KANEOHE, Hawaii – President Barack Obama's motorcade family is spending part of the last day of 2009 watching the futuristic adventure film "Avatar."
The Obamas visited a movie theater near their rented vacation home in Hawaii on Thursday morning for a screening of the 3-D hit. Officials say the first family and their friends had the theater to themselves...
In other news, half a dozen American CIA personnel were blown to bits by a suicide bomber in the gym on an American military base in Afghanistan. According to a New York Times reporter, "That the bomber managed to breach a secure base assigned to potentially sensitive operations also made the attack particularly audacious." Kinda like the mass murder at Fort Hood, that way. You remember Fort Hood, don't you? It was only last month.
Somewhere I read that this CIA-centered suicide bombing would, or is, having a deleterious effect on morale in the Agency. Not surprising. For background on this administration's relationship with the CIA, see also: Obama gutting security (January 9, 2009, Ed Lasky, American Thinker); Spy Agency Fiasco (August 21, 2009, Ethel Fenig, ditto); then there was Panetta's 'profanity-laced' tirade at the White House (also August); and see especially Kimberley Strassel at WSJ: The Fall Guy.
I'm sure we have nothing to worry about, though, since everything's turned out so well in the end, yes? Except for the murdered CIA guys, of course. But the glass is still half full; the folks on that Delta flight survived -- literally in one piece. You do remember the Christmas bomber, don't you? C'mon, it was just a week ago. Funny it was on Christmas Day, sorta like the Yom Kippur War starting on Yom Kippur, only different.
You know what I want you to do to make this New Year thing really special? No, I don't want you to go to the movies and see Avatar (I heard it was terrible). I want you to make like an elephant and not forget what happened last week, or last month, or for that matter, a single detail of this basically horrid year. Why? Well, because somebody somewhere is "counting on the short memory of the American voter." I just can't remember right now who it is or why.
So be well and be safe. I don't really feel up to going into the whole mazal-tov-on-Yashka's- Bris routine this year, but you can look it up if you like.
Next post will be in 2010.