Wednesday, January 30, 2013

President Queeg

This is a great analysis of the Resident of the White House. Devastating, actually. Mostly, I suppose, because I believe it to be entirely true.

Pleases note: I could have linked to it, and would have, but there are some glaring typos I needed to fix...because they actually affected the meaning and sense of what he was trying to say. Not very good editing, American Spectator.

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"His Queeg Moment

By Hal G.P. Colebatch on 1.29.13 @ 6:07AM


A perspective on our president from Down Under.

In Herman Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore.

Suddenly the malcontent Lieutenant Keefer asks the others: “Does it occur to you that Captain Queeg may be insane?

In fact Queeg is not insane, at least not at that time. He is simply grappling, more and more disastrously, with a job too big for him. Come the crisis of a typhoon, he becomes paralyzed and nearly sinks the ship by failing to give the obvious orders. At the subsequent court-martial he appears quite normal until he breaks down under the pressure of cross-examination. Before this, the officers have searched the regulations for guidance, but the regulations refer only to a captain who is clearly and unmistakably insane, not one who is merely guilty of eccentricity and bad judgment. At a lower level of responsibility, Queeg might have performed adequately, but with Keefer’s question, the remaining respect for Queeg’s office has gone.

Obama’s second inauguration speech may be his Queeg moment — an undeniable demonstration that, in an emergency, he is incapable of grappling with reality. For all his unceasing invocation of the word “change,” the outstanding thing about Obama has been his apparent inability to react, even to an imminent crisis. Like Queeg, he stands frozen on the bridge as the waves grow higher, or obsesses over issues like homosexuals and women in the military as the typhoon rises.

Faced with the worst looming fiscal cliff-fall in world history Obama, like Queeg in the typhoon, has done nothing at all, but has, increasingly, resorted to meaningless words. His pseudo-Keynesian fiscal notions and a mantra-like repetition of old and failed ideas, suggest a serious lack of mental versatility.

Economics is not an exact science, but some of its rules are now well-known, and one is that a government cannot spend its way out of a recession.

Yet Obama does not project any sense of urgency, merely a smug, radiating sense of his own greatness. The one fiscal measure to which he seems commited — taxing the rich — is infantile stuff, like Queeg’s obsession with who ate the wardroom strawberries. Any first-year politics or economics student knows that there are not enough rich, even in as wealthy a country as the United States, to have raising their taxes make any appreciable difference. President Reagan’s application of the Laffer Curve proved emphatically, and only a short while ago, that the way to both stimulate the economy and to increase government revenues is to lower taxes. And it is not hard to pick some areas at least where lowering taxes would make no appreciable difference to public infrastructure.

Like Queeg, Obama shows an inability to change course when such a change is desperately needed. Giving 20 F-16 fighters and hundreds of tanks to Egypt was never, in my opinion, a clever idea. Even when Egypt was an unequivocal friend, its security required things like armored cars to put down street violence, not these hi-tech weapons whose only conceivable use would be against Israel. Indeed, Obama seems to show no awareness that Egypt and other major Islamic countries have changed from being friends to something like enemies in a few months. For a President of the United States there is a difference between making a bad policy choice and clinging to that policy when it is plainly completely wrong, like the Caine steaming in a circle and cutting its own tow-line. Mistakes that cannot be ignored are always someone else’s fault (refer George Bush).

The dancing is still there, the golf, the celebs, the multi-million dollar holidays, but behind them it is possible to detect a desperate emptiness, a interconnected mosaic of failure. The one much-boasted triumph, the killing of Osama Bin Laden, was the work of other men. One of those most responsible, Dr. Shakil Afridi, rots in the hellhole of a Pakistani jail, abandoned. Obama’s oath to bring the Benghazi murderers to justice seems to have been forgotten as soon as it was made, something — I am not sure if there is a word for it — actually below the level of a campaign promise. Allies have been lost or slighted in almost every part of the world, the Afghan war has brought the U.S. and NATO humiliation, and Russia and China lead in Space. The defenses of the U.S.’s major allies, such as Britain, are in an even more dire situation.

This does not even consider the exploding levels of domestic poverty. Restoring flexibility to the wage system, so as to give American industry a reasonable degree of competitiveness, seems out of the question.

The Western position in Mali seems to have suddenly collapsed without warning, or without preventative action being taken, and meanwhile, we have had the North Korean threat. I somehow doubt we would have had that if Reagan had been at the helm. What, exactly have things come to when a cockroach of a country, apparently run by real, certifiable lunatics, can threaten the United States with nuclear weapons? The typhoon waves are starting to break over the bridge."


2 comments:

  1. Leaving this as anonymous, but you can probably guess..
    All the parties, the dancers, the golf, the "good life" - That's what it's all about. All about the Benjamins, baby!

    Funny how that attitude escapes the great amss of people - it's like that attitude is wedded to a specific skin color, but to even HINT of that is "RACIS'!"

    I wonder which half Obama is representing, though - his white or black half?
    Actions are speaking, is anyone listening? Is anyone willing to do what ultimately must be done?

    I doubt it. The People will endure as long as they can, and as long there are bread and ciruses, the barbarians can plunder the city - well, now, WORLD - with impunity.

    Let me also point out, in the grand game: Assuming it were possible to assassinate a president here, what would change? sucession is President -> VP -> Speaker -> Pres. pro tempore of Senate -> Secretary of state -> Secretary of Treasury -> Sec Defense -> Attny. General (and down the line, 15 deep.)
    To change things that way, we'd need something like in Battlestar Galactica (new series), where some obscure representative was one of a handful of surviving governance members - and next in line. It would be like a Governor of Alaska being next in line to succeed POTUS. And until it's that catastrophic, it's just changing the name. So violent overthrow in that method is a complete waste of time. Discard.

    Need to target those BEHIND the scenes for the violent change concept to work - politicians are just whores, they'll go wherever the money tells them. Remove a few key pieces from that playing field, the whole game could change. No clue how to accomplish that, though - not a question of shooting, it's just FINDING who is a target.

    OTOH, as American military power gets stripped, we mgiht get "lucky" - some foreign power might handle our biggest problems for us. (Thinking "Homefront" type situation: In Homefront, the N Koreans launched a "communications satelite" which did high-level EMP attack on the US. The US was already on the brink - much like we are, only worse - and the EMP took out the infrastructure of the whole Eastern half in one shot. You play a role in the NKorean "occupied territory" ont he West - which isn't much ebtter than the East, but has pockets of resistance at elast. East is working on their own problems.) Such an attack would at least galvanize the American spirit, and split off some of the dead wood in government. But we need a "Battleship Maine" or "Pearl Harbor" event. Most "'Murricuns" would rather stick their head in the sand. So far, the best people I've met to talk about this sort of thing are conservative types, mostly male, and mostly those who one way or another hit rock bottom. One is a recovering alcoholic; one is 75 and on his way out of the game; the rest are online. All told, maybe.. 25 people, and I _KNOW_ 2? And the population of my STATE alone is several million? Bad odds. Odds of people being willing to go to the wall for anything? Far lower. (Hence the reason for the "freedom of speech" bit, the Soapbox. Keep the masses chattering instead of DOING. And speaking of which, I'll get off mine.)

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  2. Agreed. Assassination would not be effective in these circumstances. The POS Øbama is not the cause...but the result.

    "When you do what you did, you get what you got."

    Slightly over half of American voters did what they did...and HE is what they got.

    The problem is the slightly over half of American voters.

    I'm a fan of secession rather than revolution or assassination. Let the productive, liberty minded, good-old-fashioned American people leave and start their own country, and leave the clueless morons to their big brother Super State.

    Everybody's happy.

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