Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Urban Cowboy"

People criticized President George W. Bush for launching a coalition of allies against Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein after Hussein violated 17 United Nations resolutions and after talking about the potential for conflict in Iraq for about a year. The liberal press called George W. Bush a "cowboy" which connotes a "shoot from the hip" impulsive, individual, attitude that doesn't take into account the advice or opinions of others. Having a home in Crawford, Texas and a "plain speaking" style of speech probably added to this liberal characterization.

Well, is President Barack Obama, then an "urban cowboy"? After 1 United nations resolution and without consulting with Congress and with a Secretary of Defence that thought that getting involved in Libya was a "stupid idea"; Obama decides to establish a "no fly" zone. Sounds pretty impulsive and cowboyish to me. Being primarily from Chicago, that would perhaps make Obama an "urban cowboy".

In the movie "Urban Cowboy" starring John Voight and Dustin Hoffman, the theme song sung by Harry Nillson "Everybody's Talkin' at Me"  there is a phrase that says "Everybody's talkin' at me, I can't hear a word they're sayin'" which pretty much sums up Obama's smarter than thou cowboy attitude that he knows best on what do do about Libya and everything else in the world for that matter. Although, there are reports that Hillary Clinton was a strong advocate for rushing into Libya with military action.

At least so far with the exception of the group "Code Pink" and Congressman Dennis Kucinich who is wondering a little if Obama  has committed an "impeachable offence"; most of the former anti-war activists are strangely silent about America's Libya involvement. Maybe the liberals care more about who is in charge than what that person does who is in charge as long as "their cowboy" holds the reigns of power. As long as their "warmonger" is in charge then all is right here "home on the (urban) range".