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Anti-Americanism Is Still Dead

Or so claims David Axelrod.

Apparently Fidel Castro didn’t get the memo:

…At the press conference, as well as in the final meetings of the Summit, Obama looked conceited.

It’s an interesting little diatribe from Casto, and most of it is the usual nonsense, but what it easily demonstrates is Axelrod is as clueless as I asserted a couple of days ago.

Castro saw through most of the Obama rhetoric and unlike a vast number of Americans, figured it out:

When the US President said, in answering to Jake [Tapper], that thousands of years had elapsed since 2004 until the present, he was superficial. Should we wait for so many years before his blockade is lifted? He did not invent it, but he embraced it just as much as the previous ten US presidents did.

That’s the Cuban version of “meet the old boss, same as the new boss …”.

And my favorite:

Leaders just pass through; peoples prevail. There would be no need to wait for thousands of years to pass by; only eight years will be enough so that a new US President — who will no doubt be less intelligent, promising and admired in the world than Barack Obama- riding on a better armored car, or on a more modern helicopter, or on a more sophisticated plane, occupies that inglorious position”

Yup – completely charmed and impressed by our new leader, no?

Castro picks up on and states what he saw – conceit and superficiality. My guess is he wasn’t the only Latin American leader who came away with that impression.

Interesting.

~McQ

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26 Responses to Anti-Americanism Is Still Dead

  • Obama makes the same mistake all libs do when it comes to international politics. The people they want so badly to like us and converse with don’t want us to simply converse, they want us to capitulate to their demands. To them, talking is agreeing, or else its being uppity americans, if thats the case, ill take uppity americanism.

  • I think Castro also picked up on the grandiose and extravagant travel arrangements (“a better armored car…”) of our Presidents (it didn’t start with Obama). On his European adventure he was accompanied by a medical team of six doctors, a Secret Service detachment of 200+, and they even brought their own gasoline. We can only imagine what even more extensive arrangements were necessary for travel to a location less friendly advanced than Europe. The mind boggles.

    I am sorry, but despite what the incumbent may think the occupant of the Oval Office is not absolutely necessary to the preservation of Civilization-As We-Know-It. I am reminded of a song lyric ; “No matter how high or great the throne, what sits on it is the same as your own”.

  • Castro holds a losing hand, and most Cubans know it.  US actions are not designed to change an old Communist cout on his death bed.  They are aimed at the next generation, and will bear fruit in coming years when the Castro generation passes on — a process already underway.

    Obama is not about charming anyone, or thinking saying nice things will change policies — his people are some of the best foreign policy minds, they know the world doesn’t work that way.  It’s about setting up a new policy tone to get results over the medium to long term, not immediately.   Nobody thinks a few gestures and handshakes will change other states; you seem to assert that the “left” believes that, but the idea of Obama as some kind of magic charmer is more a right wing fantasy of how the left thinks.

    • “They are aimed at the next generation, and will bear fruit in coming years when the Castro generation passes on — a process already underway.”

      I’m sure Kennedy was mumbling the same thing…it’s all worked so well, hasn’t it?  And Obama’s plan is SOOOOOOO different, I can see that right away.

      ” his people are some of the best foreign policy minds, they know the world doesn’t work that way.”
      Then perhaps he should listen to these people he allegedly has on staff –
      Goofy inappropriate gifts, stupid statements, bowing to Islamic royalty, impressing foreign leaders with his smarmy arrogance.  Yes, he’s done a super job and certainly has taken advantage of having ‘some of the best foreign policy minds’ at his disposal no?

      I don’t know which is it, that he doesn’t actually have good foreign policy minds available, or that he’s too frigging arrogant to listen to them.

    • Castro still holds Cuba in a dictatorial hand, via his brother, and all Cubans know it. Obama’s actions would never be designed to change an old Communist cout on his death bed. After all, Obama admires Cuba’s wonderful socialized health care, not to mention the government suppressing any dissention. So any of Obama’s reforms  are aimed at harmonizing Cuba’s government with our own, and will bear fruit in coming years when we can claim 100% literacy among obedient citizens, and 100% health care access (if you don’t mind filthy, vermin-infested hospitals).

      Obama is entirely about the naive thinking that you can charm people and say nice things so they will “like” us. His people are some of the best foreign policy minds from the Jimmy Carter School, and it shows. Now I could blather about results immediately, or over the medium to long term, but in the long run, the U.S. will be dead at this rate. Obama thinks a few gestures and handshakes will change other states, when the only reaction is a guffaw at American foreign policy impotence. Non-leftists correctly point out that the Left believes a smile and a kind word will change the world, but the Left denies that as a matter of covering its posterior. Even the Left knows that Obama’s foreign policy, in the mold of Jimmy Carter, will fail.

