Piddling Away Greatness

posted at 1:34 pm on July 8, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — presumably speaking for her boss — doubled down on supporting erstwhile Honduran president and would-be dictator José Manuel Zelaya Rosales (a.k.a. Mel Zelaya) instead of rule of law in Honduras:

A day after failing to land in Honduras to confront the interim government that ousted him in a coup, Zelaya boarded a plane bound for Washington, where U.S. officials said he would meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Zelaya told a news conference Monday night that he hopes to ensure U.S. support for diplomatic efforts to see him restored to power.

“Tomorrow we hope to get support for these pronouncements,” Zelaya said before heading to the airport in Managua.

Clinton and President Barack H. Obama superficially seem to be oblivious to the sequence of events that led to Zelaya’s arrest, removal from office, and voluntary exile… but are they really just misinformed? (The full timeline of events in Honduras make clear what really happened, which is the polar opposite of what our antique media tell us.)

I believe at first mere ignorance was exactly the problem: The first time the ongoing, fluid situation in Honduras was explained to Obama, I suspect that all he heard was, “Wugga-wugga liberal wigga wagga union supporter woggle boggle ousted by the military roggle doggle coup d’état.” He chose to stitch this muddle together into a narrative that reads, “The liberal, democratically elected President of Honduras was overthrown by a military junta.”

Alas, Obama is probably the most impulsive man ever to sit in the big chair in la Casa Blanca; he appears allergic to debate, discussion, deliberation, contemplation, thinking things through, weighing consequences, examining the pros and cons, hearing from all sides before making a decision — and of course retrospection.

By now, of course, he knows full well what really happened; but it seems he simply cannot bring himself to admit that he misunderstood so egregiously in the first five minutes — which, coincidentally, was when he committed himself to supporting Zelaya, come what may; see our earlier Big Lizards post “Old Shoes and Barackends.”

The military has a term they use for the decision-making process; they call it the OODA loop, for “Observe, Orient, Decide and Act.” But the Obamacle appears to have found a different route to decision making.

He Partially listens to a random aide, acts on his first Impulse, angrily and bitterly Defends whatever snap-judgment action he took, Doubles-down on that first impulse, Laughs off any subsequent, game-changing information… then furiously Echos the pronunciamentos of any allies he might have gathered on the issue, no matter who they are — or whether their own interests align with or are diametrically opposed to America’s.

We can call this the Obamic PIDDLE loop, which generally morphs quite rapidly into an infinite regress. Let’s see it play out in the Honduras case:

  1. Partially listen: Somehow, President Obama got the idea stuck in his brain that there was an actual military coup in Honduras, where the entire elected government was overthrown and some generalissimo or military junta took command.
  2. Impulsively decide: Stung by constant accusations of fence-sitting and waffling, Obama often “demonstrates his leadership” by making a snap decision based on his instincts. Alas, those “instincts” are formed on the basis of bullet (1) above: Outraged that such a fine, decent man as Mel Zelaya was ousted by a military junta (sic), Obama immediately ordered Honduras to reinstate the socialist apparatchik, and he aligned his interests (thought not the nation’s) with Zelaya cronies in Nicaragua, Chile, Venezuela, and Cuba.
  3. Defend his decision: Once he’d made the decision to strongarm Zelaya back into power, President Obama was stunned by the democratic pushback even here in the United States. Instead of rethinking his position, he backed and filled, trying retroactively to justify the unjustifiable decision he made based upon an ill-formed conclusion. (Obama always defends, never discusses.)
  4. Double-down: It frequently happens, in the course of human events, that a snap decision made on the basis of erroneous information doesn’t pan out (now there’s a revelation!) A smart feller backs off and thinks it all through a second time — for example, George W. Bush picking a new general (David Petraeus) with a new strategy (counterinsurgency) to turn around the Iraq war.Alas, Barack Obama’s response to failure is not to rethink, rework, rewrite… it’s to retrench, rinse, and repeat, ad infinitum. Thus, the doubling down we see in today’s Hillary story: The Obamacle cannot back away, because that would be to admit that he goofed it up in the first place; so he goes “all in” on a bad bluff, hoping for a miracle — or a chance to accidentally kick over the table, forcing a misdeal.
  5. Laugh off subsequent facts: As more and more facts have become available — e.g., Zelaya’s pre-arrest antics, the Honduran constitution, the participation of the Honduran Supreme Court, the fact that Zelaya’s replacement, Roberto Micheletti, is next in succession to the presidency and from Zelaya’s own Liberal party anyway — a greater number of ordinary American voters will begin to realize that the White House is on the wrong side of this crucial issue. The only two responses available to Obama are (a) to do a one-eighty and start supporting the rule of law, democracy, and the Honduran people… or (b) to mock, hoot, scoff, and laugh away the inconvenient truth, lest it take root. Pish tosh. Nonsense. Who you gonna believe, me or your own lyin’ eyes?
  6. Echo his allies du jour: In the end, like every poor debater, Barack H. Obama must turn to the only argument left to try to salvage his reputation: the appeal to authority. In this case, he can but turn to his only allies in this disgraceful betrayal of Western and American values… a murderer’s row of dictators, Communists, and fascists — and the American press, which continues to haul water for the president on this one — as if a lie becomes truth when sung in chorus.As Michael Ramirez so wonderfully lampooned (see the Power Line link up top), the President of the United States has relegated himself and his administration to “parroting” the denunciations and diktats of the vilest demagogues in the Western hemisphere: President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua — premier of the Stalinist “Sandinista National Liberation Front;” Oogo Chavez — “il Duce” of Venezuela; the Rev. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann — President of the UN General Assembly, liberation theologist, and former foreign minister to Ortega’s Sandinista government; José Miguel Insulza — the Secretary General of the Organization of American States and also a Socialist, the man who declared last year that Venezuela had “no connection” with any terrorist groups; and of course los bros Castro, Fidel and Raul.

