The neoconservatives at NBC News predictably savage Obama’s approach to foreign policy… wait…

posted at 10:01 am on January 21, 2015 by Noah Rothman

It is revealing that President Barack Obama’s aggressively liberal State of the Union address is being so excessively lauded today by the usual suspects. But precisely what they are praising is even more clarifying.

In yet another progressive wish list, Obama spent most of his time talking about domestic policy and did not dwell on America’s trials abroad. He touched on the threat posed by Russian aggression in Europe, but reassured his audience that the United States had the upper hand. He glossed over the dangers presented by the Iranian nuclear program and claimed that it had been largely halted by the compelling power of multilateral diplomacy. The president did not even mention al-Qaeda, the first time that has happened in a State of the Union address since February of 2001, and he insisted that the Islamic State’s advance had been halted. Finally, Obama gave a perfunctory nod to the spiraling, global, covert cyber war that has become a constant source of frustration for every major government on earth.

When Obama did deign to emphasize a matter of concern in the realm of foreign affairs, he did so only on the issue of climate change. Even that was primarily in order to take advantage of an opportunity to mock Republicans for daring to question the ever-evolving doomsday predictions of climate alarmists before praising himself for being so transcendently post-partisan.

Those that loved the speech loved it because it was a defense of liberal convictions. Those who did not, however, had the gall to scan the text for compelling and truthful content and found that it came up wanting.

Among those who took a baseball bat to Obama’s remarks were the arch-conservative Dick Cheney fans at NBC News. In the immediate wake of Obama’s State of the Union address, anchor Brian Williams and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Richard Engel just dumped on the president’s borderline delusional assessment of his own efficacy on the global stage. (h/t Washington Free Beacon for pulling this clip).

“Richard, we woke up here in the States this morning – new ISIS video. Two Japanese hostages,” Brian Williams began. “They’re asking for $200 million, or they’re going to assassinate both of them. Video of a Russian intelligence ship cruising into the harbor in Havana; it might as well have been 1962. And then this on-again, off-again possible coup in Yemen, a U.S. ally.”

While we we’re taking stock of the foreign policy disasters that were revealed only yesterday, Williams forgot to mention renewed combat operations in Eastern Europe between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

Richard Engel delivered the coup de grâce: “It sounds like the president was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in, but which is very different than the world you just described with terror raids taking place across Europe, ISIS very much on the move.”

Engel noted that Obama had insisted that coalition forces were “stopping ISIL’s advance” and added that, according to the military sources he is speaking with, “that just isn’t the case.” The NBC News reporter observed that ISIS forces are on the offense and are growing.

Engel took exception to Obama’s claim that his government had turned a page from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This was the year when 2,000 U.S. troops were sent back to Iraq,” he asserted.

“He talked about building the moderate Syrian opposition. That effectively isn’t happening,” Engel went on. “There is no real support for the moderate Syrian opposition. In fact, one military official told me that they are calling the moderate Syrian opposition the unicorn because they have not been able to find it.”

“So, there was a general tone, maybe even suspended disbelief, I think when he started talking about foreign policy,” Engel concluded. “There’s not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now.”

Watch how often today the popular media pushes the clip of Obama reminding Republicans that he won two national elections, a dig which received thunderous applause from the gallery of Democrats who are collectively starved for good news. That was his only triumph. The rest of the speech – and the accomplishments he touted — were perfectly debatable, and Obama’s claims regarding the advantageous state of America’s foreign affairs was downright fanciful. If this State of the Union address is remembered for anything, and they rarely are, it won’t be for the pep talk Obama gave forlorn Democrats. It will be for utterly misrepresenting the perilous international security situation.


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Maybe he hasn’t watched CNN for a few days so didn’t know about the latest foreign policy developments.

txaggie on January 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Watch how often today the popular media pushes the clip of Obama reminding Republicans that he won two national elections, a dig which received thunderous applause from the gallery of Democrats who are collectively starved for good news.

Anyone recall Bush doing that? Maybe he did, but I’ll be damned if I can remember a time when he bragged about being elected President twice.

Doughboy on January 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

It shows how little the left has when all that Williams can talk about after Engel’s strained takedown is sunrises and seagulls. WTF? Is Williams anchoring NBC’s early morning meditation hour now?

BuckeyeSam on January 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

But he’s so cool.

higgins1991 on January 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Doughboy on January 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

The second largely on foreign policy dreams: “Al Qaeda is on the run, and Osama bin laden is no more.” Add Romney’s cowardice and you have reelection.

BuckeyeSam on January 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Those that loved the speech loved it because of it was a defense of liberal convictions.

Every liberal who loved it should be forced to live in Detroit, which was made possible by liberal convictions.

William Teach on January 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Anyone recall Bush doing that? Maybe he did, but I’ll be damned if I can remember a time when he bragged about being elected President twice.

Doughboy on January 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Especially not after having led his party to the smallest minority they had seen in Congress for three generations.

