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Obama in Oz

August 11th, 2014 - 4:20 am

Actually, he wasn’t there in propria persona.  But during a whirlwind trip that included a conference on the First World War in Melbourne, an outing with some deep thinkers on the Great Ocean Road, the Blue Mountains, and Sydney, I did my best to channel the former community organizer.

At a dinner hosted by the great Quadrant magazine (where I met the great Richard Fernandez, he of the Belmont Club), the only remaining journal of that suite of literary-political organs created by the enlightened patronage of Congress for Cultural Freedom after World War II, I was asked to talk about the Community Organizer in Chief, with particular emphasis on his foreign policy.  My perspective was essentially that articulated by former Vice-President Dick Cheney, who in a radio interview yesterday, described Obama as “a failure as a president.” Cheney cited some of the scandals that have beset the no-hope-and-small-change administration — those involving the Veterans Administration, for example, and the IRS — but “even worse,” Cheney said, was what Obama has been doing to America’s defense capabilities.  “They’re dramatically cutting back the defense budget, year after year after year,” he said. “That’s a terrible precedent to set because it’s going to cripple us in future years. When you make decisions about the defense budget, and especially when you’re cutting back on it, you are crippling your successors as president.”

Crippling successors, of course, is precisely what Obama is trying to do.  It’s all part of his strategy of fundamentally transforming the Untied States of America.  The crowds went wild when Obama first promised to undertake that transformation, lo, these many years ago. Not many people are cheering now.  That, more or less, was the burden of my remarks in Sydney.  You can read the talk on line at the Quadrant web site. The good news: enlightened leadership, such as that provided by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (despite his craven capitulation to the race-blackmail industry), can undo many of the disasters Obama is bequeathing us. Will his successors be able to undo the harm done to the US military? It’s too early to tell.  I suspect, however, that the nation’s instinct for self-preservation will sooner or later reassert itself.  Let’s hope it is sooner.

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I suppose we should be thankful in a way that Obama's a beta-male who was brought up by his Democratic handlers in Chicago and Washington to actually believe the role of the president is to simply tell other people what to do, and then take credit for their successes and throw therm under the bus whenever there are failures.

An alpha-male Obama would have been far more aggressive in his attempts to transform America for the worse -- Obama simply whines and issues executive orders around the edges, so things fall apart, but they do it in slower motion. The far left actually hoped Obama was hiding his alpha personality as much as he was hiding his ideology in '08 and would become the North American version of Hugo Chavez once elected. But he's a progressive wimp at heart who'll only move as far or as fast as other progressives will do his work for him.

And on foreign policy, where every was supposed to love Not George W. Bush, Obama still can't figure out why all these foreign leaders and groups don't grasp the dawning of a new era under his magnificence. He doesn't get their actions and can't use the same tactics to attack them as he uses on conservative Republicans, so the choice is either to reexamine your ideas, readjust your policies and get to work, or just say screw it and head to the golf course. Obama's going to do the latter because he never signed up to be president and do the former.
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I agree with the “Crippling successors," meme.

However.

I am saddened, disgusted, and mad that the other 2 branches of our federal government and the 50 governors and states Attorney Generals are being shown for the cowards and eunuchs they are by this racist tin horn community organizer and his ilk.

Nation of laws my ass.
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"I have already done much that you will find it hard to mend or undo in your lives. And it will be pleasant to think of that and set it against my injuries."

Saruman, "Return of the King", "The Scouring of the Shire".
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Great analogy. And did you notice that all the minions of Suraman sounded a lot like socialist leftists, with a long list of rules for everything, with their taking everybodies stuff for "fair distribution", except the only ones it seemed to get distributed to was them.
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Who here has looked up the facts on defense spending? Defense spending has been reduced as a percentage of the total budget, but that is just because we are spending so much more everywhere else. Under Bush in 2007, we topped a record 650 billion in military spending, but every year except 2009 has been higher since, and with only a vague police action going on in Afghanistan, military spending should top 700 billion this year. I am a conservative and as anti-Obama as any other conservative, but let's stick to facts people. Can anyone point to what severe cuts we are talking about?

Now if the real complaint is that 700 billion doesn't go as far as 650 billion because of, you know, the non-existent inflation that we are not experiencing under Obama...
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I hope you made it up to Canberra, Roger. As a capital city, it is far superior to the nightmarish Versailles-like jungle that is Washington DC. I used to live in Canberra and commute to Sydney -- I could never wait to get the heck out of Sydney.

On the other hand, Canberra is a lefty government/ academia town. In Canberra they still think Obama is the original Little Boy Jesus, gazing into the middle distance and bringing light unto the ignorant Amurkin masses.
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"...crippling your successors as president.”
It all depends on the Successor.
If they are an Obama redux, then crippled to a fair thee well.
It will depend on the Successors (male OR female) testicular fortitude.
The right successor would view the situation as an opprotunity. One to clean out the stables and restart with a strong hand and clear eye. Something that has been needed for a decade or more as the 'Ancient Order of the Carpet Knights' (aka the Chateau Generals) have resiezed the Pentagon. Reagan would grab the opprotunity and run with it. We can hope (and pray) for a worthy succeror.
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".. crowds went wild when Obama first promised to undertake that transformation, lo, these many years ago. Not many people are cheering now. "

Well, yes; the apparatchiks and the nomenklatura are cheering, for obvious reasons.
5 weeks ago
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I suppose we should be thankful in a way that Obama's a beta-male who was brought up by his Democratic handlers in Chicago and Washington to actually believe the role of the president is to simply tell other people what to do, and then take credit for their successes and throw therm under the bus whenever there are failures.

An alpha-male Obama would have been far more aggressive in his attempts to transform America for the worse -- Obama simply whines and issues executive orders around the edges, so things fall apart, but they do it in slower motion. The far left actually hoped Obama was hiding his alpha personality as much as he was hiding his ideology in '08 and would become the North American version of Hugo Chavez once elected. But he's a progressive wimp at heart who'll only move as far or as fast as other progressives will do his work for him.

And on foreign policy, where every was supposed to love Not George W. Bush, Obama still can't figure out why all these foreign leaders and groups don't grasp the dawning of a new era under his magnificence. He doesn't get their actions and can't use the same tactics to attack them as he uses on conservative Republicans, so the choice is either to reexamine your ideas, readjust your policies and get to work, or just say screw it and head to the golf course. Obama's going to do the latter because he never signed up to be president and do the former.
5 weeks ago
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I agree with the “Crippling successors," meme.

However.

I am saddened, disgusted, and mad that the other 2 branches of our federal government and the 50 governors and states Attorney Generals are being shown for the cowards and eunuchs they are by this racist tin horn community organizer and his ilk.

Nation of laws my ass.
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Which of the 50 Blue state governors and AG's are you referring to?

And the Democrat Senate?

And the leftist Judicial branch?

Don't know much of how it works, huh?
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