Montag, 28. Dezember 2009

Die Nuller

Vor sehr genau einem Jahr fragte ich, was das Nuller-Jahrzehnt in der Rückschau auszeichnen werde. Auch Zettel hat heute Schwierigkeiten, die Konturen dieses "widersprüchlichen, uneinheitlichen" Jahrzehnts wahrzunehmen.

Und Alan Posener hat in diesem Zusammenhang entdeckt, dass man die Zukunft nicht vorhersehen kann.

Donnerstag, 24. Dezember 2009

Happy Holidays

Ich komme gerade von einem langen Spaziergang am Strand zurück. Lieber hätte ich einen Dauerlauf gemacht, aber leider bin ich etwas erkältet. Die Sonne strahlt an einem wolkenfreien Himmel über Oak Island, North Carolina.

Power of Will wünscht allen Lesern besinnliche Feiertage.

Dienstag, 22. Dezember 2009

George W. Bush besucht Opfer von Fort Hood

Eine Geschichte, die in den Medien freilich so gut wie keine Beachtung findet

Donnerstag, 10. Dezember 2009

Hochriskante Friedenspolitik in der Welt des Gabor Steingart

Ein Abschnitt aus Gabor Steingarts Artikel über Barack Hussein Obamas Rede zur Entgegennahme des Friedensnobelpreises haut einem die Synapsen raus:

Die Anti-Kriegs-Politik des Trios Chirac, Putin, Schröder konnte sich
damals nicht durchsetzen. Sie schien aussichtslos. Sie war hochriskant. Aber sie
war, wie die Nachbeleuchtung zeigt, trotzdem richtig. Kriegspräsident Bush
selbst musste noch den Rückzug aus Irak befehligen.

Der nach mehr als fünf Jahren vom Kriegspräsidenten Bush befehligte Rückzug aus dem Irak war ein Eingeständnis der Niederlage? Der Rückzug der Truppen zeigt, dass Friedenskanzler Schröder mit Putin und Chirac im Recht war? What´s next??

Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2009

Reactions to Obama's latest dumb speech


Er verheizt seine Soldaten für eine Sache, die schon jetzt so gut wie verloren ist. Er hat wieder einmal bestätigt, daß er einer der unfähigsten Präsidenten ist, die jemals im Weißen Haus amtiert haben.

Victor Davis Hanson:

I am happy that for another 18 months, Obama will fight the Taliban. But I think that, in times of war, when troops are headed into battle, Americans would rather hear "smoke 'em out" and "dead or alive" than a Noble Peace Prize preamble.

Dienstag, 1. Dezember 2009

Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinklefree and pretty much mentally alert. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "resthome" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man. So here goes. I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish. I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

1. "We're no longer a Christian nation"

2. "America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world,"Americais mean-spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no otherreason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)I'd say shame on the both of you but I don't think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts thiscountry has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals." Which ones did you mean?
1. Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ?

2. Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that500,000 men died for in the Civil War ?

3. I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers,husbands,and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand forfreedom.

4. I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better thandiscrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understoodwhen they helped to get you elected.Take a little advice from a very old geezer,young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue .You were elected tolead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corruptleaders who still treat their people like slaves. And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump toconclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight ? You don't mind offending thepolice calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are,terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had todefend your country with your life but you're the Commander-in-Chiefnow, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Harold B. Estes
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