Saturday, September 24, 2011

Obama is clueless on the economy...

...but at least he's not a moron.

Peggy Noonan at the WSJ addressed Suskind's portrayal of the admin in his recent book--Confidence Men--and as she notes, it's not a very flattering one. The President comes across as simply out of his depth, when it comes to the economy and the entire admin is painted as a group of children. But setting that aside, Noonan also notes Obama's remark's on Palestine's bid for statehood at the UN:
On the Mideast conflict: "The people of Palestine deserve a state of their own." But the proposed U.N. statehood resolution is a "shortcut" that won't work: "If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now." Peace can be realized only when both parties acknowledge each other's legitimate needs: "Israelis must know that any agreement provides assurances for their security. Palestinians deserve to know the territorial basis of their state." Friends of the Palestinians "do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two-state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine." 
"I know that many are frustrated by the lack of progress," the president said. "So am I." All in all, it was a measured statement at a tense moment. It was meant to defuse tensions, to cool things down.
She contrasts his words with those of Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry:
The Obama administration's policy, the Texas governor said, amounts to "appeasement." It has encouraged "an ominous act of bad faith." We are "at the precipice of such a dangerous move" because the Obama administration is "arrogant, misguided and dangerous." "Moral equivalency" is "a dangerous insult."
In my view, Perry's statement is moronic, asinine, dangerous, exploitative, and--quite frankly--dangerous. And that's being generous. Someone running for the office of President really needs to know when to STFU. This was one of those times. If the admin had come out in favor of the bid for statehood, he might have been okay. But it didn't and he isn't.

Go back to Texas, Governor. DC isn't for you.

Cheers, all.

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