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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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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.

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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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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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Maybe, if when Obama was still a young boy, he had been involved in a fight, the kind that so many young boys have in their developing years; and he had gotten his butt kicked, got back up and proceeded to beat the tar out of his opponent. Maybe he would have learned a few lessons about courage, perseverance, honor, defeat and victory. But he known none of those things. He led a privileged life going to private schools, tutored by a communist pedophile. We can only hope that the country can hang on for three more years.
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He was traumatized by his GRANDMOTHER* -- not any playground bully.

Punahou doesn't have any.

He didn't get his hair mussed in Indonesia, either.

* This explains his relationships with women -- particularly his wife and Valerie girl.

The woman that raised him throughout his teenage years was a first class b h: louder than Lee Emory, (DI of Full Metal Jacket) Capice?
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BLT Marxism hates white America, and Jews.
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Michael, I submit that the strengthening of the US will involve the United Kingdom again.

To what extent did the Iron Lady stiffen the spine of Reagan?

The likelihood isn't all that great that Cameron would strengthen that aspect, or those aspects, of Obama, that you call for being strengthened.

So, the option is, what about the rest of the top tier of the Commonwealth?

I submit that Harper, and Abbot of Australia (who could be Prime Minister of Australia on September 7), have what it takes for more to progress in the right direction.

Have you seen http://www.commonwealthtrade.info ? I submit that report gets to the heart of the matter, and if it doesn't, it comes close.
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Please see my reply elsewhere on this page.
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I agree with you that Putin is: "a crook you can do business with".

I disagree about Iran and Obama. I think domestically Obama is a Hugo Chavez.

I think "foreign" Obama is, and represents, the "Muslim Brotherhoods" but Obama has a sweet spot for all things Islime: including Shia.

I think Americans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Putin for masterminding the civil war in Syria that has the Shia terrorist and the Al Qaeda-esque terrorist wiping each other out...and I assume Erdogen is in Putin's...

Thank you Vladimir!


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I think B. Hussein understands that America is exceptional, he just does not wish for that to be so.

Everything Obama has done since assuming the role of President has had a detrimental effect on the country. This is by design. He is deliberately causing as much destruction as he can from the top down.

The reasons he wishes to destroy this country are probably many. A lot of it is no doubt racism. Not America's racism, but his own. Obama hates his white half the same way Hitler hated his own Jewish ancestry.

Another factor is no doubt the socialist's lust for power. He knows that to create the socialist police state, he must first destroy the republic that is here now.

Whether this republic survives the next three years is really in doubt.
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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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You mean "read him like a pamphlet."

Barry is a Reactive Dependent: a Gonnabee of the first water.



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"read him like a pamphlet."

Perfect.

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