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March 25th, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Washington Post editorial editor Fred Hiatt hopes that president Obama will re-think his foreign policy after a series of failures, though deep down he conceded that Obama probably wouldn’t. Hiatt asks the rhetorical question: “defeat can lead to defeatism, or it can lead to constructive rethinking. Which path will President Obama take after setbacks overseas?” And he provides his own answer. Neither. It will lead to complete denial and more wishful thinking.

The instinctive White House response will be to head into the political bunker: to deny that it ever displayed isolationist tendencies while painting critics as wild-eyed warmongers. This reflexive belligerence is understandable given that Obama’s political enemies will happily use overseas setbacks to score points.

No sooner were they uttered than Hiatt’s predictions appeared to come true. “During a press conference today in The Netherlands, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked President Obama if he thought “Mitt Romney had a point” when he said in 2012 that Russia was America’s “number one” geopolitical foe.” But if Karl thought Obama would graciously admit to being wrong, Karl thought wrong.  The president said Romney was more mistaken than ever.

My response then continues to be what I believe today: Russia’s actions are a problem. They don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.

Obama disparaged Russia as “a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors not out of strength but out of weakness”.  Every one of the reported setbacks was only a flesh wound. This line is a part of a long running screed. Readers will recall that Obama told Romney that “the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”  He ran for re-election on the platform that Osama bin Laden was dead and Detroit is alive, arranging to blame the torching of the US consulate in Benghazi on a video. This time in Brussels he admitted that the War on Terror is over, except for the possibility that they may nuke Manhattan.

Hiatt got it right; president Obama will never admit to error. Everything is unfolding just as planned, despite appearances. During his forthcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, Obama will pooh-pooh well known differences with the Kingdom. “Some U.S. officials privately likened the Saudi outbursts – all but unprecedented for a kingdom that prefers to conduct diplomacy in the shadows – to a temper tantrum that would have little lasting effect on bilateral ties.”  The Saudis are just little, malevolent, 80-year old kids who will be soothed by the Lightworker.

Nor will the Russians imperil the administration’s Iranian deal. “Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman … has reportedly insisted that the new bilateral frictions did not factor into the latest round of negotiations in any fashion, and Iran’s lead negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi described the latest round of talks as ‘positive and very good.’” Like the Saudis, Obama knows what’s good for the Russians and they will come around.

Of course the pose of omnipotence and omniscience must be helped along by a little smoke and mirrors. Eli Lake at the Daily Beast notes the State Department is hiding what the Saudi’s teach their kids. “The most comprehensive study of Saudi textbooks ever commissioned by the U.S. government was completed at the end of 2012, but to this date the State Department has kept it from the public”, probably because it refers to Christians and Jews as “apes and pigs”.

Michael Posner, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for Obama’s first term said the State Department always had the choice to publish the textbook study.

“We commissioned the study to assess and evaluate the content of the textbooks with the intention of sharing our findings with the Saudi government and with the option, depending on the findings, of making it public if the problems persisted,” Posner told the Daily Beast.

Posner declined to discuss the contents of the unpublished Saudi textbook study in the interview. But he spoke about the problem of Saudi textbooks in more general terms. “Among the references that were most offensive were commentary that linked Christians and Jews to apes and pigs,” Posner said. “If those references are still in some textbooks then the problem hasn’t been solved.”

Gotta keep that under wraps or some reporter might ask Obama about his belief in “Islam’s proud tradition of tolerance … that is the spirit we need today.”  Remember, the president is never wrong.

The same sort of cosmetology is being employed in Yemen, where “the Obama administration is poised to give the Yemen Air Force a fleet of two-seater propeller planes — akin to what’s used to dust crops — that have been modified so they can carry laser-guided missiles and a high-tech intelligence system.”


The White House is tired of dealing with concerns and criticisms about its quiet drone war that’s ongoing in the nation, and so instead will provide the Yemeni military with “targeting killing” gear of its own, BuzzFeed reported, citing documents and three sources that were listed as familiar with the administration’s effort.

