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It’s Chess vs. Basketball, but Love Conquers All for Obama

December 2nd, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Leave aside the question of who’s got it right, just think about the U.S.-Iranian embrace.  Let’s call it a romance.  At Big Peace, Lee Smith has spelled out the new arrangement:

…when Obama backed off on striking Bashar…the president not only angered U.S. Arab allies, but turned against them and partnered instead with Assad and Putin. When Obama announced at the U.N. General Assembly in September that negotiations with Iran were an administration priority, he not only turned Iranian president Hassan Rouhani into a partner, but also sheltered Iran  from any potential Israeli attack. In short, Obama switched sides.

James Glassman and Michael Doran reached the same conclusion. Like many love affairs, this one is based in large part on passion and wish-fulfillment — that is to say on confusion — not on rigorous brilliance.  Here’s what I think is going on:

● Obama is saying to himself: “Finally!  They are coming to understand that I’m with them and we should work together.  We can reshape the whole Middle East.”

● The Iranians, meanwhile, are saying to themselves: “Finally!  We have broken the will of the Great Satan, and Obama will do whatever we want.  From now on we will dictate terms for the region, and ultimately for the world.”

Obama thinks he’s getting a long-lasting affair, while the Iranians think they’re getting domination.  Both are wrong.  Obama is wrong because the Iranians are not in love with him, and have not abandoned their basic strategic mission of dominating or destroying America.  The Iranians are wrong because Obama is not appeasing them, he’s hugging them.  For our supreme leader, it’s love, not fear.

This is a very mercurial romance.  It can blow up at any moment.  The Iranians are currently testing Obama’s embrace by insisting he accept their claim that the interim agreement recognizes their “right to enrich.” Can he do that?  Will he?

Meanwhile, how will Obama react if the Iranians are caught in yet another secret nuclear activity?  He’s not reluctant to attack those who thwart him.  Remember, this is a man who says he’s really good at killing people.   Just like the mullahs.

Finally, there is Syria.  The Iranian-American romance grants Tehran parental rights, and if the Iranians are successful they will be seen to be the dominant power in Damascus.  But if the opposition rallies, and Assad is once again on the verge of defeat, will Obama give support to the Iranians’ adopted child, the tyrant Bashar al Assad?  The last time around, Obama canceled an announced bombing of Assad’s chemical weapons sites.  Next time, it will be harder to limit the discussion to such a narrow target;  he’ll be forced to help Iran (and Russia) save Assad.

Is his love that strong?  Time may tell.

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High IQ doesn't equate to wisdom. A Chinese sage once said: "Much power and little wisdom is doomed to fail." And the unwise Obama is miserably failing.

WILL OBAMA MEET WITH KHAMENEI IN TEHRAN FOR HIS SUPREME MUNICH MOMENT?

Click www.apollospeaks.com for the answer.
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--I don’t doubt the Persians and our president have high IQs--

I do.
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There is no benign intent in Obama's Middle East strategy. It has always been designed to first isolate Israel and then see it destroyed. Obama has always looked to Tehran to do the job but he has switched back and forth between Shia and Sunni as the winds of change have blow
n through the region.

If you remember at the start of the Arab unrest Obama branded Assad as the reformer but when the Muslim Brotherhood appeared to be the winner in Egypt then he saw them as the key to destroying Israel. That's when he decided that Assad had to go. As soon as the Brotherhood was deposed then he swithed back to supporting Assad and reengaging with Iran.

Obama leads what I call the new Neo-Nazis. Unlike the old Nazis who said what they wanted these Progressive new Neo-Nazis hide their intentions behind morlal preening and outsource the deed to others. When Israel and its people are eliminated in a new Holocaust they will tut tut about how unfortuane all this is. "All those people had to do was give the Palestinaians what they wanted. See, this their own fault. We wanted to help them [commit suicide]."

Both Obama and Iran are making a major mistake if they think Putin will continue to support Iran. Putin will gladly switch sides if it is in Russia's interests. He will trade the Iran-Syria-Hezzbollah axis for Egpyt, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They are much stronger powers then Iran even with nukes.
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So if I understand your clarifying summary of what you think is going on, the President is giving the Iranians what they want now to earn the right to tell them what to do at some future point, and the Iranians are accepting getting what they want now with zero intention of doing what the President wants in the future. Or in other words, the President assumes the Iranians now owe him a future policy decision, whereas the Iranians will never believe they owe the President anything.
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"The smartest president in US history!"?

Perhaps...

Your twice-elected commander-in-chief can’t express an opinion until his handlers give it to him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZXk_AU8Ww

...AND (yet another fine example!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjBLdAyHP0

Njoi!

;-)
51 weeks ago
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Khamenei = Haman

Obama = Achashvarus
51 weeks ago
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In business school, my brother who was a B student found out that the A students wound up in academia, theorizing and not accomplishing anything, the B and C students wound up in top positions in the fortune 500 companies and the drop outs like Jobs and Gates would own the businesses that they worked for.
51 weeks ago
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being told by the media, when your records have been sealed to prevent anyone from finding out, how smart a person is, is typical liberal BS to protect BO from the stench that the public is finding out with the failure of Obamacare.
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This is the same Beshloff who said to Imus his IQ is off the charts. When asked by Imus what it was he didn't know. Please all these so called historians are all liberals. Good old Doris is a perfect example. They only believe in Dem. presidents. More and more we can see their all frauds. They don't write history they glorify progressives.
51 weeks ago
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High IQ doesn't equate to wisdom. A Chinese sage once said: "Much power and little wisdom is doomed to fail." And the unwise Obama is miserably failing.

WILL OBAMA MEET WITH KHAMENEI IN TEHRAN FOR HIS SUPREME MUNICH MOMENT?

Click www.apollospeaks.com for the answer.
51 weeks ago
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But for all of that, it makes no difference since Obama doesn't have the high IQ in the first place.
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So what if some Persian invented chess? The mullahs only have to play Obama like a fiddle, which at this point in his benighted administration can be scales and they win.

History will not be kind to O.
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"I don’t doubt the Persians and our president have high IQs"

I came here to comment on this nonsensical statement, but I see that many have beaten me to it.
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--I don’t doubt the Persians and our president have high IQs--

I do.
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