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"With that as background (and a solid phalanx of flags as his backdrop) Obama spoke with becoming assurance -- to me, arrogance -- as the leader of the Enlightened World in its struggle against the forces of ignorance, darkness, covetousness, wholly oblivious to America's moral sense and good intentions. Such a masterful speech (as judged by the New York Times and mainstream media opinion) deserves a closer look -- but not too close, lest the luster wear off."
My gratitude to those who have read down this far. And my apologies for not coming across Pollack's article earlier. It's pretty much what I wanted to say all along; and he says it better -- and shorter.