Nicholas Kristof’s latest column on Ukraine would be a strong contender, for such an award. In a column that is supposed to be critical of GOP’s unabashed Putin love, Nicholas Kristof spends one third of the column dissing the Obama administration.
Look, it’s true that Obama’s foreign policy has often been disappointing. Tripling the number of American troops in Afghanistan was a mistake. So was rejecting the advice of Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus to arm the moderate Syrian opposition. The Obama pivot to Asia has stalled, serious engagement with Pakistan ended with the death of Richard Holbrooke, and Obama has appointed some appallingly uninformed campaign donors to be ambassadors.
In one paragraph he slams Obama for being too hawkish and not being hawkish enough. Brilliant suggestion there by Villager Kristof, since arming the Afghan rebels in the late 70s and early 80s turned out so well. Better stick to writing about brothels, Nick. As for the ambassador appointments, even if we take GOP stooge Jonathan Karl’s story at face value, Kristof is blaming Obama for playing the game by the Citizen’s United rules. Isn’t it curious how the so-called liberal pundits of the main stream media want the Democrats to fight with one hand behind their back. Besides, what do all these criticisms have to do with the bizarre GOP behavior about Putin, is something I fail to understand.
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Before he sent troops to Crimea, and became the personification of evil, they loved his tough talking, gay bashing, bare chested swagger.
Pat Buchannan via the Atlantic
While his stance as a defender of traditional values has drawn the mockery of Western media and cultural elites, Putin is not wrong in saying that he can speak for much of mankind.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, via The New Republic
Putin is playing chess and I think we’re playing marbles
And the best for the last, Victor Davis Hanson of the National Review, via Balloon Juice,
Bare-chested Putin gallops his horses, poses with his tigers, and shoots his guns — what Obama dismisses as “tough-guy schtick.” Perhaps. But Putin is almost saying, “You have ten times the wealth and military power that I have, but I can neutralize you by my demonic personality alone.” Barack Obama, in his increasingly metrosexual golf get-ups and his prissy poses on the nation’s tony golf courses, wants to stay cool while playing a leisure sport. It reminds us of Stafford Cripps being played by Stalin during World War II. “Make no mistake about it” and “Let me be perfectly clear” lose every time. Obama’s subordinates violate the law by going after the communications of a Fox reporter’s parents; Putin himself threatens to cut off the testicles of a rude journalist.
That these same jokers have the temerity of calling anyone, least of all the President out of touch, is hilarious.
This week on Downton, Lady Grantham aka Clueless Cora was putting together a charity Bazaar and people were either falling in love, getting their hearts broken or facing the consequences of their socially disapproved dalliances.
Love, it makes the world go around
Downstairs, a sweet friendship is developing between the eternal sad sack Molesley and the cipher that is Baxter. The tiresome trapezoid is finally over, Ivy turned down Albert when he asked her to marry him. Daisy finally made peace with the fact that Albert is just not into her.
Upstairs, Rose and Jack got engaged and then unengaged. Rose seemed to be using Jack as a way to get back at her mother. When Mary found out about the engagement, she went to London and convinced Jack to break off the engagement.
As for Mary, she is still keeping Gillingham and Blake dangling. Napier seems to have got the message, since he was nowhere to be seen. Isobel too has a potential love interest. Unfortunately, chopped liver Edith has no such luck, and will be heading to the continent with her Aunt Rosamund to give birth.
Clueless Cora is completely oblivious to Edith’s predicament. What is the matter with Cora this season? I don’t remember her being such an utter imbecile in the earlier seasons. Unlike Cora, Violet suspected the obvious and interrogated both her daughter and granddaughter till they spilled the beans. Violet was not judgmental at all and even offered to pay for Edith’s trip. Her reaction seemed anachronistic and very twenty-first century to me.
Violet and Isobel
Violet also invited her frenemy Isobel, when Lord Merton, Mary’s godfather, came to visit. Merton was charmed by Isobel and her direct ways. He even walked her back to her home in the village and sent her flowers later. What I don’t understand is why Merton sent the flowers for Isobel to the Dower House, when he knew where Isobel lived. I also like the friendship that is developing between Isobel and Tom Branson. Not a fan of Bunting, who we saw again this episode. Is she supposed to be a love interest for Tom? She was rude and obnoxious when she was on the screen, both this week and the last. Why does Fellowes make his middle-class people so off-putting? I remember Isobel riding her moral high horse in the earlier seasons, now she seems to have mellowed quite bit. By the way, whatever happened to Dr. Clarkson, wasn’t he sweet on Isobel in season 3?
