Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on [April 24], as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.

Mr. Obama had hoped to use his visit here to announce an agreement under which Japan would open its markets in rice, beef, poultry and pork, a critical step toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade pact. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was not able to overcome entrenched resistance from Japan’s farmers in time for the president’s visit…

The setbacks, though worlds apart in geography and history, speak to the common challenge Mr. Obama has had in translating his ideas and ambitions into enduring policies. He has watched outside forces unravel his best-laid plans, from resetting relations with Russia to managing the epochal political change in the Arab world.

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America’s allies are nervous. With Russia grabbing territory, China bullying its neighbours and Syria murdering its people, many are asking: where is Globocop? Under what circumstances will America act to deter troublemakers? What, ultimately, would America fight for?

The answer to this question matters. Rogue states will behave more roguishly if they doubt America’s will to stop them. As a former head of Saudi intelligence recently said of Vladimir Putin’s land grab in Ukraine: “While the wolf is eating the sheep, there is no shepherd to come to the rescue.”…

So much for America’s formal commitments. When it comes to other countries and regions, insiders worry that Mr Obama sees the world as a jungle full of thugs, forever causing crises that America cannot fix. His failure to enforce his own “red line” over chemical weapons in Syria gravely damaged his credibility.

Team Obama is divided, with an unhappy State Department under John Kerry desperate to see more help for anti-Assad forces in Syria, while the Pentagon has spent months explaining why extra weapons shipments cannot work. Meanwhile, Mr Obama is described as analysing every option to exhaustion before concluding that inaction is the prudent course.

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[T]he U.S. often finds itself with an uncomfortable choice: Either it must back off its declared goals, which makes America look weak and encourages widespread defiance, or it has to make good on its aims, which requires enormous investments in blood, treasure and time.

The Obama administration has largely opted for the former, i.e., feckless approach. The most egregious case is Syria, where the president and others declared that “Assad must go” only to do little to bring about his departure…

Meanwhile, large areas of Libya are increasingly out of government control and under the authority of militias and terrorists. Egypt is polarized and characterized by mounting violence. Much the same is true in Iraq, now the second-most-turbulent country in the region, where the U.S. finds itself with little influence despite a costly decade of occupation. Terrorists now have more of a foothold in the region than ever before…

The challenge for the Obama administration is not just to ensure American strength and continued internationalism in the face of growing isolationist sentiment. It is also a case of sending the right message to others. We are witnessing an accelerated movement toward a post-American world where governments make decisions and take actions with reduced regard for U.S. preferences. Such a world promises to be even messier, and less palatable for U.S. interests, than it is today.

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But it has now become equally puzzling why he has not become more sure-footed in foreign affairs. He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office, and yet his learning curve has been among the flattest. Talking to players on the world stage — most of whom still want him to succeed — one finds them genuinely rattled, worried about a lack of national will and operational competence…

Most Americans still want him to succeed, but when television executives put him on the air, audiences often melt away. Even before the midterms, voters are looking over his shoulder at who comes next. “Waiting for Hillary” is a bigger story than “What Happened to Obama?” And there are few prospects for home runs overseas…

The world needs strong, effective American leadership as well; for all our mistakes like Iraq, the U.S. is the one nation that still has the power to keep world order. But in the twinkle of an eye, we have gone from being indispensable to indisposed.

There is no obvious game plan for Obama to bounce back.

***

Sometime in late 2013 Barack Obama seemed to sense that his foreign policy had failed, and that in almost every area of the globe things were more dangerous than when he entered office — and scarier because of his own initiatives.

And what now? Blaming Bush had a shelf life of four years, proved nihilistic, and can’t be continued for the next three. No one abroad cares that Obama is either leftwing or the first African-American president or that he speaks well from a teleprompter. Hope and change have become a sort of embarrassment. Another Cairo speech would earn guffaws. More loud reaching out to Turkey, Cuba, and Venezuela would earn eye-rolling. China has heard it all before. Iran is calibrating how to time its nuclear acquisition with the ending of Obama’s second term. Israel is politely tuning out. Putin is wondering: Can all these gifts be for real, or might there still be some elaborate ruse?

But mostly, our enemies now are ready to test us, and our friends will soon consider distancing themselves from us. So much so that even Obama’s occasional wise initiatives, like a trade deal with Japan, will go nowhere, given that there is no upside in supporting America, and no downside in opposing it.

We had a bad foreign policy and now we have no foreign policy — and sadly, we can only hope that is an improvement.

***

I’ve been at the White House when it has been taking a pounding from all sides. The inner circle gets smaller, and the rest of the staff tries to either put on a brave face or acknowledge the problems and quietly point fingers. Democratic insiders tell me the Obama inner circle now only consists of the president, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough — and not everyone agrees on McDonough. Whether or not the president takes any criticism to heart and tries to change course seems unlikely based on what we have observed so far.

Every president experiences periods when he is unpopular or facing difficult decisions. But I don’t remember another president in my lifetime who has reached such a diminished state with so much time left in his term. We have more than two and a half years left under President Obama. We have to realize we will pay a price for this president’s lack of leadership. No one knows what the headlines will be next week, next month or next year, but nothing this president does seems to be shaping the world in a way that makes America stronger.

