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The War Intensifies. We Babble About Peace and Retreat.

March 17th, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Obama lectures about peace, but the war intensifies.  North Korea has cut the hotline with the south, after threatening war, and warns of imminent attack.  The Saudis have once again warned Iran to stay away from Abu Musa island.  What if they don’t?  Meanwhile, a leading cleric warns of domestic unrest in the kingdom (h/t Drudge), where the Iranians have long incited the Shi’a minority to confront the Wahabbi royal family.  Small and not-so-small armies are marching over and around Syria.  It is said that we are training the Free Syrian Army at a base in Jordan.  Cyberattacks against our corporations and government agencies are so common they barely warrant news coverage.  Bombs and suicide attacks are daily events in Iraq and Afghanistan. A major Iranian port explodes. The Iranians are shipping Chinese weapons to Shi’a insurgents in Yemen.

Obama, leading with his behind, swears he’s not bluffing, but his actions are those of a man digging deeper into his bomb shelter…adding missile defense on the West Coast, pondering another site on the East Coast.  Of the United States.  And he locks out American tourists from the White House.

No surprise when the Taliban “welcomed” the new secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, to Afghanistan with a lethal attack, apparently causing the cancellation of a press conference with President Karzai.  And of course there’s Karzai’s remarkable accusation of American complicity in Taliban murders of Afghan civilians, a testament to the contempt in which he holds the United States, and the fear he rightly feels towards the Iranian-supported terrorists who operate in his capital.

The cancelled presser may have been a blessing for all concerned, actually.  Have a look at Hagel talking to the journalists on his plane en route to Afghanistan.  He’s not overcome his awkwardness, let’s say.  Quite aside from referring to his predecessor as “Secretary Spinetta,” he replied to a question inviting him to compare Afghanistan with Vietnam basically by saying “the world is very complicated…”

This is not reassuring.

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Thomas Jefferson's ideas of foreign policy have been called isolationist. A more accurate description might be "a policy of non-involvement." True isolationism includes a withdrawal from economic relations with other nations, and Jefferson definitely did not propose that.

"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." --Thomas Jefferson to T. Lomax, 1799.
At the formation of the United States, this country was unique among nations of the world. This was an experiment in self-government, and everything about this new nation was unlike what had gone before. Jefferson above all recognized that we had little in common with other nations whose principles were opposed to those of a free state.

"I am for free commerce with all nations, political connection with none, and little or no diplomatic establishment. And I am not for linking ourselves by new treaties with the quarrels of Europe, entering that field of slaughter to preserve their balance, or joining in the confederacy of Kings to war against the principles of liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to E. Gerry, 1799.
The people of a free nation cherish peace and peaceful pursuits and ordinarily have no designs on other nations. They do not wish to acquire the lands of other peoples or impose their rule on them. Least of all do they want to pursue costly adventures in foreign lands that will load themselves up with debt and taxes. Peaceful pursuits lead to happiness and prosperity, whereas wars and conquests only burden the people with misery.

"Our desire is to pursue ourselves the path of peace as the only one leading surely to prosperity." --Thomas Jefferson to G. Hammond, 1793.
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Michael, get serious. You know, I know, and most of the readers of PJM know that Obama wants to destroy the U.S. as you and I knew it ten years ago. He doesn't believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....unless led and approved by the One. He isn't leading from behind, he is leading a retreat. If Zero wins both the House and Senate in 2014 look for him to try to arrange a third term. Ya ain't seen nothin' yet!
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this administration is a full steam train barreling down the tracks w/o a competent sober adult on board. just read where the 'opposition's' party leader bonehead just says he truly and lovingly trusts our hawaichicagkenyan. good to know. this doofus leads the party we are trusting to put the brakes on our most transparent, gun dealing spend thrift, who has yet to tell the truth to anyone about anything.

now we get our allies in afganistan saying he has helped the teliban do some bombing. we still haven't heard from the survivors of benghazi as mr honesty has told them not to talk about it. in south america he has polititians in venezuela asking him not to assassinate their rivals for el presidente? and bonehead says he emphatically trusts this p.o.s. from who knows where?

what i'm really hearing is that we cannot ever trust any pol. anywhere who deals w/ the most corrupt administratin since rome's caligula.
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Most of the voters who think Obama is "anti-war" are low information voters (ie. STUPID voters) that are also the kinds of voters who think Sarah Palin is Obama's VP. Those Howard Stern post-election interviews on 2008 and 2012 are eyeopeners.
1 year ago
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Full Disclosure: Al Qaeda in Syria, the Story You Haven't Heard?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKQBHdp0h1c
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Visit the Long War Journal. All of these issues have been under chronic discussion. Your video is but one side of a very ugly, essentially tribal, war.

There are countless uploads from Syrians on the other side of the fence.

