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December 03, 2009

Sound and fury

Spiegel calls it the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate, surely the definition of redundancy.

It was as though Obama had taken one of his old campaign speeches and merged it with a text from the library of ex-President George W. Bush. Extremists kill in the name of Islam, he said, before adding that it is one of the "world's great religions." He promised that responsibility for the country's security would soon be transferred to the government of President Hamid Karzai -- a government which he said was "corrupt." The Taliban is dangerous and growing stronger. But "America will have to show our strength in the way that we end wars," he added.

It was a dizzying combination of surge and withdrawal, of marching to and fro. The fast pace was reminiscent of plays about the French revolution: Troops enter from the right to loud cannon fire and then they exit to the left. And at the end, the dead are left on stage.

Which is, it is to be admitted, a bit rich coming from Spiegel. For all his taskmasters' march through the institutions - and a campaign as grand in scope as it was corrupt in execution - the world is not troubled by the incoherence of Obama but by the incoherence of the left. His West Point speech is merely the latest iteration of a cognitive dissonance holding fully half the West in thrall.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 3, 2009 07:17 AM


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