Ed Driscoll

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

On Tuesday, John Hinderaker of Power Line had some fun with “Barack ‘Macho’ Obama,” and Hillary “We came…we saw…he died” Clinton*:

Hector “Macho” Camacho was a boxer whose name lent itself to an irresistible, and entirely appropriate, nickname. Somehow, “Barack Obama” doesn’t trend “macho.” But that hasn’t stopped our president and his supporters from beating their chests over successful killings of certain anti-American targets. Hillary Clinton’s “We came…we saw…he died” is perhaps the most ludicrous comment ever attributed to an American Secretary of State. Remember when the Democrats were appalled by George Bush’s “wanted, dead or alive” reference to Osama bin Laden? Bush was a reckless cowboy! That was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Now, it is any port in a storm for the Democrats, and they are busily portraying Obama as the next thing to a drone operator, if not an actual member of Delta Force.

Asking “Who lost the world?” Frank Gaffney writes that this likely isn’t going to end well:

Conventional wisdom has it that the 2012 presidential election will be all about the dismal economy, unemployment and the soaring deficit. That appears a safe bet because such matters touch the electorate, are much in the news at the moment and have indisputably become worse on Barack Obama’s watch.

It seems increasingly likely, however, that the American people will have a whole lot more to worry about by next fall. Indeed, the way things are going, by November 2012, we may see the Middle East — and perhaps other parts of the planet — plunged into a cataclysmic war.

Consider just a few of the straws in the wind of a gathering storm:

Read the whole depressing thing. As Gaffney concludes, “The Republican candidates to succeed Mr. Obama are beginning to find their voices on the national security portfolio. They will be formally debating the president’s sorry record in coming weeks. The question the American people will want answered is not only ‘Who lost the world?’ but what they will do to get it back.”

* And we shouldn’t forget Joe “Don’t Screw Around With Me” Biden, busy teeing off on journalists when he isn’t locking them in the closet. I’ll bet FDR would have gone on television in 1929 to publicly excoriate his own vice president for such boorish behavior…

Update: Related thoughts from Roger Kimball.