Posts Tagged Otto Scharmer
Watching conservatives oppose military intervention in Syria has been entertaining to say the least. We all know that if the occupants of the White Hosue were a Republican, they’d be cheerleading for the most ruinous attack possible, telling us that Assad is the moral equal of Pol Pot, Hitler, Mussolini and Jeffrey Dahmer all rolled into one. Not so long ago, however, most of Washington DC would have joined in supporting an attack. A few years ago, an attack on Syria would have been a foregone conclusion, there would have been sporadic opposition but it would have happened, and at least inside the “establishment” would have been regarded as necessary and possibly even good. A great many Democrats supported action against Iraq in 2002 and 2003 (despite their doubts of its success) because the necessity of military action was accepted, common wisdom even if their instincts told them it was a disaster waiting to happen.
The disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan were/are simply to big to be ignored, even by hawkish political insiders. When someone as reliably dim and possessed of the conventional wisdom as George Will doesn’t favor a military strike, you know something has shifted. Read the rest of this entry »
The Obama administration made a surprisingly simple miscalculation early on – they adopted a cautious centrism that was intended to alleviate the right’s fears, to hopefully limit the amount of opposition from those on the right. Instead, the American right promptly leapt into teabagger mode – shrieking hysterics and demanding ideological purity. In the face of a furious and unhinged right wing, the Obama team continued to pin their hopes on cautious centrism as a way forward.
Nicholas Kristof wrote:
President Obama came into office with expectations that Superman couldn’t have met. Many on the left believed what the right feared: that Obama was an old-fashioned liberal. But the president’s cautious centrism soured the left without reassuring the right.
Kristof is absolutely right but he seems to ignore that insight in an attempt to rally the left – he begins listing the President’s accomplishments and offering a chilling argument that is supposed to rally Democrats and liberals: Read the rest of this entry »