Barack Obama is one of those fools. This is what we wrote quoting the well sourced Jim Hoagland:
“From the very beginning Obama tried to marginalize Hillary Clinton, appoint special envoys, force Obama cronies onto the State Department, and essentially run foreign policy. Obama displayed the same talent on foreign policy as in domestic policy – namely, both were driven into the ditch. [snip]
Likewise, Syria is now the dominant force in Lebanon. Obama, contrary to the U.S. Senate, an Obama Dimocratic senate at that, proceeded with a “recess appointment” of an ambassador to Damascus – a post vacant since the 2005 Syrian ordered murder of Lebanese Prime Minister al-Hariri. According to Jim Hoagland and diplomatic sources this recess appointment was an absolute surprise to the State Department.
In now Syrian controlled Lebanaon, Al-Hariri’s 2005 death was supposed to be the spark for a revolution by the Lebanese against their Syrian overloads. Now the Syrians have won, the people of Lebanon defeated. An American ambassador in Syria is a reward for the tyrannical regime.
Instead of Hillary style “preconditions” and concessions from Syria in exchange for the return of the American ambassador, Barack Obama conceded the appointment with nothing to show for it.
Foreign policy has been run from the White House by now reassigned Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, David Axelrod, and still active in boobery Mark Lippert (chief of staff National Security council), Hillary nemesis Susan Rice (UN Ambassador), and Denis McDonough (Director National Security Council). It is also Denis McDonough who is the sewage pipe used to attack Hillary Clinton.”
Obama is the one Hillary is talking about. Obama is the boob that believes Assad is a reformer. This is what Hillary Clinton, back in April 2010, stated about Assad:
“Clinton also took on Syria on Thursday night, speaking of “grave dangers of Syria’s transfer of weapons to [Hezbollah],” and warning that such a move by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would “have a profoundly destabilizing effect on the region” and would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution.
U.S. officials this month accused Syria of trying to supply weapons to Hezbollah, a Lebanese political party that the United States has labeled a terrorist organization.
“We do not accept such provocative and destabilizing behavior — and nor should the international community,” Clinton said. “President Assad is making decisions that could mean war or peace for the region.”
“There should be no mistake, either in Damascus or anywhere else: The United States is not re-engaging with Syria as a reward or a concession,” Clinton said, referring to the Obama administration’s plan to appoint an ambassador to Syria.”
Get it guys? Here’s Hoagland:
“Surprised to see the news the other day that the Obama administration is sending an ambassador back to Syria? So were officials in Hillary Clinton’s State Department. They were still hoping to win more movement from Damascus on Middle East issues when President Obama’s decision was leaked.”
Hillary Clinton has to try to save the world and do what is best for America within the confines of Obama’s massive overreaching boobery. At every point in her attempts to save the world, Hillary Clinton’s greatest obstacle is Barack Obama. Remember when Obama got rid of P.J. Crowley as spokesman at the State Department in order to appoint a henchman? We wrote, “Let’s see how Hillary reacts.”
In between saving the world, Hillary has reacted and gotten rid of an Obama thug at the State Department:
“The second-ranking official in the State Department is leaving Foggy Bottom to return to academia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday.
James Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state, will leave the department soon for an academic post at Syracuse University, Clinton said. Bill Burns, the under secretary for political affairs, will be nominated to take his place.
Steinberg has long been said to be unhappy at the department, and thought to be more an ally of President Barack Obama than of Clinton. In a letter announcing his departure, though, Clinton was gracious.”
Steinberg was forced on Hillary Clinton by Barack Obama from the first. Obama wanted a tool in the State Department to do his boobish bidding. Steinberg was that tool. Now that Crowley has been replaced by an Obama tool, Hillary has dispatched the original Obama tool. That’s the way the lady plays.
What do we think should be done in Libya, Syria, Iran. Easy: “maximum punishment with minimum costs.” Employ air power and covert action to destabilize these theocrats and run of the mill dictators who oppress their own people and other countries and encourage terrorism. We don’t believe the United States should arm the “rebels” because we don’t need another mujaheddin blunder. Besides, Egypt is covertly arming the “rebels” already. Under no circumstances should Americans be introduced into a ground war in any of these countries.
What do we think should be done in America? Get rid of the boob!
There’s a blond plucky lady ready to answer the ringing phone.
“Clinton enjoys extraordinary popularity among women, and particularly women 50 and older. She also receives support from a solid majority of independents and 40% of Republicans.
Underscoring that views of Clinton and Obama are not one and the same, Clinton is seen in a favorable light by 45% of those who separately say they disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president. Naturally, she is also viewed favorably by 89% of those who approve of Obama’s job performance.[snip]
With a 66% favorable rating from Americans, Secretary of State Clinton is more popular than the president, more popular than the vice president, and more popular than she, herself, has been for much of her time in the national spotlight since 1993.”
Osama Bin Laden was allowed to escape in Tora Bora. Obama bin Lyin’ has not learned and quite possibly turned a sure removal of Khadaffy into his own Tora Bora.
Hillary Clinton, continues to save the world, and prove to one and all that the Democratic Party made a monumental mistake in 2008.