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July 29th, 2014 - 4:22 pm

The Washington Post and the New York Times disagree on the who’s leading the charge in imposing new sanctions on Russia. The NYT says “Obama Joins Europe in Expanding Sanctions on Russia”, while the Washington Post writes “Obama announces expanded sanctions against Russia as E.U. aligns”.

The NYT’s version of events is:

President Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, just hours after the European Union imposed its most sweeping measures yet penalizing Moscow for its role in supporting separatists in neighboring Ukraine….

Until now, European leaders have resisted the broader sorts of actions they agreed to on Tuesday and their decision to do so reflected increasing alarm that Russia is not only helping separatists in Ukraine but directly involving itself in the fighting.

The Washington Post sees it as Merkel’s conversion to the Anglo-American point of view.

LONDON — The European Union on Tuesday overcame months of misgivings about forcefully confronting Russia and unleashed a wave of tough economic sanctions intended to push Moscow into backing down from its destabilizing role in eastern Ukraine….

Europe’s harder line has long been sought by Washington, but was for months resisted by European officials who have been anxious about the implications for their own economies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a faction of European leaders who sought to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine through dialogue with Moscow, rather than punitive measures.

But the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine this month galvanized politicians in capitals across Europe to move swiftly against Moscow in retaliation for an attack that the West has blamed on pro-Russian rebels….

“The plane changed everything,” said Sophia Pugsley, a specialist in E.U.-Russia relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “And it’s really the German attitude that has changed. They’re the ones that are going to feel the pain in the parts of the economy that rely on Russia.”

Nobody quite knows how the Russians will respond, but despite denials that there’s a new Cold War, the only comparisons the interviewed experts could cite were the Cold War.  James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at the London-based think tank Chatham House said “the truth is we beat Russia in the Cold War, particularly due to our economic strength, and we can do so again if we’re unified.”

But unified under whom? The sense conveyed by both the NYT and the WaPo is that Obama is now a peer among  equals. Boehner may have decided not to impeace Obama as president of the United States, but the Germans have apparently removed him from the post of Leader of the Free World.

In that sense this marks the first objective fulfillment of his implied foreign policy. America is no longer a special country. What Merkel matters as much as what Obama decides. Perhaps Angela Merkel has not been shy about making her views known. Today she said:

“The decision today was thus unavoidable,” Merkel said in a statement, adding that EU leaders had repeatedly warned Moscow that the annexation of Crimea and continued destabilisation of east Ukraine were not acceptable.

“It is now up to the leadership in Russia to decide whether they want to go the way of de-escalation and cooperation,” Merkel said. “The EU sanctions can be reviewed but further steps are also possible.”

It is perhaps a sign of the times that Japan is scheduling military exercises with France. Japan has been acting like it must increasingly see to its own defense. Who can blame them, as the Chinese Navy exercised in the East and South China seas forcing the cancellation of 200 commercial flights.

Russia will probably respond to the sanctions as all other sanctioned countries have done. The way Iran, North Korea and Iraq did, only on a much bigger, more competent scale. We should never forget that the Cold War was marked by periods of intense conflict, Korea and Vietnam being just two.  It was only “cold” by comparison to World War 2. For good or ill, president Obama has fundamentally changed the world, not only rolling back not only the victory of the Cold War, but to a certain extent even the legacy of World War 2.

Little ducks, there’s trouble in Russia. Let’s hope Aunt Angela can handle it.

This may be all for the best or it may not. Maybe it would have happened anyway, as an inevitable process of history. As John Kerry, who was physically searched before being allowed to see the Egyptian president discovered, being Secretary of State ain’t what it used to be.  Maybe he can still persuade Central America not to invade the USA.


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nutherguy
We're now facing the fact that there is NO legitimate way for citizens to limit an out-of-control presidency. Either I'm wrong about the seriousness of the consequences or control will be attempted by ILlegitimate means.

