Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HALF- ASSED APHORISMS
On the eve of the 2016 State of the Union address there came an announcement of the "arrest" of 10 sailors by the Iranian Government. On one of the cable networks, a Republican consultant became almost apoplectic saying that he expected the President to address the problem by issuing a strong statement to the Iranians to force the release of the sailors. President Obama said not a single word on the subject. Instead Secretary Kerry called his Iranian counterpart and, diplomatically, asked that they be released. By morning, the sailors were released. Most Republicans forget that a great Republican President said, of foreign policy, "Speak softly; carry a big stick" Modern day Republicans only seem to know the :Big Stick" part of TR's advice, just as they seem to forget the "Well regulated" part of the Second Amendment.