In practice, step 6 occurs within 24 hours of the beginning of the PIDDLE loop… and it dominates the latter stages, as President Obama relies more and more on his friends and allies in whatever action he has decided to take. Eventually, he simply takes on their characteristics as protective coloration, like a chameleon takes on the colors of its surrounding environment, and for the same reason: to hide from predators.

In effect, Obama’s temporary allies become his tribe, and he turns to them over and again for advice, comfort, and friendship. As a consequence, he turns away from those critics whose unwanted facts and uncomfortable observations make him feel bad — the worst sin in the liberal pantheon.

Far from bridging the ideological gap in Washington, Obama’s de facto tribalism segregates administration officials and lawmakers more than at any time since the Second World War. And his PIDDLE loop decision making apparatus guarantees even more presidential isolation from dissenting opinion, both here and abroad.

He is not only piddling away any greatness his administration might have exhibited — having been gifted with extraordinary times — he is also piddling away America’s greatness; that should never be tolerated… not even by other liberals who are not quite so radical, if there is any such rara avis left.

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“That’s … odd. Particularly considering that the majority of American ‘blacks’ have some Caucasian ancestors.
Maybe its because P.BO has a white mother instead of a white father.

Count to 10 on July 8, 2009 at 2:56 PM”

Pastor Manning says later in that vid “if you’re not born of a black womb, you’re not black”.

LtE126 on July 8, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Overall it was an excellently done article except for the hole that a battleship could sail through.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM

+1. While probably not accurate regarding the Honduras issue, it probably is for others.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Email Ed with this. It might alter his stance on what happened in Honduras (e.g., that kicking Z out was a bad idea…).

gwelf on July 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

That would make Ed wrong about the two consequential events of the last two weeks — Honduras, and Sarah Palin.

Don’t get me wrong, Ed’s a winner, best of the web, etc. Which is why it’s rather out of character for him to get two major issues wrong in such a short span of time.

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Impulsiveness is a cardinal attribute of cocaine addicts.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Thread winner.

Oh, and raaaaaacisssssst.

(kidding on the last part–but methinks you are onto something…)

PimFortuynsGhost on July 8, 2009 at 3:02 PM

3 sixes…the sign of the devil.

LtE126 on July 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I hope you’re kidding…

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 3:03 PM

While probably not accurate regarding the Honduras issue, it probably is for others.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Do you contest the writers point that Obama is not a thinker, or are you obsessing over the details of the sequence of events?

It makes a difference. Are you nitpicking the bits, and missing the thesis of the essay, or are you honestly claiming that President Obama is a thoughtful, reasonable decision maker?

Your reputation is at stake, my friend, please advise!

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Their constitution specifies that anyone who advocates for the removal of the one term limit for presidents shall lose their citizenship.

Expelling non-citizens is one of the rights of most countries. (Except apparently the US.)

