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Obama’s Tranquility

July 20th, 2014 - 1:34 pm
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Smooth landing not guaranteed.

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

But this summer Obama’s tranquil world has descended into medieval barbarism in a way scarcely seen in decades. In Gaza, Hamas is banking its missile arsenal in mosques, schools and private homes; even Hitler did not do that with his V2s. Hamas terrorists resort to trying to wire up animals to serve as suicide bombers. Aztec-style, they seek to capture Israeli soldiers to  torture or trade — a sort of updated version of parading captive soldiers up the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan.

Hamas cannot build a hotel, but instead applies its premodern cunning to tunneling and killing in ever more insidious ways. Yet it proves incompetent in doing what it wishes to do best — kill Jewish civilians. Its efforts to kill Jews while getting killed in the process earn it sympathy from the morally obtuse of the contemporary world who would have applauded Hitler in 1945 as an underdog who suffered greatly as he was overwhelmed by the Allies that he once tried to destroy.

In Paris, just seventy years after the Holocaust, sympathetic rioters hit the streets to cheer on Hamas’s efforts to kill more Jews with their crude versions of Vergeltungswaffen. The passive French solution apparently is once again to encourage Jews to leave the country, given the growing number of new Nazis in their midst. Whether Hamas or Putin, the European response is always the same: why cannot they just go away to bother to some Jews or Americans, and leave us alone?

Russian operatives, role-playing as Ukrainian separatists, shot down a civilian airliner, then tried to doctor the debris field, then let the bodies decay, and now are looting the wallets of the dead. You cannot get much less tranquil than that.

In Iraq, ISIS, not content with the usual Middle East savagery, resorts to warring on religious  icons, as if torture and murder of the living do not offer enough outlet for their barbarity. They blow up mosques, shatter tombs, and deface graveyards, in their eagerness to restore the 7th century. All that seems more Dark Age than merely medieval.

Iran just missed our “deadline” that was supposed to result in fewer centrifuges in exchange for suspending the sanctions. No sane person now believes that the Iranians will stop nuclear enrichment, or will not get a bomb, or will not threaten to use it when they get one. What will Secretary Kerry do, now that the currency of “red lines,” “deadlines” and “step-over lines” has been all used up?

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The man known as Barak Hussein Obama was born to America-hating leftists, then raised, educated, and mentored by yet more America-hating leftists. He has never had to overcome any serious challenge to his beliefs and upbringing, and he's never had to demonstate the qualities that any President of the US should have.

This has had the effect of making the guy a moral cripple, empty of any real ability — though at the family level he appears to be decent enough. Give him that. But as soon as he looks outside that circle, all he sees is an America that doesn't fit what he has been taught is its proper position in the world.

I despise him because he is so mismatched to his current job, which has been clearly beyond him from Day #1. Empty suit, empty chair — pick your metaphor.

As I look forward two more years and then some, I'm desperately afraid for this country. Time and time again, we disarm ourselves — mentally, morally, and physically — and then race like madmen to catch up when the inevitable war starts and bursts into our cozy bubble.

It's the American way of war. But someday, sometime, that formula will no longer work. The chance of this happening in the next two+ years is higher than it has ever been before, and even with a national change of direction in 2017, it'll take years more to build back the capability that Obama is so casually discarding.
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Obama and his cabal have planted the seeds of One World Socialism and have fertilized it with propaganda.

What you see now is the full bloom of what such a leftist world would look like. Obama has made the Edward Said/Rashid Khalidi/Nation of Islam pact in concert with the Ayers/Soros/Midwest Academy Totalitarian Nanny state.


Mrs Doubtfire on angel dust.

Obama sent John Kerry on a fool's errand to pretend to talk about nuclear containment with Iran, while Iran pretends to listen. Talk about type casting.

The bear is loose and is doing to the America and Israel what a bear does in the woods.

One World Socialism is all dorm room and faculty lounge BS. Once the OWS crowd seizes control they launch the Obamacare website, the Benghazi secret swap, the open borders disease farm, the Solyndra green energy program, the Iraq, Syria, Egypt red lines and the Russian reset buttons.

