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The Obfuscator

A terrific David Frum column on Barack Obama’s Berlin speech:

Obama’s vague language is the product of an unrealistic mind. He denies the reality of conflict — and flinches from the obligations of self-defense. Obama has risen to power by using a soothing cloud of meaningless words to conceal displeasing truths and avoid difficult choices. His more worldly supporters will quietly whisper that Obama thinks more incisively than his speeches suggest. Let’s hope so. Yet the speech in Berlin should cause us all to wonder: Maybe Obama’s mind really is as foggy as his language.

What I’ve always found ironic about the Obama candidacy is that it is most feverishly supported by people who consider themselves far more intelligent than the average American.


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