After Anna finally confided in Lady Mary about Green. Our heroine, managed to get Green fired using her influence with Gillingham. However, it was unnecessary since by the end of the episode slimy Green met his end under the wheels of justice. Did Bates off him? Bates was not at Downton on the day of the accident but neither were Mary or Anna.
The episode ended with the return of Thomas and Lord Grantham from the United States.
One more episode left to review, until then I will leave you with the best off-air Downton romance; Isis the yellow lab simply adores Allen Leech the actor who plays Branson.
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Witold Rybczynski, who was on the design committee that advised Laura Bush on the George W. Bush presidential library, has unsolicited advice for President Obama. He wants the current President to build a modest library, he didn’t say whether a library with 3/5ths square footage of W’s Presidential Library would suffice. He doesn’t want the library to be grandiose, like the libraries of other former presidents. Why? Would that be too uppity? Rybczynski wants President Obama to donate his papers to the Library of Congress instead.
a bold move would be to revert to tradition and deposit his papers at the Library of Congress. (The National Archives and Records Administration manages the 13 presidential libraries, which nowadays are built and maintained with private funds. The Herbert C. Hoover Library opened in 1962.)
Failing that, he should set himself apart by thinking small or, at least, smaller. Mr. Obama has written a moving book about his early life; there’s no need to retell that story. His library should be more of an archive and less of a museum, more of a house, less of a shrine. In an austere age, a modest library could be the grandest statement of all.
I shouldn’t be, but I continue to be amazed by the pettiness of people who begrudge President Obama the perks of his office, which were taken for granted before Mr. Obama became the President.
Warning: Spoilers follow..
Pigs share the top billing with Mary in this episode. In this episode, the ice-maiden thawed a little and got muddy. As predicted earlier, Blake has fallen for Mary, and we did not even have to wait for the season finale. The pigs are part of the plan to keep Downton solvent during changing times. Mary was giving Blake a tour of the pigpen with its newly arrived pigs. The pigs were dehydrated and one had even passed out. Mr. Blake, the bureaucrat rolled his sleeves and helped save the piggies, with Mary’s help. They both got muddy and playful. Quite unbelievable really. I was rolling my eyes at scene that belonged in some sappy rom-com.
Lord Stalker was back, too. Though, Lord Gillingham is engaged he can’t seem to keep away from Mary. This time he even had Green, his rapist valet along with him, who having gotten away with rape during his last visit has gotten more brazen. We saw him smirking endlessly and ready with a cover story, that both he and Anna were drunk, when he was confronted by Mrs. Hughes. I would say that the sleazy bastard’s days are numbered, Mr. Bates was giving him the stink eye when they were eating in the servants’ hall.
Chopped Liver and disaster magnet Edith is pregnant, and Aunt Rosamund is being a better parent to her than Cora. After paying a visit to a back alley abortion doctor, Edith has decided to keep the baby. Lady Gullible is oblivious, of course. Why does Cora always look like she is high? She was not so spacey in the earlier seasons. Is she on drugs?
Lord Grantham has gone to the US, along with Thomas, something to do with Tea-pot Dome scandal and Cora’s brother. Thomas went with him instead of Bates, because of Mrs. Hughes intervention, she had to take Mary into confidence, to achieve the desired result. So now Mary knows Anna’s secret, though she doesn’t know that Green was the perpetrator.
In other news, Violet falls sick and is nursed back to health by Isobel. So now they are both even. Tom Branson goes to a political meeting and meets a woman. He doesn’t seem all that interested but she sure does. Rose was in there somewhere flirting with Jack Ross as was the tiresome trapezoid of Ivy, Daisy, Jimmy and Albert. Ivy finally figures out that Jimmy is a creep.
The twenties may be roaring but Downton is still moving at a glacial pace. Only two more episodes left in this season and the story seems to have barely moved.
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