There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.
I don’t know, but it is apparently the softest sound that can be physically recorded in the entire universe. For comparison purposes, the sound would be D28, 20 octaves above the highest note on a grand piano.
Scientists are excited because sound is much slower than light, and therefore more easily studied, which now affords them a wider field of research.
On October 23rd, Turkey is auctioning off a 49-year lease on the deserted village of Kayakoy in return for its partial restoration. Technically, it is no longer deserted, as a few people have restored some of the crumbling stone homes and live there, and tourists and film crews visit this part of a protected archaeological site.
The village was abandoned when its inhabitants returned to Greece in a population exchange between the two countries in 1923 following the Greco-Turkish War. Portions of Kayakoy date back as far as the 18th Century. It’s a place I’d enjoy visiting, and perhaps to enjoy a meal at one of the set-up restaurants, but I enjoy my modern creature comforts too much to move there.
I probably read 300 different pieces on THE SPEECH. I failed to find even one which was fulsome in its praise and proclaimed it a triumph. Some of the usual suspects attempted to be enthusiastic, but their efforts rang hollow.
Open with your biggest lie — that sums up Stu Tarlowe’s view. There were plenty of other whoppers to go along with the first one. David Frum puts the pathetic speech into plain English, while Breitbart was much less kind. John Fund focused on Obama’s lack of credibility, which the address did nothing but add to. Jennifer Rubin pointed out his continuing lack of seriousness about ISIS. No one can doubt the President’s total seriousness about his poll numbers. Make no mistake — this was a purely political speech, which is one reason it was so awful. It is a kindness to characterize his attitude as half-hearted. Nothing said will help burnish his legacy.
Howard Kurtz pondered the question, but Brit Hume needed little time to use leading from behind in reference to public opinion, an analysis shared by Rick Klein. Janet Dailey gives the President a little credit for finally doing what he should already have done. Tom Rogan found the speech succeeded in tone, while failing in substance.
Rich Galen said he’d be looking for three things: ” The Vision for this operation – WHY we need to do it and when will we know we’ve been successful? The Strategy for this operation – WHAT do we need to do? The Tactics for this operation – HOW will we accomplish it?” I believe it’s safe to say Rich went unsatisfied.
Perhaps the most widely panned portion of the speech was Obama’s declaration that ISIS was not Islamic. Jonah Goldberg wants to know whether it’s Mormon, or perhaps Lutheran. Even CNN found, as did MSNBC, spinning this galloping stupidity beyond its ability. It is, of course, 100% Islamic, as Daniel Pipes and Andrew McCarthy correctly note, and most Americans agree with them. The best The nation could do was to babble on about how he should have talked about diplomacy.
The Washington Post asserted their favorite guy had laid out a strategy, but after watching it twice and reading it three times, I still couldn’t find much of one, other than a reference to non-existent successes in places like Libya and Syria. Neither could Rich Lowry, while Michael Gerson called it a “careful” war, despite the initial refusal of the white House to call it a war, an approach USA Today evidently agrees with. Investors Business Daily observed that war-lite wasn’t a winning strategy against ISIS, a view shared by Frederick and Kimberly Kagan. Bruce Ackerman used a New York Times op-ed to claim Obama’s actions and plans were a betrayal of the Constitution. Bing West termed it impossible promises. David French wrote that the only promise was not to destroy ISIS, but not to use ground troops. Paul Gregory dismissed it as brave words.
Jim Geraghty suspects His Oneness doubts his own decision. Charles Krauthammer said the President had finally found his Syria strategy: F-16s flying air support for pharmacists in tanks. Let that image swirl in your mind for a moment before reading his entire piece. The most devastating critique came from Walter Russell Mead, who bleakly entitled it “A President Surrenders.” (h/t to Michael Barone for the pointer). The best advice comes from Sarah Palin: War is hell, so go big, or go home.