The revolution in the Egyptian streets is strong and growing stronger. It is doubtful the current government will survive. While we hope that this Egyptian revolution demonstrates Arab and Muslim population are sick and tired of the tyrannies they are oppressed by – and while change is desperately needed in the Arab/Muslim world and therefore the revolutionaries should be cheered on – we know that Hope is not a strategy and Change is not always for the best.
There are many lessons to be learned and the United States is not helpless. Lessons to be learned are that the Israel and Palestinian battles are a side show. The nonsense from many that the “settlement issue” is an obstacle to peace and needs to be resolved in order to achieve regional peace is bunk. Obama has been and continues to be wrong on the “settlement issue” as well as the entire Palestinian issue.
The United States is not helpless, but as we say, “if you elect a boob, expect boobery”. Thus far Obama has demonstrated he is not fit nor qualified to lead the United States.
We said the same long ago:
“To be an American president means having a world view. Hillary Clinton has a world-view. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama in her insightful “celestial choirs” speech. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama about his foolish “no preconditions, in the first year, anywhere, anytime” meetings with America’s enemies. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama as “naive”. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama did not know or understand how the world works. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama’s world view was not congruent with reality. Hillary Clinton has been proved right.
Today, Leslie Gelb begins a very polite and gentle narrative, saying pretty much that Obama better get a reality based world-view, quickly or we all face continued disaster with a boob in charge. Writes Gelb, “If the president wants to be more than a one-term wonder, he needs to have a vision.”[snip]
A world view is not a set of positions, it is a deep understanding which is in the bones of atavistic history. [snip]
Jimmy Carter was a man conflicted. He wanted to be Pope but settled for president. He reacted to events because he did not have a world-view from the outset which comported with reality. Wanting to be an honest man and a peacemaking leader he instead was forced to react to evil in the world and bumbled and stumbled badly. Iran is a great part of his sad legacy. [snip]
Obama is the problem. Obama is not qualified to be president. It’s like asking a chicken to soar with the eagle. It’s like asking Obama to be Hillary Clinton with her lifetime of experience. It’s like asking Obama to be Hillary Clinton with her lifetime fighting to make the world a better place even if she makes enemies while making things better. [snip]
Obama is the problem. Rahm Emanuel was successful in the Clinton White House because Hillary demoted him when he needed to be demoted, disciplined him when he needed to be disciplined, smacked him on the head when he needed to be smacked. All the Clinton era appointees in the world will not help Obama because the problem is Obama. Obama is not qualified to be president. Obama can’t be trusted by friend nor foe. Obama can’t be trusted.”
The United States is not helpless nor without great power. But that great power requires someone who knows how to wield it. It would not help if Barack Obama had as his top advisors all Republicans. It would not help if Robert Gibbs was not an advisor. It would not help if Barack Obama had all neocons as his top advisors. It would not help if Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich were Obama’s top advisors. It would not help if Henry Kissinger, Albright, Baker, Schultz, McNamara, Dulles were Obama advisors. It does not help that Hillary Clinton is supposed to be a top advisor. THE PROBLEM IS BARACK OBAMA.
None of this is to say that the United States nor the American President is solely to blame for the turmoil in the world generally and in Egypt particularly. There is opportunity in every crisis. But the opportunity has to have as the goal a better and stronger United States. Barack Obama however only looks for opportunity as a vehicle for personal celebrity and applause.
The United States is not the problem. The advisors are not the problem. The problem is Barack Obama. The problem is that the 3:00 a.m. calls continue to ring in the office of a man who is not qualified to respond or is either on vacation or at the golf course.
And that's why, Michelle Obama, people need to wait until they're ready. Barack is so unqualified. On the plus, we're half way through what I hope is his only term. Let's send Jimmy Carter back to Peanutville come November 2014.
I cannot believe my party wasted their chance at not just a real leader but at real leadership. Hillary as president? She'd be a shoe-in for 2014. She wouldn't be struggling for re-election. And she wouldn't need us to hold our tongues. If we thought she was doing something stupid, she's got thick enough skin and enough appreciation for democracy that she'd expect us to say so.
Parks and Recreation. It's back on NBC Thursdays. And it's gotten off to a strong start. I am, of course, eager to see Tammy's return for an episode this year. Leslie and the gang are back at work (as of last week's episode). Ann and April were at each other's throats Tuesday night because Ann kissed Andy last May (remember? she was drunk). They were at each other's throats at the hospital because the city was experiencing a nasty case of the flu and April caught it.
Andy came it at the end and told her he was sorry and he loved her and then kissed her on the forehead and then said that it was gross because she had sweat all over her forehead. Wiping his mouth, he left the room and then April opened her eyes and smiled so she was listening the whole time.
Leslie also had the flu but managed to rally long enough to give an important speech.
Ron and Andy bonded some more. (But this time without Ron's orgasmic groan. Last year, while Andy was shining his shoes, Ron groaned. He had been going back to Andy over and over for yet another shoe shine because it was helping his corns. But when he groaned, it was like he had climaxed and Andy didn't want him as a customer anymore.)
Chris was freaking out because everyone was sick. He got sick and that was good for Ann because she was saying she was afraid he was too perfect. He was anything but perfect in the hospital.
I'm not really into Chris. If he left the show, I'd be okay with it. I like Ben. Chris is played by Rob Lowe. Adam Scott plays Ben. He's in love with Leslie. I like them as a couple.
But Ann deserves so much better than Chris. I liked her with Mark last year (the actor has left the show). I just don't see her with Chris. Sorry.
But it was a very funny episode and you can watch it at Hulu. Check out the Parks and Recreation Hulu page.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):