Barack & Hilary Sitting in the Tree

There must be something in the air near the Potomac that rots the brains of just about everyone who ventures into our nation’s capital. The latest example was Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta insisting that having women fighting in the frontlines would just about ensure that we’d never lose a future war.

Inasmuch as one in four women who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan claimed they were sexually assaulted, my own suggestion is that the only men with whom women in the armed services should affiliate are gays.

The propaganda would have it that women only want to have the opportunity to compete for the opportunity to serve in the infantry and armor units. People like Mr. Panetta insist that they oppose lowering military standards. To which, I say, with all due disrespect: phooey!

Just as soon as the social engineers notice that very few women are cutting it, those physical requirements will be dramatically reduced. Here in L.A., I’ll point out that we used to have physical standards for the L.A.P.D. But once the move was on to start recruiting women and Latinos, the strength and height requirements were quickly adjusted to accommodate weaker women and shorter men.

Even my wife, who even in these politically correct times happens to be a woman, agrees with me. To my argument, she adds that those people who refuse to recognize gender differences even go so far as to ignore menstruation. She points out that these monthly events involve pain and blood and would radically detract from the women’s ability to concentrate on the matter at hand on a battlefield.

One of the leaders in the campaign to stick women in the infantry is a retired Air Force officer, Colonel Martha McSally. In a debate I saw on Fox, when a retired general, Jerry Boykin, pointed out that flying missions and then returning to women’s barracks does not involve the same sort of gender-mingling as being on the ground in a war zone, Col. McSally typically ignored his logic and instead, sounding exactly like a liberal lunkhead, insisted on fairness and gender equality.

Although she nattered on about patriotism, sound judgment and courage, by fairness, what she meant was that military promotions are more easily obtained through combat missions. In this particular battle of the sexes, Gen. Boykin emerged victorious as soon as he concluded his remarks by stating that the job of the military is to win wars, not to worry about career opportunities for women.

Speaking of women, her adoring acolytes are already promoting Hillary Clinton for a presidential run in 2016. We are being told over and over again what a great job she’s done as secretary of state, although nobody has yet been able to come up with a single accomplishment, unless they’re referring to the neat way she managed to accept responsibility for the massacre in Benghazi without taking even the tiniest sliver of blame.

One fact that has gotten a lot of attention is that Mrs. Clinton visited 112 countries during her four years on the job. But I fail to see how that adds up to anything. It’s not as if she even has to do her own packing or rushing to catch a plane. To me, it means she found an easy way to keep her name and face in front of the public while managing to avoid Bill for weeks at a time.

For several years, one of the ugliest images I have had in my head has been of that last U.S. helicopter taking off and leaving our South Vietnamese allies stranded on a rooftop, knowing they would be tortured and murdered by the North Vietnamese. A second image has now joined that one. It’s of Hillary Clinton, in referring to the massacre in Benghazi, doing her hammy version of moral outrage and insisting that it made no difference if the four Americans were killed by terrorists or by some guys who just happened to be passing by our consulate.

How anyone could watch that slimy performance and not experience moral revulsion is beyond me. But, clearly, Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” is the sort of person who can swallow any swill that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama serves up and swear it tastes just like chicken.

I had given up on “60 Minutes” a long time ago, but my curiosity got the better of me and against my better instincts, I tuned in. For my troubles I got to see Mr. Kroft go from allegedly being a professional journalist to being a matchmaker.

Once I heard that it was Obama who initiated the segment, and then insisted that it only run half-an-hour, I pretty much expected what I got. Here’s a guy who can spend an hour eating an ice cream cone on Martha’s Vineyard and not give it a second thought, but suddenly his time is at a premium.

According to Kroft, he felt he could either ask the two of them some tough questions regarding the goings-on in Syria and Egypt, and delve into the Benghazi cover-up, or he could question the President and the Secretary of State about their personal relationship. After asking himself what Jimmy Kimmel or Katie Couric would do, Kroft naturally went with the second option.

