Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Personal Aside: PatheticObama Dithers Using Afghan Election as an Excuse While No Matter Who Wins, the Taliban Grows Stronger.
The two unsavory toadies in Shakespeares Hamlet came back to life on network television SundayRosenkrantz (Rahm Emanuel) and Guildenstern (David Axelrod) as supporting characters for Hamlet (Barack Obama).
Sunday Rosenkrantz sought to shore up Hamlets standing with the Left and spare Hamlet from criticism for dithering over sending reinforcements to Afghanistan, the conflict Hamlet called during the campaign the war we have to win. Hamlet used that strategy to soften charges that he is a softie in defending our interests in the Middle East. So Hamlet said Afghanistan, in obedience to Guildenstern, not Iraq, was the big war, the real one, the battle in Iraq being lost beyond redemption. And along with Rosenkrantz, Guildenstern defended Hamlet from cooperating with Fox news network. In fact both used nearly the same identical language: Fox is not a news network.
Rosenkrantz struggled mightily to justify the delay. He asked: How can we act immediately when we do not have a credible Afghan partner that can provide the security and the type of services that the Afghan people need? Meaning that since the Afghan election bore instances of election fraud with a third of the votes received by President Hamid Karzai disqualified? Mercy! We will just have to wait until there is a runoff for president or a coalition government is formed. Voter fraud is awful to consider. Never mind that Rosenkrantz was nominated through wholesale voter fraud by the Chicago Water Department patronage to win the Democratic nomination over Nancy Kaczak in 2002. So he asks compellingly: how can we move quickly to save Afghanistan while the election of the president is in doubt? How could he have gone to Congress with wholesale voter fraud perpetrated?
Rosenkrantz betrayed nervousness in his CNN interview despite the softballs lobbed up by the compliant in-the-tank network. More than nervousness, desperation. This is the first time where Obamas favorability is under 50%--with support for his handling of Afghanistan 41% (Iran 41%, healthcare 42%, the economy 48%. And of course the culprit is George W. Bush. The reason Hamlet is dithering over a decision to save Afghanistan whether Karzai gets in or his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah wins is that he hopes for permanent delay so as not to antagonize the Left
And so the Taliban inches closer to victory as Hamlet dithers and his Rosenkrantz attempted to explain it away. But Afghanistan isnt the only thing thats on Hamlets plate. After all, theres a lot of things to cause him to dither and Rosenkrantz to apologize for: Hamlets caving in to the Russians by pulling out missiles that protected Poland and the Czech Republic as a way to get Russian support on imposing sanctions on Iran which hasnt worked and which served up a stinging rebuke to him last week. Scrubbing the missiles and abandoning Afghanistan are high on the choices for the Leftand Hamlet doesnt want to alienate that segment. Rosenkrantz of course told the obediently nodding CNN that its all George W. Bushs fault because he didnt ask tough questions about Afghanistan in the first place.
Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern protested that it is right that the administration punishes Fox News because it is not a news network disregarding the fact that alone of the networks Fox unveiled the ACORN scandal which led the Democratic Congress to publicly rebuke the agency that Obama used to work for. Guildenstern knows whereof he speaks. As orchestrator of a Chicago media factory who still shares in profits it garners from Hamlets connections, Guildensterns been pushing propaganda for Prince Hamlet for years which has scored heavily thanks to a largely deferential Chicago media and is unused to being questioned. The other news networks, say Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern, are fairer: yeah right. Ignoring Acorn, ignoring the czars, ignoring the director of White House communications who lists Mao as one of her favorite philosophersa story that has yet to be shown on the so-called fair broadcast networks: CBS, ABC, NBC.
In Hamlet, Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are secret agents for King Claudius, trying to ingratiate themselves with Hamletjust as the modern variants are not total surrogates for Obama but heavily invested in a Left that transcends Obama and is now showing signs of disloyalty to himready to bail out the moment his numbers hit rock bottom and defect to any Left spokesman who can pay them more.
Indeed, as he surveys the apologies they are proffering and the mess they are making of Obamas image, it would be wise for Hamet to echo what Shakespeares Prince said to his mother about Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern:
I will trust [them] as I will adders fangd.