I’m a Brit lover like no other. Next to Israel, I think the Brits are the best friends we could ever have. I love reading their opinions about America because it’s interesting to see how the rest of the world views us. But sometimes they are a little arrogantly off the mark about things over here.
Anna Pukas, in her column from the ExpressUK is just a little off kilter in her assessment of the Obama regime. She makes some good points about the weakness of this regime and then she falls back on the false reporting and propaganda (for instance, about Gitmo) to back up her assertions. She says, for example, the Obama has been “stymied by a hostile Republican led congress.” Can’t she count? He had both houses of Congress for nearly 2 years and now he still has the Senate. And yet, he still couldn’t and can’t get anything done.
She complains about the aggressive cowboy leadership of George W. but laments that Obama has no clear goals and has shown no leadership for the world since he was elected. You can’t have it both ways, Anna. You want America to lead or not? Or is it about the personality of the leader that you object to?
On this point, she is correct and why the American people, as well as the rest of the world, is feeling insecure: What is President Obama doing about anything? The most alarming answer – your guess is as good as mine – is also, frankly, the most accurate one. What the President is not doing is being clear, resolute and pro-active, which is surely a big part of his job description.
It might be easy and fine for Brits to travel by bicycle, train and foot since England is about the size of Alabama and as the United Kingdom, it’s about the size of Oregon. But take a look at a map, Anna. America is 48 more of those states and many are pretty danmed huge. So to lament your that “American love affair with the car and oil remains undiminished despite any alleged commitment. But the White House appears to shy away from any tough action,” is really to misunderstand the size of my nation and traditions of the American people
The energy with which Obama entered the White House seems to have all gone in the push to bring in health care reform, which many Americans didn’t want (or still don’t realise they want). No, Anna, most Americans realise that we don’t want it and that we don’t like it. Period.
But here again is another mostly accurate truism from Pukas:
All of which means that it is starting to look as if Obama and the Democratic Party have but one aim in mind for the rest of this presidential term: to get elected for a second. That means not doing anything that might upset any number of special interest or niche groups, which in effect means not doing very much at all. So, not too many harsh but necessary measures to tackle the financial deficit; no clear direction on where America goes with Afghanistan, even though the war there is going nowhere except from bad to worse.
Puka’s complaints are valid and the same as most Americans share, but most of her examples to bolster those complaints are not.
Yes we can was a noble and powerful mantra which secured for Barack Obama the leadership of the free world.
“Hope and change” and “Yes we can” are not clear or meaningful slogans, let alone “noble and powerful.” All they do is incite emotion. Yes we can what? Elect an inexperienced, naive, amateur president? We sure did that.
Now, “Drill Baby Drill” – there was a clear, concise message.
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This WikiLeaks guy has announced that he will be releasing 15,000 more Pentagon secret documents.
photo from the NYT
Last week in the NYT, Ginger Thompson wrote what was a predictable and pathetic story on PFC BradleyManning (the “alleged” document leaker) and what a terrible life he had before he started leaking classified documents to his online pals.
He spent part of his childhood with his father in the arid plains of central Oklahoma, where classmates made fun of him for being a geek. He spent another part with his mother in a small, remote corner of southwest Wales, where classmates made fun of him for being gay.
According to Thompson, Manning was so “desperate for acceptance” that he did what is unthinkable to our men and women in uniform: he gave away secrets that he was entrusted with – secrets that could very well endanger the lives of his comrades and those who are assisting us.
“I’ve been isolated so long,” Private Manning wrote in May [to an friend online.]
Survival was something Private Manning began learning as a young child in Crescent. His father, Brian Manning, was also a soldier and spent a lot of time away from home, former neighbors recalled. His mother, Susan Manning, struggled to cope with the culture shock of having moved to the United States from her native Wales, the neighbors said.
We are supposed to feel sorry fot this guy? He got bullied as a kid. Didn’t all of us at some point in time? He came from a broken home. Haven’t many Americans also? What did he do? Join the military. How stupid is that to do as a gay man? Like he would not be more isolated or like he wouldn’t be treated as bad or worse than he was in high school. I mean seriously, if you were a gay high school student who felt isolated and bullied, would joining the military be top on your list of career choices?
So he’s getting back at everyone who abused and mistreated him and he has valid reasons to do so – according to Thompson. We just need to understand him and accept that he had a horrible life (mostly at the hands of homophobes) that inevitably led him to treason.
Hey wait! then it’s all our fault! Manning cannot be held responsible for this treason. The American people and the military are responsible for creating this creature and the circumstances that led to the release of all these dangerous documents.
Doesn’t this all sound a lot like Oliver Stone and his attempts to put “Hitler in context”? Or like Imam Rauf who said that Osama Bin Laden was “American made”? The left is hell bent on blaming the American people for the atrocities of the insane.
I accept no blame for these monsters and I won’t be accountable for their horrendous acts. I have no sympathy and no mercy for this PFC and I make no apologies for it. He needs a quick trial and a quicker hanging. He’s a traitor to his nation. I felt the same way about Timothy McVay. There can be no tolerance for this in a time when information is almost impossible to keep secret.
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A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of voters nationwide believe the United States is the last best hope of mankind. Twenty-six percent (26%) disagree, and 24% are not sure. from Rasmussen Reports
We have our work cut out for ourselves. These are pathetic statistics. Only 51% of Americans believe that we are the last best hope and 24% aren’t sure? I write off the other 26% – they are inherent morons with no hope, whatsoever. But we have to win over those 24% who don’t seem to have an opinion.
There is no place better than the United States. I guess 26% just aren’t smart enough to figure that out and no amount of talking will educate them. We need to infiltrate our schools and teach our children what the schools are not: The American dream is hands down more than anything anywhere has to offer.
I think we should all consider running for our local school boards.
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