Obama presides over unraveling of his predecessors’ foreign policy accomplishments

posted at 12:41 pm on August 12, 2014 by Noah Rothman

President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with an undeniable mandate to bring about a swift but favorable conclusion to the Iraq War. But by the time the president entered office, combat operations in Iraq were already winding down.

By the middle of 2008, the “surge” strategy and a political offensive resulting in the “Anbar Awakening” had greatly reduced internecine violence. Iraq was on a path toward reconciliation and, it was hoped, stability and peace.

“The surge had undoubtedly met its stated aim of buying the time and space necessary for the Iraqi government to advance national reconciliation and, at least in theory, develop the capacity to provide adequate public services,” a 2011 article in Foreign Affairs magazine by reporter Emma Sky read.

As I prepared to depart Iraq in August 2010, it was clear that the close partnership between the U.S. military and the ISF had paid dividends. Accompanying [Gen. Raymond] Odierno as he toured the country to review the progress, I witnessed U.S. and ISF soldiers celebrating each time the United States transferred one of its bases to Iraqi forces, conducting ceremonies in which U.S. commanders symbolically delivered the keys to their Iraqi counterparts. The strong individual and institutional relationships between the two forces contributed to a growing sense of security across the country.

That is not to say that the insurgency in Iraq had been entirely put down by 2009, or that the Bush administration bequeathed Obama an Iraq that was politically stable. The president had his work cut out for him in Iraq, but even those predisposed to be skeptical of the idea that Iraq could ever become a model state were forced to concede gains had been made.

By the summer of 2010, The New York Times, which long ago allowed the tone of the editorial page to color its supposedly neutral coverage of the Iraq War, was quoting even Iraq War skeptics who sounded notes of optimism. Framed as an iconoclastic voice of skepticism within the military establishment, Col. Alan Baldwin, a former Marine intelligence officer who warned before the invasion of Iraq that the United States would likely set off a civil war, marveled at America’s perseverance in pursuit of a stable Iraq.

“We opened a Pandora’s box,” Baldwin told Times reporter Peter Baker. “Lots of bad things were flying out of there. But good things are there now too. It’s amazing we had the patience to be where we are today.”

It was not America’s patience, but the patience of its political establishment that deserved the credit. The American public would have long ago abandoned Iraq to its own murderous devices had the political will existed in Washington to invite that kind of calamity. Sobriety and foresight guided Washington’s approach to the situation in Iraq, but only just long enough to provide Obama with the space he needed to desert Iraq entirely.

Today, that country is a failed state. The Islamic State militants who swept across the border from Syria occupy one third of the nation, a government in turmoil in the midst of an effort to oust a divisive prime minister controls another third, and the Kurdish proto-state governs the remainder. This condition was all but unthinkable when the last American troops boarded the final C-130 out of Iraq.

Iraq is not the first of Obama’s predecessors’ foreign policy accomplishments which he has undone.

When Richard Nixon took office in 1969, the geopolitical landscape in East Asia presented not merely challenges but opportunities as well. The Sino-Soviet split evolved in the later part of that decade from an ideological dispute between Beijing and Moscow into a military challenge. In March of 1969, a series of border skirmishes between the Red and People’s Liberation Armies resulted in heavy casualties. By October of that year, the two Communist poles were on the brink of war.

It was a master stroke for the Nixon administration to leverage this split in the Communist world to the United States’ advantage. The “opening” of China, culminating in Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing, put the Soviets on the defensive and made Nixon into a national hero. Just imagine what it would take today for two chambers of Congress controlled by Democrats to offer a sitting Republican president a standing ovation in the summer of a presidential election year. U.S. intervention into the Sino-Soviet clash, and it was an intervention albeit a diplomatic one, froze that conflict in place until the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

The Russian Federation normalized relations with China and it was under Obama’s predecessor that the two countries again embarked on a path of military cooperation (what have now become regular joint military exercises between the two powers were first held in 2005 and 2007). It was, however, Obama’s presidency which saw this relationship evolve from a cooperative alliance of convenience into an anti-American bloc aimed at overturning the geopolitical status quo.

