"A Laughingstock in Paris"

Discussion in 'Politics' started by jficquette, May 2, 2009.

  1. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/05/a-laughingstock-in-paris.html

    It reads like a cheap spy novel but everything that is said about Obama is true.


    Paris, France. It is very cool to be a French intel guy. A spectacular meal at a Parisian bistro with $90 entrées and a $200 bottle of Bordeaux? No problem. I'd known this fellow since he got me out of a jam in Sudan years ago. His James Bond days are over, but still, riding a desk for the DGSE -- Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (General Directorate for External Security), France's military intel agency - in Paris has its decided benefits.

    One of them is not being infected with Obamamania. "My agency considers him a joke," he confides. "Every day there is some fresh lunacy that we cannot believe. Mr. Bush would often make us angry. But at this man we just laugh."

    "In truth, it also makes us sad," he continued. "French resentment towards America is strong, so being able to laugh at your country feels good. But it is such a sad and strange thing to see America - America The Great! - do something so crazy as to elect this ridiculous man."

    "There are many people in America who think he isn't a legitimate president as he wasn't born in the US and isn't a natural citizen. What do you think?" I asked.

    He shrugged. "I wouldn't know. I've never had reason to make an inquiry."

    "There are a lot of people convinced he is a traitor who hates America and is actively determined to destroy it. Any opinion on that?"

    He didn't shrug at this. After a long slow sip of wine, he mused, "I would not go that far. Many of his actions, however, are very puzzling because they are so counter-productive regarding America's best interests. There seems to be a consistent pattern in that direction."

    "What does Sarkozy think of him?"

    "Nothing but contempt."

    After a pause he asked, "And Langley?"

    "Well, if you thought the war they waged against Bush was intense, it was nothing compared to how they're going to screw Obama. He has tried to gut them with the ‘torture memo' release and slashing their budgets. The morale is depressed, sullen, and enraged. You know what a left-wing outfit Langley is. They thought he was their boy and they feel betrayed. All kinds of damaging stuff on him will be appearing via their media friends."

    He nodded. "And in Tel Aviv City?"

    He was referring to the huge underground city complex of Langley's underneath the US Embassy in the Israeli capital. "That's an interesting question. You know how vast and deep the relationship is there. Langley is making every effort to overcome the total and massive distrust their Israeli colleagues have for Obama, whom they know is selling them down the Jordan River. So far though this effort is in words. The Israelis are waiting to see what Langley does."

    He said nothing. I smiled. "You guys wouldn't be Langley's cutout for thwarting BO regarding Israel, would you? I'd never suspect that..."

    He continued to say nothing, gave me only a slight smile in return, and poured me another glass of wine. "The Bordeaux is good, yes?" I nodded.

    "You know, the French media worships this man the same as yours in the US. All of this ‘100 days' talk, it is impossibly stupid. Most anyone in the French elite, the business leaders, Sarko's people, they all know this. They all think this is some crazy joke of the Americans. But it is a very, very dangerous joke. For 100 days your president has been a laughingstock among the tout le monde No one may be laughing 100 days or 10 months from now."

    He leaned forward. "The world can go - how do you say - sideways with this man very quickly. No one he has working for him knows what they are doing - possibly excepting Mrs. Clinton - and he certainly does not. All of us in our little community are worried - us, our friends in Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, and Langley too as you say. It is not like the barbarians at the gates. It is everythere are no gates. The Somalis, Chavez, Iran, Putin, Beijing, the ‘Norks" as you call them, the list is long and it is growing. We are not sure what to do."

    It took me a moment to respond. "The best thing that has happened now is Obama making Langley his enemy. They will be cooperating with you more, be more a part of your worried community. Working together, you can undermine his efforts more effectively, block and maybe even repair the damage."

    It was my turn to lean forward. "Then again, all together you could be more pro-active. The man is a mystery. Nobody can make public his actual birth certificate, or even the particular hospital he was born in, or his college grades, or how he got into Harvard, or how he made editor of the Harvard Law Review and never wrote a single article for it. It goes on and on. He really is a Zero. I think all of you guys should find all of this out and make it known."

    I added, "The quicker the better, before the laughing stops and the real dangers begin."

    "What is that phrase you use?" he asked. "Something to consider?"

    I laughed. "Yes, there is much to consider - and much that you can do. I mean, really, if the Soviet Union could be dismantled, so can this presidency."

    It was a beautiful April afternoon in Paris. He walked me back to my hotel. It could be that the times we live in may get even more interesting.
  2. maxpi


    I wish I could write fiction that flowed like that article, nonfiction is my forte'. I'm not saying it's fiction, just commenting on the writing... Hemingway would have had one character say "Obama?" with a little shrug and the reply "he's a joke but we are scared too"..

    Obama toured Europe and the crowds cheered and the leaders gave him nothing of substance. It might work to keep Oil prices down, kissing everybody's ass like Clinton did, and it might keep his ratings up to command the military from time to time.. like Clinton did... Personally, I disagree with Obama's socialism and Liberation Theology but you never know, he might get the banking sector re-regulated and the sidelined investment capital back in play and we all might be pretty happy with the guy eventually... what scares me is that nearly his entire cabinet is from Wall Street, [does Ms Clinton have a Wall Street background other than getting money funneled to her via a commodity trader?] Instead of fixing the problem they might be engineering the next bubble and disaster with the taxpayers tasked with paying it off to go away...
  3. Hmm - that is very interesting but also a little scary.
  4. I like this line:

    He continued to say nothing, gave me only a slight smile in return, and poured me another glass of wine. "The Bordeaux is good, yes?" I nodded.
  5. maxpi


    I very much noticed that line, understated punctuation I suppose you could call it...

    Edit: and sort of a visual if you will, up to that point I was just reading words but that was a picture..
  6. fuck that article, not because it's Obama bashing, but because fuck France and fuck Sarkozy, who the fuck do they think they are anyways, worthless scums of the planet?
  7. More whining from jficquette, who starts 20 posts per day about Obama.

    I'd support giving jficquette his own Obama forum, to clear the clutter from P&R, and so his vagina heals and feels better.
  8. maxpi


    Well hell ya, the big campaign premise was that the rest of the world didn't like us because of Bush. Obama would be nice to everybody then we could all play nice again... so far, the French aren't impressed... nobody is conceding much because they like us.. negotiating from a position of strength works, acting all weak and limp and kissy disgusts people...
  9. Bush couldn't get France to agree to the Iraq war.

  10. Proof that they don't respect him. Just like some Americans. Until he starts producing, the criticism will continue.
    #10     May 3, 2009