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‘Uncontested Arrivals’ and Obama’s Foreign Policy

March 9th, 2014 - 4:35 am

I am holed up in in beautiful Antigua (Lat. 17.07 Long. -61.81) for a few days with a small cadre of serious thinkers helping to sort out the world’s problems. In this super-connected, technological age, no place, not even this tropical paradise, can be out of contact with the long-running circus of fatuous incompetence being run from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.  The latest reminder of the clownish antics which our masters in Washington give us in lieu of leadership comes from the great Stephen Hayes in the Weekly Standard.  In a few short paragraphs, tells us everything we need to know about “Obama’s Fantasy-Based Foreign Policy.” 

The latest exhibition of stunning incompetence, of course, is the little dance Obama, Susan Rice, and John “reporting for duty” Kerry are performing while Vladimir Putin conducts the invasion by, er, the  “uncontested arrival” of Russian troops in the (formerly) “Autonomous Republic” of Crimea. In a way, the Obama administration’s routine is funny, in a Keystone Cops sort of way.  The comedy palls however when you realize that the Obama-Rice-Kerry vaudeville act is being performed as an excuse for foreign policy.  As Hayes reminds us, team Obama just doesn’t understand the way the world works. They are completely out of touch with the unpleasant realities of power politics.  They believe evil is confined to their domestic rivals, whom they propose to regulate and police into conformity, employing where necessary the suited, bureaucratic Gauleiters from the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service to establish what an earlier age called Gleichschaltung, that “coordination,” that “bringing into line” that made Deutschland and its satellites such a place of fun and frolic from 1934 until 1945.

The spectacle of bumbling incompetence on view in the Obama administration’s response to the unfolding drama in and around Sevastopol is hardly an isolated occurrence. On the contrary, from almost the moment he assumed office in January 2009, Obama has assiduously avoided promoting U.S. interests.  A full litany might begin with his notorious speech in Cairo early on in his first term. He looked forward to a “new beginning” with the Muslim world, but, as Andy McCarthy and others warned “Obama, Obama, There Are Still a Billion Osamas!” “For five years,” Hayes points out, “the Obama administration has chosen to see the world as they wish it to be, not as it is.” It is a depressing narrative.

In this fantasy world, the attack in Fort Hood is “workplace violence.” The Christmas Day bomber is an “isolated extremist.” The attempted bombing in Times Square is a “one-off” attack. The attacks in Benghazi are a “spontaneous” reaction to a YouTube video. Al Qaeda is on the run. Bashar al-Assad is a “reformer.” The Iranian regime can be sweet-talked out of its nuclear weapons program. And Vladimir Putin is a new, post-Cold War Russian leader.

In the real world, it was a pen pal of the late jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki who opened fire on soldiers at Fort Hood. The Christmas bomber was dispatched from Yemen, where he was instructed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The Times Square bomber was trained and financed by the Pakistani Taliban. Benghazi was a deliberate attack launched by well-known terrorist groups. Al Qaeda is amassing territory and increasing its profile. Assad is a brutal dictator, responsible for the deaths of more than 100,000 Syrians. The Iranian regime is firmly entrenched as the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror and remains determined to lead a nuclear state. And in Russia we face a Cold War throwback willing to use force to expand Russian influence.

And here’s the kicker.  It’s a double whammy: “And Vladimir Putin, it turns out, is who we thought he was. Unfortunately, so is Barack Obama.”

It is sometimes said that a people gets the leaders it deserves.  What did we do to deserve this?

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"What did we do to deserve this?" I have a theory.

Remember when men (and women) were expected to always tell the truth, never cheat, pay our debts, keep our word, treat others with courtesy and respect? And then the 60's counter-culture revolution came around with it's declaration that all of Western Civilization, it's emphasis on truth, honesty, freedom, and civility, even it's language and history were all an effort to keep the people under thumb, living in terror from the Bomb, sending our youth to fight stupid wars for the amusement of stupid old folks. Power to the People, Baby! Burn it (meaning all of western civilization and all of its codes of honor, etiquette, etc.) all to the ground and start over with our young dope smoking Eloi in charge. When Samuel Hayakawa, President of San Francisco State University, gave in to the demands of the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society, and other violent groups, in December of 1968, it's been a rapid down hill slide ever since. I'd mark our capitulation to the community organizers in 1968 as the defining moment we gave up and let the Obama prototypes take over.

