Domestically, it's a heart beating hotly for throttling American industry in the name of a cleaner environment. For "energy independence" without expanded nuclear power. For a "stimulus package" (etc.) causing (in for instance the fiscal year ending this fall) record-setting $2 trillion annual deficits. And for the government running "reformed" banks, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and the nation's health delivery system with all the efficiency of Amtrak and the Postal Service.
In matters foreign, it consists in going ga-ga over - well, let's see....
-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling India to sign on to an anti-global warming agenda - and India's environmental minister Jairam Ramesh responding, in effect, no way.
-- The Obama administration likewise hammering our friends - (a) Israel, for deeming nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran as somehow more destabilizing than West Bank settlements, and (b) Colombia, by failing to push through the Columbian free-trade act (1) because of Big Labor opposition and (2) because of, you know, Colombia's success against Castro- and Chavez-backed drug-traffickers.
-- And the administration incomprehensibly joining hands with our declared enemies - Cuba's Comrade Fidel, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and chavistas Evo Morales (Bolivia), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua) - to restore to power the deposed chavista Manuel Zelaya of Honduras.
-- The president himself bowing to the Saudi king, offending England's queen, kissing Chavez' cheek, informing Mexico illegal guns from America were the principal cause of violence there, and apologizing to foreign friends and enemies alike for the abiding virtues of the United States.
-- CHINA landing 37 companies on Fortune magazine's Global 500 (China had just 8 a decade ago and 28 last year) - with the number of U.S. firms falling to 140, the lowest total ever.
-- President Obama pledging to close Guantanamo and house its unredeemable terrorist inmates in U.S.-mainland jails.
-- Building new anti-missile sites in Hawaii following North Korea's missile tests, while savaging (even defunding) demonstrably successful anti-missile programs that, since 2001, have produced 37 hit-to-kill intercepts out of 47 attempts - an astonishing 80 percent success rate. (Notes a former head of the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency: "Our testing has shown not only can we hit a bullet with a bullet. We can hit a spot on a bullet with a bullet.")
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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