P.J. O’Rourke @ The Weekly Standard:
“You’re stupid,” is not something even his most severe critics usually say to President Barack Obama. But on Friday morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, “This war, like all wars, must end.”
That story was at the top of the front page. Immediately below was a photograph of flowers being laid at a makeshift memorial near the Woolwich Royal Arsenal where machine gunner Lee Rigby was hacked to death by terrorists.
This war, like all wars, must end when someone wins it. The president—speaking at the National Defense University, of all places—said, “the core of al Qaeda . . . is on the path to defeat.” And so it may be. But meanwhile, the core of al Qaeda, its aims and its beliefs, is also on the path to Boston and London and any number of other places.
On page 7 of Friday’s Journal was the headline, “Suicide Bombings in Niger Linked to Mali Islamist Group.” On page 9 was a report of terrorist Hezbollah militias aiding the terrorist Assad regime in attacking the rebel-held Syrian city of Qusayr where the rebels themselves are allied with yet more Islamic terrorists. And on pages 4 and 8 were more bad tidings from that perpetrator, abettor, and friend of terrorism, Iran. Iranian fundamentalists, in the chokehold they have on the country’s political system, are improving their grip. And, “according to current and former U.S. officials,” Iran has “escalated a campaign of cyberassaults against U.S. corporations. . . . The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines.”
All that on a slow news day.
In 2001 Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a declaration of war on terrorists and nations that harbor them. In his speech the president said, “I look forward to engaging . . . in efforts to refine and ultimately repeal the AUMF’s mandate.”
I like the president’s use of the word “efforts” here, as though he’s merely trying to be stupid. He doesn’t need to try. Earlier in the week he signed new policy guidance for drone strikes. In the future we will use lethal drones only on terrorists who are a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people” and not on terrorists who are a “significant threat to U.S. interests.” Although, assuming tremendously stupid efforts will be made to tell the two kinds of terrorists apart, maybe I’m wrong about the president not needing to try. The policy guidance also stipulates that there “must be a near certainty” that civilians won’t be killed or injured in a drone strike. Imagine how stupid a WWII Army Air Corps briefing officer would have had to be to say that to his B-17 pilots.
Maybe we pundits don’t tell President Obama, “You’re stupid,” because we are proudly showing off our sensitivity to the negative stereotypes that hurtful language engenders in a way that we didn’t feel was necessary when we were telling Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush, “You’re stupid,” even though actors, WASPs, and Texans are burdened with their fair share of negative lamebrain stereotypes.
No, he’s not stupid. He’s clever, and he (and his handlers) know what he’s doing. On purpose.
What a way for John McLame to celebrate Memorial Day:
Wonder which one of the Islamist terrorist groups he will side with; Hezbollah or Al Qaeda.
I don’t call ASSAD a terrorist, but he is favored by a HESBOLA CHIEK who promiss to help him with his fighters if the need come and other countries take the sides of the REBELS who are now controled by the ALQAEDA groups,
YES ASSAD KILLED A LOT OF PEOPLE, but they where the rebels trying to put him out
with the support of the brotherhood aiming to conquer the whole islam with the blessing of their friends in power naming OBAMA who succeeded on GADAFI LIBYA and EGYPT MUBARACK, helping the revolt ,
he thought with ASSAD it would be so easy because the revolt was expanding but he under estimate ASSAD
who said no I WON”T RESIGN and YOU MIND YOUR BUSINESS, which OBAMA did not like to be rebuff and
kept trying to shout; ASSAD must go to all the leaders of the MIDDLE EAST.
ASSAD never try to take another country by war or any other way, and he still have his loyal people following him, he could have taken the easy way and leave, but he stayed to protect his people
OBAMA had his POSTER burned by ALQAEDA, his face on it and the AMERICAN FLAG burn
ON THIS LAST 9/11,
he disapear even while they killed STEVEN THE AMBASSADOR of LIBYA
plus the 3 braves who denied the order to stand down,
so to help their friends in BENGHASI alone without help.there was another stand down over help.
And Curt gets a visit from the IRS in 3… 2… 1…
Scott in Oklahoma
Just a guess Bees… 🙂
Scott in Oklahoma
is it because of me?