Shocker: Arab allies view Obama as “wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough”

posted at 12:01 pm on September 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

One of the major arguments for intervention in Syria is that it will be a rescue mission for the credibility of the American presidency, if not for any other reason. John McCain has been making that point repeatedly over the last two weeks, insisting that a show of weakness now would be fatal to American interests in the region and to our alliances with the Arab world. Jake Tapper interviewed the newsman who got Barack Obama’s first televised interview in 2009 for Al-Arabiya, Hisham Melhem, who says that Obama’s credibility in the region has been on the wane for four years:

Arab allies now view Obama as “wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough,” said Washington bureau chief of al Arabiya television Hisham Melhem, who also conducted that interview with Obama back in 2009.

Obama’s style of leadership does not engage Arab leaders, and does not address regional issues, like Egypt, said Melhem.

But “everybody’s crying out for American leadership, the Turks, the Arabs, and the Europeans. And given the weaknesses of the Europeans, given the vote in the British Parliament, given the fact that NATO ally Turkey is unable to lead – everyone is looking for the United States to lead, and there is no leadership,” said Melhem.

“The United States is AWOL.”

Of all the arguments for intervention in Syria, this is actually the only one with any merit at all.  A leadership vacuum is dangerous anywhere, but especially in the Middle East, which is why a policy of talking loudly and carrying a small stick is probably worse than just keeping one’s mouth shut entirely.  Melhem tells Tapper that Arab leaders have issues with Obama’s solicitude of Israel, but that’s a complaint they have with every American leader.  It’s the other points that Melhem makes that gets to the heart of the lack of leadership — abandoning Mubarak, ignoring a popular revolt against the Iranian mullahs, and the sudden pas de deux around Syrian intervention — and why Arab leaders are worried that the US will abandon them to the Iranian-Syrian axis.

That still doesn’t equate to having an American interest in creating another failed state in Syria as we did in Libya, or worse, handing Syria over to an al-Qaeda-run shari’a totalitarian dictatorship that would be worse than Assad’s, as it has already proved to be in areas controlled by the Nusra Front and other terrorist networks.  However, American leadership over the last two years should have made that a very public issue with these Arab leaders, rather than offer continuous pox-on-both-houses commentaries along with red-line threats that Obama didn’t have the will to enforce, nor have the support of key allies in doing so either.  Throughout the Arab Spring, Obama has clearly been playing checkers while everyone in the region plays three-dimensional chess, and that may be the biggest confidence-sapper among leaders in the region. A few missile strikes won’t solve that problem, either.

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Quick do something, do anything so people don’t figure out how bad Obama and the Democrats are..

Get a clue Maverick, the world has had this figured out since the 1970′s.. That’s why so much foreign money is spent on campaigns for Democrat candidates.

CrazyGene on September 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Real weasel of the USA

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

These are the traitors of the USA:

McCain
Flake
Ms. Lindsey
Boehner
Rubio
Peter King

The rebels are full of terrorists and Quaida, same thing.

Soon obama will negotiate with Asaad, the lesser of the two evils, who both hate the USA/Israel.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Pelosi will take the hammer back because Boehner doesn’t deserve the honor.

If this fiasco and amnesty will pass I will help her personally.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

No one should expect the US Congress to vote on the basis of the evidence. Moreover, Congress has so far shown no understanding that regardless of whether Assad used chemical weapons, it is a war crime for the US to commit naked aggression against Syria, a country that has not attacked the US. It is not Washington’s business how the Syrian government puts down the effort by al-Nusra extremists to overthrow it.

Obama’s argument that it is OK to kill people with white phosphorus and depleted uranium, as the US and Israel does, but not with sarin gas, has no logic.

Washington itself has contingency plans to use nuclear bunker busters against Iran’s underground nuclear energy facilities. If Washington believes that weapons of mass destruction are impermissible, why does Washington have so many of them and contingency plans to use them? Is Washington regretful that Washington dropped two nuclear bombs on civilian Japanese cities at the very time that the Japanese government was doing everything in its power to surrender?

