The failure of President Obama to face reality is the greatest single threat to the survival of the United States as we know it. Whether it is facing the tough choices on Afghanistan, or dealing with an out-of-control breakdown of our economy and our financial system, the President has betrayed a disconnect from reality that is truly alarming. I fear that the President has surrounded himself with a group of sycophants, like Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Larry Summers, Denis McDonough and a few others, who take the old Tip O'Neill saw that `all politics are local' to a new extreme. All politics are electoral! Ignore any reality that jeopardizes reelection fantasies, and just keep spinning reality.
Part of this logic is that the President has to be screened from all unpleasant realities, for fear that his fragile ego will shatter.
I wonder how this White House team will deal with what can only be judged, in reality, as a significant political victory: The freeing of the two American journalists from a North Korean gulag, as the result of effective, low-key and persistent diplomatic efforts by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, capped by the weekend visit of former President Bill Clinton to Pyonyang. The fact that the trip was fully negotiated in advance, the fact that the ex-President spent a reported four hours talking with the reclusive North Korean leader, is, by any stretch, an intelligence coup, as well as a diplomatic coup. But it was a coup executed by Hillary and Bill Clinton, and the President was not the one who got the media kudos.
I see this as a psychological litmus test. Will the President share the spotlight, and rejoice in a true foreign policy victory, with a real human interest face? Or will he persist in seeing his own cabinet and political allies as part of a zero sum game, in which anyone else sharing the spotlight is viewed with fury, and triggers vengeful plotting?
A relatively minor incident in the scheme of things, yes. But psychologically revealing nevertheless. Since Col. Lang chose to present a big picture assessment of just how dangerous this moment is, I thought it appropriate to jump in with a psychological assessment. All politics are truly not local, but very often, politics are subjective, and I think this is one of those moments. Harper