Now hear this!Victor Davis Hanson writes so very well. I wish I had a modicum of his talent, but I’ll get by with just pointing people to his writing instead. Go read a recent article that ties together Helen Thomas, Turkey, and the recent PR nightmare of the “peace flotilla” sent to Gaza. To whet your appetite, here is how he sums up the current situation for Israel, but go read the whole thing.

Israelis should assume by now that whether they act tentatively or strongly, the negative reaction will be the same. Therefore why not project the image of a strong, unapologetic country to a world that has completely lost its moral bearings, and is more likely to respect Israel’s strength than its past concern for meeting an impossible global standard?

How odd that the more the activists, political leaders, and media figures issue moral strictures against Israel, the more they prove abjectly amoral. And the more they seek to pressure Israel, the more they are liberating it to do what it feels it must.

Since my last post didn’t list too many accomplishments in 2009 by President Obama, I figured I should give credit where credit is due and list some of the other many accomplishments of his presidency. This list is courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson, as he compares the Obama presidency to something made of china, fractured and glued back together:

Here is a random selection. I provide no chronology or theme. Nor do I judge the relative importance of any one incident. The point, again, is only that each was a fissure, some small, some major—all were glued over. The result is that now the public understands that its china presidency is fragile and held together by mere glue.

Here it goes:

  • Constant apologies abroad for everything from slavery to Hiroshima
  • Bows to Saudi royalty, the Japanese emperor, and Chinese autocrats
  • The on-again/off-again Guantanamo shut-down mess
  • The fight with the former CIA directors
  • The public show trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed
  • The reach out to Ahmadinejad Castro, Chavez, and assorted thugs
  • The Honduras fiasco
  • Czars everywhere
  • The serial “Bush did it”/reset whine abroad
  • The Queen of England/I-pod fiasco
  • Gordon Brown gets snookered in his gift-giving
  • Unceremoniously shipping back the Churchill bust
  • The end of the special relationship with the UK
  • The New York on-the-town presidential splurge
  • Anita Dunn and her Mao worship
  • Timothy Geithner/Tom Daschle/Hilda Solis and their taxes
  • What ever happened to Gov. Richardson?
  • “No lobbyists” = gads of them
  • The Podestas’ insider influence-peddling empire
  • Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” chauvinism
  • The Special Olympics silly quip
  • Trashing Nancy Reagan
  • The Skip Gates/police acting “stupidly” mess
  • The get-Chicago-the-Olympics jaunt to Copenhagen
  • Cap-and-trade boondoggle
  • “Millions of green jobs”
  • Ignore gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power production
  • Cash-for-clunkers
  • The Joe Biden gaffe machine
  • Jobs “saved” or “created” rather than references to the actual unemployment rates
  • Van Jones, the racist and truther
  • Desiree Rogers won’t testify
  • The blowback from, and silence about, the Rangel/Dodd corruption
  • The White House party crashers plan to take the 5th Amendment
  • The ‘bipartisanship’ con
  • The pork-barrel stimulus spoils
  • The demonization of the Town-Hallers
  • The Acorn Mess
  • The Kevin Jennings/Safe School Czar embarrassment
  • The SEIU direct access to the White House
  • The Asian Tour comedown
  • The politicization of the take-over of GM and Chrysler
  • The Obama readjustment in the order of paying back car creditors
  • Car dealerships closed on shaky criteria
  • Obama as “Caesar”
  • The Emanuel “never let a serious crisis go to waste” boast
  • The Black Caucus/Rangel/Waters bid to bail out the inner-city radio stations
  • Yosi Sergant and the NEA
  • $1.7 trillion deficit
  • The planned $9 trillion added to the national debt
  • New income tax rates; health care surcharge talk; and payroll tax caps to be lifted
  • Rahm Emanuel’s promised payback to those states that trash the stimulus
  • The supposed C-span aired health care debate
  • The promised website posts of pending legislation
  • Czechs and Poles sold out on missile defense
  • Sermons to and finger pointing at the Israelis
  • The failed ‘Putin helps to stop a nuclear Iran’ gambit
  • Voting present on the Iranian reformers in the street
  • Serial but empty deadlines to Ahmadinejad
  • The good war/bad war twisting and turning on Iraq/Afghanistan
  • The months-long dithering over Afghanistan
  • Renditions, tribunals, Patriot Act, etc. once trashed, now OK
  • Health-care take-over
  • The 2,000 page proposed new health code
  • The embarrassing Nobel Peace Prize nomination
  • The attacks on surgeons, Chamber of Commerce, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc.
  • The Islam mythologies in the Cairo Speech
  • The al Arabiya “Bush did it” interview
  • Obama’s TV “my Muslim faith” gaffe