You can’t say the president is killing people in the nonexistent War on Terror if he ain’t actually pushing the button. The same PR methods are being employed to deal with accusations of the NSA surveillance of everybody.  ”President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the “metadata” when needed, a senior administration official said on Monday.” He’s going to move the file cabinet down the corridor to a room that legally doesn’t belong to the NSA, but which they have access to anyway.  That will make it Congress’ fault, not his.

And of course he will unleash lots of squirrels to give the impression of movement and purpose. ”WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is sending about 150 Special Forces troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.”

U.S. personnel were authorized to “provide information, advice and assistance” to an African Union force tracking Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army.

“While combat-equipped, they are prohibited from engaging LRA forces unless in self-defense,” the Post said.

Russia’s not a geopolitical threat, but Kony is.

These events suggest that no attempt will made to change policy, but spend money instead on deception operations, in order to mask reality and conduct business as usual under another name. Nothing changes except the make-up. While this will be as effective as renaming Titanic the Love Boat  in an effort to keep things afloat, the probable fact is that the president is unprepared to change. It will be denial to the bitter end.

One way to preserve presidential self-esteem in the face of failure is to surround himself in ever more lavish trappings. Colby Itkowitz of the Washington Post wrote of the magnificence of Obama’s descent on the Belgian capital.  ”As President Obama and his 900-person entourage arrived in Brussels for the E.U. summit Tuesday, the Belgian capital braced for the significant expense of hosting him.”

Hosting an E.U. summit typically costs the city about €500,000 ($690,000), the newspaper reports. “But this time round, you can multiply that figure by 20,” Mayeur said.

Belgium is providing an additional 350 security personnel to protect Obama as he travels between sites. Nine U.S. helicopters and 30 armored cars will be used for an Obama visit to a World War I cemetery.

Arriving in a special plane and a special helicopter flanked by attack helicopters serves two purposes. Obama can continue to feel important and thereby transfer the buzz to low information voters watching the spectacle.  Sleep well, LIVs, there’s nothing to be afraid of but a nuke going off in New York City.

While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers
Turn around and say good morning to the night
For unless they see the sky
But they can’t and that is why
They know not if it’s dark outside or light

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The Navy has shut down the LCS program, which as bad as it was as a platform, was slated as the FF/Frigate class replacement. Now, nothing.

The Burke class ship line was shutdown in favor of the Zumwalt class, which was shut down at 3 ships. Next DD's? Nothing.

In fact, the Burke class was under development for 5-10 years before I hit active duty in the 1980's.

Plus, no more new aircraft carriers, and they're retiring the existing ones early. No carriers, then we don't need any new carrier based aircraft, and that's exactly what's on the drawing board. Nothing.

Subs? We don't need subs; retire the ICBMs and SSN's.

And now, no more offensive missile weapons. I guess that single Mk-45 Mod pop gun is going to be the sole mainstay for the Navy's surface warfare capability.

This is unilateral disarmament. Considering the answer to the perverbial question of "Who benefits?", Obama's disarmament policy is very simply, high treason.
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The first thought that I, and more than a few others, had upon hearing Obama ponder a nuke in Manhattan was to wonder if that was a tell as to where the false flag will be flying to declare a national emergency before November. The second was to wonder what Commissar De Blasio thought when he heard it.

As far as Obama reconsidering his policies; in a previous post it was noted that the underlying basis for the existence of the Universe was the incomparable Magnificence of Buraq Hussein. He is right on foreign policy as in all things because he IS. QED.

However in the alternate universe where we live, this is gonna hurt.

Subotai Bahadur
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I like myself
I think I'm grand
I go to the movies
and I hold my hand.

