Remember how liberals told us that America would be respected again, by friend and foe alike, once Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress were in charge of everything? Well, welcome to the real world, where friend and foe alike are either laughing at us, aghast at our stupidity or making plans to kill us.
Take, for starters, President Obama's incredibly naÃ¯ve decisions with regard to the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where we have been detaining terrorists and others captured on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. One of his first acts as president was to order the suspension of all military tribunals at GITMO. This decision came on the eve of the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. As a result of Obama's decree, charges against this terrorist have been dropped.
Additionally, in order to fulfill one of his campaign promises to his far-left kook base, Obama has ordered that GITMO itself be closed within a year, which leaves us with the thorny problem of what to do with those imprisoned there. The president and his supporters wring their hands over the possibility that these thugs might be subjected to uncomfortable treatment they like to call "torture," and yet if they are sent back to their country of origin, they will likely be released, whereupon they will recommence their war against the United States. If we bring them to our own shores, you can bet dollars to donuts the ACLU will demand they be assigned public defenders and protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Of course, one of the biggest sources of entertainment for our enemies has to be our wide open southern border, through which they send their minions to do us harm. Perhaps not this week; perhaps not next year; but sooner or later they will attack us, and when they do, everyone from George W. Bush to John McCain to Barack Obama who insisted on keeping that border open will have blood on his hands. Remember, our enemies are patient people. They waited eight-and-one-half years between the first and second attacks on the World Trade Center. They are patient, and they are laughing.
Another source of amusement for the entire world must be our refusal to tap into our own natural resources to supply much-needed energy. Instead, we have allowed environmental crazies to hold us hostage their "green" agenda. Now those crazies are running our government, and while they fiddle with "alternate" sources of energy - most of which don't work or are not practical - they would rather continue to give billions of dollars to oil-producing nations around the world who hate us than to utilize our own resources.
Finally, consider a recent comment by Lueo Ping of the Chinese Regulatory Commission, concerning the imaginary money America will have to print in order to fund our recent "stimulus" bill and other proposed spending: "We hate you guys," Ping said. "Once you start issuing $1 trillion to $2 trillion, we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys, but there is nothing much we can do." When the most repressive, controlling communist government in the world criticizes the stupidity of your policies, you know you are in uncharted monetary territory.
It is said that the two things no one wants to witness being made are sausages and laws. In the case of the massive spending by Congress, think of it as sausage being created by children, without adult supervision, oversight, or FDA or USDA inspections. Imagine "Lord of the Flies" set inside a sausage factory, with malicious kids throwing everything they can find into the mix, from rotten, maggot-infested pork and rat droppings to the sweepings off the floor, and then serving it to a restaurant full of people and telling them it is the best breakfast in the world.
Now you have a pretty good image of what is happening in Washington. It is a case of congressional vandalism. And this is just the beginning. The specter of it is spellbinding, like a bloody train wreck. We want to avert our gaze but can't. It is just too exquisitely awful. And so is the laughter of our sworn enemies.