Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The first 100 days…

I don’t believe the various theories about Obama’s dark plans, closet communism, etc.; the guy barely understands what he is doing yet. Moreover, he has shown such poor judgment in his choice of friends and mentors in the past (and more recently of team members) that I rather think he is manipulated, not the manipulator.

We’ve all known in our school days the shy kid, the insecure boy who tried to hide his shyness but regularly overdid it, upsetting tables, tripping on his shoe laces, laughing too loud, etc. Well, Obama gives me the same impression: prostrating himself to the bedouin king, jumping up to warmly squeeze Chavez hand, hitting the Queen on the back like one of his basketball pals, dismissing Brown as he would have an undersecretary of Okephenokeestan , etc..

His wife, poor thing (I wouldn’t even mention her if she didn’t play “First Lady” all the time), suffers from the opposite problem; awkward and ungainly as she is, she dresses like a clown and walks like a sasquatch, but insists on being in the forefront at all times; no class at all.

If all this explains the exotic first dog, the ridiculous arugula quote, the pathetic snobbery, with the desire to be loved and accepted by the world, it does not explain why an adult politician in Obama’s position would confuse his personal fears – in fact, himself as a person – with the US of A. Going around the world apologizing for real or imagined wrongs America committed won’t make him or the USA more loved or respected; on the contrary, it will only attract ridicule from his colleagues and embolden his and the world enemies (have you ever heard Sarkozy blame Chirac – as much as they hated each other - or Merkel publicly attack Schroeder as Obama continuously does with his predecessor?)

As for the title of this post, I will not go into the details of Obama’s performance during his induction; others have been doing it meticulously. However, I believe it can be summed up as a total disappointment so far; whatever good will was there, it was squandered by rash decisions, superficial or inexistent study of the issues and horrible choices (apart from his vetting team, which alone would merit our tears – think Joe Biden among others – the publication of the secret memos on enhanced interrogation is such a gift to wanna-be jihadists that could have been published by Bin Laden himself if he could have got his hands on them).

A lot of publicity has also been given to Obama’s new wave of  “opening”, “dialog”, “reset” with USA’s foes; just to give you an idea how much this is naïve, misguided and just plain wrong, let me quote Natan Scharansky:

the great brilliant moment [was] when we learned that Ronald Reagan had proclaimed the Soviet Union an Evil Empire before the entire world. There was a long list of all the Western leaders who had lined up to condemn the evil Reagan for daring to call the great Soviet Union an evil empire right next to the front-page story about this dangerous, terrible man who wanted to take the world back to the dark days of the Cold War. This was the moment. It was the brightest, most glorious day. Finally a spade had been called a spade. Finally, Orwell's Newspeak was dead. President Reagan had from that moment made it impossible for anyone in the West to continue closing their eyes to the real nature of the Soviet Union (emphasis mine; h/t: no-pasaran).

In my opinion, the only right thing Obama has done to date has been deciding – although belatedly – for the US not to attend the obscene “Durban II” in Geneva. (I am not sure about his role in the successful sniper attack on the Somali pirates so I cannot give him another point…).

Keep watching.

1 comment:

gtmp said...

Ah, bless your Hawkish little pants.

Give the guy a break, it's tough trying to please the theatre crowd when the act before you was an on-stage rape.

Let's recap these 100 days, shall we? So far, Mr. Obama has lifted the ban on federal funding for stem-cell research, poured resources into clean energy science, announced a tax plan which for better or worse closely matched his campaign promises, and has generated a not-insignificant amount of international good will towards the much reviled US of A.

So, his 'great gift to the jihadists' was to reveal the truth about his predecessor's abuses? If you are to start with a clean house you have to clean the floor first. You shouldn't be blaming the poor guy for sweeping up, but rather blame the guy before him for taking a shit on the carpet in the first place.

Bush's Stalinist policy of 'abuse, deny, and deny' no longer stands. If Obama had preached openness and transparency without also owning up to the past administration's colossal fuck-ups, the cries of 'hypocrite' would have drowned out any good the poor fellow tried to achieve before he even started.

So what choice does he have? Either try and make things better and pay the short-term price of honesty in the hope of coming across clean, or continue an unsustainable policy of lies and cover-ups in order to try and keep buried the stinking heap of waste left by the previous administration. Neither choice is easy, but the former at least offers a slim prospect of eventually moving forward.

Like I said, it's not easy to go on stage after a public act of gross violence, but starting your routine with the words "You didn't just see that" is not going to make the audience like you better.