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‘Dominant’ Obama

September 5th, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Today, the headlines were about “dominant” Obama. NBC described the moment Obama met Putin:

“It was very odd. Obama is treating him like he was greeting a doorman,” she said. … “This is a show of power,” she said. “In addition, he leans in toward Putin with his upper body, placing himself slightly into Putin’s personal zone. Notice Putin pulls back ever so slightly, which indicates that Obama has the upper hand.”

Some of you may be less impressed by these games, recalling, no doubt, the times on the grade-school playground when this ploy was used to show the bully just who was boss, usually with unfortunate results. This is greasy kid stuff, not the demeanor of presidents.

But before you laugh at Obama’s misery, before you even think of laughing, remember that the humiliation of Barack Obama is perforce a humiliation of America. Whether one likes it or not, he represents the country. And he’s turned it into a doormat.

That is the reason why AIPAC is supporting a Syrian operation, according to Steven Rosen at Foreign Policy: not because AIPAC hopes for something sensible in Syria, but simply to keep the sawdust from spilling out of Barack Obama any further. Don’t do it for Syria, he argues, do it to save the remaining prestige of the presidency of the United States:

AIPAC’s leaders, like other Americans, don’t see much to support on any side of the civil war in Syria, and in their hearts they would probably like to see both sides lose. But an American military strike that destroys Syria’s aircraft and helicopters, degrades its air defenses, and disables its runways, would be a benefit to Israel and the region — no matter who emerges victorious there.

And if, conversely, the red lines that have been declared by President Obama were to be wiped out by an isolationist Congress (much as British Prime Minister David Cameron was repudiated by Parliament), it could begin a wider U.S. retreat in the Middle East. It would certainly undermine the campaign to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program. Already, the Syrian regime and Hezbollah are boasting about a “historic American retreat,” and extremist elements from al Qaeda to North Korea must be rubbing their hands in glee. Without a strong United States, the world of our children will descend into a very dark void, because after America there is no one else waiting in line to assume leadership except these forces of evil and chaos.

If AIPAC sits on its hands, Obama might well lose this historic vote on Capitol Hill. If so, the Rand Paul/isolationist right and the antiwar left may celebrate, and conservative critics can blame it on Obama’s feckless leadership. But it will be a disaster for the Middle East and the world, and it may be impossible to contain the damage.

That’s like buying a lemon from a used-car salesman because you feel sorry for him, not because you want the car. The problem with that line of reasoning is that Obama may both fail to destroy Syria’s military capability — having said his efforts will be limited — and fail in a manner so disgusting and complete that the “Rand Paul/isolationist right and the antiwar left” will forever be enshrined in the pantheon of prophets like Cassandra.

What America needs is a new plan and revitalized leadership. Obama’s presidency — and American leadership — is on a declining curve. It’s terminal. He and the country are not losing prestige arithmetically; we’re losing it geometrically. It’s scary. The man makes a grand entrance into the summit dinner — “BBC reporter says Obama arrived alone for the G-20 dinner; did not walk in with Putin and other leaders” — and then gives the president of Russia the “dominant Obama” treatment. And he thinks this is smart? Yes, he does, and that’s the scary thing.

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Video has been found of Obama meeting Putin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXQv-6CXf1g
There is another scene regrettably blocked by youtube in the US, that anticipates the psychological one upsmanship games with brutal clarity.

There are some who will never stop believing in Obama. They are largely the minor tools who are fixated on a single issue of race or sexuality or immigration. For the majority in the Middle Class, and most importantly for the influential cadre of wealthy donors, working politicians, and what passes for intellectuals in the Democratic Party Obama may prove disposable. Like other pretentious frauds masquerading as Great Leaders, think of a slightly less murderous Ceausescu, he operates in momentum. Once his plane runs out of gas what does he have? Ninety days after he is gone it may be hard to find anyone who will remember having worked for him.
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"An egomaniac with an inferiority complex." "All hat and no cattle." I'd wager that 99% of BC commenters had this guy pegged as a complete fraud since his 2004 DNC speech. Any US citizen that still believes otherwise should be involuntarily committed. When the truth finally escapes the MSM information shield, we will discover that every aspect of Obama's history is a lie. When he slinks out of the White House or is dragged out by his toes, the facts will show that he claimed Kenyan citizenship for college preferences; rarely attended classes in college or law school; made miserable grades; was voted President of the Harvard Law Review-not Editor, which at the time was essentially a popularity contest; is and has been a raging alcoholic and closet homosexual, (not that there's anything wrong with that); wrote neither of his best-selling "autobiographies;" spent precious little time in the Oval office on official duties; eschewed almost all substantive decisions and whose interest in the presidency were only the perks and trappings of the office-hosting pop singers, two-bit actors and hosting sports teams. Valerie Jarrett has been president by proxy from day one.
On January 29, 2009, he was pegged by the blogger Kim Crawford, (Velociworld)-a "snide, cheap-shot, partisan, venal, juvenile, imbecilic, and unscrupulous" creature, with never a word uttered by the press against him- they being "unseeing and unknowing, reduced to the tactile self-comfort of the thrill upon the thigh, the flutter of the heart, the buckling of the knee. Obama reminds me of a chorus line boy with a stiletto in his sole. All flat chest and high kick and beautiful smile and slick moves, until you move in on his turf."
Sorry for the rant, but as you can tell, I despise this weasel and all his protectors and enablers with every fiber of my being. I am not half the intellectual or gentleman as is our brilliant host, but I love my country. May every member of this criminal gang that have spent eight years trying to destroy it not only be fully exposed, but also burn in hell.
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What really scares me is this nasty feeling that we really haven't seen anything yet. Until recently I thought he would welcome a refusal from Congress to authorize a strike on Syria because it would give him an excuse to do nothing. Now I fear that he will strike no matter what. And if Congress doesn't give him the green light and he does send off the missiles things are really going to get hot.
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There is a knock out punch in his future, I hope it's not a knock out punch for The United States also.
The Old trade Los Angeles or San Francisco for Damascus deal.
It's not like the US has it's Nuke forces on alert nor are most even capable of surety.
46 weeks ago
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Maybe Jon Stewart was right...we're watching 7th-graders in action!!
46 weeks ago
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If Obama’s America is America, it’s time for me to find a new home. Plenty of people leave behind the corruption, vileness, depravity, and incompetence of their homelands for new lands. Perhaps inner immigration will work. Or I could move to Australia, "which is entirely peopled by criminals."
46 weeks ago
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...as opposed to Obamaland, "which is entirely criminaled by peoples."
46 weeks ago
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I am 5000 miles away and it still feels too close. Australia is not a bad choice my friend. Lovely people as far as I know although Liberals abound there.
46 weeks ago
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When did the staff of Izvestia 1982 move to NBC? I haven’t read fawning, hallucinatory prose like that since the Brezhnev-Chernenko era.
46 weeks ago
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National decline is the liberal agenda. The libs have simply formed various groups, with different approaches, to do the same thing. They are modern Luddites. Each group throws something different into the machinery so as to destroy it. Until a person or group says explicitly they are Marxists or they seek our destruction the willful naive Mayberry Types pretend we are all trying to reach a better America, just taking different paths. There are no nice liberals.
46 weeks ago
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We get different takes from the press on who the rebels are. Russia was pretty god at disinformation in the Cold War. No doubt Russian intelligence is shaping the message of what is coming out of Syria. What a freaking mess, I have no idea what to do.
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My dear Mr. Fernandez:
NO; NO; NO!!!!
I would rather die fighting for what I believe in, and served in the United States military for, rather than see this scum bag PRECEDENT or his party, gain any respect or honor for their rape of America, the Constitution, and its established ideals.
COMPROMISE NOT.
And you can take that to the bank.
46 weeks ago
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In a declining curve, things don’t decline gradually. They collapse suddenly.
Indeed they do, and that likely applies to O's mental stability too.

At war inside his head are the following (at minimum): the way he sees himself; the way others see him; the way he thinks others see him; the way he wants to be -- and the way he really is. Plus all the other pathologies we all speculate about.

The fissures are opening up and the tenisons inside must be ugly. He's haggard and looks like he's no longer slapping Grecian Formula on his hair. Personally, I'm fresh out of the milk of human kindness and would hope he ends up in an inner circle of hell. However, the protection of our country is paramount. Just how do his handlers keep an eye on him?
One hope must be that the Secret Service has operational rules to deal with a pres. who suddenly goes whacko.
Sudden meltdown is now realistic.
46 weeks ago
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ROFL! "To keep the sawdust from spilling out of Barack Obama any further" -- now, that's cherce!

What is he -- a Raggedy Andy doll, or a Pound Puppy?

46 weeks ago
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Things people do when they think real life is written by Aaron Sorkin.
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