YESTERDAY ON THE TARMAC, CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O THOUGHT HE WAS AT LONDON'S HEATHROW AIRPORT AND ACTED DA DIVA.
FACE TO FACE WITH GOVERNOR JAN BREWER, BARRY O GOT A LITTLE NASTY AND, AS MARCIA POINTED OUT ALREADY, SHOWED WHAT HE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT WOMEN.
AND THE PRESS DID SO AS WELL.
POLITICO RAN A PHOTO. AN AP PHOTO. THEY CROPPED IT. AS DID MANY OUTLETS. WHY? MAYBE SO THAT THEY COULD RUN WITH "AT ONE POINT, SHE POINTED HER FINGER AT HIM."?
NYC'S ABC RAN THE UNCROPPED PHOTO.
WHEN YOU CAN SEE BELOW THE ELBOWS, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
WE SEE BREWSTER POINTING AT BARRY O. WE NOTICE HOW HE'S BENT FORWARD AND IN HER SPACE. WE NOTICE, MOST IMPORTANTLY, THAT HE'S GOT HIS HANDS ON HER. WHEN YOU'RE IN ARGUMENT WITH SOMEONE, YOU DON'T PUT YOUR HANDS ON THEM.
IT'S CUTE THE WAY THE PRESS COVERED FOR BARRY STARTING AN ARGUMENT WITH A WOMAN, GRABBING HER WITH HIS HAND BY HER UPPER ARM AND THEY TURN IT INTO 'SHE POINTED HER FINGER AT HIM!'
SHE SHOULD HAVE SLAPPED HIM.
AND WHEN BULLY BOY BUSH GOT INTO ANGELA MERKEL'S PERSONAL SPACE IN A NON-CONFRONTATIONAL MANNER, WE WERE ALL SMART ENOUGH TO SEE IT FOR THE POWER PLAY IT WAS AND CALL IT OUT.
BUT THE PRESS DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT BARRY O'S GOING AROUND STARTING FIGHTS WITH WOMEN AND GRABBING THEM SO THEY CAN'T GET AWAY FROM HIM!
President Obama began his State of the Union speech Tuesday night by absurdly claiming the exact opposite, asserting that the war on Iraq has made us safer and -- I kid you not -- "more respected around the world." He later equated the war on Iraq to World War II, a surefire way to put anything beyond criticism in the United States, provided you can get people to fall for it.
Remember, this is the guy who won the Democratic Primary in 2008 by the simple fact of having not yet been in the Senate in 2003 and thus having avoided voting for the war that he funded to the hilt as a senator beginning in 2005. He had called it a dumb war. Now he says it made us safer. If it was dumb, was he dumber? What is he trying to say?
In the next breath, Obama says "some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home." Never mind that there are three times as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan now as when Obama moved into the White House. The myth is that he's ending wars. Never mind that he was compelled to end the Iraq War, in so far as it has ended, by the treaty that Bush and Maliki created, and which Obama sought every possible way to violate. Never mind that Iraqi hostility toward U.S. criminals being granted immunity from prosecution was the primary reason that the Iraqi government insisted on the Bush-Maliki withdrawal date. A myth is a myth, and who will question it and still keep their job on U.S. television?
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln strike group sailed into the Gulf on Monday. Carrier contingents typically include a guided missile cruiser, two destroyers and an attack submarine.
In all, more than 30 U.S. ships and about 22,000 sailors are in the Gulf area.
As is usual in Washington these days, there was no mention -- probably no consideration -- of Japan. But a strong case can be made that the Iraq war hurt America's reputation in Japan as much, if not more, than in any other allied country.
The consequences are evident today in the increasingly bitter dispute over a replacement for the US Marine Air Station Futenma, on Okinawa, which is scheduled to be closed. They are reflected in the broader calls in Japan these days for a "more equal" alliance relationship with the United States.
The Okinawa dispute predates the Iraq War, and the calls for more equality in the alliance were inevitable. But deep concerns and disappointment about American 'unilateralism' and haughty, heavy-handed diplomacy, prompted by the Iraq War, have made those sentiments more salient and intense.
"Death of a Sahwa, Jalal Talabani's party line and ..."
"Sir Talks A Lot"
"America's back? From where?"
"2 women, 4 men"
"Who gets an obit?"
"The joke that is Sundance"
"Hillary Clinton's president?"
"Peel away the happy face sticker"
"Barack's not a Christian"
"Sir Talks A Lot and a Lot and a Lot and a Lot"
"THIS JUST IN! SIR TALKS A LOT!"