Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Politics of Mock-Outrage

Barack Obama is having his “emperor has no clothes” moment in Presidential politics, being savaged for saying out loud yesterday what is obvious about Pakistan: "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will."

Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post, in an editorial, shrieks, “Naive? Sen. Clinton was too kind. If he's serious, he's dangerous.”

Democratic Presidential rival Chris Dodd calls the statement “dangerous and irresponsible,” while Joe Biden merely labels it “disingenuous” for sounding like a “bold new initiative.”

Tony Snow responds with a platitude about respecting the sovereignty of Pakistan, but the hollowness of that answer has been exposed by White House homeland security adviser Frances Townsend.

Last week friendly Fox News summarized an interview with her reporting that “the U.S. was committed first and foremost to working with Pakistan's president...But she indicated the U.S. was ready to take additional measures.

"’Just because we don't speak about things publicly doesn't mean we're not doing things you talk about,’" Townsend said, when asked in a broadcast interview why the U.S. does not conduct special operations and other measures to cripple Al Qaeda.

"’Job No. 1 is to protect the American people. There are no options off the table,’" she said. Townsend also said, "'No question that we will use any instrument at our disposal' to deal with Al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden.’”

The bottom line is that Obama is attacked and ridiculed from all sides for the heinous political gaffe of telling a simple truth that even the Bush Administration acknowledges and is prepared to act on.


Llyonnoc of the Woods said...

And that is precisely the problem. If Obama is planning to do something that the Bush administration is planning to do why vote for him? If Obama has the same mentality as Bush, that we can willy-nilly attack other countries that don't do our bidding, then why vote for him. Obama is naive. The last thing we need is someone trying to prove he is tough. Yikes

hajile said...

The previous post is absurd. The fact that Obama agrees with one thing the Bush administration has said doesn't suggest, in any way, that they have "the same mentality". It's merely one obvious point where the solution is clear. So clear, in fact, that even the Bush administration got it right this time.

Those who say Obama is naive, are naive themselves. He was president of Harvard's law review, he's a US senator, and he's done volunteer work in tough inner cities. I think he know's a thing or two.

Whenever a candidate is attacked by the corporate, entrenched media in this country, along with their band of ignorant fanboys who reiterate everything it says, you know you have a quality candidate on your hands.