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31 March 2009

Europeanized

The nuancey boys were wrong on Obama, and the knuckle-dragging morons were right.

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A bit of self-reflection might not go amiss. There were various theories on the enigmatic O in the run-up to his election: a) he was a post-partisan intellectually sérieux centrist with a totally awesome temperament, as Messrs Buckley, Brooks & Co argued; b) he was a doctrinaire leftie statist, as his choice of friends and associates suggested; or c) he was a man completely unqualified to be president, as his wafer-thin resume made plain. We're still debating over whether it's b) and/or c), but any homme sérieux ought by now to be honest enough to acknowledge that a) was a fantasy projected on to Obama by doting admirers.

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The naysayers complain, oh, it’s another Jimmy Carter, or it’s the new New Deal, or it’s LBJ’s Great Society applied to health care… You should be so lucky. Forget these parochial nickel’n’dime comparisons. It’s all those multiplied a gazillionfold and nuclearized – or Europeanized, which is less dramatic but ultimately more lethal.

24 March 2009

Energia nel mondo della fantasia

The one path not being pursued by the Obama administration, of course, is nuclear energy. That would be too easy. All we’d have to do is admit that the purveyors of “clean and renewable energy” are living in a fantasy world.

A, B, C.

18 March 2009

Arrivo, Nanni !

"papa' on cie' ... papa' mmerica...
fazzo uu-a."

15 March 2009

Econobam

Qualms sull'economia anche in campo liberal. Sull'Iran, perfino la Russia si preoccupa... e l'americano medio, pare, anche.

E a proposito della vicenda dei regali per Brown, questa le batte tutte. Soprattutto Sarkozy received a lovely pen holder made from the timbers of British warship HMS ...

13 March 2009

Obam'R'us

Uno e due.

One European observer remarked: "We like it when the U.S. acts strong, because we do not. Then we can blame the U.S. for what we really, deep down, want and need them to do to keep a dangerous world somewhat sane and free. We don't need Obama to be like Europe. We already are Europe. The U.S. has to lead, and Obama does not get that."


There is only room for one Obama — and, you remember, we already are the Obama.

10 March 2009

Obamiana

Uno: la dubbia science policy sulle staminali embrionali - a, b, c, d.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations." With all due respect, that is nonsense.

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President Obama has turned his back on those advances [the development of alternative sources of embryonic-like cells that do not necessitate the destruction of human organisms]. He has needlessly and clumsily forced a choice between the promise of progress and the respect for life, and has gone out of his way to ensure that we fail the moral test put before us. Let us hope this failure proves reversible in time and does not set the tone for science policy in the years to come.
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Due: irresponsabilità.

Since the average American never took out a mortgage loan as big as 700 grand — for the very good reason that he could not afford it — why should he be forced as a taxpayer to subsidize someone else who apparently couldn’t afford it either, but who got in over his head anyway?

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Tre: deficit.


There just isn’t enough cash, even at the top of the income pyramid, to pay for all this.

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Quattro: verdismo.

There may be legitimate arguments for taking dramatic steps to fight climate change. Boosting the economy isn’t one of them.

Have you hugged your islamofascist today ?

Alla ricerca dei tagliagole moderati (che non esistono per definizione).

La guerra è finita, e forse abbiamo perso.

(P.S. Come discusso qui, "islamoleninismo" è probabilmente una descrizione più accurata dell'islamismo alla Qutb [Muslim brotherhood].)

09 March 2009

Yes they can

DF Intelligence Chief Gen. Amos Yadlin confirmed on Sunday, in his monthly briefing to the Cabinet, that ayatollah-controlled Iran has the technology to develop a nuclear bomb - and that it is taking advantage of U.S. President Obama's dialogue policy.

“Iran has crossed the technological threshold,” Yadlin said, “such that its reaching military nuclear capabilities is a matter of adapting its strategy to the target of manufacturing a nuclear bomb.” The bottom line, according to Yadlin, is that it is entirely up to Iran’s decision makers, independent of outside considerations and factors, to decide when to proceed with producing the bomb.

Yadlin thus confirmed earlier reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and U.S. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Commander Admiral Mike Mullen. Mullen said two weeks ago that Tehran now has enough fissile material to build a bomb. The IAEA announced last week that its earlier reports were mistaken, and now acknowledges that it has evidence that Iran has enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon.

Iran currently has 4000 active centrifuges, the IAEA reported, which produce the low-grade enrichment of more than a ton of uranium. In addition, Iran now has the wherewithal to enrich the uranium to a high-grade level; 25 kilograms of high-grade enriched uranium is sufficient for a bomb.

“Iran continues to amass hundreds of kilograms of low-grade enriched uranium,” Yadlin said, “and is hoping to take advantage of the dialogue with Washington to buy time to advance towards the ability to build a bomb.” Iran will not stop this activity while the dialogue continues, Yadlin implied, because though “Iran and its allies hope that the spirit of change in the United States is genuine, they think that it is a step before the formulation of a more effective coalition against them.”

Practically while Yadlin was making his report, Iran announced that it had successfully tested a new long-range air-to-surface missile. Not only Israel has cause for concern, Yadlin said: “The moderate Arab nations fear that the Obama administration’s dialogue with Iran will come at their expense, and that it will be exploited by Iran and Syria, which will continue engaging in arming and terrorism while appearing to dialogue.”

Some see Obama’s approach of talking with Tehran a modern form of the appeasement that enabled Nazi Germany to actualize its threats. Elements of this policy include: last week's invitation by the U.S. to Iran to an international conference on Afghanistan – a clear break with the Bush policy of viewing Iran as part of an "axis of evil; Obama's desire to fight jointly with Iran against the Taliban – although only the more extremist elements thereof; Obama's offer of economic incentives to Iran to stop its nuclear program; Obama's expression of “recognition” of Iran’s strength and regional position. However, as Gen. Yadlin told the Cabinet on Sunday, Iran plans to use the new American dialogue policy to its own advantage – and that of its nuclear program.

Sondaggi e ultim'ora

L'instabilità mentale e' proprio una brutta cosa. Come mi e' capitato di dire, trattare con i "talebani moderati" sull'Afghanistan e' circa come trattare con i pedofili moderati in materia di asili nido.

Sì, decisamente.

Quando lo diceva Bush, invece, no. (Il piano è, pari pari, lo stesso, salvo che Obama ha infilato i presunti risparmi che ne derivano nel suo piano economico e di budget :D )

02 March 2009

Autorevole

Una critica dell'America di Barack Obama, firmata Alexis de Tocqueville, sul Weekly Standard