Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on July 20, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Obama stressed patience Wednesday with his administration’s foreign policy, saying that it’s alive and well but will take some time to unfold.

“We live in a complex world and at a challenging time,” Mr. Obama said during a late afternoon press conference in the White House press briefing room. “None of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership. And as commander in chief, I’m confident that, if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges.”

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Obama has said repeatedly that a world in turmoil demands American leadership, but this burst of new challenges is showing the limits of that leadership.

Fresh American economic sanctions on Russia couldn’t stop the missile attack on the Malaysian Airlines plane, which U.S. officials believe was carried out by pro-Kremlin separatists aided by Moscow. Obama was also unable to persuade the European Union to join him in penalties aimed at Russia’s most powerful economic sectors, settling instead for more tepid EU actions that strained efforts to portray a united Western front against Vladimir Putin’s government.

In the Middle East, Israel began its assault in Gaza despite objections by the U.S. and the prospect of mounting civilian casualties.

The urgent international issues add to the pile of foreign policy challenges already causing headaches for the White House: Syria’s persistent civil war, the rise of Sunni extremists in Iraq, China’s increased aggression in territorial disputes in Asia.

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Could things get any worse? Well, maybe if the president’s chief spokesman claimed that Obama was bringing “tranquility” to the globe — which is what White House press secretary Josh Earnest did at his daily briefing Monday afternoon.

Fox News’s Ed Henry, citing the Journal report, asked for a reaction to “the notion that the president is a bystander in all these crises.”

Earnest, mentioning the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry’s mediation of Afghanistan’s electoral dispute and progress in recent negotiations with China, argued that “there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has . . . substantially improved the — you know, the tranquility of the — of the global community.”

Tranquility? Where, in Iceland?

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Why has so much of the global order come apart so fast?

For the same reason that, as a friend reports, on the streets of San Salvador those who will smuggle your child to the Rio Grande have been securing an unprecedented volume of sign-ups. When asked about the chances of the child staying in America once the border is crossed, they tell parents: ‘It has never been easier.’

Now the word on weakness is everywhere, even the poorest barrios of Central America

The current White House doesn’t understand how US fecklessness in Syria can reverberate to Ukraine, and from there to the South China Sea, and the Americas, and Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East…

It is not just American interests that a flailing White House threatens. It is that of peoples everywhere.

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The United States has a position of sorts in each of these arenas, but it’s not powerful in any of them. American influence has faded.

The world’s governments no longer worry as much as they once did about what Washington wants, partly because Washington doesn’t know what it wants. U.S. policy has become erratic and half-hearted, subject to arbitrary change without notice.

Barack Obama, who apparently distrusts American power, personifies this approach. He moves capriciously from subject to subject. One week he’s furious about Syria and announces that Bashar al-Assad has to go. When Assad doesn’t go, Obama loses interest. He seems always to be making a fresh start. When he’s not doing that, he’s “pivoting,” shifting his interest from one continent to another. He seems detached much of the time, then committed, then detached again.

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His policies have been alternatively passive (Libya, Egypt), incoherent (Russian reset) and feckless (Syria). But the fact that the current U.S. economic recovery is the slowest in post-WWII history — spanning 70 years — is surely a key factor in Vladimir Putin’s adventurism.

This brings us back to Reagan’s link. Putin may recognize that Russia’s economy is a thin deck of cards. But he surely doesn’t fear the weak American economic position. Ditto for the broken economic dictatorships in North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, and the rising economic dictatorship in China. They don’t fear us.

In fact, America’s economic weakness is so worrisome, one suspects our friends are losing respect for us, too. Whether in Europe, Asia, Latin America or Israel, our allies know that America has been the backstop for freedom. If not us, who?

But can they say that now?

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From his perch in the amazingly Obama-centric world in which our President lives, look again at what the rest of us think of as serious problems.

Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Have any of the thousands who are crossing the border tried to move into the White House? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States that is likely to blow up the next golf course the President is playing at? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

If you can reduce your presidency to a Starbucks visit, a man with a horse-head mask, shooting pool and visiting Joe Biden’s burger joint for lunch, you can have a successful presidency as you have defined it, even if the world is disintegrating.

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If the world were a classroom, America is the star quarterback who’s also the 4.0 class president. He’s not the back-row stoner riding an endless case of senioritis. He’s the kid who gets others involved, by going first. Always going first.

If you want to prevent a fight, you show up with your mates. Strength in numbers, as the saying goes. We’re the only country who can get everyone together, and put on the same jackets, and show up in that alley, ready to do what’s necessary. Which is whatever it takes to guarantee respect for the dead and justice for their families.

