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January 06, 2016

Truest Sentence You'll Read All Day

First of all, North Korea says they've exploded a hydrogen bomb, the most powerful, destructive manmade force ever known.

We don't know if that's necessarily true. That's not what I'm referencing in the headline.

This line, and this whole brief piece by Noemie Emerie, is nothing but truth.

Where Bush was asked every day if he regretted invading Iraq, Obama is never asked if he thinks leaving Iraq had something to do with the chaos engulfing the region, or the vulnerability of citizens here and in Europe to Islamic State-inspired attacks.

And while Bush was held responsible for every last casualty that occurred anywhere while he held office, Obama is absolved from responsibility for the massacres, rapes and enslavement of innocents that have followed his numerous foreign policy blunders -- given a pass as the victim of forces he did not enable and disasters he didn't create.

"Be very glad we don't have a Republican president," Walter Russell Mead told us in May of last year, warning that if such were so we would be enduring a "merciless media pounding" on the series of "failures, mistakes, and false starts" that have been our lot since Obama took office. Instead, we have a Democrat who is allowed by the press to fail quietly, discreetly, and off center stage.

She then goes on to recount some of the media's headlines about Obama's failures, which, in their telling, read more like triumphs of Obama's reserve and patience.

The "off center stage" is an important thing. Bush, obviously, did not want the press to highlight the number of casualties in the Iraq War, but the press did not oblige his wishes, and reported each day's "Grim Milestone."

Obama also does not want his bodycount to dominate the news -- but, get this, the press is is more than willing to pretend these stories away. All Obama need do is toss them some stray voltage -- which they know is stray voltage at this point; they're not smart, but they're not that stupid, either -- and the stray voltage partisan pig fight du jour will lead the day.

Take North Korea's claimed detonation of a hydrogen bomb. Some are skeptical they managed it, but they detonated some nuclear device.

Obama doesn't want this to be a story, though, as it could, possibly, cast some doubt on his plan to do for Iran what he's already done for North Korea.

So it won't be. The American public could be "panicked" by the news, so they must be gently insulated it from it, with yards and yards of padding for Obama and silly-string of whatever domestic drama Obama's Storytellers have cooked up for us today.


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