Obama Kool-Aid Drinker Drinks the Obama Kool-Aid
The alternate title to this post is Blind Squirrel Finds An Empty Acorn.
In the New York Times column Obama’s Team of Idolizers, Roger Cohen’s editor came up with a headline designed to spark the reader to investigate the so-called team of Obama idolizers. Instead, the article reveals that Cohen has drunken his Sun King’s own Kool-Aid (and probably ate the pudding as well).
…four years have passed and Obama has adroitly steered the bankrupted United States he inherited away from the precipice…
In reality—and in less than four years—we’re about $6 trillion more bankrupted (and that doesn’t count our national-level unfunded liabilities) than before and beyond Cohen’s thick bubble, most people think Barry has moved us closer to the aforementioned precipice.
And then there’s this:
The failure of hope, the absence of profound change, has much to do with the Republican obstructionism…
Ah, despite inheriting a Democrat legislative monopoly, Republicans should be blamed for Obama’s epic failures. Original, no? To paraphrase Dr. Leonard McCoy, “It hasn’t worked so far but we’re not out yet.”
Next item, a Cohen bone thrown regarding the 2016 presidential election, a dog-whistle for fellow lefties not to give up hope:
Then there is Hillary Clinton, a superb secretary of state.
Yes, just look at Mrs. Clintons’ myriad successes with regard to Egypt’s Islamic Spring, Syria’s state of martial law and disorder, NATO member Turkey trending Islamic, a nuclear Iran, continuing human rights violations in China, the Russian non-reset, et al. Hey, at least she hasn’t been indicted.
Finally, there’s this howler:
Obama has corrected big mistakes — abandoning the unwinnable global war on terror and pulling out of Iraq. To his immense credit he took a big gamble on killing Osama Bin Laden.
Roger, first off, early in his term, the President renamed the Global War on Terror (GWOT) to the kinder/gentler Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO). Don’t be so Bush-era; words matter!
Second, Obama has made drone-based assassinations the foundation of the OCO (not that I have a problem with that, but I’d expect the New York Times to…unless the President/Sun King is a Democrat).
Finally, Jimmy Carter would have taken that OBL gamble. Even heartbeat-away Joe Biden, regardless of the disconcerting stream-of-consciousness gibberish that comes out of his mouth, would have made that bet. Yes, I’d offer Dennis Kucinich would have done the same thing Obama did. Please, Roger: get a grip. Your denial is showing and from one human being to another, it’s embarrassing.
The summary? The intellectual dishonesty and factual failings of the New York Times no longer threaten; instead, they amuse.