WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree: Obama speech “ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”

posted at 10:01 am on May 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, all of those adjectives come from the New York Times — and that’s the most sympathetic take on Barack Obama’s big pivot/comeback speech on foreign policy. The West Point address accomplished a rarity in media and politics by creating a consensus between the editorial boards of the NYT, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. That consensus, however, is that Obama flopped in his straw-man approach to criticism and his utter incoherence on American policy. When a President can’t convince one of these three on policy, it may be time to find a new approach — or perhaps a new team (via AoSHQ).

The open from the NYT hints at what’s coming:

President Obama and his aides heralded his commencement speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday as a big moment, when he would lay out his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his term and refute his critics. The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left.

Yes, that’s the most sympathetic read. The NYT editorial turns harsh toward the end:

[H]e provided little new insight into how he plans to lead in the next two years, and many still doubt that he fully appreciates the leverage the United States has even in a changing world. Falling back on hackneyed phrases like America is the “indispensable nation” told us little.

The president said he wanted to spend $5 billion to train and support armies in places like Libya, Mali, Yemen and Somalia to combat terrorists. The aim is to avoid having to use American troops, and, in theory, it makes sense. But the United States has a checkered history in such endeavors, and Mr. Obama made only a cursory mention of other factors crucial to success, including responsible governance and education for all. It was disturbing to hear him gloss over the return of military rule in Egypt.

Mr. Obama’s talk of the need for more transparency about drone strikes and intelligence gathering, including abusive surveillance practices, was ludicrous. His administration had to be dragged into even minimal disclosures on both topics. Just Tuesday, the administration said it wanted to make further deletions from a legal memo on drone strikes that a court ordered it to make public.

The Washington Post’s editors could hardly contain their scorn for the army of straw men Obama attempted to battle:

In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw men, dismissing those who “say that every problem has a military solution,” who “think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak,” who favor putting “American troops into the middle of [Syria’s] increasingly sectarian civil war,” who propose “invading every country that harbors terrorist networks” and who think that “working through international institutions . . . or respecting international law is a sign of weakness.”

Few, if any, of those who question the president’s record hold such views. Instead, they are asking why an arbitrary date should be set for withdrawing all forces from Afghanistan, especially given the baleful results of the “zero option” in Iraq. They are suggesting that military steps short of the deployment of U.S. ground troops could stop the murderous air and chemical attacks by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. They are arguing that the United States should not be constrained by Cyprus or Bulgaria in responding to Russia’s invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine.

To those doubters, the president’s address offered scant comfort. Reiterating and further tightening a doctrine he laid out in a speech to the United Nations last fallMr. Obama said the United States should act unilaterally only in defense of a narrow set of “core interests,” such as the free flow of trade. When “crises arise that stir our conscience or push the world in a more dangerous direction,” he said, “we should not go it alone.”

This binding of U.S. power places Mr. Obama at odds with every U.S. president since World War II. In effect, he ruled out interventions to stop genocide or reverse aggression absent a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or a multilateral initiative. Those terms would exclude missions by previous administrations in places such as Somalia and Haiti and Mr. Obama’s own proposal to strike Syria last year — but not the war in Iraq, which was a multilateral campaign.

One might think that a foreign policy speech that draws such ire from the NYT and the Washington Post might at least get a little enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend love from the Wall Street Journal. Instead, the WSJ editorial board noticed a few gaping holes in Obama’s big foreign policy speech:

No mention of the Reset. “The reset button has worked,” Mr. Obama avowed in a 2009 meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s figurehead president. That was the same year Mr. Obama announced in Moscow that, “The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over.”

No mention of the Pivot or “rebalance” to Asia. This was billed by Hillary Clinton in 2011 as “among the most important diplomatic efforts of our time” and meant as proof that America’s withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan wasn’t simply a retreat from the world. But as assistant secretary of defense Katrina McFarland admitted in March, following the latest round of Pentagon cuts, “Right now, the pivot is being looked at again, because candidly it can’t happen.”

No mention of Mr. Obama’s Red Line in Syria against the use of chemical weapons. No mention, either, of the ostensible success of using diplomacy to disarm Bashar Assad. The President was fond of boasting of this achievement until recently, when it emerged that Assad continues to use chlorine bombs to kill his enemies. Somehow that also didn’t make it into the speech.

No mention of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which occupied the bulk of John Kerry‘s first year as Secretary of State and which has now collapsed as Mahmoud Abbas patches up his differences with the terrorists of Hamas.

In comparison, the reception from West Point cadets was positively warm. CNN’s Jim Clancy noted the “icy” reception (via Noah Rothman at Mediaite):

“It was a philosophical speech,” Clancy said. “It was not a commander-in-chief speaking to his troops. And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy.”

It’s not getting much better outside of West Point, either.


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That consensus, however, is that Obama flopped in his straw-man approach to criticism and his utter incoherence on American policy.

The real consensus is that the MSM is simply shedding its fur for the upcoming regime change. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that they have just awakened.

They did the same thing as Carter crashed.

Tsar of Earth on May 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Why wasn’t this speech all about the cadets?

Sven on May 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I think Øbama is overexposed… we need to see and hear much less from him over the next two years. He can’t get anything positive done anyway and he sure isn’t going to turn the “reins” (it’s a pun, lib-trolls) over to Joe-Joe “Plugs” Biden. So, take some small vacaycays, Muster Preznit, not too expensive, not too far. Maybe, Brazil… I hear they are looking for a new president.

ExpressoBold on May 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

obama is perilously close to the point of open failure. Thus far he has been able to keep his chin above water in the press despite his many grotesque failings (and any honest observer should have seen this coming six years ago). But the chorus of criticism swells. If he doesn’t show some competency in leadership, foreign or domestic, soon, media and public opinion will openly turn against him. Few will have reason to defend him. And if that happens, the electoral backlash against him and his ruinous party this Fall will be enormous.

paul1149 on May 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Why wasn’t this speech all about the cadets?

Sven on May 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Who? obaMe was there so there is no room for anyone else to be mentioned.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

My, it sure has taken the left wing media a long time to realize that the emperor is naked.

fight like a girl on May 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Oh c’mon… you guys want SUBSTANCE? Geeeesh, I’m too busy running the world to provide substance.

forheremenaremen on May 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

You misspelled ruining…………………..

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

LMAO! You’re so sharp.

Key West Reader on May 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

This is what happens when the electorate allows choom-stoked college leftists to turn their dorm-room bull session jabbering into actual foreign policy.

Cicero43 on May 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

We were at USMA for the Graduation week. Saying the reception to O was icy is being nice. Most of us were disgusted he was the speaker.

Our son graduated yesterday, he unlike most of his classmates is a prior service Combat Vet of Iraq. If you are a vet, think how hard it was to take SGT stripes off and become a Cadet Candidate. God Bless Him he did it.

Very few of the cadets, parents or Military were happy being used as props by O.

The previous night General Ray O, got thunderous applause with his outstanding speech at the Graduation banquet.

Arniect on May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I love it. When our national security is at stake, our President is loathe to take unilateral action. When his near and dear socialist, economy-killing programs are at stake, however, he’s all about unilateral action, baby. Oh, yeah…

brentspolemics on May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Did he mention that Nobel Peace Prize???…

PatriotRider on May 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Fools realize? Ha!

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Goodness gracious that is one tiny little white dress.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Speaking of fools and realizations, I did NOT rush to all the linked articles looking for a stock picture with a little white dress before I got the joke. No sir. I did not do that.

Tsar of Earth on May 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree: Obama speech “ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”

But he’s black.

Galtian on May 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Battlefield headlines I can’t wait to see:

– “Straw Men Vanquish Obama in Heated Combat”

– “Special Forces Straw-Man Squad Extracts Obama from Spider Hole”

– “Straw Man Receives Medal of Honor for Capturing Obama”

– “Obama Regime Toppled by Last Straw”

FlameWarrior on May 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Those newspapers are racist you know…

PatriotRider on May 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

* The border is as porous as ever.

