Rich Galen
If I were bent on causing disruption in foreign countries and had unlimited funds to do it (a working definition of the CIA) here's what I would have concocted for President Obama's overseas trip.

India is a virulently anti-Muslim country. In fact Pakistan exists because it was the Muslim area carved out of the non-Muslim sections of India.

If I were trying to cause Obama acid reflux, I would have used the same idiotic channels of information which claimed there were 34 warships and 3,000 staff accompanying Obama to India costing $200 million per day to incite the locals about Obama's being a Muslim who favored Pakistan over India.

I would have organized demonstrations in both Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and in Delhi (formerly Corned Beef on Rye) with signs objecting to Obama attempting to make nice with the Indian government.

Then … in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population on the planet, I would have paid for similar demonstrations welcoming Obama, as a fellow Muslim, to their land.

Happily, when I was a young man I promised to use my powers only for good.

While in India, Obama called for India to have a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The current permanent members are: China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. All of them were on the winning side of World War II. Germany, you might have noticed, is not a member.

The rules of the game are: Any one of the permanent members has veto power over anything the Security Council chooses to do.

If the President thinks the Security Council needs to be expanded, then it should include countries which have real influence in world affairs - Germany and Brazil come to mind - and the rules should be changed to remove the veto power of any one permanent member.

The matter of Obama pandering to the nuclear bomb-bearing Indians to offset our need to continue cozying up to the nuclear bomb-bearing Pakistanis to fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban will be a subject of a future column.

The late George Carlin once said that the problem with Pakistan and India having nuclear weapons is: They both believe in reincarnation, so there's no downside risk.

On the home front, it occurred to me that the battle for leadership among what remains of the teeny-tiny Democrat caucus in the U.S. House among Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is a fight involving three people with an aggregate age of 211 years.

On the GOP side of the aisle, Speaker-presumptive John Boehner (R-OH) - 61, Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R-VA) - 47, and assumed Conference Chairman, Jeb Henserling (R-TX) - 53 have an aggregate age of 161 which is nearly a HALF CENTURY younger than the top three Dems.

What happened to the glorification of youth among the American Left?

Across the Capitol rotunda, the make-up of the U.S. Senate is getting attention. In the 2012 cycle 33 Senate seats will be up. Of those only 10 are held by Republicans.

According to a Wall Street Journal piece by Gerald Seib,

"Among those 23 Democrats who face voters in 2012 are a handful of incumbents from the kind of moderate to conservative states where Democrats took a beating last week."

Seib also writes that, "on some issues the Republicans actually may have a functional majority."

Given that plus a huge GOP majority in the House that pesky Article I of the U.S. Constitution might be given a shot of adrenaline.

Article I begins thus: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be v

ested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

Not in the Oval Office; not in the Departments and Agencies; not in the offices of the many Czars within the Executive Office of the President, but in "a Congress of the United States."

Let the games begin.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.