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.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Friday, October 9. 2009
The Dark Side: Taliban Peace Prize For Obama
One of my dearest, longest and most respected friends has stared more deeply and widely into the dark side of reality than anyone. We just discussed my “Davy Crockett attitude” toward President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. My way of being is to find reasons to smile in the face of challenges. I, also, believe this travesty further removes him from the ability of serious-minded people to support him.
My friend is qualified to be less sanguine: he served as a combat advisor in
Here’s what my friend has to say about what he titles “Taliban Peace Prize For Obama.” (My friend chooses to withhold his name from this post, so as not to intrude politics into his classroom or ministry.)
Posted by Bruce Kesler in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects, Our Essays at 15:17 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
I love your friend! He is as wise & shrewd as he is sharp & sarcastic :-) Would he, perhaps, consider running for office? I am waiting for (expecting?) our own Honduras, when the hapless Commie in Chief does something to warrant his ousting.
"We'll accept a certain number of refugees to help ease the short-term sting of conscience over betraying an allly" I cant help but believe That these refugees will be brought here in HUGE numbers and fast tracked to be voting citizens, probley settling in an area(with govt. assistance) that will tip the balance of power to dems .
well, I think they are drinking "the kool-aid" in Stockholm as well. sad that this award means next to nothing for most people because of these types of picks. Ridiculous but then Hopey Changey is in office and who would have ever thought that could happen. it is a mystery.....
Well this would only work if Obama were a narcissist. Oh, wait...he is that easily controlled? Then David Axelrod would just have to say the right thing and this egomaniac would do anything? I guess you could say this would be Stockholm syndrome?
feevert ... I noted here when Zelaya conspired with Chavez to alter Honduras' official Constitution, in order to change its basic statute that a president of their country could only serve one term, that our Administration's initial reaction was completely wrong in calling the Honduran reaction "a coup". I suggested that in thinking about it, we substitute our own situation if, for instance, our sitting President decided that he could serve another additional term, or terms. As the Honduran constitution requires, our own Constitution also requires that such changes have to be preceded by a national vote to pass a Constitutional amendment. Zelaya decided to trash their constitution and use ballots illegally acquired from Chavez, without waiting for a Constitutional amendment to be passed [or not].
So the Honduran Supreme Court mandated that such an action was illegal, just as our Supreme Court would do in such a situation, and ordered that Zelaya be arrested, and that the head of the Honduran Congress be appointed to an interim presidency until the regular presidential election this coming November. All these actions were legally congruent with their constitution.
And they are a sovereign country after all. So this was not a coup d'etat, which means literally a 'blow against the state,' but rather a legitimate state sponsored action.
But then our President immediately [obviously without thinking about it] declared that this was a coup d'etat. And Hillary loyally backed him up. So now our country is officially in opposition to one of our best friends in this hemisphere, and Michelletti, the Honduran interim President, was denied entry to this country to attend the UN meeting.
If we keep making stupid decisions and treating our friends like enemies, we soon won't have any friends left.
The question nobody seems to be asking, is who nominated the arrogant little man for the prize to begin with? They had to have done it 9 days into his presidency. This stinks of Axelrod.
From 'The Times Online' (It would seem they nominated him themselves.)
"The award is also an example of what Nobel scholars call the growing aspirational trend of Nobel committees over the past three decades, by which awards are given not for what has been achieved but in support of the cause being fought for.
Thorbjørn Jagland, the committee chairman, made clear that this year’s prize fell in that category. “If you look at the history of the Peace Prize, we have on many occasions given it to try to enhance what many personalities were trying to do,” he said. “It could be too late to respond three years from now.”
Look at the last sentence. The committee has bought into the HOPE meme and given themselves over to wishful thinking and denied fact. Rather than support achievement, they now see themselves as hoping to affect world politics. Hoping. I daresay Alfred Nobel is twisting and turning in rage.
Another man who has done nothing but work to bring down the world which has allowed his very rise.
I can't get links to work this morning.
Tracked: Oct 09, 19:09
Tracked: Oct 10, 16:58