October 14, 2009

Barack the Magic Statesman

Hatched by Dafydd

Thank goodness we have such an eloquent spokesman for America's foreign policy! At last, we see the brave new world of hope and change wrought by Barack H. Obama. (And it has such people in it.)

Now that he has, for all practical purposes, taken off the table any military action against Iran -- which all now agree is indeed developing nuclear weapons, along with long- and medium-range ballistic missiles to deliver them anywhere in the world -- Russia is finally coming around to the sort of broad, sweeping sanctions that could produce a meaningful change in Iran's behavior:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned major powers on Wednesday against intimidating Iran and said talk of sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme was "premature".

Via the brilliance of the One and his mind-numbing rhetorical ability, his charm, his willingness to throw the goal of spreading democracy and liberty around the world into the dustbin of Obamunism, and his rejection of American exceptionalism, he has achieved what eluded two previous administrations -- one Republican, one Democratic... clear, specific, harsh, and biting sanctions that can only shake the nuke-loving mullahs to their very cores:

"There is no need to frighten the Iranians," Putin told reporters in Beijing after a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

"We need to look for a compromise. If a compromise is not found, and the discussions end in a fiasco, then we will see."

"And if now, before making any steps (towards holding talks) we start announcing some sanctions, then we won't be creating favourable conditions for them (talks) to end positively. This is why it is premature to talk about this now."

It turns out Obama's choice of Hillary Rodham Clinton Rodham as secretary of state, a.k.a. the Mouth of Obama, was absolutely inspired; she has turned out to be a gem, a diamond. (A diamond who throws the occasional lamp; but you can't expect the superintelligent and supercompetent to abide by rules of decorum written for We the little people.) Her tough, no-nonsense negotiating skills and pleasant, sunny demeanor have blessed the One We Have Been Longing For, leading to a Russia that now listens to America and shows tremendous respect for our needs and desires (and for our top government officials):

Putin, who many diplomats, analysts, and Russian citizens believe is still Russia's paramount leader despite stepping down as president last year, was speaking after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Moscow for two days of talks....

Clinton failed to secure any specific assurances from Russia on Iran during her visit, leaving her open to criticism at home that she had not received anything from Moscow after earlier U.S. concessions on missile defence....

Clinton said she would have liked to have seen Putin but that their agendas did not coincide. Putin left for a trip to the Russian Far East and China before her arrival in Moscow.

She has given him the tool he needs to excavate mountains of ill will left behind by the previous regime, anger, misunderstanding, and hopelessness that soured Russia on working hand in hand with us on sanctions. Now that the dross has been cleared away by change we can believe in, and the Millennium of Revelations has finally commenced, everything is falling into place.

It's no wonder that the One received the Nobel Peace Prize -- it was perhaps the most justly earned such award ever! (Only those given to Woodrow Wilson, Le Duc Tho, Yassir Arafat, Jimmy Carter, and Al Gore are even in the running.)

The world (outside the United States) loves him unconditionally, just as they loved the greatest figures of American history, from Michael Jackson to Mickey Mouse. What a change from the ogre we used to have, who the rest of the world merely feared and respected:

On the contentious issue of missile defence, which has divided Russia and the United States in the past, Putin said he hoped the United States would not renege on its promise to scrap plans for an anti-missile system in central Europe....

Putin said however Moscow "feels no euphoria" about Bush's successor Barack Obama's promise to roll back the shield plans.

"We treated this decision with reserve, calmly," he said. "In any case, the country's leadership accepted it with understanding and gratitude. We believe this was Obama's right and courageous decision."

I can only feel profound gratitude that so many conservatives and Republicans were big-hearted enough in 2008 either to vote for Barack Obama directly, or at least to throw away their vote by pulling the lever for Babar or writing in Ron Paul. If it hadn't been for them, who knows? We might have been deprived of the most transformative figure in all of American history.

Bless you, Christopher Buckley and Colin Powell! We could never have accomplished all this without your help.

Cross-posted to Hot Air's rogues' gallery...

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, October 14, 2009, at the time of 1:18 PM

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The following hissed in response by: MrDamage

I don't think it's enough just to keep voting Republican over and over again when all you get is RINO candidates and a refusal to cut spending anywhere in the previous administration. Frankly, that lever in the polling booth is the only club that grassroots republicans have to use as a clue stick for the party leadership.

And, yeah, Obama turned out to be an even bigger wastrel when it comes to budget deficits than G W Bush. But seriously, how could anyone have predicted that?

I'm not a Bush hater by any stretch of the imagination (those who know me best just died from paroxyms of laughter at that one) and I recognize that much of his budget impotence stems from Democrat control of other branches of government but it would have been nice not to have to try to defend the previous Republican administration as not nearly as bad as Obama. Talk about setting your sights low.

The Republican party needed a good spanking at the polls. Desperately. It's a pity that it turned out so badly for the US, but continuing down the road of voting either for Democrats or democRat lite would be far worse. While America may have deserved a Republican president, the Republican nominee did not deserve to be the president of the US. Nor did the party deserve to be the party holding that office.

The above hissed in response by: MrDamage [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 15, 2009 1:28 AM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh


A man had a very disobedient young son who was always mouthing off. Then one day, the son fell ill; he got worse and worse until all feared he was close to losing the fight.

Then his father went to visit him -- but he couldn't forget what a bad little boy he had been, and he spent the entire visit castigating him for his ill behavior.

In the course of the conversation, the boy grew angry; and when he grew angry, he naturally turned disrespectful, as was his wont. The father decided he couldn't take such an insult to his majesty... so he rolled the boy over on his deathbed and walloped the tar out of him.

At the end of the thrashing, he realized that his son was dead. "It's sad," he noted to himself, since nobody else was listening, "but you heard the way he spoke to me... my hands were tied; he needed a lesson -- a good hard lesson. What else could I have done?"

Then he was alone. But he had his pride to comfort him.


The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 15, 2009 12:13 PM

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