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Far Enemy, Near Enemy

February 28th, 2013 - 5:06 pm

The Obama administration has no qualms about getting tough on domestic opponents. In the case of foreign opponents the story is quite different. Lee Smith reports that after much soul searching the United States has decided to directly give the Syrian rebels nonlethal aid.

That assistance, according to Kerry, “will strengthen the organizational capacity of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. It will help war torn communities be able to survive devastating situations with respect to sanitation, food delivery, medical care. It will speed the delivery of basic goods and services including security and education. It will help to initiate discussions with those who are providing for public order and for justice as the transition itself unfolds. And we will help the SNC, Free Syrian Army, and the civilian opposition to feed those in need and tend to the sick and the wounded.”

Perhaps not knowing whether he had wandered into the press conference of Oxfam instead of the United States Secretary of State a reporter asked “can you commit to providing more substantial assistance in the future, such as communications equipment, armored cars, bulletproof vests, night vision goggles, the things of that nature?,” the secretary of state fudged, evading the question. “We are providing some $60 million, the most significant portion of which is going directly to the Syrian opposition to enable it to be able to organize more effectively.”

It appears that President Obama is trying to have it both ways at once again. Lee Smith notes that the Obama administration has already given $385 million in aid to the Syrian rebels, but unfortunately Assad has diverted most of it. “It is Syria’s Red Crescent, a Damascus-based organization controlled by the Assad regime, that has been responsible for delivering assistance to needy Syrians. In November, a Syrian NGO, the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations, estimated that 90-95 percent of all international aid was being seized by the regime.”

Call it old-fashioned politeness. After years of Texas coarseness the administration has brought the bracing air of Chicago sophistication to international affairs. It is winning over its foreign enemies with kindness. How else can we help the Washington Post explain the gloating tone of Tehran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, at his talks with the administration.

The most interesting public result of the latest talks with Iran on its nuclear program was the claim by Tehran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, that the new negotiating proposal from the United States and five partners was a possible “turning point” in what has been nearly a decade of fruitless diplomacy. Those cheery words, and the Iranian’s quick agreement to two follow-up meetings in the next five weeks, raised the question of whether the regime is positioning itself to strike a deal that would freeze the most dangerous elements of its nuclear work in exchange for an easing of the sanctions that are choking its economy.

We hope that is the case. Unfortunately, an equally plausible explanation for Mr. Jalili’s comment was that he was celebrating the fact that, in the eight months since Iran last agreed to meet with the international coalition, the offer to Tehran had grown more, rather than less, generous. “It was they who tried to get closer to our point of view,” he crowed, while adding that there remained “a long distance to the desirable point.”

He sounds like he hit paydirt — Jalili — that is.  All the President has to do is up the ante a little more. Just throw in a few more billions to sweeten the pot and Teheran can find it in their hearts to reluctantly concede not to incinerate the Great and Little Satans just yet. Yes infidel, you may live a little longer.

It is victory for the administration! Victory for smart ad hocracy! A triumph for sophistication, sanity and intelligence. Especially after the Washington Post notes that “U.S. officials denied that the terms offered Iran had grown softer as the regime has refused talks, stonewalled international inspectors and continued to defy U.N. Security Council resolutions by adding to its stockpile of enriched uranium.”

Let it never be said that Obama folded in the face of Iran. The Washington Post had better believe it. Or they might get an abusive email from the White House saying they “will regret it” and then get savaged by Josh Marshall and Andrew Sullivan for being senile and in the pay of the Republicans.

That of course doesn’t make the administration’s triumphs true. Not that anybody cares any more, simply that it’s an important point to bear in mind when the effects of reality, so long denied, rebound on everyone’s head eventually.

Here’s my advice. Don’t nobody produce a video which might be in the slightest bit offensive to Muslims anywhere in the world. For it will in due time be the cause of some horrible catastrophe that will be viewed by drone for 24 hours at least until the object in view burns down to the ground unexpectedly.  Then the hunt will be on — for the producer of the video.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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One more thought on the BP Oil Spill Trial.

The key missing pieces of evidence, that has so far been largely ignored, are the National Academy of Engineering's role in the proceedings and the Tyagi Report.

The NAE produced a set of interim recommendations to CONTINUE offshore deepwater drilling, that Ken Salazar et al used as cover to impose the drilling moratorium. They were sued and found to have violated the rights of third parties by the lower court. Hornbeck Offhore Services v. Salazar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornbeck_Offshore_Services_LLC_v._Salazar

The NAE and the National Research Council later issued a more detailed 136 page report written under the leadership of Donald C. Winter http://www.scribd.com/doc/75669013/NAE-report-on-the-Deepwater-Horizon-disaster

That report found serious issues with the Halliburton nitrified cement which I summarized here http://machiasprivateer.blogspot.com/2011/12/deepwater-horizon-nae-report.html

Now the House Natural Resources Committee cannot get the White House to release the emails regarding the moratorium, especially those during the period May 26 -30, when BP was involved in the top kill operation that Thad Allen said, on Good Morning America, has stopped the flow of hydrocarbons into the gulf. That moratorium was drafted at 2 AM on May 27, 2010!

2 AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once is chance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. This administration is an enemy of domestic offshore oil production (at least by Americans, not George Soros).

The flow of oil should have been stopped in one month, not three! And the Tayagi Report says as much.

http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Analysis%20Of%20Well%20Containment%20And%20Control%20Attempts.pdf

And the reason Kurt Mix was indicted was so as to have him keep his mouth shut. Bob Woodward thinks Obama's thugs were threatening him? Wussy! Try having the FBI indict you on two charges, with a possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, for deleting some useless text messsages on your cell phone!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2012/05/14/former-bp-engineer-kurt-mix-responds-to-governments-indictment-dismiss/

CHU LIED, DOLPHINS DIED!

FREE KURT MIX!!!




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Hi all,

Long time reader and lurker. Just wanted to thank our host for his continued postings despite having threatening fewer posts recently. This blog challenges us all to look at problems in new ways, and it has been a true source of inspiration.

A couple years ago Wretchard, you challenged us as readers to come together and create new ways to deal with problems. I'm not sure that anything came of that but I do know that we have more problems now than we did previously. Are there blog clubs like there are book clubs? Are there Belmont Club book clubs?
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I have found a bigger WUSSY than BHO! His name is Patrick Campbell of Wild Well Control and his July 28, 2010 letter, Exhibit 3908 is PRICELESS!

http://www.mdl2179trialdocs.com/index.php?page=download&doc_id=Campbell_Patrick-Depo_Bundle.zip&release_id=201302281700004

With regard to the SUCCESSFUL STATIC KILL OPERATION he wrote


This is not about the "how you do it", this is about the "Should you do it?"

...

Are you sure you want to chance it?


Boy, his face must have been RED when the static kill ASSASSINATED THE WELL during the August 2-4 time period.

Can BP get their money for a "well control expert" back?
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What difference, does it make, at this point in time, whether it was a passing fisherman, sailor, act of God, or well control expert?

Hillary 2016!
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Annoy Mouse...

Nonsense!

Every Beltway Establishment Republican knows that all Hispanics are hardworking, God Fearing, Highly Educated, Family Values Centered Folks holding deeply held beliefs wrt The Founders and the Moral Foundation of this country!

All we need do is out-Democrat the Democrats, and we will have a permanent majority Hispainic electorate.

...just like Rove and W said.
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"Hispanic"
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Doug, Luddy Barsen is going to be disappointed that you purloined his alter ego! I love Mexico. I just wish Americans were half as patriotic as they were.

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It weren't me, it was The Man, aka the much despised PC PJ Comment Robot.

...if you need assistance WRT Hispanics and what they are doing to Central Valley in California, I'll find a couple of VDH articles that I've linked before.

...it ain't pretty.
Young uddy arsen's stomping grounds.
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MSO...

Classic!
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i would say that on Foreign Policy they seem to be even more confused than I am--- in trying to follow the dialogue...It has been obvious for some time that Hollywood and the Democratic Party seem to celebrate our (and their) enemies and demean our friends and allies...I think this behavior has gotten them in the rut of being permanently confused in their wishywashy support....
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Obama aids and abets our future enemies. Treason is the new patriotism.
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Obama is walking a narrow path here. If the Mexicans find out that he is spending money on Syria that he could be paying to them for welfare they are not going to like it. He needs to be careful that his foreign policies do not conflict with his domestic policies. There are more armed gang members here than the FSA will ever muster.
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“Don’t nobody produce a video which might be in the slightest bit offensive to Muslims anywhere in the world. For it will in due time be the cause of some horrible catastrophe that will be viewed by drone for 24 hours at least until the object in view burns down to the ground unexpectedly.”

Like personal defense weapons, it’s time for a common sense, balanced approach to free speech. Nobody needs dangerous, hurtful ‘assault movies’ and speech. High capacity books are just too dangerous outside the halls of ivy.
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People dont kill people, books do. Ban paper, no books. Ban computer screens, no words on internet... better still ban words and revert to primate culture, the actual goal of many, as primates are more easily controlled.

I am getting lost here....
ta
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Michael Hoskins- As my first act as Sec of Energy, I will call "BS" on the annular flow nonsense regarding Macondo 252. At the trial, a big deal is bEing made about BP's Bly report consideriing a potential flow path up the annulus.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2013/02/bps_safety_chief_testifies_tha.html#incart_river

But the relIef well, when finally completed after the Bly report was written, discovered that there was no oil or gas in the annulus at a total depth of 17,200 feet.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/09/19/us-oil-spill-kill-idUSTRE68H22Y20100919

That means there was no flow up the annulus by actual forensic investigation, not guessing. This makes sense, as the lead cement was not nitrified, and any nitrogen breakout would have been upward as the cement was pumped, into the tail cement. Given the results of the actual testing of the un-nitrified cement, it would have cured just fine. So that cured lead cement blocked flow up the annulus. The flow was from the formation, down through the nitrified cement to the rat trap, then U-tubing back up through the shoe track, tail cement and then through the mud and sea water to the rig. (Note that the positive pressure test would have exposed a leak in the wall of the production casing above the upper wiper plugs.)

All that nonsense about the rupture disks was a red herring. Matt Simmons' bleatings were an example of fearmongering to make money. "Undersea methane volcanoes"??????????? Who would buy such cr*p?

Oh that's right, Steven Chu did!

CHU LIED, DOLPHINS DIED!

FREE KURT MIX

P.S. - When do I get my Nobel Prize for Physics? So far I haven't made a dime or even gotten a simple "Thank You"!

Do unto others only goes so far, I have the good manners to say, "Thank You". At least the kids are back playing on the beaches, that's something. I was a kid once and liked playing on the beaches too. Paying forward, they call it.
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For those of you in Rio Linda, or in MSM editorial meetings, the beaches of the Gulf Coast were open and crowded on Labor Day Weekend in 2010, 2 weeks BEFORE the relief well was cemented shut.

The last drop of oil leaked out on July 15, 2010. And the static kill assassinated the well on Aug 4, 2010.

Steven Chu's and Thad Allen's assertion that the relief well was the ultimate solution was total BS!
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