Well-known Leftists in the media and academia are puffing how scandal-free the Obama administration has been. Michelle Malkin points out that the only way they can make that statement with a straight face is if they’re playing the three monkeys game:
In the “better late than never” category, I discovered a few days ago that my local conservative radio station, KSFO, maintains a rolling archive of all the shows they’ve aired over the preceding seven days. This means that, finally, I can listen to Rush, whose radio show normally comes along at the world’s most inconvenient time for me. Today, while I took the dog for her morning walk, I plugged into my iPhone and listened to Hour 2 of Rush’s November 24 show. The focus during the part I heard was the fact that the four Navy SEALS who brought in one of the Fallujah murders are being court-martialed for giving the guy a fat lip in the field of battle, when he resisted capture. This prosecution, of course, will encourage the armed forces either to avoid capturing anyone or to kill all captures so that the prisoners can’t later cry “rape” (or the battlefield equivalent).
That’s the obvious stuff, though, and you all know it. What interested me on Rush’s show was the call from an ex-SEAL with close ties in that community. This caller claimed that scuttlebutt has it that this whole prosecution is payback for the fact that, when the SEALS rescued the captain off of Somalia a few months ago, they ended up using more force than the administration authorized. This wasn’t surprising, because the administration essentially authorized no force at all, which pretty much defeats the whole purpose of a military engagement, whether overt or covert. By going after these four SEALS now, the powers that be in the administration are making it clear that the concept of a military is fine with the administration, as long as it doesn’t actually do anything.
I could waffle on about this sad state of affairs, but I know you guys are all ahead of me on it. I will say, though, that this practically and morally bereft attitude is not surprising coming from this Ivy League administration. Back in the late 1950s/early 1950s, Tom Lehrer, himself an Ivy League product and professor, took a look at Harvard’s elite sensibilities, and wrote the perfect fight song: “Fight fiercely, Harvard!” Tell me if he wasn’t prescient in that our entire effete, Leftist administration now wants to fight war the same way:
Fight fiercely, Harvard, fight, fight, fight
Demonstrate to them our skill
Albeit they possess the might
Nonetheless we have the will
How we shall celebrate our victory
We shall invite the whole team up for tea, how jolly
Hurl that spheroid down the field
And fight, fight, fight
Fight fiercely, Harvard, Fight, fight, fight
Impress them with our prowess, do
Oh, fellows, do not let the Crimson down
Be of stout heart and true
Come on, chaps, fight for Harvard’s glorious name
Won’t it be peachy if we win the game, oh, goody
Let’s try not to injure them
But fight, fight, fight – Let’s not be rough, though
Fight, fight, fight – And do fight fiercely
Fight, fight, fight
Am I missing something, or does Obama’s cabinet boast more than its fair share of old white guys. I know Daschle’s gone — thank goodness, give his ideas about health care reform — but that’s still a predominantly white, male cabinet. Indeed, if you flip through the Vanity Fair slideshow of the people he’s selected for his administration, you’ll see that a whole lot of the power positions (as opposed to the soft or symbolic ones) are lily white.
Now, as you know, I have no bones to pick with choosing the best people for the job, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, etc. If these are the best people (we’ll assume that they are for the sake of argument), then color, etc., shouldn’t matter. But I suspect had a Republican president chosen same sex and hue for his core leadership positions, there would have been more clacking and clucking from the media class.
Also, is it me being stodgy, or is there something unnerving about political types puffing and preening like Hollywood stars for an expensive, but nevertheless sleazy and partisan magazine?