Ever since the dangerous Cold War ended, hot war has been the mainstay of US foreign policy. George H.W. Bush attacked Iraq after Bush’s ambassador gave Saddam Hussein the green light to attack Kuwait.

Clinton attacked Serbia on false pretenses and without any constitutional or legal authority.

George W. Bush attacked Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies.

Obama renewed the attack on Afghanistan and has attacked also Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.

Obama sent his NATO puppets to attack Libya, sent mercenaries into Syria, and now intends to prevent his mercenaries’ defeat by attacking Syria.

That Washington is the number one danger to the world is now universally recognized, except by Americans who wear their patriotism on their sleeve. These gullible dupes are the enablers of the demise of humanity by war.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Obama went to Harvard, so he clearly knows what he’s doing.

besser tot als rot on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

If you were born 12 years ago you were born into a country that has always been at war.

Murphy9 on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Superb

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

“wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough”

But not wrong???

Going to war for all the wrong reasons.

“Leggo my Ego” is not a valid reason to go to war.

Everyone arguing about the “how” to go to war.

Few, if any, arguing the “why?”

coldwarrior on September 3, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Schadenfreude

You can add Cantor to your list… he just said he backs this disaster…

sandee on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

But he’s meeting with the gays in Russia; he pushed the gay rights theme hard in his 2nd inaugural address; his Justice Department is pushing gay marriage equality as hard as it can; he’s come out in favor of marriage equality. Sounds pretty strong and decisive to me”.

/gay

Paul-Cincy on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Note what’s NOT discussed any more”

1. All the scandals.

2. The obama’care’ fiasco.

3. The budget/deficit…because ‘we’re at war, don’t you know’.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Thanks for joining the rest of us in figuring out those are his strong points.

msupertas on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

These are the traitors of the USA:

McCain
Flake
Ms. Lindsey
Boehner
Rubio
Peter King
Cantor

H/t sandee

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

One of the major arguments for intervention in Syria is that it will be a rescue mission for the credibility of the American presidency

I’m not interested in rescuing the credibility of the fitlhy thin-skinned lazy stupid rat-eared bastard.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of” — New York Times, April 28, 2013

Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda — USA Today, April 11, 2013

nazo311 on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Note what’s NOT discussed any more”

1. All the scandals.

2. The obama’care’ fiasco.

3. The budget/deficit…because ‘we’re at war, don’t you know’.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Hey look… Squirrel!

sandee on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I have no problem with this! We have a constitution that once in a while we would like to think is still good for something… thank you very much!! I will be the first to say that the guy had a terrible decision making process, but this decision to wait and to make the case to the people is RIGHT ON POINT.

I’m not going to let our allies who can’t do sh!t about this, tell us how and when we should do anything. Do something or WAIT m’f'ers! We are AMERICA, we do this our way! You need our money and blood! and now you dare criticize our process??

This article makes be think: “Palin has a F’N point with her take on this” — although it was a tongue-in-a-cheek comment.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

These Arab allies are smarter and more perceptive than Boehner, Cantor, and McCain.

Mark1971 on September 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Operation Egofark

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

You mean…the oceans haven’t risen and fallen, yet?

Bad guys don’t bow down at his name? Except, if they’re doubled over in laughter?

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

There is no such thing as “Arab allies”! We may be allied at the moment – but the minute that’s no longer a convenience for our “Arab allies” they’re going to turn on us in a flash.

Stay the hell out of the Middle East!

KMC1 on September 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Obama’s style of leadership does not engage Arab leaders, and does not address regional issues, like Egypt, said Melhem.