As titular and de facto leader of the Democratic Party, Barack Hussein Obama is, objectively speaking, a failure…

JohnGalt23 on January 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

We need to have Obama examined by mental health experts. He is living in LaLa Land. I am serious.

Herb on January 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

It shows how little the left has when all that Williams can talk about after Engel’s strained takedown is sunrises and seagulls. WTF? Is Williams anchoring NBC’s early morning meditation hour now?

BuckeyeSam on January 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

You mean Brian “The Creeper” Williams, who likes to watch his actress daughter’s TV sex scenes?

Ward Cleaver on January 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Engel’s a good reporter, but the reaction on the left would be pretty interesting to see if we ever saw him dressed in an orange jumper kneeling before some nuts in an ISIS video. I hope he’s careful over there because he’d be a huge get for ISIS.

BuckeyeSam on January 21, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Anyone recall Bush doing that? Maybe he did, but I’ll be damned if I can remember a time when he bragged about being elected President twice.

Doughboy on January 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Class
modifier
: a real class joint

noun
High quality; admirable style; cachet : quiet dignity under fire, real class (1870s+)

Occams Stubble on January 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

This president is delusional. Dangerously. Delusional. An incompetent boob. And, a criminal.

HomeoftheBrave on January 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Richard Engel delivered the coup de grâce: “It sounds like the president was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in, but which is very different than the world you just described with terror raids taking place across Europe, ISIS very much on the move.”

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Yay…

ExpressoBold on January 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

As titular and de facto leader of the Democratic Party, Barack Hussein Obama is, objectively speaking, a failure…

JohnGalt23 on January 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

But, sadly, ala Rush, he didn’t fail. He’s doing what he wants to do, and we’re all suffering for it.

questionmark on January 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Ok, so even the moonbats can see the Emperor is a nutcase.

That’s something.

Will they invoke the 25th amendment? ( I checked, it is the 25th )

He is not capable of performing his duties, due to extreme mental illness.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Resist We Much on January 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Someone needs to take him aside and explain, Twice Zero is still Zero, Joe.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:27 AM

The neoconservatives at NBC News predictably savage Obama’s approach to foreign policy… wait…

Among those who took a baseball bat to Obama’s remarks were the arch-conservative Dick Cheney fans at NBC News.

Sarcasm is not wit.

Emperor Norton on January 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

As titular and de facto leader of the Democratic Party, Barack Hussein Obama is, objectively speaking, a failure…

JohnGalt23 on January 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

You only believe him to be a failure because you refuse to accept what his actual goals are. His goals are to create situations that will advance America’s transition into a Marxist society.

Like Hitler who told the world right up front in “Mien Kampf” what he intended to do, Obama also told the world right up front what he intended to do in is book “Dreams of my Father”.

Barack Obama Sr was a ardent Marxist who wanted to see America transformed into a Marxist Nation. Barack Obama Jr holds those exact same dreams and told everyone right up front that he was going to “Fundamentally Transform” America.

Most Americans foolishly failed to ask, Fundamentally Transform to what? As a Marxist whose goal was to cripple and degrade the US Constitution Barack Obama has been more successful then either he or his fellow Marxists could have ever hoped.

oscarwilde on January 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Especially not after having led his party to the smallest minority they had seen in Congress for three generations.

As titular and de facto leader of the Democratic Party, Barack Hussein Obama is, objectively speaking, a failure…

JohnGalt23 on January 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

True. Bush was humble in 2006 when the GOP(and he as its leader) got spanked in the midterms. Obama paid lip service to the most recent asswhooping before then pointing out how 2/3’s of the country didn’t vote(as if that somehow delegitimized the loss).

Doughboy on January 21, 2015 at 10:39 AM

His delusions are a symptom of his Narcissistic Personality Disorder…it will get much worse.

d1carter on January 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Those that loved the speech loved it because of it was a defense of liberal convictions. Those who did not, however, had the gall to scan the text for compelling and truthful content and found that it came up wanting.

Truly, a leader fit for our time. Or at least for our media.

Much like the bad Roman emperors when things were on the decline, they try to paint a pretty picture and hope that’s sufficient.

Obama reminds me of the president in “Mars Attacks” after Congress is destroyed. “You’ve still got two out of three branches of goverment working for you, and that ain’t bad!!”

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Watch how often today the popular media pushes the clip of Obama reminding Republicans that he won two national elections, a dig which received thunderous applause from the gallery of Democrats who are collectively starved for good news.

It’s ironic that the Democrats in attendance were so lustfully applauding the line considering that there are much fewer of them applauding it this year than there would have been last year.

CDeb on January 21, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Resist We Much on January 21, 2015 at 10:19 AM

Someone needs to take him aside and explain, Twice Zero is still Zero, Joe.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Explaining things to Joe Biden? That might take a while.

File it under, “Recreational Impossibilities.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Mr. President, Mr. President…You won the office two times, but you lost the House and Senate. I’m surprised we could hear any thunderous applause from the Democrat side following your classes joke.

G8orz on January 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Younggod on January 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM

We don’t post crap like that here.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:56 AM

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Sadly, you’re right.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM

I’m sure there is a clinical term for his delusions.

