Obama and the Real World

June 8, 2009 at 1:28 am (By Amba) (, )

The president should read this. Except he won’t get it till after it happens to him.

Some may say it already did, and he’s just setting up our enemies, talking past leaders to amass capital in world public opinion, laying the groundwork for a big “OK, no one can say I didn’t try the high road.  NOW . . .”, that he’s got plenty of Chicago mean up his sleeve.  That the campus idealist is his preferred veneer, the way the Texas rancher was his predecessor’s.

We’ll see.

(H/T:  Sisu)

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Hillary on “This Week”

June 7, 2009 at 10:41 am (By Amba) (, )

How adeptly she’s put on the diplomat’s ambiguous armor. Every word she utters is designed to keep options open, to hint at pressure under a veneer of ceremony. For example, she says, twice, “There would be retaliation” if Iran nuked Israel, but she won’t take Stephanopoulos’s bait and come out and say the United States would retaliate, as she did during the campaign. It’s a very tricky business, and I have to admire the speed with which she’s mastered that nebulous language; for the most part it comes tripping off her tongue.

She could’ve been president. Maybe she still will, one day. You wonder if she also has her own concealed agenda.

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