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We understand that it’s frustrating. You’re dealing with some really evil guys and some really nutty pols, and the problems roiling the world now are brutally hard. As the Republican strategist Mike Murphy says, it’s not like the campaign because you have “bigger problems than a will.i.am song can fix.”

But that being said, you are the American president. And the American president should not perpetually use the word “eventually.” And he should not set a tone of resignation with references to this being a relay race and say he’s willing to take “a quarter of a loaf or half a loaf,” and muse that things may not come “to full fruition on your timetable.”…

An American president should never say, as you did Monday in Manila when you got frustrated in a press conference with the Philippine president: “You hit singles; you hit doubles. Every once in a while, we may be able to hit a home run.”

Especially now that we have this scary World War III vibe with the Russians, we expect the president, especially one who ran as Babe Ruth, to hit home runs.

***

Obama’s impatience with history has left him patient with evil. It is not a pretty sight; but his broken foreign policy is riddled with such ironies. Here is another one: Baker reports that the president has elected to revise his Russia policy into “an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.” How twentieth century! Never mind that containment was a policy with many interpretations, and not quite the formula for moving on that Obama is seeking. The grim fact is that Obama’s containment is not containing Putin, whose “green men” and “peoples’ republics” and Big Lies and Russophilic incitement and covert operations and military deployments are undeterred by it. While Obama pitches the “off-ramp,” Putin revels in the on-ramp. Geneva is now the world capital of failure. The only country that American containment is containing is America

But the richest of the ironies about Obama’s foreign policy is this: the world that in his view wanted to be rid of American salience now longs for it. It turns out that Obama’s Iraq-based view of America’s role in the world, according to which American preeminence is bad for the world and bad for America, is not shared by societies and movements in many regions. They need, and deserve, support in their struggles. (In Syria, for example, the tyrant enjoys the significant support of Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, the Islamist rebels enjoy the significant support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and the moderate secular rebels enjoy the significant support of nobody.) There are many places in the world where we are despised not for taking action but for not taking action. Our allies do not trust us. Our enemies do not fear us. What if American preeminence is good for the world and good for America? Let’s talk about that.

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Obama’s woes are complicated by a sense — denied by the White House — of American disengagement. “The perception of American withdrawal is palpable,” says Stephen Hadley, the national security adviser to George W. Bush.

“The Europeans and the Gulf states think that we’re leaving,” says Bill Cohen, who served as defense secretary under President Bill Clinton. “The Asian countries think we’re not coming.”

Moreover, the president is caught in a contradictory, and unfair, squeeze. On issues such as Syria and Russia, he’s depicted as insufficiently aggressive or tough. At the same time, the American public, turned off by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, wants no part of more aggressive foreign entanglements. Even some Republicans are taking cues from Senator Rand Paul’s quasi-isolationists stance.

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Let me start by asking a question I’ve asked about other countries: Is American foreign policy today the way it is because Obama is the way he is (cerebral, cautious, dispassionate) or is Obama the way Obama is on foreign policy because America is the way America is today (burned by two failed wars and weakened by a great recession) and because the world is the way the world is (increasingly full of failed states and enfeebled U.S. allies)?…

I’d argue that a lot of what makes America less active in the world today is a product first of all of our own diminished leverage because of actions taken by previous administrations. The decisions by the Bush I and Clinton teams to expand NATO laid the seeds of resentment that helped to create Putin and Putinism. The Bush II team not only presided over two unsuccessful wars, but totally broke with American tradition and cut taxes instead of raising them to pay for those wars, weakening our balance sheet. The planning for both wars was abysmal, their execution worse and too many of our “allies” proved to be corrupt or used our presence to prosecute old feuds…

Most presidents make their name in foreign policy by taking on strong enemies; but most of what threatens global stability today are crumbling states. Exactly how many can we rescue at one time? I’d love to help Ukrainian reformers build a functioning democracy, but the reason that is so daunting a task is because their own politicians wasted two decades looting their own country, so the leverage required to foster change — $30 billion in bailout funds — is now massive.

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The problem is that even though the public clearly thinks the United States is slipping under weak, disengaged leadership, it too is disengaged from foreign affairs and holds very conflicted views on the subject, especially regarding what to do about world trouble spots. This is not only true for the public at large, but for the rank-and-file Republicans who are so critical of Obama…

Most notably, the same public that criticizes Obama’s lack of assertiveness is now saying in record numbers that the United States should mind its own business and let other countries get along as best they can. A 52 percent majority of Americans subscribes to that view, up from 30 percent in 2004. And the same Republicans who fault Obama for global disengagement increasingly come to the view that the United States should focus on domestic policy (71 percent) rather than foreign affairs (14 percent)…

So now we see the problem: The GOP’s difficulty with exploiting public discontent with Obama’s handling of foreign policy is that the president’s unwillingness to be more assertive in Syria or Ukraine reflects the public’s mood—including Republicans.

