It is difficult, if not impossible, not to be cynical about politics these days with President Mickey Mouse and Secretary of State Goofy running all over Fantasyland “wishing on a star” while they figure what the adults are going to do. The past two weeks have been a field day for conspiracy theorists and speculators and why not? Has the Obama administration succeeded at anything other than diminishing its own credibility and that of the
The spin doctors are already cranking out plaudits about Obama’s diplomatic acumen and his hard line “red line” stance. Honest observers know otherwise. It isn’t a stance, it is posturing. Huge difference, but that’s the way politics works in
When the credits roll after a movie, patrons offer wonder just exactly what is a “gaffer.” John Kerry left no doubt at a press conference in
Kerry followed up gaffe number one with another misguided remark which was the equivalent of fumbling the football behind the goal line and being recovered by Obama for a safety that Vladimir Putin used to preserve a victory.
When Kerry off-handedly suggested that
At first Obama’s response was “You have to take it with a grain of salt,” but then he added, “We’re going to run this to ground. We’re going to make sure that we see how serious these proposals are.”
Now that we know the Syrians were serious, Obama has become the Einstein of diplomacy. He should have stuck with “You have to take it with a grain of salt,” because that is precisely what it is.
In Obamaspeak, however, “run this to ground” really means “run this into the ground” when it comes to explaining the wisdom of his indecisiveness to the world.
For the moment, it appears to be a win-win for the world and its politicians. The “red line” has faded to pink as
Meanwhile the civil war in
The Obama administration has done a political version of Dancing with the Stars with this week’s featured dance, The Hokey Pokey. “You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, you put your right hand in, and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about.”
For the time being, the game of “what if” is over. No more “what if we attack
We can turn our attention back to
Just remember that grain of salt. It will come back to haunt us eventually.
The president will address the nation tonight, but the original speech will now be quite different. Commentators can analyze whether or not he should wear his cape because Obama is no longer sitting naked on the wrecking ball.
We can give that and twerking back to Miley Cyrus. Americans are more interested in that controversy anyway.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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