Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Obama: The Picture Of Clarity

What a refreshing surprise!  This gem of an article was found in the Chicago Tribune, President Obama's state.  It is a beautifully written account of a very serious matter, with just a hint of dry wit.  Not surprisingly the comments to Mr. Kass' article are not too favorable by the Chicago crowds.   Mr. Kass captured our attention with the title and we decided to share the find with our readers whom we're sure will be more understanding of his opinion.
Two Sisters

March 23, 2011

He was in El Salvador, standing with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, when reporters asked him about his war in Libya.

It is indeed his war. He started it. He gave the order to launch the missiles over the weekend. And now the man who ran for president as an anti-war candidate owns his very own war.

But there has been confusion over which member of his coalition will command the war. Will Obama ask a foreign general to direct American troops? Will President Nicolas Sarkozy of France take the coalition lead?

On Tuesday, Obama was asked about these command issues. It wasn't a trick. It should have been expected. He stood there, and he opened his mouth.

"I would expect that over the next several days you will have clarity and a meeting of the minds of all those who are participating in the process," Obama said.

We'll have clarity in a few days?

Clarity in a few days, Mr. President?

You don't wait to find clarity a few days after you begin a war. You'd better have complete clarity before you ever give the order to fire in the first place.

Days after ordering the launch of cruise missiles at around $1 million a pop isn't the time to find clarity, Mr. President.

Days after you bomb a country — even one run by a murderous psychopath like Moammar Gadhafi — isn't the time to begin searching for clarity.

The president must find clarity before beginning such an enterprise. To do otherwise is to risk not only American lives and his own presidency and political fortunes, but to risk America's future security and its place among nations.

There wasn't much drama in that quote in El Salvador, so I wonder whether Mr. Obama's Search for Clarity will remain in the news cycle or will drop mercifully from public notice.

Given the free pass he's had on this Libya business, I doubt whether it will become a slogan.

But he did say it — in front of TV cameras. And it would be laughably ridiculous, except that lives are at stake.

I suspect that every world leader saw it, and their generals saw it, from China to Russia and beyond, and they all took his measure and saw what was in him.

His enemies, the Republicans, say that if you take away his teleprompter, he's quite vulnerable. He's misspoken many times, but so has every president.

If this were merely a matter of rhetoric or misspeaking, I wouldn't mention it.

But that passive discussion about clarity, coming from the mouth of the president, underscores another problem that's been noticed by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

He hasn't been clear on the war at all.

Before he ordered the strikes against Gadhafi, he'd argued that the Libyan dictator had to go, that driving him from power was the important thing.

Then that argument changed, and Obama and his advisers said we had to save the people of Libya from a bloody civil war. So it became a humanitarian mission.   Sort of.

Naturally, members of Congress are shrieking, since he attacked without asking their permission. Liberal U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Democrat, brought up a quote from the past:  "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

And who said it? Barack Obama, to The Boston Globe in 2007.

Early polls show that only 50 percent of the American people are in support of Obama's attack on Libya. Historically, such numbers are much higher at the outset of a war. So expect the numbers to get worse.

Sen. Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican and U.S. naval intelligence officer, was speaking at the City Club of Chicago the other day, and I caught up to him there.

"The president needs to clearly define the war aims and who is in command," said Kirk, who supports the war in Libya.

"My hope is that when he returns to the United States, he needs to speak to the nation because he's just taken the country to war," Kirk said. "And a presidential address from the Oval Office is necessary to outline the mission, how he expects to achieve it and who is in charge."

When the president returns to the U.S. on Wednesday, and if his teleprompter is working, he'll put on a blue suit and a red tie and a white shirt and look quite presidential.

He'll speak forcefully. He'll speak reasonably. He will appear to the world like a leader.

And he won't look anything like the back bencher in the Illinois Legislature who never confronted power and spent his entire career accommodating the bosses so he could climb the political ladder. He won't look anything like that fellow who voted "present" time after time after time.

Instead, he'll look the picture of clarity.  

