Thursday, August 28, 2008

On Charisma

Heck, I’m way off topic here (again). But I just couldn't resist; after Gamal, Kamal, Bachir, Aoun, Hassan, we have grown allergic to charismatic "leaders". And now the United States are falling to the fad; rather than a substantive McCain-Hillary fight, we are witnessing a marketing and branding contest.
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This is not Baalbeck, and O'Bama's no Fairouz. Just a shrewd, smooth talking political operative. But just as those charismatic Arab failures of our past (and present) history have demonstrated, it takes more than jaw-jaw to do run-run.

I guess ones does not even need rattles to move men; smooth words would do. Let’s hope they don’t make a habit of it; American Idol is already pitiful enough...

Beati pauperes spiritu

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2 comments:

ghassan karam said...

Jeha
I will spare you the lengthy dissertation about how wrong you are about Barak Obama and I will only say that one would dismiss Mr. Obama only if one thinks that Martin Luther King Jr, , JFK and Clinton (Just to name a few) were empty suits.
The accomplishments over the next eight years will be the best answer to all the skeptics.

Jeha said...

GK,

I understand your point, and I partially agree with you.

However, I tend to fear left-wing politicians on foreign policy, they often tend to overcompensate for perceived weakness, like Kennedy with Cuba, and Johnson with Vietnam, or the French socialists with Algeria and Indochina...

At this juncture, I think the ideal for the United States and the world would be a strong Republican president and a strong Democratic congress. This will allow them to push for necessary economic reforms without losing the perception of power.

Still, if he's elected president, I hope you will be proven right.