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Obama’s World: Embrace and Appeasement, not Realism

February 6th, 2014 - 6:18 pm

That’s what happens when an ideological vision blinds us to reality.  Obama’s ideology is a “pidgin” version of the standard  leftist view, according to which class conflict is the engine of history, with the oppressors (call them the 1%) ruling it over the impoverished and alienated poor (the 99%).  The pre-Obama United States is the incarnation of the 1%, and most of the rest of the world, especially the poor, or underdeveloped world, make up the 99%. Obama and his followers have a romantic attachment to the 99%, and his many calls for “fairness” apply to his international impulses as well as to his domestic passions.

This notion of class conflict may have explained European history for a period right after the industrial revolution, but it has little to do with the globalized world we live in.  Since it does not explain the world, people who believe it are very poorly placed to make sensible policy, either domestic or international.  Yet those who believe it continue to embrace the happy thought that they are morally and intellectually superior to the rest of us, as Fred Siegel elaborates in his wonderful new book The Revolt Against the Masses.

We have been told that Obama considers himself so smart that he is bored with the problems that afflict the real world.  He evidently thinks he’s got the answers.  If you suggest that he’s failing, he lifts his chin and mentally tosses you into the “they don’t get it” pot.

Obama is actually easy to understand, although plenty of smart people keep trying to find other explanations.  Of late, Peter Foster, Lee Smith and Mike Doran have been hard at it, looking for new ways to explain Obama’s Iran policy.  Lee Smith argues that Obama’s a “realist,” and that his guru is Harvard’s Professor Walt.  He suggests that Obama views the Middle East in old-fashioned balance-of-power terms, and accepts Iran as a major player with whom we must come to terms. Mr. Doran doesn’t think Obama really cares if Iran gets the bomb, and has been bluffing all along, and Mr. Foster thinks Obama doesn’t really care if the sanctions break down, since if Iran makes lots of money via deals with the P5+1 countries, they will be very reluctant to go back into the misery of the sanctions regime, thus making a final deal more likely.  He quotes Wendy Sherman to that effect.

I agree with Doran and Foster, but I think their focus is too narrow.  Iran policy isn’t a singular effort, it’s part of a pattern.  Obama sympathizes with the regime’s ideology, he agrees that our past actions justify branding us the “Great Satan,” and he wants to make everything right with the mullahs.  He doesn’t see the regime’s enmity toward America as a fixed principle, as their raison d’etre, and he has undertaken to change it.  He has been secretly negotiating with them all along, convinced by his ideology that it will all work out.  So he doesn’t fear a nuclear Iran any more than I fear a nuclear Britain, France or Israel.

Lee Smith’s surprising suggestion that Obama’s a “realist” strikes me as too far out.  Yes, Walt and the president agree that Israel is a terrible nuisance, but Obama’s foreign policy–of which Iran is just one component–is hardly realistic.  It’s driven by passion and a false vision of the world, not by tough-minded geopolitical analysis.

If you want a good two-word description of Obama’s approach to the world, call it passionate appeasement.  And go back and read the quotation at the top.

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If you think that there is a revolt brewing then I suggest that you go to a meeting of your local Democrat supporters (DPAC) and witness the depth of denial, willful ignorance, and downright hatred for all forms of resistance to their support for what they have gained via Obama and his ilk.

I do not attend such meetings but have a very close relative who does and soaks it up as do friends of mine. Believe me , they are not backing down one iota. They are only angered to the extent that they wish that Obama would push the "progressive " agenda more vigorously. They are not Republicans. They actually have a cause and they know how to fight for that cause (as defined by their beloved willful ignorance) and they are ready and willing to do so. Lie, cheat, steal or whatever it takes.

The beginning of the end of the Republican party is much more of a reality. Any gains in 2014 by the Repubs will ceaselessly be characterized by the media propaganda machine as a "white man's temper tantrum" as well as a takeover by dangerous right-wing loons and dismissed as such while the Repub leadership tries to sort out and finesse the message and fritters the opportunity away.

I hope that you are correct and I am not.
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John Kerry, recently mocked and ragged on by Israelis for his semi-veiled threat to impose boycotts on Israel if they don't toe some kind of line, replied that he didn't care as he'd been shot at with real bullets and would continue to pursue his lord and master Obama's goal of palestinian/israeli peace.

Israel responded appropriately for Kerry to go pursue his Nobel and STFU.

You don't know whether to laugh or cry with this cast of American clowns.

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Obama's worldview comes from a cocktail of malignant thought, a mixology concocted from a dash of Frank Marshall Davis, his abandoning father Barack Obama, Sr., Don Warden, Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.

The seething Jew hatred, white man enmity, Nation of Islam promoting, anti-capitalism and anti-America/Israel foundational principles is not hard to recognize if you weave them together as a whole lifetime of targeted animosity.

The tightrope act of not pissing off wealthy American Jewish donors while systematically putting the noose around Israel's neck ...has been a spectacle to behold. Certain Senators will only go along so far with this charade. They are quite happy and willing to sell out America, but they must keep up pretenses about their "fidelity" to Israel, lest they find themselves with some "splainin' to do".

Now Hagel is too dense to be allowed to speak, but Kerry and Clinton...they can point at 30 years of "voting", in order to look "clean" as they sell Israel down the river.

Obama not only doesn't care if Iran becomes nuclear, he and his cabal think it is unfair that Israel is...and Iran is not. So, he concocts this phony Geneva deal, sets his friends in Communist Russia, Communist China and Communist....ok, VERY SOCIALIST France...on Vlad and Hollande's wild adventure.

America will get NOTHING out of it. Israel will be effectively hog-tied and chastened.

Just as Frank Marshall Davis, Barack Obama, Sr., Don Warden, Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Jeremiah Wright...would love it to be. And Hagel, Anita Dunn, Van Jones, Michael Pfleger, and Edward Said.

The man running this country and his cabal...is not a fan of this country or of Israel. Never has been. Nor has ANYONE in his life to whom he looked for guidance or mentorship or close friendship.

How hard is it to find that enmity? Not hard at all. How hard is it to attach it to every move we see unfolding before our unbelieving eyes? Apparently...nearly impossible.
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Creating and supporting mullah’s regime in Iran done and is under support by western powers( just look back to 1979 how jimmy carter and left dominant stream in the Europe deal with those satanic Khomeini and his gangs in Paris!), Industrial funds, political support and etc. Iran’s mullah’s regime in these 35 years is the fundament of evil and misery in Middle East and the entire world. Mullahs are the main idea of suicide bombing, all kind terrorism and instability in Middle East.
Iran’s mullahs regime can’t breathe without the support of United States and west. They can’t survive without the petrodollars. They use the petrodollars for their satanic evil and they never stop, whether against the neighbors, far away continental countries or their own nation. Fortunately, Medias and networks just a mouse click, could show you all what’s going on in Iran and region.
What it means when western powers repeat again and let them sell oil and let them use petrodollars???
Why United States let them survive? Why westerners send them industrial contractors to deal with mullahs? If this is not hospitalizing satanic evil, so then what can you call it???!!! Why U.S, as a responsible Super Power who can easily control the entire world with their Hi-Tech superior military forces, Networking and other power components, deal with them, take and shake their filthy hands washed in bloods innocents, and let them send out again, poison and anti humanism evil logic?!
This process repeatedly repeated many times before now in these 35 years. Mullahs always successfully run this spin, this deception. It’s not their fault, they are building construction power, and their strategy has been always stable but their tactics slightly changing. They are creeping slowly. But it’s stable and constant. They are patient, because they have aim. It’s the fault of United States and westerners who never decided decisively against them to destroy and wipe out these evil satanic creatures. Just hoping this looseness, get longer, until mullahs achieve their completed plots, not only their nuclear facilities production line and other military complex, but they find trust that they’ve achieved somehow superiority on you in the region and can challenge you harder than now. Even worse than North Korea’s just empty fake threats, they’ll start massacre Sunni’s and other neighbor countries worse than nowadays.
How much can help you, flirting and tolerating with an evil disease and a tumor poisonous cancer, to recover you of sickness instead of effective medical methods?!!! Their damned breath, their cursed economy and their rotten life is dropped to reverse countdown after cutting their contact to the world and economic sanctions. They are suffocating by lack of Petrodollars. They are not independent satanic rotten creatures, they depend on Westerners.
Mullahs’ find that westerners don’t dare enough to confronting militarily against themselves, it’s expensive or they get hostage Iranian and region nations or other dangerous conspectuses. OK, no problem it’s rational. And there’s no expect or require to attack them militarily, but expecting you and can easily be done with hard and real tough sanctions to destroy them completely.
Just decide strongly and robust, against the mullahs Iran rotten blood thirsty satanic regime.




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If Kerry said that, then the satirical videos produced here in Israel make him look too intelligent, if anything. Notice how they attacked the idea of free speech in Israel? Why not - they're against it in the US also.

Notice how far his "Reset button" got him with Putin? And the tiger eats you first, not last.

BTW, as the Israeli media also carries water for Obama to some extent, I doubt they realized that the way they decided to spell Kerry's name in Hebrew is a technical Jewish legal term meaning "nocturnal emission".
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Substitute Israel for the US and you have his Middle Eastern policy.

And, by the way, his view of the world is exactly the same as Ron Paul's, only he is slightly smarter.
29 weeks ago
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Impeach Obama before it is too late. Time is running out fast!
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You ought to say that the decline is not irreversible. The decline has already been set in motion; it is happening. While your analysis of Obama, Michael, is very good (though you sort of leave out his Muslim attachments), you don't touch on the fact that the American people voted him in, twice. Several posters described that reality eloquently. I get the feeling that you treat the decline as something to avoid and something preventable, when it is fully underway. The only question is if it can be reversed.
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The key was the media's treatment of Romney's foreign policy statements. He was "revealed" to have made some statements that showed a clear understanding of this end of the Middle East. Since that is the opposite of Tom Friedman's understanding, this was called a "gaffe". All the average American heard was that Romney doesn't understand foreign policy.
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This is another example of somebody trying to fit Obama into a historic framework when he is far far too radical and arrogant to accept any framework that has ever existed.

The ONLY things he embraces are a) the destruction of the USA and American values, and b) the accumulation of power.
29 weeks ago
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And how does the article contradict that?
29 weeks ago
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Dear Mr Ledeen,

Bush foreign policy was an obvious success (insert sarcasm here). Obama's foreign policy is the same as Bush, a disaster. What can you comment on Reagan's ("Freedom fighters", Carter's "Mujahedden" and Obama's Alnusra? Are they a success too? Why do not you keep feeding those terrorist steaks to see if you can appease them from eating the hearts of their victims literally. Are you familiar with Operations Northwoods, Ajax, Gladio A and B and the millions of Vietnamese, Korean Syrians and Iraqis slaughtered in the name of freedom? Try to keep that tiger fed and appeased with your tax dollars. Never stop feeding it, or it might turn around and eat you alive in the name of global conquest.
29 weeks ago
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In other words, you have the same view of the world as Obama. Or Ron Paul.
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It is not surprising that the policies of shame and humiliation has embraced by self-hating delusional leftists. In fact, the overwhelming majority of them surprisingly abhor the United States and its policies, which makes me believe that there is really a global alliance of radical leftists and radical Islamists.
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Once a Bandung baby- always a Bandung man. (Third world socialism/communism) They see the world Obama way- thus his pivot to Asia -and ignoring South Korea, Taiwan,Philippines,Japan - or the Middle East- or now EU/Ukraine. Tell Vladimir is his key phrase.
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Sadly there can't be more than a few republicans with a sufficient number of neurons firing to grasp what we are up against or the backbone to go after this lunatic bunch with everything they've got. Couple this foreign policy insanity with the propaganda to convince as many people as possible that jobs, aka honest work, are an evil capitalist trap and you realize we are in so much trouble it is truly depressing.
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