I think I need to sit down….

June 18, 2008

A columnist for the UK’s very left-wing Guardian newspaper has said the world has been made a safer place … by George W. Bush:

Jimmy Carter was cheered when he visited Newcastle with Jim Callaghan. Bill Clinton was lauded in Northern Ireland. But it is more usual, at least with more consequential holders of the office, for American presidents to be told by European demonstrators to go home.

The postwar history of our continent would be different and less benign if the United States had heeded that message. His office, and the system of collective security from which we benefit, would be justification enough to welcome President Bush’s visit to London this week. But there is an additional reason peculiar to the Bush presidency. For all Bush’s verbal infelicity, diplomatic brusqueness, negligence in planning for post-Saddam Iraq, and insouciance regarding standards of due process when prosecuting the war on terror, the world is a safer place for the influence he has exercised.

The writer can’t resist a few cheap and inaccurate digs at Bush (probably lingering BDS symptoms), but, still, this an eyebrow-raising admission.

(hat tip: Contentions)


Worth watching

June 18, 2008

Three excerpts from a Washington Post “Primetime Politics” interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

 

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And Eeyore for Attorney General?

June 18, 2008

I had to read this twice to make sure I hadn’t somehow wandered to The Onion:

Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy

Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.

Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”

(…)

Mr Danzig spelt out the need to change by reading a paragraph from chapter one of the children’s classic, which says: “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs. But sometimes he thinks there really is another way if only he could stop bumping a minute and think about it.”

Well, at least we now know the makeup of the Obama Cabinet:

I, for one, am hoping Piglet is Press Secretary.

The article goes on to say that Obama’s likely foreign policy is popular with governments in Europe. Of course it is: they’ve spent the last 20 years disarming and now all they can do is suggest everyone sit down over bread, honey, and tea, and have a good chat so that all that troubles us will go away. As pointed out in a very good book, the EU is living in a Kantian post-historical dreamworld that leaves them ill-equipped to deal with the reality of a very dangerous world.

And Obama and his NSA-to-be want us to go down the same path with their “Hundred Acre Wood Grand Strategy.”

On the 15th, Christopher Robbin Barack Obama insisted we could go back to a pre-9/11, law-enforcement model of dealing with terrorism, a method we know has failed. While most of us didn’t recognize that failure prior to 9/11, it’s as plain as day in the aftermath, and yet Obama contends that’s the correct way to handle the problem. He also defends the wretched Supreme Court decision in Boumediene, while his ally John Kerry seemed to say that Osama himself would have habeas corpus rights.

Did the Democrats take the wrong exit on the way to reality?

I love fantasy literature, but I prefer my presidents and their key advisors to take their cues from serious works written by educated adults, not the “Cat in the Hat Guide to Foreign Affairs.”

LINKS: Weekly Standard, Contentions, LGF.

Edit: Fixing old broken stuff, 8/8/2013

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