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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Perception vs Reality

The leader of the free world, as his supporters would like to see him:

The same guy, as the Iranians and North Koreans see him:

One is indeed a photo of our president.

The other ... isn't.

Publicity still courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

On Leaders & Cheerleaders

Being the leader of the free world is a tough job. It requires ... well, an extraordinary ability to lead.

Not cheerlead.

Not the ability to charm, praise, or consort.

Not Obama, as exemplified by his frat house speech to the U.N. last week:

"Now, like all of you, my responsibility is to act in the interest of my nation and my people ... But ..."

There are those on the world scene, however, who are there to fill the void left by Mr. Can't-We-All-Just-Get-Along.

I give you two of them this morning.

Both of whom also spoke at the U.N. last week.

Both of whom showed backbone.

Leadership.

First, a man whose speech reminded me of another that was made before another feckless and corrupt world body, the League of Nations, many years ago.
("No subtlety can change the problem or shift the grounds of the discussion. It is in all sincerity that I submit these considerations to the Assembly. At a time when my people are threatened with extermination, when the support of the League may ward off the final blow, may I be allowed to speak with complete frankness, without reticence, in all directness such as is demanded by the rule of equality as between all States Members of the League?

Apart from the Kingdom of the Lord there is not on this earth any nation that is superior to any other. Should it happen that a strong Government finds it may with impunity destroy a weak people, then the hour strikes for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom. God and history will remember your judgment.") [my emphasis]

That was Emperor Haile Selassie in 1936.

Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday:

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events. Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth.

Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!

Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong. History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

For those of you not familiar with your history, the League of Nations member-states ignored Haile Selassie's warnings.

And his Ethiopia was subjugated.

And World War II erupted.

And in a few short years, fifty million human beings lay dead.

But Mussolini and "his odious regime" only threatened Selassie's Ethiopia, you see.

Today Netanyahu warns of extermination. And shames those who are spectators to the event.

How will the history books read?

Here are video excerpts of his powerful speech:



Then there's another political leader who came to the U.N. last week - this time to a meeting of the Security Council - who shoved aside all the pleasantries and pleas for peace and made clear to those in attendance - including our We-Are-The-World Cheerleader-in-Chief - that dialogue with tyrants is fruitless.

Nicholas Sarkozy:
We are here to guarantee peace. We are right to talk about the future. But the present comes before the future, and the present includes two major nuclear crises. The peoples of the entire world are listening to what we are saying, including our promises, commitments and speeches. But we live in the real world, not in a virtual one.

We say that we must reduce. President Obama himself has said that he dreams of a world without nuclear weapons. Before our very eyes, two countries are doing exactly the opposite at this very moment. Since 2005, Iran has violated five Security Council Resolutions. [Ed note: Sarkozy then listed international proposals for dialogue with Iran attempted in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.] I support America’s extended hand. But what have these proposals for dialogue produced for the international community? Nothing but more enriched uranium and more centrifuges. And last but not least, it has resulted in a statement by Iranian leaders calling for wiping off the map a Member of the United Nations. What are we to do? What conclusion are we to draw? At a certain moment hard facts will force us to take decisions.
"Hard facts will force us to [m]ake decisions."

Obama's response:

"Words alone will not get the job done, but, ..."

BUT.

Again.

No decisions were made. No actions were taken.

But a fun time was had by all.

And the process proceeds.

Sarkozy and Netanyahu. Two leaders with wake-up calls to a miserably disinterested and hopelessly impotent world.

World War III fast approaches.

Your Gov't Looking Out For You

It appears the Obama administration is doing its level best to support the hard-hit manufacturing sector by providing half a billion taxpayer dollars to a start-up auto maker.

Oh, I should mention the fact that it makes its cars in Finland.

Oh, and the cars it makes will sell in this country for $89,000.

Hybrid cars that only the wealthy can afford.

You think I'm making it up ...
Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan
By Josh Mitchell and Stephen Power, Wall Street Journal

Washington -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster.

The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from companies that have had their bids for loans rejected, and criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers.

"This is not for average Americans," said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-tax group in Washington. "This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It's status symbol thing."

The Karma will target an exclusive audience -- Gore was one of the first to sign up for one. [link]
The government - well, actually, it's you and me - subsidizes a company so as to drive down the price on a vehicle made by foreigners so that one of the world's richest men - Al Gore - can afford to buy it.

Makes perfect sense to me.

What's the national debt at now?

So You Know

I'll bet Pelosi won't have a problem with this kind of venom:
This is what they do. O'Reilly inspires people to go kill doctors who provide private abortion services, legal services to his patients; and then O'Reilly stands there with that dung-eating look on his face -- what a SOB he is. ‘It wasn't me; of course it was you, you thug!’ And the suicide-prone Glenn Beck rails against Census workers, and inspires his people to kill one for sport; I bet you O'Reilly and Beck and the rest of these monsters on the neo-fascist right in this country love this stuff. It gives them something else to talk about. It's sport. [source]
That comes from a left-wing radio talk show host named Mike Malloy.

One who, I'll bet, decries all the name-calling and hate that comes from right-wing radio.

For the love of God.