Ed Driscoll

Dispatches from Tranquility Base

Which of these dueling headlines is real? You make the call!

“Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Not Seen Since ‘70s.”

—The Wall Street Journal, July 13th.

“WH: We’ve ‘Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community’”

CNS News, quoting the paradoxically named White House press secretary Josh Earnest, yesterday.

Which one is real? Well, to paraphrase Alvy Singer in 1977, I have to go now Josh, because I’m due back on Planet Earth. And speaking of the 1970s, as Steve Hayward writes at Power Line, linking to the above Wall Street Journal article, “Can the killer rabbit be very long in coming?”

As we noted here the other day, Obama has fully matched Jimmy Carter’s fecklessness, reviving Henry Kissinger’s summation, which is worth repeating:

“The Carter administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War.”

I think it was Glenn Reynolds who first remarked that a rerun of Carter might be a best-case scenario for the Obama presidency, and it appears he has understated the depth of the problem.  This is what happens when you have a president who decides the U.S. can simply check out of world leadership.

Not to mention a president who has personally checked out as well from leadership of the federal government.