“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Monday, July 06, 2009
Obama goes to Russia to get his clock cleaned
With all the poise and self confidence of Neville Chamberlain, a massively weak economy, a currency under attack, a resurgent left wing in Latin America, his Grace and Reset Button in Chief, Barack Obama takes his fading magic to Russia. He is there because he senses a relevant threat between Russia and USA regarding our nuclear capabilities? Or does he naively believe that Russia will help him in Iran or Korea?
Obama thinks that recent Russian agreements allowing US supply overflights to Afghanistan is a sign of new cooperation. Given Russia's first hand knowledge of fighting a war in Afghanistan, I am surprised that Russia has not offered to pick up the fuel tab.
Obama has a plethora of crisis in which to meddle but chooses the visibility of a summit meeting with a Russia that will not help but has potential for lasting harm.
His sense of timing could hardly be worse. The street organizer against the street fighter. Obama's credentials include exactly what? His announced agenda includes a Carteresque human rights lecture. Putin has nothing to lose and everything to gain by meeting with Obama.
Putin has looked into Obama's soul and has seen a massive egoist needing his daily fix of adulation. Michelle is accompanying razzle to dazzle.
This trip will cost us plenty.