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My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.
|Having divorced myself from the day-to-day snark that is so prevalent in the 'sphere, I try to keep an eye on patterns and the big picture.|
(Like how I make that sound like it was part of some plan? Really, that's all I can do because I'm just too tired to keep blogging at 2 in the morning all the time! But I digress . . .)
And the big picture is not pretty. Let me just enter a few things into evidence.
--Afghanistan is in a shambles, and the Theater CinC wants more troops, but the President doesn't want to give them to him.
--The President made a big show of "calling out" our allies at the U.N. this week, asking them to shoulder a greater share of the burden of fixing the world.
--Lest we all forget, Afghanistan went back to Hell in a Handbasket after we followed the liberals' advice and "got our allies to help out"--we started the handover of Afghanistan to NATO in 2003 and completed it in 2006.
--In spite of the election of "The One" and the loud show of supplication to our past offendees, there are still, apparently, people who want to hurt us.
--Doesn't the presence of one terror cell, no matter how isolated Najibullah may have been, typically indicate the presence of others?
--Iran has another facility (mon Deiu!), and Israel seems a bit impatient with the rest of the world over its fecklessness.
--The President seems to have chosen sides in this hemisphere, siding with the friends of Hugo Chavez and the Castro Brothers . . . a list that also includes Putin, Ahmedinijad and China and other unsavories.
--The Economy is still not great, with everybody seeming to be of the belief that 1 out of every 10 Americans will be unemployed soon, and perhaps for a while.
--There is every indication that Health Care Reform is going to get shoved down our throats, in some cases without us even being able to read the bill.
Does that seem like an awful lot going on at one time? It does to me. It makes me wonder what's going on behind all the smoke and noise.
But worse: what happens if the "next thing" does happen? What happens if Israel acts in its own best interest? How does Iran retaliate? Does it stay confined to the Middle East, or does Iran use its platform in South America to spread the fun? And what of other cells in North America and elsewhere? And what effect does that have on the already fragile U.S. economy?
And at what point do China and Russia get involved by calling in all the debt they own?
And doesn't that make for a great "crisis" to enact "fundamental transformations"?
For a while there, I was starting to understand Pres. Obama in a Chamberlain-like role--I was just hoping that we would find a Chuchill to lead us out. Now, I don't think that's quite right.
More like Romulus Augustulus, I fear. The big question is who plays Odoacer. Let's see, do we know any Eastern Europeans who despise America ?. . .