Fanatics hijacking a revolution is as old as 1917 -- if not 1789.
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Obama can talk peace while waging war all he wants, true Americans , the Americans of the Constitutional Republic are not buying it and he knows it! All the propaganda is just to keep his sheeple in the fold and fooled as long as possible. We will not let Obama and his leftist minions have our guns and take more of our freedom. I for one would welcome the attempt because I think it is tantamount to the declaration of war that I have seen coming from the left for several years! I know I am not alone in this. Look at what the states are doing to nullify the fraud called Obamacare, and in preempting the federal gun control attempts. This I hope is just the beginning and may delay at least open warfare between the federal agencies and the true citizenry!
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Put down the bong/ scotch.

Buraq is going to wear out his welcome... and that is that.

That's why Presidents only serve 4 years at a stretch.
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And while the war intensifies, isolationists on both Left and Right bang their peace drums. For various blogs on neo-isolationism, see http://clarespark.com/2013/03/07/blogs-on-neo-isolationism/. Some I wrote, but others are by Phillip Smyth and Tom Nichols.
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In this case I'll agree with you. (But is it neo? It seems like the same old stuff.)

And we have deranged, evil men like Ron Paul telling us that our enemies are the good guys and that we should sell weapons to everybody. Makes Obama look reasonable - no easy feat.

Osama bin Laden told us that he attacked us because we looked weak. Maybe we should believe our enemies instead of inventing excuses for them.
1 year ago
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Obama stuggled mightily to give the go ahead to kill Bin Laden. He feared mission failure would demolish his presidency -- ala Jimmy Carter.

His goal as a President as far as I can tell is to fundamentally transform America -- I'll leave that up to your imagination.

I just do not see him bombing Iran. Too much could go wrong in an endeavor that that he feels about. It would make retirement conversations with the girls from Code Pink slightly awkward.
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There is every reason to suppose that his body was Photoshopped into the famous picture. (Check out his eyeball focus vs the others, it's way out of sync.)

His go-to girl, Valerie girl, was always against the project. "Spinetta" probably pulled the trigger -- and then handed the glory off to Buraq after the success was in hand.

Thereafter Buraq made a complete hash out of every aspect of the strike.
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more bulletins from Obama's Ministery of Truth.
1 year ago
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Thomas Jefferson's ideas of foreign policy have been called isolationist. A more accurate description might be "a policy of non-involvement." True isolationism includes a withdrawal from economic relations with other nations, and Jefferson definitely did not propose that.

"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." --Thomas Jefferson to T. Lomax, 1799.
At the formation of the United States, this country was unique among nations of the world. This was an experiment in self-government, and everything about this new nation was unlike what had gone before. Jefferson above all recognized that we had little in common with other nations whose principles were opposed to those of a free state.

"I am for free commerce with all nations, political connection with none, and little or no diplomatic establishment. And I am not for linking ourselves by new treaties with the quarrels of Europe, entering that field of slaughter to preserve their balance, or joining in the confederacy of Kings to war against the principles of liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to E. Gerry, 1799.
The people of a free nation cherish peace and peaceful pursuits and ordinarily have no designs on other nations. They do not wish to acquire the lands of other peoples or impose their rule on them. Least of all do they want to pursue costly adventures in foreign lands that will load themselves up with debt and taxes. Peaceful pursuits lead to happiness and prosperity, whereas wars and conquests only burden the people with misery.

"Our desire is to pursue ourselves the path of peace as the only one leading surely to prosperity." --Thomas Jefferson to G. Hammond, 1793.
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Yes, he was an isolationist -- as was Washington and Adams. Absolutely none of the Founding Fathers wanted any European entanglements.

Which made it politically painless for ANY politician of that era to stand boldly forth were everyone else was standing.
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Yes, but we were not eactly a world power back then. Ron Paul wants us to trade with everyone, does he not? Let people sell weapons to Iran and North Korea. And Hamas, for whom he has sympathy.
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Foreign Relations Jeffersonian Principles

http://eyler.freeservers.com/JeffPers/jefpco30.htm
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The universal political position of that era.

No 'name' politician of that time held an alternate view.

Now that America is the 'Atlas' of the world, it's an impossible stance.
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Try thinking like Obama.

The only way to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon may be for he US to provide the nuclear weapons. Of course, there will be "safeguards" to ensure that they cannot be misused.

It would certainly be a game-changer!
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If you really think like Buraq, then you start by eliminating all non-verbal action as being too risky.
After the bad guys cross the color barrier ( red line, pink line, yellow line, black line...) then it's time to play the race card and wag the presidential finger.

Buraq is always running for office -- but never in the office. Executive tasks are unbecoming.

You're looking at the teeth of a reactive-dependent Gonnabee.

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It is a historical fact that enemies will exploit weekness and peace comes through strenght. Obama and his communist minions know this just as well, but they are serving the USA as a human sacrifice to the world's anticapitalist as his "Mangnum Opus". This WWIII started many years ago and it will metamorph as is required by the Islamo-communist alliance. The fact that we are losing is not news, what is news is that nobody cares. The only way to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat is by a very bloody turn around in a total war. Are we up to it?
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