Obtuse Observer

May 2, 2012

Obama Nervous?

From recent Dana Milbank article.. “preezy is making me queasy because his nonstop campaigning is looking, well, sleazy — and his ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden is just the beginning of it.”  Yikes!  This criticism isn’t coming from Obama’s right but from a liberal writer.

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Here’s more from the article:  In a political culture that long ago surrendered to the permanent campaign, Obama has managed to take things to a whole new level. According to statistics compiled for a book to be published this summer, the president has already set a record for total first-term fundraisers — 191 — and that’s only through March 6. Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total (inflated in part by relaxed fundraising rules) exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

That’s a lot of fundraisers!

Back to the ad Milbank referred to:  YouTube Preview Image

Arianna Huffington called the ad despicable.    YouTube Preview Image

From the other side of the political landscape comes an editorial from Peggy Noonan.  She suggests that all of this is evidence that Obama is running scared, “The old Washington gossip was that the Obama campaign was too confident, now it is that they are nervous.”

 

May 5, 2011

WTF Osama bin Laden Headlines

Filed under: Osama bin Laden — Obtuse Observer @ 2:51 am

Feel free to read the articles…. or not to. 

‘Geronimo’: Code name for bin Laden blasted 

So, killing the guy is just fine but my word the code name is vulgar?  Reminds me of a line from Apocalypse Now where Brando’s Colonel Kurtz is recording comments about the ironies he’s encountered:  We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!

Bin Laden’s death could spark a conflict between Christianity and Islam

Is that so?  Bibles are illegal in many Muslim states.  The two are in a state of near open war in several places in Africa.  Apostasy is punishable by death in many Muslim states.  As far as I know the converse is true nowhere.  However, I think those facts may be used to suggest a conflict already exists.

I’m sure there will be more but that’s all I had the stomach for right now.

May 2, 2011

Osama is Dead…

Filed under: Osama bin Laden — Obtuse Observer @ 12:24 pm

For my part:  I believe we’ve known for some time where OBL has been hiding.  The problem was geography.  OBL in Pakistan is more troubling for Pakistan and the US.  Afghanistan is a basket case of territory that no one can control.  Pakistan actually is a country with the potential to be both a functional state and a partner in the fight to destroy Islamic terrorism.  Continuing our efforts in Afghanistan continues to weaken Pakistan.  A weaker Pakistan is more troubling than an Afghanistan left to the wolves.  As such, whether intentionally or not, we’ve played chicken with Pakistan.  The pivot has been the head of OBL.  Whether by design or error I suspect we’d weakened the Pakistani Government sufficiently to either force them or induce them to offer OBL’s location and their agreement to cooperate.  For my part I care not as long as OBL is dead.  AQ, an irrelevant operational force, was none the less a symbolic head.  As his foot soldiers were fond of video-taping…  AQ is now headless.  May he find his own most distinguishedly horrific hell eager for his booking, processing, arraignment, trial, sentencing, appeals, and eventual punishment…. I’m guessing credit for time served doesn’t impress eternity much.

edit:  one has to wonder if this isn’t part of the Pakistani government trying to take on the ISS.  One would guess it highly probably that the Pakistani intelligence agency is about to go under the spotlight.

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