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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Moonbats detest the notion of American greatness as anything other than an echo of dying EUrope.

sven10077 on July 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM

la Casa Blanca

“….and I’m learning Espanol”, says Werner von Braun.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2009 at 1:38 PM

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.

Supreme self-confidence on top of an utter lack of experience, knowledge and competence. It’s a combination that you often see in college freshman. It’s terrifying when you see it in POTUS.

Cicero43 on July 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Alas, Obama is probably the most impulsive man ever to sit in the big chair in la Casa Blanca

Considering the number of times he’s flip flopped, yes.

Blake on July 8, 2009 at 1:40 PM

It’s not that they oblivious to these events, it’s that they don’t care.

They are both liberals so the facts don’t matter only the results do. And they both want another marxist dictator in Latin America.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 1:40 PM

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.”

The only problem with this assumption was the knowledge that the Obama administration had been actively engaged in Honduras for about two weeks prior to Zeleya being removed from office.

The crisis did not suddenly blow up out of nowhere.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM

This guy is such a clown.

Iblis on July 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I don’t remember all the facts involved, but wasn’t the Obama “PIDDLE” approach 1st evident to the country during the Georgia crisis last summer?

gonnjos on July 8, 2009 at 1:43 PM

For possibilities such as this, the Founders made the Presidency a term to be re-certified every four years.

Liam on July 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Obama is taking notes when it is his turn. All we need is a faux “emergency” around election time and he will try to do the same thing – I have no doubt about it absolutely. I would even go so far as to say they will manufacture such an “emergency” to accomplish this. This is a scary administration that lends itself to these kinds of thoughts.

NJ Red on July 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM

The crisis did not suddenly blow up out of nowhere.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I agree. It wasn’t an impulsive ill-informed move to support Zelaya.

Daggett on July 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Damn good analysis.

coldwarrior on July 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Idiot-in-Chief. I find myself saying that several times a day now.

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1767103

The Honduran Constitution has no provision for impeachment of the President, only replacement in the event of incapacity.

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

Once that was accomplished, the procedures for incapacity in the law were followed to the letter. The next man in line was appointed President. No fooling around or missteps.

This makes Bama and Hillary appear even less honest or informed than they already do. Naifs are very poor instant experts of anything, and their constant 100%+ self-approval ratings cannot make up for their devotion to dogma, sef, and lack of key information.

Harry Schell on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Good read. Lord help us if he is called on to make a big time decision in real-time. Pray we never get physically attacked.

FireBlogger on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I thought he was stepping and fetching for Overlord Chavez on this one. The hemming and hawing was just for cover.

Laura in Maryland on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

It does show that Hillary in the Oval Office would probably not be any better than Bammie. They are totally sympatico in philosophy. Where are the not so Marxist Democrats? Are there any that exist? This looks to me like the Dems are the ones imploding. If this is a right of center country, the Dems don’t seem to fit into it very well.

BetseyRoss on July 8, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Great, now I have to root against my own country.

Although this action by the idiot Clinton and the buffoon Obama, is by no stretch of the imagination, actually American.

It’s an American action only in that this country has been hijacked by people who have nothing but hatred and contempt for everything this country was founded upon.

NoDonkey on July 8, 2009 at 1:47 PM

We’re just seeing more of that “smart diplomacy” that Barry promised us. The only word that Barry actually heard was “union”.

GarandFan on July 8, 2009 at 1:47 PM

For possibilities such as this, the Founders made the Presidency a term to be re-certified every four years.

Liam on July 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM

They also established that only 30+ year old landed males could vote.

I’m beginning to understand why.

atheling on July 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Emperor Obama piddles while our economy and national security burn.

4Freedom on July 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I hope this is true. It’s what I thought we could expect from a BO08 for whom POTUS is a first job. Sometimes, though, I think he really does side with the despotic dictators, hoping to become one some day.

mr.blacksheep on July 8, 2009 at 1:49 PM

he appears allergic to debate

Whatcha talking about? He’s ready to talk to “those” that aren’t ready to have a “serious discussion.” He’s “deeply concerned.”

Upstater85 on July 8, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Top-notch analysis of the situation.

Mr. D on July 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Idiot-in-Chief. I find myself saying that several times a day now.

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I prefer Panytwaste in Chief (coined by HornetSting)

Upstater85 on July 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM

I definitely am going to remember the term PIDDLE loop!

highhopes on July 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM

piddling away percieved greatness…..fixed the headline//////your welcome!

chicken thief on July 8, 2009 at 1:52 PM

he is also piddling away America’s greatness;

If fumigating the WH and Congress doesn’t work, I suggest the next bunch of inhabitants just blow them up and start over.

Can you imagine taking your kids to Washington to see the WH and Capitol? You’d have to cover their eyes.

I am looking forward to his stumble and fall though. That I’ll show my kids.

-Sic semper tyrannus-

JiangxiDad on July 8, 2009 at 1:52 PM

His entire adult life it was his agenda to Piddle America’s Greatness, but he will never ever piddle Great American’s.

fourdeucer on July 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM

QElizabeth Ist was very very reluctant to execute Mary Queen of Scots b/c she knew once they did it, it would forever chnage the way monarchs were treated, no longer annointed by God as it were. he was right. After Mary was beheaded, after QE, Charles I King of England was himself executed and the British Civil War and Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell breifly followed before the Restoration

The thinking appears to be to somehow get Zelaya to voluntarily relinquish his seat or to agree in writing to Michiletti and the Honduran people he will not seek another term, this is the same fear of being deposed that EI faced over killing Mary

Once the USA is seen as amenable to dealing with a leader who replaces an ousted democratically elected Prex, whether he was about to do something or not, it opens the door

Hill is trying to get the door back shut…she asked for the Costa Rican Pres to negotiate and she got Zelaya and Micheletti to agree, they are meeting in Costa Rica shortly

I do not like TOTUS or any of his policies but as a history major I see the fear of opening the door, theya re right about that, and PS Why would you believe anythign Zelaya says at a presser?

ginaswo on July 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Spot on, excellent analysis. Even a new acronym which will probably be used frequently in the next 3.5 years (God-willing).

Thunderstorm129 on July 8, 2009 at 1:54 PM

This guy really is leading right from dead center. All those conservative pundits at the NYT/WAPO/MSM were spot on the money.

jukin on July 8, 2009 at 1:54 PM

“Wugga-wugga liberal wigga wagga union supporter woggle boggle ousted by the military roggle doggle coup d’état.”

Tee hee. You said “wigga”.

Yeah. That’s how much I care.

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 1:55 PM

We are actually in the wrong on this one.

This isn’t about arguing weather a murderous piece of garbage like hussein should be removed in Iraq, this is about taking literally THE WRONG SIDE and the usual newspeak is going on around us and I’m just thinking, how the hell did we get here?

WitchDoctor on July 8, 2009 at 1:56 PM

We are so helpless in the face of this negligence.

petunia on July 8, 2009 at 1:57 PM

edit: weather = whether.

WitchDoctor on July 8, 2009 at 1:57 PM

We can call this the Obamic PIDDLE loop

Well coined

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Is the PIDDLE Loop, as dangerous as the Giggle Loop??

(Bad COUPLING reference – in deference to Jeff. :)

tickleddragon on July 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Yes that’s a narcissist for you.

perries on July 8, 2009 at 2:01 PM

But He has foreign policy ‘expert’ Bin Biden at his side, so all should be well.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 8, 2009 at 2:01 PM

With all the limitations of arm-chair diagnosis duly noted and ignored:

Obama makes me think of a kid who has been told all of his life how special he is, and he has come to believe it to the core of his being.
All of his life, his failures have been excused, if not ignored. Basically he’s the product of the modern educational system. More concerned with self-esteem than actually knowing and doing.

Throw in his having been abandoned by first his father, and then his mother. And you have one warped personality, impervious to any data that doesn’t fit into his view of himeself.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Great post but you missed a step.

7. Quietly embrace the stance of his critics and claim that, clearly, it was his stance all along when questioned about his flip-flop.

gwelf on July 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Why do you even presume that Obama has any greatness to begin with?

bayview on July 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

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

Harry Schell on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 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

Why do you even presume that Obama has any greatness to begin with?

bayview on July 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

They wouldn’t print it if it wasn’t true.

