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Obama, Putin, and Rouhani: The Sources of War

August 9th, 2013 - 9:31 am

Obama has lots of power, and he uses it effectively to divide his already fractured and feckless opposition and to expand the soft tyranny that he desires. He knows what he wants in America: a country crisscrossed with paralyzing rules and regulations in which he can impose his will through big institutions (both private and governmental) and charisma. He also seems to know what he wants from America-in-the-world: weakness and withdrawal.

In other words, he acts as if he shares Putin and the Iranian regime’s view of America as a source of wickedness in international affairs.

Obama evidently believes that the best way to improve the state of the world is to keep America weak and to contain American dynamism within our own borders, where he can dictate terms. It would seem he’d be a natural interlocutor for both Putin and the Iranian tyrants.

But no.

Paradoxically, the more he caters to their desires, the more he slashes and burns the armed forces, the more he talks about accelerating American retreat from the terror network, the harder it has become to make the deals he promised his followers.

That should not surprise serious people. “If you want peace, prepare for war,” the ancient Romans tried to teach us.  “Weakness is provocative,” Rumsfeld once paraphrased. Weakening and containing America is little more than preemptive appeasement, and it breeds contempt, the most dangerous of all things to any leader. Obama senses at least a part of this. He doesn’t like being spat upon by Putin (whether about Snowden or Assad), which accounts for the hissy fit. However, there is nothing strategic in the cancellation of the Putin summit; it’s a personal matter, it’s of a piece with the error of trying to explain the world by resort to psychobabble about celebrities. And so he spat back.

The Iranians, more guileful than Putin, do not openly spit upon Obama. They pretend to be the essence of sweet reasonableness, even as they support a global terror network that kills Americans and exposes the failure of Obama’s “lead with the behind” approach to the world. But he can barely contain his eagerness to strike a grand bargain with our killers.

He cannot bring himself to speak of the regime’s repression of the Iranian people, seems not to notice the extraordinary increase in executions in that unhappy land ever since the “moderate” Rouhani was elected, and did not even raise the possibility of the liberation of an American hostage before decreeing the release of five Taliban killers from Guantanamo.

Is there no national leader who sees the advance of our enemies, aided and abetted by the misguided policies of our leaders?  Is there no one who will stand up every day in our legislature to appeal for the release of political prisoners in Russia and Iran and support opposition demands for greater liberty?

The hell of it is that our enemies are facing mounting crises of their own, undermining their authority and stimulating their own internal opposition. The war of all against all in Iran is intensifying, catalyzed by the supreme leader’s indecisiveness and enormous unpopularity. Recent demonstrations against Putin in Russia bespeak his failure to convince the people he has put the country on the right path,even if he, like the mullahs, can still impose a brutal order. Russia and Iran are failed states — just look at the lethal demographic data. Their people know there is a better way, a way that was traditionally embodied in “American exceptionalism.” Or, more simply, the way of a free society.

If only Obama believed in it, we could win this thing.

As it stands, our would-be assassins are on the march. Having failed to prepare for war, we will not have peace.

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Obama is small.

Per one of your previous columns, he went to the same types of schools as the cohort of whom you once referred. He would like to tell you that he, too, had been bullied, except it wasn't so. He wants to have a story of coming back from behind, except he never did. Never lost with honor. Never ate the dirt of failure and got back up again. He hates nearly everyone who has a normal story of life's triumphs and defeats, because they remind him of his lack of authenticity.

We run into his type all of the time. Putin can read him like a book.
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But Obama understands only too well American Exceptionalism.

And he DOES NOT like it. Don't you remember while campaigning for the job of POTUS he, with second from his ever loving spouse, volunteered he was "ashamed of the country"? And that after taking the Chair of Executive of the USA toured the world apologising for this Exceptional America?

Dislikes it so intensely he is determined, in any way possible, to CHANGE it.

To, in contrast to political promises as sops for election to seats on the gravy train of government, to keep his promise to CHANGE, to "Fundamentally Transform the Nation"

Which Change, thanks to the "guardians" in Legislature and Judiciary looking the other way when not actively encouraging and supporting him as standard bearer of the "Democratic Party" intentions, is succeeding apace.