Tater Salad on January 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Mr. President, Mr. President…You won the office two times, but you lost the House and Senate. I’m surprised we could hear any thunderous applause from the Democrat side following your classes joke.

G8orz on January 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Something most people commenting on Obama boasting about winning twice are clearly missing, is that comment was an off script response. Schad is fond of pointing out how thin skinned Obama is and how he is unable to take being mocked. That comment is a perfect example of what Schad is talking about.

Obama only made that comment because when he said that he had no more campaigns to run the Republicans in the audience laughed at him. Obama is a narcissist who can’t stand to be mocked or laughed at, so when laughed at, he responded in a childish manner.

oscarwilde on January 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Younggod on January 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM

We don’t post crap like that here.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Hmmm, looks like that comment is now gone, and probably younggod with it.

oscarwilde on January 21, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Yet everything else that Dog Eater does is incredible, awesome, inspiring; they hacked last night but today it’s back to licking Dog Eater’s grass-stained shoes.

As for Dog Eater’s thin skin, he manages to call for a new tone and then immediately throws a dig at the GOP; tone deaf doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Bishop on January 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

But, but, everything’s really peachy keen. Just ask Valerie (ref her uninterrupted series of talking points this am in front of three FOX bobble heads).

vnvet on January 21, 2015 at 11:08 AM

na-na na-na boo-boo

A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune (a schadenfreude).
Usually a playground or schoolyard taunt used by younger children.

Jocundus on January 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM

It shows how little the left has when all that Williams can talk about after Engel’s strained takedown is sunrises and seagulls. WTF? Is Williams anchoring NBC’s early morning meditation hour now?

BuckeyeSam on January 21, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Don’t forget, Williams was the media prince who jumped on a plane and went into Iraq hoping to find evidence that Bush’s surge strategy was not working.

He failed miserably. That was never reported.

fogw on January 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM

In fact, one military official told me that they are calling the moderate Syrian opposition the unicorn because they have not been able to find it.”

BWAAAAAAAAAA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

ODoooooshbag and his merry bunch of idiots just making sheet up…and NBC is just figuring this out…LOL..!!

The man is a sociopath – the only thing different than Odoooshbag and Hitler is access to modern-day pharmaceuticals. Time for a dosage adjustment…or better yet another vacation…before that twisted jerk loses it in public…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

If one lies enough most of the American people will believe the lie.
Bet when the next polls come out that Obama’s approval rating is higher.

albill on January 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

ya know .. when I see how the media treats obama
I am think on how NK press treats their leader.
pretty similar …

conservative tarheel on January 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

oscarwilde on January 21, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Very possibly. The comment is gone, thankfully.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Most Americans foolishly failed to ask, Fundamentally Transform to what? As a Marxist whose goal was to cripple and degrade the US Constitution Barack Obama has been more successful then either he or his fellow Marxists could have ever hoped.

oscarwilde on January 21, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Exactly, he’s as hatefully anti-humanistic and anti-Enlightenment as any other Marxist collectivist.

ebrown2 on January 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

When was the last time Valarie Jarrett allowed Obama to read a newspaper?

Talk about an ‘alternate state of reality’.

Yeah, “I won!”

And the nation LOST!

GarandFan on January 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Well, you can’t blame Brian’s disconnect from reality here. He has been so distracted lately after watching his daughter do that porn shot on HBO’s Girls. Then having to go in public at parties and in the lunch room and explain how it brought it closer to his daughter.

jake49 on January 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Anyone recall Bush doing that? Maybe he did, but I’ll be damned if I can remember a time when he bragged about being elected President twice.

Doughboy on January 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Bush had a sense of calm around him, he didn’t need to trumpet himself, he was the president for Pete’s sake. Obama’s need to state his (really, his only) victories is tell of a deep inferiority complex.

thebrokenrattle on January 21, 2015 at 1:51 PM

The question that keeps popping into my mind is…Why are so many idiot democrats still following and supporting this insane president while he does everything he can to destroy our country?

TomCoats on January 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

But he’s so cool.

higgins1991 on January 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

In addition to being articulate and clean, as Plugs Biden has reminded us in the past.

Closet Optimist on January 21, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Why are so many idiot democrats …

TomCoats on January 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Your answer is in your question.

Closet Optimist on January 21, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Younggod on January 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM

We don’t post crap like that here.

dogsoldier on January 21, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Hmmm, looks like that comment is now gone, and probably younggod with it.

oscarwilde on January 21, 2015 at 11:02 AM

I guess I crossed a line.

Younggod on January 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Why doesn’t TownHall have a style sheet for HotAir to ensure consistency across authors? Writers who have been blogging here for some time always put up a transcript (when available) for videos but the newer bloggers don’t.

It is really helpful for those who are unable to watch the video for various reasons. I sure it also makes it easier for those directing traffic here who want a quote that perhaps isn’t included in the text above.

I’m beginning to check authors before clicking videos.

LifeTrek on January 21, 2015 at 4:24 PM