As President Obama begins his second hundred days, the morning alarm clock radio wakes him prophetically with the sound of Barbara Streisand…
Memories, light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories of the way we were… Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind. Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were. (From “The Way We Were”)
In what has to be one of the shortest political romances in history, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned a U.S. report Friday that alleges Venezuela fails to cooperate in fighting terrorism. Chavez has also ordered US Junior Achievement President Barack Obama to end the decades-old embargo against Cuba. Chavez stated, “If Obama doesn’t knock down the savage blockade against the Cuban people, it’s all a lie. Everything would be a big farce!”
“Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we? “
And so endeth another lesson in the Schooling of a naive President who thinks “reaching out to your enemy,” shaking hands, bowing and apologizing for America’s strength will bring you world peace and friendship. More important: they will LIKE you. They will REALLY LIKE YOU!” (apologies to Sally Field)
So Obama had to learn the hard way: Sucking up to your enemy might lead to a pleasant photo op, but as a political move, it usually returns as a bite on the butt. If he actually had any solid political experience other than being a community organizer, he might have known better.
He can sing Kumbaya all he wants, but until you change the mindset of the lunatics who run North Korea, Iran, and so many other countries, weakening ourselves only emboldens them. Even if you don’t have experience in politics, all you need to do is look at history to know this. Recent history: Look at how Iran played Jimmy Carter in the ’70s.
Nations who envy our success but are unable to replicate it with their socialist or communist approach will respect only one thing from America: our strength.They do NOT respect weakness and so far, Obama hasn’t given them anything to fear as he talks about reducing our strength.
Something to think about: Add up the years of political experience these leaders like Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, and others who wish us ill and compare that to the still wet- behind-the-ears Obama, and there’s reason to understand why Joe Biden warned us that our enemies will test Obama during the first six months of his Presidency. You may recall, Biden mentioned that during one of his rare moments of remission from “Hoof in Mouth” disease.
One would hope the novice President learned an important lesson from this rapid turnaround by Chavez. But I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So its the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember…
The way we were…
The way we were…