Streetwise Professor

February 11, 2013

Lindsey Graham and Dr. Benjamin Carson Commit Lèse-majesté

Filed under: Military,Politics — The Professor @ 9:30 pm

I’m not a Lindsey Graham fan, by any means.  Another RINO with Senatitis. But he did ask a very good question about Obama’s performance when Benghazi was under attack when Panetta testified the other day.

Graham’s questions related to the CIA security team dispatched from Tripoli.  The team landed in Benghazi, but was detained at the airport for hours “awaiting transportation.”  They eventually made it to the besieged Americans, but by then four Americans had been killed.

Graham asked whether Obama did anything to get the Libyans moving.  Did he call anyone?  If so, who? What did he say?  What happened as a result?

I can’t see any good answer to these questions.  It would be appalling if he made no effort to persuade, cajole, dragoon, or threaten the Libyans into action.  But it would not be much better if he tried, but was refused, or just blown off. Empty suit or paper tiger.  Wow.  What a choice.

I disagree with Graham’s placing of holds on  the Hagel and Brennan nominations until he gets these questions answered: Hagel’s nomination in particular should fail because he is not qualified, not because of linkage to Benghazi. But his are legitimate questions, that deserve answers.

Alas, we are unlikely to get them.  For the media in particular treats any questioning of Obama as an intolerable act of lèse-majesté.  There is no better example of this than CNN’s Candy Crowley’s latest service for her liege lord King Barack, when she suggested that the remarkable speech of the even more remarkable Dr. Benjamin Carson at last week’s Prayer Breakfast in DC was “offensive” because he had the temerity to criticize political correctness, crazed government spending, and Obamacare in the presence of said King Barack I.  And if you don’t think that Obama was personally offended, and was seething at Carson’s lèse-majesté, watch the video.

I have it on good authority that Obama is the thinnest-skinned president ever. He and his creatures rage at any criticism.  That peevishness is fully on display as a truly accomplished man speaks truth to power, as the lefties are so wont to say.  (But I forget, truth-to-power reads only left to right.)

How can such a large country have such a little man as president?

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  1. Funny how the said CNN lady demonstrated the truth of doctor’s words, when he spoke about people getting so offended by something someone says, they completely miss the point he was trying to make.

    Comment by deith — February 12, 2013 @ 6:52 am

  2. I keep coming back to leftist control of much of the US educational system and so a deep problem.

    Comment by pahoben — February 12, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  3. If anyone finds a way to donate to the Seal that dispatched Laden’s soul to Hell please let me know. I checked the Seal Foundation but didn’t find anything there.

    The guy is a bloody genius for the way he sent Laden’s son first to pave the way for his father.

    Comment by pahoben — February 12, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  4. @pahoben . . . might want to keep your powder dry on the SEAL story. It is looking more like a hoax by the minute

    You are spot on re the educational system. The March Through the Institutions has been very successful, and the education system was the primary target.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — February 12, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  5. Thank you for posting this speech, Prof. It is brilliant.

    Comment by markets.aurelius — February 12, 2013 @ 11:19 am

  6. Okay and God help anyone involved if it is a hoax. If the day ever comes that he needs money he will have money.

    Comment by pahoben — February 12, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  7. There is a common thread running through the last several posts, e.g. being thin skinned, forcing solar down our throats, being AWOL on Benghazi etc. imposing “sin” taxes, etc. These are not rational policy choices or even rational behavior, but are part of a belief system. It doesn’t matter to the adherents if it is true or false: it must be true. To challenge these is to challenge a belief system: you would get the same reaction form a 19th century Ultra Montaigne catholic re transubstantiation. Hence the thin skin! The indoctrination of children is a creepy interpretation of (I think) Augustine of Hippo’s remark that give him a child till 7 and he will be catholic for life.

    This is a real problem because by definition these things are not up for debate in the mind of their believers. How can one fight this? Only by an alternative belief system based on principles that most hold to be self-evident, strong enough not to wean the true believers, but their enablers and the wavering mass that follows them. It must be simple, explainable, and while attacking the opposition, a positive message such as “Morning in America” from the Reagan.

    I see no one doing this now and I am not capable of doing it myself.

    Comment by Sotos — February 12, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  8. @Sotos-capable enough that you already have my vote.

    Comment by pahoben — February 13, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

  9. Belief system is exactly right, Sotos

    Here’s an excerpt from George Will:

    Although Obama is a self-proclaimed respecter of science, he does not stoop to empiricism. Understandably. Data are unkind to his assertion that climate change is causing storms to become more severe and drought to become more prevalent. Measured by “accumulated cyclone energy,” hurricane and other tropical cyclone activity is at a three-decade low, and Nature journal reports that globally “there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.”

    State of the Union addresses are now integral to the apotheosis of the presidency. If government is going to be omniprovident, modern presidents are going to be omnipresent, and politics is going to be infantile.

    There was a belief system in the sovok union – so much so, that fraudulent science was notoriously celebrated – with devastating effects, for example, on crops.

    How can such a large country have such a little man as president?

    When the 51% start voting for what sounds good, rather than what is good, when the 51% vote for Santa Claus instead of for president, when the 51% believe that everything is free, and when the “president” portrays himself as super-nanny, Santa Claus, super-teacher, super-nurse, super-gun control guy – in other words, as everything but a president.

    Comment by elmer — February 18, 2013 @ 9:25 am

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