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Email Ed with this. It might alter his stance on what happened in Honduras (e.g., that kicking Z out was a bad idea…).

gwelf on July 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Also, Jim DeMint said on the floor this week that part of Honduras’ calculus for expelling Zelaya from the country was that they don’t have a jail secure enough to withstand mob riots that would likely result from imprisoning Zelaya.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Impulsiveness is a cardinal attribute of cocaine addicts.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 2:57 PM

This is where you libertarians fall apart.

In your ideology, Obama’s use of cocaine is a matter between him and his razor blades and mirror. Whatever he does in the privacy of his Temple, etc.

You can’t simultaneously make saints out of drug users, and then trash them for being reckless.

Indifference to drug use is a linchpin of the whole libertarian fad. I can’t believe you’re using drug use in a critique of our President’s behavior.

Please advise!

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

It makes a difference. Are you nitpicking the bits, and missing the thesis of the essay, or are you honestly claiming that President Obama is a thoughtful, reasonable decision maker?

Your reputation is at stake, my friend, please advise!

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM

There is an almost infinite difference between thinking that Obama is “a thoughtful, reasonable decision maker” and the contention of this article.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

There is an almost infinite difference between thinking that Obama is “a thoughtful, reasonable decision maker” and the contention of this article.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Re-read what I wrote. Of course there’s a difference. I’m asking the writer to clarify which he’s saying.

When you write a cryptic little critique “oh yeah you could totally sail a battleship through that essay” — you may think you’re communicating clearly, but it leaves readers like me wondering what you disapprove of. All you’ve done is put out a pithy little slogan. Fun! But uninformative.

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Indifference to drug use is a linchpin of the whole libertarian fad.

Rubbish. They simply do not consider ‘drug laws’ to be a legitimate domain for legislation.

I despise all drug laws, but I still think you’re a fscking cretin if you shoot up, chase the dragon, or snort coke etc.

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Do you contest the writers point that Obama is not a thinker, or are you obsessing over the details of the sequence of events?

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM

I’m talking about the accuracy of his point in regard to the Honduras situation. It’s a fact that the Obama administration had been trying to prevent the Honduran from ousting Zelaya for a couple weeks before they actually did it. The Hondurans finally gave up trying to explain the situation, because the Obama admin wasn’t willing to listen, and did it anyway. The Obama administration clearly knew what was going on before the event finally occured, so any claim that he was surprised by it and took the wrong side out of ignorance is mistaken.

I think excusing Obama’s inexcusable support of Zelaya in this fashion, in contravention of the evidence, is wrong.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 3:15 PM

You can’t piddle away what you don’t have.

Fletch54 on July 8, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Indifference to drug use is a linchpin of the whole libertarian fad. I can’t believe you’re using drug use in a critique of our President’s behavior.

Please advise!

What in God’s name are you talking about? And why the loony hostility?

There may be a few Libertarians who believe in unfettered rights to drug use, but I’m sure not one of them.

On the other hand, the Federal “War on Drugs” has sure been a huge success, huh? Over a trillion dollars spent for what? Creation of a permanent criminal underclass, thousands of people, innocent and otherwise, dead in drug turf wars. Innocent people killed in no-knock raids. Our rights eroded.

There’s a state’s rights case to be made here, but you’re obviously too wound up for rational discourse.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:17 PM

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM

leftoid moron troll alert

typical troll tactics: make a stupid obtuse meaningless insult, with no actual argument

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:19 PM

but it seems he simply cannot bring himself to admit that he misunderstood

Dude. Your premise seems to be based on some kind of reality where the US government and president of the United States has no idea what is going on until they get informed by the cbs evening news and if we are lucky maybe they tune into a conservative talk radio show. Throw in 100% incompetence on barry’s part. That ain’t reality. The White House knew what was going down in Honduras before half of Honduras knew. barry is taking sides with mullahs and wanna-be central American dictators because he believes in totalitarianism. I’ll grant you barry is incompetent and I’ll grant you our spy agencies arent what they should be but he is not choosing sides in the dark, he’s choosing sides of the people he wants to succeed. He wants dictators to do well because he wants to be a dictator. If you think that’s off the wall then you are dangerously naive.

peacenprosperity on July 8, 2009 at 3:19 PM

The rest of the article is fine overall, and quite clever, but the following, the very first item in the so called “Obamic PIDDLE loop”, which is also quite cleaver, is total nonsense on it’s face and is a very important thing to have wrong to put it mildly.

Somehow, President Obama got the idea stuck in his brain that there was an actual military coup in Honduras, where the entire elected government was overthrown and some generalissimo or military junta took command.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:20 PM

but it seems he simply cannot bring himself to admit that he misunderstood

He didn’t “misunderstand” anything. Zelayas is a radical Socialist determined to install himself as Dictator for Life.

In other words, Barry’s soul mate.

No misunderstanding there. Quite the opposite.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:21 PM

I don’t think there is misunderstanding either. Barry’s only problem is selling this to the American people with a clue.

ORconservative on July 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Zelaya HAD to be exiled to get him onto the sidelines.

Nope. This is where the honduran military screwed up. The law called for him to be arrested. They gave him the choice of being arrested or leaving the country. He chose to leave the country.

peacenprosperity on July 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

leftoid moron troll alert

typical troll tactics: make a stupid obtuse meaningless insult, with no actual argument

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:19 PM

The argument was clear and correct. All your empty name calling does not change that in the least.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Mark Sanford: “I found my soulmate in Argentina.”

Barack Hussein Obama: “I found my soulmates in Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador and Bolivia.”

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:24 PM

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:24 PM

You don’t make any argument, troll

Where’s the ‘hole’?

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

They gave him the choice of being arrested or leaving the country. He chose to leave the country.

They should have given him other choices: through your heart or in the back of your head?

The fact that they didn’t kill him is proof that they bent over backwards not to go the way of the traditional Latin-American junta. Not that they’re getting any kudos for it.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I think excusing Obama’s inexcusable support of Zelaya in this fashion, in contravention of the evidence, is wrong.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 3:15 PM

This is the great disservice that the author of this article performs. By saying

Somehow, President Obama got the idea stuck in his brain that there was an actual military coup in Honduras, where the entire elected government was overthrown and some generalissimo or military junta took command.

he would apparently have people believe that Obama is a probably a very good guy at heart who just got it wrong, with the implication that if he had just been better informed, or even a little bit informed, he would have done the right thing. I truly can not fathom why some do not see this.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Frankly, I think you’re over-analyzing him. I’ve written about it before as “The Blinking Cursor Effect.” See if it doesn’t account for all six of your too generously intellectualized steps.

http://www.instapunk.com/archives/InstaPunkArchiveV2.php3?a=1784

He’s not as smart as anyone thinks he is. That’s the real problem.

Instapunk on July 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I think there’s a lot more to it. I’m pasting from a couple posts of mine in the Murtha thread:

PA is a state whose votes are counted by software developed by a company incorporated with help from Hugo Chavez’ VP and ambassador to the US, funded by a loan from Chavez’ government in return for 28% of the profits they earned when Chavez gave them a multi-million-dollar contract to fix his 2004 recall election, and whose board included Chavez’ elections advisor.

The company, Bizta, paid back the loan and was then bought by Smartmatic, a company owned by the same people as Bizta. Smartmatic then bought out Sequoia Voter Systems, which had contracts for electronic voting systems for about 1/3 of our states – which were required in the HAVA of 2002 to get electronic voting systems by 2006. Sequoia provided the hardware, Smartmatic the software to count and report the votes.

When the Dubai ports deal got exposure, foreign ownership of critical national security interests in the US began to be scrutinized. In order to divert the scrutiny, Smartmatic separated financially from Sequoia – which ended the investigation (right around the same time that FARC laptops said that Obama was going to win the election).

But Smartmatic still owns the software developed by Bizta (oringinally funded by Chavez’ government) and gave Sequoia permission to use the software that is still included in the current systems. That’s the software that counts the votes in PA, CA, FL, IL, VA, NJ, NY, NV, NM, Washington DC, and 8 other states currently.

The State of CA performed tests on the Sequoia systems and found them vulnerable to manipulation even by someone without the codes. To someone with the codes – which are in the hands of Chavez’ Venezuela buddies right now – it is absolutely possible to influence the outcomes of elections, possibly without detection, according to the investigators for the State of CA.

The State of NJ asked Princeton (?) researchers to test the system and were told by Smartmatic (the company which bought Bizta, owned by the same people as Bizta) that if anyone accessed the code and/or reported on its vulnerabilities it would be a violation of the contract and they would be sued, because Smartmatic retained the intellectual property rights of the code.

Smartmatic is doing the same thing with its code that Obama is doing with his birth certificate: to have the job they’re supposed to have to prove their qualifications. But they hide behind laws giving them the only right to authorize inspection of the information needed to qualify themselves.

They’re playing “chicken”. Unless and until we tell them that if they’re going to hide their eligibility/qualifications then they can’t have the job, we’re screwed.

We can talk about poll numbers and how the voters will throw out the bad guys, etc…. but the reality right now is, we can’t. Period. Hugo Chavez and his buddies decide who wins the presidency and a large part of Congress, including California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

This explains much about Obama’s actions, including destroying the country at breakneck speed without even caring what the voters think, Iran, and Venezuela.

Obama had to side with the Iranian regime because if people get the idea that we know better than the official tallies what the sentiment of the nation is, then we might question results like that of Murtha – where he was way down in polls immediately before but still won by 13%.

And he had to side with Chavez over Honduras because Chavez decides who is president in 2012.

He also had to side against the legitimate Honduran government because if people get the idea that a Constitution can be enforced even if the minute details of who is supposed to do it and how aren’t spelled out in the Constitution, then we might have the guts to do it here too.

This stuff is all connected. It’s a python looped around our neck and if we don’t realize it right now and do something about it right now, all our talk of using the electoral process is just a waste of time. The free martket, the rule of law, Constitutional checks and balances and separation of powers, the electoral process… it’s all history now. The processes that make us America are no longer in place.

justincase on July 8, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I truly can not fathom why some do not see this.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I believe you.

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Where’s the ‘hole’?

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Are you blind?

President Obama got the idea stuck in his brain that there was an actual military coup in Honduras, where the entire elected government was overthrown and some generalissimo or military junta took command.

How many times does it have to be repeated?

See above @ 3:31PM for still more elaberation. What is your problem anyway?

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM

look up ‘irony’ in the dictionary….and get a Clue

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM

What President has held on to the liberal leftest base past six months into a Presidential Term….tick tock tick tock.

Why are they trying to hold onto the radical left, when it is a tiny fraction of the voting American Citizenry? Why hasn’t this Administration moved to the Center and started Governing NOT Ruling from the Middle?

A Question that never get asked on cable news outlets 24/7 but I heard a few minutes ago Michael Jackson is still dead.

Dr Evil on July 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Whoever this fellow is, this Dafydd ab Hugh, I’m going to keep an eye on him and/or her.

This first essay might be a fluke, a monkeys-at-the-typewriter thing. Genius, sure, but purely random.

But if he and/or she maintains this standard of excellence, I have just found my new favorite writer on the Internet.

This essay is brilliant on many, many levels, and spot on.

Godspeed to you Dafydd ab Hugh

Ummm, he’s been blogging at Big lizards for several years… here… http://www.biglizards.net/blog/ very prolific, and usually entertaining commentary.

starman on July 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM

There is a LOT you ‘truly cannot fathom’….

one of YOUR problems is pretentiousness; another is cluelessness.

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:38 PM

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:35 PM
There is a LOT you ‘truly cannot fathom’….

one of YOUR problems is pretentiousness; another is cluelessness.

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Alright, alright. I want both of you kids to go stand in opposite corners and stay there until you can keep a civil tongue in your adorable widdle mouths.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:41 PM

President Obama got the idea stuck in his brain that there was an actual military coup in Honduras, where the entire elected government was overthrown and some generalissimo or military junta took command.

This whole thing, yet again blockquoted above, is the equivalent, more or less, of someone trying to excuse Hitler for invading countries, killing Jews, etc., by arguing that Hitler thought that things were way different than they were and that these people were actually the aggressors. And if he had just been better informed, or more intelligent, he would not have done them. For those who still do not understand, I do not know how I can make it any simpler.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:44 PM

“Barack Hussein Obama: “I found my soulmates in Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador and Bolivia.”

the spawn on “Miss Ann” also found a soulmate in the backseat of a limo. His name was Larry Sinclair.

LtE126 on July 8, 2009 at 3:50 PM

There is a LOT you ‘truly cannot fathom’….

one of YOUR problems is pretentiousness; another is cluelessness.

Janos Hunyadi on July 8, 2009 at 3:38 PM

You sound so silly. Isn’t there anyone else you can annoy?

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Alright, alright. I want both of you kids to go stand in opposite corners and stay there until you can keep a civil tongue in your adorable widdle mouths.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Now you sound like McCain, always wanting to have one foot in both camps.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Now you sound like McCain, always wanting to have one foot in both camps.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 3:52 PM

It just breaks a mother’s heart to see you children tear at each other like this.

Now hug it out, boys.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:56 PM

It just breaks a mother’s heart to see you children tear at each other like this.

