With the changing of the guard in Washington, the US Embassy in Belgium is now headed by yet another Ambassador, Howard W. Gutman, handpicked by Obama and in function since about one month.
And suddenly, Belgian TV notices there's something like a US Ambassador. Below you see a video of the popular late-night talk show De Laatste Show (The Last Show), with anchor Michel de Vliegher, on the Eén network. Hat tip for the video Luc Van Braekel.
The contrast with his predecessors, men who made it in business, couldn't be greater. Yet where Brauer, Korologos and Fox were persona non grata in the through and through red Belgian TV, Gutman, a Washingon attorney, Obama campaign financier AND actor, is suddenly hot property. I didn't need Belgian TV to hear of Gutman's appearance on our magical kingdom's soil, since I receive montly news emails from the US Embassy. In this manner, I was able to lay my hands on Gutman's 9/11 remembrance speech.
Here... it is:
September 11 Memorial Speech by Howard W. Gutman, US Ambassador to Belgium
"Most days are solely about what we are doing.
They are meant to be lived in the present.
A busy day at work . . . picking up the kids at school . . .
But September 11 is different
It is not about what we are doing . . . but about who we are . . . and what kind of planet we live on.
It is meant to be lived not simply in the present, but in the past and even more so in the future.
In the past, as it is about memories and honor.
We of course remember and honor all who died that day.
People whose only fault was that they were Americans who happened to work in a particular office .
And people like Patrice Braut, a 31 year old Belgian, whose only fault was that he was a Belgian who loved America enough that he chose to work at Marsh & McLennon on Wall Street rather than remain in Anderlecht.
People whose only fault was that they were Americans or visitors to America who chose to board a particular flight.
We honor them all.
We honor their parents who lost children.
We honor their children who lost parents.
We honor them all, including victims of terror anywhere in the world, including right here in Europe.
And on September 11, we also so dearly honor those who lost their lives because they chose to serve.
Men and women whose office building was not a tower of trade . . .
But a Pentagon of protection for us all.
As to them, I can think of no better description of why we honor them than the lesson I recently learned from one of the heads of our American Battlefield cemeteries right here in Belgium;
He noted to me on a recent visit
That for those buried in his cemetery
They remain each day on active duty. . .
And on each day that we fail to remember them . . . that we fail to honor them . . they have served a day without a mission.
Every soldier is entitled to his mission.
We are that mission.
September 11 is indeed about the past.
But September 11 is even moreso about the future.
It is about not simply the planet that we live on,
But the one we will leave to our children.
For on September 11, the only thing more disturbing than thinking about those murdered . . .
Is thinking about those who did the murderers . . . Those who do acts of terrorism anywhere on this planet.
And that is why we are here.
That is what we are doing in Embassy Belgium.
That is what you have given your career to.
Because September 11 is first and foremost about you. . . and about all of the colleagues in the State Department.
When you are asked what you do for a career.
Don’t say that you work in a consular section, or in buildings and maintenance or in an economic section of the Embassy.
Tell them that you are preventing tomorrow’s September 11.
That you are making the planet safer for our children.
Because that is our mission daily. That is our duty.
Those who were buried this day deserve nothing less.
I now would ask you to observe a moment of silence."
Holy crapola. Have-you-ever-read-such-a-busload-of-boolshit-in-so-short-a-time??? One of the things any sensible person instinctively knows when dealing with problems, enemies, any dire situation... is to IDENTIFY your problem. To put a fitting NAME on your enemy. Since this dude clearly fails to IDENTIFY the problem, I must conclude he's no sensible person at all. 9/11 was an ISLAMIC terrorist act... the terrorists the US faces in Afghanistan and Iraq in particular, and all over the globe in the broader sense, are ISLAMIC terrorists. The scheming jihadis rounded up in Queens and the Rockies are ISLAMIC terrorists. The 14,200 or so terror attacks worldwide committed since 9/11 are ISLAMIC terrorist acts.
Lesson from OutlawMike to Howard Gutless: Not once mentioning those dreaded M- and I-words when lamenting the terrible calamity that struck your country on 9/11 and plunged it into a war lasting till now, dear embarrassment, makes as much sense as trying to get rid of that cancer that's eating you up by insisting it's something along the lines of a flu or arthritis.
But of course, that's not the whole story. Mr. Gutman, in interviews with Belgian PC magazines, newspapers, and now on TV, has really profiled himself as Mr. Nice Guy. Posing as someone who actually works, unlike "the old ambassadors who are in 4 country clubs" (his own words); comparing the high class Belgian sea resort Knokke to France's Saint-Tropez, claiming the mayor of the town of Bree is the most talented politician on the face of the earth (Bree is the birthplace of Belgian tennis wonder Kim Clijsters) etc etc etc...
And for our MSM idiots it's of course all wonderful. The result is that the gullible Belgian TV viewer and reader of De Standaard, HLN or Het Nieuwsblad... shuts off the TV or puts away his newspaper with a warm and fluffy feeling about the new ambassador.
There are, however, some key aspects of Mr. Gutmans career that for some reason totally eluded that ordinary Belgian TV viewer and newspaper reader. From the NYT, no less:
Officials Criticize Clinton's Pardon of an Ex-Terrorist
By ERIC LIPTON
Published: Monday, January 22, 2001
An unusual combination of New York political and law enforcement leaders have condemned former President Bill Clinton's pardon of Susan L. Rosenberg, a one-time member of the Weather Underground terrorist group who was charged in the notorious 1981 Brink's robbery in Rockland County that left a guard and two police officers dead.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a Republican, and United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat, were among those who criticized the pardon, as did Bernard B. Kerik, New York City's police commissioner, and David Trois, a Rockland County police union official.
''It sickened me,'' Mr. Kerik said yesterday of the pardon, one of 140 granted Saturday, the final day of Mr. Clinton's tenure.
"Rosenberg Served 16 Years In Jail After She Was Caught Unloading 740 Pounds Of Dynamite And Weapons In New Jersey And Admitted That She Had Planned To Supply Others For “Politically Motivated Bombings.” “Ms. Rosenberg served 16 years in jail after she was found with a companion in New Jersey in 1984 unloading 740 pounds of dynamite and weapons, including a submachine gun, from a car. She admitted her role in the New Jersey case, in which she had planned to supply others with explosives for politically motivated bombings.” (Eric Lipton, “Officials Criticize Clinton’s Pardon Of An Ex-Terrorist,” The New York Times, 1/22/01)"
Just let us be clear about this: this cunt Rosenberg was caught unloading small arms and 740 pounds of dynamite, meant to KILL AND MAIM US civil servants and citizens, and her lawyer, the fella who managed to get Clinton so far as TO PARDON HER... a guy who thinks that commemmorating 9/11 "... is not about what we are doing . . . but about who we are . . . and what kind of planet we live on..."
... that kind of fella...
... is Harold W. Gutman, newly appointed US Ambassador to Belgium.
Will you excuse me now, I have to puke.