Russia, a revanchist power which aims to restore some measure of its Soviet-era regional hegemony, has been able to rely on China to offset any of the repercussions the West has imposed as a result of Moscow’s invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine.

A bilateral energy deal which Russia and China signed in June has been described as a “geopolitical tectonic shift.” Similarly, China has offered to help replace many of the imported Western food products that have been banned as the result of a volley of tit-for-tat sanctions. “Some believe that a China-Russia axis is now emerging and could eventually propose an alternative towards a multi-polar world order,” Al Jazeera reported in June.

This was not the only accomplishment of the Nixon administration that Obama unraveled. Just over 40 years ago, the Soviet client state of Egypt threw out the Russian military advisors which had supported that country since Gamal Nasser. The Nixon administration cemented Egypt’s new fealty to the United States when it mediated an end to the 1973 Yom Kippur War in a fashion that did not humiliate Cairo. Nixon’s successor, Jimmy Carter, and his national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, solidified the relationship between the U.S. and the Egyptian army during the Camp David Accord negotiations.

The Arab Spring upended all of that when the Egyptian military lost control of the government to the Muslim Brotherhood. In what the U.S. reluctantly deemed a coup, the military reasserted control over the state when they overthrew the deeply unpopular Mohamed Morsi in the summer of 2013. Bilateral relations with Egypt were severely damaged when the Obama administration cut off some aid to Cairo as a result of this putsch.

“Since then the U.S. has done little to mend fences with the military and demonstrated little understanding of the fact that Egypt had become a zero-sum game in which the only choices were the Brotherhood or the military,” Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin wrote in December. “With the administration announcing a partial aid cutoff to the new government, what followed next was entirely predictable. Cairo turned to Moscow for help and for the first time since 1973 Russia has a foothold in the Arab world’s most populous nation as well as the one that, with the Suez Canal, holds its most strategic position.”

On Tuesday, the Russian news source RIA Novosti announced triumphantly that Russia had finally reversed the embarrassment meted out by Anwar Sadat, and there would again be military cooperation between these two states. Russian President Vladimir Putin also revealed that the two countries are investigating the potential to create a free trade zone.

These are just a few of the most egregious examples of how the Obama administration has squandered the legacy achievements of his predecessors. With more than two years of the Obama presidency to go, he may secure for himself even more dubious accomplishments.


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It’s by design.

Ward Cleaver on August 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I’m surprised at how quietly the destruction of our nation is occurring.

DanMan on August 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

To capture more accuracy, it’s always best to end your headlines with “… from the golf course.” To wit:

Obama presides over unraveling of his predecessors’ foreign policy accomplishments … from the golf course

ShainS on August 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

To capture more accuracy, it’s always best to end your headlines with “… from the golf course.” To wit:

Obama presides over unraveling of his predecessors’ foreign policy accomplishments … from the golf course

ShainS on August 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

LOL kind of like ending every fortune in a fortune cookie with “in bed”

bsinc1962 on August 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I guess the only thing left for Obola to do is to declare martial law, suspend elections, and make himself King…

PatriotRider on August 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

It’s my understanding that Obama will never have a debate with someone who’s starting point is to quote him as unwilling to take a position on‘violent riots attacking innocents’ before all the facts are available.

rogerb on August 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

President Urkel: Did I do that?

rhombus on August 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Obama DESPISES America.

He’d undo the moon landings if he could.

In fact, he did, sort of, by ending our manned space program by cancelling the Shuttle’s replacement, as well as cancelling the return to the Moon plans of Bush, which he did both because Bush wanted to do it, but mostly because Obama CANNOT STAND American Exceptionalism, and landing on the Moon is the MOST PROMINENT exceptional American accomplishment of them all.

ConstantineXI on August 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

He must feel pretty bad about winning the Nobel Peace Prize!

Sven on August 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Miss me yet?

GWB

We sure as Hell do!

txdoc on August 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Nobel Peace Prize!

Sven on August 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Well as we have found out , in Bizarro world Peace is War.

CW on August 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Pretend Preznit Peace Prize Phucks Phoreign Policy Promoting Persian Pick Probable Politico Pimps Pan Predecessor.

News at ten.

viking01 on August 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Patience people…..Ned is at this very moment changing
all his bumper stickers, tee shirts, wall posters AND
Underwear from Obama to HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!

He’ll be along shortly to sing the praises of the Queen of Cankle.

ToddPA on August 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

How does the Nobel committee feel about their choice of Obama now?

Tater Salad on August 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The world, much less the USA, can’t take much more of Obama’s “Fecal Touch”. King Barky the Incompetent is the best reverse barometer for decision making I have seen in my 55 years on this earth.

jukin3 on August 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I’m surprised at how quietly the destruction of our nation is occurring.

DanMan on August 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Easy.
Just keep giving out FREE STUFF.
It’s just like a magician – while you’re watching one hand, the other is doing something else.

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

If only his predecessors had fought the last Iraq war to win…Herein lies the flaw in counting on your antiwar successor to maintain your accomplishments. Don’t blame Obama for this, we knew it was going to happen.

FrankT on August 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Today, the United States is a failed state. The terrorist militants who swept across the border from Mexico occupy one third of the nation, a government in turmoil in the midst of an effort to oust a divisive preznit controls another third, and the Conservative proto-state governs the remainder.

Headline alternative for late 2016.

Bishop on August 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Elections have far reaching consequences, don’t they…?

Wanderlust on August 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Miss me yet?

GWB

We sure as Hell do!

txdoc on August 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM

The leader who lost the suburbs to the Democrats because of his two terms?

FrankT on August 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Sadly our country needs a president who is respected. Unfortunately I don’t see it coming from either party at this time. Our next GOP nominee needs to be someone who is credible, respected, and with a vision of what makes America great. Just not sure any of the obvious candidates are the answer.

Tater Salad on August 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

An addled, confused Angria Mitchell was found angrily protesting the current Iraq situation down in Crawford, Texas.

/

viking01 on August 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

President Urkel: Did I do that.. from the golf course?

rhombus on August 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

FIFY and h/t to ShainS at the same time

Kraken on August 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

1. Undo any thing Bush/Cheney did.
2. Success is USA failing.
3. Trash the Constitution.
4. Crash the borders.
5. Divide Americans.
6. Push the Marxist way.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Is there anything Obama is actually good at? We were told he’s good at basketball, but as someone who’s played and watched basketball for years, I can honestly say that the guy sucks.

GOPRanknFile on August 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Obama presides over unraveling of his predecessors’ foreign policy accomplishments

Finally, a headline that sums up the situation.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

If only his predecessors had fought the last Iraq war to win…Herein lies the flaw in counting on your antiwar successor to maintain your accomplishments. Don’t blame Obama for this, we knew it was going to happen.

FrankT on August 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Actually we didn’t know, we sort of knew that Dog Eater was a feckless blowhard but just how much was the unknown.

Nor did we think that a community organizer would actually get elected, that blame lies with the 52%’er dolts who voted for him.

Bishop on August 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

President Urkel: Did I do that?

rhombus on August 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

President Rufus T. Firefly: If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait till I get through with it!

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Where is Cindy Sheehan when you need her, she could be camped out at Martha’s Vineyard!

Sven on August 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

The Obama Prime Directive was always to manage the decline of the US…

worldtvlr on August 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

McConnell was trailing by 2 points in the latest PPP survey against Grimes. Now, he’s leading by 5. Remember when the Dems seriously thought KY and GA were in play? Good times.

GOPRanknFile on August 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

If only his predecessors had fought the last Iraq war to win…Herein lies the flaw in counting on your antiwar successor to maintain your accomplishments. Don’t blame Obama for this, we knew it was going to happen.

FrankT on August 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I reserve the right to blame the guy who’s actually throwing away hard-won victories.

Seems to me there’s something wrong with watching Obama stumble through yet more destruction and mayhem … and taking the opportunity to blame the same guy Obama is always trying to blame.

Your mileage may vary. But then, you may just be an Obama shill trying to protect your precious little snowflake.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Oops, wrong thread.