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM

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.”

LOL!

bridgetown on July 8, 2009 at 2:04 PM

At least we can all be comforted by the thought that Michelle Obama can finally be proud of her country.

gwelf on July 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Why do you even presume that Obama has any greatness to begin with?

bayview on July 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Well, I don’t presume to speak for the author, but I think he/she means anyone is capable of greatness yet Obama PIDDLEs his away.

Thunderstorm129 on July 8, 2009 at 2:06 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

Pretty soon becoming a non-citizen or a politician may be the only way to get good healthcare in America.

gwelf on July 8, 2009 at 2:07 PM

He’s not impulsive – quite the opposite, in fact. He very deliberately took Zelaya’s side in this crisis. He knew very well what Zelaya was trying to do, he supported it, and he is backing his friend and fellow-traveling leftist anti-democrat.

What I don’t get is why anyone is surprised or grasping for explanations for Obama’s reaction to the legal removal of Zelaya from office. It’s entirely consistent with his 1980s academic Leftist point of view.

rockmom on July 8, 2009 at 2:07 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

Are you seriously suggesting that Obama is even more stubborn than Bush? That he won’t listen to opponents? That he’s incurious, arrogant and can’t apologize when he’s wrong?
I usually love irony. But in this case I’d prefer he was more like he mis-represented himself to be.

NellE on July 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

As I’ve said…..

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Obama appoints PIDDLE Czar in 5… 4… 3..

Daggett on July 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM

just like IRAN, Barry Hussein has much more in common with a Banana Republic Dictator than the President of the United States……

SDarchitect on July 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM

They’re arguing around it by saying it was a poll – not a referendum or advocacy or something.

Blake on July 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Awesome, most excellent post.

I would ask the author is this a change from previous behavior where Barack seemed reluctant to make a decision; Georgia, Somalia Pirates, Iran protest? Is this an over reaction to criticism of that apparent reluctance, now making snap judgments on incomplete information? (Note the State Departments involvement for several weeks prior with Hillary making the decisions, and Obama not involved, only briefed on events?)

Points 3-4-5 most illuminating.

Skandia Recluse on July 8, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Great post, Dafydd.

Missy on July 8, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I do not like TOTUS or any of his policies but as a history major I see the fear of opening the door, theya re right about that, and PS Why would you believe anythign Zelaya says at a presser?

ginaswo on July 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Okay I see you’ve put some thought into that, but as a fellow history major:

When a government (Honduras) acts according to it’s own constitution to oust a ruler. Why is that like Elizabeth beheading Mary?

Shouldn’t we be supporting law and order that comes from constitutional checks and balances rather than despotism?

Obama has the slippery slope backwards. Unconditional support for dictators and treating them as though they weren’t dictators but legitimately elected, term limited, Presidents is the slippery slope that the US has intelligently followed in the past and should in the future.

No one’s interests are served by encouraging South America to devolve into dictatorships! Not ours. Not theirs.

petunia on July 8, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Glad that you’re posting here too – another fine analysis. I see that “Our Take on That Whole Big Sarah Palin Thing with Ace of Spades and Ed Morrissey, as Filtered Through Our Man Karl” grabbed someone’s attention.

esperpento on July 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

For possibilities such as this, the Founders made the Presidency a term to be re-certified every four years.

Liam on July 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM
They also established that only 30+ year old landed WHITE males could vote.

I’m beginning to understand why. Still I understand.

igglesphan on July 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

rockmom on July 8, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Yes it is surprising that an American President would behave this way. But considering the particular President it really should comes as not surprise at all.

petunia on July 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

The difference between the truth and what the media reports is troubling. They seem to have no interest in the truth, the more I examine this gulf between reality and what the media reports the more fearful I am. Are Americans this ignorant? Are we this easily mislead and confused, and lied to?

Theworldisnotenough on July 8, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I would like to believe Obama’s bungling in this case is as the author described with the wonderful PIDDLE acronym. But the reports that Obama personally met with Zelaya in advance are very troubling. In the bad old days we set the CIA loose in a few rare situations to attempt a coup in some strategic place. Now Obama has cut out the middleman and he is helping to plot coups personally. I guess that’s what his famous “smart power” comes down to.

jwolf on July 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Good read. Lord help us if he is called on to make a big time decision in real-time. Pray we never get physically attacked.

