Well, President “Hope and Change” has begun his tenure with a series of fiats designed to differentiate himself from the former president. Of course, there’s enough wiggle room left in his brand spanking new executive orders to rival that in a rapper’s pants, but let’s not split hairs.
On the international front, his inauguration was met with kind words from compañero fidel, who described him as a “noble and intelligent” man. Not long after, though, as noted here, the consequences of thawing relations must have made their way through sclerotic byways in the long, lonely hours of the night, because the President became a noble man who contributes to the “genocide” of the Palestinian people. Also thrown in was a demand for Guantanamo, one echoed by mini-me Chavez. How’s that for an olive branch?
Not to be outdone, the Iranians, yet to receive the new covenant that the President has reputedly been framing, chimed in characterizing the offer to talk with Iran as a sign of US failure. Considering that they have helped kill our servicemen in Iraq, how could they see our proferred hand as anything but? Ahmadinejad, in fact, is demanding an “apology” for our “crimes.” Read it here.
Memo to the left: these people dislike us not because we don’t play nice, but because it is not in their interest to do so. Whether they use the US as a bogeyman to distract their people from the failed state of their internal policies like Iran, or use their enmity as a rationale to cling to power, or both as in Cuba, they are not going to join hands with us and sing “Kum-ba-ya” because the Messiah is come. Rather, they have amply demonstrated that they see any overtures as a sign of weakness. They need to hate us. Guess the “hope” was that they would “change.”