Quote of the week:
“And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us: I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation. They do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.”
Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusets
Once Barack Obama had what was described as “cool”. Now that “cool” is called “aloof”, as he concedes:
BARACK Obama has admitted to losing touch with the American people in his first year as President…
Once your trademark become your liability, you’re in deep, deep strife – especially when that trait is as fundamental as your personality.
That caps off a truly disastrous first year. Obama’s ratings have been in free fall. His health care bill looks doomed after nine months of gestation. The deals done for votes for that bill look like the greasiest kind of corruption and pork-barrelling. Meanwhile, unemployment actually went up after Obama’s “rescue” package. The US is now drowning in debt. Moreover, Obama’s bizarre decision to offer al Qaida’s No. 3 man a civilian trial in New York made him look weak on terrorism. Guantanamo Bay is still not closed. Not surprisingly, Obama’s Republicans have since lost the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia. They’ve now lost Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Obama’s famous outreach to the world has been snubbed by Russia and China. He was humiliated by the International Olympic Committee when he personally campaigned to get the Olympics for Chicago. He was rebuffed again at the Copenhagen summit. His plan to rid the world of nuclear weapons went nowhere. Nuclear-arming Iran refuses to take his threats seriously.
What more could go wrong? The Financial Times has a little list.
Obama, like Kevin Rudd, has a deadly habit of making a high-soaring promise without conceding or even contemplating the difficulties in executing it. The thrill of the headlines of the fierce and urgent now count for far more to these men of cheap symbols than the slow caution of considering the consequences. Latest example? On Friday, one year to the day that Obama vowed to close Guantanamo within 12 months, we read this:
A Justice Department-led task force has concluded thatÂ nearly 50 of the 196 detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be held indefinitely without trialunder the laws of war, according to Obama administration officials.
Oh, and Guantanamo is still open, of course. Obama’s promise was worthless in both spirit and black-letter fact. The best thing that can be said for his broken promise is “thank goodness”.
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