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Daniel Ortega Saavedra

Yukking it up with Daniel Ortega, &c.

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In yesterday’s Impromptus, I talked about President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and in particular its gestures: the New Year’s message to Iran’s “people and leaders”; the hearty handshakes and grins with Hugo Chávez; and so on. All of these gestures have consequences, and I’m afraid that none of them will be good. At that Americas summit, Daniel Ortega delivered a diatribe against the United States. He took care to slam us for the Bay of Pigs, but said that Obama could not be held responsible for that. Our president’s response? “I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old.” Yuk, yuk, yuk. Applause all around.

 

Many of Barack Obama’s foreign-policy touches have been sickening — morally sickening. The Arabiya interview. The New Year’s greeting. The bow to the Saudi king. The rejoining of the U.N. “Human Rights Council,” that disgrace. The soul-brother clasp with Chávez. This light remark about the Bay of Pigs. Etc., etc. (And the smooching of the Castros is coming, I feel sure.) During the campaign, some of us said that Barack Obama appeared to have the mindset of a Marxist grad student. Highly disturbing to see that borne out in his presidency.

 

That reminded me of Dick Cheney last January, right before the inauguration:

“What’s going to happen here is truly remarkable, if you think about it. I mentioned to somebody the other day — they asked me if I thought things had gotten better or worse during the 40 years since I came to Washington. And I thought back for a minute and was reminded that in 1968 we started the year with the Tet offensive in Vietnam. We had L. Johnson withdraw from the campaign, we had Martin Luther King assassinated, we had Bobby Kennedy assassinated, we had riots in the cities, we had a riot in Chicago that was called the Democratic national convention.

“And here we are 40years later and we’re about to swear in the first African - American president in history. That’s remarkable. I didn’t vote for him and don’t agree with him on a lot of issues, but I think it really says a hell of a lot for the country that we’ve come that far in that period of time.”

 

 

April 21, 2009 6:45 AM

By Jay Nordlinger

<. >source: article.nationalreview.com

2009-05-14


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