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Ed Driscoll

Hitting the Ejector Seat on the Clown Car Presidency

September 12th, 2013 - 2:41 pm

As Michael Graham recently wrote in the Boston Herald, “In Iraq, where we toppled Saddam just a decade ago and oversaw three national elections, there isn’t a single American combat soldier left. A fact President Obama has repeatedly celebrated.” Because, you know, Bush, maaaan:

Now imagine the world today — the exploding Egypt, sarin-gas Syria, bombs-in-Benghazi world — if Obama had treated Iraq the way America treated Germany, Japan and Korea. Imagine the Middle East with a fully functioning U.S. military base on the border of Iran and Syria, able to project power right on Bashar Assad and the ayatollahs’ doorsteps.

Alas, we can only imagine …

Syria, as bad as it is, isn’t even close to the greatest foreign policy failure of the Obama administration. It’s a symptom of Obama’s abandonment of the region. And the high (low?) point of that policy was Obama’s decision to abandon the moderate, pro-Western citizens of Iraq to the extremists.

Obama’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq will be viewed by history as one of the greatest foreign policy blunders of all time.

Please don’t start the tired “Bush Lied, People Died” nonsense. Forget the faulty intelligence on Iraq’s WMD program. Even if you lie in bed at night sticking pins in your “W” voodoo doll, it’s irrational to ignore the pragmatic value of a U.S. military force in a U.S.-leaning Iraq in the heart of the mess that is Obama’s “Arab Spring” Middle East.

Having 10,000 trained, intelligence-gathering troops bolstering the flagging courage of timid (small “d”) democrats and rattling the nerves of despots and terrorists is a good thing — no matter how we got there.

Nation building requires, as Churchill would say, enormous amounts of blood, sweat, and toil. If our betters on the left side of the aisle won’t allow those nations for which we’ve worked so hard to free from tyranny to maintain their freedom, what’s the point? Better to not get involved at all.

Of course, that also applies to those “humanitarian” conflicts the left wishes to engage in as well.  Speaking of which, in Obama’s mercifully brief but tragically ill-conceived* speech on Tuesday he disgustingly said:

And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with the failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.

To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.

Noted – and not soon forgotten. Yesterday, libertarian economist and 2008 Obama supporter Megan McArdle responded at Bloomberg.com:

Maybe this convinced some left-wing Democrats, though you wouldn’t know it from my Twitter feed. But only at the expense of backhanding Republicans. His argument was, in essence: Republicans, you may not care about the freedom and dignity of foreigners, or children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor. But you sure do love war and the military! We’re going to restore dignity, freedom and life to some foreigners by bombing them — couldn’t you overlook the fact that foreigners will benefit, as long as we get to blow some stuff up?

I don’t think that argument is what he meant to make. That’s why it’s so breathtaking. Presumably our tin-eared president, and his blinkered speechwriting staff, didn’t even hear him juxtaposing people who care about freedom, dignity and dead children, on the one hand, and bitter clingers who are committed to military might, on the other. If Obama does need to go to Congress to get authorization, this lead balloon of an appeal will weigh him down every step of the way.

Way to build unity when, as that leftwing cliché goes, the whole world really is watching, champ. Yet another reason to support, at least for now, what Jonah Goldberg memorably described as the “To Hell With Them” foreign policy.

When the driver of the clown car retires from the circus for good, perhaps the nation will respond differently. Or perhaps, like Charlie Brown, it’s seen the football pulled out from under them one too many times.

* Alvy Singer, call your office.

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The rise of the Tea Party movement is all about federal government power being constrained by the US Constitution. The general sense is that the Commander-in-Chief has a duty to make the case for war to the public and their representatives in Congress. Then Congress should vote for or against war. If Congress votes to go to war, then the Commander-in-Chief should go all-in and win the war. None of these half-ass military operations. Total war where the other side is thoroughly and completely defeated. I think there is a frustration in the Tea Party that we've drifted away from the US Constitution to the point where modern Presidents use military power somewhat casually without trying to win a war.
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"Nation building requires, as Churchill would say, enormous amounts of blood, sweat, and toil. If our betters on the left side of the aisle won’t allow those nations for which we’ve worked so hard to free from tyranny to maintain their freedom, what’s the point? Better to not get involved at all."

Churchill wasn't referring to Muslims and Islam.

"Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies is in a dog". - Winston Churchill
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“The libertarian lurch on foreign policy among some Republicans is a dead end. "

When a nominal leader is clueless, inept, not feared, not respected, has no money to bribe, no ability to cajole, the leader is dead. Dead end policy is the best and only policy.

Put it more clearly: when you leads, nobody follows, you are no leader. When you want to bomb Syria, everybody laughs, you are no leader, you are a clown.
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Vladimir Putin said that the US was not exceptional. I disagree, we have been exceptionally stupid recently.
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Obama and his ship of fools have turned our foreign policy over to Putin and Russia. Now if someone would take over our domestic policy maybe we could survive the Ghetto organizer and his follow clowns.
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Ed Driscoll was right about Vietnam. I was in country in 1971 and 1972. Both Tet and Easter Offensives were crushed. The Easter Offensive began 30 March when 200,000 NVA troops supported by Armor and Artillery invaded the South. By June, half of the NVA invaders were dead due mostly to tactical airpower.

On 28 December 1972, Le Duc Tho returned to the table and agreed to all our demands in return for an end to the bombing. By any standard, the US military won the Vietnam War.

