Nov 08 2008

Burn-Out Open Thread

Published by at 9:36 am under All General Discussions

Folks, after weeks of working at a frantic pace AND blogging about the upcoming election you can tell my posts have been few. Sadly there is nothing that really interests me in the news, which is the worst way to experience the post election world right now. From the ground things are well back to normal and people are getting on with their lives with and eye on DC to see if this time they can do something. 

There is not a lot of hope out there it will happen. When Bill Clinton took office his first days were buffered by a recovering economy and a world security situation where everyone was stunned at how rapidly the 4th largest military force on the planet had been decisively defeated. Clinton’s early mistakes, like Somalia and raising taxes, did not immediately rebound on America. Though over time they did rebound.

Obama, Pelosi and Ried have no such cushion to operate in. They have a fragile economy which swings wildly on events now, and a national security situation which could erupt with smallest wrong step. The only question is do they understand they are surrounded by landmines?

The liberal media, single thought based as they are, will be pushing for the socialist policies they were promised. Recall it was just as much the media calling for the tearing down of our terrorist defense programs (who wanted discussions between people in America and terrorists overseas legally private). It was the media pushing the redistribution siren-call of handouts to the not-so-well-off. It is the pressure to bring Nirvana from the liberal base on the street and in the news media which I think will cause the misteps.

So we sit and wait for a few months to see what will happen, how will the liberals do (if history is a guide it will be tough). Even if Obama does want moderation he has tough pols in Congress who control the processes and purse strings. Obama could easily be rolled by Congress (we saw hints of that already). There is nothing concrete yet, so I will just note the potential for now. I don’t want to right post after post predicting doom on vaporous hints. 

Obama has given the nation one gift already, we can say goodbye to the race card – it has been played out. And African Americans are now proud Americans (as they always were, but now with something extra in the mix). That impact can be seen and experienced every day in the real America. So I prefer to enjoy that and not wish for bad. I would prefer to give an opportunity than expect the worse. For now.

So posting will turn back to other things like Global Warming, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, the War fronts, etc. But after a weekend off I think! The left is not in power until next year anyway. All they can do is talk – which means nothing.

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Burn-Out Open Thread”

  1. Mark says:

    Thanks, AJ, for all you’ve done. We’ll have four years of things to discuss. A few days or a week or too off can only help recharge us all.

  2. robert c verdi says:

    You are right that the victory of Obama is a triumph of the American system, but if you think this is going to force the priests of identity politics to change their view of “Systemic Racism” or the view that the USA is a structurally flawed hegemony, prepare to be bitterly disappointed.

  3. Birdalone says:

    Gee, I already decided my new hobby will be watching congressional cannibalism with the juggling of committee chairs. see if Jim Webb gets his navy program as payback.

    and 2010 Senate races:,_2010

    1.3 Democratic Incumbent Races
    Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut
    1.3.1 Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
    1.3.2 Barbara Boxer of California
    1.3.3 Ken Salazar of Colorado
    1.3.4 Daniel Inouye of Hawaii
    1.3.5 Barack Obama of Illinois
    1.3.6 Evan Bayh of Indiana
    1.3.7 Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
    1.3.8 Harry Reid of Nevada
    1.3.9 Chuck Schumer of New York
    1.3.10 Byron Dorgan of North Dakota
    1.3.11 Ron Wyden of Oregon
    1.3.12 Patrick Leahy of Vermont
    1.3.13 Patty Murray of Washington
    1.3.14 Russ Feingold of Wisconsin
    1.4 Republican Incumbent Races
    Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas
    1.4.1 Richard Shelby of Alabama
    1.4.2 Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
    1.4.3 John McCain of Arizona
    1.4.4 Mel Martinez of Florida
    1.4.5 Johnny Isakson of Georgia
    1.4.6 Mike Crapo of Idaho
    1.4.7 Chuck Grassley of Iowa
    1.4.8 Jim Bunning of Kentucky
    1.4.9 David Vitter of Louisiana
    1.4.10 Kit Bond of Missouri
    1.4.11 Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
    1.4.12 Richard Burr of North Carolina
    1.4.13 George Voinovich of Ohio
    1.4.14 Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
    1.4.15 Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania
    1.4.16 Jim DeMint of South Carolina
    1.4.17 John Thune of South Dakota
    1.4.18 Bob Bennett of Utah