Obama knows that a nuclear device that explodes in NY would have a return address from where? He knows the Russians would be blameless exactly how? Without the past and present support from Putin's comrades in the Organs there would be no WMD threat. The maniacs can do damage with only cell phones some Semtex and box cutters. They have proven that. Without state sponsorship though they would not have the resources to carry out sophisticated long range plots. Life is not a movie. Even al-Qaeda is not a secret government like SPECTRE waging war on it's own hook across continents. AQ needs governments, in AFPAK Sudan Iran Syria or Russia, to provide depth resources and sanctuary. They may compete or clash with those same governments, and they seek to subvert and supplant them like a parasite that kills the host, but they also survive on their support.

Evelyn Waugh quoted Lin Yutang for the title of one of his novels.
"A man getting drunk at a farewell party should strike a musical tone, in order to strengthen his spirit ... and a drunk military man should order gallons and put out more flags in order to increase his military splendor."

Obama is putting out flags. The Secret Service must have some stories, and they will come out. Feel sorry for them. Who want to take a bullet for this gang?

There was a report that he is now eliminating the Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles. Given that no new ordnance is being procured, the money being needed for bullets for the OSHA tactical teems the Postal Inspectors and the Social Security Security Service, OK I made that last one up but I bet there is such a unit and the name is to good for government to resist so I want royalties, and fabulous spanking new uniforms for the Intra-Service Transgender Drill Team, it is clear that when Obama is finished he can say "So long suckers" and leave a bare cupboard.

BTW, the Navy no longer can carry off a major opposed amphibious landing. Once capabilities fall below a certain level it really makes no sense to spend money keeping what is left. A few amphibs without adequate support are simply an expense. It makes more sense to get rid of the Marine Corps, except for a thousand member ceremonial and embassy guard unit, and the rest of the LHAs LHDs and LSDs except for one humanitarian relief ship. That means that Korea Japan and everyone else in Asia, and anyone East of London in Europe, are on their own.
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I can understand why the Russians dont respect Obama, since many of us here in the USA dont respect him much either.
48 weeks ago
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Reduce the military budget and spend the money on preparation
for the economic collapse, after which the US will consist of the
lower 48 minus the solvent States which successfully secede;
Russia gets Alaska, China gets Hawaii, and the entire failed
political system gets replaced through a circulation of elites.
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0bama mouth is busy at it again, spew things when it should be silent, how much longer before he eggs Putin into taking more than Crimea and eastern Ukrainian and costing American blood?

I still maintain 0bama feeding the beast (Putin) so it will cause all 0bama’s other foreign debacles to crash so 0bama can than lay those failures at Putin’s feet for the LIV to suck up like mommy’s milk…

There has to be a real reason for 0bama to “Game Play” a nuke incident, it was just a couple weeks back 0bama Administration was telling local hospitals to up their readiness for large scale disaster “of some kind”…

That Martial Law third term is probably sounding better to the Demoncrats seeing how the 2014 elections are looking really, really bad for them, enough that maybe they end up on a very short side of a senate roll and can no longer keep impeachment from going thru the pipes?

China’s banking system sure does look to be in REAL trouble, will this be the shoe that drops? Will the chi-com’s need to divert its people’s eyes from the bubble burst with a little war action to pull them all together… Sure would like to know what them Japanese are thinking.
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So as he says it, you can take it as a given that is EXACTLY what he's hoping for.

In the words of one of his mentors, "You have to break a few eggs (nuke 10 million people) to make an omelet (install himself as dictator-for-life)".

Y'all didn't think his track record, especially in this area, national security, was just stupidity, did you?
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Breaking a few hundred magnificent eggs is what will do us all in.

Guar-on-teed. Meanwhile, hard-boiled malicious idiot Barry takes out his fellow eugenicist and pedophile comrades before the rest of us reap what they've sown.
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Why is it bankers and sons of lawyers cannot see or distinguish between the light of salvation and dark illumination, maybe even nuclear annihilation?

They are being taught by LED. They are being lead by unnatural lights on all of their electronics, emblazoned on their retinas and malignantly flaring in their heads.
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Obama is creating a very dangerous world.
49 weeks ago
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On the latest, Presidentially-coordinated obstruction of Justice at the IRS.