  • Yes, Erb, as a Cuban-American I’m simply stunned by the sheer brilliance of US policy towards Cuba.  What a great game we played, eh?  WE’ll simply wait for him to die of his own accord!  That’ll show him!

    Meanwhile, we’ll shake a stern fist whenever he shoots down American Planes in international waters.  That’ll Learn ‘im!

    Stick to pontificating, Scott.  You’re clueless about Cuba.

    This guy should have been taking out with a bullet long ago.  The mistake most people make is thinking that Castro, as a Tin Pot Dictator, is stupid.  The man is many things: monster, evil, etc.  What he is not is stupid.  He’s kept his position for so long by using that intellect and playing many people against each other, including the Soviets.  And now he’s dancing around Obama and mocking him openly.

    There’s a difference between insulting and mocking, as you should know.  You insult someone you fear.  You mock someone you don’t respect.

    • “You insult someone you fear.  You mock someone you don’t respect.”

      Hey Erb.  Did that leave a mark?

    • Politico reports that Cuban-Americans are actually supportive of the changes in US policy towards Cuba.  After all, the policy of the last fifty years failed utterly.   Castro is quickly becoming irrelevant.  The future of Cuba may be bright indeed.

      • Politico reports that Cuban-Americans are actually supportive of the changes in US policy towards Cuba.

        Wow, Erb doesn’t get all the facts right. Who would’ve guessed? He makes it sound like they support ALL the proposed changes.

        64% of Cuban-Americans are supportive of Obama’s lifting of family travel restrictions and their ability to send money back to their families on the island (go figure!). But they are evenly split on the commercial embargo.

      • According to Erb Logic, America should be supporting torture as official policy since 71% of Americans believe there are times when it is appropriate while only 25% think it should never be used.

        All hail Erb Logic! If Americans favor it in polling, then it’s gold!

  • Erb , you must have been watching a different presidential campaign than I was , as the media was constant in their insistance that just by showing up Obama would be light years better than Bush and the world would finally love us.

    But what really caught my attention was your claim that: ‘ It is really about setting up a new policy tone to get results over the medium to long term , not immediately. ‘

    Yeah , exactly like when Bush was accorded plenty of time for his bold policies to take hold in Iraq   by the media and assorted leftists, right?

    • Erb only watches Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann.  Everything else is too conservative for his tastes.

      • I’ve never watched the Maddow person, and have seen Olbermann mostly in U-tube clips or on a sports show.  I don’t get my news from TV (and when I do, it’s usually CNN — but they’re too sensationalistic for my taste).

    • Yes, I wasn’t watching any serious thinkers say Obama would be that magical.  Perhaps that’s how Fox portrayed it, but most people realize the world doesn’t work that way.

  • Anti-Americanism is Still Dead

    Or so claims David Axelrod.

    Actually, didn’t Axelrod claim that, “anti-Americanism isn’t cool anymore.”  And not that it was dead?

    Or did I miss that memo too?

    Cheers.

    • I never can get the blockquote to work.  Is it just me, or is anyone else having that problem?  And does anyone have any tips to get it to work?

      Go raibh maith agaibh

    • “Actually, didn’t Axelrod claim that, “anti-Americanism isn’t cool anymore.”  And not that it was dead?”

      I might be way off here, but I think the title it is a play on the old SNL “Franco is still dead” gag…

      • Oooh, I see.

        I get it now… well, kinda…
        1975 hmm.

        I guess it must be one of those you had to of been there type deals.
        After reading the wikipedia entry, I kinda get where McQ is going with this.  Can’t quite grasp the whole joke though. You’ll have to forgive me.  In 1975, I was four years old.

        I’ll be sure to be on the lookout to QandO’s antiquated pop culture references from now on.  I won’t mistake actual facts for the Obama administration being compared to an Edsel, that’s for sure.

        Cheers.

        • At this point in time, by comparison, I would say the Edsel was an overwhelming success!

          • Actually, the Edsels were pretty good cars, and their unpopularity was largely for superficial reasons. So, I’d say the Edsel is the diametric opposite of the Obama administration.

            (Pogue: I wasn’t even born in 1975, so I may be off on the reference)

        • Damn whippersnappers….

          It WAS funny.