    2012 is the Democratic achilles heel:
    2.1 Retiring Senators
    2.1.1 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas
    2.2 Democratic incumbent elections
    2.2.1 Dianne Feinstein of California
    2.2.2 Tom Carper of Delaware
    2.2.3 Bill Nelson of Florida
    2.2.4 Daniel Akaka of Hawaii
    2.2.5 Ben Cardin of Maryland
    2.2.6 Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts
    2.2.7 Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
    2.2.8 Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
    2.2.9 Claire McCaskill of Missouri
    2.2.10 Jon Tester of Montana
    2.2.11 Ben Nelson of Nebraska
    2.2.12 Robert Menendez of New Jersey
    2.2.13 Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico
    2.2.14 Hillary Clinton of New York
    2.2.15 Kent Conrad of North Dakota
    2.2.16 Sherrod Brown of Ohio
    2.2.17 Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania
    2.2.18 Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
    2.2.19 Jim Webb of Virginia
    2.2.20 Robert Byrd of West Virginia
    2.2.21 Maria Cantwell of Washington
    2.2.22 Herb Kohl of Wisconsin
    2.3 Independent incumbent elections
    2.3.1 Joe Lieberman of Connecticut
    2.3.2 Bernie Sanders of Vermont
    2.4 Republican incumbent elections
    2.4.1 Jon Kyl of Arizona
    2.4.2 Dick Lugar of Indiana
    2.4.3 Olympia Snowe of Maine
    2.4.4 Roger Wicker of Mississippi
    2.4.5 John Ensign of Nevada
    2.4.6 Bob Corker of Tennessee
    2.4.7 Orrin Hatch of Utah
    2.4.8 John Barrasso of Wyoming

    or do I have to start my own blog?

  4. kittymyers says:

    I want to echo the heart-felt gratitude for your blogging during the difficult election. Yours was about the only one I read, especially near the end. I recommended it to all of my friends.

    Having said that…

    You do realize, don’t you, that this country will become socialist? I ask because I get the sense that you see some hope for the future of our representative government. Whatever pretense BO and the Dems claim, the United States of America will cease to be a representative government. We can hope and plan for the future; although what we can do at this point I don’t know. But for the time being I don’t see what we can do but to stop the socialism.

    They say it takes a single day to go from a democracy to a dictatorship, but to go from a dictatorship to a democracy requires years.

    America was always the one country everyone escaped to for freedom. Where do we now go to be free?

  5. Frogg says:

    You’ve done a great job, AJ, and I am sure you are mentally exhausted. So take a break.

    I see America in a bigger picture; not just through partisan eyes. I am so happy for our African American community. It is good for America. It brings blacks fully into the American thread so we can be a trully “united” country in the future challenges. It puts to rest that global accusation that America is a racist country. It sends the Jesse Jackson victim mentality out the door.

    I am very uneasy about Obama. All I have to go on is his past record and past words. I don’t care if our President has an R or a D behind his name if he does a good job for America. Obama may be forced to move to the center as he sees the real picture on the economy and GWOT. I am not hopeful. But, it is stupid to work ourselves up over things he hasn’t done yet. Lets support him when he is right; and fight him when he is wrong. WE, too, can have a part in making his Presidency a success for America.

    But, the DNC’s cocoon for the next generation of Democrats finally produced a butterfly (Obama). The RNC is still a cocoon; but, our next generation is about to burst into a butterfly also. We will be a stronger party at the end of this cycle for the loss we just had.

    A group of Republicans have already begun the process:

  6. AJStrata says:

    Frogg, Thanks – going on a 3 hour motorcycle cruise with LJ this afternoon after soccer. Need to decompress a bit – then will be back at it.

    Kitty, I know the libs will push towards socialism. The problem for them is that is not something that doesn’t happen without severe impact to our economy and pain to our people.