FireBlogger on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

From what I’ve been reading North Korea followed through on the 4th of July attacks. Only instead of nuclear it was cyber. And they were quite successful in this first attempt. They have the potential to blind our government computers and for long periods of time.

As far as I can see our President and Government has no comment, let alone any solutions, reactions, or any other response.

petunia on July 8, 2009 at 2:23 PM

I wrote my congressman and senators asking that they demand a resolution supporting the democracy in Honduras. Probably never happen with the libs in charge of everything.

farright on July 8, 2009 at 2:23 PM

The only problem with this assumption was the knowledge that the Obama administration had been actively engaged in Honduras for about two weeks prior to Zeleya being removed from office.

The crisis did not suddenly blow up out of nowhere.

MarkTheGreat on July 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM

It may go back even further. HA poster elduende pointed out the close ties with FARC as revealed in the laptops captured by the Colombian army and the courting of Chavez who is represented by Zaleya in Honduras. Essentially, Honduras became the cork in the bottle preventing Honduras from falling into the Chavez camp by not allowing the same techniques used in Venezuela.

a capella on July 8, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Are you saying Obama’s PIDDLE loop is just p***ing away our goodwill around the world?

ExUrbanKevin on July 8, 2009 at 2:24 PM

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.

So Class of 2009, months or years or decades from now, should you find yourself in a moment of danger, a moment of decision, and should you wonder, ‘What is expected of me? What should I do?’ Well, just look at that ring on your finger. Remember your days on the banks of the Severn. Remember all you achieved here and all that you learned here. Live these values. Live these virtues. Emulate the deeds of those who have gone before you. Do this and you will not only distinguish yourselves as Sailors and Marines. You will be in the lead as we write the next proud chapter in the story of the country we love.”

Those who cannot do, speak.

unclesmrgol on July 8, 2009 at 2:26 PM

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.

The problem here is, one cannot effectively shove their head up their a$$, while simultaniously 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

I believe at first mere ignorance was exactly the problem:

I disagree. The Obama admin had been trying to assist Zelaya for weeks before he was finally ousted. The Honduran officials that Obama was dealing with in that effort finally gave up trying to explain the situation and stopped taking Obama’s calls, it was such a fruitless effort.

The evidence indicates that Obama knew exactly who and what he is supporting; a dictator’s attempted coup.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 2:28 PM

The evidence indicates that Obama knew exactly who and what he is supporting; a wannabe dictator’s attempted coup.

FIFM

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Being as inept as Barack H. Obama is a tough job.

HornetSting on July 8, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Yet he seems to do it effortlessly.

thomasaur on July 8, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Idiot-in-Chief. I find myself saying that several times a day now.

txag92 on July 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I find myself saying, “Adolescent-In-Chief.” Poor decisions based upon a lack of attention and a basic unwillingness to rethink one’s position.

It’ll be very entertaining to watch what’ll happen in another year or so when Obama is possibly dealing with a Republican house or Senate. He won’t have the good sense to try and take credit for anything the opposition party puts over, like Clinton did with Welfare reform.

dkmonroe on July 8, 2009 at 2:30 PM

It is a good post by Dafydd ab Hugh

Plus apparently the points I was making in the greenroom comment section made a little sense right Ed?

Americannodash on July 8, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Excellent article–clear, well written and accurate.

jeanie on July 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

This is not difficult to understand: Zalaya is a socialist. Messiah & Co. are socialists. Of course they support him over an example of democracy at work.

n0doz on July 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Surely Obama must be seen as more and more of a fool by many of the nations of the world. Mostly because he seems to be one.

jeanie on July 8, 2009 at 2:34 PM

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.

Can any sane person seriously believe this?

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 2:36 PM

This is not difficult to understand: Zalaya is a socialist. Messiah & Co. are socialists. Of course they support him over an example of democracy at work.

n0doz on July 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

I wish people would realize this. I wish they would wake up and see what is happening to their country, but my mind keeps going back to a post on HA that simply stated: I work with many blacks, (African Americans in the post, but I doubt they have ever been to Africa) and they say that they will vote for obama regardless of what he does…..
We have a heavy load to carry if these voters decide to vote again in 2012.
I’m hoping the ‘historic’ nature of this idiot’s election has run its course and we can finally get this country back on track.

