An administration incapable of acknowledging, and learning from, its mistakes

There’s an emerging pattern in the administration, which is the willful refusal to acknowledge realities they don’t like, especially their mistakes.  This goes for the whole administration: the White House and both sets of Congressional leaders.  Examples of this are the refusal to acknowledge the tea parties, the refusal to acknowledge that the fall of Communism (achieved without Obama’s help) matters, and the refusal even to admit to watching Tuesday’s election results.  Indeed, Pelosi has gone so far as to announce victory, despite the fact that one swing state and one reliably Democrat state slapped the Democrats in the face.  With that definition of victory before you as an example, you can excuse any horrific missteps you make in your life.

The smart money when you’re getting slapped around as the Obami and Democrats are is to examine your conduct.  You then decide what are important matters of principle that can’t be changed and what are thinking and behavior errors that must be changed.  (A perfect example is Bush’s willingness to adopt Petraeus’ Surge technique in Iraq, which resulted in a completely turnaround in the region.  Bush was smart enough not to through good money after bad, not to get stuck on stupid, not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, not to continue long after he reached the point of diminishing returns.)  The one thing you don’t do is stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes tightly, and holler, “I caaan’t hear you!  I caaan’t hear you!”  Yet this self-destruction tactic is precisely what the Democrats in power are doing.

One of the places in which both the administration’s failures and its refusal to engage in course correction are most obvious, is the Middle East.  Jennifer Rubin does a scathing take-down of the horrible mistakes the Obama administration made in dealing with the Israelis and the Palestinians.  By instantly adopting and trying to enforce against the Israelis one of the more extreme Palestinian demands, the Obami first alienated the Israelis and then, when the Obami had to concede defeat, alienated the Palestinians.  Now, no one in the Middle East wants anything to do with Hillary and the nation she comes from.  But has that changed things in Washington?  No, explains Rubin:

This is the “smart diplomacy” set. This is Middle East strategy brought to us by Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, the sage gurus of international diplomacy who we are told egged Obama on and figured they might outfox Bibi Netanyahu or, better yet, orchestrate his downfall. For this they give the Nobel Peace Prize.

In many administrations, heads would roll. You’d see a shake-up of the advisers who presided over this debacle. But so sign of that yet. Emanuel and Axelrod have moved on to running the Afghanistan war, Clinton is “reasserting herself,” George Mitchell is racking up the frequent-flyer miles, and James Jones is doing whatever it is James Jones does. Should the mainstream American Jewish community be pleased with this display? Well, they’ve gone a bit mute, perhaps abiding by the advice that if you have nothing nice to say, better to be quiet. Nevertheless, those who vouched for the Obami’s brains and Zionist credentials were, we now know, duped.

As for the country as a whole and our allies, it is a sobering sight — the full extent of the Obami’s incompetence and arrogance and the results of both, that is. For those hoping to “restore America’s place in the world,” it’s about time to realize that our standing, at least in the Middle East, has never been lower. And let’s not forget: the same underachievers are supposed to be devising an Afghanistan-war plan and working to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Do you feel safer yet?

It’s pretty much like having teenagers run your world, something that should be a scary thought for any sane human being.

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  • Ymarsakar

    The kind of diplomacy I would decide to do might interest people.


    In yet another “My, how they messed it all up!” assessment of the Obami’s Middle East peace efforts, the Washington Post finds consensus: “the administration’s efforts have faltered in part because of its own missteps.”
    Rubin ramped it up, thank goodness. The use of the word ‘missteps’ sounds like he flunked out of an Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
    You are spot on, Book (like having teenagers……) except that they’re not even mature teens.  They are still at the senior prom ten months later. This is what happens when you graduate students, who are not qualified to enter the real world. They sit on the sofa and watch basketball games, think up ‘fun stuff’ to do and avoid work, because their parents are still putting a roof over their heads.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Long, long ago while living overseas as a student, I was in a Swiss beer hall with my classmates where a loud band playing. My American classmates, were openly bad-mouthing their own country to the Europeans while simultaneously  sneering down at the rubes on the stage for not knowing how to play “cool” music. Classic effete American Liberals giving all of the rest of us Americans a bad name, in other words.
    Then, one bright-eyed American princess piped up, “hey, why don’t we go down and show them how to play “cool” music?”.  Before you knew it, a wannabee band of sophomoric American tourists marched up to the Swiss band and asked if they could play some American “cool” music. As the Swiss band director announced “die Americanischen studenten” band wannabees, I could only sink lower in my seat and start speaking French to the people around me, hoping they wouldn’t associate me with these people.
    What happened is that my idiot Liberal classmates sat around on top of the stage asking each other what the other knew or did not know how to play for an interminable length of time. Eventually, before they were finally asked to surrender their instruments and the stage. I vaguely remember congratulating my classmates on their performance.
    The only reason I bore you all with this story is to share the fact that this is the exact experience I am reliving in watching these arrogant sophomoric college twits run our foreign operations in Washington today. Frankly, it makes me want to hide my face and barf,  knowing that these are the people who are supposedly restoring our reputation abroad. Restoring to what, exactly?