It’s actually worse, due to the BP’s orders not to actually apprehend illegal aliens, plus the illegal DREAM by EO Act which has caused tens of thousands of illegal alien kids to cross the southern border (at the instruction of their illegal alien relatives already living in the U.S., since the Obama administration is helpfully spending millions of our tax dollars every year to “re-unite” all the new illegal alien kiddies with their illegal alien relatives in states all over the U.S. “Just get little Juan into Texas, and Uncle Sam will take care of getting him a hotel room, feeding him, and then flying him to North Carolina where the rest of his cousins live.”)

The government estimates 60,000 of such illegal alien kids will be crossing into the U.S. this year. Since they always deliberately underestimate these numbers, the real number is probably upwards of 100,000. We have a Third World invasion of the U.S. being conducted, with the active aid and financial assistance of the U.S. government.

AZCoyote on May 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Interesting how they’re giving up now.

Six months until the election, too.

formwiz on May 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m wondering if the Obama media is really finally starting to do their jobs or if they’re covering for Democrats in an election year. Obama, and his entire administration, are truly a disturbing lot.

cajunpatriot on May 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

LMAO! You’re so sharp.

Key West Reader on May 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Thank you. Takes a bow and says “I might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but at least I’m in the drawer”.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM

obama is perilously close to the point of open failure.

paul1149 on May 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Respectfully, I think you can hit the fast-forward button a bit.

Our government is now overtly, shamelessly and routinely breaking laws and oaths. They don’t even try to hide it anymore. And the checks-and-balances that were in place have crumbled.

We are at the juncture, now, where we need to be asking what will be done about it. And there is nobody left to address that question to except… us.

Tsar of Earth on May 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM

My favorite part, the icy and appropriate reception.

They collectively knew.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

We were at USMA for the Graduation week. Saying the reception to O was icy is being nice. Most of us were disgusted he was the speaker.

Our son graduated yesterday, he unlike most of his classmates is a prior service Combat Vet of Iraq. If you are a vet, think how hard it was to take SGT stripes off and become a Cadet Candidate. God Bless Him he did it.

Very few of the cadets, parents or Military were happy being used as props by O.

The previous night General Ray O, got thunderous applause with his outstanding speech at the Graduation banquet.

Arniect on May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Cheers to you and you son!

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Interesting how they’re giving up now.

Six months until the election, too.

formwiz on May 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m wondering if the Obama media is really finally starting to do their jobs or if they’re covering for Democrats in an election year. Obama, and his entire administration, are truly a disturbing lot.

cajunpatriot on May 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The lsm will fall back to form in no time. Don’t think they are “awakening”. They are just regrouping.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Compare the oaf’s speech with this.

You have chosen to risk your lives for the defense of this country. I will not insult you by saying that you are dedicated to selfless service — it is not a virtue in my morality. In my morality, the defense of one’s country means that a man is personally unwilling to live as the conquered slave of any enemy, foreign or domestic. This is an enormous virtue. Some of you may not be consciously aware of it. I want to help you to realize it.

The army of a free country has a great responsibility: the right to use force, but not as an instrument of compulsion and brute conquest — as the armies of other countries have done in their histories — only as an instrument of a free nation’s self-defense, which means: the defense of a man’s individual rights. The principle of using force only in retaliation against those who initiate its use, is the principle of subordinating might to right. The highest integrity and sense of honor are required for such a task. No other army in the world has achieved it. You have.

West Point has given America a long line of heroes, known and unknown. You, this year’s graduates, have a glorious tradition to carry on — which I admire profoundly, not because it is a tradition, but because it is glorious.

Since I came from a country guilty of the worst tyranny on earth, I am particularly able to appreciate the meaning, the greatness and the supreme value of that which you are defending. So, in my own name and in the name of many people who think as I do, I want to say, to all the men of West Point, past, present and future: Thank you.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left.

Can be said about every single thing he has read off the teleprompter since he got into office.

Feckless, effete, disengenious, unengaging, uninspired, narcissistic blather.

Thanks, American voters.

MisterElephant on May 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

If I were one of those cadets, I’d be thinking: “I busted my ass for four years so I could take orders from THIS clown?”

Socratease on May 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

obama ruins America, but he does ruin Hillary too, in the process.

It’s something to behold.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Did any trolls defend him, yet?

