Charles Krauthammer says The Messiah likes his plumage.
Obama says that his START will be a great boon, setting an example to enable us to better pressure North Korea and Iran to give up their nuclear programs. That a man of Obama’s intelligence can believe such nonsense is beyond comprehension. There is not a shred of evidence that cuts by the great powers — the INF treaty, START I, the Treaty of Moscow (2002) — induced the curtailment of anyone’s programs. Moammar Gaddafi gave up his nukes the week we pulled Saddam Hussein out of his spider hole. No treaty involved. The very notion that Kim Jong Il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will suddenly abjure nukes because of yet another U.S.-Russian treaty is comical.
A lot of people talk about The One’s “intelligence”. I’d like to know why. What evidence have you seen that He is actually smart? I’ve seen plenty that he’s ruthless and perhaps clever, but the man’s a verbal cripple without a teleprompter (to a greater extent than W ever was) and His administration has been a non-stop string of blunders and gaffes. One coworker said He was “f-ing brilliant” because he edited the Harvard Law Review. But He didn’t write anything there.
Snobbish and full of himself, yes. Smart? Show me.
Back to Krauthammer:
Obama doesn’t even seem to understand the ramifications of this concession. Poland and the Czech Republic thought they were regaining their independence when they joined NATO under the protection of the United States. They now see that the shield negotiated with us and subsequently ratified by all of NATO is in limbo. Russia and America will first have to “come to terms” on the issue, explained President Dmitry Medvedev. This is precisely the kind of compromised sovereignty that Russia wants to impose on its ex-Soviet colonies — and that U.S. presidents of both parties for the past 20 years have resisted. (emphasis added)