Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Despicable and Inane White House damage control

White House fantasy, in Wapo:
Since taking office, Obama has argued that reclaiming America’s moral authority by ending torture and closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay provides essential diplomatic leverage to influence events in such strategic parts of the world as the Middle East and Central Asia.
Despicable and inane White House damage control, in WaPo:
But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republic’s Islamic authority in its 30-year history.
Ed Morrissey:
This is the most despicable, self-serving, and arrogant spin I’ve seen yet from this White House, and that’s saying something.
It's not just that Obama is tepid, feckless, anti-democratic, appeasing, cowardly, and weak. That's his, well, that's his foreign policy. He has chosen this foreign policy, deliberately, pre-meditatedly, and with malice aforethought.

The galling thing is that, having chosen this path, he also wants credit for Reaganite boldness and unwavering moral conviction in the face of evil.


WaPo: How Rahm Emmanuel Spins the Media

Here's how: skillfully, blatantly, profanely, ruthlessly, relentlessly. Emmanuel has a little Lyndon Baines Johnson in him. He feeds the media a line, and he's open about what he's doing while he does it. He ruthlessly plays the media against each other: offering scoopy tidbits here and there, rewarding and punishing with carrots and sticks, trading gossip and searching out info about what media persons know. Like LBJ: Rahm has game, and is not morally conflicted about his actions.

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