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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gail Collins, "Meet Dilly and Dither": Collins Emerges as a Useful Idiot

Characteristically unable to make a decision, Obama consulted on August 29 with editorial and op-ed staffers from The New York Times regarding his meandering Syria policy (see: It would appear that as a result of this "off-the-record" meeting, Obama suddenly opted to seek congressional approval for a "limited" strike against the Assad regime. Participating in the meeting was Gail Collins, who knows absolutely nothing about the Middle East.

Apparently relishing her new stature as a presidential foreign policy adviser, Collins has this to say in her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Meet Dilly and Dither" (

"This month, the pope made some sensible remarks about sex, and the president of Iran made some reasonable comments about nuclear weapons. Also, the Russians proved to be extremely helpful during an international crisis. Meanwhile, on the home front, our Congress appears too crazed by internal conflict to keep the lights on.

Our elected officials are loonier than Iran. Than the pope on sex. Less useful than Vladimir Putin."

Well, anxious to avoid eternal damnation at this late stage of the game, I will refrain from comment concerning Pope Francis's recent declarations concerning abortion, gay marriage and contraception, other than to observe that I favor all three.

But "reasonable comments" from Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, about nuclear weapons? Gail is probably unaware that in a pre-election interview, Rouhani, all smiles, bragged how he had lulled the West into complacency while radically expanding Iran's nuclear weapons development program (see: Of course, there's not a chance that he would try to deceive the West again.

The Russians proved "extremely helpful during an international crisis"? Yes, former KGB man Putin certainly helped Obama climb down from his tree and expunge a "red line" involving Assad's use of chemical weapons, drawn by America's president with washable crayon. And as a result, America's overseas stature, commitment to any semblance of morality (see:, and power of deterrence have never been lower.

"Less useful that Vladimir Putin"?

Collins has now emerged as a "useful idiot."

1 comment:

  1. Well, what can I add? We are in trouble. We are on some boat during a storm in the middle of an ocean. Our captain is somewhere behind us, doing something - hiding (?), pulling strings of some contorted ladies in tutus leaping around us (Jarrett, Collins?), working on his bozo make up or bozo talk (?); babies are crying, shots are heard, people are trying to flee the ballerinas, the shooters, the storm, but in vain ....