STILL approved, if polls are to be credited, by virtually half of those "exceptional Americans".

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Rouhani or anyone else in Iran who promises change in regime's behavior must meet 2 qualifications: 1- Have the political/ideological will to bring the type of change and 2- have the authority to deliver change. Even IF Rouhani is not deceiving the west and the Iranian people and he honestly wants to fundamentally change the regime's 33 years of hostile policy toward the west and oppression of Iranian people, he does not have the constitutional authority to deliver the promises, after all if he was someone who'd seek to fundamentally change IRI or in other words challenge Khamenei and regime's think tanks' long held policies, he wouldn't be prequalified by Khamenei from 1000s of other presidential candidates who didn't meet the qualification ! He is 100% loyal to Khamenei and is one of the 5 among the 10,000s of candidates that Khamenei trusted as his handpicked candidates for the Iranian people to chose from and it was obvious that the regime wanted Rouhani to win. So it all depends on what Khamenei wants Rouhani to do on his behalf, not what Rouhani wants and if Khamenei desired change in regime's policies in the past, he had as much control over the regime during Ahmadinejad and Khatamai as now had during Rouhani's presidency. The REAL head of state is Khamenei AKA supreme leader, not the president, an IRI president has less authority than foreign ministers of some nations in many ways, no matter who he appoints as members of his cabinet, still Khamenei has the final say on almost any matter in the country and Khamenei's advisers other than the Russian ones are some of the most fanatical Islamists
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Recent history would seem to contradict what Mr. Ledeen states in this post. We are and have been the most powerful nation on earth for decades and what has it gotten us? A truce in Korea, a truce in Vietnam, a highly debatable Cold War "victory" (the USSR failed and we helped but only to a limited degree), Iraq was a net draw, Afghanistan a draw, etc. Being the world's great power hasn't worked out very well (Panama and Grenada aside) and no amount of crowing about American Exceptionalism is going to change that. We've wasted trillions of dollars and millions of lives for what? A country in decline.
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Blert, you think the new Chinese ballistic missile fleet is to get them out of range of a Russian first strike? That's interesting. I still don't understand the scenario under which the calculus favors Chinese conquest of far Eastern Russia - nor Russian conquest of China. China's destiny has always seemed more naturally East and South to me, not West or North.
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Their stuff is so close to Russia it's a scream.

Worse, Russia's command and control super-bunker is too close to Red China.

That's all fine and dandy... until they realize that each other HAS to be their primary threat.

America is never coming. That's why she's the perfect excuse for ramping up strategic assets.

These dynamics gain a momentum of their own. Entire careers are built on building -- atomics.

Like the Soviet tank park, too much is never a reason to stop building. Everything morphs into a jobs program.

A variation of this is seen in the US medical super complex.

Or, Egyptian pyramid building...

Putin has already demonstrated (by practice runs against American bases) that his strategic bombers can reach anywhere inside Red China with practically no notice at all.

If such 'practice' / demonstration runs had actually been performed against Red China the world would already by glowing.
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The problem with dealing with Putin is that the one dealing with him would be 0bama.

Consequently, stasis is best for all concerned.

Even Putin has figured that out.


Red China already has more throw weight than America and Russia combined, making any further atomic reductions ruinous for world peace -- and the borders of Russia.

The creation of a ballistic missile submarine fleet, by Beijing, is entirely predicated upon getting their atomic echelon out from under the proximate shadow of the Russians.

It has zero utility against either the Japanese navy or the USN.

Naturally, it's a top, top, top, priority program for the PLAN.

Do the math.
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From God's word the Bible The sources of war. Does the spirit of the antichrist live in me or you the spirit that put the son of God Jesus Christ the savoir on the cross the reason given here. Then to call this a holy act WOW!

ames 4

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

4 From whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence, from your concupiscences, which war in your members?

2 You covet, and have not: you kill, and envy, and can not obtain. You contend and war, and you have not, because you ask not.

