Monday, March 24, 2014

FOD 2014.03.24

Posted with minimal content, because (1) it was a busy weekend, and I'm tired; and (2) this obvious dereliction of duty disgusts me so much that I must flee my computer in desperate need of a strong restorative.


...Russia has completed its seizure of Crimea and may yet invade other parts of Ukraine. Serious stuff, you might say. But the big story of last week as far as the president is concerned is his appearance alongside the star of "The Hangover" movies, the guy who last year smoked a joint live on the Bill Maher show.

...Mr. Obama is imposing the sanctions he had previously threatened on Russia in the event Mr. Putin went ahead with his Black Sea conquests. "These are by far the most comprehensive sanctions applied to Russia since the end of the Cold War—far and away so," crowed one administration official to reporters.

By which the White House means a total of seven Russians and four Ukrainians...
Ouch.
...Last year came the news that Mr. Obama was unaware of the problems plaguing his health-care website until after its rollout and that he never once had a private meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius between July 2010 and November 2013. How does something like that happen?

An answer of sorts comes in an article by Sean Blanda on "How Barack Obama Gets Things Done" on the 99U website. The president, Mr. Blanda reports, wakes up at seven o'clock. He works out 45 minutes a day every day, not including his regular basketball games. He watches a lot of "SportsCenter." Dinner each night with his family. To limit "decision fatigue," he likes to set policy via memos where he can check the box on "agree," "disagree," or "let's discuss."
"Decision fatigue"?!? GMAFB!!!

Glad to see he's got such a desire for an in-depth understanding of the issues facing us.
What do I take away from all this?

The obvious: A cavalier foreign policy by an inattentive president that elicits the contempt of the people it intends to punish ultimately encourages their aggression as well.

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, and driving the USA's standing in the world even lower in the process... sigh

CenTexTim said...

It'll take years - DECADES - to undue the damage this asshole is causing.