Moral relativism, I'm ok you're ok. There is no absolute truth. History's purpose is not to tell truths but rather to affect behaviors and pass cultural ideas (memes) that should control our behavior. God (an absolute) is dead, or at least not allowed to be seen, prayed to, or acknowledged in the public square. Destruction of the one man, one woman family. State sanctioned Abortion and Euthanasia, Plagiarism, lying, cheating, stealing, playing Knock Out, is ok as long as you're not caught. And if you're caught, it's still not your fault, blame it on your parents, on society, write a book. Go on Oprah, get expiation for your behavior and maybe a free car.

So today, the children of those 1960's dope-smoking community organizers are now in charge and we put them there because we are evidently too weary, too timid to demand honesty or adherence to their oaths of our government officials, many of whom trade their integrity for a fat paycheck while violating the nations laws at the direction of their political bosses, all the while rationalizing that they can't make a difference. Hey, it's all part of the new meme.
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It's not just Mr. Obama. He is merely the American franchise of the crumbling mind-set that now dominates our Western "elites." Look at Cameron, Hollande, Merkle and other European "leaders" and ask yourself if any of them is a match for Putin. I lay much of the blame on Western academics and intellectuals over the last forty years who refuse to believe anything good about their own culture and anything bad about anyone elses. Putin is a genuinely hard guy who, like many despots throughout history, has an uncanny ability to judge the strengths/weaknesses of his opponents. The Syrian fiasco told him all he needed to know about Mr. Obama and more important, all he needed to know about Mr. Obama's supporters. The Crimea is a done deal and we have to ask ourselves what Putin's next move will be. I predict he will engage in a "charm offensive" to lull Obama, Cameron back to sleep and then move against the Baltic states. No evidence forf this - just a gut feeling based on history.
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What did we do to deserve this?

You are still doing it.

spectacle of bumbling incompetence

Right there. That's what you're doing to deserve this. You are completely missing the fact that Obama is doing all this ... wait for it ... on purpose.

If you were to set out to castrate American foreign policy, to neuter America on the international stage, and to make America into just another powerless hack-dom at places like the UN, how would you do it?

Answer - you would start out as a community organizer, you would get yourself elected US President, you would lie about your intentions and you would do precisely what Obama is doing.
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Team Obama is NOT incompetent. Rather, their consistent policy is to avoid any distraction from the core project of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America".

On the international stage, this includes persistent and intentional efforts to weaken U.S. allies. The strengthening of Iran at the expense of Israel, China at the expense of Japan, Taiwan and South East Asian neighbors, etc., is not accidental.

The key players and many apparatchiks in the second and third tiers of the Administration's official and unofficial organizations are deeply steeped in 1970s and 1980s Euro-Socialism - itself a cosmetically updated version of Euro-Communism.

However, extremist ideas and discourse are not the main or main motivating force in the top tier. Instead, ultra-left "post-modern" rhetoric serves as a "shibboleth" to identify totalitarian sympathizers to each other.

We will no doubt learn in the next 30 years that a significant number of key players are stooges recruited by communist (China, Russia, Venezuela) and totalitarian (Saudi Arabia, Iran) secret services using in each case a mixture of flattery, bribes, blackmail and social conformism.
37 weeks ago
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A country so stupid and blind as this one should crumble. To hell with America. Land of gay marriage and pot legalization, la raza invasion and BHO (reelected!).
Funny if the world of reality wasn't going to crash this dumbass party.
37 weeks ago
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What did we do to deserve this?

You refused to call a spade a spade. Clear enough? And you still refuse to do so. Because you'd rather commit suicide than be exiled by all right thinking respectables as a racist.
37 weeks ago
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we had people that while telling us that they are conservatives, didn't vote, and allowed liberals to get their vote by the proxy of not being cast against them.

So time for conservatives to stop with taking their toys and going home when their candidate doesn't win the primary, sorry, that is part of the problem, and it is easier to have a non liberal in office, and then change if the person doesn't do as promised.
37 weeks ago
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One can detect a sentiment in this excellent article that is being echoed more and more lately: that Obama is not just a bad president—you can’t fake his level of incompetence—he’s something quite a bit worse. It’s an idea that appears to be reflected in his poor polling numbers and it’s always a bad sign for a dem president when even the slow-learners start catching on.
37 weeks ago
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How about 50,000,000 babies dead?
37 weeks ago
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More reason to think this is a country that can't recognize evil.
37 weeks ago
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"It is sometimes said that a people gets the leaders it deserves. What did we do to deserve this?"

It was to a large extent what we didn't do.

Note if you will that the left never admits wrong, never abandons one of their soldiers, never trains its cannons on anybody or anything but us.

Conservatives, however, are prone to dumping any of their troops who come in for a bad press, and especially if the target might have been really mistaken or worse. Or maybe, he misspoke and was labelled a racist. Now that's an unforgivable sin in our ranks, isn't it?

Which brings me to George W. Bush, 43th President of the United States. From the git go the left, in the press and otherwise, blasted everything he did, clamming up only briefly after 9/11. When the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dragged on in a seeming stalemate, the hounds smelled blood. Bush was crucified every day in every media outlet by every Democrat and leftist in this country and abroad. Eventually what was a slanderous allegation ("Bush lied, people died") was more or less accepted into the political narrative.

And what did we do? Mostly, we did nothing. Few were the spokesmen who came to his defense. Few were the Republican office holders who wanted to risk having that withering fire trained upon them. Even the President and his own administration officials seldom attempted rebuttal.

In the end, Bush was floundering, spending more energy trying to appease his critics than in governing. He left office almost an official pariah.

Why does it matter? Because once the myth was established, the Democrats and their allies wouldn't let it go. They didn't run in 2008 against McCain, they ran against Bush. They didn't have to undercut the Republican Party image in the public, it was already mincemeat. And the electorate performed as one might expect: theirs was energized , ours was demoralized. We all know the result.

So my friends, that was what we did, or didn't do, to deserve Barry & Co. And it will keep happening to us and to the country until we are ready to fight Democrat slander with as much fury and determination as they fight us. Any administration with as much baggage as this one ought to be cowering in the White House kitchen, away from all its critics. Unfortunately, especially now in the wake of the CPAC self-flagellation, I don't see that happening. The press certainly won't do it for us.

To borrow a phrase, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
37 weeks ago
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I will never stay home. I will always vote for the Republican and against the liberal Democrat. I always have, for sixty years. But don't tell me to accept that the Iraq War was the right move. It weakened us, strengthened Iran, and the Shia government is collaborating with Iran. I know hindsight has 20/20 vision, but Iraq like Vietnam was a war we should never have entered. Notice how Vietnam has become almost a part of SEATO due to its fear of China.

Columns and comments appear on PJM attacking other conservatives all the time. The enemy of my enemy is my friend should apply in each election. We should know who the real enemy is. The real enemy of our freedom and our Republic. Other countries should not factor into it. America comes first. Six million Republicans stayed home in 2012, as I understand it.

35 weeks ago
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"...blasted everything he did, clamming up only briefly after 9/11."

Clammed up because no one knew about the memo he received and did nothing about warning of an imminent attack. (He told the CIA briefer who brought him the memo, "OK, you've covered your ass." Then he went fishing.)
37 weeks ago
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Not true, but some people prefer the lies.

Cheers
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
"What did we do to deserve this?" I have a theory.

Remember when men (and women) were expected to always tell the truth, never cheat, pay our debts, keep our word, treat others with courtesy and respect? And then the 60's counter-culture revolution came around with it's declaration that all of Western Civilization, it's emphasis on truth, honesty, freedom, and civility, even it's language and history were all an effort to keep the people under thumb, living in terror from the Bomb, sending our youth to fight stupid wars for the amusement of stupid old folks. Power to the People, Baby! Burn it (meaning all of western civilization and all of its codes of honor, etiquette, etc.) all to the ground and start over with our young dope smoking Eloi in charge. When Samuel Hayakawa, President of San Francisco State University, gave in to the demands of the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society, and other violent groups, in December of 1968, it's been a rapid down hill slide ever since. I'd mark our capitulation to the community organizers in 1968 as the defining moment we gave up and let the Obama prototypes take over.

Moral relativism, I'm ok you're ok. There is no absolute truth. History's purpose is not to tell truths but rather to affect behaviors and pass cultural ideas (memes) that should control our behavior. God (an absolute) is dead, or at least not allowed to be seen, prayed to, or acknowledged in the public square. Destruction of the one man, one woman family. State sanctioned Abortion and Euthanasia, Plagiarism, lying, cheating, stealing, playing Knock Out, is ok as long as you're not caught. And if you're caught, it's still not your fault, blame it on your parents, on society, write a book. Go on Oprah, get expiation for your behavior and maybe a free car.

So today, the children of those 1960's dope-smoking community organizers are now in charge and we put them there because we are evidently too weary, too timid to demand honesty or adherence to their oaths of our government officials, many of whom trade their integrity for a fat paycheck while violating the nations laws at the direction of their political bosses, all the while rationalizing that they can't make a difference. Hey, it's all part of the new meme.
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