I was once a business major, before I figured out how much math was involved. The one thing I remember from one of my teachers though was this nugget; Good Help is truly hard to find.
Now that the coven of mental midgetry that is the NSC/National Security apparatus has finally gotten their way, sort of, but not really, but maybe on Egypt (who can follow this), especially since this is what passes for diplomacy in the last week...
On Tuesdaythe Obama Administration asked Hosni Mubarak to step aside.
On Wednesday they said that transitioning power “now means yesterday.”
On Saturday morning the Obama Administration said Mubarak must stay.
On Saturday evening the Obama Administration said Mubarak should step aside.
On Sunday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mubarak must stay in power.
On Tuesday the Obama Administration said that political reform will be a gradual process.
Hey, that sounds really consistent to me. Great job on covering all of your bases. Great way to let the world know that America stands strong and delivers one message with one voice in the important matters of state and in the support of our allies.
Not enough of America is seeing how this administration is sending the signal that we are weak, we will not "bear any burden" when it comes to freedom (because these protests are not about freedom--how many women have you seen in the crowds? Like in Iran?) The apocalyptic lack of actual experience in the area of foreign affairs, foreign policy, and knowledge of what actually works is becoming stunningly clear to those Americans who are willing to do the barest amount of news-watching. I wonder where we can find more of these people to hire?
And with men like Leon Panetta (whose foresight on intelligence matters is limited to his playing "Risk" in college, and evidently, watching the news), and DNI James Clapper (who evidently didn't see the word "muslim" in the title "Muslim Brotherhood"), and SOS Hillary Pantsuits (well, ummm... Never Mind..) advising the community organizer in chief on how best to not show weakness, send a consistent message and try not to alienate the .02 percent of the population that attended UC Berkeley who would vote for him 2012; we end up with a situation that, unfortunately, our enemies are watching very closely, because they get a vote in what happens as well.
And we already have the dinosaur media lining up to chose which cheek to start kissing...
Great news for the administration/president. People will remember , despite some fumbles yesterday, that the President played an excellent hand, walked the right line and that his statement last night was potentially decisive in bringing this issue to a close. The situation remains complicated and delicate going forward, but this is a huge affirmation of the President's leadership on the international stage.
This President and this administration has shown how much they care about actual freedom (given their lack of actual support for the protests in Iran in 2009) and now, with their hopelessly misguided and confusing messages on the fall of Egypt, we can see what our near future holds for us, and it looks alot like 1979 from where I am standing.
This is not leadership. Vacilation is not a leadership trait. Good leaders make consistent decisions from consistent thinking with intelligence guided by experience and training. This President seems to be flipping a coin or taking a poll in the Situation Room by a show of hands.
I know what real leadership looks like, the writers and viewers of this blog know what leadership looks like, and this ain't it. Fire Panetta now. Fire Clapper now. Fire Clinton now.
2012 can't come soon enough for America.