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Monday, July 26, 2010

"When He Takes Action, I Just Close My Eyes!"

Thomas Lindaman writes:

Recently, President Obama said he was going to Wall Street to find asses to kick due to the Gulf Coast oil spill. Tough talk, to be sure, but I'm not convinced given other "tough talk" Obama's utilized in the past.

Evidence never convinces you of anything. Regardless, I'd say the fifty-plus billion dollars BP is going to have to pay pretty much shows an ass-kicking.

Take, for example, Obama's comments after the recent UN sanctions against Iran. Even though the sanctions were watered down by China and Russia, Obama still came out and tried to portray them as tough sanctions while at the same time trying to convey to the Iranian people that the sanctions weren't really against them. That was, at best, milquetoast.

I'd say these sanctions are pretty tough to me.

And stating it's about the leaders and not its citizens is hardly "milquetoast."

At least Obama didn't make a two week bitching "Coward Watch" while ignoring the fact that he wouldn't have had to watch anything if he had simply backed his words up with face-to-face actions to begin with when he was called out (with witnesses), instead of backing down because of being frightened and now can't take the subsequent consequences that he was warned of.

And when you consider that Iran mocked the sanctions shortly after they were approved? Let's just say Obama doesn't exactly come out as looking like a strong leader.

Leave it to a patriotic right-winger to take the leader of Iran at his word, but never the leader of the United States (when he's a Democrat).

Again, right-wingers are all about Party Before Country.

Then, there are Obama's comments about Israel. Obama has talked tough about Israel, one of our staunchest allies in the Middle East, regarding the recent incident involving a flotilla and alleged humanitarian aid ships heading for Gaza. What did Israel do? Ignored Obama's tough talk, citing self-preservation as central to Israel's continued actions.

That's because Israel never acts like an ally. They ignored Bush, too.

When Obama talks tough, the world doesn't seem to listen. So, when Obama goes to Wall Street, does anyone think they'll be scared? I don't. If anything, Obama may want to show a bit more deference to Wall Street for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that he'll need Wall Street's help to rebuild the economy. But the biggest reason?

Obama's suckled at the teat of Wall Street, and they won't forget that.

You're full of it.

We got the health care reform.
We got the sanctions.
We got the financial reform.
We've accomplished more now, than in decades.

"All talk and no action", when it comes to our country, is from the right-wing playbook.