HornetSting on July 8, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Waiting to see photo of Hillary with the guy from Honduras.
She better be in bed in a full body cast in order to explain why she could not go to Russia and the G8 meeting with the President.

albill on July 8, 2009 at 2:39 PM

The evidence indicates that Obama knew exactly who and what he is supporting; a dictator’s attempted coup.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 2:28 PM

You are exactly right, or close enough at the very least. The claim that Obama was just completely clueless is absolute nonsense that no serious person can believe.

KentAllard on July 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Good post. I remember when George W Bush was constantly criticized for not admitting mistakes or not listening to dissenting opinion.

And consider that in the face of horrible economic news and growing unemployment Obama says he wouldn’t have done anything differently. Wow. No reflection, no admission that they should have front-loaded the stimulus or (heaven forbid) cut supply-side tax rates. Nope. He wouldn’t have done anything at all differently.

When is Newsweek going to put Obama in a bubble on it’s cover like they did with Bush? I won’t hold my breath waiting for it.

JohnInCA on July 8, 2009 at 2:42 PM

The difference between the truth and what the media reports is troubling. They seem to have no interest in the truth, the more I examine this gulf between reality and what the media reports the more fearful I am. Are Americans this ignorant? Are we this easily mislead and confused, and lied to?

Theworldisnotenough on July 8, 2009 at 2:18 PM

It’s the most disturbing aspect of Obama’s America yet, IMO. The gulf between reality and our press is so broad on this issue, at least, that I now feel I have personal experience with what others had witnessed in NAZI Germany and other totalitarian regimes in history. I’m very glad that at least we have alternative outlets like HotAir and Elduende’s many contributions.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 2:43 PM

I understand that our State Department was trying to keep Zelaya in power in the week leading up to his deportation. I wonder how that fits in.

Count to 10 on July 8, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Waiting to see photo of Hillary with the guy from Honduras.
She better be in bed in a full body cast in order to explain why she could not go to Russia and the G8 meeting with the President.

albill on July 8, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Where are all those former Hillary supporters who were wooed away when Obama made her Sec. of State? Why aren’t they outraged that he has sidelined her?

petunia on July 8, 2009 at 2:45 PM

When is Newsweek going to put Obama in a bubble on it’s cover like they did with Bush?

JohnInCA on July 8, 2009 at 2:42 PM

In a ‘bubble’? Like Bubbles the monkey? You’re calling a black man a ‘monkey’? You racist bastard.

I have a new career dawning.

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Excellent article–clear, well written and accurate.

jeanie on July 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

My only beef is with the “accurate” part. It’s clearly not.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Excellent analysis. You can always tell when he’s at steps 2 and 3. There’s a flurry of MSM “Obama bites” showing him glaring and using the word, “…bold…”.

ROCnPhilly on July 8, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Excellent article–clear, well written and accurate.

jeanie on July 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

My only beef is with the “accurate” part. It’s clearly not.

FloatingRock on July 8, 2009 at 2:46 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

I was wondering…why did you call yourself Dafydd or whatever? Is Friedman such a bad surname?

Aristotle on July 8, 2009 at 2:51 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.

jeff_from_mpls on July 8, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Aristotle on July 8, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I assumed he was Welsh…..or a freaking loon, but I repeat myself ;)

LimeyGeek on July 8, 2009 at 2:54 PM

What? Obama don’t need to take time to think things out, find the facts, listen to all sides, be diplomatic, and scorn would be dictators.

He is of course….the one. He don’t need no stinking facts.

capejasmine on July 8, 2009 at 2:55 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuEc-nFULY8

LtE126 on July 8, 2009 at 2:49 PM

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

Impulsiveness is a cardinal attribute of cocaine addicts.

guntotinglibertarian on July 8, 2009 at 2:57 PM

He’s the devil.

barack hussein obama.

18 letters.

18 divided by 3 is 6.

3 sixes…the sign of the devil.

LtE126 on July 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM

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