    There is a point (not too far) where lib policies will start to bite hard. And that 90% wrong track mark will be back with a vengeance.

    There is no GOP to blame from here on. When reality hits and Nirvana is not coming, then we shall see what happens.

    The way for the dems to stay in power is to not give in to their socialist ideas. We shall see which wins out, but I predicted the Dem Congress would fail because of blind dedication to liberal policies (and they did).

    I don’t see how adding Barack to the equation will make them ‘succeed’ any better. What the left doesn’t get is (a) they policies suck and (b) the GOP is on records saying their policies will hurt. When the hurt comes ….

    But let’s see if it comes first.

  7. OLDPUPPYMAX says:

    “We can say goodbye to the race card…it has been played out.” Is this meant as humor? The race card will be played as never before. Obama will be criticized only under threat of being deemed a racist. Businesses will be commanded to employ according to racial percentage. Race will absolutely dominate all facets of the public and private landscape. Watch for it. It will happen. Obama means to “get even” with we evil whites for all of those years of slavery to which he and his charming wife were subjected.

  8. crosspatch says:

    The scariest talk I have seen so far is Congressional hearings on confiscating 401K plans and giving the funds to the Social Security Administration. Basically they would just simply take everyone’s personal 401k and dump it into the Social Security black hole in order to “protect” you.

    These people are dangerous and they honestly believe they have the right to simply take your property and money. It isn’t yours, it’s theirs in their minds.

  9. Redteam says:

    Kitty, it’s not that bleak. thank goodness for the founding fathers. First, if the public doesn’t like what is being done in congress in 2010 435 representatives and about a third of the Senators will be up for reelection. We, the people, vote for them, we can vote for the non-socialists. We really can’t cease to become a representative government, it takes a ratification by 3/4 of all the states to amend the constitution. Do you really think all those red states are gonna vote that way? To elect a socialist only takes 50% of the electoral votes. that’s a heck of a lot different from 50% plus of each of those red states. So if socialism occurs, it’s because we allow it, but that’s not the same as doing away with representative government.

    Racism should be a dead issue, but it will now be more alive than ever. but that’s just an opinion and mine is no better than anyone else.

    I am gonna go on record as predicting Obama is a one-term president. The people will have their fill in only four years. Then the new Repubs will take over for the next 20 years.

  10. Toes192 says:

    Fuanglada & I are proud… despite the sticks and stones [placing shields around our bodies as I write] … to have our votes in the absentee ballot count [We voted absentee exactly because it looked close and wanted the “fun” of knowing our votes would be among the deciders… heh] for Senator Ted Stevens… We voted on the basis of preventing a filibuster -proof Senate… and… because Mayor Begich was really so-so+… a nice guy who would just get pummeled in Wash. D.C. I do not understand how public figures continually mess themselves up… We have talked with Senator Stevens personally… Believe it or not… a giant of the Senate and the development of national resources here in Alaska… and… a staunch supporter of the military…You all should be thanking him for the most part… [and, yes, I can justify many if not most of the “earmarks” that have gone our way… please do not hammer me with the bridge though] More rational is that Senator Stevens will at some point be removed [assuming he loses his appeals… and… there is a fair chance he will WIN on appeal as the prosecution rally messed up a couple things] and… then we will [hopefully] elect [special election required in 90 days] another Republican such as our Lt. Gov. or even our Sarah… Best to all… and as others… tx Aj for good work… Semper Fi

  11. Toes192 says:

    BTW… Aj… since you have fun making predictions… here is mine… Senator Stevens wins the Senate… resigns in Jan, 2009 and President Bush pardons him…
    Then we Alaskans have our special election… Mark Begich [Dem Mayor of Anchorage] vs Lt. Gov. Parnell and take our chances…

  12. kittymyers says:

    AJ, I’d love to think you’re right, but I keep thinking of all the people who think they have rights which aren’t rights at all: health care, mortgage money, gas for their cars, the latest pair of sneakers. The Dems hook people on the public teat to purposely keep them dependent. These people, with absolutely no education in history, believe these are their God-given rights. Their elected officials tell them that and the MSM back them up. How do you turn that around?

