Conrad Black: Obama is Incompetent and Congress Made Up of Log Rolling Gas-bags

Conrad Black is dead on target:

What we are witnessing now in the United States, by contrast, is just the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing that could not eventually be put right. But for this administration to redeem its credibility now would require a change of direction and method so radical it would be the national equivalent of the comeback of Lazarus: a miraculous revolution in the condition of an individual (President Obama), and a comparable metamorphosis (or a comprehensive replacement) of the astonishingly implausible claque around him.

Until recently, it would have been unimaginable to conceive of John Kerry as the strongman of the National Security Council. This is the man who attended political catechism classes from the North Vietnamese to memorize and repeat their accusations against his country of war crimes in Indochina, and, inter alia, ran for president in 2004 asserting that while he had voted to invade Iraq in 2003, he was not implicated in that decision because he did not vote to fund the invasion once underway. (Perhaps Thomas E. Dewey would have been an upset presidential winner in 1944 if he had proclaimed his support for the D-Day landings but advocated an immediate cut-off of funds for General Eisenhower’s armies of liberation.)

As has been touched upon here before, the desire to avoid America in another foreign conflict is understandable. But if that is the policy, the president of the United States should not state that presidents of countries in upheaval (e.g., Bashar Assad) “must go,” should not draw “red lines” and ignore them, should not devise plans to punish rogue leaders but not actually damage their war-making ability, should not promise action and send forces to carry out the action, and then have, in current parlance, a public “conversation” with himself about whether to do anything, and should not thereby abdicate his great office in all respects except the salary and perquisites.

11 thoughts on “Conrad Black: Obama is Incompetent and Congress Made Up of Log Rolling Gas-bags

    • One little, no, major, problem with Conrad Black’s presumption;

      “A Senate committee has voted President Obama the authority to attack Syria. But he is the commander-in-chief. He has that authority already, and what he is doing is implicitly making the exercise of that power dependent on Congressional approval. How does that square with the presidential oath, which requires of the inductee that he “faithfully execute the office” and that he “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution”?”

      Our Constitution:
      “Section. 8.

      The Congress shall have Power To . . .
      To declare War, . . .”


  1. The sickest thing about it is that we’re paying them. I take that back. The people who are working are paying them. Not just their salaries, either. These fellas (and gals) get their healthcare, travel, cafeteria, barbershop, and their asses (I mean shoes) shined on the backs of people they completely disregard. Lazarus, indeed. Like him, I believe it will take a miracle for them to wake up.

  2. Great Article by Black … But not “On Target” as I see it…

    What is happening now in Washington is MUCH more than inept policy-making……and will require a “root-canal” of Major proportions before anything can “Eventually be put right”.

    It is also Concerning that virtually everyone is Hyperfocused on the 2016 Presidential election ….. we are STILL wallowing in the Pit of Leader Worship. A much clearer path would be a CONTINUAL FOCUS on changing the Old Guard, and thus a Strong Committment to the upcoming 2014 Midterms is Crucial………………….We need to re-do 2010, with a mind towards what we do about Liars and Traitors like Marco Rubio….and entrenched GOP Liberals like McCain, Boehner, Cantor and Paul Rysn that are continually thrust on us as so-called …..”leaders”.

    2014 STILL MATTERS !

  3. Here’s a good start on a fix, purportedly suggested by Warren Buffett:
    *Congressional Reform Act of 2013

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    • All good! Now if we could just get Warren Buffet (and Berkshire Hathaway) to pay their (considerable) back taxes, he would be a more credible voice for any ideas.

      • Yes, Warren Buffett is a whole ‘nother kind of problem. He mostly got rich by buying successful family-owned businesses at fire-sale prices after the founder died and didn’t leave his heirs enough cash to pay their inheritance taxes, so he offered enough to pay the taxes and a little bonus, and took the company. Later he generally sold it for more like its actual value. That’s why he loves our tax system.

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