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Not A Man For All Seasons..Barack Hussein O'bama Is A Man For The Ages

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Ann starts her column with:

Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill.

I believe this does Obama a great injustice. ....

After some hilarious commentary, she pivots to:

Rather than lament that Reagan, Churchill and other great men aren't our leaders in this increasingly dangerous world, we should really be lamenting that Obama wasn't in charge in their day.

She quickly talks about Barack Revere and then gets busy.

Now let's take Churchill's much-slobbered-over "fight them on the beaches" peroration, the nub of which was: "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

How would Prime Minister Obama rally the nation?


I put forward in the past an all-of-the-above war strategy, but our war strategy must be about more than just winning one war. And, by the way, it's certainly got to be about more than just taking one beach. Now, I know there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the proposal to fight on the beaches because any number of natural habitats would be disturbed and permanently endangered if beaches are to be used as a venue for armed conflict. There are, for example, 19 different nesting birds on South Coast beach alone. And the EPA, at my direction, is going through the final stages of evaluating the proposal. That's how it's always been done.

But I do want to be clear: Allowing troops to land on beaches and fields and streams requires a finding that doing so would be in the long-term interests of our nation. And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of a beach landing's impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward. It's relevant. And we will not surrender.


Again, we have a choice: A reductive, blood-and-soil harangue, or Obama's more nuanced appreciation -- of the Nazis, yes -- but also the costs to a coastal habitat.

She then applies the coup de grâce.

Finally, let's consider Reagan's exhortation at the Berlin Wall: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Right off the bat you notice there's nothing at all collaborative in Reagan's speech, no "join with us in working together to achieve a compromise we can all live with by studying the possibility of removing this wall."

Ann posits that Barack O'bama would have said...

Mr. Gorbachev, this wall has come to assume a certain kind of symbolic significance which should not obscure the fact that it is a much more complicated problem than putting up a fence. Whether these walls and fences are effective is questionable. Our own experience with fences has hardly been a resounding success. Walls are costly to build and costly to maintain. Our country has decided against building a fence on the Mexican border after government reports showed that it would cost $200 trillion to maintain.

What is the long-term impact of these expensive and ineffective border walls? As one of our American poets, Robert Frost, wrote:


Before I built a wall I'd ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offence.

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That wants it down.

She concludes that

Again, Reagan got the job done -- if by "job," you mean "contribute to the collapse of communism, thereby destroying the greatest genocidal killing machine in human history." But we're talking buzzwords -- primitive, Cro-Magnon, base-pleasing, declarative, bumper-sticker nonsense.

Reagan has achieved far too much glory in history for that speech. Sure, Reagan was against the wall. But what was he for?


How much more could have been accomplished if Obama had been there!

The woman is an excellent satirist.

http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-03-11.html#read_more

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