But if we don’t get up early, make the calls, and show up, no one else will. And what you’re left with is a field of death, whose stench might never reach your nostrils. Until it does.

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The world can go away and sort out its own problems while America cuts back on defence spending, removes missile shields from Eastern Europe (in spite of the rise of imperial Russia), and “pivots” toward Asia largely for trade purposes. Not that that direction is unproblematic either: China is becoming increasingly aggressive toward Japan. Indeed, this is the geopolitical picture as we see it now: with the wilful decline of the West’s influence, the new superpowers – Russia and China – will fill the vacuum. China will become an economic and military force that could subjugate much of Asia, with inevitable consequences for the financial security of the West. Russia will lay claim to as much of the old Soviet territory as it dares, and will deal with Islamist terrorism (because it has its own concerns about Chechnya and the Muslim minorities within its sphere of influence) in its characteristic way – and it won’t be pretty.

At his White House press conference on Friday, Mr Obama had it both ways: he made it repeatedly clear that the US regarded Russia as implicated in this “criminal outrage”. But his demands were all for a “credible international investigation”. Over and over again he insisted that we “don’t know what exactly happened yet”. When asked if this event had changed his calculus on Russia’s actions in Ukraine, he said it again: it was too soon to decide. We would have to wait for the results of the investigation. (“All of us need to take a step back and see what’s happened.”) The US would continue to support Ukraine’s integrity and independence. But we mustn’t get ahead of the facts: “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this thing.”

All right, so when we have the facts, and we’ve got to the bottom of this thing, what then?

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Via the Corner.


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I’m having trouble refreshing this page for some reason but surely this was mentioned upthread recently:

Perry to deploy 1,000 national guard troops to border

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 1m

Hamas fires rockets from Wafa Hospital in the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja’iya.

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Impossible, Hamas would never use schools, hospitals, or mosques as military command posts. That’s the kind of lies being told in America by the Jewish lobby to taint the cause of the Palestinians.

- American foreign policy under Obama and Kerry (off mic)

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Perry to deploy 1,000 national guard troops to border

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM

$12M a month. I hope Perry sends the bill to DHS. Doing the job that Obama refuses to do. After all, it is impolite to have extended an open invitation to these vermin and then turn them away at the front door.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

ah the irony. the mojo panel criticizing putin forhaving a state run television that puts out lies and “frames” people.

hey butt wipe we’re waiting for the picks of the damage Hamas rockets have done or pic of the hamas tunnels.

renalin on July 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

$12M a month. I hope Perry sends the bill to DHS. Doing the job that Obama refuses to do. After all, it is impolite to have extended an open invitation to these vermin and then turn them away at the front door.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I think if the governor calls them out it’s on our dime (Texans). The president; everyone’s dime (Americans). I believe that was the reason for waiting so long on Perry’s end.

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Ooooooh, interesting:

Allen West @AllenWest · 23h

Remember that Obama groupie who said he’d pay for her gas and mortgage? She’s had a complete change of heart [VIDEO] http://bit.ly/1jNFHmg
======================

Electorate awakens: Obama gas and mortgage groupie now says he lied about everything [VIDEO]

Written by Allen West on July 20, 2014
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Remember that South Florida woman who had her fifteen minutes of fame claiming Obama would pay for her mortgage and gas?

Before the 2008 election, she was filmed saying “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. If I help him, he’s going to help me!”

Well, documentary filmmaker Joel Gilbert tracked down Peggy Joseph to see how all that hope and change is working out for her and six years later, she’s had a complete change of heart. After living through Obama’s failed economic policies, she now says “he lied about everything.”

Yes ma’am. He certainly did.

The weekly jobs report numbers released last week included 302,000 new jobless claims. That number is lower than the expected, but even new Federal Reserve Chairman, Janet Yellin, has expressed concerns about the lagging workforce participation rate, which is close to 35-year low. In other words, more Americans have just fallen out of the workforce and raised the white flag of “I quit – for good.” As well, we more Americans are working two to three part-time jobs to make ends meet, instead of having a quality full time equivalent job.

And last week, we learned 18,000 employees at Microsoft will be getting their pink slips. They join our brave men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, namely the U.S. Army who are getting the same.

On the subject of the economy, remember the consumer price index doesn’t include two critical components: food and energy prices. We’re all feeling the squeeze at the gas pump (as we discussed here) and at the grocery store, for that matter. And the Obama’s “War on Coal” families will be feeling the pinch in their home energy bills this winter.

