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What Game of Chess?

March 6th, 2014 - 8:42 am

And what about American power and prestige?  “U.S. to increase military spending by more than 12% next year.” Oh, wait, not: that was China. In the U.S., the Hamas-loving secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has just unveiled a plan to cut the military to pre-World War II levels.

We’ve come a long way from those pseudo-Greek columns in Colorado, when the half-black, first-term senator with a background in anti-American radicalism (Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers) and a patina of affirmative-action, Ivy-League glibness gave guilt-ridden leftists from Chris Matthews on down a pleasurable little tingle. The epicene smugness, the brutal contempt of anything that seemed like manliness or even conventional decency (just try using the word “decency” in polite, i.e., politically correct company: go ahead, try it) — the spell Obama cast swept all before him, the little squeaks of critics all-but-drowned-out by the narcissist cataract of “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

The oddest thing about the whole Obama entertainment is the discrepancy between serious-sounding rhetoric, on the one hand, and embarrassing incompetence on the other.  Search YouTube for a clip of Obama speechifying. It doesn’t much matter what speech: so long as he has his teleprompter and a text he actually sounds like a reasonable adult (I am not talking about the substance of his speeches, only the tone, the oratorical payload).  But step back and contemplate Obama’s performance these last 5 years: just think about what he has done to this country: to its wealth, its prestige on the world stage, its sense of security, domestic as well as international.  Amazing, isn’t it?

Like many of my colleagues, I thought Obama’s appalling first term — the economy, Benghazi, Obamacare, Fast and Furious, Trayvon Martin, “Green” non-energy, etc., etc. — I thought for sure that the electorate, like Hamlet’s Denmark, would be contracted in one brow of woe and vote the mountebank out. I was wrong.  But all around us a morality play is working itself, and it is looking more and more like something from Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook Headings.”

They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.

John Bolton is right: “Our Biggest National Security Problem is Barack Obama.” What’s happening in Crimea is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. Obama doesn’t even know there’s a game being played.  He certainly has no idea of the stakes involved. Meanwhile, Putin is just about to make another move: Qh5# — that’s  checkmate, mate.

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It's plain as the nose on your face that Barack doesn't care much about all this foreign policy crapola and finds it a distraction.

His mission first, last and always is that fundamental transformation thing.

(if things go the least bit the way they should in November, his frustration will grow by orders of magnitude)

Ukraine happened just on the cusp of his black youth initiative, how inopportune. And whatever happened to that other initiative, "5 enterprise zones" ?

That's all community organizers know how to do, propose serial BS "initiatives".

Rush Limbaugh had an apt characterization yesterday of the Ukraine fiasco...

"The KGB versus ACORN"
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"Obama can be said to be playing is the fool."

Only if he is honestly in over his head. Is it not more likely that he is playing the Turncoat? His appearance of foolishness is by design, for the rubes.

Kerry now, THERE'S a fool who really rates the full harlequin costume.
41 weeks ago
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"Obama plays the fool."

No matter how big a fool Obama is, he will never be as big a fool as the majority of American voters.
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41 weeks ago
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my classmate's step-sister makes *75/hour on the laptop. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her pay check was *13495 just working on the laptop for a few hours.
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41 weeks ago
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Will this humiliation motivate President Obama to put in the time and effort expected of the POTUS or will he be playing cards as he did the night OBL was killed, flying to Las Vegas rather than saving Americans in Bengazi?
41 weeks ago
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The US has long had a weakness in international relations, probably stemming from its Puritan heritage through the Ivy League through the Foreign Policy establishment. The US is used to dealing with Rule-of-Law nations and behaves that way with Trader Nations. In Trader Nations, law conforms to the rulers and their view of international relations is like a Wild West saloon poker game. One sits down, putting the money and the six-gun on the table, if one cannot just steal.

Another weakness: Used to dealing in the Rule-of-Law milieu, possible threats are dealt with easily by using Deductive reasoning to put them in the category of “Wouldn’t Happen” or “No Problem.”

When France fell in 1940, this weakened cover of the Strait of Malacca. British troops at Singapore had been replaced by green Australians. The Philippines was basically nude, and Vietnam was now uncovered. Japan, a Trader Nation, was in Theft Mode. Instead of having an old US battleship visit Haiphong and Saigon for shore leave, nothing was done. When later Japan occupied Vietnam and expanded the air bases, FDR immediately rolled out his demand for them to leave as they shall not be allowed to stay there. The format was vigorous, forthright, table-pounding negotiation. No US six-gun was put on the table. Japan grossly underestimated what they were getting into. Had FDR mentioned to the Japanese ambassador something about “having their guts for garters,” Japan may have questioned the basis of their threat analysis.

Currently, the US is doing forthright negotiation while reducing the six-gun and using a lot of Deductive reasoning.
41 weeks ago
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Roger, I looked over an article you wrote about the Invasion of Georgia in 2008. I notice that you did not take the opportunity to attack the sitting president Bush as weakling. What do you see as the difference between the situations?

http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2008/08/09/the-moral-influence-which-may-be-a-powerful-force-with-civilized-countries-is-unlikely-to-to-make-an-impression/
41 weeks ago
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He really played the fool yesterday, pontificating before some chanteuses in the East Room.

(Where's Alex Trebek when you need him ?)

(hey Barack RSPECT is earned, independently of what you look like or who you love or whatever. Putin ain't showing any right now.)

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/03/07/obama-misspells-respect-while-praising-franklin-before-white-house-concert/
41 weeks ago
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Given his political tendencies, we ought to be thankful that Obama is often disengaged, distracted and incompetent. All the mega-vacations on our dime may be worth it to keep his policy activity to a minimum. Unfortunately, he has some effective operatives working 24/7 to make his perverse dreams a reality.
41 weeks ago
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Damn, "the Ukraine" might interfere with a planned jaunt to Key Largo with the fam this weekend.

Michelle is taking "the girls" and her mom to China later this month.

AF1 used to cost "only" $180,000/hour to operate. That's up under Obama to $228,288/hour.

Facts, revealed reluctantly under the Freedom of Information Act:

— The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obama 2012-2013 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2,214,393.60. The return flight to Washington was $1,871,961.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $4,086,355.20.

— The outbound flight to California in August 2013 for Obama to dine with fundraiser and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40. The return flight to Washington was $935,980.80. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.

— The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington was $273,945.60. The total price for flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.
41 weeks ago
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It's plain as the nose on your face that Barack doesn't care much about all this foreign policy crapola and finds it a distraction.

His mission first, last and always is that fundamental transformation thing.

(if things go the least bit the way they should in November, his frustration will grow by orders of magnitude)

Ukraine happened just on the cusp of his black youth initiative, how inopportune. And whatever happened to that other initiative, "5 enterprise zones" ?

That's all community organizers know how to do, propose serial BS "initiatives".

Rush Limbaugh had an apt characterization yesterday of the Ukraine fiasco...

"The KGB versus ACORN"
41 weeks ago
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You said "serial BS initiatives". I love it, brief-concise-true and just a bit coarse.
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