November 6, 2013 Leave a comment
Steven Hayward talked this morning on the Power Line blog about Uhlmann’s Razor which he defines as “When stupidity is a sufficient explanation, there’s no need to have recourse to any other.” He was talking about 404care, but it’s at least as valid in foreign affairs and defense.
We’re hearing lots of stories about the administration’s disdain for and attempts to demoralize the military, you know the forced leadership retirements, and a bunch of other stories, including the one about the navy jack patch. Do we really think that Obama, who appears to live to be either making a speech, or on the golf course is really laying awake at night, dreaming up ways to hurt the military?
Obama hasn’t shown me any particular brilliance, of course I might have blinked, but as a Nebraskan I do know a bit more about SECDEF Hagel, common Nebraska opinion is that it would not take a large bag of hammers to be wiser than he is. Let’s try, while easily admitting these fools are driven by ideology, to remember they are not the smartest people in Washington D.C., let alone the universe.
Mostly what we see is what we would see in any organization if it was being run by a group of people who have no conception of leadership, stewardship, or any business sense. Let alone a smidgen of knowledge of how to plan a two car funeral.
That said, one of the areas where they are doing actual damage to the country is in foreign policy. Their weakness has been noted by every one in the world and they are acting accordingly. I don’t really see a way to fix it til 2017 but it is happening.
What we and the world are getting is a preview of what is going to happen if America leaves the stage as the leader of the free world. The last time a similar thing happened was after World War I when Britain was exhausted and America didn’t understand yet that we were the heir. It led to trouble, you’ll recall.
Along that line, Bill Whittle has something to say about that period as compared to ours as well.