“I won.”

pain train on September 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

so how does this work? I’m supposed to go along with Obama using force to save his credibility so he can lie to me about what a hick racist knuckle dragging out of touch hater I am? pass, yer on own Obama

DanMan on September 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Too funny—-Doc Zero tweet:

John Hayward ‏@Doc_0 4m
I remember how eager Democrats were to neutralize Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons.

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

George W. Bush attacked Afghanistan and Iraq on the basis of lies.

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

We could go back and forth on whether the basis of the Iraq war was based on lies or not, that is a classic point of contention.

But the war in Afghanstian was based on lies? Sewiously?

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Note what’s NOT discussed any more”

1. All the scandals.

2. The obama’care’ fiasco.

3. The budget/deficit…because ‘we’re at war, don’t you know’.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Hey look… Squirrel!

sandee on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Pfft! Once Barry’s got CONgress on his side for action, what he’ll ignite is WW3, the mother of all distractions from his scandals and incompetence, so at that point, what difference does it make. And of course it’ll all be the fault of the GOP.

hawkeye54 on September 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Arab allies now view Obama as “wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough,”

What a coincidence! Our non-Arab allies feel the same way!

questionmark on September 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

And of course it’ll all be the fault of the GOP.

hawkeye54 on September 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

…all the while obama will enable his bros, the Muslim Brotherhood and Quaida. Aside for his ego that’s all he ever aims for.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Your incoherence is duly noted.

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Obama’s a foreign policy moron. We know this, it’s not news.

As all eyes focus on his fumblings in yet another arena, they’re diverted from what he’s still doing to our economic infrastructure.

When Bush left the Dems said it was so bad that it would take more than for years to fix. What about after eight years of intentionally making it worse?

Welcome to the new normal. Brought to you by Hope and Change.

Oxymoron on September 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Arab allies view Obama as “wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough”

That is not a bug.

It is a FEATURE of this Administration.

ajacksonian on September 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

One of the major a whole long string of bad arguments for intervention in Syria is that it will be a rescue mission for the credibility of the American presidency.

Burke on September 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Pelosi: We can’t wait for the UN.

We’re living in Bizarro land.

WisRich on September 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

So we have to go to war not to protect innocent civilians from being gassed, or to get rid of a terrorist sponsoring thug, but to protect the reputation of a Nobel Peace Prize winner?

Check, please, I need to get out of here pronto.

rbj on September 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

…all the while obama will enable his bros, the Muslim Brotherhood and Quaida. Aside for his ego that’s all he ever aims for.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Of course, his BFFs the MB,AQ, et al, find his narcissism quite useful. Someday his usefulness will come to an end, but not soon enough for us.

hawkeye54 on September 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

As has been pointed out by many, many others: The time to intervene was two years ago when there was still a possibility of a unified, non-al Qaeda opposition. At this stage of the game, it’s a choice between Iranian backed anti-Americans or al-Qaeda backed anti-Americans. Which do we want at our throats — hate-filled Shia jihadis? Or hate-filled Sunni jihadis? In the end, though, I suspect we will do whatever the Saudis tell us to do.

catsandbooks on September 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

So we have to go to war not to protect innocent civilians from being gassed, or to get rid of a terrorist sponsoring thug, but to protect the reputation of a Nobel Peace Prize winner?

Check, please, I need to get out of here pronto.

rbj on September 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM

You’d better move fast. I don’t think time is on your side.

God help us all, ’cause no one in DC will.

hawkeye54 on September 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Obama just came out and said that he never gave a speech about red lines. His speech was about pink lines and women’s reproductive rights. Candy Crawly even said that’s what he said.

OliverB on September 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Pelosi will take the hammer back because Boehner doesn’t deserve the honor.

If this fiasco and amnesty will pass I will help her personally.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Are you insane? This is classic “cutting of your nose to spite your face”.

The proper response is to primary the losers and put in people who will vote Bohner out.

To put Pelosi in charge is to slit your own throat.

GardenGnome on September 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Throughout the Arab Spring, Obama has clearly been playing checkers while everyone in the region plays three-dimensional chess

ouch!

