We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The O was remarkably obsequious to Russia. Why? Powerline.
No reason to be. The O seems to have a relentlessly apologetic, if not masochistic, reflex towards competing or adversarial powers. (Unless they are fellow-American Evil Repubs, of course.)
"Not in my name," please. He is looking for love in all the wrong places, in the wrong way. He does not appear to understand that other nations have the serious and often grim job of advancing their own interests.
That's the tough job we hired him to do for us, too.
Wise up, kid, and work for the wonderful country which pays your wages instead of working out your personal issues on the world stage.
Anybody hear of the recent attack on our internet, (security, air traffic control, banks, petroleum companies, etc.)? For at least three years now Russia has been demonstrating it's computer skills and their power is almost unimaginable since their first demonstration. Several years ago the Russian mafia attacked 250,000 accounts in western state banks(Bank of America, Wells Fargo, WAMU, were the primary targets). The media barely covered the story then, and it took them five days to get the story about the most recent "scare" on to the evening news. I am quite certain this "event" is a much bigger story than anyone is telling--you want to invade Georgia--go ahead just don't attack our internet systems!!
Recent attacks are described by Rod Beckstrom, former Department of Homeland Security cyber chief, "On the Record," July 8, 2009. ;
"It is more of a nuisance. This is more in the graffiti school of cyber attacks, you know, someone trying to paint nasty messages, break through some windows, and kind of make a mess. It is more of a political statement.
To my knowledge, no compromise of national systems in terms of data taken out and taken back somewhere else, just really annoying behavior and actions meant to probably send a political message by whoever sponsored it."
It's kinda like the swine flu, me thinks, much ado about nothing.
What if what we see as bowing to or being obsequious to, is really a statement from Obama that there is a new boss in town and he sees things exactly as these thugs see them and will act accordingly. A sort of secret handshake in the society of thuggery.