I don’t like seeing Hillary Rodham Clinton flitting about the globe like the incorporeal being she has become —and this thing with the North Koreans is especially bad. She simply doesn’t have anything to say about it. She’s in a job that does not suit her in the least because the authority has been drained from it.
Incidentally, North Korea is a client state of China. If and when China decides to “do something” about the Kimchi Pot, it will. Until then, it is absurd to pretend that there is any solution to whatever the problem is that does not involve the full approval of our newest instructors in capitalism. America’s opinion is a distant second, if that, to Kim.
Hillary should do more stuff with cultural exchanges and forget the power-broking.
Word on the street is that the Indian doctor on CNN is declining the Surgeon General job and that a top deputy at Treasury is dropping out, too. Plus: the shit has not yet hit the fan over the nomination of Charles Freeman to the chairmanship of the National Intelligence Council.
I guarantee you Obama will drop that guy soon. Inside a week.
Don’t you know how thoroughly and breathlessly Big Media would be pounding on a Republican Administration if as many of its nominees continued to withdraw and be exposed as tax cheats and anti-Semites as they are in Obama’s Administration? They’d all be depicted as corrupt plutocrats and worse.
Again: this isn’t even a question. It isn’t possible to imagine today’s Big Media casting a critical eye on Obama’s disastrous start. The liberal Northeastern whitebread media establishment is so fucking scared of getting shaken down for their insensitivities —real or imagined — that they won’t dare lift even an eyebrow against Newguy. They made him what he is because they believe that their primary function is to float social progress.
And now we have Socialism in America.
Thanks, Hillary. Thanks, John.
Drudge links to this Bloomberg report:
Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s administration will examine a “buy American” requirement in economic stimulus legislation that has raised concern among U.S. trading partners, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.
The administration “will review that particular provision,” Gibbs said today at his regular briefing. The president’s advisers understand “all of the concerns that have been heard, not only in this room, but in newspapers produced both up north and down south.”
It may have made the citizens of the world all warm and fuzzy to watch Barack Hussein Obama take the White House —and it may have given liberal partisans great satisfaction to see the stranglehold of the Democratic Party on Washington strengthened— but the reality of a Leftist America is one that will soon unnerve the whole planet and invite new disasters. The first post-American American President is some sort of internationalist, right? I certainly regard him as a cosmopolitan. I am interested in knowing how he is going to reconcile that with trade protectionism here in Unionized and Subsidized America. Our trading partners and neighbors depend on us —and now his own party wants to withdraw and make this Plantation America.
Which is Leftist America’s most ferverent secret wish.
ADDENDUM: “Ferverent” is more interesting than “fervent,” which is somehow lacking, perhaps in its induplicative labio-dentality. If you’re already in tha hiz-ood, the extra syllable is effortless and cold kickin’ it ai’ght p/0<3
I don’t know what’s going on with this American-backed Ethiopian Proxy War story, but it sounds very interesting. Especially since it elicits comments like the following. From the ass of one Salim Lone, as splayed in the op-ed pages of the International Herald Tribune:
NAIROBI: Undeterred by the horrors and setbacks in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon, the Bush administration has opened another battlefront in the Muslim world. With full U.S. backing and military training, at least 15,000 Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia in an illegal war of aggression against the Union of Islamic Courts, which controls almost the entire south of the country.
As with Iraq in 2003, the United States has cast this as a war to curtail terrorism, but its real goal is to obtain a direct foothold in a highly strategic region by establishing a client regime there. The Horn of Africa is newly oil-rich, and lies just miles from Saudi Arabia, overlooking the daily passage of large numbers of oil tankers and warships through the Red Sea. General John Abizaid, the current U.S. military chief of the Iraq war, was in Ethiopia this month, and President Hu Jintao of China visited Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia earlier this year to pursue oil and trade agreements.
Speaking of wars —”illegal” or otherwise— one must keep in mind while reading anti-American opinions like this one that China is itself funding the Janjaweed militias in the Darfur region of the Sudan. You know: the place where all the pesky locals are being massacred to move them off of China’s oil concessions?
Mr. Lone never gets around to mentioning that. Why? Because Bush lied and people died.
Anybody care to explain why it’s so damned important that the United States enter into another round of bilateral talks with North Korea?
Is it because that’s what Clinton and Carter did?
Hmm. Well, only a partisan liar or someone completely ignorant of history would suggest that those efforts succeeded.
Bush’s sexpartite strategy is superior for the simple reason that it takes into account the reality of the dynamic in East Asia: North Korea is China’s responsibility. By including the other regional powers, the onus is placed squarely on Beijing to demonstrate their commitment to becoming a partner for peace and commerce in the region.
The idea that the United States is the only obstruction to peace with the North Koreans is just weird. Demanding that we, alone, must negotiate with the Kimchi Pot is to completely ignore the fact that he is Beijing’s proxy in maintaining the tension between our allies and a totalitarian regime where extreme political repression, concentration camps, and famine are the rule.
China just wants to keep deferring the day that the two Koreas are united. They don’t want to see a successful pro-American country sitting so closely to their own. They want to squash that just like they do Taiwan and any other incovenience in their sphere.
If these reports that North Korea has successfully tested a nuclear weapon prove true, there is only one country thats reaction matters.
China is the reason why the Kimchi Pot is even still in power. China abides his nuttiness because it annoys Japan and South Korea and us. If the Chinese cut their comrades off at the knees (viz., in the Security Council tomorrow), then we’ll know their attention’s been gotten. If not, then we’ll know that the Chinese intend to continue using North Korea for their own regional agenda.
So here comes the real test.
What better way of showing our solidarity with democratic movements around the world than to countenance this sort of nonsense?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A woman accused of heckling Chinese President Hu Jintao during a White House appearance was charged Friday with a misdemeanor of willfully intimidating, coercing, threatening and harassing a foreign official.
Wang Wenyi, 47, had press credentials as a reporter for a Falun Gong newspaper and positioned herself Thursday in front of the platform where President Bush and Hu stood.
According to Secret Service translations in court documents, she shouted in Chinese, “Stop oppressing the Falun Gong,” among other remarks.
If convicted, she could receive up to 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Then again, as the out-party always says, this is a nation of laws.
Does anyone know if Eason Jordan is doing consulting work for Google in China?
I hope I don’t go black.