What the viewers might have surmised from this eHarmony-style commercial is that they both like candlelight dinners and moonlight strolls on the beach. Unfortunately, what they were less open about is that they both subscribe to Saul Alinsky’s approach to bringing Soviet-style socialism to America.

While watching the love fest, I couldn’t help but compare it to the 60 Minutes show in 1992 when Bill and Hillary appeared in the run-up to the election, looking like a couple of strangers seated next to each other waiting for a bus.

After watching Barack and Hillary billing-and-cooing for 30 minutes, I suspect that by the time he got home, Michelle was waiting with a rolling pin and a ton of attitude, wanting to know where he got off cozying up to that honky bitch.

For my part, I will forever regret that I wasn’t on one of those congressional committees questioning her eminence, so that in response to her phony outburst, I could have replied, “For that matter, Mrs. Clinton, what difference does it really make if Bill only cheated with Monica Lewinsky or if he’s cheated on you with a thousand women, including your mother, your best friend, every woman on your staff and the family mutt?”

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • Souvoter

    The only thing I ever saw Hillary do, is the wa-tusi (dance) in Africa!! Just another democrat political hack.

  • Sue

    Burt, if I could praise you any more for writing this article, Yvonne would be looking for the rolling pin to go after ME, and Duke would be barking up the wrong tree! Great work! By the way, I remember seeing that last helicopter flight footage in real time leaving Vietnam. Thank you for reminding me of that bitter-sweet moment. What happened in Benghazi is even more sad–and to think the President called it “A bump in the road….” Disgraceful. I just can’t get the photo images of those 4 Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, out of my head. I wish that someone would come up with a big button, like a campaign-type button, for all who are appalled with the Benghazi cover-up, to wear in full view (along with all the colored ribbons we see around), with the pictures of the 4 dead Americans and the words: “What difference did it make?” on it. Then we could forget the water bottle incident with Marco Rubio and remember Benghazi, a scandal that should never be forgotten.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Sue: I couldn’t agree with you more.


  • wally12

    I think that women should register for the draft and should be sent to the front lines along with the men. After all, they asked for duty in the armed forces so they must take the good with the bad. I guess if they are drafted at some point they will have to be proportioned equally in the first wave otherwise there will be more lawsuits. Hey, that is what lawyers want.

  • 49corvette

    What is next , for cryin’ out loud ? —condemn the ” evil ” bears for eating / snatching innocent salmon out of the stream ? —Methinks : the Lord hardwired women for emotion and men for logic—not sayin’ all the Bad Stuff is justified—but would appreciate a B-17 / B-52 pilot displaying the same kind motivation that is present in a drive one day in a baby crib—we would lose—Men have been sitting in the backseat letting women drivers figure the route out—it ain’t workin’—kinda all started when Adam ” Listened ” to what Eve said—and then followed along—like a woos—Heaven help this country—we have given in to “The Soft Side”—Women are equal—But NOT THE SAME—my2cents—thanx for reading

  • Wheels55

    I think people who want gender equality and happen to believe in God should pray to him for such equality. It is God himself that made the genders different.
    Women are as good if not better than men for so many things, does it have to be on the ground combat too?
    I say leave the physical standards the same and see who makes it through training.
    As far as Barack and Hillary go, I say they should cage fight. Hillary wins in the first round.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Wheels: I agree.


  • GlenFS

    I can only hope Michelle did lay one on him. Did you notice her enthusiastic applause in response to Dr. Carson’s speaking points at the prayer breakfast? Barack is sitting next to her looking like he’d rather be in a dental exam chair! Well at least if he didn’t enjoy it, Michelle and I did!

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Glen: Michelle is just a better actor than Barack.


  • 1389AD
    • Burt Prelutsky

      1389: As does every other brainstorm this administration has come up with.


  • Kiwiray

    Brilliant piece, i cannot believe Mrs Clinton has been given a free pass on Benghazi, she takes ‘full responsibility” but what were any consequences?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Kiwiray: She has to go back and live with Bill?