Thursday, September 04, 2014

America - Now with even more hope and change....

....and how is that working out?


Back in 2007, Andrew Sullivan wrote:

//Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.//

Prompting this 2014 reflection:

//That’s a solid statement of Obama’s own view of the significance of his presidency going in, I think. Only he knows what he thought his election and the big Cairo speech in 2009 would accomplish, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he honestly believed it’d be a death knell for jihadism going forward. The death wouldn’t be quick or painless, but having now been deprived of the anti-Americanism that supposedly — supposedly — sustains it, it could only wither and die. That would also explain his fascination with dopey “wrong side of history”/”no place in the 21st century” rhetoric whenever ISIS decapitates someone or Putin invades a neighbor. It could be that O really did believe his election marked a historical turning point in which the diminution of retrograde forces abroad was inevitable. And maybe that’s why a year’s worth of briefings on ISIS didn’t penetrate. Don’t they know they’re going to lose? Haven’t they seen his face?//


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

...Because it is all about race for him and always has been.. as the Grand Narcissist gazes at his own reflection... his self important imagination projects his image out into the world through puerile fantasy...

His own personal "race" agenda has always been imbedded right in the middle of all of this so called office he holds.... It has often selfishly been prioritized to a higher level of importance than that which the world in crisis currently calls for... Misappropriated priorities and poor judgement.....of the Narcissist...

....because after all his face will tell everyone that everything is alright....

 
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