I figured all this impeachment hysteria from the Dems was a dual-pronged tar baby/fundraising scheme. But I've seen multiple people posit something that didn't occur to me (dammit):

What if they are front-running some Executive actions so utterly egregious that it may even get the attention of the LIVs? Prep the battlespace now so that they can say, "I told you those evil Rethuglikkans were out to get our first black President!" after they have made the coup de grace.

That makes a lot of sense, given how they've worked things so far. I consider myself pretty cynical about the state of American politics, and that possibility didn't even cross my mind. The possibility scares the ever-livin' crap out of me.
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So the fundamental transformation of America continues. Our top brass has been decapitated. Our media have become obedient eunuchs. Our identity is being diluted. Our confidence in ourselves has dissolved. Our friends no longer trust us and our enemies no longer even bother to take us seriously. We are perched on a bubble that will burst, probably some time early in 2017 or whenever George S. decides. The only things missing are a Spanish Flu pandemic and/or a nuclear war.

This administration may turn out to be the most successful one in our history as measured by how many of its objectives have been achieved.
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and though, Merkel said nothing on banning the russian gas, that the german companies used for manufacturing products (30% of the EU importations) that they export to Russia for several hundred billion euros, no it was all about banning arms exports, that only represent 1% of the Russian importatations, and or banning european banks buying russian bonds.

This is but a semantic and symbolic posture
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Rolling back the gains civilization made in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Cold War, WWII, the Civil War, the Revolution, the siege of Vienna ...
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Let the soft power handle it. I’m sure it will work.

This war, like the European Civil War (1939-1945) is between rival claimants for to succeed the prior German and Russian socialist governments. One one side, the ideological heirs of German and Russian socialism (the EUSSR) and on the other side, a former noble in the Russian socialist regime who has seized the crown for himself.

Who ever wins, no American blood or treasure should be spent or spilled. We should sell weapons to both sides; make a profit.

Let the trial by combat begin.
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"Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine.
The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies.
More controversially, if Ms Merkel’s deal were to be acceptable to the Russians, the international community would need to recognise Crimea’s independence and its annexation by Russia, a move that some members of the United Nations might find difficult to stomach.
Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilisation plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine. As part of any such agreement, the region would be allowed some devolved powers.
At the same time, the Ukrainian President would agree not to apply to join Nato. In return, President Putin would not seek to block or interfere with the Ukraine’s new trade relations with the European Union under a pact signed a few weeks ago.
Second, the Ukraine would be offered a new long-term agreement with Russia’s Gazprom, the giant gas supplier, for future gas supplies and pricing. At present, there is no gas deal in place; Ukraine’s gas supplies are running low and are likely to run out before this winter, which would spell economic and social ruin for the country."

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First, with respect to our esteemed host, Germany has 3,000 businesses operating in Russia (source: Jim Willie, aka the Golden Jackass). 3,000. Led by the usual names Bemont Clubbers all know: Mercedes Benz, BMW, Siemens (Sapsan high speed railway train from Moscow to St. Pete) et al.

These 'tough' sanctions impact a handful of Russian state-owned firms, like Vneshcombank and VTB. They will have problems in the short run, until they get their dim sum bond issuance set up through Hong Kong and Singapore.

Wretchard knows very well how rapidly Asia, at least outside the Phillipines, is dumping the dollar. Singapore no longer will bother speaking with Americans who wish to set up offshore accounts, even entirely on the up and up, due to the IRS and FATCA.

As for whether the sanctions will have real impact beyond fear itself, let's refer to a point my good friend Luddy Barsen has made many times: BP. That is, the leading British/combined Eurzone investor in the Russian Federation is BP. And not just a piddling amount, we are talking about over a THIRD of BP's entire global crude oil output comes from Mother Russia.