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But as foreign policy scholar Robert Kagan noted recently, there’s a paradox in those polls: The same public that wants to stay out of foreign entanglements also thinks the president isn’t doing a very good job on international affairs. A recent NBC-Wall Street Journal poll found that only 38% of those surveyed approved of Obama’s handling of foreign policy; that was fewer than approved of his handling of the economy…

I think the explanation is a little simpler: Yes, Americans want to stay out of foreign messes, but they also want to see their country’s foreign policy succeed. And at the moment, Obama is suffering from a shortage of successes. Whatever he’s doing, it isn’t working. Russia is still threatening Ukraine. Syria is still mired in bloodshed. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s thankless mediation between Israelis and Palestinians seems doomed…

This is a president who used to say we could swing for the fences. We could repair America’s relationships with its allies, enjoy a “reset” with Russia, embrace the Muslim world and make peace just about everywhere.

The failures call to mind the question a famous Alaskan foreign policy analyst once asked: “How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?”


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but didja catch how funny he was at the WHCD?

renalin on May 4, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Liberal Racism

This is an excellent article, although I’d disagree with the use of the term ‘liberal’. There’s nothing really liberal in the classic sense or political sense about the progressive left.

Otherwise, this is an excellent vivisection of RACISM INC.

thatsafactjack on May 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Celebrity circus.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Uncertainty, not China, is replacing America’s power.

And that uncertainty can rightly be attributed to Obama’s miserable foreign policy.

thatsafactjack on May 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

America’s allies are nervous. With Russia grabbing territory, China bullying its neighbours and Syria murdering its people, many are asking: where is Globocop? Under what circumstances will America act to deter troublemakers? What, ultimately, would America fight for?

Gay athletes?

kcewa on May 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I think Obama would be more happy..

Being the president of China…

Electrongod on May 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM

But mostly, our enemies now are ready to test us, and our friends will soon consider distancing themselves from us.

And test us they will for quite sometime after Obama leaves Office. He is leaving a tremendous mess for the next President.

Johnnyreb on May 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

The setbacks, though worlds apart in geography and history, speak to the common challenge Mr. Obama has had in translating his ideas and ambitions into enduring policies.

The Destroyer has but a single idea and ambition, and he is succeeding marvelously: transforming America into third-world status …

ShainS on May 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office…

*ahem*

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

Ayn Rand

Fallon on May 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Choom it up and all the problems go away, right?

jaywemm on May 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

US code is the militia up to 45, right?

I turn 46 in August.

I’m on a volunteer basis after that.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Hey ALT.

Hope life is good.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office, and yet his learning curve has been among the flattest.

The only one who is flat…

Is you…

you have been had and can’t admit it…

Electrongod on May 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Hey ALT.

Hope life is good.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

State GOP convention beings one month from tomm-and as of Tuesday, I will be the mom of a college junior.
Now I feel old. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

“He is one of the brightest men to occupy the office … ”

Evidence for this, please.

Il Padrino on May 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

“He is one of the brightest men to occupy the office … ”

Evidence for this, please.

Il Padrino on May 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

You will need to tour the Obama Library….

In a few years…

Then you will see…

How bright the King is…

Electrongod on May 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Slightly OT: The smartest prezzie evah ain’t doing so great in Arkansas either:

Stop Obama from Coming to Arkansas

author: Amy White
target: The President
signatures: 357

We’ve got 357 signatures, help us get to 1,000

We the people of Arkansas do not want or need Barack Obama in our state. He has never been here or paid us any attention. Our tornado victims have already been through way more than anyone should have to endure.. they do not need another storm of media and secret service and everything else a visit from a President entails to upset their destroyed lives. We respectfully ask that he send the money that would be spent visiting here to reconstruction efforts and stay away. We do not want him here and we do not like being used as a photo opportunity.

GrannyDee on May 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I have two teeth going south at once. Bicuspid top right, molar bottom left.

It really sucks.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Meanwhile, Mr Obama is described as analysing every option to exhaustion

LOL. That third-world, muzzie-raised mental defective couldn’t analyze his way out of a wet paper bag. “analysing” … too friggin funny. Maybe Barky is still stuck on the “profit AND earnings ratios” or locating The Maldives and wondering what Argentina wants with them??

Anyone who acts as if Barky has more than two brain cells to rub together is an obvious moron who has no business speaking publicly about anything.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Meanwhile, Mr Obama is described as analysing every option to exhaustion

Fore…!!!!!!

Electrongod on May 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

This is a small man.

Mason on May 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Mom of a college Jr? That’s not old.

I’d tell you to be proud, but it’s obvious you are.

And you should be.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

kcewa on May 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

And how much more stupid and depraved are those who voted for him and cheer him on.

They are the one’s to be worried about. Imbecilic ignoramuses.

Murphy9 on May 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

The Destroyer has but a single idea and ambition, and he is succeeding marvelously: transforming America into third-world status …

ShainS on May 4, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Yep. To bring us all down to his level. And white guilt loves the idea – the ultimate act of atonement for the evil of our great accomplishments, which made third-worlders like Barky feel so bad about their lack of intelligence, talent or anything remotely resembling human decency.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

This is a small man.

Mason on May 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

“Honey….I shrunk the Economy…”

“That’s Okay…I shrunk the school lunches….”

“Now get ready to go to Maratha’s Vineyards..

Take your own plane……”

Electrongod on May 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Can America survive 991 more days of unrestrained Marxism?

faraway on May 4, 2014 at 8:29 PM

The setbacks, though worlds apart in geography and history, speak to the common challenge Mr. Obama has had in translating his ideas and ambitions into enduring policies. He has watched outside forces unravel his best-laid plans, from resetting relations with Russia to managing the epochal political change in the Arab world.

