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Jewish World Review
Dec. 30, 2009/ 13 Teves 5770
A Day Off
One of my rules for writing is to present criticism in such a way that it avoids becoming the kind of outright rants that separate thoughtful columnists from angry bloggers. I not a big fan of personal attacks either. When I whack someone, it has to do with what they do or say, not who they are. On the other hand, since everyone gets a "day off" once in a while, here are some personal observations admittedly less "measured:"
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is as dumb as a dipstick. The airline security system "worked," one day later it "failed" and the first comment was "taken out of context?" Sorry, Janet. The only failing here are the nerve synapses delivering common sense messages to your brain. That this woman still has her job--much less was hired in the first place--is astounding.
Barack Obama is a inveterate slacker. For three days, the entire world knew two things: a Muslim terrorist (politically incorrect, but highly accurate description intended) tried to blow up a jetliner, and Iranian dissidents were getting slaughtered by the same corrupt regime that sponsors worldwide terrorism. For three days, the Slacker-in-Chief said absolutely nothing about either subject. Comatose liberals consider this "thoughtful diplomacy." Baloney. A searing combination of laziness, (over a hundred "present votes as an Illinois legislator) an infatuation with Islamic apologism, (a world tour of mea culpas and Muslim "outreach") and radical ideology (we don't "meddle" with totalitarian thugs) means saying something that isn't completely pre-calibrated for political correctness is impossible. That it took three days to come up with statements is an indication of the mental gymnastics required to reconcile this odious trifecta.
We will not get serious about defeating Islamo-facism until thousands more Americans die. We already know 3,000 people slaughtered on 9/11 was an insufficient number to engender a permanent change in the political mindset of the American left. We've been told countless times by al Qaeda that they want to destroy America, and a number of plots have been thwarted. But we're engaged in an "overseas contingency operation?" Has there ever been a time in the annals of modern warfare when we knew where the enemy was, had the capacity to inflict a serious, if not mortal, blow to their chain of command--and allowed a bunch of Defense Dept. lawyers to hamstring our military to the point of impotency? No one likes "collateral damage," but given the choice between "collateral Americans" and everyone else, everyone else gets the nod--with extreme prejudice.
We have no genuine allies in the Middle East, except for Israel. Everyone else is playing both ends against the middle, and an old Arabic saying says it all: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. As long as we are the "stronger horse" we have "friends"--the same friends who would spit on America's grave if we end up on the short end of the war against Islamic terror (once again, politically incorrect, but highly accurate). And spare me the never-ending "peace process." Until the Palestinians get beyond the idea that "diplomacy" equals the annihilation of Israel, it's all a giant load of b.s.
If there were ever a group of my fellow Americans I'd love to kick in their collective butts, radical environmentalists top the list. If it were up to them--and it might be, if our comatose Congress can't recognize an end run around them when they see one--Americans will be permanently beholden to foreign oil, chasing wind and solar chimeras, and watching the rest of the world use nuclear power while we sit with our thumbs up our you-know-whats. And that's before these jackboots stick the cap-and-trade shiv into the American economy. There isn't a country in the entire world that has solved the "fossil fuel problem," and while it's an admirable effort to try, reality still bites. And here's the real chafer: in a sane country, the aforementioned war on terror would engender a Manhattan Project-style attempt to become as energy independent as possible. It's incomprehensible to me that radical environmentalism isn't seen for what it truly is: a serious threat to America's national security.
Nancy Pelosi's promise to end the "culture of corruption" in Congress and Barack Obama's promise to run the "most transparent administration in history" were unadulterated lies. An ominous thought: both of them might actually believe they're doing just that, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Such a profound disconnect from reality is making Americans furious. It ought to scare the hell of out them.
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