Oh, and there's also this Fortune 100 company ya'll may have heard of: ExxonMobil. That is, the same firm that has steadfastly thus far to Bloomberg's surprise to pull out of Russia, or even cancel its previously planned Crimea/Black Sea projects DESPITE the handover to de facto Russian sovereignty over previously Ukraine Black Sea waters. As Jim Willie says we have two of the biggest publicaly traded oil majors on the planet aside from OAO Rosneft and PetroChina not budging or pulling back in Russia at all while the sanctions are wildly hyped. QED.
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Second, Kinu's points about the Ukrainians failure to produce the (potentially incriminating of their ATC) tapes speaks volumes. As does Kiev's failure to halt offensive operations near the crash site, such that they're now spewing the ridiculous story about the rebels laying land mines after the FOURTH day Dutch and Aussie investigators can't reach the site due to 'clashes' (in reality mostly Kiev troops shelling). Tell me BCers if it's such a slam dunk case, what does Kiev have to hide such that it's holding back the recorded ATC comms with MH17, including what Air India pilots and Malaysian Airlines itself have already stated was a clear order from either Kiev or Dnetropetrovsk ATC for MH17 to lower altitude. Now that order may've made only the slightest difference to a (rebel or Ukie) Buk launcher in range. But I can assure you the lower altitude would've been beneficial for any Ukie Su-25M1 variant (which can reach 30,000 feet or 10,000 meters) pilot carrying only a pair of R-60s (or R-73s or AA-11 'Archers' with radar homing sufficient to shred MH-17's nose) and 30 mike mike.

At a certain point, one has to ask whether it's Kiev or the rebels doing more to block Aussie access to the crash site. What is Kiev hiding? Why are they waiting to release the ATC lest it contradict the black box release? Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 took three and a half weeks to release their ATC comms. The Ukies are dragging their feet after two already, since this jet didn't go down with all hands to the bottom of the Indian Ocean including with its flight recorders. The Dutch announced after the Ukie 'splice and dice audio' SBU director screamed about the rebels hacking the flight recorders that no evidence of tampering was found. Oops!
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Last but not least Belmont Clubbers, since most of you -- even the old Cold Warriors who view Russia as the eternal Evil Empire -- appreciate someone giving you the butt ugly truth, here's the reason Kiev's government just resigned en masse and the Obamabots at the State Dept are sending more US advisors in a panic.

The Ukrainian army has incurred severe casulties in a failed bid to encircle Donetsk. Even worse, the situation for the Ukies along the Russian border is catastrophic. This is why the State Dept is already in preemptive damage control attempting to blame the destruction inside the 'Southern cauldron' capped by the rebel strongpoint at Saur Mogila. They are going to blame Russia firing GRADS across the border for the collapse of Ukraine's 79th and 72nd AirMobile brigades, and the severe mauling at the very least of the 24th in the same pocket blocked off by rebel forces seizure of Marinovka.

The attacks near Lugansk were attempts to simultaneously relieve the Ukie paratroopers trapped and under daily mortar fire at the Lugansk airport, while also relieving the pocket. The asssaults failed. Rebel sources claim Kiev hurled 250 tanks into the big push and saw over half knocked out along with similar losses in BMPs and BTRs. Casulties from those brigades being wiped out and the failed offensive alone would run into the thousands KIA/WIA combined. This is probably why Western Ukraine just saw its first tire barricade and draft notice burning protests today. The secret is getting out that a lot of proud young men from Western Ukraine who set out to 'fight Russian terrorists' in the Donbas have been dumped in shallow mass graves, with Kiev terrified to reveal its 'official' KIA figures of about 370 are a colosssal fraud. Kiev didn't just up the draft eligible age for reservists to 60 (!) for no reason at all. Yats resigned like a rat jumping off the sinking ship called SS (not Ukraine, a peaceful Borderlands between Russia and Europe) Banderastan.