His “reset with Russia” boiled down to “Do what you want; I don’t care”. He was utterly shocked when Putin took him at his word.

As for the Arab world, the “epochal change” has been Sayyid Qutb’s fundamentalist seventh-century-like philosophy becoming the orthodoxy of Islam. And The One was all in favor of it, and helped it any way he could, in the name of “reset” and “multiculturalism” and “authenticity of culture”. Well, he’s got his “authentic, mystical culture” there, now. And predictably, can’t process the fact that they hate us even more, and aren’t worshiping him.

When it comes to other countries and regions, insiders worry that Mr Obama sees the world as a jungle full of thugs, forever causing crises that America cannot fix.

No, he sees us as the thugs, and the real thugs as the good guys. His worldview is as morally inverted as it is reality-challenged.

But it has now become equally puzzling why he has not become more sure-footed in foreign affairs. He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office, and yet his learning curve has been among the flattest. Talking to players on the world stage — most of whom still want him to succeed — one finds them genuinely rattled, worried about a lack of national will and operational competence…

No, he’s one of the most dogmatic, narcissistic, and incompetent. We’re just lucky he’s as inept at the enactment of his plans for a domestic Fabian Utopia as he is at foreign policy. Otherwise he would have completely collapsed the economy by now.

“Post-modern intellectuals” often perceive idiocy and delusion, coupled with leftist dogmas they approve of, as “brilliant refusal to be bound by restrictive, outdated norms”. Where they see a romantic rebel or iconoclast, most others find it obvious that they’re really looking at an idiot who thinks he’s God.

Sometime in late 2013 Barack Obama seemed to sense that his foreign policy had failed, and that in almost every area of the globe things were more dangerous than when he entered office — and scarier because of his own initiatives.

And what now? Blaming Bush had a shelf life of four years, proved nihilistic, and can’t be continued for the next three.

Sorry, wrong on both counts. The One still thinks he’s a genius, and everybody else is stupid, so everything that went wrong is therefore their fault for not doing what he told them to, and not doing it right, fast enough, or expensive enough.

And he’ll still be blaming GWB for everything fifty years from now. Count on it.

Obama’s impatience with history has left him patient with evil. It is not a pretty sight; but his broken foreign policy is riddled with such ironies.

Wrong. He comes from a fundamentally different values system, born of Third World beliefs in strongman rule, and socialist theorizing about collectivist “ideal states”, plus an infatuation with anything “Eastern” and “mystical”.

Where we see evil, he sees moral superiority and “authenticity”.

Or as Sutekh said to the Doctor, “Your evil is my good“.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM

As a former head of Saudi intelligence recently said of Vladimir Putin’s land grab in Ukraine: “While the wolf is eating the sheep, there is no shepherd to come to the rescue.”…

And when the shepherd *does* come to the rescue, all of the sheep bleat and whine about the intrusion, some plotting how to kill the shepherd and his family in return.

Midas on May 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

We had a bad foreign policy and now we have no foreign policy — and sadly, we can only hope that is an improvement.

Nihilism at its best, given the idiots in the WH.

What did we think we would get from a stoner? And I am not referring per se to Biden.

Chuck Ef on May 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Meanwhile, Mr Obama is described as analysing every option to exhaustion before concluding that inaction is the prudent course.

“Present.”

Wethal on May 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Evening, all…

=)

PointnClick on May 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

“He is one of the brightest men to occupy the office … ”

Just threw up in my mouth a little.

Midas on May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I love how Tom Friedman just casually states as fact that the Iraq War was unsuccessful… must be nice to be so stupid and get paid so much.

dpduq on May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

One brewski shy of being over the top.
Only one brewski left.
Do the math.

BUT, blessings upon all who dare to enter QOTD !!

Behave, y’all, since I DO read very word in the AM.
Jus’ sayin’.

;-)

pambi on May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

kcewa on May 4, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Monty Python-Albatross

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hey, cabbie dude.

Chicks dig puppies. Just sayin’

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

The inner circle gets smaller, and the rest of the staff tries to either put on a brave face or acknowledge the problems and quietly point fingers. Democratic insiders tell me the Obama inner circle now only consists of the president, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough — and not everyone agrees on McDonough.

We’re doomed.

Wethal on May 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Obungle is either dumb or he’s evil. You can’t have it both ways. My assessment is he’s dumb and his handlers are evil. He knows how to work the system but he isn’t smart enough to succeed or even get into college if he hadn’t had help.

crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The shift to Asia is another do nothing BS from the most incompetent fool Obama… The idiot just wants to avoid the very hot spots where strong American leadership is required in the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, and he is talking this crap about the shift to Asia where in actuality nothing of importance is happening at the moment there… Typical lazy, stupid, incompetent behavior by the welfare queens agitator…

mnjg on May 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

“He is one of the brightest men ever to hold office…”

Who wrote this?

oldennis on May 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

one brewski shy of being over the top. Only one brewski left. Do the math. BUT, blessings upon all who dare to enter QOTD !! Behave, y’all, since I DO read very word in the AM. Jus’ sayin’. ;-) pambi on May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I had one left, so I went to the store.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

The only topics this man can speak extemporaneously on are race hustling and demagoguing. That is it. He is an imbecile.