The Fed continues its “quantitative easing” program of damaging low interest rates — but even worse, incessant printing of money to the tune of nearly $80 billoion per month — which effectively devalues our dollar and causes inflationary reactions in the marketplace. In other words, because of our failing economic policies, we have even worse monetary policies to try and abate the ensuing problem. And this week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that in 25 years, our debt will surpass our GDP. Currently our debt to GDP ratio is at 76 percent, a very dangerous place.

However, far more troubling is if all the unfunded liabilities are included, our $17.5 trillion debt explodes to nearly $100 trillion, and that dwarfs our gross domestic product — the entire economic production of this nation.

Is this “sexy stuff” to discuss? Probably not to most. It’s nearly impossible to wrap your head around a trillion, let alone 17 or a hundred. Anyway, all Democrats seem to want to discuss is contraception, abortion and “marriage equality.”

And all of this is happening as America is flooded with illegal immigrants from Central America. The absorption cost is unknown. It may start with a $3.7 billion price tag but factor in education, healthcare and welfare benefits and this fiscal crisis for America is exacerbated.

So, the weekly jobs claims numbers may on the surface look good, but the truth lies beneath the surface. It’s just a matter of the American electorate waking up to recognize their plight and not be manipulated by the snake oil charmers of Washington D.C.

There’s No Place Like Utopia – Peggy Joseph film excerpt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUHoAaDlhDo

http://allenbwest.com/2014/07/electorate-awakens-obama-gas-mortgage-groupie-now-says-lied-everything-video/

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM

I’m having trouble refreshing this page for some reason but surely this was mentioned upthread recently:

Perry to deploy 1,000 national guard troops to border

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM

anuts: Excellent:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Morning y’all

Thanks renalin

Hamas are the victims don’cha know

MJ panel should look at their own lsm for lies and propaganda…..they’ve been propping up dear leader since 2008

cmsinaz on July 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Canopfor
good ol’ Peggy

cmsinaz on July 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Good morning, my friend.

Yep. “Smart Power!” is neither.

kingsjester on July 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

I think if the governor calls them out it’s on our dime (Texans). The president; everyone’s dime (Americans). I believe that was the reason for waiting so long on Perry’s end.

anuts on July 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM

I think you’re right (at this point) that Texas is on the hook for the bill. Perry should still demand repayment from DHS in light of the crisis created by Obama and inability for DHS to secure the border. The administration is demanding $4B to pamper the invaders. They should be held liable for not doing their jobs.

And BTW, if I were Perry, I’d demand payment via an invoice on State of Texas letterhead. Released, of course, to the media at a press conference from the border.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Yep. “Smart Power!” is neither.

kingsjester on July 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Depends on what the desired end state is. It’s a mistake for Kerry to show up and declare that he is going to broker a cease fire if he can’t deliver. One more demonstration to the enemies of America that the US in impotent with this adminstration and is not a threat to their objectives.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Canopfor
good ol’ Peggy

cmsinaz on July 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

cmsinaz: Yup,..maybe she finally sees the light:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 8:31 AM

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Good morning, my friend.

Yep. “Smart Power!” is neither.

kingsjester on July 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

KJ: Thats about it:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

“We live in a complex world and at a challenging time,” Mr. Obama said during a late afternoon press conference in the White House press briefing room.

This is what a complete ignoramus peddles to let themselves off the hook.

Total BULL. The world is the same simple place it has always been and therefore the solutions to most problems are well known and understood. This explains the confusion of those who see serious problems receiving no attention.

dogsoldier on July 21, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Morning COL. Little over 2 hour commute this morning due to rain and slippery roads. Usually the highs this time of year are in the low 90′s, but it has not hit 80 since last Thursday. Guess we will turn on the heat!

Nothing special going-on today and I learned a new song since I got back. Decided it was time for a good old fashion finger picking song and I picked Coney Island Cakewalk. Cool song.

Have a good day.

HonestLib on July 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

“IT’LL TAKE TIME TO UNFOLD.” What does that mean, the President has taken up Origomi, or is he trying to disprove the fact that you can not fold a regular sheet of paper more than eight times, or eleven times using a football size of paper and considerable mechanical intervention. (MythBusters).

MSGTAS on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

More IRS computer “crashes” reported

lineholder on July 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

coolrepublica on July 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Aside from your fluke comment, this is the stupidest, yet.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Do you know what happened with her?

hawkdriver on July 21, 2014 at 1:45 AM

Knucklehead Parker. If you ever still look in. If you still see well enough to read what folks write here, check in and let us know you’re okay.

We miss you.

Nite all.

hawkdriver on July 21, 2014 at 2:49 AM

The last I heard from her a couple of years ago she said she was rapidly losing her eyesight (she had been for a while).

She may still be otherwise well. I hope so.

DarkCurrent on July 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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