Again you all can dismiss the above as Moskals/rebel propaganda, but just ask yourselves why Kiev put so much desperate effort into insisting it had captured Saur Mogila this week, while not producing a single image of its troops atop that fiercely contested and heavily bombed/shelled height. Why did their government resign en masse? And why are the antiwar protests in Western Ukraine intensifying? Is the FSB so all powerful that it can dupe proud citizens of Nykolaev (hometown of the 79th Airmobile, according to Wikipedia) into burning draft notices? Luddy Barsen's buddy J.R. Nyquill would say so, but then again take the ravings of an anti-Semite who thinks 'the Jews' run the world and subsitute 'the KGB' and you have Nyquist in a nutshell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw0htuM3LaM
Near babushka riot in Nykolaev -- the kind of 'female anatomy riot' Senor Equis supports

The junta of Nulandistan is literally running out natural gas (if the babushkas are angry about the war dead now, how about when they have no heat and have to light fires in their Soviet built high rise courtyards to avoid freezing to death?) and men. The Ukrainian army will bleed out and return to the Maidan with APCs, AKs and mortars before McInsane and the Tennessee Senator bought and paid for by Kuchma's corrupt clans can get the weapons to the rump Banderastan army.
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The draft officer gets an earful from angry mothers, wives and babushkas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXMJ2_2aH9g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uniHxjRMxPY
79th AMB hit with GRAD fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rw8ejYwMaM
Survivors who escaped the pocket before it closed around the 79th AirMobile Brigade of Nykolaev "we're cannon fodder"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj7sE6dsuW0
72nd Brigade smashed to smoking wrecks with GRAD fire

4/4 EOT
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The comments so far are first rate. The problem is how do we proceed from here?

My humble thoughts and suggestions:

1. O and his henchmen are systematically destroying the US, and are enabling a world full of carnage and rising danger to the people of the US.

2. He is a 2nd rate Marxist that went well beyond the Peter Principle and is in a position where he can do potentially fatal damage to this country.

3. Impeachment and conviction of O will do nothing because then you get Biden, or you get Boener.

4. What one needs to do for damage control (to prevent things from becoming worse) is to isolate and neutralize O.

5. This will take an effort from both sides of the aisle. You will not get congress critters to do the right thing on their own. They need to feel heat and to realize that their relationship with O is toxic to them.

6. The model for this is somewhat like the take down of Pablo Escobar. You find associations or links, then you have you see that the people in these links find that their association with O and his inner circle, e.g., ValJar, Holder, et al, are detrimental to those individuals in circles of association further out. Congress critters are the ones where the links need to be broken. It will be in their self interest.

7. The mainstream media are the same situation. Those links need to be broken, they must see that it is political and business suicide to stay with O and his inner circle. They look after their own interests.

8. An example: John Kerry has been O's good little dog doing O's bidding. He is now viewed as a fool tool of O. He has no credibility. He is ridiculed, and becoming a pariah. The best thing Kerry can do for himself is to resign as SoS and cut his losses. Maybe an aware congress critter can have a quiet talk with him and show him the way.

9. The trick is how to approach each person at the layer of the circle and break the link between them and O and his inner circle.
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Couple of quibbles:

#3: Biden and Boehner (#s 2 and 3 in succession, right?) are competence-challenged but neither is a narcissistic sociopath who believes America lies at the root of most of the world's evils. At this point either would be a considerable step upward.

For example, neither would deliberately defy laws OR give the middle finger to Congress.

#4: Obama has already isolated himself from virtually all the people a president normally would work with. Who is he still linked with? SUBORDINATES in the executive branch -- people he can step on at will and who (in many cases) also have him by whatever small appendage he possesses. And big money/high power supporters outside the government.

#7: The media are on the victim end of an abusive relationship. Even if he beats them to a pulp tonight they'll be begging him to take them back tomorrow. They LOVE him; they know that he LOVES them ...

