All the President’s Press

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In 1976, amid some of the coldest days of the Cold War, Carter mounted a blistering foreign policy attack on the Ford administration. “Our country is not strong anymore; we’re not respected anymore,” he said, adding, “we are weak and the rest of the world knows it.”

Four years later, Reagan leveled the same attack at Carter’s failed foreign policy by listing the many places where Carter’s doctrine of moral equivalence and appeasement had devastated U.S. interests: “A Soviet combat brigade trains in Cuba, just 90 miles from our shores. A Soviet army of invasion occupies Afghanistan…America’s defense strength is at its lowest ebb in a generation, while the Soviet Union is vastly outspending us in both strategic and conventional arms…Our European allies, looking nervously at the growing menace from the East, turn to us for leadership and fail to find it. And incredibly, more than 50 of our fellow Americans have been held captive for over eight months by a dictatorial foreign power that holds us up to ridicule before the world,” Reagan declared. “Disasters are overtaking our nation without any real response from Washington,” he added, pounding Carter for “self-deceit” and “transparent hypocrisy.”

That brings us back to the current administration. Obama, it pays to recall, premised his entire 2008 campaign on how decidedly different his views on Iraq in specific and national security in general were from his opponents. Alongside his two autobiographies, his stance on the Iraq war was all that his campaign was about. In fact, as his campaign gathered momentum and supporters, he launched broadsides against the Bush administration’s efforts to rescue Iraq—attacking the surge while American troops were in the field.

But back then, criticizing the president was considered courageous by the press. Not so today. Even as Obama’s lead-from-behind doctrine smolders, to criticize this president’s foreign policy is “irresponsible” and “craven” and “disgraceful.”

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  • http://twitter.com/AnneKavkaz @AnneKavkaz

    It does appear that The New York Times is an arm of Obama's re-election campaign.

    • BS77

      Not just the NY Times….the msm every day blares supposedly "objective" articles critical of the ROmney campaign….on the Google news page, in the press and on tv….it's shameful and obvious who they are in the tank for.

  • pierce

    According to the national press, Barack Hussein Obama is GOD. Of course the rest of us know he is not, but he (Barack) is starting to believe the press is correct. Take a few steps backwards, he is acting the part, talking the part like he is all knowing. He, Barack,. knows what is good for all of us peons. All hail Barack Obama, paraphrasing Julius Caesar. I for one just don't believe it, and I better have a lot of company in 50 or so days.

    • amused

      thats good , now all you have to do , is stop believing Romney and Ryan are god . Oh and also that you conservatives dont know what's good for all of us . I hope you do have a lot of company around you in 50 or so days …..so you can't hurt yourself or anyone else .

  • oldtimer

    It it so sad to see the level to which some of the people of this country have fallen.

  • RAS

    The surest way to precipitate aggression and war is to show your enemies weakness and display an unwillingness to properly identify or respond to their acts of violence. Apologizing for such acts is unthinkable. Such actions cause your enemies to misjudge and miscalculate your intentions and lead them to escalate their attacks. If we send a message to the Arab World that they have nothing to fear from us we encourage them to press on with their campaign of violence. Obama and his administration, incompetent staff, and media flacks have sent a constant stream of just such messages. The silly notion that a film provoked the raiding of our embassy in Libya and the murder of our ambassador and his staff is ludicrous and stupid. To apologize is even worse. Gov. Romney was absolutely right to criticize our incompetent boobs in State and the White House.

    • amused

      Yea , what a "silly notion " ….especially after that is what exactly happened .

  • guest

    Remember after 9/11 and Iraq the press took on this "never again" mantra? Not in response to terror attacks, but on reporting objectively about conservatives for one month.

    This election may very well be the last we see of network news and institutional press. The votes will come in without the 10% Democratic weight, the big government adoring continues and the channels continue to change.

  • Veracity Jane

    The Left are either scoundrels who cover for the pres or suckers who fall for it.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's sad the press is doing this. They may end paying a high price for their biases.

    • Sunbeam

      But still there are others who can counter this. Due to the press ignorance, they might have to pay a very high price for this. How do they not realize its implications thereof?

  • amused

    Gee Mitt's amazing , he already has his left and right foot in his mouth , and he's got more room for another ! You guys like to blame the press , well the press dont make the news ..Obama got caught " off mic " with the Russian P.M. and now Romney gets caught with his "47 " with his fat cats ….lol…..the press did exactly the same in both cases …..but …Oh I forgot , it's only wrong when it's your side ……what a bunch of hypocrites .
    Does Romney really want to win this election ? Or is he planning to lose and then cry " voter fraud " . Maybe his campaign manager should go to the local hardware store and get a large roll of Duct Tape .
    LOL….you all are as transparent as a pane of clear glass .

    • Gislef

      And how much did the press pay attention and publish and republish Obama's talk with the PM, and Romney's supposed "47" gaffe? And which part of Romney's statement do you disagree with?

  • Imntreble

    Between you and your msm comrades, your dreams of another 4 years of “utopia” should be realized. Forward!

  • amused

    parroted memes are all you got pal. but go on ignore the obvious , thats part of what you guys do .