WASHINGTON -- Official Washington -- meaning the Obama administration, fellow travelers in Congress and their allies in the so-called mainstream media -- here's a quick peek at some recent events, the lead stories they generated and the response by the O-Team. Let me know if you think I'm wrong, but it looks to me as if they have the collective attention span of a fruit fly.
For three weeks, several hundred mostly young, media-savvy protesters billing themselves as "occupiers" have been encamped at a small Manhattan park not far from Wall Street. In a pale shadow of what has taken place in Greece, England and Portugal, the New York protesters have tried to "invade" banks, investment houses and the residences of "wealthy Americans" to stage '60s-style sit-ins. Their stated goals are to "stop the machine," "save Social Security," "stop the war" and "bring down the system."
The "movement" -- that's what they call it -- has spread to more than two dozen other U.S. cities. Here in Washington, the U.S. National Park Service granted a multi-month permit for organizers to "occupy" Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square with "sanitary" tent cities within sight of the White House.
Though this is nothing on the scale of the anti-war movement of the 1960s and '70s, there are parallels to that era. The "occupied territory" ends up trashed. Participants are generally affluent but anti-free enterprise, though today's protesters all seem to have smartphones. Like their predecessors more than four decades ago, many of the participants apparently suffer from maladies that can be relieved only by inhaling THC. Apparently, the aroma from these encampments originates from those who have prescriptions for medical marijuana. And like the Johnson and Nixon presidencies, the O-Team appears oblivious to the fact that the "occupy movement" is the consequence of the administration's own failed policies.
While the potentates of the press were paying homage to pot-smoking protesters demanding "economic justice," supporters of religious freedom were being massacred in Egypt. On Sunday, Oct. 9, more than 1,000 Coptic Christians held a vigil at the state television building in Cairo to pray for protection against radical Islamists burning their churches, homes, schools and businesses. According to Amnesty International, violent Islamist attacks against Egypt's Christian community -- which predates Islam by more than six centuries -- have increased exponentially since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.