Adding to Quin's comments about our self-important prig of a president, allow me to remind you of Barack Obama's address to the United Nations one year ago. I have set the video to start 12 minutes in, at a particular point...listen for as long as you can tolerate and you will understand why those in the Middle East who only understand and respect strength feel free to test our resolve and kill our people. (If you can't stand the sound of his voice, the transcript is here.)
The paragraph in particular which is so remarkable, and which should be held against Obama at every turn:
So this has been a remarkable year. The Qaddafi regime is over. Gbagbo, Ben Ali, Mubarak are no longer in power. Osama bin Laden is gone, and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him. Something is happening in our world. The way things have been is not the way that they will be. The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. Dictators are on notice. Technology is putting power into the hands of the people. The youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship, and rejecting the lie that some races, some peoples, some religions, some ethnicities do not desire democracy. The promise written down on paper -- “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” -- is closer at hand.
But it's just so much more (insert adjective here) to hear it from the mouth of The One, the man who won a Nobel Peace Price for an accomplishment to be named later...
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