I hope the White House appreciates the effort the BBC puts in to keeping Obama’s reputation afloat. Mardell is, of course a snivelling sycophant and a reader picks up on the sheer scale of his grovelling;
‘The Obama doctrine, Leading, but only as first among equals’
Obama twisted and turned on Egypt, he hadn’t a thing to say about Libya (&his defence secretary said a NFZ was not going to work), he saidnothing to help the Iranians in their protests and he has done nothing topressure Iran over nuclear weapons which has allowed them to progress rapidlytowards their goal.
Mardell has fallen for the oldest trick in the book….’it is always safest,particularly for young men, to do nothing save by…stealth and guile; thesafest course of all is to do nothing whatever, and thereby acquire areputation for shrewdness and soundness.’
And Mardell’s final analysis on Obama’s dithering….. ‘It may be grown up, itmay be sensible in the long run, but it is so unfamiliar that to many it willlook like dithering, not deliberation.’
And is it actually possible to be ‘first among equals’?”
The BBC has done everything possible to present vacillation as leadership, prevarication as dynamism, indifference as hope and retreat as change. When we remember their hatred towards George W Bush and we contrast it to the continued three year love in for Obama, it makes us appreciate the depth of the bias.