When we elected Congressman Issa to our district, his resume said "ex-Marine" and "lawyer". His conduct of these investigations makes me wonder if both claims were fraudulent.

I've BEEN on a Justice Department/DOD investigation before. Let me tell you how this is supposed to work.

A) Congress requests documents pertinent to it's oversight of the IRS.

B) IRS refuses or delays response. Claims the need to redact emails for personal and sensitive information. (B.S.. The US government OWNS these emails, and everything in them.)

C) Congress demands the President appoint an independent special prosecutor due to likely obstruction of Justice.

D) President refuses. Put Democrat crony in charge of IRS investigation, which after a year, delivers nothing.

E) Issa to IRS Commissioner: "Who leads that team running the investigation? Who are the lawyers and investigators assigned?"

E) Congressman Issa authorizes expenditures for investigators, parks trailers at the IRS headquarters, and serves subpoenas on every member of that team. Camp outside of the IRS facility, and grab them as they come out. Depose every last one of them UNDER OATH, from the department head to the little Indians. Warn them of perjury consequences. Ask them to account for their time, deliverables, and what if any instructions they were given.

F) Then cross-check the testimony and refer the liars for indictment.

G) Articles of Impeachment, after the birdies begin singing.

Getting the facts isn't that tough with a subpoena in hand. The problem is, Issa has no clue how to run an investigation.
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Yeah, that'll fly in the Senate and Mushroom Media! :-(

BTW, was he a Marine WARRIOR or a Marine pencil pusher? Alan West was a WARRIOR; the JCS are pencil-neck pencil pushers.
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If you look him up, you'll find he was in the ROTC and attained captain in the Army Reserve. He also had previous service in the Army as an enlisted EOD Tech.
I wont get into his political skills other than to say he beats Harry Reid.
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When 0bama's amateurism becomes so obvious even his former supporters start publicly questioning his methods and logic, Barry doubles down on stupid. Unfluking-believable.
Door number One: Because the American people are so unbelievably retarded we can't elect an effective leader, we're done as a world power.
Door number Two: We can't elect an effective leader because of massive voter fraud. Again, we're done as a world power.
Door number Three: is unfunded due to massive Federal Debt.
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Door number Four: Obama's "amateur" attempt at domestic sabotage and degradation succeeds because of a selfishly divided, in disarray, and cowardly and/or paid off opposition, and we all become wee, the merican people ruled by little lizard Progs with big offshore accounts and retreats.
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(Until their blood money purchased islands, sports cars, jets and yachts get droned by a few remaining patriot human beings.)
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Chicago Transit Union train operator, with a recent history of falling asleep at the controls, drives her train up the escalator at O'Hare airport.

"March 26, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The driver of the CTA Blue Line train that derailed on Monday told NTSB investigators she fell asleep at the controls, and it's not the first time it's happened.

NTSB investigators spoke with the woman for two hours on Wednesday. During that time, she told them she fell asleep when pulling into the O'Hare station early Monday morning.

"She did admit that she dozed off prior to entering the station and did not awake again until the train hit close to the end of the bumper," NTSB lead investigator Ted Turpin said. "She woke up when she hit."

Her hand must have kept pressure on the power handle to keep the train moving forward.

"She didn't really remember, but she made an assumption she must have or the train would have stopped," Turpin said. He said the driver was "very cooperative and very forthcoming" about the derailment. She also told officials that in February she had another experience where she dozed off and overrode a station. CTA officials became aware of the situation and admonished her at that time.

Officials will now take a look at her work cycle, and see what she does on her time off, Turpin said. She has about 60 days experience running trains. "
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If she loses her job, she'll hire on at Air Malaysia.
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Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency releases satellite photos of floating objects at

44°41'38.4"S 90°29'31.2"E

That is about halfway between Australia and Île Amsterdam.

That is a long, long way from Kuala Lampur!
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