Monday, June 16, 2008

Danzig and Pooh

A rather odd way to explain a potential foreign policy regards the GWoT:
Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”
That's the presumptive National Security Advisor in a Barack Obama administration, one Richard Danzig. Presumably the Pooh Bear analogy is in reference to changing our current strategy as to engaging enemies. Is he a genius or is this just nonsense?

Well, liberals who fail to notice any progress in fighting terrorism since 2001 (despite zero domestic attacks) will likely see Danzig's analogy as brilliant whether it is or not. Projecting the image of an overfed little fuzzball honey-addicted pacifist rather than a fierce Grizzly seems exactly what Obama wants to do and as the article says, the Euros will love it. But the bottom line is, what's the bottom line? Will displaying a different face make a difference? We had a more Pooh-like face in the 90s and there were plenty of attacks.

According to his resume Mr. Danzig was the former Secretary of the Navy during Clinton's second term and is an expert on bioweapons. His wife is a psychotherapist. He currently sits on the board of directors of a company called "Human Genome Sciences Corporation", which is a pharma company involved in developing some interesting medicines:
HGS is a commercially focused biopharmaceutical company with a broad pipeline of novel drugs that includes three promising products in late-stage development, moving toward commercialization: Albuferon® in Phase 3 trials for hepatitis C, LymphoStat-B® in Phase 3 trials for systemic lupus, and ABthrax™ in late-stage development for inhalation anthrax.
It's really a small world for these 40 pound brain types--here's a conference he spoke at in 1998 which included Scooter Libby, Condi Rice, George Schultz, and John C. Yoo, the infamous drafter of the Justice Dept memos many on the left believe were meant to justify and legalize torture. And Danzig was among those who wrote a letter to Judge Walton on Libby's behalf prior to sentencing. Perhaps they swapped a few tales at the Aspen Institute?

But if his analogy of terrorists emulating Luke Skywalker is any indication of how he'll advise the president we could really have some serious change coming in November. The voters will certainly be given a choice. Matter of fact, it'll be interesting to see if McCain goes after him since one of the arrows in his quiver is that Obama will represent a return to Jimmy Carter--and Danzig served in that very same administration. Think about our success with terrorism back then.


Anonymous said...

Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”

Um, given that Winnie the Pooh is a cartoon character, this does not bode well for our country. So was Jimmy Carter, and look what happened during his tenure in office.

A.C. McCloud said...

They really, really, really think that if we just all hold hands and dialogue everything will be OK. Guess that's why they're leftists and I doubt we can change 'em.