Tag Archives: Red Line

Ineptitude at the Top

Notice the thread running through these episodes. In each one, Obama and his administration sought one thing and got another. They produced unintended consequences. In domestic policy, this would merely be unfortunate. In carrying out national security policy, unintended consequences are dangerous at best, catastrophic at worst...

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The Unserious President

“There’s no use trying,” Alice told the White Queen. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

We can only envy Alice. She lived in a wonderland where the impossible things she was asked to believe numbered only six. In our Washington wonderland, Barack Obama asks us to believe more impossible things than Alice could have dreamed of...

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The Bed Barack Obama and John Kerry Made

Say what you will about the prospect of a U.S. strike on Syria, it has already performed one useful service: exposing the low dishonesty, the partisan opportunism, the intellectual flabbiness, the two-bit histrionics and the dumb hysteria that was the standard Democratic attack on the Bush administration's diplomatic handling of the war in Iraq.

In politics as in life, you lie in the bed you make. The president and his secretary of state are now lying in theirs. So are we...

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The Consequences of Obama’s Likely Loss on Syria

One effect will be to punish Obama for once leading the anti-war movement as U.S. troops were fighting difficult battles in Iraq. After all, Congress will merely be holding him to the standard he set for his predecessor--that the U.S. should not defy the UN or the international community, and that the president should not order an attack absent"an actual or imminent threat." It is only just that Obama be hoisted by his own petard...

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“Red Line” Politics and the “Blame Bush” Strategy

Obama-friendly media and further Blame Bush Democratic strategists have amped up the volume in what can only be seen as a desperate and dangerously cynical attempt to help the president save political face. But to suggest that the nation and Congress might not back Obama simply because former President Bush defended U.S. interests by successfully fulfilling the long-held U.S. policy of regime change in Iraq, which was also our nation’s policy under former President Clinton, is a deadly game...

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