Journalism: In just several days the dangerous ineptitude of U.S. foreign policy has been fully exposed. But instead of reporting this meltdown, the media use it to further hurt the candidate they oppose.
Gov Huckabee 2009: I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism, the once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.
In his weekly address to the nation last week commemorating the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama claimed that “we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home.” He boasted that more than 3-1/2 years into his presidency, “our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.”
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. George Orwell
Those assertions would be fodder for the most blistering attacks from the mainstream media if this president were a conservative Republican instead of the furthest-to-the-left Democrat ever to sit in the Oval Office.
Less than a week after making such claims, the U.S. State Department had placed itself in an all-out crisis posture few Americans can ever remember happening before as mob attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa expanded. The alert includes Marine FAST teams being deployed to Libya and Yemen.
What could be more symbolic of the failures of the Obama foreign policy than the contrast of hearing the president and his surrogates repeatedly touting the killing of Osama bin Laden by a U.S. Seal team with pictures of the American flag replaced by al-Qaida’s menacing black standard at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis?
It’s the kind of stuff that’s made for TV news, and would certainly lead off the Big Three networks’ evening newscasts if it were a President McCain or Bush in office.
The photos of a U.S. ambassador dying in the streets would be declared the death knell of any GOP president running for re-election.
But our media, in a chilling threat to voters’ ability to choose a national leader based on accurate reporting of fact, used the Libyan disaster to attack … Mitt Romney.
Romney laudably condemned our Cairo embassy’s apology — issued before the Libyan carnage, then repeated afterward — sympathizing with the attackers.
The media immediately echoed Obama talking points and for days absurdly have made Romney’s statement the story, claiming that Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton aren’t responsible for what U.S. embassies say.
The truth is that the Middle East is now on fire, precisely because of a policy of appeasement toward Islamists exemplified by that embassy statement.
That’s the real issue here: The U.S. has taken a stance of provocative apologizing toward those who stand under that black al-Qaida flag.
“I’ve come here to Cairo,” Obama said three years ago, “to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on … that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap.”
It has indeed been a new beginning, but one based on an increasingly obvious new American weakness in the Mideast that the media ignore out of their own political preferences. (IBD)
And now the Libyans are blaming Al-Qaeda because the Muslim Brotherhood is too close to home and they know it. But it’s not like the Ministry of Truth has a follow-up question for them. They still think it’s a movie.
Obama gets off from his massive failure because the media refuses to look and Romney played right into their hands.
But remember, the Media thinks they are not as grotesquely biased as they are.
But neither will they be more “fair” and “balanced”.
Their own self-deception is far greater than their own overt deceptions.
I’ll harp on this again: The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.
The tragic events in Cairo and Benghazi should remove doubt that the foreign policy of the current administration is the most destructive since that of Jimmy Carter.
The only question at this point is whether that policy is, as with Carter, the result of incompetence and naivete — or something more disturbing.
In other words, it may be time to ask whether the setbacks in Arab North Africa and elsewhere have been so numerous and unremitting that, rather than failures, they may be seen as consistent with the view of a president who thinks America is too rich and strong for the world’s good.
How else do you explain the apologies issued to the fanatics who killed our ambassador and burned our embassy, apologies that evoke those offered in a 2009 speech in Cairo by a just-seated president who blamed the hatred some in the Mideast have for the West on “colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims”?
How else do you to explain the forsaking of a 30-year ally, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, for a Muslim Brotherhood billed as moderate but now shown to be potentially as fanatical as any government in the region?
And how to explain the rejection of Israel, our only truly democratic ally in the region, which faces nuclear annihilation by Iran, but whose prime minister can’t get an audience with the president because he’s booked on the David Letterman show?
The list of policy failures in the Mideast over the past four years is a long one:
• Iran’s continued development of nuclear weapons capability, as detailed recently by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as we do nothing.
• Continued funding of Egypt to the tune of $1.5 billion in aid a year, along with generous support given to the terrorist-supporting Palestinian government on the West Bank and the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.
• The retreats from still-unstable Afghanistan, pulling 23,000 troops out of the country even as its political situation deteriorates and despite saying in 2008 that Afghanistan “has to be … the central front on our battle against terrorism.”