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Obama’s a foreign policy moron. We know this, it’s not news.
As all eyes focus on his fumblings in yet another arena, they’re diverted from what he’s still doing
to our economic infrastructure.
When Bush left the Dems said it was so bad that it would take more than for years to fix. What
about after eight years of intentionally making it worse?
Welcome to the new normal. Brought to you by Hope and Change.
Oxymoron on September 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Going on 5years and people are still misappropriating ignorance and incompetence to Obamas actions.

Obamas agenda is advancing. He wants instability in the middle east. He wants islamists to take over those countries. He wants Israel to be isolated in a sea of mohammedian madness.

Murphy9 on September 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

If you were born 12 years ago you were born into a country that has always been at war.

Murphy9 on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

WAR IS PEACE

joejm65 on September 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

This is the guy who’s friend and associate bombed the pentagon and launched his campaign from a Palestinian terrorist and financier. This is Obama.

Murphy9 on September 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

If you were born 12 years ago you were born into a country that has always been at war.

Murphy9 on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

In that kid’s lifetime anyway. Baby boomers lived their lives under a Cold War with the USSR, we didn’t want our kids to miss out on that kind of fun/

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Note what’s NOT discussed any more”

1. All the scandals.

2. The obama’care’ fiasco.

3. The budget/deficit…because ‘we’re at war, don’t you know’.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Hey look… Squirrel!

sandee on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

.
….and… all the big name Dems have been told to “Dummy up” – which is not that difficult of a task…..and stay on the sidelines to let it play out. Reps are idiots not to keep pressing.
Where’s Harry or Slo Joe been ? too busy ? All these scumbag demoncrats ALL stop pushing their agenda at the same time? Hopey – who has dissed/dismissed the House of Rep more than any president in history NOW WANTS THEIR INPUT FOR HIS DECISION MAKING ????
Don’t waste a good crisis….but for God’s sake ONLY ONE CRISIS AT A TIME – run that clock out (at least till 2014) !

FlaMurph on September 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

GardenGnome on September 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

If the losers vote in the majority with him on this Syria fiasco and amnesty, primarying being what it is (most thugs stay in place), they all don’t deserve the honor.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough

Yet strong enough to get Boehner to back him, ‘I’m Going to Support the President’s Call for Action’ in Syria

faraway on September 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Let’s pretend the US has a president who is a moron (hard, I know).

If a president does something moronic on the international stage, is the Congress obligated to back him up, because he’d look like a moron if they didn’t?

Seems to me that Congress exists to save the US and the world from moronic presidents.

Now, whether this president is a moron or not, or whether his positioning on Syria is moronic or not, is up to the Congress to decide. The idea that they have to go along to save the president’s face should not be considered as an argument.

Note, this is a separate issue from whether the prestige, trustworthiness, and position of the United States on the international stage is at stake. I’m talking about protecting the president, not protecting the country.

HakerA on September 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

That Washington is the number one danger to the world is now universally recognized, except by Americans who wear their patriotism on their sleeve. These gullible dupes are the enablers of the demise of humanity by war.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

This is the only part of your post that wasn’t plagiarised from this article:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/03/obama-decides-its-safer-to-buy-congress-than-to-go-it-alone/

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

CIA can’t find the right Jihadi’s in Syria to deliver weaponry for use against Assad

We have officially entered bizzarro world, point of no return. From the WSJ.

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Arab allies view Obama as “wobbly, indecisive, not strong enough”

The “wobbly” comes from the fact that Obama, who lacks executive experience, is unable to formulate a workable plan and implement it (vis: Obamacare).

He also is incapable of formulating a coherent, consistent, workable foreign policy. Consequently, every foreign initiative coming from the Obama administration will be incoherent, unworkable, and will result in failure.