GOPRanknFile on August 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

In many cases, the only effective way to deal with aggression is with a strong and decisive response. Our overly intellectual President has failed to deliver one. He sees himself as a deep thinker who sees issues that lesser minds just miss. He would do a lot better in international affairs if he would stop his philosophical musings and start being the President of the United States and the leader of the free world.


Dead

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Via Allah

Bmore on August 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Obama’s doctrine is that “people of color” have been oppressed for centuries by the whites in the US and Europe, therefore we may have to “break a few eggs” to right centuries wrong.

Therefore is loathe to criticize many in the Middle east and Arab states, slow to react to the Hispanic illegal invasion, and quick to give handouts to the “underprivileged” in this country.

Tater Salad on August 12, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Nor did we think that a community organizer would actually get elected, that blame lies with the 52%’er dolts who voted for him.

Bishop on August 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

This why I get so unset when people say “I’m not going to vote, if candidate doesn’t win” in the primaries. If Romney would have gotten all of McCain’s ’08 vote total we wouldn’t be in this predicament today.

Tater Salad on August 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Calling social-promotion affirmative-action Barky “over-intellectual” is like calling Slow Joe Biden a genius.

viking01 on August 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

These are just a few of the most egregious examples of how the Obama administration has squandered the legacy achievements of his predecessors. With more than two years of the Obama presidency to go, he may secure for himself even more dubious accomplishments.

Libya, with Quadafi quiet as related the US, now in the hands of terrorists

India, one of the best deals negotiated by GWB, in shambles and disgrace with obama

Brazil, Merkel – NSA spying and that debacle

Afghanistan being negotiated back into Taliban

Pakistan – doctor who identified Osama, in jail and relationship cold

Putin is King of the ME

Israel, colder relationship than ever with DC

All the world, zero respect for the USA and obama (yes, I’m very schadenfreudig against all of them who wanted the oaf)

It easier to do this – name on foreign policy success of obama. Name one people who are free/freer, due to obama/Hilary/Biden, I triple dare you!!!

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

This why I get so unset when people say “I’m not going to vote, if candidate doesn’t win” in the primaries. If Romney would have gotten all of McCain’s ’08 vote total we wouldn’t be in this predicament today.

Tater Salad on August 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

McCain vote total: 59,948,323
Romney vote total: 60,933,500

Just sayin’.

GOPRanknFile on August 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

It easier to do this – name on foreign policy success of obama. Name one people who are free/freer, due to obama/Hilary/Biden, I triple dare you!!!

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 1:39 PM

islamist terrorists.

ConstantineXI on August 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Calling social-promotion affirmative-action Barky “over-intellectual” is like calling Slow Joe Biden a genius.

viking01 on August 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Either Columbia and Harvard are complete intellectual SLUMS, or Obama’s degrees were no-show.

ConstantineXI on August 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

It’s ironic. Bush spent every penny of his political capital to stay the course in Iraq. And Chimpy seems to have spent a similar amount to turn tail and run.

NOMOBO on August 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Obama voters got what they asked for. They are responsible for this debacle of an administration. Without their foolish/evil votes this guy would still be bilking foundations for a liiving.

Mason on August 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

islamist terrorists.

ConstantineXI on August 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Sure, that, and the open borders, which will conflate, soon, will be obama’s legacies.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Nor did we think that a community organizer would actually get elected, that blame lies with the 52%’er dolts who voted for him.

Bishop on August 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

My comment from a Headline thread:

The Dimocrap movers and shakers were all sucked in by the Charlatan Obama. They were all set to go with Her Thighness when this clean black guy who speaks well showed up. They thought that was their ticket to power for the next 30 years so they did not even vett the Charlatan.

This is clear evidence of why the Dimocraps should never again have majority power.

NOMOBO on August 12, 2014 at 1:32 PM

NOMOBO on August 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

By design or by accident (incompetence), the result is the same.

The Peter Principle POTUS strikes again!