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

And Hillary just sits back letting The Won dig himself in deeper, knowing the LSM will be touting her as the one who will “save the world once elected”.

RADIOONE on May 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

The slow clap is being underplayed but it was a perfect expression of disdain for this cowardly clueless Marxist.

Four grueling years at USMA and your graduation speaker witters on about how you won’t be able to do the job you trained for?

jangle12 on May 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

And Hillary just sits back letting The Won dig himself in deeper, knowing the LSM will be touting her as the one who will “save the world once elected”.

RADIOONE on May 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Except that she reeks….of his chit.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Obama will respond by killing a straw man.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

“Let me be clear. I will kill one straw man every hour until my demands are met.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps corpse of straw men, dismissing those who “say that every problem has a military solution,” who “think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak,” who favor putting “American troops into the middle of [Syria’s] increasingly sectarian civil war,” who propose “invading every country that harbors terrorist networks” and who think that “working through international institutions . . . or respecting international law is a sign of weakness.

Translated into Obamaspeak.

Ward Cleaver on May 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM

But he said it so well – and his pants were nicely creased.

Over50 on May 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

We’re all racists now, yeahhhhh!

As a survey of British social attitudes reveals a shocking upturn in prejudice, Allison Pearson argues that the political elite’s desire to advance multiculturalism with mass immigration has backfired

Leftists’ aims are glorious, their outcomes too.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM

obama expresses clearly the need for the next generation to strike the proper balance between american moral leadership and international legitimacy and, true to form, the usual suspects dismiss his eloquent and sometimes prophetic oratorical offerings as nothing more than the slaying of strawmen and narcissistic blather. ignore his wisdom at your peril, america.

MarxMyWords on May 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

This binding of U.S. power places Mr. Obama at odds with every U.S. president since World War II. In effect, he ruled out interventions to stop genocide or reverse aggression absent a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or a multilateral initiative. Those terms would exclude missions by previous administrations in places such as Somalia and Haiti and Mr. Obama’s own proposal to strike Syria last year — but not the war in Iraq, which was a multilateral campaign.

Sounds fine to me. More of a return to pre-WWI foreign policy. A time before the neo-fascism of FDR et al.

Besides, tell me again why we should take down Assad? So that Al Qaeda can rule? Or are you suggesting we kill off Assad, then kill off Al Qaeda, then kill off anyone (civilian) who support AQ?

^Nothing short of genocide really. But hey, defense contractors and the MIC will make cash and prop up the economy. Bullish!

antisense on May 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Except that she reeks….of his chit.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

fertilizer with which another distinguished presidency shall blossom and grow.

MarxMyWords on May 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

MarxMyWords, excellent nom. Smile on, brother of Koch.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

fertilizer with which another distinguished presidency shall blossom and grow.

MarxMyWords on May 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

True, same heap of manure as any Bush w/b.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

“… to take arms against a sea of straw men, and by opposing, end them.”

Except I think the straw men are winning.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

antisense, as usual, you make no sense, and have a perfect nom.

Some of your ideas have validity, but you don’t see obama’s idiotic hypocrisy and unreliability.

We had no business in Libya, but he went.

We had NO business in Egypt, but he meddled.

We have NO business in Syria, but yesterday he named it as one of his “success stories” and he’s sending troops there now.

On, and on, and on.

Name one foreign policy success story of obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare YOU!!!

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Carter, at least, shambled his way to an actual doctrine: Blood for oil.

Obama cannot achieve that lofty height.

ajacksonian on May 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

obama made a strong America totally unreliable.

Everyone with half a brain knows this.

The graduates of WP felt it instinctively and didn’t even clap.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Some of your ideas have validity, but you don’t see obama’s idiotic hypocrisy and unreliability.

We had no business in Libya, but he went.

We had NO business in Egypt, but he meddled.

We have NO business in Syria, but yesterday he named it as one of his “success stories” and he’s sending troops there now.

On, and on, and on.

Name one foreign policy success story of obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare YOU!!!

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

He has Zero success. I am not defending him and his failed policies. When he advocated for intervention in Syria and the like, that is pure stupidity. However, McCain et al try to prove their testicular fortitude by completely agreeing with invading Syria to set themselves from “perceived weakness”.

