Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Return To Sender

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

-Winston Churchill

I missed this story from a couple of weeks ago-

Did you know that Obama sent a bust of Winston Churchill out of The White House? It was a gift to the U.S. after 9/11 and President Bush had it in the Oval Office.

From London's Daily Telegraph Feb 14th:

A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush's tenure.
But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: "Thanks, but no thanks."

Diplomats were at first reluctant to discuss the whereabouts of the Churchill bronze, after its ejection from the seat of American power. But the British Embassy in Washington has now confirmed that it sits in the palatial residence of ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, just down the road from Vice President Joe Biden's official residence. It is not clear whether the ambassador plans to keep it in Washington or send it back to London.

American politicians have made quoting Churchill, whose mother was American, something of an art form, but not Mr Obama, who prefers to cite the words and works of his hero Abraham Lincoln. Indeed a bust of Mr Lincoln now sits in the Oval Office where Epstein's Churchill once ruled the roost.

Churchill has less happy connotations for Mr Obama than those American politicians who celebrate his wartime leadership. It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather.

I'm 5/8th Irish- my ancestors were not treated well by the English either. They died in workhouses, they suffered because of centuries of British policy toward Ireland. However, if I were President of the United States, I can't fathom insulting our most steadfast ally by such a folly.

It's not "about you" and your family and your ancestors Mr. President- it's about our country, our history, our future security.

This commentary in the Washington Times "Exorcising Churchill" is spot on-- and scary as hell.

This man is a radical.


Jim said...

Much like Lincoln and FDR, Churchill wasn't the greatest leader of all time like the history books make him out to be.

He was an opportunistic flip-flopper (changing from the Conservative party to the Liberal party and back again).

He was doing his best to suck us into World War I. While he was First Lord of the Admiralty he wrote in a letter to the President of the Board of Trade that it was "of the utmost importance to attract neutral shipping to our shores, in the hopes especially of embroiling the United States with Germany" and that if those ships got in trouble, that was "better still." source This wasn't just an idle observation, this was policy. He was telling the Board of Trade to adjust insurance rates to keep neutral shipping coming through U-boat infested waters. He could have said they needed the supplies, but nope, he said he wanted to suck America into the war.

With allies like that...

He certainly put England's interests ahead of anything else, but we, as Americans, shouldn't view him so highly if he viewed us as cannon fodder in his grudge against Germany.

Not that anyone other than Wilson deserves the ultimate credit/blame for getting us involved.

Of course, in hind sight we see what a disaster our entrance into WWI turned out to be. It helped create the lop-sided Treaty of Versailles, which ruined Germany's economy, which allowed the rise of Hitler, which got WWII going, which was a horror, but also ended with half of Europe enslaved under brutal communism for nearly 50 years. Way to make the world safe for democracy, Woodrow, you tool. Who knows what would have happened if we stayed out, but it couldn't have turned out much worse.

Goose said...

Smug, self-centered, leftist, marxist, socialist, pacifist, and abortion supporter. What a great set of qualities for the President of the United States of America -- not! It's probably best that the bust of Churchill be returned, he would be rolling in his grave watching the amateur show in the White House today.

Repeating a comment I put on another blog... To quote Jack Palance in City Slickers:

"I crap bigger than you."

Sheila said...

I believe Wilson was the last academic to be in the White House (now Professor Obama)...


League of Nations- enough said.

Jim said...

Woodrow Wilson after creating the Federal Reserve said:

I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.
~ Woodrow Wilson

Jim said...

Off topic, but highly fascinating.

This part of Pawlenty's press conference the other day where he voiced his opinions about the spending in Washington and said, "the federal government is now so reliant on debt financing that the point at which China or sovereign wealth funds or others discontinue buying the federal debt, the house of cards they have constructed in Washington DC comes tumbling down. They're going to have the government debt equivalent, some years from now, of today's mortgage crisis, in my opinion."

I can't find the video, but at the very end of the press conference he repeated that he thought the government debt bubble will fall apart, just like today's housing bubble, within 20 years.

Unfortunately, (thanks to Bush letting spending continue to grow wildly while he was in charge) this is not a partisan issue, it's a Washington issue. If the Republican party only talks in fiscally conservative ways when they're running for election or are a powerless minority in Congress, there is no hope. If we can find true conservatives who consistently vote the way they talk, and aren't afraid to call out the "party leaders" when they're being fiscally irresponsible, I think we'll be off to a good start to bringing some credibility (and voters) back to the party.