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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tick, tock

When the history of our times is written, it will show that the President and Congress were preoccupied with a massive health care bill that no one wanted, while ignoring the ominous ticking from Tehran of an Iranian push for nuclear weapons.
In those days, there was a clock ticking in the background, but no one in Washington seemed to pay it any heed. Nancy Pelosi was in her counting house counting all the votes. Steny Hoyer was exploring whether one could somehow bend the rules so that his colleagues could pass a controversial bill while telling their constituents that they had nothing to do with it. Bart Stupak, caught between the dictates of religious faith and political allegiance, was pondering when and how to sacrifice the former to the latter. And President Barack Obama issued threats to members of his own party in the House of Representatives. All of this was done in pursuit of passing into law a profoundly unpopular bill that promised to bankrupt the country, drive prospective physicians out of the profession, deprive the elderly of Medicare benefits they had paid for long ago, and reduce the quality of medical care for all but those comfortably ensconced within what came to be called the American nomenklatura. There was also material for burlesque. After being accused of sexually harassing the fellows on his staff, one Democratic Congressman attacked the White House Chief of Staff, calling him a “son of the devil’s spawn” and describing in arresting terms the manner in which the man practiced in the shower the ballet steps learned in his days as a bagman for the Daley machine in Chicago. It would have all been quite comic had there not been that clock in the background steadily ticking . . . in a country far away of which the Americans knew little or nothing.

There were, to be sure, other events. In a coordinated effort directed by the President, Joe Biden picked a quarrel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Hillary Clinton vented her spleen against the Israeli government for announcing that it intended in a modest manner to increase the size of a long-established, already sizable, strategically located settlement on the outskirts of Jerusalem; Robert Gibbs snarled and sneered and ran his mouth on a subject about which he knew little or nothing and cared even less; and the President met with the Israeli Prime Minister in circumstances designed to broadcast his disdain to the Arab world. All of this was done with an eye to bringing down a democratically-elected Israeli government and setting the stage for a Middle East settlement between Israel and a Palestinian leader who lacked firm Palestinian support, who would have fallen from power when Hamas seized the Gaza strip had the Israelis not used their checkpoints on the West Bank to thwart Hamas’ operations there, and who was in no position to negotiate any sort of lasting agreement with anyone about anything at all. This, too, would have been a matter of comic relief had that infernal clock not gone on ticking . . . in distant Teheran.

Barack Obama appeared to think that he would be remembered and celebrated as the architect of an historic healthcare reform, and he seemed to have persuaded nearly everyone in his party that this was so. He seemed also to have entertained an expectation that it would fall to him to preside over a comprehensive Middle East settlement. Neither was destined to happen. By hook or by crook, the Democrats managed to shove the healthcare bill through the House, but it turned out to be nothing more than a last-ditch, suicide mission on the part of a Progressive coalition on its last legs. And the Obama administration’s inept maneuvers made the Middle East settlement that the Americans had long sought all the more elusive.

Most of what went on in those years in Washington – apart from the buffoonery – was unremarkable. If President Obama is remembered at all, it is because it was on his watch that the fascist dictatorship in Iran got nuclear weapons. In comparative perspective, nothing else that he did or did not do really mattered at all.
Read the whole thing.

Will anyone stand up to Tehran?


At 9:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
Very good article right to the point.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

what's that about history repeating, first time as tragedy second time as farce.

Obama will just be remembered as another Chamberlain is all.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

...President and Congress were preoccupied with a massive health care bill that no one wanted, while ignoring the ominous ticking from Tehran...

They are not ignoring it. They are very calculated about doing nothing about it. It is a disservice to the history of all Jews everywhere to blame it on preoccupation given the fact the world stood still and did nothing as 6 million Jews were marched to the death camps. They couldn't even bomb the rail lines to Auschwitz.

Two previous administrations did nothing to stop Iran and all for their own reasons now we have one that cares to do nothing just because.

To allude preoccupation and worse, ignorance of what lies around the bend is a dilution of fact.

The dance continues while we except the lame excuses.
We are in slumber to not recognize the world cares none to step up to the plate to save the Jewish State.

Face it, the antisemites are given what they always wanted by placing the well-being of Jihadists/newNazi's and their appeasers before Jews.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Only Israel will able to stand up to Iran. The US appears to have no interest in halting its drive for nuclear hegemony in the Middle East.

Obama will be remembered - if someone is still able to avert World War V - as the man who did nothing to stop it.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Obama will be remembered - if someone is still able to avert World War V - as the man who did nothing to stop it.

Bravo. well said.
Today as we teeter on the abyss as the world watches sillently the handwriting is on the wall. It is the 1930's again.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - speaking of that tick, tock - there's a report on Ynet to the effect the US might not veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli construction in "east" Jerusalem.

More here:

US Might Not Veto UN Resolution Against E. J'lem Construction

The last time the US did NOT veto such a UN resolution was under President Jimmy Carter. What's next, bringing back the disco and bell bottom jeans? We're reliving the bad old days all over again.


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