Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
The national media was clearly tired of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright rants broadcast over and over again on talk radio and shown on FOX News four years ago. The press was only too happy when candidate Barack Obama disavowed the man he said he could never disavow. Well, that’s over.
Clearly, they were tired of “ America ’s chickens coming home to roost” and the unreverend clergyman’s appeals for God to d___n America . Voters, too, seemed to have heard enough of it. Fifty-three percent of the American electorate appears to have endorsed the view of 95% of the media: the Reverend Wright is old news. Let’s move on.
Now, however, is when Barack Obama’s twenty-year membership in Rev. Wright’s church comes into the sharpest focus. Now is when the peace of the world can depend largely on the judgment that President Obama brings to the nuclear standoff between Israel and Iran . Now, is when we need to have the greatest confidence in the discernment of our Commander-in-Chief. Millions of lives may depend on what this young leader sees and how he analyzes what he is told.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reports that U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, exemplified the differences between Jerusalem ’s view of Iran ’s lunge for nuclear weapons and Washington ’s view of that mounting threat: Gen. Dempsey spoke of clocks in his comments to the press.
"We compare intelligence, we discuss regional implications. And we've admitted to each other that our clocks are turning at different rates," he said.
That’s an interesting metaphor. For decades, the left-wing Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has illustrated its cover (now its website) with an ominous ticking clock. For much of the Cold War period, they showed the minute hand just three minutes to midnight . During times of tension—or whenever a conservative or Republican was in the White House, the Bulletin would edge nearer to H-hour. Now, the Bulletin says it’s five minutes to midnight .
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