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Mark Steyn: A Tale of Two Crises-Whether or not to get serious is the choice facing the electorate
The National Review ^ | November 1, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 11/02/2012 6:57:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Edited on 11/02/2012 8:58:00 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

In political terms, Hurricane Sandy and the Benghazi-consulate debacle exemplify at home and abroad the fundamental unseriousness of the United States in the Obama era. In the days after Sandy hit, Barack Obama was generally agreed to have performed well. He had himself photographed in the White House Situation Room nodding thoughtfully to bureaucrats (“John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; David Agnew, Director for Intergovernmental Affairs”) and tweeted it to his 3.2 million followers. He appeared in New Jersey wearing a bomber jacket rather than a suit to demonstrate that when the going gets tough the tough get out a monogrammed Air Force One bomber jacket. He announced that he’d instructed his officials to answer all calls within 15 minutes because in America “we leave nobody behind.” By doing all this, the president “shows” he “cares” — which is true in the sense that in Benghazi he was willing to leave the entire consulate staff behind, and nobody had their calls answered within seven hours, because presumably he didn’t care. So John Brennan, the Counterterrorism guy, and Tony Blinken, the National Security honcho, briefed the president on the stiff breeze, but on September 11, 2012, when a little counterterrorism was called for, nobody bothered calling the Counterterrorism Security Group, the senior U.S. counterterrorism bureaucracy.

Meanwhile, FEMA rumbles on, the “emergency-management agency” that manages emergencies, very expensively, rather than preventing them. Late on the night Sandy made landfall, I heard on the local news that my state’s governor had asked the president to declare a federal emergency in every New Hampshire county so that federal funds could be “unlocked.” A quarter-million people in the Granite State were out of power. It was reported that, beyond our borders, 8 million people in a dozen states were out of power. [snip]


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; hurricanesandy; obama; romney
Ouch!
1 posted on 11/02/2012 6:57:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s roll. Time to step up to the plate. I’m ready.


2 posted on 11/02/2012 7:03:39 PM PDT by RacerX1128 (Cornered in CA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What is the point of outspending Russia, Britain, France, China, Germany, and every middle-rank military power combined if, when it matters, America cannot urge into the air one plane with a couple of dozen commandos? In Iraq, al-Qaeda is running training camps in the western desert. In Afghanistan, the Taliban are all but certain to return most of the country to its pre-9/11 glories. But in Washington the head of the world’s biggest “counterterrorism” bureaucracy briefs the president on flood damage and downed trees.”

Steyn, you magnificent bastard.


3 posted on 11/02/2012 7:30:23 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“So you can have Big Government bigger (or, anyway, more expensive) than any government’s ever been, and the lights still go out in 17 states — because your president spent 6 trillion bucks and all the country got was a lousy Air Force One bomber jacket for him to wear while posing for a Twitpic answering the phone with his concerned expression.”

Nobody writes better than Steyn. Nobody.


4 posted on 11/02/2012 7:41:17 PM PDT by henkster (If you let them do it to you, you got yourself to blame.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Welcome to Houston another antiquated mothball.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 7:43:57 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

brilliant!


6 posted on 11/02/2012 8:08:22 PM PDT by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This article is a one-liners PARADISE!! Absolutely classic!!


7 posted on 11/02/2012 8:15:11 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh Steyn, you have hit it out of the park again...brilliant!
8 posted on 11/02/2012 10:10:43 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: Tax-chick

tagline


9 posted on 11/03/2012 4:33:23 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama: "Nothing but debt, dependency, and decay." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Fedupwithit

I like this one for 0bama....

“He’s all jacket and no bombers”


10 posted on 11/03/2012 4:59:18 AM PDT by machman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mark, you article reminds me of he old salesman axiom; Sell the sizzle not the steak. In todays world, we not only buy the sizzle but, we don’t even get any steak with it.

And, Obama is all sizzle when it comes right down to it. He gives grand speeches, reels off profane one-liners as part of his campaign, and then escapes to the golf course when it’s time to make the ‘steak.’

I have no idea why this sort of person attracks so many voters. He reminds me of a swimming pool full of shaving cream: signifcant at first glance but, deadly should you choose to dive into what he’s selling.

I’m worried about this election. Not because of what Obama is selling. I’m worried because of what today’s Americans are willing to buy.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 5:26:36 AM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
geraldo rivera claims 0 deserves an apology because of the shots he's taken over his lack of leadership during the benghazi massacre.

FUgr and FUbo

12 posted on 11/03/2012 5:35:38 AM PDT by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: Drumbo; 2ndDivisionVet

Mark Steyn is a treasure.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 7:45:48 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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