It was a very naive, Wilsonian speech

September 23, 2009

As I mentioned in the last post, President Obama spoke before the UN General Assembly today outlining his narcissistic sense of self-importance the parameters of his administration’s foreign policy. The White House has posted the text of the speech. Read it for yourself, and then consider the comments of a man I hope one day to see as Secretary of State, former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton:

I really can’t disagree. This speech was the essence of liberal internationalism, failing to defend America’s interests and instead putting unwarranted faith in international institutions and international law. Combining his recent moves of appeasement toward rivals and enemies from Moscow to Venezuela with his slaps in the face toward allies, this speech is at best a worrisome blueprint for the next three years.

Contrast that with these excerpts of remarks made in a speech in Hong Kong today by former Governor Sarah Palin to an investors conference, and then tell me who has a vision for the future more in tune with America’s character and interests.

(video via Weasel Zippers)

LINKS: The Telegraph on why the UN loves Obama. Power Line: “sophomorically utopian.” Fausta has rounded up a bunch of related links.

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Lying or just ignorant?

September 23, 2009

President Obama read from his teleprompter before the United Nations General Assembly today. As you’d expect from the head of state of a powerful country, his speech contained many important and interesting statements. Some of them may even have dealt with reality. Among those that didn’t, however, was this whopper:

“I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.”

It wouldn’t be an Obama speech without some attempt to make himself look good by misrepresenting the record of his predecessor. The plain fact is that the President’s statement is a lie. Whether born of ignorance or intent, I don’t know, but a lie it is. The truth is the United States in 2005 and 2006, working through the private sector and in ad-hoc partnerships with other nations and under the eeeevvviiillll, Gaea-murdering BushChimpHitler and Darth Cheney regime reduced carbon dioxide emissions without relying on the liberal internationalist statism beloved by the watermelon crowd and their dupes. That is, through pro-growth policies that didn’t require degrading lifestyles or crippling economies, but instead emphasized new technologies and the intelligent exploitation of natural resources.

The Anchoress has the full scoop. Be sure to read her post.

And if I may recommend a good book….

Perhaps I should buy the President a copy.

ADDENDUM: No, I’m not endorsing the idea that CO2 results in global warming climate change. My opinion is unchanged: the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming is incorrect, verging on scientific fraud. My concern here was with the cock-and-bull story the President told.


Mr. Tax-law writing tax-evader

September 23, 2009

A loving tribute to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY):

Congratulations, Charlie! You earned it! Applause Party

(hat tip: Fausta)