Here We Stand on a Darkling Plain

I was going to save this gem for the news feed, but given the level of phantasmagoric “thinking” on exhibit, this press conference deserves its very own post. If for nothing else than simply watching this administration stand there with its fly open and drool running down its chinny-chin-chin as this new Press Secretary, even more earnest and less credible than the last one, said this today:

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday the Obama administration’s foreign policies in a number of areas have enhanced the world’s “tranquility” — a word that raised eyebrows as reporters pointed to situations in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine and the South China Sea.

Oh, come on you jaded fools, trying to stir people up. Those are just “situations”. Ain’t nobody bleeding we can see. Show us three, you smarty pants journalists.

More than one reporter during Monday’s press briefing referred to a front-page Wall Street Journal article highlighting some of those crises, and citing security strategists as saying “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.”

Pooh. That Wall Street Journal is no better than Fox News. They’d better watch it or we’ll subpoena their gluteus maximus like we did the Associated Press. In fact, y’all better watch it. We’ve already taken your photo privileges away and given them to our White House photographers. We can do the same with your “media duties”. Don’t forget: “WE WON”.

”How does the White House react to the notion that the president is a bystander to all these crises?” asked Fox News’ Ed Henry, citing the widening gaps between the sides in the Iranian nuclear talks, the conflict in and around Gaza, and the Syrian civil war.

“I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way, that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, uh, you know, the — the tranquility of the global community,” Earnest replied.

Never has a previous American administration lurched from country to country strewing chaos and death in its wake as it leads from behind — while never turning around to see what might be gaining on it. By now most Americans have quit watching. Not only are we suffering from severe scandal fatigue but we know that whatever has transpired so far can’t even begin to match Obama’s future forays into foreign or domestic policy.

Notice Earnest called what they do “intervening in a meaningful way”… The problem is, no one else shares their meanings and they aren’t providing a libretto for us onlookers. I was going to call what they do a kabuki play but matters have deteriorated so far no stylized drama can contain it; kabuki at least has formal rules which permit you to anticipate. But whatever the boys and girls in the Oval Office are playing, it resembles nothing so much as marbles in the insane asylum. Marbles made of radioactive waste.

Perhaps Norway gave our leader his Nobel Peace Prize in the hope it would act preemptively to keep America from blowing things up. This Lightbringer (“somebody, find the switch, quick!”) was going to be such a welcome change from Cowboy Bush, right?

Poor Norway. First Breivik makes a fool of your “justice” system, then Hamas takes you to the cleaners and now Obama has pulled the curtain down around your head… feeling suckered yet?

16 thoughts on “Here We Stand on a Darkling Plain

  1. Perhaps the new press secretary does not understand the importance of being Earnest. Is he Joshing?

    • omg. You’re right! I hadn’t noticed his first name before.

      I hope the puir man thinks of an adequate karmic pushback against parents with the surname of “Earnest” who stuck him with the given name “Joshua”. Even if he acquired that through some sado-masochistic tradition re names in the Earnest family, they deserve whatever the Karma Dude metes out to parents who deliberately make their children’s lives even more difficult than they already are.

        • Well, Baron, I looked up Ima Hogg, and by golly she was an actual person. Not so her mythical sister Ura, though, apparently.

          Jim Hogg, her father was a Democrat, but most importantly was reputed to be a serial practical joker.

          Who’d have guessed? 🙂

          • Ima Hogg was an old fashioned Texas socialite with a lot of money and not an ounce of pretense (with a name like that how could she?) who gave away millions and had a load of friends.

    • Hmmm…ice-cold? From that one could infer deadness. But from all appearances, he’s still a walking, talking, performing serial money-raiser. And he excels at it, just as he excels at signing executive dikta.

      BHO sees himself as cool, too cool for the fools who make his life difficult and whose complicated conflicts take him away from the golf course. So to shut them up, he’s decided to declare world peace and ‘tranquility’.

      No, I think the operative word is not ‘sociopath’ at all. More likely he’s delusional and indifferent.

      • It’s quite astonishing that even now, the traditional media isn’t playing those clips of him saying everything in the world is just hunky-dory, together with clips from … well, almost anywhere in the world, showing what’s actually happening.

      • I think you give him too much credit. He is plain clueless and a sock puppet for a lot of other people in the background feeding him through Vallery Jarrett. He plays so much golf because that is all he can do, that, and read a teleprompter convincingly. He doesn’t have enough knowledge or awareness to qualify for delusional. I’d believe indifferent. He cares about nothing other than adolescent pursuits.

  2. “By now most Americans have quit watching. Not only are we suffering from severe scandal fatigue but we know that whatever has transpired so far can’t even begin to match Obama’s future forays into foreign or domestic policy.”

    Be careful, my friend. This is precisely how Cloward-Pivin works.

    No “fatigue”. Never. No “quit watching”.

    NEVER give in. If you do they have won.

  3. Yes, it’s very effective, isn’t it? We’ve never had to be eternally vigilant, not since the very beginning, after the British withdrew. Once they did, people got busy leading their own lives, letting Washington – the original person himself – take over while we got busy moving and growing and bumping up against one another. Meanwhile, the mendaciously ambitious got busy undermining the institutions.

    Now we have universal suffrage and are so democratic we even let the dead vote. Repeatedly.

    The Democrat machines now run the cities and they are busy running them into the ground, figuring they’ll be gone by the time bankruptcy sets in. Eventually we all become Detroit, where they cut off everyone’s utilities & there isn’t enough money to demolish those bare ruined choirs where the birds haven’t sung in decades.

    The derelict buildings are not only unutterably sad to look at, they are an arsonist’s dream structures. One day we’ll wake up to see Detroit empty and burning. The firemen? No money left to pay them after the politicians take their cut…and everyone has long known that the professionals ‘cut’ is the whole darn cow.

    Big, ungovernable cities run by political machines face Detroit’s last act. Unlike New Orleans, they won’t fall by flood.

    For sure, there won’t be any Noah to rescue the virtuous. Remember that ancient promise of no more floods: it’ll be the fires next time. The only guess is which large conflagration will happen first. And will it prove contagious, jumping from city to city?

    • Perhaps Israel has the advantage among the Western-aligned countries. Having to stay eternally vigilant, surrounded by enemies with her back to the sea, Israel doesn’t have the false luxury of letting others take care of things.

      Vigilance is the price of survival and that’s one we never had to pay once we drove the British out…or rather, made it too difficult for them to stay. For all our energy, we weren’t watchful…We were too busy getting and keeping to be bothered with saving what was best about our culture.

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