Now hug it out, boys.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 3:56 PM

I can’t do that mom, not until the little guy admits that Obama is a very bad man and not just a some lovable clueless guy who probably means well. He has got to learn not to take candy from men like that.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM

LtE126 on July 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM

1 + 2 is 3
you have a 6
3 x 6 = 18 , 3 6′s
so three 6′s in your name
or
you have a 6
preceded by 12
12 + 6 = 18
Three sixes.
Twice you are the sign of the devil….

right2bright on July 8, 2009 at 4:04 PM

right2bright on July 8, 2009 at 4:04 PM

….and there’s a demon in my semen

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 4:20 PM

incomPOTUS

dont taze me bro on July 8, 2009 at 4:22 PM

You can’t simultaneously make saints out of drug users, and then trash them for being reckless.

Indifference to drug use is a linchpin of the whole libertarian fad. I can’t believe you’re using drug use in a critique of our President’s behavior.

Please advise!

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

People who think for a living are aware that it is possible to disapprove of a behavior without thinking that the behavior should be illegal.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM

That was a great post.

nottakingsides on July 8, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Excellent! Kudos to the Green Room talent!

TexAz on July 8, 2009 at 5:13 PM

At 4:43 – I thought you weren’t taking sides!

Vince on July 8, 2009 at 5:21 PM

People who think for a living are aware that it is possible to disapprove of a behavior without thinking that the behavior should be illegal.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Oh you’re slick, you almost got me when you sort of insinuated that libertarians were intellectuals.

You’re good. I’ll give you that!

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 5:36 PM

No matter which way this thing goes, it could be just the hot topic to allow Obama to fire Hillary, blaming the mishanding of Honduras on her. Marginalize her until the next 1 or 2 election cycles.

Too bad for Hillary (ha – she was dumb to have taken the job in the first place.)

gobblemom on July 8, 2009 at 6:13 PM

By now, of course, he knows full well what really happened; but it seems he simply cannot bring himself to admit that he misunderstood so egregiously in the first five minutes — which, coincidentally, was when he committed himself to supporting Zelaya, come what may

I wish this were the case. After running it over and over these last 10 days I am left with only one conclusion. Obama supports Zelaya before, during and after.

This is also the position of Rev Wright/Ayers. It is also the position of the controversial “liberation theology”, frowned upon by John Paul II and the current Pope. It is still a major belief system in Latin America.

Hillary, ever the hustler, recognizes that they have been played by Chavez and Ortega and is looking for a backdoor. Any blood will be on her/Obama hands. Ortega is still looking for payback with Honduras for having supported the Contras during the 80′s.

Occam’s razor says Obama/Clinton actually support Zelaya and will ignore or make any excuse to continue to do so.

patrick neid on July 8, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Sometimes people act as though they are drunk with strong wine. They are unable to act, think, or speak in a coherent manner. Sometimes God causes this to implement His plan no matter how smart people think they are.

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2009 at 6:41 PM

I believe at first mere ignorance was exactly the problem

This is an assumption that more than a few observers have made. It is possible but unlikely. A far less superficial evaluation is that the POTUS is systematically dismantling the most efficient and dynamic economic system the world has ever known solely for the purpose of building a personal power base not known in this country before.

This man is not stupid. His early influences, his continuing associations, his inner circle of advisers and all of his decisions as president lead to this inescapable conclusion.

“It appears that the Republican Party leadership in the Congress has made a decision that they want to deny President Obama success, which means, in my mind, they are rooting against the country, as well,” the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee
chairman (Henry Waxman) told WAMU radio host Diane Rehm on Tuesday morning

How long before the words anti-American and even treason start appearing in this context. This will almost certainly happen when the magnitude of the economic failure begins spiraling out of control, a far from unintended consequence of his policy. Out of chaos comes rule by fiat.

The fusillade against Sarah Palin was only practice for the time it will be against any dissent at all.

davo on July 8, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Excellent post, Dafydd.

The problem here is, one cannot effectively shove their head up their a$$, while simultaneously bending over and spreading said cheeks for any and all dictators and enemies can take a stab. Being as inept as Barack H. Obama is a tough job.

HornetSting on July 8, 2009 at 2:26 PM

This was difficult on the mind’s eye, madam. :)

baldilocks on July 9, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Play the funeral music. I’m tellin ya the USA is being laid down to rest. We’re going to have to pick ourselves up and
be prepared to sustain ourselves without China. We can’t keep living under China control like this.

johnnyU on July 9, 2009 at 9:29 AM

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