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Roger L. Simon

Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy of the Absurd

June 11th, 2014 - 8:11 pm

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Most of us have heard of The Theater of the Absurd. The term was coined by critic Martin Esslin to describe the works of such playwrights as Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Harold Pinter and Edward Albee and their relationship to the absurdist existentialist philosophy of Albert Camus.

According to Wikipedia, “Their [the playwrights'] work expressed the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence…. The Absurd in these plays takes the form of man’s reaction to a world apparently without meaning, and/or man as a puppet controlled or menaced by invisible outside forces.”

Little did Esslin know that, back in 1960, he would be describing the foreign policy of Barack Obama. Our president has, quite literally, developed a Foreign Policy of the Absurd — alienated, pointless, nihilistic and indescribable.

It also has a certain black comic quality, an irony, akin to the plays of Luigi Pirandello, the great Italian writer who prefigured the absurdists and whose most famous work is Right You Are, If  You Think You Are, often translated as It Is So, If You Think So.

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My first encounter with 'leading from behind' comes from Larry Niven's novels. In various contexts, he introduces us to an alien race, one of many, called Pierson's Puppeteers. These are bovine critters of surpassing intelligence. Their leader is hailed as 'Hindmost,' 'He Who Leads from Behind.' Hindmost is the leader of the herd because he assumes the most exalted position, that of the furthest behind, and therefore the best protected from predators. To Hindmost's people, cowardice is the overwhelming virtue, cherished above all else.
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If "O" was a Republican, I could see SNL doing this as a skit.

I really really could.
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"The video!"

Simon is excellent. Unfortunately the Media in the globe is framing this as something to blame Bush. The absurdity of the left political vision is utterly deceitful, entirely insane, and lost in political hatred. They broadcast today similar stories in the foreign Media, such as the BBC, RT, etc., which is seen throughout the world, blaming GW. They had this absurd expert on, telling us how there were no radical Terrorists in Iraq before the US "war". It is of course a silly slant, one in which the mindless Obama would employ. Do they really think a monstrous Dictatorship which buried it's own people, supported global Terrorism, sought to destabilize the region/world, etc., was far better? And can they simply ignore the foolish past dreadful 5 years which enabled this day for the return of Al Qaeda in Iraq and elsewhere?

Obama ran long ago in 2008 telling everyone the USA lost sight of the real source of the GWOT, which was only in Afghanistan. It was an ugly joke for all, but so many played along. Attacks in Bali, NYC, Madrid, London, Paris, Moscow, etc., were vivid painful reminders Barack Obama's campaign diatribe was utterly wrong. Barack and the Democrats returned to the weak placation game of the failed Carter/Clinton malfeasance prior. Today, Al Qaeda is raging, the oppressive forces in the world are empowered, as Obama encourages the worst everywhere. Obama and the Democratic Party helped build this massive failure, throwing away so many gains, opportunities, potential. All due to mindless partisan hubris. More Benghazi like tragedy for all in the future.
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Bravo, bravo. Two ears and the tail. A perfect graduate level course for both the JFK School of Government and that Yale Drama School.
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Peace has been prepared in the holy books of all nations for when we want our governments to follow God's written word in the Bible. "There is no peace, says the Lord, to the wicked." Isaiah 48:22, 57:21.

This is about a spiritual war, a holy war and only the faithfulness of the written word of God in the Bible will win. God is faithful to His word. Warning for all nations:

God is against nations joining together for protection and control etc.;
He frustrates, confuses and destroys their plans:
(G-8, G-20, UN, EU, NATO, Quartet, and all)
(II Chronicles 16:7-12; 19:2, 20:35-37; Leviticus 26, Isaiah
8:9-14;30:1-7; Psalm 1 and 2)
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NOW THAT OBAMA HAS SHOWN THE WORLD HIS NEGOTIATING SKILLS (as per Bergdahl), I can't wait to see how the Iran negotiations turn out.
BTW: What's really absurd is this: Since Obama believes in giving away the store when negotiating (remember no missiles in Eastern Europe, while reducing our nuclear weapons negotiations with Russia) all Obama has to do is negotiate with the GOP and we could balance the budget, stop illegal immigration, throw out Holder, eliminate the IRS and, maybe, the idiot would even resign.
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One scenario no one wants to consider is he wants to weaken the country enough so that it can be merged into the global order. In this case he is doing everything he can to destroy it including strengthening the enemy.
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Obama has developed a reverse midas touch. Instead of everything he touches turning to gold, everything he touches turns to crap.
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In Syria the USA supports the SUNNI rebels against the SHIA Regime of Assad however in Iraq the USA supports the SHIA Govt of Al Maliki who are being attacked by the SUNNI Terrorists who are part of the SAME group attacking Assads SHIA Regime in Syria. Oh and BOTH Assad and Al Maliki are democratically elected leaders.
Confused well that is what you get when you get a WIMP in the White House.
Oh and NONE of that is Bush's fault.
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"Obama Akbar" -- al Qaeda
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PJ MEDIA I used to love the comment section here- now it almost impossible to see any of it- the ads, the pop-ups (with blockers on or off), whatever scripts you are running freeze the page- can't scroll up n doawn and now as I type the letters lag behind trying to catch up-on any browser (this is from FF mozilla)get a new webmaster if you want anyone to read here
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I have noticed the same thing, both here and in lots of other forums. Expecially frustrating are when it freezes the screen, and a comment you are typing comes out at a crawl of one char each second, and eventually freezes completely. Another irritant is the popups that come up anytime you click anywere on the page, and they are seperate page popups, so they are much more of a pain to close, and will stick around even after you leave the site, especially since most pages require that you have to click on the page if you want to use the scroll down arrow.
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and FYI have already enabled longer time out on scripts to 20 sec - all the freezes seem Adobe FLASH related
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I have had such issues here too. Change your flash settings to "ask..." & then enable it only for the websites on which you want to use it; you can either enable it "for now" or have it "remember" for future reference. This helps a lot.

But you're right about PJM's forum section; they have completely roached it IMO.
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Things will NEVER get better, regardless of who we have in Washington, unless we quit funding the enemy through our dependence on OPEC. Does anyone on this site doubt that the hundreds of billions of dollars we send to OPEC funds terrorists, and is used to build the tens of thousands of radical madrassas that are the breeding ground for this hateful ideology?

The key is to give American drivers a choice every time they pull up to the pump, by shifting to an alcohol fuel-based economy that takes the leverage away from OPEC. The technology to allow this—flex fuel vehicles that can run on regular gasoline or E85—is proven and available at an incrementally insignificant cost (equivalent to what we pay in a few hours for imported oil). They are on the road today, but just not enough of them.

Let’s pay American farmers to produce fuel, rather than funding madrassas while we pay farmers not to plant. Don’t believe the myths that this will drive up food prices or that it takes two gallons of oil to make a gallon of ethanol. This is proven oil cartel propaganda…if true how is Brazil, the world’s largest alcohol fuel economy, a net energy exporter? Neither the liberal fantasy of conservation nor “drill baby drill” have the potential to neuter OPEC like home grown consumer choice.

If you want to base your position on facts and not feelings, check out “Energy Victory” by Robert Zubrin. It’s written not by a politician, but by an engineer who recognizes the Islamic threat and how to destroy it. It’s time to crush OPEC.
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The trouble with ethanol-laced fuel is that it's not really good for engines (particularly 2-cycle types seen in many gas-powered lawn equipment such as blowers, edgers, weed-wackers, etc). Instead, we should rein in all that power enjoyed by the EPA & broaden the scope of harnessing the oil reserves we have right here. Don't get me started on the Keystone pipeline thing......
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You are wrong on every count. Newer flex-fuel engine models have material enhancements that do fine with alcohol fuels. Even with a robust alcohol fuel economy gasoline use will not go away, so it will be there for small engines; the key is that there will be a real choice, where consumers could instantly respond to price signals. But even if it wasn’t, and the technology for those engines couldn’t catch up, it would be absurd to base policy on a set of engines that consume orders of magnitude less total fuel than vehicle engines.

As for Keystone, I support it too. But Keystone, conservation initiatives, and a host of other options on the table are not big enough COMBINED to put a dent in OPEC’s monopoly. Try again.
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Well we have decided to throw in our military resources with the Muslim Brotherhood. Which is nothing more than an Arab Nazi Party...

See here:
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/06/the-muslim-brotherhood-and-the-aryan-brotherhood/
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