It's going to be VERY hard to isolate Obama from people who report to him and the media. I'm not disagreeing with the theory; it's where we get the power to actually do the work.
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We must respect other cultures, chapter XXII:

www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/isis-gun-head.jpg
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From what movie was that clip taken from? I missed that one.
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http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Security-cabinet-directs-IDF-to-continue-operation-complete-destruction-of-terror-tunnels-369476
Security cabinet directs IDF to continue operation, complete destruction of terror tunnels

"According to the official, speaking after a four-hour security cabinet meeting, the IDF operation has led to “significant achievements on the ground” and is hitting at the “strategic apparatus” that Hamas has invested in for years.

The official said that the IDF also has had “significant achievements” in degrading the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza, and will “continue to expand” those operations."
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Security cabinet directs IDF to continue operation, complete destruction of terror tunnels...

A better strategery would be to direct the IDF to continue operation until the complete destruction of HAMAS, AND The Tunnels.
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Many once thought that Jake Tapper was an exception in the MSM, with great coverage in Iraq.

The Bloodthirsty Joos are too much for him to stand, however, and now he spouts the party line that "More Palestinian Children have been killed in this operation than Israel has lost soldiers in the last Eight Years of Conflict."

Idiot Savant.
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And?
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MachiasPrivateer: "A key image has emerged that confirms MH17 was most likely shot out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile ..."

Let's stipulate that MH17 was brought down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile. Who had SA-11 missiles in the relevant area? The Kiev regime definitely had multiple batteries which had been moved into the area shortly before -- strange, because the freedom fighters had no aircraft. Said freedom fighters (or terrorists, if you are a NYT reader) had apparently captured a single SA-11 battery from the Kiev regime a few days earlier, although the regime said it had disabled that battery before abandoning it.

Let's stipulate that both regime & freedom fighters had SA-11. Which group fired the missile? I don't know; you don't know. The people who may have real evidence, such as US & European governments, are putting no factual data into the public domain. Other entities, such as the Kiev regime, are actively withholding evidence, such as the Air Traffic Control tapes.

Under such conditions, it is as irrational for US citizens to blame Putin as it is for those English punks at the London Telegraph to blame the US. Let's see the facts before getting dragged into a European war!
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there was a NATO exercice in Black by 17 July 2014, Breeze 2014

"During the exercise SNMCMG2 engaged with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy as well as air and naval units from Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey and the United States."

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2014/july/17/140717-chiddingfold-nato

Central Europe was cut of GPS signals for a couple of hours

it could also have been a NATO accident
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also strange this witness:

"Terrible things are happening. For example: An incident that happened recently. A passenger plane was flying by, and Ukrainian attack aircraft hid behind it. Then he lowered his altitude a bit and dropped bombs on the residential sector of Seminovka. They wanted to provoke the militia to shoot at the passenger plane. There would have been a global catastrophe. Civilians would have died. Then they would say the terrorists did it. There are no terrorists here. There are regular people here, that came out in defense of their own city. ... Don't you have any humanity left?
Believable?
Easily. Please note that video came out one month prior to the MH17 crash. It was not a made up story afterwards to fit what happened. And it fits numerous other reports none of which appears staged.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/07/german-pilot-claim-air-air-attack-brought-mh17-credible/#X6ypSuP6yYHqCl9p.99
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Still pushing those 2-week old dried out blinis? Nobody's buying.
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...as if BHO is gonna go to war w/Putin!

How does Pootie Poot Sleep???
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What is so strange about the Ukrainians having SAMs when the RUSSIANS had been flying in armed men in helicopters???? The RUSSIANS were violating the territory of a sovereign state. The RUSSIANS had seized the Crimea.

I will concede your (a)moral equivalence of Obama and Putin. They both favor BIG GOVERNMENT AND THE BIG LIE. But the evidence comes from an Australian newspaper.

What ever happened to the meme, SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER?

As I suggested below, the Germans ought to re-start their nuclear power plants. Spend their energy Euros domestically. Cut off Putin's cash flow. The Ukraine survived the RUSSIAN incompetence at Chernobyl. As FDR's ghost would tell Merkel, "The only thing you have to fear is fear itself."


