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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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I can't shake the feeling that this insignificant neurotic will not need to be impeached, his eventual psychotic breakdown will force him to resign. In the event that my prediction doesn't come to pass, he is ripe for impeachment because even the people who have propped him up throughout his career and his most ardent fans are bone tired from the effort. This can't go on much longer.
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Who are the rebels?

26 year old Elizabeth O'Bagy has been a prominent source of the idea they are not al Qaeda.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/05/woman-informing-kerry-mccains-opinions-on-syria-also-an-advocate-for-syrian-rebels/

She advocates sending MANPADS to the rebels

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/06/why-arming-the-rebels-isnt-enough/276889/

She works for the rebels as a lobbyist

http://syriantaskforce.org/index.php/2013-01-23-13-29-32/press-releases/59-setf-welcomes-dr-elizabeth-o-bagy-to-dc-staff

Rather than taking the advice of a 26 year old, we can listen to the "facts" she is providing. Syria does rely on re-supply through Iraq. So the place to interdict that flow is in Iraq. BHO screwed the pooch by failing to get a status of forces agreement with Maliki, he simply cut and ran. No wonder the World thinks Obama is a coward.

But Maliki and the Iraqis owe the USA big time. We ejected Saddam. So do the no fly zone in Iraq. And work to cut off the land routes that Blert has talked about.

Gain public support for aiding the Iraqis in defending their own borders against "illegal immigrants" from Iran. Put some lead into Maliki's pencil. Put some Air force SOF/FCAs in chairs along side Iraqi air traffic controllers and have them independently whistle up the F-22s on ground alert when they see something fishy going on. Intercept the suspect aircraft and force them to land for inspection.

Putin wants proof? Give it to him by impounding Iranian arms being shipped to the terrorist Assad. Probably not chemical weapons, but FAE weapons. Blert has the scenario.

No need to send MANPADS to al Qaeda rebels in Syria.
32 weeks ago
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"....Government of the People, by the People, for the People...:

Obama is not the United States. He is an employee. Clint Eastwood was right! Obama is an empty chair.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=933hKyKNPFQ

And the People's House ought to confirm that fact. They can start by impeaching that Obama henchman, Eric Holder. That will show Putin and the world who is truly the BOSS.

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
32 weeks ago
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Apropos of King Putt, more vintage Clint:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2JnCXvm_Qc

"A man's gotta know his limitations."
32 weeks ago
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Go to 9:34

http://youtu.be/933hKyKNPFQ?t=9m34s

"When somebody does not do the job, we've got to let him go."
32 weeks ago
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we didn't notice Obama obnoxiousity towards Putin in France, but his isolement, idem for Hollande vis à vis his EU partners

They both have chosen to climb the stream, that none wants to try, for personal reasons, not because it's the right thing to do, they loose, they havent their own plebe support
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U go gurl!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wAZiC9tIm4

No, ity's not Curtis LeMay in drag. It's a hard-left academic governmental elite, finally after all these years breaking with the Rooskie.

Some mo? Okay, Here she is being interviewed by Paula Broadwell. Yup, that Paula B.

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-doctrine-of-power-paula-broadwell-samantha-power/

The ladies have much magic --everything they touch is soon ruined. Still, no admin with a brain would've let their star Emo anywhere near Broadwell. Maybe they figgered a few months is the limit of memory in the new non-written-word zit giest. But me, ancient, reads cereal boxes, wonders, "Gee, how long have you two known each other?"
32 weeks ago
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Somebody please tell me this ain't happening.
Our Ivy League Community Organizer going Macho a Macho with Mr. KGB.
Dear God in Heaven.
I can hear the clacking of the chain pulling the roller coaster up to the top of the first hill.
Every body piling ships into the Med.
And we've sent our head shroom to Moscow.
And he's decided to get into a chest bumping contest with the biggest ego since Mussilini.

"Lord hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the Sea."
32 weeks ago
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"... 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."

And the downside is?
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US
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"the Rand Paul/isolationist right"

Rand Paul and those who do not support this ill advised cluster you-know-what war against Syria are not isolationists and to say they are is a lie.
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"But before you laugh at Obama’s misery, before you even think of laughing, remember that the humiliation of Barack Obama is perforce also a humiliation of America."

No it is not. Obama is not America and America is not Obama. Your claim perforce is un-American.
32 weeks ago
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To clear up the double negative on that last sentence of mine:

It is Not an endeavor that 0bama is cut-out for.
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