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September 9th, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Private citizen Hillary Clinton talks about Syria. Why? In what capacity? Well of course when you’re Hillary you never really stop being Hillary.

Who’s on first? Hillary, Kerry, Obama or Vladimir Putin?  Readers will recall the recent post The Voyage of the Nikolai Filchenkov, where it first became apparent that the Russian President was getting ready to pull the rug right out from under Barack Obama. It was speculated that the ship was heading for Syria to remove the chemical weapons so that Obama would have no further pretext to attack Assad.

Putin looks to be inside the Administration’s OODA loop. Once he saw Obama commit his prestige to defending a self-inflicted Red Line, he painted a decoy target and then promptly erased it after first watching the President marshal his entire stock of political capital to engage it.

And now there’s another target all glittering in the radar return: the offer to withdraw the chemical weapons.

Hillary is trying to salvage the situation by attempting to take credit for developments. “We’ve got ‘em on the run boys,” she seems to say. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that just as soon as the administration gets its ponderous narrative machinery pointed in another direction it will be gone again like a will ‘o the wisp. As for Hillary’s role the question must be, who’s she doing a favor? Is she someone’s idea of good salesmanship, if so, her renewed public presence can only remind the public of painful memories.

The administration, already tied up in knots, is in the process of being twisted like a pretzel. Forbes writes “The Syria Vote: Why Obama Wins If He Loses”. Glenn Reynolds writes in USA Today: Obama is a laughing stock. John Kerry is being mocked for saying the planned strikes will be ‘unbelievably small’. And now with Putin offering to sail away with the sarin and Hillary — Hillary speaking where Kerry should be — it’s back to the drawing board for that whole scurvy crew.

Now they’ll have to adjust Susan Rice’s course who is out and about pushing the President’s strike on Syria.

Syria is becoming the La Brea Tarpit of Democratic ambitions. It’s pulling one dinosaur after the other into the quagmire, as each tries to help the other out. Before the end of this the entire top tier of the party will be in the morass. Obama, Kerry and Hillary, the whole lot of them.

It used to be a safe assumption that if Obama were ever forced to resign in disgrace like Nixon then his chosen successor would be one of the Presidentials — like Hillary or Kerry — Al Gore being a little too long away from the scene to contend. At the rate things are going, a resignation in the Oval Office will mean a President Biden. Yet that might actually reveal an awful truth: that stripped of the glitz, spin and makeup, pitiful Joe Biden is the strongest player on that miserable bench.

Maybe God really does look out for America. The Syrian crisis has done the nation the incredible favor of exposing a potential system failure early, like having a mild heart attack and finding that your arteries are nearly 99% blocked and only a miracle saved you from the Big One. But warnings only work when they are heeded. The administration and its supporters are heedless. Timothy Egan wroting in the New York Times on Sept 5th maintained the belief that Obama is in a bind because Bush ruined American credibility for international action.

The voice that stands out most by his silence, the one that grates with its public coyness, is Bush himself. He has refused to take a side in the Syrian conflict. The president, he said, “has a tough choice to make.” Beyond that, “I refuse to be roped in.”

This is cowardice on a grand scale. Having set in motion a doctrine that touches all corners of the earth and influences every leader with a say in how to approach tyrants who slaughter innocents, Bush retreats to his bathtub to paint.

Egan doesn’t get it. Obama is in a bind because he goofed big time. “Roped in” as Bush the ostensibly stupid put it offhand. But there are none so blind as they who can’t accept they’ve been outsmarted.


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Maybe, with Russia's help, the chemical weapons will eventually end up back in Iraq from where they originated.

And then we can start all over again from point zero.
(Seems somehow fitting, in an absurdly pathetic/tragic sort of way.)
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So what was that "dominant Obama" business about. Was it an act? Did the President crawl on his belly before Putin the instant he was out of view of the cameras? What did he have to give Vladimir to pull his chestnuts out of the fire.

Where's the self-respect? I sure hope it isn't true.
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Wretchard, You see the matryoshka doll within the matryoshka doll within the matryoshka doll ... And of course you are right. Obama has cut a deal with Vladimir. We have been sold down the river.....
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Reduced to its essentials, Obama's major blunder was omitting the demand part of his "....or else I'll shoot!" blusterfuck. (My guess is because of his obsession to remain the anti-Bush and avoid any resemblance to W's insistence of Saddam's turnover of WMD). A coiled Putin simply sprang at the right time to supply the obvious: "Surrender your CW or...." And the rest fell predictably into place.
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Obozo probably put it in writing that he will destroy ALL of our nuclear weapons before the end of the year if Vlad will just help a brother out here! Yes, HE IS THAT STUPID!!!
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All this nonsense is making me cranky. i apologize in advance for the following cranky old man comment.

