Tuesday Open Thread

"Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law."

–Albert Camus

 

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Andrew Carnegie says:

    This last week’s news cycle threw President Obama two proverbial slow hanging curve balls he could have crushed over the center-field fence; showing leadership on two critical issues — the Department of Veterans affairs scandal and the horrific Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris. But, instead he took the softball pitches looking — striking out with the bat on his shoulder.

    Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/01/13/in_phoenix__paris_obama_strikes_out_looking_125241.html#ixzz3OiHM9npQ 
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    • BlueCat says:

      I'm not concerned over the French reaction. Obama is very popular in France and pretty much all over Europe. When I say his failure to send at least the VP to the march, or even to have the already present Holder participate, a major bone head unforced error, I mean for domestic consumption. For domestic politics and PR.

      Obviously the WH agrees or they wouldn't have taken the unusual step of a no ifs, ands or buts apology. They wouldn't be saying flat out that it was a mistake. Further proof is that supporters are feeling compelled to put so much energy into playing defense. Smart political decisions allow your supporters to exchange high fives.They don't force your supporters to play defense.

      In 2016 it will be easier for Dems to get elected if they don't have to run away from a very unpopular outgoing president. Bush and his wars being very unpopular on his way out helped elect Dem majorities and a black guy with a Muslim sounding name once upon a time, something that just a couple of years prior people were saying was still impossible here in the US. Just like so many Dems are now saying demographics make it impossible for today's GOTP to elect a president again. Stuff happens.

      Obama's approval had been rising modestly but steadily since shortly after the crappy 2014 election. Anything that might tend to derail those modest gains can't be a good thing. Sure 2016 is far off in terms of bumps and valleys but every valley means bumps wasted and starting over to get somewhere. They should be avoided if possible.

      And let's be honest. Wasn't the sight of all those world leaders marching arm in arm impressive?  Yeah, I know. Some of them are total SOBs who have no freedom of the press in their own countries but I'm talking feel good optics with many of them leaders of countries that do share our values of freedom of expression and  strong democratic institutions.  Wouldn't it have felt a whole lot better to see our President or VP or SOS marching with them? Wouldn't it have been a whole lot better to be able to post pictures of that rather than looking for stuff  to post to explain why that not happening was really just fine? I certainly think so.

  2. BlueCat says:

    And on a different note, in the The More things Change category:

     

    J'ACCUSE

    1. Paris’s Muslim Suburbs Blame Jews for Charlie Hebdo Massacre

    While France mourns last week’s attacks, conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites have found a way to blame the bloodshed on the Jewish community. In the suburbs of Paris, “magical Jews” are believed to be responsible, reports Dana Kennedy. “It was a conspiracy designed by the Jews to make Muslims look bad,” said one man.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/13/jihad-fanboys-in-the-paris-burbs.html?via=newsletter&source=CSMorning

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