Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cruising the Web

Bret Stephens looks to Rudyard Kipling, David Hume, and Max Weber to explain the decline of Obama.

Meanwhile, William McGurn wishes that Obama would be a fraction as tough on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac as he's been on BP. Surely they deserve as much disdain and blame for the financial crisis as BP does for the oil spill.

Would waiving the Jones Act matter? Robert Bluey looks at this question.

Richard Cohen fears
that Obama's foreign policy lacks "a theme" or perhaps it's just that Obama "seems to stand foursquare for nothing much." Ouch.

Now that the Times Square would-be bomber admits that he trained in Pakistan and considers himself a "Muslim soldier," can we start to admit that we're at war with a certain strand of Muslim terrorism? Just wondering.

Tim Blair
links to this Reuters story that Parisian police are banning a giant wine and sausages party that was being planned in Paris to protest the closing down of streets on Fridays for Muslims praying. The day chosen for the party was the Friday when England is playing the mostly Muslim Algeria in the World Cup. It is also the 70th anniversary of De Gaulle's speech to his countrymen calling on them to resist the Germans. Seventy years later, they've already surrendered their culture to the fear of violent protests from their Muslim citizens.

Ooh, General McCrystal doesn't sound all that impressed with President Obama or the President's advisers on Afghanistan. The Commander-in-Chief is apparently not pleased. What was the general thinking? No matter his private opinion, he just can't go spouting off with criticizing the President. That's just not done.

David Brooks imagines the last few years as a liberal dream of all that would be necessary to allow the public to see how absolutely awesome liberal solutions for our country are. Except it just hasn't worked out that way. Oh, darn.

Debra Saunders reminds us of the promises that the Democrats made that they would always pass a budget, not like those stinky Republicans. So much for that.

John Hawkins has five reasons why bipartisanship is not the answer.

Frank Fleming of the humor site IMAO has ten reasons to elect Renee Ellmers over Bob Etheridge. Number One: If you ask her if she supports the Obama agenda, her answer is simply a polite,"No.”

This is why presidential commissions can be such a joke. The President has appointed his commission
to look into the prospects for future deep-water drilling and he didn't appoint a single expert on drilling or oil; instead they're all environmental activists already opposed to drilling or former politicians. He's just going to ignore the engineering experts who have already spoken out against his ban.

Anne Applebaum explores how the world has reacted to the vuvuzelas. Apparently, British stores are selling out of them and ordering thousands more. The Chinese are manufacturing them as fast as they can. Soon they'll be ruining every sporting event unless banned.


Pat Patterson said...

Even though I am an Angel's fan I hated the noisemakers that were popular when they won the World Series. I would have no problem if they were banned as well as the vuvuzelas

tfhr said...

With regard to the Times Square bomber: Islam is not monolithic. A good place to start would be to focus efforts to counter the spread of Wahhabism.

Read Mark Steyn's America Alone, for a full appreciation of the challenge and the consequences for failure.

tfhr said...

The comments attributed to General McCrystal and some of his staff boggle, not because of the substance, but for the fact that they were said before a reporter or anyone else not behind closed doors.

Commanders are often frustrated by political leadership but they cannot openly undermine National Command Authority. If these statements were made, and McCrystal's remarks since the disclosure suggest that they are, then he will have to be relieved of command.

This is a disaster but we also must get a full accounting of the conditions that created such a climate within McCrystal's command. I would start with a very close look at the current Rules of Engagement in use in Afghanistan. I know that morale has suffered due to the ROE but what I don't know is how much is from McChrystal alone and how much is influenced from higher.

There is much more here than an unprofessional outburst.

tfhr said...

Chinese vuvzelas - what is the world coming to? I wonder when they'll start cranking out burkhas, the other newly created third world "tradition"?

ic said...

Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac & BP

Jamie Gorelick (?) the 911 Commission White Washer is on the Board and a well-paid executive of Fannie and Freddy, she negotiated for BP the $20 billion slush fund.

Same spider, same tangled web. Wonder how much commission she's getting from the deal.

ic said...

General McCrystal does not want to be tarred with a strategy that is designed by the president and his wisemen and wisewomen. He cannot quit and be labeled a quitter. He wants to be relieved of duty.

He will be relieved of duty as soon as the Obama gang could find a general who needs the job badly enough to go down with the sinking ship. How about recalling that would be C-in-C General, the one who ran for his party's nomination and was bested by a Vietnam War "hero" to oversee an ordered evac from the roof of the Embassy?

kent said...

Vuvuzelas are not that "exotic" and if anyone ever cared to ask about you'd find out they are known as stadium horns here.

We had several we won/purchased at the carnival during the Illinois State Fair. That was probably in the 60s.

In the 80s you could buy one and take it in to Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois. They were not terribly popular because you really have to blow hard to make that awful noise correctly. Plus, as students, we found other uses for the funnel shaped horns.

I keep seeing articles about this being some South African only custom when, its really not. Although they have taken their use to a whole new level. The name is kinda fun too.

Pat Patterson said...

I'm trying to figure out if Obama is Gunga Din, Kim or more likely by 2012 Peachey with Daniel Dravot's head in a bag.