Murphy9 on May 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM

We’re doomed.

Wethal on May 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Naw. She’s just a slumlord who made her bones in the Chicago Daley machine. Holder is more dangerous, imo.

butch on May 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Democratic insiders tell me the Obama inner circle now only consists of the president, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough — and not everyone agrees on McDonough.

ROFL

This is it, huh, starting from Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin and slowly regressing to an end-game of these 3 idiots.

You’ve done well, 52%’ers, the way you managed to elect a guy based on his skin color and got his mommy-figure sidekick in the bargain; great job.

Bishop on May 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Obama has the ideology of a ’60s Maoist radical and the politics common among faculty lounge liberals, characterized largely by leftist claptrap, ignorance and sanctimony.

This fool actually believed that the evil in the world was largely the result of Western imperialism and oppression, specifically the American variety. He came into office determined to reduce America’s prestige and influence in the world while simultaneously enhancing his own. He actually thought he was the savior the world was waiting for, and he has successfully diminished our standing, although not according to plan.

It turns out the world’s problems are largely caused by evil men with power, and not by the righteous resistance of international peasantry to American suppression and exploitation. Because he has preposterous notions about how the world works, nothing he does brings the results he is trying to achieve, and he has no idea what the problem is.

Given his defects of character and personality, (narcissistic, thin-skinned and a control freak, not to mention the pathological lying) growing frustration with events spinning out of control may result in some rash behavior.

Hang on to your hats. It’s going to be a rough ride.

novaculus on May 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office

So says David Gergen, based on nothing.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

A lot of negativity in those posts. Could the media finally be waking up? Nah…..

Barred on May 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Given his defects of character and personality, (narcissistic, thin-skinned and a control freak, not to mention the pathological lying) growing frustration with events spinning out of control may result in some rash behavior.

Hang on to your hats. It’s going to be a rough ride.

novaculus on May 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

His handlers will keep him more or less in line unless they jump ship.

crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office, and yet his learning curve has been among the flattest.

One of the brightest man? Another huge lie about Obama so called “good” traits… The guy has probably the lowest IQ of any President in the history of the Republic…

mnjg on May 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

A lot of negativity in those posts. Could the media finally be waking up? Nah…..

Barred on May 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Probably just the Libertarian side of the Dims….

ProudinNC on May 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM

…Let Lanceman LIVE…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

bungle is either dumb or he’s evil. You can’t have it both ways. My assessment is he’s dumb and his handlers are evil. He knows how to work the system but he isn’t smart enough to succeed or even get into college if he hadn’t had help. crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

He’s evil. Black liberation theology. He’s steeped in it. Alinsky. Prairie fire. All of it.

Make no mistake, he’s no rube. Bill Ayers isn’t just a guy in the nieghborhood.

You don’t make friends like that by accident. Start your career in his house.

It is what it is.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office

Can any thinking person possibly believe that?

crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

We sure are proud of our 1st black Kenyan pimp.

nobama1267 on May 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Syria murdering its people, many are asking: where is Globocop? Under what circumstances will America act to deter troublemakers?

Whoever wrote this is an ass. Obama is supporting the shariah loving and Christian raping, torturing and murdering side in Syria. That’s a lot of what Benghazi was about.

VorDaj on May 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office

…they said that about Carter too!….heh?

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Hang on to your hats. It’s going to be a rough ride.

novaculus on May 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM

He isn’t clueless enough to mess with the 2016 election, is he? Common sense keeps telling me not to worry about it, but, I keep seeing new evidence each day of his outsized capacity for mendacity.

butch on May 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Whoever wrote this is an ass. Obama is supporting the shariah loving and Christian raping, torturing and murdering side in Syria. That’s a lot of what Benghazi was about.

VorDaj on May 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

So he’s supporting both sides.

RickB on May 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

BBC

Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan admits he still does not know the whereabouts of dozens of schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist militants.

Will Obama rescue these girls? Or will he let them die like his Ambassador?

War on Women?

WND

Most of the Jews living in Ukraine are now filling out paperwork to prepare for emigration to Israel if necessary, Ukraine’s chief rabbi, Yaacov Dov Bleich, said Sunday in a radio interview.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/jews-preparing-to-evacuate-ukraine/#bU1Chk2tB8Dl5p5y.99

Will Obama rescue the Ukranian Jews?

War on Jews?

faraway on May 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

[T]he U.S. often finds itself with an uncomfortable choice: Either it must back off its declared goals, which makes America look weak and encourages widespread defiance, or it has to make good on its aims, which requires enormous investments in blood, treasure and time.

(1) There is a third way…stop China in east, stop Russia in the west, and as for the Islamic world just bomb them if they annoy us on something. This all or nothing approach from the Neo-cons on one side and the Peaceniks on the other is beyond annoying.

(2) We live in a Constitutional Republic where people vote on things, so foreign policy has political ramifications. The Iraq War has done a great deal of damage to hawks, so it is up to hawks (including me), to try to re-establish an aggressive foreign policy without totally freaking out the voters with idiotic “adventurism” in places like Syria. The American people don’t care about the Syrians, however they might care more about the Russians and Chinese. Focus on the big fish…stop worrying about small fries.

