Five ways in which Obama doesn’t represent the American people

We don’t agree with that.

It is obligatory to start this one out with the point that not everything on earth is Barack Obama’s fault.  Not everything is even the fault of the ideology he embraces.  The affairs of men are more complicated than that.  Obama, like every U.S. president, has to respond to a number of things that didn’t necessarily happen because of his policies, just as he has to shoulder the responsibility for things that have happened because of his policies.

The complexity of human affairs means, moreover, that it is simplistic to view such concepts as negotiating or using force in a single, all-purpose framework.  “Negotiating” isn’t always weak, nor is it always wise, benign, or the only “peaceful” course.  “Using force” can be stupid or smart, depending.  Sometimes it’s just the least atrocious option.  Other times, it’s the most atrocious, and not using force is still atrocious.  Life is like that. Continue reading “Five ways in which Obama doesn’t represent the American people”

Palin outlines doctrine for use of force, picks new foreign policy adviser

Leading from the front.

Politics being a funny beast, we tend to readily accept the idea of a retired state governor, sometime pundit, and non-candidate for president having a “foreign policy adviser.”  Ben Smith of Politico reports that Palin this weekend unloaded what he calls the “neocon” advisers who have been with her since the 2008 campaign (when she was assigned them by the McCain organization), in favor of Hoover fellow and political author Peter Schweizer, who wrote two seminal volumes on Reagan’s handling of the Cold War (Victory and Reagan’s War), and writes at Breitbart’s Big Peace.  (H/t: Israpundit)

This is informative news – and on the whole, good news.  As Israpundit observes, Palin outlined a doctrine for the use of force Continue reading “Palin outlines doctrine for use of force, picks new foreign policy adviser”