• The open hostility of former ally Pakistan, where we can’t even get a supposedly “friendly” regime to release the doctor who helped us locate and take out Osama bin Laden.
• The sudden abandonment of Iraq, after all we’ve done there to stabilize it, leaving that country to the tender mercies of its menacing neighbor, Iran.
But the list doesn’t stop with U.S. failure in the Mideast. Americans can’t be blamed for also wondering why the president has:
• Pledged to “reset” relations with Russia, enabling Vladimir Putin to turn into a tyrant, jail his political foes, bully neighboring countries, aid Iran in getting a nuclear weapon, and provide support to Syrian bad guy Bashar Assad — at our expense.
• Stiffed both the Poles and the Czechs by backing out of a planned regional missile-defense system, putting these staunch allies once again at the mercy of a predatory Russia. This was done, supposedly, to enlist Russia’s help with Iran — help that never came.
• Assured Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that he’ll have more “flexibility” in foreign affairs once the November election is out of the way.
• Proposed an 80% cut in nuclear weapons that would leave the U.S. vulnerable to less-scrupulous superpowers such as Russia and China while encouraging rogue nations like Iran and North Korea to go nuclear.
• Used across-the-board budget cuts to hollow out the military, diminishing our naval presence to levels not seen since the end of World War I.
• Stood by as China expands its military at double-digit rates, builds a blue-water navy and turns the Eastern Pacific into its own little lake.
• Started treating old friends such as Britain, Canada and Japan as unwanted in-laws and old adversaries such as Russia and China as friends.
VAllowed American guns to flow to cartels in Mexico without Mexico’s knowledge, at a high cost of human life.
Isn’t it time we stop and think and connect all the dots of a foreign policy that’s taking us in a direction we don’t want to go? (IBD)
Jimmy Carter 2.0
But don’t worry, there’s plenty of campaigning, golfing, and speeches about how much my opponent is an asshole that are vastly more important to me, The President, anyhow.
The Ministry of Truth will cover this up for me so I can go back to parading in front of sycophants and groupies.
So, on a highly symbolic date, mobs storm American diplomatic facilities and drag the corpse of a U.S. ambassador through the streets. Then the president flies to Vegas for a fundraiser. (Mark Steyn)
And no one in the Ministry bats an eye. After all, it’s not about them! It’s all about a movie…
No, no, says the Broadway director; that’s too crude, too ham-fisted. How about the crowd is cheering and distracted, but he’s the president, he understands the gravity of the hour, and he’s the greatest orator of his generation, so he’s thought about what he’s going to say, and it takes a few moments but his words are so moving that they still the cheers of the fanbois, and at the end there’s complete silence and a few muffled sobs, and even in party-town they understand the sacrifice and loss of their compatriots on the other side of the world.
But no, that would be an utterly fantastical America. In the real America, the president is too busy to attend the security briefing on the morning after a national debacle, but he does have time to do Letterman and appear on a hip-hop radio show hosted by “The Pimp With A Limp.” (MS)
They are just beyond themselves with their own greatness that reality is just that interesting. Certainly not a reality were THEY ARE WRONG and the mighty Obama has fallen. That is a reality that bites.
A reality they will deny and deny you from it. And thus so must you.
The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won’t answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans until the investigation into the incident is complete. “I’m going to frustrate all of you, infinitely, by telling you that now that we have an open FBI investigation on the death of these four Americans, we are not going to be in a position to talk at all about what the U.S. government may or may not be learning about how any of this this happened — not who they were, not how it happened, not what happened to Ambassador Stevens, not any of it — until the Justice Department is ready to talk about the investigation that’s its got,” State Department spokeswoman Victorian Nuland told reporters late Friday afternoon. “So I’m going to send to the FBI for those kinds of questions and they’re probably not going to talk to you about it,” she said. All aspects of the attack, including what led up to it, its causes, the identity of the perpetrators, and the circumstances surrounding the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and the other three Americans, are off limits for reporters. (Townhall)
The Ministry must remain strong.
For Big Brother must always be.
So say we all. 🙂