He wants to be a ”transformational figure”, they say 20 May 2009Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Israel/AIPAC, Pakistan, WAR!.
Gallery at the NYT on the bombing raid on Granai in the Farah district…
Nuria, 7, another sister, was also at the aunt’s house. The calamity in the village of Granai illustrates the test for the Obama administration as it deploys more than 20,000 additional troops. [Joao Silva for The New York Times]
The “calamity” in Granai… “a test for the O administration”… it is all so procedural. A process. A test. We must simply work it thru, like school.. and ensure… something or other for the Obama administration.
The bombs were so powerful people were shredded.
[J]ON MEACHAM: […] And he wants to be a
CHARLIE ROSE: Transformational to what?
JON MEACHAM: I think, to use a phrase from another president, to a kinder, gentler nation. I think that the reason he.
CHARLIE ROSE: That’s really it, huh, a kinder, gentler nation?
JON MEACHAM: I think so. Don’t you think that he’s trying to
hopefully build a country where the fundamental needs of a great majority of the people are taken care of, so that they can then pursue whatever they want to pursue? That is if you try to do what you can with education, you try to secure the environment through energy, you try to guarantee at some
level healthcare as a fundamental human right, in order to enable people to live their lives, hopefully according to the free market that’s ever more regulated at this point. But I do think so. I think it’s a fairly straightforward vision. …snip…
Mr Meacham is in a tiny sound proof lock box. All of his own making. Earlier in the sit down with CR, he talked of his childhood in Chattanooga where Grand Daddy was a judge… as a small child he’d trail along after his grandfather, spending time with the courthouse denizens…
Yes I can see that. Rather too clearly.
Things get to a mix of sharp and fuzzball focus on Iran and Israel, however.
[C]HARLIE ROSE: Well, and security of the United States is crucial too.
JON MEACHAM: Right. And press twice on would you, how will you deal with Israel if they wanted to make — take a strike against the Iran militarily, about the nuclear program. He said it’s not my place to assess the needs of the security of the state of Israel. He went at this twice, so he’s clearly giving Netanyahu a lot of space.
CHARLIE ROSE: What he’s trying to do is give Netanyahu some space and time, at the same time seeing how much he can work over the period of time he’s trying to get to figure out what the Iranians might be willing to do.
JON MEACHAM: Right, right. And his argument is, even if this fails, it will show that we have gone — we went as far as we could, and therefore we’ll have — hopefully we’ll have the world with us.
CHARLIE ROSE: Can make the case to the world we tried everything.
JON MEACHAM: Right. Which is obviously a reaction to the diplomacy around Iraq. ..snip..
He and CR seem to think it, ObamaWar, is “different”. Sounds a lot the same to me.
Of course, they could, all of them, subject and interviewer, both sets, be whistling Dixie. Blowing it out their asses.
There is definitely Dixie in the deal.
Here is just a lovely image.. appropriately evocative of Tee Vee Land..
JON MEACHAM: […] He told me the last movie he saw was “Star Trek,” because, as he put it, everybody was saying I was Spock, so I need to check it out. But then I can’t do it, but then he did the Vulcan hi, which is kind of — when the nuclear hand does that, it’s a little scary.
Is there Dixie in outer space – out drifting between the planets? I feel sure there is.
Things move along.. I see scanning the headlines that we will try a Gitmo detainee in NYC… but aren’t we scared to death he will get free and kill us all, all of us!, in our beds? Rape our children, watch our tvs and eat our Cheetos? Flush our bibles down the toilette?
And, we broke up a nice, highly inflammatory terror plot. Jewish synagogues were to be bombed, using car bombs no less… and they planned on shooting military planes down from the sky. ”Recently radicalised Islamists”… say the police sources.