That is folly. Both must be resisted and our strength rekindled.

antisense on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Carter, at least, shambled his way to an actual doctrine: Blood for oil.

Obama cannot achieve that lofty height.

ajacksonian on May 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

carter gave us Reagan. I pray for another Reagan………….

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Resign.

Apologize…

JohnGalt23 on May 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

carter gave us Reagan. I pray for another Reagan………….

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Putin is doing his bit to give us a shadow of the USSR. So there is that.

Obama can’t even handle a shadow USSR.

ajacksonian on May 29, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Resign.

Apologize…

JohnGalt23 on May 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

An honorable person would do just that, so it’s the last thing obaMe would ever think to do.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

This is the token disagreement from the usual suspects. “See we’re not carrying water for him.” then it’s back to the non coverage of the fake scandals. They gave up finding the Malaysian Air plane, now what the heck are they going to report on? Reporting is hard.

warmairfan on May 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

It’s a bad stretch for the Leftist. They have a president who they adore who has an incoherent foreign policy, failed government run healthcare in the VA, and a sputtering economy.

Tater Salad on May 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

This is the setup for the Smartest Woman In The World who is going to fix all these problems with her vaunted foreign policy experience.

The lame duck is limping, and the new goose is approaching.

Meremortal on May 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

A “philosophical speech” my Ar$e. It was a petty, defensive speech full of straw men and other juvenile tropes given by a petty, defensive president acutely aware of his multiple foreign-policy failures…

Pest on May 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This is the setup for the Smartest Woman In The World who is going to fix all these problems with her vaunted foreign policy experience.

The lame duck is limping, and the new goose is approaching.

Exactly right. Hillary at least looks competent next to the president.

If the Republican party could stop shooting itself in the foot, that would help a lot.

I cannot begin to understand how the leadership doesn’t see that total and complete opposition to amnesty is a winning strategy, not to mention the right thing to do. Read the comments to any discussion of it, and the outrage overwhelms any support of amnesty.

Clemence on May 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

What else would one expect from an uninspiring, unpatriotic piece of liberal progressive garbage?

If you turn on one of his speeches and expect the truth to come out of his mouth on anything, there’s just something wrong with you.

Diluculo on May 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Mackubin Thomas Owens summed up the speech for exactly what it was:

President Obama’s speech at West Point was not so much an articulation of his foreign policy but a defensive response to critics.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/378977/presidents-tired-refrains-west-point-mackubin-thomas-owens

And that’s why the wholesale slaughter of the straw men. He’s answering his critics by reducing them to easily-dispatched straw man critiques, impressing absolutely no one.

The speech is incoherent because the foreign policy he’s trying to ddefend is incoherent. So much of the foreign policy has been purely reactive that it’s no wonder there is no way to really unify it in terms of easily-stated principles.

What’s really sad is that Mitt Romney had the chance to reduce the Obama foreign policy to just this kind of incoherence in the second debate, but instead spent all his time saying, “I agree with the president.”

If Romney had done to Obama in the second debate what he did to him in the first debate, he probably would have won. And that actually surprises me a little bit, because Romney was a horrible candidate in so many ways. But this speech demonstrates just how comparatively easy it would have been to destroy Obama’s foreign policy in 2012.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

A “philosophical speech” my Ar$e. It was a petty, defensive speech full of straw men and other juvenile tropes given by a petty, defensive president acutely aware of his multiple foreign-policy failures…

Pest on May 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Obama’s getting close to just being ignored, like the character played by Ed Begley in “12 Angry Men”. Near the end of the movie Begley starts some prejudiced rant and everyone just turns their back on him and ignores him. With Obama it’s like you say, the straw men arguments, pettiness, the detachment, the unreality of it, it’s always the same way. At what point will everyone realize it’s just noise, nonsense, and turn their backs on it.

OBAMA is the “bored kid in the back of the classroom” he described Putin to be. My view is Obama is a narcissistic, psychological mess, who has no business giving speeches about the state of the world, let alone running the United States.

LashRambo on May 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Just more walking away from Obamas so they can lie for the next leftist leader de jour. Hillary and “the war on women” anyone?

