Hotel White House – Just Another Stop on Obama’s Endless Journey To Nowhere

Posted on September 5, 2010


Obama doesn’t live in the White House.  He just stops over there when he is in town.  The refurbished Oval Office looks like a hotel lobby because, well, that’s the feeling of “home” to which the Obamas have become accustomed

This past week, the end of “combat” in Iraq had the feeling less of “turning a page” than of clearing his desk.  As the panel on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” said this morning, the White House had its news releases all set up to cover the page-turning and to move on.  The new Oval Office decor and the Peace Process moves in the capital grabbed the headlines.  There are still about 1,500 special forces in Iraq – part of the 50,000 troops who remain to help the Iraqi forces protect a fragile government.  We may be moving on but we are not moving away from this involvement.  Forward movement is something Obama knows nothing about.  We are walking away from unfinished business but no one is saying that.

From “shock and awe” at the start of our excellent Iraq adventure to winding it down to a mere page turning exercise, this seems to be how our wars go these days.  Intervention does not translate into resolution of key issues and a lasting peace.  It’s more like the surgical removal of only part of a life-threatening tumor that cannot be totally removed with the hope that partial removal will provide more time for the patient to live a decent life.  There is a delusional quality about it because it is well known that it will slowly grow back to again cripple the patient.

The entire Obama effort seems to be one partial resolution after another.  We were tossed a job creation bone with a stimulus package that produced dubious results.  With fewer Americans dying in Iraq, that war has ended in our minds and in the press. Now we can focus on spending more money to stimulate the economy.  Where will the money come from?  Why look no further than the death of the Bush tax cuts.  But aren’t even the most liberal economists warning against letting the cuts expire?

We have had a chief executive and a Congress who have not listened to the people in years.  Why would they listen now?  At Hotel White House more thought is given to the next diversion from the key issues than to the issues themselves.  There is no long hard look into the future.  There is only putting out brush fires.  The arsonist remains at large. Obama’s purposeless travels and pronouncements have become stories in and of themselves.  Purposeful activity results in moving forward in a meaningful way.  We are not doing that under Obama.  We are drifting and the current and not our own policies are carrying us.  The major reality since 9/11 is this: we have been fighting the forces of Islam in two wars and in our streets but the connectivity of these things is overlooked.  The war is global and it is real and we are not gaining in any of the theatres. Appeasement and political correctness are our “weapons.”  The didn’t work in the 1940s and they are not working now.

Soon the world will look to another international power to protect democracy and fragile freedoms.  When things are so bad in the remaining area of hot conflict, Afghanistan, that corruption under our protection has led to a need to bail out a major bank there, it’s clear we can no longer manage or even influence events and people. “Oh for that warning voice” you say?  It comes from the Netherlands but we are not convinced [ HT Diary of a Mad Conservative].

Inattention to danger is as old as time – and time was when it was found in Milton:

Poetry of John Milton

Book IV
O, for that warning voice, which he, who saw
The Apocalypse, heard cry in Heaven aloud,
Then when the Dragon, put to second rout,
Came furious down to be revenged on men,
Woe to the inhabitants on earth! that now,
While time was, our first parents had been warned
The coming of their secret foe, and ‘scaped,
Haply so ‘scaped his mortal snare:  For now
Satan, now first inflamed with rage, came down,
The tempter ere the accuser of mankind,
To wreak on innocent frail Man his loss
Of that first battle, and his flight to Hell:
Yet, not rejoicing in his speed, though bold
Far off and fearless, nor with cause to boast,
Begins his dire attempt; which nigh the birth
Now rolling boils in his tumultuous breast,
And like a devilish engine back recoils
Upon himself; horrour and doubt distract
His troubled thoughts, and from the bottom stir
The Hell within him; for within him Hell
He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell
One step, no more than from himself, can fly
By change of place:  Now conscience wakes despair,
That slumbered; wakes the bitter memory
Of what he was, what is, and what must be
Worse; of worse deeds worse sufferings must ensue. [everypoet.com]