Labels: , ,


At December 7, 2015 at 7:31 PM , Blogger Minko Chen said...

ferragamo outlet
tiffany and co
michael kors handbags
north face outlet
ugg boots
rolex watches
ralph lauren outlet
marc jacobs
coach outlet online
abercrombie and fitch
gucci,borse gucci,gucci sito ufficiale,gucci outlet
michael kors outlet
cyber monday 2015
michael kors handbags clearance
cheap jordans
swarovski crystal
uggs outlet
swarovski outlet
cheap ray ban sunglasses
ralph lauren outlet

At January 3, 2016 at 7:06 PM , Blogger mmjiaxin said...

coach outlet online
tiffany and co
timberland shoes
cheap nfl jersey
true religion jeans
fitflops clearance
abercrombie and fitch
michael kors outlet
swarovski crystal
kobe shoes
ralph lauren polo
hollister shirts
snow boots
asics,asics israel,asics shoes,asics running shoes,asics israel,asics gel,asics running,asics gel nimbus,asics gel kayano
prada outlet
michael kors uk
puma outlet
air force 1 shoes
louis vuitton outlet online
nike mercurial

At March 9, 2016 at 6:04 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

nike trainers, replica handbags, hollister, nike free, coach outlet, ralph lauren pas cher, hogan, vans pas cher, coach outlet, ray ban uk, nike roshe, lululemon, nike air max, louboutin pas cher, michael kors, air max, true religion jeans, mulberry, nike roshe run, lacoste pas cher, hollister pas cher, michael kors, longchamp pas cher, nike blazer, hermes, converse pas cher, tn pas cher, sac longchamp, air jordan pas cher, michael kors, nike free run uk, timberland, true religion outlet, air force, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, nike air max, coach purses, oakley pas cher, nike air max, north face, true religion jeans, new balance pas cher, true religion jeans, abercrombie and fitch, burberry, sac guess, vanessa bruno, north face, ralph lauren uk

At March 9, 2016 at 6:07 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

iphone 5s cases, beats by dre, chi flat iron, nike roshe, babyliss, oakley, mac cosmetics, s5 cases, lululemon, longchamp, iphone 6s plus cases, timberland boots, hollister, iphone 6 plus cases, insanity workout, mcm handbags, ralph lauren, converse, mont blanc, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max, hollister, birkin bag, nfl jerseys, iphone 6 cases, herve leger, soccer shoes, north face outlet, hollister, north face outlet, asics running shoes, vans shoes, ipad cases, new balance, nike air max, soccer jerseys, wedding dresses, jimmy choo shoes, instyler, louboutin, ghd, iphone cases, iphone 6s cases, valentino shoes, baseball bats, giuseppe zanotti, ferragamo shoes, vans, celine handbags, bottega veneta, reebok shoes, p90x workout

At March 9, 2016 at 6:10 PM , Blogger ninest123 said...

pandora jewelry, hollister, wedding dresses, moncler, converse outlet, canada goose, montre pas cher, doudoune canada goose, replica watches, moncler, moncler outlet, karen millen, pandora jewelry, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, supra shoes, canada goose outlet, swarovski crystal, canada goose outlet, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, barbour, canada goose, moncler, moncler, barbour jackets, louis vuitton, coach outlet, gucci, thomas sabo, ray ban, toms shoes, juicy couture outlet, moncler, ugg pas cher, links of london, bottes ugg, ugg boots uk, canada goose, pandora charms, canada goose uk, swarovski, marc jacobs, moncler, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, canada goose, pandora charms, moncler, lancel, sac louis vuitton pas cher, louis vuitton
ninest123 16.03

At January 1, 2017 at 2:17 AM , Blogger princess Totta said...

At January 3, 2018 at 11:12 PM , Blogger ankita said...

cctv security systems in delhi
pest control services
cp plus camera
termite control method

At June 29, 2018 at 12:30 AM , Anonymous Tips Pengobatan Demam Tifoid said...

Very Good Article ;)

Pengobatan Untuk Infeksi Pencernaan
Walatra Gamat Emas Kapsul
Obat Kulit Herpes
Pengobatan Untuk Sinusitis Kronis
Tips Untuk Penderita Parkinson
Menurunkan Kolesterol Jahat Secara Alami


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home