Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And you know two heads are better than one

What do you suppose was No. 4 on the Fox news hit parade in the run-up to Wednesday night's nationally televised round of dithering and kowtowing? Take it away, Dr. Keith Ablow!

Mr. President, I know this consult is uninvited. But, Wednesday you will address the nation about the threat ISIS poses to the world.

You must not let your own psychology interfere with the message you send to our mortal enemies.

Feeling the great disturbance in the Force yet?

I believe you feel ambivalent about the decency of America.  But if you let that ambivalence be known by ISIS, they will be emboldened.

It is natural for a group intent on the destruction of the United States to feel strengthened in their resolve if they intuit that the president of the United States shares any grave misgivings about whether we are a force for good in the world, or evil.

You have voiced such misgivings. You must stop.

Fine, fine, but -- what's that, Annie Ross? Something about those pesky codes of professional conduct?

I know that many in my profession and in yours would consider offering my perspectives to be inappropriate, given that you have not been, and more likely than not will never choose to be, one of my clients. However, with much of the world in conflict and many thousands dying, I hope you will consider my insights.

Sometimes, Mr. President, a whole culture can focus its unresolved issues on one man.  In this case, your election to the presidency was fueled, at least in part, by America being traumatized by the horrors of 9/11 and questioning (wrongly) whether something in the character of the nation was to blame for such carnage – whether we had “brought it on ourselves.”

Your profound ambivalence about the decency of this country was a perfect match for the self-doubt brewing in its people, and you used your office to further that self-doubt, even tipping it toward self-loathing.

... When you hold the highest office in America, Mr. President, our enemies will feel emboldened to act upon their antipathy toward us if they intuit that you, too, harbor hatred toward this nation – even if it’s just parts of it. And your policies, behavior and demeanor do suggest that.

Please know that as Americans and people all over the world listen to your speech about ISIS, they will be listening—both consciously and at a deeply unconscious level—for further clues that you, like they, think that the United States deserves an ISIS terror attack.

You must go to great lengths to convince our adversaries that you are unapologetically, wholeheartedly with us--the people of the United States. You should tell the men and women of ISIS that, if they doubt it, they should look to the skies as bombs fall upon them and picture your face on the wings of the planes delivering those bombs.

Uh, yeah. Just don't say "I" too often while you're doing it.

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