    When and if the Dems’ policies fail, somehow Bush and the Repubs will be blamed. If you can get people to believe Bush was responsible for Katrina, then they’re gullible enough to believe anything.

  13. ExposeFannyNFreddyNow says:

    “It puts to rest that global accusation that America is a racist country.”

    Where did this new-found taste for Kool-Aid come from????

    This New Age Positivism amongst conservatives is frightening. This election will NOT put “the global accusation that America is a racist country” “to rest”. IT WILL NOT!

    This election has vindicated all the reverse bigotry of all those wrongful accusers. It has sanctified their zealot accusations that the failures of black America are all due to racism and nothing else, not rap, not gangsta couture, not gang wars.

    It sends the message to black America that they need not accept any responsibility for their own failings, that the P. Diddys and gangsta culture of America have nothing to do with the failings of black youth in America, that the Oprah leaders of their culture do nothing to reverse the negative power struggle they themselves have created and openly endorse.

    Look back at the face of America in the 70s and early 80s, before black America deserted themselves for the easy glory of the drug and gangland sub-culture. Black and white America alike were seeking to unite through positive affirmations, not negative ones.

    “It sends the Jesse Jackson victim mentality out the door.”

    Uh no. It has sent the Jesse Jackson victim mentality TO THE WHITE HOUSE! It has given the Jesse Jackson victim mentality not only PRESTIGE and POWER, but MESSIANIC GLAMOR to boot.

    This is a step back for black America. It is a step back for racial unity.

    Just think ahead to what lies ahead.

    What I do grant is that PE-O has taken on one of the harshest Presidencies in American history. He does get points for his sheer gall and brass given what little qualifications he has.

    What are the risks of a) his “audacity”, and b) the “audacity” of his followers? Well the first two days of the markets have already told their tale. America is more likely to face a much harsher and longer economic crisis than it might have otherwise. That’s one. Then there’s are all the other issues he brings from constitutional crises to foreign long-term foreign policy corrosion.

    But let’s go back to the race issue. Consider what would happen if PE-O’s “audacity” was not only an utter failure but turned out to be willfully destructive, however “well-intentioned”, to America’s future? Consider the accusations that might fly in the face of such failures. Consider the repercussions on racial issues of America in the face of a FAILED Black Presidency.

    This “win” at this time in America’s history makes every issue, every challenge, one of “double jeopardy”, at a time when America can least afford to fail.

    Now consider the options if America chooses NOT to support this Presidency’s choices, no matter how foul, how distasteful, and how utterly wrong for America they might be.

    America can choose to let the First Black Presidency slowly but surely destroy the America He hates for the Anti-America HE YEARNS FOR. Or America can choose to destroy the First Black Presidency to keep the America He hates and deny Him and His followers the Anti-America they’ve all YEARNED FOR.

    If there’s a middle ground to this, based on what we’ve all learned and know of the candidate now in office, please elucidate.

    Also, there’s no “wait and see”. PE-O has effectively usurped the Presidency prior to his official inauguration. Just read the headlines. The current legitimate Administration has been willfully relegated to irrelevancy by PE-O, the Dems and the MSM alike. PE-O even has his own “official seal” for …. sakes!


  14. There is no middle ground, I see way to much cowardice and whining but time will tell.

    Some of this we deserve for allowing stupidity to control our government.
    There are a million things that precipitated it but we only have to do one thing to fix it.

    Stop him and his fools from destroying the republic by whatever means necessary.

    AJ I would prefer to do it peacefully but you know me.
    I have no problem with any means.


  15. Terrye says:

    I am not a bit happy that Obama won, but I am so glad the election is over. That campaign went on way too long.

    I think the Democrats will do what they can to move the country toward socialism, but I doubt that it will be that easy.

    Just like FISA, I bet they keep a lot of the Bush policies. The very policies they ran against. They will raise taxes and send poor people a $300 or $500 check in the mail, but Obama will not abandon all of the Bush anti terror policies. He will be afraid of what will happen.