Don L on May 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Alternate title: Mainstream Media go Racist

crowtreboot on May 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I think Øbama is overexposed… we need to see and hear much less from him over the next two years.

ExpressoBold on May 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I disagree. I love seeing him stick his foot in his mouth and he’s on a roll now.

Closet Optimist on May 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

We’re gonna wind up training our enemies to fight us better… again.
RockinRickOwen on May 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

But only for 5 Billion.

Cleombrotus on May 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM

If Romney had done to Obama in the second debate what he did to him in the first debate, he probably would have won. And that actually surprises me a little bit, because Romney was a horrible candidate in so many ways. But this speech demonstrates just how comparatively easy it would have been to destroy Obama’s foreign policy in 2012.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Not to hijack the thread, but this is silliness. The 2012 election was never going to be decided on foreign policy. The full consequences of Obama’s fecklessness were not as apparent then as they are now, nor were there numerous other instances of incompetence as apparent then.

But Hillary had better be concerned. If she is the Democrat candidate, all the GOP has to talk about is this dumpster fire of a foreign policy that she largely ran for four years.

rockmom on May 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

It’s a bad stretch for the Leftist. They have a president who they adore who has an incoherent foreign policy, failed government run healthcare in the VA, and a sputtering economy.

Tater Salad on May 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM

But he’s still the smartest, coolest, bestest president evah and don’t you forget it.

The real consensus is that the MSM is simply shedding its fur for the upcoming regime change. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that they have just awakened.

They did the same thing as Carter crashed.

Tsar of Earth on May 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

They (Leftist operatives in the LSM) have a lot of backtracking to do in order to save some face. Of course the economic stuff is bad, but they still have no problem blaming it all on Bush, “Congress”, Republican obstructionism, the Koch Brothers, and the TEA Party…that propaganda war will continue unabated.

The Bringer of Peace, the Nobel Laureate hisself was supposed to usher in the Age of Aquarius or something worldwide. What we’ve gotten are riots and protests over the years in Turkey, Greece, Chile, Brazil, England, France, Vietnam, Iran, Syria and many other places. Mankind was supposed to be awed by His Awesomeness and His supreme intelligence in righting all wrongs worldwide. What we’ve gotten is a world more along the lines of some prescient verses of the Book of Revelation concerning the End Times.

The LSM is thoroughly ticked off that the FSA hasn’t ousted Assad in Syria, nor does it look that they’re likely to. Of course, the LSM’s darlings Hezbollah have had much to do with kicking the snot out of the FSA. It’s like when Cambodia and Vietnam went to war…they didn’t make a huge deal of that because having two Workers’ Paradises fighting each other paralyzes them…does not compute.

Don’t forget that when the Messiah was running the first time, the LSM helped portray him as not only the future president of the U.S. of A. but of the whole world. Remember that sham at Berlin where those young people were actually there to see a free rock concert? They wanted him to be the new JFK, but even greater.

And I predict the LSM will viciously protect His legacy, even more so than they continue to cover for Slick Willy and Shrillary. But I think they know the only thing they can really run with concerning Shrillary is the fact that she’s a woman…that’s about it. At least Obummer was a blank canvas that they could project any image they wanted to upon it and have it stick.

So, maybe part of is to work to make Obama look like he was just a tad short of the expectations making Shrillary look that much better in comparison. They cannot get away with the same propaganda with her because she simply has too much baggage and they know it. So they won’t even try. And if Obama wasn’t all that great to begin with, then Shrillary won’t be forced to fill the big shoes of the Most Awesome President of All Time.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

The reason the speech sucked is because American under President Obama doesn’t actually have a foreign policy. We have a series of ad hoc initiatives and responses to events, but no actual strategy in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, etc.

This President does not like foreign policy and does not provide leadership. In fact, the lack of leadership is the policy by default. To the extent America has had a foreign policy under Obama it has been to retreat from the world stage, create power vacuums, abandon or short-change allies and appease enemies.

The only leading this administration wants to do is “leading from behind.” Their words, not mine.

hamiltmc on May 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Who knew that community organizing isn’t enough to prepare one to be the chief executive of the country.