I see Hillary in the video. I see Hillary is a prime contender for President in 2016.

Why?

What is this American love for ruling dynasties? Other countries had the Bourbons, the Hapsburgs, the Plantagenets. America has the Kennedy's, the Bush's and the Clintons.

Why?

For 2016 I suggest dumping the idea of inherited rulers. Forget the Presidency as an inherited office. Those European Kings and Queens didn't work out very well you know.

Why not make the Presidency an elective office - you know - elect one of the 300 million who is not a member of a ruling dynasty to be President. Other countries have tried electing their rulers and they like it. Oh, yes you did just try that with Brand Barry. Try it again with a serious person this time.

OK, I am being cranky. I'll stop now.
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Why? For the same reason that one of recent history's greatest buffoons will shortly mount the podium and grandly proclaim his monumental blunders to the world in triumphant tones. His head, tilted slightly upward and to one side, will swivel majestically -- the better to read the ghostwritten speech projected on the teleprompter. He will gesture to the left and right. And it will be taken in the NYT for profundity.

At predetermined points in the great oration he will pause for effect and deliver deliver a focus-group tested punchline. And then he will end, with some meaningless peroration, that neither he nor his adoring audience understand and stand forth from the lectern, not a hair out of place and not a wit in his head.

And we will clap. No ... not everyone. But more than enough will rise to their feet and without quite knowing why, rhythmically bring their hands together like trained seals. You can almost hear Andrew Sullivan shout: "we have a President!!!"

Why? That's why.

The big mistake is to believe that America has been betrayed by Barack Obama; that somehow he has disappointed us. The sad truth is that America has been betrayed in large part by itself; by its educational system; its media culture and its own failure to look beyond its own cossetted provincialism.

Barack Obama is us. Maybe not everyone of us, but enough of us. Take a bow gentlemen, take a bow.
45 weeks ago
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History may not repeat itself but it does often rhyme.

Here's another brilliant orator rapping about peace to great applause of the people: http://youtu.be/FO725Hbzfls
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As Prof. Reynolds says, another rube self-identifies:


https://twitter.com/tommyxtopher/status/377265761301303296
No, this worked out much better than anyone could have planned. Putin way more sh*t-scared than I thought.


Sad thing is that I think he actually believes this. You know he'll be doing his best trained seal impression.
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And what do you know, Peggy Noonan agrees with me.

"So what will he say? Some guesses.

He will not really be trying to “convince the public.” He will be trying to move the needle a little, which will comfort those who want to say he retains a matchless ability to move the masses. It will make him feel better. And it will send the world the message: Hey, this isn’t a complete disaster. The U.S. president still has some juice, and that juice can still allow him to surprise you, so watch it.

He will attempt to be morally compelling and rhetorically memorable. He will probably, like Susan Rice yesterday, attempt to paint a graphic portrait of what chemical weapons do—the children in their shrouds, the suffering parents, what such deaths look like and are. This is not meaningless: the world must be reminded what weapons of mass destruction are, and what the indifference of the world foretells.

He will claim the moral high ground. He will temporarily reserve the use of force and welcome recent diplomatic efforts. He will suggest it was his threat of force that forced a possible diplomatic solution. His people will be all over the airwaves saying it was his deft leadership and steely-eyed threat to use force that allowed for a diplomatic break. "

In other words he will bulls**t us and enough of us will believe it.

http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2013/09/10/making-sense-of-syria/
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MachiasP quote Norwegian vote-winer Mrs. Solberg: "Voters have given us a mandate to go through with the Conservative policy ... to ensure that Norway remains a welfare state," she added.

Clearly, there are Conservatives, and then there are Norwegian Conservatives. Although unfortunately, most of the Institutional Republicans, like most of David Cameron's British Conservatives, seem to think that the Norwegian dame is right on the money.

Norwegians should never be allowed to escape the indelible shame of having given war-mongering Sotero the Nobel Peas Prize. Every Norwegian, including those not yet born, must be made to apologize repeatedly for that inexcusable lapse of judgment. Let's expand "Mock a Norwegian Day" into "Mock a Norwegian Month"!
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Hey, they're 'conserving' the welfare state...Just like our top conservatives.
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Boy, when The New Republic "takes you to the woodshed," you've got big problems.
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114655/obama-syria-policy-octopus-fighting-itself

This speech tonight should be some great entertainment.
45 weeks ago
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I suspect that 0bama --or TOTUS rather-- is going to speechify upon the emerging neo-com dipsh*tlomatic tool wherein they are able to wag the dog without benefit of a dog to wag...Thus unveiling the ultimate squirrel of distraction for all to fixate on.

