Posts Tagged ‘ Executive ’

Well, Mr. President, you can stop looking

May 27 2010 WASHINGTON - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference at the East Room of the White House May 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama announced an extension on the moratorium for deepwater oil drilling for six months. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  Content © 2010 Getty Images All rights reserved.I called it.  On May 6th I predicted the Obama administration would use the Gulf disaster to shut down domestic off-shore drilling.  As sure as the sun rose this morning Obama shut down all off-shore drilling.  Making America even more dependent on foreign oil, specifically, Middle Eastern oil.  (Funny how nearly everything this administration does somehow works in the favor of our enemies, while doing harm either to us or our traditional allies.)

The President is looking to kick some ass

Yesterday I listened as the news replayed a sound bite from the President.  Seated comfortably before NBC’s Matt Lauer, President Obama tried to screw up his best indignant tone as he remarked, “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick.” Now I’m not going to harp on how presidential or not his language was.  It’s not germane to my point.  Rather I’d like to make my own observation. Continue reading

The Reluctant President

“…whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”

It was a remark casually tossed into a Q&A session at the close of the two-day nuclear security summit in Washington, D.C.  The President was responding to a question about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when he whined, “It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them.”

Initially, the mainstream news barely noticed until conservative bloggers began criticizing the remark.  The New York Times mentioned the quote in an analysis of Obama’s foreign policy that basically brushed aside previous blunders as a normal part of the learning curve.  FoxNews had several articles on the quote but they tended to simply chronicle the reactions of Senator McCain or pundits.  I heard the remark last night and caught Karl Rove’s respond on some talk radio interview I randomly caught while surfing the radio.

I’m not blogging about this because I merely wish to jump on the right-wing hate-obama-express, but rather because I have a different interpretation.  Are Conservatives who say Obama feels burdened by America’s position as a superpower accurately gauging the President’s remarks or is the NYT’s closer to reality when they portray the remarks as “realpolitik.”  I like to think of myself as a realist in life, work, and politics so when Peter Baker employed that word I had a reaction.

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Conspiracies, Terrorists, and Nutjobs

Any good conspiracy should be plausible, but the same is not true of a conspiracy theory. Conspiracy theories can be as off-the-wall as the Truthers or Birthers, meaning the motives and execution of the “conspiracy” doesn’t have to be plausible. However, any real conspiracy should have plausible motives, method, execution, and objectives. As a thinking person I have to weigh conspiracy theories on these factors and if they don’t add up I must examine the timing and the motives of those promoting such conspiracy theories as well as the group accused of hatching the conspiracy. Continue reading

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