Well, it wasn’t exactly rock-star treatment like in the good old days, but at least the EU and NATO Summits weren’t a complete dis-off. In fact the Big White is characterizing it as a "full embrace" of Big Guy’s international agenda. I’d give it a B+
Sure, they had a little fun at Big Guy’s expense over the big black beast. No, not Lady M, the Limo. Butt overall, the Summit was a huge success:
"We came to Lisbon with a clear task, to revitalize our alliance," he said, explaining that the alliance has resulted in a unified Europe, a strong ally of the United States, and prosperity for the United States, Europe and the world.
Excuse me, do you mind if I sit here?
Well if that’s all it took to ensure our prosperity, why didn’t we go two years ago? In addition to prosperity, the NATO alliance:
… reconfirmed "its commitment to defend one another against attack as the cornerstone of Euro-Atlantic security."
Although that’s really the only reason NATO exists in the first place. I guess it’s a good idea to remind everyone from time to time, butt reaffirming your raison d'être isn’t normally considered a “huge success.” By most standards. And let’s not kid ourselves: the EU still thinks that “defending one another” means WE defend THEM. I’m not sure Big Guy understands this yet.
Big Guy used his international stage to send a message to his enemies back home too.
He told the R-words that Congress needs to pass his and Dimitri’s new START treaty so we can START destroying the rest of our nuclear arsenal immediately. Because Ronald Reagan would have wanted us to. Or something.
He said the treaty to cut the allowed number of U.S. and Russian long-range nuclear warheads by a third is "fundamental to national security." He has often cautioned that no agreement with Moscow would further delay and jeopardize the U.S. ability to inspect Russia's nuclear arsenal.
That’s because he thinks inspections are what Ronnie meant by “trust but verify.” Butt if this is Big Guy’s idea of verification, we better brush up on our “verifying” skills, as it appears we aren’t very good at it.
North Korea showed a visiting American nuclear scientist earlier this month a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium, confronting the Obama administration with the prospect that the country is preparing to expand its nuclear arsenal or build a far more powerful type of atomic bomb.
Even more amazing, Seigfried S. Hecker, our visiting nuclear scientist, although “stunned” by the development he saw didn’t even bother to mention it to any of Big Guy’s little people until a few days ago! I guess he was “stunned.”
Anyway, all of this has me wondering if eliminating more of our nukes is such a good idea now that North Korea is apparently re-STARTing all on their own, and Iran is just getting STARTed.
And again, exactly how do we inspect Russian’s nuclear arsenal in order to verify that they are destroying their nuclear warheads? Say they, hypothetically speaking, decide to “strategically relocate” the warheads to North Korea? Or Iran. BO continues:
"If the Senate doesn't act this year after six months, 18 hearings and nearly a thousand questions answered; it would have to start over from scratch in January."
I rather think that was the whole point of the November 2 message, which stunned a lot of people too.
Anyway, I like the whole idea of “trust, but verify” butt Big Guy’s administration hasn’t even figured out how to verify birth certificates yet. As it stands now, you have to have a lot more inspected and “verified” when you want to get on an airplane than when you want to be president.
Butt moving on to more important issues, I note that many of you have commented on the horrible wighat Lady M wore when she went to see the hit Broadway play ‘Fela!’
To be precise, that’s not a wighat on MO’s head, its a hair fall. Think of it as the ultimate in hair extensions, only none of the pesky weaving. Are you old enough to remember when falls were last hot, back in the 60’s? Carnegie Street, Twiggy, the Beatles, Jean Shrimpton? Before complicated hair extensions and weaves there were falls. Much simpler: they just attached to your existing hair with little combs. Like this:
And you probably thought she was just born with huge hair.
So anyway, it’s not a wighat, OK? Just a really bad hair fall, improperly installed. Butt we were in a hurry to meet Patti LaBelle.
The bottom half of the “fall” wasn’t installed properly either.
Both MO and Bo will be focusing on various “nuclear” containment installations over the next few months.