And the wanking never dies.
The NY Times' David Brooks is a platinum card-carrying wanker of the highest order as he and other conservatives continue to portray President Obama as Weak and Weaker in matters of foreign policy. If Democratic politicians had attacked George Bush in this way during his presidency, the Beltway and right wing villagers would have attacked and vilified them as traitors for sure.
Even Chuck Todd joins the David Brooks party when he parroted Bill O'Reilly's crazy Doomsday scenario.
Here's Brooks on presidential testicles:
DAVID BROOKS: And, let's face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a (I'll say it crudely) but a manhood problem in the Middle East: Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad, somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair. But certainly in the Middle East, there's an assumption he's not tough.
Brooks' crack analysis is that in foreign affairs, if you talk tough and threaten military action at every turn, then you've got balls of steel, but if you try to find solutions without sounding like a nut, you've been castrated.
Chuck Todd then outlined Bill O'Reilly's psycho worldwide doomsday theory which was instigated because Obama just hasn't been "alpha male" enough while going up against the very manly Putin. This is truly mind boggling.
CHUCK TODD: And isolating Putin, but also just sort of containing this issue, because there is this fear, as you know. He doesn't want this to become the rest of his presidency, you know. But in many ways, he is being tested here in some way on how he handles Ukraine.
So, for instance, I'm about to hop on a plane in two days. We're going on this Asia trip. And, oh, by the way, Japan has an issue with islands with China; Korea has some territorial issues. There are a lot of countries in Asia that have territorial issues with China. Where is the United States going to sit when this decides to raise its head and become an issue there? So that's why this does matter globally, sort of how the White House responds to this. And they have no interest right now in doing sectoral things.↓ Story continues below ↓
DAVID BROOKS:I mean, basically since Yalta, we've had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders. And once that comes into question, if in Ukraine or in Crimea or anywhere else, then all over the world, you know, the tokens--
CHUCK TODD: All bets are off.
DAVID BROOKS: All bets are off.
CHUCK TODD: It is open.
CHUCK TODD: By the way, internally, they fear this. You know, it's not just Bob Corker saying it, okay, questioning whether the president is being alpha male. That's essentially what he's saying: He's not alpha dog enough. His rhetoric isn't tough enough. They agree with the policy decisions that they're making. Nobody is saying-- but it is sort of the rhetoric. Internally this is a question.
Who is this "they," Chuck? So let's get this straight. These complainers all agree on how Obama is handling these international crisises, but he needs to channel Michael Savage more? Huh?
UPDATE: Think Progress: