Politically, the depressing-and-intended point is that the POTUS views Americans who disagree with him more dangerous than various foreign hostiles, and in five years of POTUS’s – er – reign, he’s not been shy about expressing this. What’s been revealed about the IRS scandal – that Tea-Party types were explicitly targeted – has bled into many other agencies ie The Road to Hell Whatever Its Name … Victor David Hanson sums it up nicely here, but shit’s going off the rails, and not in the favor of people like me. When a State has the power to do what the NSA is doing and combines it with the political targeting of how the IRS has behaved under POTUS, then political opponents are fucked. Anyway:
When Obama deals with the Palestinians, could he not say of them, as he once did without hesitation of the Republican Congress, “Even though most people agree … I’m presenting a fair deal, the fact that they don’t take it means that I should somehow do a Jedi mind-meld with these folks and convince them to do what’s right”? Of the Gaza flotilla incident that was used against ally Israel, Obama at least could offer one of his accustomed blunt retorts like “there is no there there,” as he did to his own domestic critics of Benghazi. Or better yet, he could have flipped it off as a “sideshow.”
Trouble in Syria? Tough Chicagoan Obama should warn Assad that America was bringing a gun to a knife fight, or that Americans were going to get in the faces of their enemies, just as the street-fighting candidate Obama once urged his supporters to confront Republicans.
Of natural disasters in Pakistan, the historically minded president might also see it as a metaphor of a sick society, in the way he said of Katrina that the hurricane catastrophe “was a powerful metaphor of what’s gone on for generations.” Greece is in shambles, its socialist/siesta culture unsustainable. If the candid president is going to lecture Americans with “we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades,” and with “this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track,” then perhaps he might extend that tough love to the bankrupt Greeks as well.