3 You ask, and receive not; because you ask amiss: that you may consume it on your concupiscences.

4 Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God.

5 Or do you think that the scripture saith in vain: To envy doth the spirit covet which dwelleth in you?

6 But he giveth greater grace. Wherefore he saith: God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

7 Be subject therefore to God, but resist the devil, and he will fly from you.

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into sorrow.

10 Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.

11 Detract not one another, my brethren. He that detracteth his brother, or he that judgeth his brother, detracteth the law, and judgeth the law. But if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

12 There is one lawgiver, and judge, that is able to destroy and to deliver.

13 But who art thou that judgest thy neighbour? Behold, now you that say: To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and there we will spend a year, and will traffic, and make our gain.

14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow.

15 For what is your life? It is a vapour which appeareth for a little while, and afterwards shall vanish away. For that you should say: If the Lord will, and if we shall live, we will do this or that.

16 But now you rejoice in your arrogancies. All such rejoicing is wicked.

17 To him therefore who knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.
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I'm trying to picture ANY American leader following the lead of a Canadian or Australian politician. I can't imagine it, even among past presidents. It's even harder to conceive with the know-it-all presently occupying the White House.

The problem with American exceptionalism is that it tells us that we are almost better and smarter than people who aren't American. Who's going to listen to someone who ISN'T American? Look, the Canucks and Aussies seem nice enough but they're second- or third-rate powers. Are we really going to take their advice when we are the greatest power in the world?
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Sorry, I meant to post that as a reply to DavidWLincoln.
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"The similarities between Putin and Rouhani are doctrinal. Both are contemptuous of democracy, both are resolved to crush opponents of their regime and to eliminate pockets of liberty. Both are therefore profoundly anti-American, recognizing that the very existence of a strong and successful United States is a threat to their own legitimacy."

Although not bad, the above needs some work. i will fix it at no charge.

The similarities between Barack Hussein Obama and Barry Soreto are doctrinal. Both are contemptuous of democracy, both are resolved to crush opponents of their regime and to eliminate pockets of liberty. Both are therefore profoundly anti-American, recognizing that the very existence of a strong and successful United States is a threat to their own legitimacy.
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Any country that would reelect Barack Hussein Obama, and it wasn't even close, is collectively exceptionally stupid.
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Russia is not a failed state.

The Rise Of The Bear: 18 Signs That Russia Is Rapidly Catching Up To The United States []
Just check out the following statistics. The following are 18 signs that Russia is rapidly catching up to the United States...

#1 Russia produces more oil than anyone else on the planet. The United States is in third place.
#2 Russia is the number two oil exporter in the world. The United States is forced to import more oil than anyone else in the world.
#3 Russia produces more natural gas than anyone else on the planet. The United States is in second place.
#4 Today, Russia supplies 34 percent of Europe's natural gas needs.
#5 The United States has a debt to GDP ratio of 101 percent. Russia has a debt to GDP ratio of about 8 percent.
#6 The United States had a trade deficit of more than half a trillion dollars last year. Russia consistently runs a large trade surplus.
#14 Russia has introduced a new "near silent" nuclear submarine which is far more quiet than anything the U.S. has...

The Borey Class submarine, dubbed Vladimir Monomakh, has a next generation nuclear reactor, can dive deeper than 1,200 feet, and carries up to 20 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
Each of these "Bulava" ICBM's can carry ten detachable MIRV warheads, what they call "re-entry vehicles," capable of delivering 150 kiloton yields per warhead

#15 While Barack Obama is neutering the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal, Vladimir Putin is working hard to modernize Russian nuclear forces.
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Dated stats...
#1... America is climbing fast. Russia lives and dies on her oil exports.
#2... Red China has displaced America for the pole position. It made bid news.
#3... America is crossing past Russia in methane production.
#5... Absolutely no-one trusts Russian money. It imploded in 1998.
#6... America HAS to run a trade deficit since its currency is international money.
#14. Dubious. Ohio class SSBNs are as quiet as a church mouse.
Deep diving is a useless metric for SSBNs since they can't launch when deep.
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