In President Barack Obama's remarks before the assembled nations of the world (except for Honduras), we are apt to focus on the beauty of his apologies for American power, the greatness of his self-aggrandizing manner, and the courage of his insistence that Israel has at best equal status in our eyes with the Palestinian terrorist regime.
But we neglect, at a loss of great entertainment, the fact that Obama performed rhetorically the finely-tuned Three Card Monty for the visitors to New York that they could expect from a clean and articulate street hustler, a kind that we normally believe is reserved for us alone.
I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for collective inaction.
How, exactly, has the "almost reflexive anti-Americanism" "served as an excuse for collective inaction"? The assembled nations have been clamoring for us to do things that we should not do, chiefly for us to hamstring our economy by believing in invisible climate fairies. They have not been failing to act because they don't like us, but because we have not yet agreed to manacle and shackle ourselves with silly limits on how much we will breathe.
So I thank President Obama for treating his peeps at the U.N. the same way he treats us, his humble servants. It is pleasing to me that he is unwavering in his cleverness, indefatigable in his quest to avoid sound reasoning, at least in public. Perhaps, having seen the power of his logical acumen, they too will begin to see him as we do.
From The Minority Report