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In a sane World we'd also be building a LNG Port on the east coast as quickly as possible and calling on the Euros to beef up their storage and distribution capabilities.
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Didcot power station cooling towers demolished - video

Three cooling towers at the disused Didcot A power Station in Oxfordshire are demolished on Sunday morning. 180kg of explosives were used in the demolition, flattening 36,000 tonnes of material in seconds.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/video/2014/jul/27/didcot-power-station-cooling-towers-demolished-video
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We're already exporting record amounts of coal to Germany. We're stretching our railroads and port facilities to their limits.

Agreed on the LNG exports too.
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3,331 mi
Distance from Maine to France

https://www.google.com/search?q=distance+from+maine+to+france&rlz=1I7GZEZ_en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&gws_rd=ssl


4,792 mi
Distance from New Orleans, LA to Paris

I wondered why my source (that I've forgotten) was calling for a new facility instead of using existing facilities on the Gulf.

Didn't take too long to figure out that a significantly shorter route would result in many more deliveries with the same number of ships.

Currently, it would probably be profitable to beat Petrol Putin's demands with shipments from the Gulf.
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Does Ukraine fear an invasion if the pipelines are blown up?
(...more probably fear a cutoff of gas for them, I guess)
Reset, indeed.
Does Ukraine fear an invasion if the pipelines are blown up?
(...more probably fear a cutoff of gas for them, I guess)
Reset, indeed.
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The two foremost totalitarian ideologies in the world; Islam and Marxist/Progressivism... smell blood in the water. They see an America governed by a President, supported by a Party and media whose only response to aggression is appeasement. They see an America whose President is actively promoting the destruction of America's social cohesion. Only sheer incredulity on the part of our external enemies can explain their hesitancy in greater aggression. But when the lion is gravely injured, at some point the hyena attacks. It is no longer a matter of if but of when the attacks will come.

"Government Sources: Rise in Illegals from Countries with Ties to Terrorism" http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/30/Government-Sources-Say-Uptick-in-Illegals-From-Countries-Tied-to-Terrorism
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"Only sheer incredulity..."?

Maybe they realize that the most important force in Obama's regime has been TOTUS. And there is a war going on for control of TOTUS and Obama is losing.

The King of the Jungle lolls around all day while the lionesses do the work. It takes a lot to get him to act, but you do not want to be on the receiving end of his wrath. Maybe those jackals sense that the King is getting pissed.

Who is the real king? We the People. Obama is just a cipher.

He is the farcical rerun of Harold Washington, another black, Hyde Park liberal icon to the media and the LIVs.

Who runs Chicago today? A white guy, Rahmbo. And even he is feeling the heat.

Beirut on the Lake has become Benghazi on the Potomac.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_Wars

As some wag put it, "The first time as tragedy, the second as farce."
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"Who is the real king? We the People. Obama is just a cipher."

Your faith that the governance of America still rests within the hands of the people is touching. Its good to know that some retain their idealism.

Unfortunately, the reality of our southern border alone argues otherwise.

There's also the little matter of 40+% of 'the people' supporting that 'cipher', which while not a majority, does prevent the majority from doing anything about that cipher.
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"Prevent the majority from doing anything"?

We've taken the Great Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and turned him into an object of derision.

The Leader (From Behind) of the Free World is now ignored by people globally. His party is likely to lose the governorship of THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF ILLINOIS!

There is a preference cascade abuilding.

As to those kids from south of the border. I like their GUMPTION. How many inner city Americans would re-locate one thousand miles to get a paying job? Head lice and scabies are curable. Fear of the unknown is a much bigger challenge. So much of the influence of "progressives" is based on fear of the unknown, LIVs trading freedom for a little security.

The "conventional wisdom" is that Democrats will gain the support of these kids. Having worked for what they get, they may be loath to surrender it to the government. "Unintended consequences" are a trademark of progressivism.
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