About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
Narrative & Afghanistan
Prostitution & The Healthcare Bill
That Killed at Fort Hood
Who Are the Know-Nothings?
All the Tomatoes!
It's Not a
War Against FOX News
Hope) We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore
Hyperpartisanship, Propaganda & Hypocrisy
& Sherman's Legacy
Epistemology, Materialists & Morality
the Stench of the Stable
Shameful Education Affair
Reform: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
(Audaciously Arrogant) Mob
The Boiled Frog
the Last Cow Has Come Home
and The Big Hate
Jefferson: Don’t Question a Supreme Court Nominee Without Him
Language: A Canary in the Coal Mine
Language: A Canary in the Coal Mine
Colin Powell Comes Up Small
Headlines, Torture & American Values
Something Very Deep and Dark
Miss California’s Unforgivable Mistake
The President in the Garden
Liberals & The Triumph of Reason
Messiah, Lincoln or Less?
Obama, Big Bangs & Selling Make Believe
Hostile Alien Case Exposes Danger of Activist...
Age of Arrogance
Lenin Lite, Perhaps?
Where’s the Guilt?
In the Matter of Public v. Stimulus Bill
Bigger Than the Bacon Explosion
Where Bill O’Reilly’s Going Wrong
Liberals, Israel & Wolves
Israel & The Neurotic Mind
The Winter Solstice & the Triumph of Reason
Bush & Obama:
Slouching Us Toward Disaster...
Beware the Recovery Plan
New Deal Not Such a Big Deal?
Republicans & The Courts
That Flatulent Thing Called Experience
Can Obama Call Spirits from the Vasty Deep?
A Million Calls, Ten Million Voters
Liberals Boiling, Conservatives Not, But...
The Merely Human Messiah and the Sea
Fully Understanding the Bill Ayres "Distraction”
How McCain Can Deliver a Last Round KO
Obama & The English Language
Are Americans Really Open to Obama’s New Ideas?
Love Behind the Most Rotten Golden Parachute of All
McCain & Reagan’s Broad Shoulders
When Conservatives Behave like Liberals
Maddening Times at the Gray Lady
Obama’s Narrative & Afghanistan
December 4, 2009
Thomas Friedman (NY Times) recently
concluded the following about the substance and irony of the "narrative”
that motivated the act of terror committed by Nidal Malik Hasan:
Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab
intellectuals, satellite news stations and books — and tacitly endorsed
by some Arab regimes — this narrative posits that America has declared
war on Islam, as part of a grand "American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy”
to keep Muslims down.
Yes, after two decades in which U.S. foreign policy has been largely
dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny —
in Bosnia, Darfur, Kuwait, Somalia, Lebanon, Kurdistan, post-earthquake
Pakistan, post-tsunami Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan — a narrative
that says America is dedicated to keeping Muslims down is thriving.
"Kudos to Mr. Friedman for his honesty” you say. But you ask, "What do
his observations have to do with Barack Obama and his Afghanistan
Friedman prompts all of us to think that in a democracy each person is
free to accept or reject a number of "narratives,” some sublime, some
silly, some dangerous, and some downright evil.
And with that thought in mind, we can begin thinking about the narrative
Obama has chosen to believe and how it has influenced his Afghanistan
Of course, we will find it is the Liberal Narrative that gives rise to
Obama’s national defense and foreign policy, the relevant portion of
which we can explain Friedman style:
Propagated by liberal intellectuals; politicians; activist judges;
university preachers; priests of the media, celebrity culture,
entertainment, social service groups, and clergy; Web sites; and
textbooks, the Liberal Narrative, which Obama long ago chose to accept,
posits that the nation’s foreign policy and military engagements have
served exclusively to enrich Ugly America by keeping the rest of the
Continuing a la Friedman, we can say this about its stunning irony:
Yes, after a century in which the U.S. has made astonishing sacrifices
in life, limb, suffering, and wealth to rescue or free from tyranny
literally hundreds of millions of human beings across the planet, a
narrative that depicts our country as a life, wealth, resource sucking,
pollution belching sow thrives in liberal America.
Now, we may go on to explain how this narrative has affected Obama’s
behavior with respect to foreign policy and the war in Afghanistan.
In general, we can say it has impelled a dangerously naïve, obsequiously
bowing president to traipse about the world begging nations that
wouldn’t part with a penny, much less suffer a scratch, to fight
genocide and institutionalized rape in their own backyards to forgive an
America that pre "I, Obama” had been horribly disfigured by boils that
were inflamed by "arrogance” and which oozed a pus that reeked of being
"dismissive,” even "derisive.”
With respect to the war in Afghanistan, we are able to conclude it
caused Obama to deliver a policy speech rife with weakness and teeming
with insulting contradictions.
Yes, we now see clearly that the Liberal Narrative won the day when
Barack Obama rejected both the McChrystal/Petraeus plan and the strategy
that calls for keeping a small force in Afghanistan, operating under the
reality that "war is hell” and with a mandate to "kill the bad guys,” in
favor of a hope-filled fantasy that tidily puts troops in and just as
tidily pulls them out according to a pre-announced, perversely
expedient, cruelly insulting timetable that conveniently "ends” the war
before the Election of 2012.
And with the same clarity, we perceive that the Liberal Narrative won
the day when a left-flank protecting Politician-in-Chief spoke of a war
he calls "fundamental to the defense of our people” with a cowardly,
uninspired speech that motivated Gabor Steingart (SPIEGEL ONLINE)
to make this excellent observation:
One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea...He
[Obama] spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of
Mr. Steingart, Washington correspondent for Der Spiegel, was also
admirably perceptive when he captured what many Americans have long
understood and millions more are coming to understand about Obama — that
he is a "political charmer” who, having nothing to say about "real
life,” sets up shop in the place beloved by all political frauds, "an
enormous tent called ‘Hope.’”
With that said, we feel justified in concluding our commentary about how
Friedman’s notion about narratives helps every American keep a hard eye
on the source of the president’s Afghanistan policy as well as
everything else Barack Obama believes and does.
But not before we pause to pray that America, especially her brave
soldiers, will avoid a loss in Afghanistan that is astoundingly tragic —
because of policies ordered by a consummate con artist/charmer who is
completely and devoutly devoted to the dangerous, discredited, decrepit
nonsense that constitutes the Liberal Narrative.