Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Op-Ed of the Day
Obama's 100-day agenda would be designed, in part, to improve America's global image. But there is something worse than being unpopular in the world -- and that is being a pleading, panting joke. By simultaneously embracing appeasement, protectionism and retreat, President Obama would manage to make Jimmy Carter look like Teddy Roosevelt.Gerson goes on to say that it's highly unlikely that Obama would actually go through with all that he said, i.e., he's not going to sit down unconditionally with Iran, he's not going to pull out of NAFTA, and he certainly isn't going to immediately pull out of Iraq.
and that is being a pleading, panting joke.
Has Obama ever been anything but pitch-perfect in his message? Why would somebody so preternaturally gifted at conveying just the right tone at just the right time end up looking like a "pleading, panting joke?"
By simultaneously embracing appeasement...
Brain-dead slander that you should be embarrassed to quote.
protectionism and retreat,
I'm not sure where protectionism fits in. I'll grant "retreat," although even that is spin. It's not like we're running away from a powerful enemy -- we're just withdrawing from a nightmare of a quagmire with no end in sight.
None of your comments seem to address anything he wrote.
Appeasement- that would be sitting down with the various dictators around the world, unconditionally. As he points out, once you've done that, you've seriously compromised your ability to negotiate.
Protectionism- That would be all the pulling out of NAFTA talk that's been going on. (Though if our Canadian friends are telling the truth, Obama is just doing it for politics, and has no intention of actually following through.
Retreat- Well, that's been covered.
And, given the current state of affairs, do you really think that Iraq is a "nightmare of a quagmire"? (whatever the heck that means)
I think that to achieve anything that could be fairly labeled a success, we'd have to maintain current troop levels for years and years. Possibly decades.
Yes, obamas approach is troubling and naive, but come on, at least show some intelligence or awareness. man must not be too bright