DimsdalePiranha on August 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I hear a lot of people giving him the credit for a level of artifice when the likelier answer is the level of his incompetence and petulance.

formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

The coup de grace will be when he turns Europe over to the Nazis.

zmdavid on August 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I hear a lot of people giving him the credit for a level of artifice when the likelier answer is the level of his incompetence and petulance.

formwiz on August 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Petulance yes, incompetence no.

He’s doing the job he set out to do. In that, he’s been very competent. Many conservatives and Republicans keep getting it wrong over and over and over.

It’s not Obama that’s incompetent, it’s his ideology that is. This was Reagan’s message that won him landslides, and if Republican candidates made it their message, we’d no longer have elections that are divided almost 50/50.

UnstChem on August 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Well, at the rate this clown is going, within the next two years we can expect the following:

Ceding all the southwest back to Mexico (80% accomplished already).

Giving all the Mid-West states back to the Native Americans. In an effort to appease them for the Washington Redskins.

Giving back the Louisiana Purchase areas back to the French, since Jefferson ripped them off.

Then, finally apologizing to the UK by giving back whatever’s left of the U.S. to England.

Never has one idiot done so much harm to such a great country.

But that’s what you get when you raise generations of ever degenerating ‘citizens’ and allowing them to vote.

ZeusGoose on August 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

O’bungler

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Is there anything Obama is actually good at? We were told he’s good at basketball, but as someone who’s played and watched basketball for years, I can honestly say that the guy sucks.

GOPRanknFile on August 12, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Scott Johnson at Power Line put it best-O’bama is supremely gifted at Lying without shame, because he knows he’ll get away with his Lies without ever being called on them.

That’s how he’s lived his entire life, basically.

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

ZeusGoose on August 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

also

Alaska back to the Russians,

Hawaii an independent kingdom.

zmdavid on August 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Calling social-promotion affirmative-action Barky “over-intellectual” is like calling Slow Joe Biden a genius.

viking01 on August 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Either Columbia and Harvard are complete intellectual SLUMS, or Obama’s degrees were no-show.

ConstantineXI on August 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I’ll take Door Number 1, Monte.

A few years ago at Columbia, they had a scandal at the Graduate School of Journalism. Senior students were caught cheating…on a take-home, open-book exam! The course? “Journalistic Ethics”.

And just a couple of years ago, Harvard was also rocked by academic scandal. Just before graduating, a senior named Adam Wheeler was busted for plagiarism (see Joe Biden) by a sharp-eyed professor.

When Wheeler’s story unraveled, it was even more embarrassing to Harvard, because it was revealed that he had in fact cheated his way into the school, and cheated his way through the school for (almost) 4 years without getting caught.

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

The One presided over the “unraveling of his predecessors” foreign policy accomplishments” because his dogma demands it.

So does Hillary’s.

Progressive dogma is the reason; these two are just the most recent proselytizers for it.

That dogma comes in two steps;

1. We need a single warlord in the MidEast to deal with for oil.

The idea was to have a single power, as authoritarian as possible, to keep the oil flowing. That way they could have the economy they could tax to the brink of death to pay for all their pipe dreams, while avoiding any energy development here that would piss off their own nihilistic, deep-ecology wing.

This plan was the genesis of our leaders’ refusal to go after Saddam after Desert Storm. Bush 43′s going after him upset that applecart severely.

Rather than change their plans to come up with a reasonable response, the progressives defaulted to their old Plan B:

2. Will No One Rid Us Of These Turbulent Jews?

The progressive conceit is that Israel is the only “problem” between us and Islam. If we just let them erase the Jewish state from the map, they will be our friends forever.

This reflects a total misunderstanding of Islam. I.e., Jews are just one example of Infidels To Be Killed On General Principles (And Besides That, It’s Fun).

They nurtured terrorist groups hoping for a lethal all-or-nothing strike that would destroy Israel. After which, everyone would get together, join hands, and sing “Kumbaya”.

They still do not understand that Islamists hate America for not being Muslim. Not because of its support for Israel.

They also don’t understand that the America Islamists hate includes them. Unlike progressives, Islamists don’t separate Americans into “wonderful, enlightened people” and “stupid bigoted peasants who should be killed to save Holy Mother Gaia”.

They just want to kill everybody.

