November 10, 2008


Via my husband: Show Me The Money

So to everyone overseas I say: thanks for your applause for our new president. Im glad you all feel that America is back. If you want Obama to succeed, though, dont just show us the love, show us the money. Show us the troops. Show us the diplomatic effort. Show us the economic partnership. Show us something more than a fresh smile. Because freedom is not free and your excuse for doing less than you could is leaving town in January.

Posted by Sarah at November 10, 2008 08:50 AM | TrackBack

Sarah - good link.

The other part of that is a President Obama will be held responsible for how the war in Iraq ends. There is no way around that and if it ends in Civil war and mass killings it will be because he pulled out too fast to satisfy the pro-Baathist loony left.

Posted by: Eric Coulson at November 10, 2008 10:29 AM

Show us the troops ... Because freedom is not free and your excuse for doing less than you could is leaving town in January.

Today I stumbled upon a February 2008 Henry Kissinger interview making similar points:

Some Europeans do not want to understand that this [radical Islam] is not an American problem alone. The consequences of such an outcome would be at least as serious for Europe as for the Americans ...

I think it is obvious that the United States cannot permanently do all the fighting for Western interests by itself. So, two conclusions are possible: Either there are no Western interests in the region and we don't fight. Or there are vital Western interests in the region and we have to fight ...

In the long run, we cannot have two categories of members in the NATO alliance: those that are willing to fight and others that are trying to be members la carte. That cannot work for long ...

By this time next year, we will see the beginning of a new administration. We will then discover to what extent the Bush administration was the cause or the alibi for European-American disagreements. Right now, many Europeans hide behind the unpopularity of President Bush.

Posted by: Amritas at November 10, 2008 02:57 PM

Classic! I'm posting this on my blog giving you credit, of course!

Posted by: Tracy at November 12, 2008 12:35 PM