Friday, June 25, 2010

Victory Week in Review

From the New York Times, top left, lead web story:
Mr. Obama’s remarkable victories in little more than a week, nearly a year and a half into a presidency that was saddled from the start by two wars and a terrifying financial plunge, may not prove to be lasting.
But oh boy.. they were remarkable this week!

Perhaps I missed the past week because the 'victories' they talk of seemed awfully pyrrhic. The oil gusher is still gushing and we still don't know exactly why BP acquiesced (or received) on the escrow fund, because the details of their secret energy meeting haven't yet been released. But they have promised to get them out soon.

As to McChrystal, we still don't know whether he purposely fell on his sword or just acted stupidly. Why allow a Rolling Stoned journo to follow his staff around to bars while keeping everything on the record unless he was trying to self-extract himself? It's possible he was just a little too trusting or a bit short on common sense when it comes to journalists in general, but does the Army not give their four-stars media training these days?

As to the mitigation, whom other than General Petraeus was Obama going to appoint? Joe Biden? But oh yes, the brilliance.

This may sound like gratuitous partisan bashing, and you the reader can make up your mind on that, but my sense is that the fly landing on Obama's upper lip was more emblematic of the past week than anything else. McChrystal/Petraeus was a no-brainer, and the BP come-to-Jesus meeting was at least a month late, and they are still not skimming the oil off the Gulf. The Joint Chiefs are now talking about the national debt, which sounds like a signal of coming withdrawals.

But thank goodness we have mainstream press to find victory in the places an average man can't see.


LASunsett said...

Marching on with victory after victory under his belt. It would be funny if they weren't so serious.

It's like proclaiming Recovery Summer while the jobless rate is in the upper 9% range and watching the housing construction market plunge 33%.

So keep your salt shaker handy, it's going to take more than a grain of salt when we read this garbage.

A.C. McCloud said...

Meanwhile, what happened to Joe Sestak? And the Blago trial has been playing tapes indicating Obama wanted to hand pick his successor in Illinois, which I guess is change he can believe in.

Debbie said...

I read somewhere that McChrystal was given a copy of the article before it was published and he APPROVED it. So one must ask why he would approve such an article???

Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

Maybe this won't make sense until we see where McChrystal ends up. Joe Sestak was booted out of the Navy for 'poor command climate' by Mullen, then became a noted congressman.

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