The only certain things about progressive foreign policy are that it is anti-American, anti-civilization, pro-primitivism, and convinced that terrorism will open the door to Utopia- with them in charge.

They are wrong on all counts, and will very likely learn that the hard way.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

The worm turns, the stomach churns.

vnvet on August 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Russia, a revanchist power which aims to restore some measure of its Soviet-era regional hegemony,

Perhaps this article from Feb. 4, 1994 will give you some insight. Vlad Zhirinovsky is a [Russian] Liberal Democrat and cheerleader of Vlad Putin.

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/1994/02/zhirinovsky-in-his-own-words-excerpts-from-the-final-thrust-south

oldleprechaun on August 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

eon on August 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Excellent rant on why the progressive ideology is incompetent in this area.

UnstChem on August 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The article forgets to mention two other Bush-era wins turned into losses:

1. President Bush cemented America’s (imo vitally important in the coming decades and centuries) strategic and cultural friendship with India. Obama thinks India is a restaurant in Georgetown or the CEO of Pepsi, but he’s not sure which.

2. When a reporter asked Obama recently how was his relationship with Stephen Harper going, the President replied, “Who?”

Sacramento on August 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Cairo turned to Moscow for help and for the first time since 1973 Russia has a foothold in the Arab world’s most populous nation as well as the one that, with the Suez Canal, holds its most strategic position.”

On Tuesday, the Russian news source RIA Novosti announced triumphantly that Russia had finally reversed the embarrassment meted out by Anwar Sadat, and there would again be military cooperation between these two states. Russian President Vladimir Putin also revealed that the two countries are investigating the potential to create a free trade zone.

Slava!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Scott Johnson at Power Line put it best-O’bama is supremely gifted at Lying without shame, because he knows he’ll get away with his Lies without ever being called on them.

That’s how he’s lived his entire life, basically.

Del Dolemonte on August 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Ah. That explains a lot.

GOPRanknFile on August 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Excellent rant on why the progressive ideology is incompetent in this area.

UnstChem on August 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

You seem to have had a case of run-on keyboarditis. Hope you get better soon.

NOMOBO on August 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Nor did we think that a community organizer would actually get elected, that blame lies with the 52%’er dolts who voted for him.

Bishop on August 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

This why I get so unset when people say “I’m not going to vote, if candidate doesn’t win” in the primaries. If Romney would have gotten all of McCain’s ’08 vote total we wouldn’t be in this predicament today.

Tater Salad on August 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

You need to get your head right; the snow-white souls of our political purists is much more important than the nation’s future.

slickwillie2001 on August 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Those were the days, my friend.

When adults were in charge, rather than petulant child-man.

Mariadee on August 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

In Libya, Bush convinced Gaddafi that the United States would not kill him if he opened up his records on WMDs. We learned about Pakistan’s AQ Khan black market program selling WMD tech and weapons worldwide.

Gaddafi fully complied to Bush’s requests… and then promptly killed by Obama.

U.S. presidents have been trying to convince Iran and North Korea to give up their WMD programs… why would they trust the U.S. after Obama?

Perspicacious on August 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Perspicacious on August 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Neither one of them was going to do it, anyway.

The mullahs need nukes to convince the Twelfth Imam to come out of his well in Qom and lead them to Total Victory and the Extermination Of All Infidels.

Mini-Kim needs nukes to destroy Seoul so he can have a mass orgy followed by massacre on the ruins. Then bury Lil’ Kim and Big Kim under the ashes.

After which he’d probably kill himself, having fulfilled his “duty” as he was trained from birth and therefore running out of things to do. Unless he just decides to go full-Trotsky and start killing people at random, which can’t be ruled out with a nutburger like him.

The point people forget is that just because a belief system seems insane to them, doesn’t stop other people from believing in it and acting accordingly. To wit, Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.

In a very real sense, Iran and North Korea are basically the People’s Temple on steroids. With WMDs.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

We’ve been a bad influence on the world since 1917, with a few exceptions. I’m glad we’re being marginalized. It’s just one big strategic blunder after another.

cimbri on August 13, 2014 at 7:39 AM