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“Truth exists when what is, is said to be, and when what is not is said not to be. Falsity will consist in the excess, when what is not is said to be; or in defect, when what is, is said not to be.” Thomas Aquinas
Addressing the UN this week, President Obama said “I draw strength from young Americans…who are remaking our nation once again, who are unconstrained by old habits and old conventions and unencumbered by what is, but are instead ready to seize what ought to be.”
One probably wouldn’t want to fly in an airplane with a pilot who had such a view of reality. And yet the man who sees himself as the most important person in the world, and is acting on it, has such a view — while the wreckage piles up, from the burning of Charlotte to the burning of Syria.
President Obama’s legacy will be a nation and world more divided and self-destructing than when he came into office, with his untruthfulness a key factor.
Alassane Ouattara (center), President of Ivory Coast, in New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Ouattare, a Sunni, came to power in 2011 after a disputed election. The Ivory Coast parliament had determined that Mr. Ouattara was not born in Ivory Coast and therefore not eligible to be its president. And yet Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, used her influence to get him in and force his predecessor out. His predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, a Catholic, is in the Hague (ICC) on charges related to trying to remain as president.
East Village – September 20, 2016
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) kicked off its 12th and final Annual Meeting today at the Sheraton in New York City. According to their press release, the meeting “will focus on more than 3600 Commitments to Action impacting over 435 million people around the world.” It’s not clear if that number includes the millions of refugees and lives destroyed by perverse U.S. actions (to topple legitimate governments) in Libya and Syria, while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, acting at the behest of CGI donors.
This year’s grand marshals were Ambassador Peter Witig and Olympic Gold Medal skater Katarina Witt. Baron von Steuben was an Honored Guest (top photo-right). As is custom the parade was followed by Oktoberfest in Central Park.
While watching the parade march up Fifth Avenue, past the World War I monument, one couldn’t help but recall the events of 100 years ago and how they continue to resonate.
In 1916 Germany tried to end the war, but Britain wouldn’t hear of it — wanting to destroy Germany and knowing the U.S. would enter the war on their side after the 1916 election (even though Wilson had run on the promise of keeping the U.S. out of the war). Wilson’s aid Colonel House made it known in England that he planned to get in. Wilson also made the Russian revolution a precondition for U.S. involvement, not wanting to support the Czar. So by playing interventionist, on behalf of prominent Zionists (Brandeis), who got Palestine out of the deal, the U.S. laid the groundwork for Hitler, the Holocaust and the Soviet Union.
Today U.S. intervention and support for regime change in Libya and Syria has created a new holocaust and a refugee crisis that undermines peace and stability everywhere. Good of Germany to support the refugees (even with a few bad eggs). By doing so they express a goodness that others would do well to emulate.
Photographs: Stephen Wise
Having once been derided by Robert Parker as “grotesque and ghastly,” German Pinot Noir has in recent years been working out its aesthetic and achieving respectability. Two producers that we recommend are Furst and Weingut Meyer-Nakel, both from Rudi Wiest Selections.
Francine LeFrak, Founder of Same Sky, is joined by Deshauna Barber (Miss USA) and Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe) at a Same Sky ethical shopping event Thursday in New York.
Same Sky is working to empower women and change lives, around the world, by employing them to make superbly crafted jewelry.
Asian artworks for sale at Christie’s this week include Chinese ceramics from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.
Happy to recommend Eric Demuth’s Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill 2012.