Anyway, according to Ziganto, Obama expressed disapproval of the United States' superpower status in remarks he made at the recent nuclear security summit. Ziganto writes,
Yesterday at his nuclear conference, Obama said the following:
“Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.”
Whether we like it or not. That’s like what Mommies say when telling you to eat your yucky vegetables. Would he prefer that we be vulnerable and weak? Heck of an American Can-Do attitude, Barry!("Barry," by the way, is birtherspeak. While outing herself as a birther might play well with her readers, it makes her look unhinged to the rest of us.) The title of her little essay is, "Obama and His Administration Lament America’s Superpower Status."
One finds more predictable conservative shrieking about Obama in her little essay. Ziganto writes, "Obama does not believe in American Exceptionalism and he is actively pursuing its decline." Ziganto also writes:
Obama’s entire career path was predicated on the belief that America is icky and needs “fixed.” That America needs to be more like Europe. He goes on apology tours grousing about all our delusionally perceived wrongs, for goodness sake. He can’t even bring himself to ever praise America.And she goes on to ally herself with Liz Cheney. According to Ziganto, she and Cheney live up to the creed, "Walk softly, but carry a big lipstick." (Say what? If I disagree with them, will they sneak up on me and give me a makeover?) That kind of tells you everything you need to know.
Anyway, I wonder why the quotation that sparked Ziganto's touch of word vomit was so short? Gee, I wonder what the context was? Let's take a look!
I remain committed to being a partner with countries around the world, and in particular hot spots around the world, to see if we can reduce those tensions and ultimately resolve those conflicts. And the Middle East would be a prime example. I think that the need for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the Arab states remains as critical as ever.
It is a very hard thing to do. And I know that even if we are applying all of our political capital to that issue, the Israeli people through their government, and the Palestinian people through the Palestinian Authority, as well as other Arab states, may say to themselves, we are not prepared to resolve this -- these issues -- no matter how much pressure the United States brings to bear.
And the truth is, in some of these conflicts the United States can’t impose solutions unless the participants in these conflicts are willing to break out of old patterns of antagonism. I think it was former Secretary of State Jim Baker who said, in the context of Middle East peace, we can’t want it more than they do.
But what we can make sure of is, is that we are constantly present, constantly engaged, and setting out very clearly to both sides our belief that not only is it in the interests of each party to resolve these conflicts but it’s also in the interest of the United States. It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.
So I’m going to keep on at it. But I think on all these issues -- nuclear disarmament, nuclear proliferation, Middle East peace -- progress is going to be measured not in days, not in weeks. It’s going to take time. And progress will be halting. And sometimes we’ll take one step forward and two steps back, and there will be frustrations. And so it’s not going to run on the typical cable news 24/7 news cycle. But if we’re persistent, and we’ve got the right approach, then over time, I think that we can make progress.(Emphasis mine.) Obviously, Obama is acknowledging our superpower status and what he takes to be its attendant responsibilities. He is also saying that, all else being equal, it is better in the long run that we lead other nations in striving for peace rather than engage them in war.
Only in the mind of an hysterical conservative blogger is acknowledging the costs of war a condemnation of military strength.
Ziganto, you're a f*cking idiot. There, I said it.
Incidentally, Lori, how do you square your claim that Obama is pursuing the decline of American exceptionalism with Obama's assertion in the very same speech you quote that "because of the steps we’ve taken [at the summit], the American people will be safer"?
I find it funny that Ziganto, who likely supports the Republican Party, claims that Obama is anti-American when it is the Party of No that is so intent on having us mired in a no-can-do malaise—for political purposes, of course.
How can Ziganto, with her overworked, sputtering brain, square what she says in her hysterical little essay with Obama's assertion that "I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure, that it will prevail; that the dream of our founders will live on in our time"? Or Obama's declaration that "To ensure prosperity here at home and peace abroad, we all share the belief we have to maintain the strongest military on the planet"? Or Obama's message that
in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people. Yes we can.Or Obama's statement at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy; our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is the true genius of America.Ziganto, take your snark and boobs and find something that you're actually qualified to do—fast food, say.