In February HBO is re-broadcasting the documentary "Terror in Mumbai," which I discussed in the December 20, 2009 Alden Pyle in Pakistan, Part 2: Once upon a time in Saigon and Mumbai. See the HBO website for the airing dates. If you haven't seen the documentary yet please steel yourself to watch it; I don't think it's possible to fully understand this phase of the war on terror without seeing it. And don't be fooled by the captured terrorist's Abused Village Boy performance. From what was shown on camera it looked as if he fooled even the police interrogator -- at least until his life story became known.
Having campaigned on a personal history he rewrote until it suited him, Barack Obama as U.S. President has gone on to apply this winning formula to any facet of reality that doesn't sound quite right to him. Thus, for his speech in Cairo he rewrote part of Turkey's political history as well as Islam's.
In his State of the Union address last night Mr Obama tackled that pesky linchpin of fiscal responsibility, the concept of budgeting:
Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't. And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will. ... Now, I know that some in my own party will argue that we can't address the deficit or freeze government spending when so many are still hurting. And I agree, which is why this freeze won't take effect until next year, when the economy is stronger. That's how budgeting works.All right; you have it from the President's mouth: a better-sounding definition of budgeting is that it's a fiscal discipline you practice once there's no longer a dire need to do so.
Other parts of the President's address to Congress also displayed his ability to file down the jagged edges of reality until they're as smooth as a baby's bottom. So Barack Obama turns out to be a perfect reflection of the American political system. He analyzed the system, saw it was stuffed with people as phony as the day is long, then gamed it according to its own rules.
If the leftists who glommed onto the Democratic party in the name of a fair shake for all and the anti-nationalists who took over the Republican party in the name of free trade aren't happy with the mirror Obama holds up to them, where is my Kleenex box?