Dear America,happy Friday
Let's immediately cut to Breitbart Sports because it is just that brilliant:
Conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who has been surging since being labeled the anti-Obamacare candidate, has released a "Constitutional Madness" bracket to highlight the lawlessness of the Obama administration.
"Which is President Obama's worst constitutional violation?" the bracket says. "Make your picks!"is how it all begins before breaking down the Constitutional Madness into regions with each pairing more reprehensible than the next.
Then, if we were to buttress the domestic policy up against our foreign policy, what do we get?
Firm foundation for success?
Domestic and International tranquility worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize?
Let's cut to Mary Katharine Ham, of HotAir, taking us to a post dating back to the first week of March, just because it is a happy Friday and it is that good:
When you accept a repressive Russian ruler’s offer as a political escape hatch because your own ill-considered rhetoric put you in the awkward position of being a Nobel Peace Prize winner elected president as an anti-Bush who would “nation build at home” now half-heartedly lobbying the nation to go to war in Syria, that repressive Russian ruler might not take you seriously the next time around.
A coherent foreign policy— at its best telegraphing that the United States is willing to use many tools to back good actors and punish bad, reward allies and punish enemies— is about being perceived as tough and reliable enough to prevent something like the invasion of Ukraine from happening before it happens
Let's now cut to Wednesday -- being on the cusp of, oh how do you say, a Ukraine Spring -- when the president made oh so sadly clear where his foreign policy in that region stands:
We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine.
What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message
Ukraine should decide their own destiny. Russia right now is violating international law and the sovereignty of another country. Might doesn’t make right
[and to continue reading, go to Washington Examiner]
Remember now -- we have long told Ukraine not to worry; we would have their back all the way through the brackets, whether it was March, or not...And making it look totally official and everything ...here, and here, when the March madness news on "the Ukraine Page" dot Gov. included this from the ambassador:
U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Says Crimea Should Stay In Ukraine
Ambassador Pyatt (Mar. 10): "Crimea is and should remain a part of Ukraine. Discussion over. That said, I have been encouraged to see comments from Prime Minister Yatseniuk and others indicating that the government, the Ukrainian government is open to enhance levels of autonomy for the people in Crimea."
U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Ukraine
Deputy Assistant Secretary Rubin (Mar. 6): "Our united efforts have demonstrated to the people of Ukraine and to the international community that the United States is resolute in its support of Ukraine’s desire for a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous future."
Perhaps we should revisit the scrapped missile defense program to help Ukraine...and quickly mitigate the growing concerns of other allies, see Poland.
Let's cut to the CBS News post for a simple breakdown of what happened to it:
The Bush program, which would have placed 10 ground-based interceptors in Poland along with a radar in the Czech Republic, was replaced with a system of smaller interceptors to better deal with short- and medium-range missiles that the administration believed Iran had made more progress developing. The final stage of the replacement program was cancelled last year to place more interceptors in Alaska to deal with threats from North Korea.
And for a WHOLE lot more deep background on the entire missile defense program -- that is, if you've got the time -- see the Heritage Foundation here.
While all this makes me nervous, anxious, good reason to pop up to the concessions for a hot dog, soft pretzel and beer, it also makes me wonder...just what happened to kinetic military action? Why then, not now? [Don't hate. It's just a good question.]
AND don't get me wrong. This girl doesn't want to go to war with Russia!
What I am dreaming of is an administration who carries a big stick, bolstered with a well thought out game plan in both offense and defense; an administration who says what they mean and means what they say; an administration so formidable that by just walking into the arena makes any opponent shrivel into a ball, making almost any situation a non-starter.
But look at us; that was era gone by, long in the record books; that was then and this is now, all "nation building at home."
How's that working out for us?
Are we? Are we really building a stronger nation , here, there, or anywhere?
Let's cut the denial. We suck.
Look at us! Completely and thoroughly divided by region... be it race, religion, wealth, sexuality, boy vs. girl, English vs. Spanish, progressive vs. conservative, east vs. west vs. north vs. south -- you name it, we've got a bracket for it. And who do we have leading the charge? A community organizer -- make that agitator; just a guy who has no business being the leader of the free world, be it foreign or domestic.
Somebody, anybody, make it stop; stop the insidious madness.
A cohesive, free enterprising, peace building, corporate culture, united under the Divine and the Rule of Law, and brought to you by painstaking assimilation by virtue of all brackets melting into one -- begins with one ball.
Make it a Good Day, G
And since this week is brought to you by the Number 8 -- let's add this to the long list of links -- Obama March Madness: Scandal Edition: College Students Fill Out Their Brackets on Top [Eight] Obama Scandals.