Monday, July 13, 2009

Liz Cheney has a monopoly on truth. So be careful!!

Liz Cheney asserts in the Wall Street Journal today that President Obama lied during his speech to the New Economic School (NES) in Russia. But really Ms. Cheney is wrong and deceitful.

If you don’t say what Liz Cheney believes is the truth you are a liar and a borderline traitor.

Ms. Cheney as usual either removes context from Pres. Obama speech to graduates of the NES. Perhaps she is genetically incapable of understanding context. If so I apologize for judging her to harshly. She quotes the President’s speech and implies that he frames the cold war as a competition for achievements in science and sports and ignores the brutal totalitarianism of the Soviet government.

The speech was an address to graduating students. Therefore it was an optimistic speech about change and people.

Using the jingoistic trope that “America was an unmatched force for good in the world” Ms. Cheney implies that it was America alone that lead to the fall of the Soviet communism. It is surprising that the name Ronald Reagan was not written once in her essay.

Her deception continues as she quotes DesirĂ©e Glapion Rogers, White House Social Secretary, from a Wall Street Journal interview, “We have the best brand on Earth: the Obama brand,’ Rogers says. ‘Our possibilities are endless.” Ms. Cheney uses this line as an insight into the administrations foreign policy approach. Ms. Cheney tries to expose this quote from Ms. Rogers as the President being misguided by “Obama exceptionalism” at the expense of America. Is it necessary to remind the President of the United States that he is the President of the United States.

Ms. Cheney’s zero sum mentality is evident in her distaste for President Obama’s response to the inquiry if he believes in American Expectionalism. "I believe in American Exceptionalism just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." She translates this reasonable answer as, “in other words, not so much.”

Asking that President Obama claim America’s exceptionalism is to ignore the past actions of the United States whether successful or mistakes. To ignore our mistakes while the rest of the world knows those mistakes is asking us to believe that the rest of the world is dumb while we wear Ms. Cheney’s dunce cap. Thinking about the threats we face with open mindedness and humility is exceptional. Perhaps a strong thoughtful humble approach to the world will create exceptional American international relations.

From the Urban Dictionary:

a figure of speech expressing a fantasy, generally used to manipulate (ie. "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." --March 16, 2003, or "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency." -- June 20, 2005)

Nuts don't fall far from the tree. Sphere: Related Content

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

at least she is consistent.

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