Some comments on Hanson’s blog point out a few more gaffes, and I add a few more that happened after he posted this list:

  • Justice Department drops Black Panther prosecution after winning the case
  • Snubbing the king of Norway
  • Air Force One buzzing New York
  • Firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin
  • Hubris: “I like being President. And it turns out I’m pretty good at it.”
  • Refusing to call the Fort Hood shootings “terrorism”
  • Telling soldiers “You make a great photo op”
  • Terrorism = “man-caused disaster” / War on Terror = “Overseas Contingency Operation”
  • His constant reliance on the teleprompter
  • Civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York
  • Golfer In Chief
  • “The system worked” / “The system failed” within 24 hours by Janet Napolitano

At some point, a piece of china placed under much abuse will become more cracks and glue than fine china. But I don’t think we are at that point with Obama’s presidency. And yet it certainly is getting hard to see the presidential china because of all the cracks and glue.

I should be packing right now, but since the wife is asleep from her late night Disneyland trip with Little Miss V (also snoring), I am revelling in my unchallenged access to the laptop. I was reading over some news items and catching back up with the world, since Disneyland is far from being connected to the world. And I saw a link from Little Green Footballs to a new article by Victor Davis Hanson titled “Betting on Defeat?”. You should read the whole thing, but here are several excerpts that I liked:

First, those who undergo the opportune conversion often fall prey to disingenuousness. Take John Kerry’s recent repudiation of his earlier vote for the war in Iraq. To cheers of Democratic activists, he now laments, “We were misled.”


Putting aside the question of weapons of mass destruction and the use of the royal “we,” was the senator suggesting that Iraq did not violate the 1991 armistice accords?

Or that Saddam Hussein did not really gas and murder his own people?

Perhaps he was “misled” into thinking Iraqi agents did not really plan to murder former President George Bush?

Or postfacto have we learned that Saddam did not really shield terrorists?

Apparently the Iraqi regime neither violated U.N. accords nor shot at American planes in the no-fly zones.

Senator Kerry, at least if I remember correctly, voted for the joint congressional resolution of October 11, 2002, authorizing a war against Iraq, on the basis of all these and several other causus belli, well apart from fear of WMDs.

… there is a fine line to be drawn between legitimate criticism of a war that is supposedly not worth American blood and treasure, and general slander of the United States and its military. Yet much of the Left’s rhetoric was not merely anti-Bush, but in its pessimism devolved into de facto anti-Americanism.

Senator Durbin compared Guantanamo Bay to the worst excesses of the Nazis. Senator Kennedy suggested that Abu Ghraib, where thousands perished under Saddam Hussein, had simply “reopened under new management: U.S. management.” Democratic-party chairman Howard Dean confidently asserted that the Iraq war was not winnable. John Kerry in his youth alleged that Americans were like Genghis Khan in their savagery; in his golden years, he once again insists that we are “terrorizing” Iraqi civilians. With friends like these, what war critic needs enemies? Americans can take disapproval that we are not fighting “smart,” but they resent the notion that we are somehow downright evil.

… the old twin charges — no link between al Qaeda and Saddam, no WMDs — are also becoming largely irrelevant or proving untrue. It must have been difficult for Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, in their coverage of the death of Zarqawi, to admit that he had been active in Iraq well before the end of Saddam Hussein, along with a mishmash of old killers from Abu Nidal to Abdul Rahman Yasin, the Iraqi American who helped plan the first World Trade Center bombing.

In addition, most abroad were convinced before the war that the CIA was right in its pre-war assessments. The publication of the Iraqi archives points to a real, not a phantom and former, WMD capability — in line with efforts elsewhere in the Islamic world, from Iran to Libya, to reclaim something akin to the old Soviet deterrent.

Again, read the whole thing. I’m off to pack.