I've long found it ridiculous how Barack Obama's most fervent supporters as well as his most vehement detractors have projected onto Obama a left-wing radicalism which nothing in the man's words or deeds has ever supported; as such, I took it for granted that his foreign policy would be much less of a radical break with the Bush administration's than many either hoped or dreaded. Now comes telltale evidence that my take on Obama is indeed correct: the activist antiwar groups who were first to throw their weight behind him are already grumbling about the likely make-up of his cabinet.
There is no doubt that an Obama administration will differ substantially from the outgoing one in many aspects of its dealings with other nations, but anyone who imagines that America will suddenly start asking for everyone else's permission before taking any controversial action, that it will forswear war under any and all circumstances, or that it will suddenly abandon old alliances and embrace nations it once viewed with hostility, is living in a world of delusions. American "unilateralism" is not going away: if anything, the new administration will probably bend over backwards to avoid giving force to the "weak kneed", "Jimmy Carter retread" accusations the Republicans are certain to throw at it.
I have no patience for the Sarah Palins of the world who ridicule science they don't understand, but there's just no disputing that some of the research papers out there make one wonder how the authors could ever have justified their funding. Take, for instance, this report.
The brains of bullies—kids who start fights, tell lies, and break stuff with glee—may be wired to feel pleasure when watching others suffer pain, according to a new brain scanning study.
It will take me a while to find the free time to put down my thoughts on the significance of Barack Obama's successful campaign for the American presidency, but in the meantime I'd like to share a video which confirms what I have said repeatedly on here in the course of the last few weeks: Sarah Palin is so spectacularly unqualified to be Vice President of the United States that John McCain's decision to pick her was all the rationale one needed to reject him on election day.
Keep in mind that this is a video from Fox News, not some "biased mainstream media" [sic] outlet,and you have to wonder how any of her apologists can keep up their gyrations for much longer. "Palin 2012" is a joke: what place does a person lacking such rudimentary knowledge have running for America's top office?
Actually, there are very many reasons why that is, but this Reason post illustrates one reason which is as good as any of the others: National Review's treatment of high-profile conservatives who have the temerity to defect to the Obama camp shows that the journal is not an outlet for ideas - not even bad ones - but simply an apologist rag churning out hackwork in support of whatever the GOP is up to at any point in time. Instead of drawing useful lessons from the defection of so many - among which is that some people really do put the good of their country above blind partisan struggle in support of incompetents like Sarah Palin - NR's staff prefer to indulge in purges and smears of former collaborators, excommunicating deviationists left and right as if they'd never heard of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy.
The only way to explain such behavior is that most of the staff of National Review are clearly in their line of work for the spoils of office rather than out of any higher ideals: spoils are the only thing mendacious, hypocritical and utterly unqualified candidates like Palin have to offer, not the prospect of governance which would in any way help realize and legitimize conservative beliefs. What has George W. Bush done for conservatism over the last 8 years, and how can one not be scared at the possibility of his succession in office by a woman who actually manages - in the words of NRO contributor Rod Dreher - to make Dubya "sound look like Cicero"? Unfortunately it's clear that Dreher's fellow contributors would support even a turnip running for President of the United States just as long as its party affiliation was "Republican".