Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Obama's Benghazi Malfeasance

I was going to entitle this entry "Obama's Benghazi Bungling" but that is too forgiving of him, as if Obama just did not know what he was doing. But the truth is becoming plainer as more and more facts come out, that the Obama admistration willfully sacrificed our ambassador in Benghazi.

Military assets were at the ready to take out the attackers. Obama would not let them protect our citizens. The U.S. ambassador was subsequently taken, sodomized, and dragged through the streets.

It was no spontaneous demonstration as the administration claimed. It had nothing to do with a YouTube movie. And our administration was watching the events unfold in real time on video, the whole time. Obama's and Biden's and their spokespeople's claims that we have to have an investigation to get to the bottom of what went wrong is total malarkey.

What went wrong is this: Obama would not pull the trigger.

It reminds me of an event early in the Obama administration involving Somali pirates. I commented on it at the time. In that case, the pirates had a captured ship's captain in their boat. Our Seals had tracked the boat down and were pursuing it and had a clear shot at the pirates. The Obama administration would not give the order to shoot. Finally some brave U.S. personel claimed that they'd lost communications and had to make a field decision to go ahead and take out the pirates before they got away. Bang. Pirates dead. Captain rescued. Our guys were heroes. The Obama administration was furious.

God help us if we have four more years of this.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012 Presidential Debate: Round Two

I've never seen a town hall audience so scared. I expected to spot Alfred Hitchcock in the crowd at any moment. This matchup would have been more appropriately staged in the Coliseum, with lions vs. Christians as a warmup.

Obama completed his assignment, which was to rise above the sissy britches level he established in the first debate. But Romney took him head on. They wrestled to a draw, which means Romney prevailed, and proving... that you cannot win by leading from behind.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Review of Atlas Shrugged Part II

My main complaint about Atlas Shrugged Part I was that they crammed too much story into too little film, making me wonder if someone who had not read the book could follow what was going on.

Part II is a great improvement! My viewing companion had never read the book and was only vaguely familiar with the story, yet had no problem "getting it".

Although I really liked the casting of Dagny and Reardon in Part I and was sorry to hear that other actors were portraying them, the new actors do not disappoint. And generally speaking I think the producers did a much better job casting the secondary characters in this movie.

The story moves along well with gripping action sequences.Suspense builds as Dagny and Reardon confront the fascist takeover. There are, however, some parts that drag a bit. I feel that the script at times tries to be too true to the book so occasionally lapses into wooden dialogue.

All in all, however, this is a good, engaging film that puts forth a positive story of determined individualism. If you love the book, go.

And take someone who will never sit down to read the book!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Who is America's Most Important Ally?

At a wedding this weekend a friend mentioned that his daughter had spent time in India and was getting an advanced degree in international relations. I said that's great because I've been thinking about it, and I believe India is America's most important ally.

"Not Israel?" he asked.

I had to pause.

I finally concluded that Israel is indeed America's closest ally, but not necessarily its most important. Of course you'd never know Israel was a close or important ally from our Confounder in Chief's disgraceful treatment of Israel since gaining office, but I can't help that.

I recall that in the 60s, India, like Egypt, was somewhat frustrating to the U.S. Both of them were third world developing countries that were courted heavily by, and flirted heavily with, the Soviet Union.

However, while Egypt has remained under a dictatorship, India followed the path of democracy. Interestingly, two of the most influential world leaders from that period were women - Indira Gandhi from India, and Golda Meir of Israel.

Until the Obama administration, Egypt was poised to become one of America's most important allies. For all his faults, Hosni Mubarak did keep Sadat's peace with Israel and resisted the theocrats who are now busy destroying women's rights and religious freedom and hope for democracy in that pivot point of the Middle East.

So Egypt is a loss. Libya is a loss because we achieved nothing there but creating a vaccuum for Islamists to fill. Our victory in Iraq is about to be squandered because we pulled out too soon. And we're making an abortion out of Afghanistan because the Obama administration has advertised a date certain for complete retreat, meaning we will also have little influence in Pakistan. And Iran is loving every minute of it.

But there, sitting quietly nearly in the middle of all this, with its one billion people, its multiracial, multi-faith society, and its democratically elected, vigorously free-enterprise government, sits India, counterbalance not only to ugly, backward China to its north, but to the hate filled Islamists to its west.

(India, by the way, has already dealt with its Islamists, ceding Pakistan and Sri Lanka to them. They had the good sense to amputate before gangrene set in.)

So with the way Obama is playing the cards, we may lose our closest ally, but thank God our most important ally is a little bit bigger. India is our last best hope as a stabilizing influence in the Middle East.

There are over three million American citizens in the U.S. of Indian ancestry. Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and Nikki Hailey, first female governor of South Carolina, are two famous ones that come immediately to mind. And there are hundreds of thousands more here in the U.S. today on work or education visas.

So find one and hug an Indian today. We need to appreciate them. India is our most important ally.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

2012 Presidential Debate: Round One

Barack Obama looked bored and put out. Passive-aggressive that he is, hardly able to look Mitt Romney in the eye in this come to Jesus debate, Obama will now go out on on the campaign trail, back to the community colleges that welcome him like the Taylor Swift he is to the left, and make digs at his challenger as the poster child to the wealthy, talking about the 47% and his mythical tax cuts for the privileged. But he's been exposed as a fraud.

Mitt Romney did a great job. If I wished one thing about tonight, it would be that Mr. Romney took more advantage of the opening Jim Lehrer gave him to question Obama directly about why anyone should vote for him when he's done such a miserable job with the economy, with national security in light of the disaster in Libya, with race relations, with any and every thing he's done as President.

But all in all I cannot complain. Mitt Romney took it to him. Joe Biden is no doubt sweating his coming skewering by Paul Ryan, and Barack Obama is SOOL.