Saturday, May 02, 2009

Playing with Sharp Tools

I was sewing up my track pants this afternoon. I managed to do it and only pick myself a little bit. Sharp tools seem to be among our most useful tools, but they are sharp and they will hurt you if you aren't careful. In fact, tools that are powerful and sharp are even more useful and more dangerous. Think of a circular saw. Lots of power. Lots of blade. And if you aren't careful, off go the fingers.

But this got me to thinking. I'm no fan of President Obama. I think he's out of his league*. I think he's naive. And I think by his behaviour he demonstrates that he is firmly in the socialist and secularist camps.

So what does this have to do with sharp tools? Just this. President Obama recently gave a speech in which he said that low level employees of the CIA would not be prosecuted for waterboarding America's enemies. And then he proceeded to reveal details of America's interrogation techniques. Each of us has our own opinions about "enhanced interrogation techniques". But I wonder how many people understand the significance of Obama's speech?

The CIA is an intelligence agency. It is also a place where people work, have careers, and look forward to retiring from. And Obama has just made sure that nobody in the CIA will want to work on the anti-terrorism file. Far safer to track independence movements in some forgotten corner of the world.

But Obama's speech also makes it clear that the more senior members of the CIA need to worry. Obama will not only make sure their careers will end, but he'll be happy to pass them off to some international court if it will help the populist masses continue to feel good about Obama.

And so we get to the convergence of the danger of sharp tools and Obama's speech. Because while the CIA is a government agency, it is also a sharp tool. A powerful, sharp tool. And for all the worrying of the Left about Right-wing conspiracies, most Left-wing politicians have no clue as to handle a sharp powerful tool like an intelligence agency. The Left assumes that because their man got the vote, every government agency will fall into line. Including the intelligence agency that is now demoralized, shocked and under the threat of legal prosecution.

So there are a couple of ways that this could play out. Maybe the CIA will roll over and play dead. Or maybe this is just to first step towards Obama trying to get control of the intelligence services (the Left already controls the media, the courts and the education system). Or maybe some very intelligent people in the CIA will decide that their careers would be protected from Obama**, and their nation would be protected from terrorism, by ending Obama's presidency. No, I am definitely not talking about assassination. That would touch off a racial powder keg. I'm talking about character assassination. The right words said to a reporter who wants the next Pulitzer, and their goal is accomplished.

I don't like the way the world works, but I'm not naive. I would prefer to see the democratic principles of government honoured. But I think Obama is naive if he thinks he can play carelessly with a circular saw and never get cut.

* and lest I inevitably get called a racist for saying I don't like Obama, let me say that I can think of two black politicians (Powell and Rice) who would not be playing out of their league. Though I suspect I am more conservative that either of these, I would have been delighted to see people with their experience running for President.

** the latest version of Firefox flags "Obama" as a spelling error. This is probably due to the vast powers of the right-wing.


Blogger Rileysowner said...

Have you seen that Obama's approval rating after 100 days is the second lowest of US presidents after 100 days since gallup started to poll on this.

4:24 p.m.  
Blogger Shawn Abigail said...

I saw something like this. Interestingly, to keep up his numbers Obama is doing what he knows; act like a candidate who is running for office, and demonize Bush.

4:37 p.m.  

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