William Eaton on May 4, 2014 at 8:58 PM

As a former head of Saudi intelligence recently said of Vladimir Putin’s land grab in Ukraine: “While the wolf is eating the sheep, there is no shepherd to come to the rescue.”…

George Bush tried to be the Shepard to your region’s rancid, dysfunctional collection of kleptocracies; look what it got him.

The more we frak, the less I care about you, Sheik A$$hole.

Bruno Strozek on May 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

“What will America fight for?”

The proper question is, “What will Obama fight for?”

and the answer is, Obama will fight to hold onto his place in the White House. Nothing else matters to him.

Joseph OHenry on May 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

He’s not stupid. He’s getting away with it.

In your face getting away with it.

1/2 of us knew 6 years ago.

Just surprising his success.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Most of the Jews living in Ukraine are now filling out paperwork to prepare for emigration to Israel if necessary, Ukraine’s chief rabbi, Yaacov Dov Bleich, said Sunday in a radio interview.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/jews-preparing-to-evacuate-ukraine/#bU1Chk2tB8Dl5p5y.99

Paperwork? What do they need paperwork for? I don’t think they have time for that. They need to pack their bags and get out.

crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.”
W. C. Fields

Fortunately for us and our country, many are no longer dazzled nor baffled by Obama. And, more and more are catching on every day.

VALman on May 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I comment the following that I happened upon as it may sum up what’s going on with Ukraine. Or it may not. You decide. It seems to make a lot more sense that the story the MSM has been feeding us, but then that’s not saying a whole lot.

It is long.

blow” to the petrodollar amounts to nothing less than “all-out war” against the West and that an “Armageddon response” from the Obama regime should be expected to swiftly follow.
According to this report, Putin’s order regarding the SPE was in direct response to the Obama regimes placing sanctions yesterday (April 28th 2014) upon Igor Sechin the CEO of the Russian energy giant Rosneft and a nominated board member of the SPE, and of which Deputy Minister for foreign relations, Sergey Ryabkov, had warned: “A response of Moscow will follow, and it will be painfully felt in Washington DC.”

Sechin, this report notes, was directly threatened by the Obama regime earlier this month due to his October 2013 remarks at the World Energy Congress in Korea where he called for a “global mechanism to trade natural gas” and went on suggesting that “it was advisable to create an international exchange for the participating countries, where transactions could be registered with the use of regional currencies”.

Sechin, as one of the most influential leaders of the global energy trading community now has the perfect instrument to make this plan a reality with the SPE where reference prices for Russian oil and natural gas will be set in rubles instead of US dollars and could literally destroy the petrodollar.
The use of this “Financial Nuclear Weapon” (the sale of oil in a currency other than the US dollar) which was previously deployed by Saddam Hussein, this report continues, resulted in the total destruction of Iraq, but it failed to deter other countries angry with the highhandedness of the US.
Libya made another attempt and it resulted in the destruction of the country and the brutal murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Next was Iran. The US and the global financial war party found it much more difficult to isolate and annihilate Iran, even when it was threatened with outright nuclear attack by US and Israel. And in spite of unprecedented sanctions against Iran (which constitute economic warfare and are war crimes in itself), Iran stood defiant.

The leading members of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Russia and China restrained themselves so as to preserve global stability.

However, the war party faction of the Obama regime (the leftovers of the Bush regime) took such restraint as weakness and went on a spree of regime change throughout the world to undermine the growing strength of BRICS.

The “straw that broke the camels’ back” was the unbridled and reckless coup against the elected President of Ukraine by US and NATO and orchestrated by the US State Department and led by the war-monger Victoria Nuland, who openly admitted that the US had disbursed through such organizations as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) over $5 Billion to facilitate the coup.

Critical to understand about the current Ukrainian Crisis, this report says, is that it has “absolutely nothing” at all to do with either Ukraine or its people, but should be understood for what it really is…a “sledgehammer” the Obama regime is attempting to use against Russia to prevent the opening and expansion of the SPE.

By perpetually expanding the US money supply, it’s important to note, America’s standard of living for its elite classes increases as well. The only problem with this situation is that the only way that it can be sustained is if the demand for the dollar and for US debt securities remains consistently strong.
Grasping this last point is extremely important. For if the artificial global US dollar demand, made possible by the petrodollar system, were ever to crumble, foreign nations who had formerly found it beneficial to hold US dollars would suddenly find that they no longer needed the massive amounts that they were holding.

This massive amount of dollars, which would no longer be useful to foreign nations, would come rushing back to their place of origin… America.

Obviously, an influx of dollars into the American economy would lead to massive inflationary pressures within their economic system and collapse it, along with that of the EU too.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of this concept as the entire American monetary system literally hinges on this “dollars for oil” system. Without it, Washington would lose its permission slip to print excessive numbers of dollars.

With thousands of NATO-backed Romanian troops now moving to the Ukraine border, along with British and French fighter jets now being deployed to Lithuania and Poland to join their recently arrived US military allies, this report grimly continues, it cannot be ruled out that the Obama regime will attempt to start a war with Russia in order to protect their petrodollar scheme.
In spite of the fact that all Russian military forces have returned to their permanent bases and Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu assured his US counterpart Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel yesterday during an hour long phone conversation that Russia had no intention of invading Ukraine, this report notes, Moscow has become increasingly “alarmed” by the combined US-NATO military buildup on its borders that Minister Shoigu called “unprecedented”.

