Faith-Based Citizenship

Obama flunks Americanism 101.

President Obama could hardly have struck more wrong notes in his immigration speech yesterday if he had attacked a piano with a buzzsaw.  For me, the most egregious dissonance emerged with the sentence: “Being an American is not a matter of blood or birth, it’s a matter of faith.”

Ed Morrissey generously suggests the following:

We know what Obama meant in this passage — a similarity to those who have expressed the notion that they were Americans before ever setting foot in the US, thanks to their love of liberty.

But I am decreasingly sure that Obama means these commonly-understood things when he uses such weird formulations. Continue reading “Faith-Based Citizenship”

America at the Crossroads: Русский газ

Russia’s aggressive pursuit of energy resources versus American post-modern attitudes.

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”

Winston Churchill

If Churchill made that comment today, he might suggest the whole of the Russian enigma was wrapped in gas – natural gas, with oil in the mix as well.  And once you wrap Russia in gas, she’s not much of an enigma, and you can divine pretty easily where her leaders think the national interest lies.

As we begin this survey it’s important to note that the mindset I approach it with is not one of “doom and gloom,” or anger that Russia is having the unmitigated gall to buy up oil and gas contracts.  But neither is it valid or correct to depict Russia as merely one actor in a commercial competition.  Russia works in a way other nations do not to subvert the independence of her neighbors who are also oil/gas actors, behaving toward Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, and others in ways that would draw the vociferous ire of politicians and the media, if a Western nation did these things.

Oil and gas calculations have very real influence on national policies, Continue reading “America at the Crossroads: Русский газ”