Wednesday, February 25, 2009

just words


I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away. -- Barack Obama, February 24, 2009

February 25, 2009 Posted by Paul at 7:10 PM
But a safe haven can be any nook or cranny in the world (nor need it be half a world; it can be a living room in Luton or in Bay Ridge). Does Obama really believe he can "disallow" all plotting against Americans? And what is he prepared to do to accomplish this? If he is to believed, nothing by way of interrogation that isn't in the army field manual.

Obama's faith in words was also evident in his only statement about the looming problems presented by "the growing costs in. . .Social Security." Obama intends to "begin a conversation" on "the best way to strengthen" Social Security.

What about "securing lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors"? That's easy, "we have appointed an envoy to sustain our effort."

Obama's faith in words is, I believe, a function of his life experiences. His faciility with words, both oral and written, is extraordinary -- and it accounts almost entirely for his astonishing success in life. Obama has never run anything substantial other than a political campaign, so he has not yet confronted the limits of his words. He has dabbled in lawyering, where words can take on a disproportionate significance, and in teaching law, where words are the be-all and end-all.

The president is a parent and, if he is lucky, his children take his words seriously. Whether other people's children, including those who dislike school and have other priorities, will do so is another matter.

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