As for the Ukrainian people themselves being used as pawns by the Obama regime against Russia in this “petrodollar war”, this report concludes, their lives are quickly turning from despair to outright misery as they are forced to swallow the “bitter pill” being forced upon them by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which is forcing their fuel and energy costs to skyrocket and taxes being raised on everything from alcohol to tobacco, not to mention the tens-of-thousands of public jobs being made redundant (layoffs and firings) and the nearly 5% cut in payments to pensioners.

Even worse for these “Obama Pawns”, wages now in Ukraine are, as a rule, not enough to feed a family, and the devaluation of their currency will make it totally impossible for these people to absorb these costs.

On the other hand, Western currency speculators will be able to profit from fluctuations in Ukraine’s currency and multinational corporations stand to benefit from privatization of those state assets that haven’t already been sold off.
And though not mentioned in this MoF report, it is critically important to note that back in 2008, when the US brought to world to the very brink total economic collapse, then Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned that Russia should seize opportunities created by the weak US dollar. “Today, the global economy is going through uneasy times,” he said. “The role of the key reserve currencies is under review. And we must take advantage of it.”

Six years later that is what Putin is doing…nobody can say that they weren’t warned.

VorDaj on May 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Bob Seger- Turn the Page

RickB on May 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

First part –

An ominous new report prepared by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on President Putin’s order yesterday (April 28th 2014) to accelerate the opening of the St. Petersburg Exchange (SPE), where prices for Russian oil and natural gas will be set in rubles instead of US dollars, is warning that this “catastrophic blow” to the petrodollar amounts to nothing less than “all-out war” against the West and that an “Armageddon response” from the Obama regime should be expected to swiftly follow.

VorDaj on May 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Merkel wants peace ["But Obama ignored her ... clearly, after giving the Kiev government it's head for a military offensive that morning"]. Even Putin wants peace “[the pro-Russian militia of Slavyansk without prior notice suddenly released 12 military observers, seven Europeans and 5 Ukrainian officers, a week after seizing them"]. Obama sure seems to want a war.

Looks like Obama, who may well be looking for a way to take attention from his lies and coverup on Benghazi and IRS, etc., is going to get a whole lot of people killed.

The German chancellor for her part viewed the timing of the Kiev offensive as an American attempt to dictate to Berlin and Europe its policy of harsh, unequivocal confrontation with President Putin – when she had come to Washington to urge Obama to start listening to the Russian president instead of turning a deaf ear.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel bid during her visit to Washington Friday, April 2, to bridge the differences between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin over Ukraine was overtaken by events on the ground. That morning, the US-backed interim government in Kiev launched its first serious offensive to retake the eastern Ukrainian cities captured by pro-Russian militias, starting with Slavyansk. In Odessa pro-Kiev gangs started a fire which left more than 40 militiamen dead [they likely set fires at one or more exits and blocked the others and burned dozens of trapped men to death].

“Moscow’s reaction Saturday came directly from Putin’s office. His spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Neither Russia, nor any other country, can any longer influence citizens of Ukraine’s southeast… It will be impossible now to talk them into laying down their weapons when their lives are threatened by radicals, nationalists and armed forces that obey criminal orders and murder their own people.”

It was also made clear that the May 25 election was off, as far as the Kremlin was concerned. Those comments followed the German chancellor’s failure to make any headway on Ukraine in her White House interview with Obama, say debkafile’s Moscow sources.

That the Merkel-Obama talks did not go well was evident in both their remarks. The chancellor started by saying “We have a few difficulties to overcome between security and protecting privacy.” She was not only referring to the simmering scandal following last year’s revelation that the US National Security Agency was eavesdropping on her private cell phone calls; she also had in mind another intelligence issue between the two governments: future collaboration between the US and German agencies in Ukraine.

President Obama answered her with a piece of friendly advice: Germans following the Ukraine story from Russia’s perspective should “stay focused on the facts and what’s happening on the ground,” he said, and keep in mind that “there just has not been the kind of honesty and credibility about the situation” [Pathological and serial liar Obama is the last one on earth who should be talking about honesty and credibility - Benghazi, Fast-and-Furious, IRS, NSA, EPA, BLM, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period. No matter what", etc., etc., etc., and on and on and on] from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama urged broader sanctions as the only way to make the Russian president see the light.

It was obvious that Obama and Merkel were far from being in accord on Ukraine and on how Putin should be handled. Neither Merkel nor the German BND spy agency subscribes to Obama’s unquestioning backing for the interim government in Kiev [and for war, destruction and death].

And on Friday, they deeply resented the fact that on the day of Merkel’s Washington visit, the Kiev regime was allowed to launch its most serious military offensive against pro-Russian militias to date, starting in Slavyansk and spiraling Saturday into heavy fighting 15 kilometers away in the eastern town of Kramatorsk and other places..”

VorDaj on May 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

they said that about Carter too!….heh? KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

No,, not really. I was young, but we made fun of peanut even back then. I remember it pretty well. Those 444 days. Played hell on him. Along with the economy. The sweater speech.