"It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."
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I am no fan of Putin, but it appears to me that Obama poses a greater threat to the USA.
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And just where was herself when all this was going down months ago?

Why is there this seat of the pants action, when she should have been helping develop position and policy when it started?

Scrubs. Scrubs and Hypocrites.

Can't anybody here play this game?
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OBAMA IS BECOMING THE WORLD's MASCOT

The man has been propped up all his life, and now the world, even though they know he's an inept putz, is joining in the effort. Well, actually, they joined in as soon as they found out about him. The world gave him a Nobel Peace Price for basically voting "present."

We make fun of him going through life "voting present," but it has served him, and those behind his rise, well, hasn't it?

The world needs to prop up an American clown, because they need America brought down. Watch Norway give Putin and Obama another joint Nobel Peace Prize for the whole Syrian thing. The world's powers-that-be would love to see Americans convinced in perpetuity that idiots like Obama and Hillary are what they need as leaders. I think they are succeeding.
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C’mon! Who in their minds ever thought Obama the Nobel Peace Prize winner will give the nod for a strike? ‘Unbelievably small’ not withstanding.

It has been this admin’s past modi operandi that they created or accelerated a crisis any crisis to be used for their operation. The whole thing only showed how scary Obama team designed and cooked-up the whole ‘crisis’ thinking it will make their man ‘look good’ - Obama the brave, Obama the international statesman, Obama the peacemaker, etc
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" C’mon! Who in their minds ever thought Obama the Nobel Peace Prize winner will give the nod for a strike? ‘Unbelievably small’ not withstanding."

If you look at it from a rational, purely foreign policy point of view, no the odds were small. But this is the Obama regime we are dealing with. First, their view was not rational. They truly believed that Iran would become a US ally over this, and that no one would shoot back if we attacked. An act of war doesn't count as such if their fingers are crossed. The Germans had a similar philosophy in the Reichs Chancellory from 1944 - April 1945. They called it "Wolkekuckucksheim", and it was where the Chancellor lived.

Given their foreign policy catechism, it made *domestic* political sense to launch their "unbelievably small" strike; because it would make plain that the Congress' role in governance had been totally absorbed by the Executive and would have split the so-called "opposition" permanently. If Congress no longer has the power of the purse, if it no longer has the power of confirmations, and can no longer declare war; why are they meeting?

Subotai Bahadur
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To strike, or not to strike...

Obama the equivocator.
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With no small amount of reluctance, I've got to tip my hat to PutinCo.
Pootie played the democrat's self-inflicted political chaos to maximum effect.

Now the dems and the Russians both can get rid of Saddam's WMD without having to publicly admit they were Saddam's WMD...And the icing on Putin's cake is the further beclowning of the collective American political class.

Well played.
The Russ *own* our OODA loop.

Now watch as [trainwreck] Hillary becomes the heir-head apparent with the full clandestine support of all the worst actors of the world. America under proggie control is a win win for global degeneracy and the decline of The Westfold.

"What difference at this point does it make” whether they are clowns or jokers?

"Some men just want to watch the world burn."

http://youtu.be/pgeAQioXyYA
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" The Russ *own* our OODA loop."

I would go along with that except for one thing.

O- Observer
O-Orient
D-Decide
A-Act

Under Obama, not only has the US government not done any of these, the concepts have been forbidden for various PC reasons.

Which is pretty much proof, by the way, that the Republicans are collaborators; because otherwise Obama would not *own* them.

Subotai Bahadur
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"Which is pretty much proof, by the way, that the Republicans are collaborators; because otherwise Obama would not *own* them."

Yes. More and more it seems that the general populace is getting the "good cop/bad cop" treatment with the Democrats and Republicans. The apparent conflicts are mostly just a show to make the perp think he has a friend when in point of fact he doesn't at all.

We are not yet to the point where they think they can dispense with the act, but that day may be coming sooner than we think. I hope that's just my paranoid delusion.

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Good points SB and Tc.

We would have to have an OODA loop for them to own.

I submit that it is quite possible that the Russ *own* our OODA loop because they *are* our OODA loop.

They Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act for us.
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After all...Who now *owns* Mr. Snowden?
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