Monday, December 15, 2008

Auguries

My readers know that I have deep misgivings about the results of the Presidential election. But so far, the auguries appear favorable. President-elect Obama appears to be surrounding himself with pragmatists rather than ideologues, much to the chagrin of his most ardent supporters on the left. A man who intends to surrender in Iraq would not be keeping George W. Bush's Secretary of Defense, and a man who hates Jews would not hire one (a moderately Orthodox one at that) as his White House chief of staff.
I do wonder about his choice for Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton is a smart woman, and she will not be the first female Secretary of State, not that I was very enthused with Madeleine Albright or Condoleeza Rice. Teddy Roosevelt said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." If the lady at Foggy Bottom speaks softly and the man in the Pentagon carries a big stick, we will not be doing badly - if the lady can convince the bad guys that the man intends to use the big stick if he has to. I haven't forgotten Ms. Clinton's kissing up to Mrs. Yassir Arafat, literally. That was not stupid; it was evil. And it underscores the problem I have with Mr. Obama. Unlike great Presidents like Lincoln and Kennedy, and even not-so-great ones like George W. Bush, Obama is fuzzy about the difference between right and wrong. More about that in future posts. Right now I predict that we will have to watch the new President closely, and not be bashful about speaking out when he gets good and evil mixed up.

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Blogger The Leader, Garnel Ironheart said...

The State Department is packed with pro-Arab lifers. Hillary Clinton is not, despite her protests, a friend of Israel. Obama wants "the world" to love him and America and since "the world" hates Israel, that means he'll have to eventually develop an unhappy posture with the State, especially if Likud wins the next elections.

And you can never ever, ever criticize him. What are you, a racist?

Wed Dec 24, 10:40:00 AM EST  

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