Chopping wood days for me. We couldn’t afford oil.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Obungle is either dumb or he’s evil. You can’t have it both ways.

crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Barky is a malevolent retard.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

faraway on May 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I have an acquaintance-born Jewish in the Ukraine and came to the US as a young child. She’s US patriot-who strongly disagrees that things are getting bad for the Jews in the Ukraine-except in Russian-held areas. She’s encouraged my son to visit Kiev and the like when he heads to Europe next month. my son’s half-Jewish-though like me he identifies as Christian-and will be visiting Kiev so he can to some genealogy for me. Said friend wouldn’t be rah-rahing my son to head to the Ukraine if she thought that it was really getting that bad for Jews there.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

If I was a Jew in the Ukraine I’d be hauling azz outta there.

You don’t get second chances.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The western European countries shouldn’t have become so dependant on Russia in the first place.

crankyoldlady on May 4, 2014 at 9:11 PM

“He is one of the brightest men to occupy the office … ”

Evidence for this, please.

Il Padrino on May 4, 2014 at 8:19 PM

He’s partially black. That’s enough “evidence” for some.

non-nonpartisan on May 4, 2014 at 9:12 PM

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I lost family to both Stalin and the Nazis. According to my friend-the Russian occupied areas are bad for Jews-but not Kiev and the like.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Given all the continuing lies that the pathological liar Obama tells about Benghazi, the NSA, the IRS, the ATF, the BLM, ObamaCare, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period. No matter what!” … the list is almost endless … why should anyone think he is telling the truth about anything going on with Ukraine? It would be a miracle.

VorDaj on May 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Cool Change Little River Band

RickB on May 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

The AWOL Commander-in-Chief

The pic says it all…

Resist We Much on May 4, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I have an acquaintance-born Jewish in the Ukraine and came to the US as a young child.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

So, she’s not in the Ukraine right now?

faraway on May 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

If I was a Jew in the Ukraine I’d be hauling azz outta there.

You don’t get second chances.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

And head for the Motherland.
Prophecies fulfilled, galore !!!

pambi on May 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Evening, all…

=)

PointnClick on May 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

…hi bud!…sorry about Riley.

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

e an acquaintance-born Jewish in the Ukraine and came to the US as a young child. She’s US patriot-who strongly disagrees that things are getting bad for the Jews in the Ukraine-except in Russian-held areas. She’ encouraged my son to visit Kiev and the like when he heads to Europe next month. my son’s half-Jewish-though like me he identifies as Christian-and will be visiting Kiev so he can to some genealogy for me. Said friend wouldn’t be rah-rahing my son to head to the Ukraine if she thought that it was really getting that bad for Jews there. annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

It’s bullshite. All of Ukraine is under the axe.

It’s one krystalnaught away from hell.

Masked Russians don’t play. They lop heads off.

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Something’s wrong with the Obama photo. That can’t be him, he’s not flipping anyone the bird.

obladioblada on May 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The setbacks…speak to the common challenge Mr. Obama has had in translating his ideas and ambitions into policies. He has watched outside forces reality unravel his best-laid plans

He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office.

Cerebral, cautious, dispassionate.

Meanwhile, Mr Obama is described as analysing every option to exhaustion

All this to describe a man who just can’t make a decision.

He is a product of the faculty lounge, where the talk is endless and conclusions don’t matter, as long as the ideology is pure.

I think Putin is being extraordinarily clever in giving Obama some ongoing shreds of cover over Russia’s relatively bloodless annexation of what was an independent country. Just enough confusion, just enough obfuscation, just enough excuses to keep our unstable POTUS from having to prove he’s not the feckless coward he so patently is- possibly with a nuclear tantrum.

I pray God sincerely Obama does not ever feel he needs to prove his Prezzy chops, until he is long out of office.

Dolce Far Niente on May 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

“Russian held areas”?

Good God,,

What are they tomorrow?

You think this is static?

You know whwt Kiev is to Putin? Hmm?

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Monty Python-Albatross

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Funny

kcewa on May 4, 2014 at 9:24 PM

18m ago
Former President George H.W. Bush receives JFK Profile in Courage Award for raising taxes to confront deficit – @AP
read more on dallasnews.com

You can’t be serious…

Murphy9 on May 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

faraway on May 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

No-but her parents went back recently to check things out/support the Euromaidan. Her dad still has friends there.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I’ve never completely trusted Debkafile stuff. Sometimes it’s O.K., but, usually pretty conspiracy heavy. Guess we’ll find out pretty quick on this one.

butch on May 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Obama failed to learn the first lesson of the streets: “Never let your big mouth write a check your candy a$$ can’t cash.”

He’s nothing but talk – about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. All hat, no cattle. Empty suit, empty chair.

We need sweeping layoffs of federal employees, reviews of the phony disability claims of the last six years, review, repeal, and rollback of the many unjustified regulations under EPA and other agencies, and a general house cleaning of Democrat bureaucrats (which is most of them).

Adjoran on May 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Something’s wrong with the Obama photo. That can’t be him, he’s not flipping anyone the bird.

obladioblada on May 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

obama middle finger Pictures & Images

non-nonpartisan on May 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

My son will be there in roughly 6 weeks!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Kiev used to be the Capital of Russia.

Just sayin’

wolly4321 on May 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

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