Rice plays the Gong Show, loses

Susan Rice delivered a strategy speech to Brookings Institution. In it she said:

But, too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective. Yes, there’s a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or the Cold War.

We can’t afford to be buffeted by alarmism and an instantaneous news cycle. We must continue to do the hard work of leading a complex and rapidly evolving world, of seizing opportunities, and of winning the future for our children.

Perspective? Well it is not D-Day, yet anyway. No, this is the Titanic. Captain O and his advisers are telling the band “keep on playing, just a little louder”.

On Iran she said: “We must give diplomacy a chance to finish the job.”

How many chances has diplomacy had? Obama himself has extended it what 3 times? Again, a parallel to the Titanic. Give those life preservers a chance if you really must. But relax and stop the alarmism.

BBC

In a letter outlining the strategy, Mr Obama said the US would “always defend our interests and uphold our commitments to allies and partners”.

“But we have to make hard choices among many competing priorities and we must always resist the overreach that comes when we make decisions based upon fear.”

I rest my Titanic analogy case. ‘Let’s not act too rashly, more music please, louder. Have some faith in the concept. Louder.‘ Our national defense and security is overreach?

After all her statements, there are people fighting to Gong her. She certainly has a record in divisive denial, like Benghazi.

Strong and sustained American leadership remains essential, as ever. Think for a minute where the world would be today without decisive U.S. leadership.

Yea, just think.

We will always act to defend our country and its people, but we aim to avoid sending many thousands of ground forces into combat in hostile lands.

So Obama wants Congress to draft and pass a new authorization for Obama on Iraq, which should state no ground troops. Does that sound ridiculous for a necessary authorization?

We are committed to fighting terrorism and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, even as we rally the world to meet the threats of tomorrow

“We are committed” even as we cannot deny Iran nuclear capability. But follow what we say, not what we do. “Louder music, please!”