Cleombrotus on May 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

An honorable person would do just that, so it’s the last thing obaMe would ever think to do.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Why on earth would he do that? He thinks he is doing an awesome job and that the world just totes loves him. And his media and his handlers feed his narcissism at every turn. And, of course, there are all those Preezy Perks that he’s have to give up…

bimmcorp on May 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

antisense on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Now you made sense. Thank you.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 1:58 PM

The NYT and WaPo editorial board are obviously racists.

anticucho on May 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM

For Immediate Release — The White House is reporting that the President’s speech to the cadets at West Point was not the speech he had prepared for the event. Due to confusion over the date, when the President saw that the speech was to be given in a small town in New York State, he naturally assumed it was a fund-raiser. The White House announcement also indicated that the President is launching a full-scale investigation of himself to determine who to blame and has assigned himself to head the investigation.

IndieDogg on May 29, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Narcissistic (?) self-centered, me, me, me. No clue! Democrats, for the most part, simply don’t get it.

I hope the weather was cool so at least the temperature for the audience was ok.

We had senators Franken and Klobuchar speak at a Memorial Day Service in MN. Their speech writers found the right words but a 9-year-old could have read the speeches better than these two. They did not care, were dull and obviously wishing they could have said something else.

The only approach democrats understand is “taking care of soldiers.” Hello, the vast majority of soldiers know how to take care of themselves. What they need is less bureaucracy so they can DO THEIR JOB!

MN J on May 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

“obama is perilously close to the point of open failure.

“…
paul1149 on May 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Respectfully, I think you can hit the fast-forward button a bit.
Our government is now overtly, shamelessly and routinely breaking laws and oaths. They don’t even try to hide it anymore. And the checks-and-balances that were in place have crumbled.
We are at the juncture, now, where we need to be asking what will be done about it. And there is nobody left to address that question to except… us.”
Tsar of Earth on May 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM”

What truly worries me is how deep the rupture is. In other words can there be a return to sanity with due process, observance of constitutional procedures and he overall rule of law?

I know with a Republican in the White House there will be fanatic enforcement of everything by our ever loving partisan political operative pretend media but will we ever again enjoy a permanent expectation of even handed application of the law or is that now gone forever?

Northpaw on May 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

307wolverine on May 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

This sums up everything I find wrong with Obama’s leadership. If his people are reading the newspaper to find out about scandals, maybe one of them can relay this to him… yeah, right. His administration’s lack of self-awareness is incredible.

unfinishedSymphony on May 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

When a President can’t convince one of these three on policy, it may be time to find a new approach — or perhaps a new team (via AoSHQ).

Never mind that, how about just a new job?

RebeccaH on May 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

The presidents speech not only flopped on substance, but it gave us insight into how badly he has deteriorated our standing in the world and the exceptional role we have played in largely keeping the peace.

Let’s also not forget Hillary’s own words and the role she played in helping to seed this destruction. That is more of a powerful argument against her candidacy than for it. I shall wait to see the media’s verbal gymnastics in trying to extract her very deliberate statements, actions and signs of support that helped create the dangerous world and diminished role America plays today. I suspect, all Mrs. Clinton will need to do is speak a few lofty, banal, hideously mendacious words and the press will swoon, as they did for Mr. Obama. But it’s different this time. Right. She served this administration because she agreed with it. So trying to separate herself from it or creating alternate realities to the truth is probably her task of the day.

Marcus Traianus on May 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

We are at the juncture, now, where we need to be asking what will be done about it. And there is nobody left to address that question to except… us.

Yup.

What “we the [conservative] people” need to do is all laid out in the last two chapters of Richard Viguerie’s new book, “Takeover.”

http://www.conservativehq.com/article/16925-today-conservative-takeover-gop-starts-your-neighborhood

Blogging about what needs to be done is not going to fix things. Each of us has to get involved in party politics where we live. When conservatives get sufficiently organized and united where they live to begin electing better people to school boards, then the state legislature and U.S. House and Senate races will turn out the right way.

Please at least attend your own local Republican Party committee meeting next month and decide for yourself whether your participation is badly needed.

Thank you.
Cold Warrior

Cold Warrior on May 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Why wasn’t this speech all about the cadets?

