This is the truth. The transcript of President Obama’s State of the Union speech sent out by the White House last might ended up in my junk email box.
It really did.
It appears that my spam filter is working.
At a moment in history when Big Ideas are absolutely necessary, Obama came up with list of petty grievances and small adjustments.
The world has become a very dangerous place for the United States. And that’s the way it will stay for the next year, at least.
At a time when the budget deficit threatens to bring the whole house of cards tumbling to the table, Obama was talking about buying more windmills. With the economy still fragile, Obama wants to raise taxes and fund new spending programs.
I’m sorry, investments.
Instead of proposing a massive entitlement reform plan that could save us, Obama wants to keep gouging relative pittances out of discretionary spending budgets.
Of course, he’s running for reelection this year, and doesn’t want to lose senior-rich Florida or Pennsylvania. Actually, there are old people in every state, his political advisers have advised him.
The president hardly mentioned foreign policy, even though existential threats lurk there.
China is building its military at a fanatical pace. Obama’s answer? Investigate China’s unfair trade practices.
More immediately, Iran may be no more than a year away from a nuclear weapon. The solution has to come from Obama. And so here’s what he said:
Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.
This statement, vigorously spoken, is actually perfectly Chamberlainesque. Let me sit in for Mr. Favreau for a moment and rewrite it:
Let there be no doubt: America will prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal.
I added merely one word and subtracted three. But see the difference?
I’m sure they do in Tehran. They indeed have no doubt: Obama will not take military action against them. His careful words belie his forceful phrasing.
Because taking military action would just wreck everything. We might not be able to pay for the windmills.