    Don’t forget, the guy is politician.

    I don’t want to see Obama fail for the simple reason that his failure will hurt us all.

  16. robert c verdi says:

    I hope your right

  17. ExposeFannyNFreddyNow says:

    “I don’t want to see Obama fail for the simple reason that his failure will hurt us all.”

    That’s assuming He won’t “hurt us all” anyway. Anyone remember one Neville “Please Don’t Hurt Us” Chamberlain?

    Check this out if you haven’t already:


    America Serves

    “When you choose to serve — whether it’s your nation, your community or simply your neighborhood — you are connected to that fundamental American ideal that we want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness not just for ourselves, but for all Americans. That’s why it’s called the American dream.”

    The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well as a new Health Corps, Clean Energy Corps, and Veterans Corps. Obama will call on citizens of all ages to serve America, by setting a goal that all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year and by developing a plan so that all college students who conduct 100 hours of community service receive a universal and fully refundable tax credit ensuring that the first $4,000 of their college education is completely free. Obama will encourage retiring Americans to serve by improving programs available for individuals over age 55, while at the same time promoting youth programs such as Youth Build and Head Start.


    Wow, huh. Still loving the Kool-Aid? Don’t think this is anything more than PE-O mobilizing Americans for the sake of America?

    Then, check this out:

    Acorn and Friends Will Shape His Presidency

    Barack Obama, Heartland Democratic Presidential Forum 12/07

    Still not sure what all that really means? Well, chug your brains back a bit to these videos, while keeping these words from “America serves” in mind, “all middle school and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year”:

    Obama Kids

    Obama Youth


    And what will ACORN shape in return?

    ***RE-ELECTION 2012.***
    (Insert fireworks here).

    “He will be afraid of what will happen.”

    He was not afraid to SEAL HIS BIRTH RECORDS.

    He was not afraid to SEAL HIS COLLEGE RECORDS.

    He was not afraid to CHOOSE ONE OF, IF NOT, THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY PASTORS in the US as his personal mentor, one he quotes from in as the title of his bestselling book, but one that wasn’t worthy enough once he became too “dangerous”.

    He was not afraid to SEEK THE ECONOMIC ADVICE of F&F fraudmeisters, Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson.

    He was not afraid to TAKE THE SECOND HIGHEST PAYOUTS from F&F despite having been in the Senate for just 3 years.

    He was not afraid to NEGOTIATE THE WITHDRAWAL OF US TROOPS from Iraq WITH IRAQ, a full month before he had even won the Democratic primaries, never mind begun his presidential campaign.

    He was not afraid to ELIMINATE HIS SENATE RIVALS by legal measn to avoid facing losing to the favored choice of the electorate he was seeking to represent.

    He was not afraid to BUY HIS CHICAGO MANSION (a house he otherwise could not have bought) by way of the astute services of one Tony Rezko, known and convicted Chicago felon.

    He was not afraid to RENEGE ON HIS PROMISE to campaign on public funds.

    He was not afraid to ACCEPT HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PUBLIC DONATIONS, without any security safeguards to preserve the spirit of fairness behind the election rules, and zero safeguards against the dangers of accepting fraudulent funds from foreign sources.

    He IS not afraid to EFFECTIVELY AND PUBLICLY USURP THE CURRENT PRESIDENCY immediately up his election victory, long before he has even been inaugurated.

    It’s a short list I admit. Is it enough? Did I leave anything out? Might there be more?

    You decide. And by all means, take your time and enjoy the Bama-Mama blue skies and Bama-Manna sunshine all you want.

    And while you’re basking in His Kool-Aid glory, have a listen to another naif lefty-libby sing-song to brighten your honey-dripped and sugar-plummy day.

    “It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood, a wonderful day in the neighborhood. WILL YOU BE MINE? WILL YOU BE MINE?”

    If this is truly the sort of convincing that needs to be done to secure and maintain the coherency of conservatism in America, four years won’t be nearly enough time. I’m not even sure eight years will be enough.