Pressuring Congress to go to war with no real reason and no real plan which defines what our objective is (so we can know when the mission is completed and the war is done) is a sure plan to fail. Initiating military action simply to “save face” for Obama is a huge sign of immaturity and incompetence, and the whole world knows it.

Obama is being played by our enemies, and he is completely incapable of operating in an environment which contains real opposition which Obama cannot suppress by making a call to the NYT or AP.

landlines on September 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

“The United States is AWOL.”

This must be one of those vaunted vaunted difficulties in translation on Hisham Melhem part.

We need no permission to take leave of issues we want no part of, regardless of how incompetent our President is.

Dusty on September 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

We could go back and forth on whether the basis of the Iraq war was based on lies or not, that is a classic point of contention.

But the war in Afghanstian was based on lies? Sewiously?

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

hey Lie about Everything

But lying isn’t confined to matters of war and peace. Those matters are simply the most dangerous areas in which politicians lie.

They lie to us about virtually everything.

• They lied when they said they were phasing out farm subsidies with the “Freedom to Farm” act in 1996. Have You seen what Farm Subsidies are now.

• They lied when they said they reformed welfare in the mid-1990s. Have you seen the increase in the, the annual federal cost of “income security” …lately

• They lied when they said the federal budget was in surplus during 1998-2001, while the federal debt increased every year during that period. (They stole the money from Social Security to paper over the deficits.)

• They lied in 1965 when the Medicare Act said that “Nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize any Federal officer or employee to exercise any supervision or control over the practice of medicine or the manner in which medical services are provided,” as doctors are routinely terrorized by Medicare bureaucrats.

• They lie whenever they take an oath to obey the Constitution of the United States.

• They lie when they claim to be protecting our freedom.

They lie because that’s what a politician does for a living — lie to convince us to give him more power over our lives.

And Americans fall for the lies over and over again.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Mark Steyn: An Accidental War

Shy Guy on September 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM

From Russia’s view, President Barack Obama is just another Middle East war-loving George W. Bush.

A senior Russian lawmaker said Sunday that Obama was a George W. “clone”.

——-

I agree 100%

Politricks on September 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Note what’s NOT discussed any more”

1. All the scandals.

2. The obama’care’ fiasco.

3. The budget/deficit…because ‘we’re at war, don’t you know’.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Not to worry…

What To Expect During The Next Stage Of Collapse

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

And Americans fall for the lies over and over again.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Now you’re plagiarising from http://www.harrybrowne.org

“Lying For A Living”
- By Harry Browne
January 7th, 2004

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

We could go back and forth on whether the basis of the Iraq war was based on lies or not, that is a classic point of contention.

But the war in Afghanstian was based on lies? Sewiously?

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

He copied and pasted that whole post from an article on counterpunch.org. So it’s pointless to ask him follow-up questions when he is not spouting original thoughts.

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

“He [Obama] has subcontracted out his foreign policy decisions to Joe Biden!”
Are you kidding me? OMG! I knew O wasn’t any kind of leader but to let the only member of the US Senate to ever vote on the wrong side of every foreign policy decision placed before him to make policy now is INSANE!

Boats48 on September 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Um, okay but you never gave any evidence that the Afghanistan war was based on lies.

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

He copied and pasted that whole post from an article on counterpunch.org. So it’s pointless to ask him follow-up questions when he is not spouting original thoughts.

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Thanks for looking that up; it seems not even Browne in that article would accuse the Bush admin of lying about the Afghanistan War, so I would like to see if he can back up his original post that I quoted him on.

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Thanks for looking that up; it seems not even Browne in that article would accuse the Bush admin of lying about the Afghanistan War, so I would like to see if he can back up his original post that I quoted him on.

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

You’re welcome, and I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a rebuttal if I were you.

