Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Chinese Invented Feng Shui After Emperor Tang-Woo Hit His Shin On A Dishwasher

Charles Moore, who covers politics for The Telegraph opined:
Mr. Obama’s most famous electoral message was “Yes, we can”. His electoral message to the British people is “No, you can’t”. 
If we want influence, security, free trade, democracy and the rule of law, we can get these things only by staying in the European Union, he informs us. We cannot contemplate living—as his own country so proudly does—as a wholly independent state. If we do, we “go to the back of the queue” in trade, he told the press conference last night. 
The president has spent most of his time in office neglecting old allies and seeking new ones, being chummier with Iran than Israel and with Castro than Cameron. [Emphasis mine]. 
He belatedly praises the network of alliances and programs—the Marshall Plan, Bretton Woods, NATO, the United Nations Security Council—which helped create the post-war order, but what he has actually done is to tiptoe away from NATO commitments, hoping that the EU will take up the slack.
Moore well remembers the firestorm The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer created when one his first acts as president was to remove the bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office.  Britons viewed the move as a snub, one of many I might add, to the special relationship our two countries have maintained throughout our history,
He said he took the sculpture of Britain's wartime leader out of his office, where it had been placed by George W. Bush, because “there are only so many tables where you can put busts, otherwise it starts looking a little cluttered.”  The White House originally denied that the bust had been removed and sent back to Britain, before admitting that it actually had. 

He insisted that he had not snubbed Churchill or the Brits, adding: '”In the residence, on the second floor, my private office is called the Treaty Room and right outside the door of the Treaty Room, so that I see it every day, including on weekends when I'm going into that office to watch a basketball game, the primary image I see is a bust of Winston Churchill.  It's there voluntarily, because I can do anything on the second floor. I love Winston Churchill, love the guy.”

The controversy over Churchill’s bust happened in 2009.  So why did the president feel compelled to address the matter now?  Seems London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, told London’s newspaper The Sun the bust’s removal was a “sign of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike for the British Empire—of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.”

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