From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:
Well, this is small consolation now, but it looks like Mitt Romney was right when he talked about Russia being a foe of the US, among other things. For speaking the truth he was mocked and belittled by Democrats and the media. He’s not looking so silly now.
More at the link. Don’t forget: Governor Romney said that if President Obama was re-elected, Iran would get the bomb. I wonder if he’ll be proven right on that one, too.
National Review sees it, too:
As we await Congress’s decision on authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria, Democrats are suddenly realizing that their foreign-policy brain-trust completely misjudged the world.
Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no “international community” ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be.
You can pin this on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, but most of all, the buck stops with the president. Those of us who scoffed a bit at a state senator ascending to the presidency within four years on a wave of media hype and adoration are not quite so shocked by this current mess. We never bought into this notion that getting greater cooperation from our allies, and less hostility from our enemies, was just a matter of giving this crew the wheel and letting them practice, as Hillary Clinton arrogantly declared it, “smart power.” (These people can’t even label a foreign-policy approach without reminding us of how highly they think of themselves.) They looked out at the world at the end of the Bush years, and didn’t see tough decisions, unsolvable problems, unstable institutions, restless populations, technology enabling the impulse to destabilize existing institutions, evil men hungry for more power, and difficult trade-offs. No, our problems and challengers were just a matter of the previous hands running U.S. foreign policy not being smart enough.
More at the link. But the President’s “smart power” propaganda was just excellently served up, and even got him the Nobel Peace Prize, before he’d done anything at all, just for showing up and not being George Bush. Of course, when people feel the need to tel you how smart they are, chances are pretty good that they have underestimated your powers of perception and their level of intelligence. Sure in their erudition and laden with advanced degrees, they were The Best and the Brightest some 48 years later. The minds that conceived “Rolling Thunder,” basing their estimations of how the Vietnamese Communists would respond on their own Western egocentrism, never guessing that men reared in a completely different culture might respond differently, have been succeeded by the next generation, people thinking that if we replaced the evil white George Bush with a biracial, not-very-Christian, Islamic named President and hit Hillary Clinton’s famous reset button, why all of the people who hated us when Mr Bush was President would see the love and respect we had for them and their views, and they would respond with cooperation and respect themselves.
They were so smart that they believed their own propaganda. Since President Bush was the problem, getting rid of Mr Bush and “resetting” all of his polices should make everything just hunky-dory. The fact that the Muslims didn’t like us any better when Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were in the Oval Office didn’t seem to enter their calculations, nor did the idea that sending a female Secretary of State to negotiate with male rulers from cultures which view women as second-class citizens or assigning an ambassador who was speculated to be homosexual a male of minority sexual orientation1 to represent the United States to a culture which views homosexuality as sinful and degrading might not be all that effective.
“Communicate to people”? Yeah, ok. We all know at this point how it goes when Mr. Baldwin attempts to “communicate” period, let alone “communicate to a broader audience” … and it ain’t pretty. Make no mistake about it: Alec Baldwin is being brought on by MSNBC for one reason and one reason only – he despises conservatives with an unhealthy passion, and is unapologetic about it.
Your Editor is uncertain how it makes much of a difference. The liberal cheerleading “news” network has gotten so deeply in bed with President Obama that, as Robert Stacey Stacy McCain noted, they’ve become just another propaganda arm for the White House when it comes to the proposed Syrian intervention . . . something with which American liberals disagree.
The esteemed Mr McCain — no, not John McCain; the Other one — who has spent a lot of bandwidth on the Kaitlyn Hunt statutory rape case is now on the case of Chris Renfrow, a now-former Kentucky teacher and atheist,2 who doesn’t regard sex between younger adults and minors, as long as they are somehow “peers,” as a crime. Trouble is, when he was a teacher, he was obligated, under the law, to report such things to law enforcement if he became aware of them, his personal views notwithstanding; just because he thinks that something shouldn’t be a crime doesn’t make it not a crime.
From The Victory Girls:
by KATIE LITTLE on SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
We women in America claim to have a hard life of being discriminated and desecrated as humans, where yes, rape and killings do happen in our society, but it is no where close to the brutality or frequency as it is in Afghanistan and a lot of other third world countries in the Middle East and Africa. Imagine, it is a regular Thursday when a group of Taliban men knock down your door, tie up your husband and drag you out to the street and shoot you to death for no reason other than being an intelligent woman who showed what the life of a woman, who married and lived under the oppression of the Taliban Milita was really about.
Much more at the link.
The Pirate’s Cove finds some humor in a humorless jobs report:
By William Teach September 6, 2013 – 2:26 pm
I was really, really, really hoping this would be part of the White House’s Blamestorming as to yet another “eh” and “blah” jobs report. Alas, no
The adult film industry appears to have made a disappointing August jobs report look even worse. The report shows carnage in the movie business. It lost 22,000 jobs on the month, or nearly 6 percent of its total jobs.
Of course, that was expected to be temporary, due to a temporary shutdown because of an HIV scare, as one actress apparently tested HIV positive.
A bit more at the link, but your Editor suspects that the young lady who tested positive for HIV will now be amongst the ranks of the unemployed, at least until she drops out of the workforce entirely. It might not be all:
"Third Positive HIV Test In Porn Industry Sparks Talk Of An ‘Outbreak’ — Dozens Quarantined | Radar Online" http://t.co/GNOnHjS7F3
— PHILLY SIKH ⚡ (@MR_PUNJABI) September 7, 2013
Perhaps your Editor could continue, or perhaps he could go to bed, considering that he has to arise at 0500 to go to work tomorrow; which shall he do?
- Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi, was rumored to be homosexual. Your Editor does not know if that is true or not, but simply being rumored to be so would be a problem enough in representing the United States to the Muslims. The assignment alone would be seen as an insult. ↩
- The adjective “now-former” applies only to the noun “teacher,” and not to “atheist,” though, now having been laid off, he might be praying for a new job. ↩