Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The gang that couldn't shoot straight

Peggy Noonan has a year-end summary of the Obama administration: "Incompetence."
It all looks so lax, so loosey-goosey. In the place of the energy and focus that would go into the running of things, the administering and managing of them, we have the preoccupation with spin, with how things look as opposed to how they are. The odd thing still is that the White House never misses a speech, a list of talking points, an opportunity to shape the argument on TV. They do the talking part, but the doing? They had 3½ years to make sure ObamaCare will work, three years to get it right top to bottom, to rejigger parts of the law that they finally judged wouldn’t work, to make the buying of a policy easy on the website. And they not only couldn’t do that, which itself constitutes an astounding and historic management failure, they make it clear they were taken aback by their failure. They didn’t know it was coming! Or some knew and for some reason couldn’t do anything.
Since we're reviewing the past year, I think it's useful to throw a spotlight on the Syria crack-up.  First there's a red line.  Then - wait a second - public opinion is turning against action.  But now America's credibility and resolve in the Middle East are on the line.  What does Obama do?  Well, at the behest of his deluded chief of staff, President Passerby decides to throw it back to Congress where a Syria resolution faces certain defeat.  It's all about maintaining the image:
The president's decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike against Syria came out of the blue — none of his national security team saw it coming, according to three senior administration officials.
Pfffft - who needs 'em?  In case you missed it, Assad is bombing Aleppo again and our nominal allies in the region are critical of this Administration's inchoate foreign policy.  I'm sure the mullahs in Iran are quaking in their sandals.


A bowl full of mush. And a quiet old lady who was whispering, "Hush." said...

Peggy Noonan said the election was slipping away from Mitt Romney because he wasn’t being solicitous enough to an imaginary Ohio woman sitting on a porch that Noonan made up.

Then Peggy Noonan called the election for Romney anyway, because she saw a lot of ROMNEY signs on her neighbors' lawns.

Then Peggy Noonan said it was really for the best that Romney didn’t win.

Peggy Noonan said the complaints about IRS "targeting" were the worst political scandal of her lifetime. (Noonan was born in 1950. She wrote speeches for Reagan during Iran-Contra.)

Peggy Noonan thinks Obama is to blame for unemployment (“stuck in his games”) because he did not “go for public-works projects.”

Peggy Noonan said that she saw no way for Obama’s presidency to survive the BP oil spill.

Peggy Noonan repeatedly said Rick Lazio was going to beat Hillary Clinton in their Senate race. After Clinton won by double digits, she said it was because of Al Gore’s coattails.

Peggy Noonan said that George W. Bush (“President Backbone”; “the steely-eyed rocket man”) reminded her a lot of Abraham Lincoln.

After Bush was called "detached," Peggy Noonan said it was a standard empty criticism used against all Republican presidents. Five years later, she criticized Obama for being “detached.”

In 2011, she said the big secret of Obama was that Obama wasn’t good at politics. He was, Noonan wrote, “a loser.”

In 2003, Peggy Noonan said that dead troops were inevitable, and a valid price to pay, to avert a future Saddam-sponsored Iraqi attack within U.S. borders. Years later, she wrote of Afghanistan, “But Washington soon took its eye off the ball, turning its focus and fervor to invading Iraq.” Dumb old "Washington."

Peggy Noonan thought it was bad for Americans to see the internal pro-torture memos because “some things in life need to be mysterious.”

Peggy Noonan once saw a broken walking conveyor belt at an airport and thought, “There’s an increasing sense in America now that the facades are intact but the machinery inside is broken.”

Well, that was bracing. Now, what did analytical thinker Peggy Noonan have to say today on the subject of being incompetent at one's job?

XisDshiz said...

Obamacare is a disaster and Barry's admin is the Keystone Kops on steroids.

Here is a parody video I made about all the lies these corrupt usurpers tell:

Hitler's health insurance is cancelled

Hitler usurper comedy on steroids said...

Barry's admin is the Keystone Kops on steroids

How dare you insult our men in uniform.