Friday, April 02, 2010

Bad medicine

Charles Krauthammer today in the Washington Post --

Well, said David Manning, a former British ambassador to the United States, to a House of Commons committee reporting on that very relationship: "[Obama] is an American who grew up in Hawaii, whose foreign experience was of Indonesia and who had a Kenyan father. The sentimental reflexes, if you like, are not there."

I'm not personally inclined to neuropsychiatric diagnoses, but Manning's guess is as good as anyone's.

Charles Krauthammer's past diagnoses --

During 2004 election season: This [Democratic contempt for Dubya] is all quite unhinged. Good God. What if Bush is reelected? If they lose to him again, Democrats will need more than just consolation. They'll need therapy.

Howard Dean: When he avers, however, that "the most interesting" theory as to why the president is "suppressing" the Sept. 11 report is that Bush knew about Sept. 11 in advance, it's time to check on thorazine supplies.

Al Gore: -"Well, it looks as if Al Gore has gone off his lithium again." (Fox News Special Report, 5/26/04)

... I'm a psychiatrist. I don't usually practice on camera. But this is the edge of looniness, this idea that there's a vast conspiracy, it sits in a building, it emanates, it has these tentacles, is really at the edge. He [Al Gore] could use a little help.

In fact, it's Krauthammer's bizarre description of Obama's foreign policy changes as "slapping" allies that merits a little time on the couch.