Sven on May 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Who? obaMe was there so there is no room for anyone else to be mentioned.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Case in point, Obama about his own leadership: ‘this is leadership’. The only way it would have sounded even better was if he threw in a ‘my friends’.

jimver on May 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

“… to take arms against a sea of straw men, and by opposing, end them.”

–snip–

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Thank you. I loved the reference. If I hadn’t been at work, I would have been rolling on the floor laughing.

Kevin K. on May 29, 2014 at 8:54 PM

West Point has given America a long line of heroes, known and unknown. You, this year’s graduates, have a glorious tradition to carry on — which I admire profoundly, not because it is a tradition, but because it is glorious.

Since I came from a country guilty of the worst tyranny on earth, I am particularly able to appreciate the meaning, the greatness and the supreme value of that which you are defending. So, in my own name and in the name of many people who think as I do, I want to say, to all the men of West Point, past, present and future: Thank you.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Thank you for both this extract and the link to the full speech.

I think it has been shown that Mao was even worse than Stalin, but aside from that Rand has at least this part of her speech right. (I only skimmed the bulk of the philosophy part. But the style was certainly more approachable than some of her writings.)

Kevin K. on May 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Why on earth would he do that? He thinks he is doing an awesome job and that the world just totes loves him. And his media and his handlers feed his narcissism at every turn. And, of course, there are all those Preezy Perks that he’s have to give up…

bimmcorp on May 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I have this recurring nightmare that toward the end of his second term, the FLOTUS will realize just how difficult it will be to maintain their current lifestyle when Obama leaves office and Obama will declare himself President for Life, dissolve Congress and the media will remain silent.

talkingpoints on May 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

So, we will not use our military unless the nation is directly threatened. That’s silly and trivia. It is an easy decision to launch the military when someone is throwing bullets and missiles at you.

The issue becomes what do you do when one of your friends and allies is threatened? What do you do when the threat is not a geopolitical entity, i.e., a country?

Somehow, Obama is not coming across as the smartest guy in the room.

koolbob on May 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Obama is the “I-Man”. According to my count, Obama’s West Point speech included the personal pronoun “I” thirty-seven times.

Let’s hear it for the I-Man.

koolbob on May 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Though it’s not mentioned, I take it from the reviews that non of the graduating cadets fainted during his speech?

moo on May 30, 2014 at 7:48 AM


So, maybe part of is to work to make Obama look like he was just a tad short of the expectations making Shrillary look that much better in comparison.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Very insightful. Didn’t even think of that. And now it seems obvious once you mention it.

Tsar of Earth on May 30, 2014 at 8:19 AM

What truly worries me is how deep the rupture is.
…even handed application of the law or is that now gone forever?

Northpaw on May 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

That’s where I’m at. And I’ve commented before that I think it has to get very bad before it will ever be very good again because The People are largely asleep at the switch.

The other thought is that this country doesn’t really know how to do a revolution like our more advanced (/s) third world regimes. So, what would a revolution look like here?

Or do we just proceed down the slow frog-boil decline like the UK?

Tsar of Earth on May 30, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Look, B stepped up to the podium, dropped his Mom slacks, and did the do. Nothing new. Just an accessory to the emperor’s new wardrobe. That thIn his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw menese big three looked each other and someone finally broke the code and said, “Okay that smelled bad. Really” is just that opportunity of obvious. A moment they use to defend their “journalistic integrity”.
They’ll all 3 be back in the pen next week happy, barking on command, licking his feet. Journolistic integrity.
Just like “In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw men” should have been “virtual corpsemen of sraw men”
Back in the pen by Monday.

onomo on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw men” should have been “virtual corpsemen of sraw men”
Back in the pen by Monday.

onomo on May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen straw men — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

LashRambo on May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

My favorite part, the icy and appropriate reception.
They collectively knew.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Icily appropriate to his exhortations to them on climate-change. Exactly what does this idiot think the military is expected to do to “combat” global warming?

virgo on May 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Late, but I wanted to thank you for posting it. I read this many years ago, but her words shine forever.

itsspideyman on June 1, 2014 at 8:52 AM

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