  18. ExposeFannyNFreddyNow says:

    Be afwaid. Be vewy, vewy afwaid. Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh.

    Wasting No Time

    By The Prowler on 11.7.08 @ 6:10AM


    Lost amid all of the jubilation of the Obama victory was the announcement by the Obama transition team that it had set up a separate transition program beyond the one that is paid for by the American taxpayer. Called the “Obama/Biden Transition Project,” it is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization, with no limits on the contributions it can receive and no requirements to divulge the names of individuals or organizations that give it money.

    Traditionally, the victorious campaign has set up inaugural funds, as well as funds to deal with legal costs and other expenses to close down the campaign. Others have set up quasi-corporate offices to deal with transition issues, such as in 2000, when, with the election in doubt, the Bush-Cheney team set up a private transition office in McLean, Virginia, covering the costs from campaign contributions and other fundraising. Ultimately, the federal government, headed by the Government Services Administration, covers the cost of the transition staff, providing it with office space and all equipment.

    No one is certain that any political organization has ever set up a tax-exempt entity that would be shrouded in such secrecy, particularly when Obama claimed he would be more transparent about the way things were done.

    “To my knowledge, it’s never been done, and people should be asking why the Obama people chose to do it this way,” says a longtime Washington Republican, who has been involved in transitions for the Reagan and Bush campaign teams.

    According to an Obama campaign staffer who is being retained for the transition and inauguration planning, the “project” is intended not only to identify personnel for the Obama Administration, but to then send those project employees who know all of the senior staff in the various Cabinet departments and federal agencies out into the corporate and lobbying community to leverage those contacts.

    “It’s taking the old ‘K Street Project’ that Republicans had and doing it twice as fast and on steroids,” explains the aide. “So, if you have a Project aide working on Commerce Department transition, that Project aide will be more likely to get a senior lobbying job because of all those connections at Commerce. That former Project aide will also be able raise more money for Democrats in this town and help others with jobs and such.”

    As well, the nonprofit may also serve as a haven for Obama supporters and campaign loyalists who for one reason or another can’t be employed by the Administration or in the federal government. “There are some people who have been with us from the beginning who are clearly political liabilities or who won’t be able to qualify for a job, say, because they can’t get a security clearance,” says another aide, who was unaware of the unique Obama transition project’s tax status.

    Regardless of the purpose, Obama campaign officials say there is no intention of shutting down the 501(c) 4 Project after the transition is over.

  19. ExposeFannyNFreddyNow says:

    Here’s more for all the “I have HOPE/Fresh Start/Clean Slate” doves.

    Originally from:
    (But no longer. They keep, um, “changing” things there.)

    “Barack Obama will establish a $2 billion Global Education Fund to work to eliminate the global education deficit and offer an alternative to extremist schools…”

    Sweetness & Light has the entire text which is even scarier than that snippet:

    Obama: Give Terrorists $2B For Education
    We are going to defeat Al Qaeda by giving them $2 billion to educate themselves?


    “It really is a shame how impoverished the Middle East is. If only Bin Laden hadn’t had such a deprived childhood.

    Also, bear in mind this $2 billion dollars is supposed to counter the untold billions that the Saudis spend on their Wahhabist madrassas — and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    And once we have won the “battle of ideas” against all comers, we are going to do away will all of our nuclear weapons.

    Don’t you feel more secure already?”

    Remember to keep this in mind with The Big (Zer)O’s determination to cut military funding and think again on how the support you’re willing to lend to this Presidency, all it stands for, and its particular vision for America.

    Still not worried? Still want to believe in milk and cookies, and peaches and cream?

    More Kool-Aid, anyone?

  20. ExposeFannyNFreddyNow says:

    This is HOPE.

    This is DOPE.


    “I’m the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning and as president, I will end it.

    Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems, and I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the quadrennial defense review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.

    Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal I will not develop new nuclear weapons, I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material, and I will negociate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hairtrigger alert and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.”

    Now The Big O can add:

    “I will IN TURN(coat), give $2B worth of comfort to “educate” America’s enemies.”