In June 1972 my wing left DaNang and we moved to Thailand. USAF had five fighter wings in Thailand, two in Korea, one in the Philippines and another on Okinawa. B52s stayed on Guam and in Thailand. The Navy still kept a carrier on station.

In 1974, a democrat Congress passed the Case Church Amendment, prohibiting us from operating in, over or in the waters of North & South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Ted Kennedy had military assistance to the South cut from $1.4B to $700M.

When the North attacked in the spring of 1975, they drove 350,000 troops down a highway paved by Cuban engineers. We had the air power to stop them, but we had to sit on our hands and watch.
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I have been arguing that since Obama deserted Iraq via inattention. It would have really strengthened his hand to have US troops, aircraft, and supplies in Iraq. Obama has been a naive fool throughout all of this.

Does anyone really think neither Russia nor Iran noticed his naivety? The damage Obama has caused will last long after he does.
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The displays of the Obama government from all personalities public and not so public in his wake, from the beginning and especially during this second term and we're only at the beginning, harbor a tragic nuance.

America and the world, Nobel Peace Prize for being the right colour in the right place at the right time, crowed at the election in "the most racist nation", the nation of guns and religion bigots of "that vast right-wing conspiracy" of a "black" man as President.

Giving HOPE to many in the world that America and those damn overpaid, oversexed over here Yanks would finally get their come-uppance.

That HOPE for the changes desired being fulfilled daily with decisions and actions of this Obama and his team of Tsars and Cabinet of the "best and brightest".

The tragic nuance is that as the First "black" man to grace the White House he is pre-eminent model for others now and into the future.

THE model of America to the Americans and the world. For ALL her citizens.
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All:

I've been sniping at various commenters here, but only to help set the historical record straight. I'm not hostile to non-interventionism, especially since the world is entering a new phase. How we engage in the world has to change. However, what we cannot be is weak in the face of direct hostilities against us and our actual interests. A President Obama is the worst possible CIC should we have to defend a genuine national interest.
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The rise of the Tea Party movement is all about federal government power being constrained by the US Constitution. The general sense is that the Commander-in-Chief has a duty to make the case for war to the public and their representatives in Congress. Then Congress should vote for or against war. If Congress votes to go to war, then the Commander-in-Chief should go all-in and win the war. None of these half-ass military operations. Total war where the other side is thoroughly and completely defeated. I think there is a frustration in the Tea Party that we've drifted away from the US Constitution to the point where modern Presidents use military power somewhat casually without trying to win a war.
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George B. you make the point that if one goes to war, it is to win it as quickly as possible with as little harm done to US troops as possible.

I think that all Americans would rally around that type of conflict, instead of the PC wars that we fight where we get upset if an officer pretends to shoot an enemy to get information to save troops, a war where troops are basically to take a first bullet and to respect savages that fire on them behind women and children and in mosques.

Sorry buy if I am president, hiding behind women and children mean that all are dead. and if you shoot from a mosque the mosque is leveled.

Then we make sure the enemy never wants war again

Nice post
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Leftists will never concede that military might in the hands of the decent, democratic parts of the world is a good thing. And as long as they have one of their own in the WH their tender feelings in this regard will be well cared for.

So, Obama, the ultimate ideology blinded leftist, will continue wrecking US foreign policy (while he’s also wrecking the country in general). Those closely guarded secrets from his shady, murky past would explain why he’s so committed to this course. But, then, because they are closely guarded secrets they may never see the light of day.

If Obama is a Manchurian Candidate it stands to reason that a little get together with Vlad in St. Petersburg might have been included in his busy schedule of presidential malfeasance. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to imagine the host making a ‘suggestion’ that led to O’s current course of action in the eastern Mediterranean.
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"The world has effectively lost its nominal leader, the U.S. president. Is this going to be the new normal? If so—and it will be so if serious people don’t step up—we are looking at a weakened U.S president who has a very, very long three years left on his term."

I'm stepping up with this proposal. Aside from his apparent love for his family and fast food and beer the only thing I like about Barack Obama is his love for golf. I think the nation should exploit this and offer this deal: Free lifetime memberships to 5 Golf Courses of your choice if you are forced to step down because of ill health.

The members of the 5 clubs can suck it up for the good of the nation and the world.
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pay the golf courses and it is still a bargain, but I fear that no golf course would want this person on their links if he weren't president and just a nominal civilian

Maybe he can golf in North Korea
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Not so soon bud. You want Uncle Joe, the face behind the grin be your next president? Boehner, the weeper? Kerry, the cherry blossom dancer?

Perish the thought, grit your teeth, stiff your upper lip. We are totally f*d.
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I think he should be forced to play golf with O.J. Simpson for the rest of his days. Neither O.J. nor Obama have "caught the killers" each has vowed to track down.
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STILL STANDING UP

My first proposal, as good as it is, will remove the immediate threat of a continuation of the Obama Presidential Calamity but would still leave America without a proven executive who is actually a capitalist. The economic malaise of the last 5 years would continue under socialist rule even if Obama does the decent and sane thing and resigns. So I need to expand on my proposal.

Before resigning, Obama should fire Biden and replace him with Mitt Romney. Obama can blame Biden for Obama's foreign policy fiascos.

In a nation that chose an economic illiterate over a financial genius there's a slight chance my proposal won't be universally accepted, but you know I'm right. There's no gainsaying my proposed solution to the problem of having a President who is wrong about everything except family, fast food, beer and golf.



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That proposal would take a lot of balls. I don't think O has got them.
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