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

And I concur

neyney on September 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The Nixon doctrine of providing the means but not the troops to those who rise up against a totalitarian enemy of the US still has a lot of validity if no panache. That philosophy could be behind McCain’s trading a vote to support a symbolic bombing authorization in exchange for a real program of supplying effective weapons to non-Al Queda rebels. At this late stage, that may be the only politically viable way to stave off an Iranian, Russian, Syrian, Hezbollah victory which would have repercussions in the entire region.

KW64 on September 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Yet strong enough to get Boehner to back him, ‘I’m Going to Support the President’s Call for Action’ in Syria

faraway on September 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Ah, but you assume that Boehner is a man of principle who isn’t easily persuaded. It’s like getting a dog to roll over for a snausage in a blanket.

Pale Rider on September 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Here’s my latest cartoon take on the matter. Fly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6gkwwGqpz4

flyoverland on September 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

No one in Syria is our friend and any action we take will make the situation worse. We cannot choose sides here because both (or all) sides hate us.
Obama is a fool and a charlatan who is bent on destruction of Israel and the United States as well.
Impeach the b@ST@rd.

maryo on September 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

From Russia’s view, President Barack Obama is just another Middle East war-loving George W. Bush.

A senior Russian lawmaker said Sunday that Obama was a George W. “clone”.

——-

I agree 100%

Politricks on September 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Well, I disagree. George Bush loves his country and did what he thought was right for the country.
Obama loves his party and does what he thinks is right for the party.

maryo on September 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

WAR IS PEACE

joejm65 on September 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Bashir Assad has always been a reformer.

Bashir Assad has always been our enemy.

maryo on September 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

It’s the other points that Melhem makes that gets to the heart of the lack of leadership — abandoning Mubarak, ignoring a popular revolt against the Iranian mullahs, and the sudden pas de deux around Syrian intervention — and why Arab leaders are worried that the US will abandon them to the Iranian-Syrian axis.

Obama is far less of a good leader and exemplar of American foreign policy than even Bush. Says the Arab leadership, and probably also the Arab street.

The American left used as a key argument to a war-weary American public, one uncertain of the wisdom of our Iraq intervention, that just the opposite would be true. Electing Obama, said the pundits at the time, would provoke a sea-change in the Middle East, and help to bring greater stability to the region. A guy with the middle name “Hussein”, educated in Muslim schools in Indonesia, and the son of a Muslim and the nephew of a Kenyan Muslim terrorist/activist , could (just be being the face of America on TV) be the difference.

Now, even the really stupid left can see objectively this is false. But can the propagandizing leftist press? Can people like even the NBC/MSNBC types begin to understand how uncertain a future we face with the Democrats calling the shots?

Can John McCain and his Senate cabal? Yikes.

By the way, thank you and congratulations Ed for a great post. It contributes great points to the discussion and I learned a lot.

MTF on September 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Well, I disagree. George Bush loves his country and did what he thought was right for the country.
Obama loves his party himself and does what he thinks is right for the party for himself.

maryo on September 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

FIXORD!

jukin3 on September 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

… Obama has clearly been playing checkers while everyone in the region plays three-dimensional chess …

Preferred sport is 3-D golf. And lots of it.

Carnac on September 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

But “everybody’s crying out for American leadership, the Turks, the Arabs, and the Europeans. And given the weaknesses of the Europeans, given the vote in the British Parliament, given the fact that NATO ally Turkey is unable to lead – everyone is looking for the United States to lead, and there is no leadership,” said Melhem.

What say they hold their own Kleenex and tell themselves to “blow.”

Axe on September 3, 2013 at 2:52 PM

What To Expect During The Next Stage Of Collapse

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

What the hell, man. I can’t afford a ham radio set or six months worth of food. The future’s looking grim for Axe.

Axe on September 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Arab leaders are worried that the US will abandon them to the Iranian-Syrian axis

And why not? Look how King Barry stood with Iraq and Afghanistan. Look how well things turned out in Libya.

That POS in the White House is a walking disaster.