Then declare them all fantastic successes, say the matters are "settled" and any disagreement is racism.

Welcome to Obama's World. Please set your watches back 1500 years.

And, to think...some people still insist on calling these people..."progressives".
18 weeks ago
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The current president is tragically stuck in elementary school. He's a perfect, unique little snowflake. Just gaze upon his uniqueness and perfection; he does - all the time. So unique. So perfect. And such a worthless waste of water.
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My apologizes, I am new and keep revisiting this article with little time to give a proper analysis with proper grammar or spelling, but I must say that Obama is taking credit for Richard Nixon's 1970's policies. I think VDH, may have pointed this out in the article. Really there is no such thing as Obama Care..It is health care that Nixon Created. One should never blast the academic or the office of President like I have, lately, but in America things no longer get done, like I was exposed to when growing up. Oil continues to be the source of stupidity. President Obama and Mark Z. the creator of face book really have become delusional. Why does one need a face book page to direct people to their website is beyond me. There is no tranquility in the Middle East as far as American policy has been concerned since Nixon, and the statement that "face book is the greatest invention since the printing press..., not only shows the stupidity of America's fall but it also shows that I could care less if David Gorman is teaching 8th grade with Irritable Bowl Syndrome. Earth day is another flaw in policy.....Obama currently has ADD (Adiminstrative Do- Knothing Disorder). My professors and collages have been hard on me all my life and it has only made me better. I constantly shot for the stars and try but try again. I just don't see that from this administration and I never have. General Grant got things accomplished. Sitting in board meetings all day...does little for me and this administration is one that sits and pretends they can expertise power. U.S. Congress is the same....The War Hawks of the 1800s would have accomplished more in a day then our current Congress...America and its Republic is doomed. Get out and do something America and get off face book......
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The tone of this piece matches my mood exactly.
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And the Wizard of ODD sends out a guy named JOSH EARNEST- to tell us this huge whopper-- yup JOSH (just kidding) in EARNEST!!
I suppose the mentally ill really do believe those voices in their heads
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when in war, defeat your enemy and force them to want to come to the peace table.

Anything else solves nothing, and even worse when third parties get involved.
18 weeks ago
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Non of those places and issues interfere with Obama's life. He is absolutely walled off from any personal repercussions, and he will be the remainder of his life. He has what he wants, a fancy job and trappings to go with it. While it is good to delegate, he seems to delegate everything, and to people who are not really very competent. There hasn't been enough time for his decisions to have their full effect, whether good or bad.
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The election and RE-ELECTION of our Hussein is the greatest calamity of Western and World Civilization. {Yeah, yeah - 0n all the forces and changes that enabled it ...] If we even have rational historians like Professor Hanson in our future, it will be a long shot.
I believe the re-election was totally beyond the combined/total effects of the Bubonic Plaque, malaria, WW I, WWII, stalin, mao, ho, pol pot and the savage jihadis and ayatollahs.
There is so much, it is all so intertwined, and now things can happen so quickly and violently anywhere in the world. And what is between the tornado chaos of all this superimposed on the realities of human nature???
The USA's ditherer. dallyer, child-abuser, denier, disconnected, dummy, dilettante, and probably now both delusional and demented ______-in-Chief...
A conservative, U.S. Senate starting in November would at least of some braking possibilities. {His realizing what he is and is not and announcing his resignation is not going to happen.}
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45 years ago the government put a man on the moon. Now it can't even (Still!) build a web site. It will only get worse...
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Kerry is still Mr. Jane Fonda; but now the perfected fool represents THE OBINATION of DESOLATION which STANDS WHERE IT OUGHT NOT.
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Ah, but all is tranquil on the first tee as El Presidente does the only thing he does both well and often.
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How can Hanson's diatribe ignore legalized dope, gay marriage, Presidential pen and phone, free health care, shovel ready jobs, IRS protecting us from extremists, wind farms to bring us a new future? Hasn't he been paying attention?
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I am sure there is a word limit - if you search his posts, you will find plenty to read about all of these topics.
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Because this is about foreign policy.
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