GarandFan on September 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

It’s the other points that Melhem makes that gets to the heart of the lack of leadership — abandoning Mubarak, ignoring a popular revolt against the Iranian mullahs

Why would the President help the Iranian protest movement?

Obama only helps anti-US, anti-Israel rebels.

itsnotaboutme on September 3, 2013 at 3:37 PM

As Iwatch the hearing on whether we should take action or not against Syria the REAL MESSAGE keeps re-surfacing:

Obama, by declaring own his own that the US would act if Assad used chemical weapons to attack his people has now placed the United States in danger by potentially undermining the perception of our resolve to actually do what we say thus making us look completely weak to our enemies, which only invites attacks or enemies ignoring future warnings.

No one has made the argument that Obama, acting without council, made a HUGE error when he made the ‘red line’ declaration. He painted himself in a corner, one in which the entire world – especially our enemies – is watching.

“We HAVE to take military action now because of Obama’s bafoonery has jeopardized our credibility and thus placed us all in danger.”

The 2nd reason Kerry is arguing is that we MUST act to help Obama SAVE FACE.

Kerry just said, “This is not Obama’s ‘red line’.” OH H@LL YES IT IS! No one else made the statement. No one with experience and who knew what they were doing would have made such a stupid declaration (without council)..and the whole reason – the only 2 reasons – being argued by Kerry is 1) to save our credibility & 2) to ‘save face’. That’s it! Obama wants to launch stikes & KILL PEOPLE to save credibility & save face because he was stupid and made a ridiculous ‘red line’ declaration.

The very same Democrats who argued that Saddam Hussein having chemicl weapons, WMD, and that he was killing, torturing, & had gassed his own people was not a matter of our national security & not of our concern in Iraq are now declaring that Assad using chemical weapons in Syria is enough for us to act now. It is hypocriy on display, & again the only reason the arguments are being made now is because Obama painted us into a corener where we will lose credibility & he will lose personal face if we don’t now act!

easyt65 on September 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Well, I disagree. George Bush loves his country and did what he thought was right for the country.
Obama loves his party himself and does what he thinks is right for the party for himself.

maryo on September 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

FIXORD!

jukin3 on September 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

DOH! Thank you! I am not sure what I was thinking.

maryo on September 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Axe on September 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

You can always rely on your ole buddy Bmore.

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

These Arabs leaders only need to turn around to see Obama leading. Just get out of his way!

chickasaw42 on September 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

You can always rely on your ole buddy Bmore.

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Just make sure Ayn-Steyn is eating regularly. :) All I ask. Other than that, I’ll show up once in awhile with gifts of skins and antibiotics from my wanderings.

Axe on September 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

What the hell, man. I can’t afford a ham radio set or six months worth of food. The future’s looking grim for Axe.

Axe on September 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

It could be cheaper than you think, so long as you are looking only at survival-calories, and not gourmet delicacies.
Check out your closest LDS Home Storage Center for commodities available (planning information available here.)

The Mormons have been doing this emergency-food-storage gig for a long time (formally, since WW1-WW2; practically, since 1830).
A web search for “provident living” or “food storage” will give you lots of sites for commercial products as well.

Your local LDS stake should also be manning a ham network; we call in weekly to establish contact nodes. Buying equipment is a lot cheaper now than it used to be also, especially hand-sets.

Not to worry…

What To Expect During The Next Stage Of Collapse

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

“If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” Doctrine and Covenants 38:30.

(The full context of this revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Fayette, New York, January 2, 1831, was the persecution of the early LDS Church, and applied more to spiritual than to temporal preparation, but most of the Lord’s prophecies are good for more than one use.)

29 Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land.

30 I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.

AesopFan on September 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

yea, like NOW its a threat to our international prestige and regional interests so we must act stupidly to support Obama….which we are good at…we acted stupidly when electing him. We have achieved skill level 5 in acting stupidly, lets crank it up to 6!

sgmstv on September 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM