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September 1st, 2013 - 6:44 am

A year into the Syrian civil war, President Obama made an off-the-cuff remark regarding chemical weapons. He said:

We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

If “whole bunches” of things “being utilized” or maybe just “moving around” changing his “equation” counts as being “very clear,” I’d hate to see what ambiguity would have looked like. But none of that matters, because everybody knew Obama wasn’t being serious, because the very next day his aids leaked that the president might not have really meant the things he’d sort-of said. Obama wanted the appearance of seriousness, I think he thought he appeared to be serious, but there was no actual seriousness to be found anywhere in the president’s general vicinity.

A serious president, after being so very clearly unredisambiguous, would have gone to the UN. He would have gone to our allies. He would have built up support with the American people. He would have done something other than issuing a promise to maybe look into things after the first known chemical attack, months ago. Instead he waited until a second or third attack, this one big enough to kill nearly 1,500 people, a third of them children. And what did he do? Apparently, Obama called up Britain and France because, hey, that’s what American presidents do. And France’s Hollande said “oui” and Britain’s Cameron said, “I want to come over and play but mom won’t let me.”

Russia and China said ain’t nothin’ is gonna happen at the UN.

Obama says he’s going to go to Congress with this urgent issue, just as soon as they come back from recess in a week. He made this announcement on the Saturday of a holiday weekend when college football began. This followed the announcement that his own secretary of State, John Kerry, made on the Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend, signaling that the bombing would almost certainly begin within days.

An American president just indicated he was going to war, had the authority to go to war, needed to go to war right away, but that he would have to ask Congress first, and also, “Hey, guys — where’d everybody go?”

The American people yawned, if they witnessed this goat rodeo at all, then went back to beer and football. The rest of the world went wide-eyed and covered their mouths with their hands in embarrassment.

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Being the most powerful man in the world requires more than empty talk, golf, partying, vacationing, and fundraising. It requires honor, dignity, integrity, and backbone, all things this president does not have. In a little over four years he has transformed this country from being a world power into a third world banana republic, and that shame is on us, the American people. We allowed this to happen by being complacent and going with the flow.
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"I’m sure the republic will survive. But I’m not sure we’ll recover unless the next president is Ronald Reagan crossed with Chuck Norris crossed with George Patton crossed with Jesus."

And right there, Mr. Green is the nub of the problem. This country can survive a Barack Obama. This country can not survive an electorate who would elect a Barack Obama.
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I dealt with people like Obama and his merry band for the last 18 years of my career; most of what he does is straight out of the public employee union representative playbook, a playbook they share with other leftist activists and community organizer types. I assure you that my language, already quite colorful, became far worse towards them and about them than anything you've used here.

If they had something to say to you, they said it through their press pets, so you had to perform unnatural acts like listen to public radio to know what they were thinking. If they did give you a written contract proposal, it was just a fanciful "want list" of all the goodies the malcontents in the unit wanted and generally would be impossible to administer in the form presented even if you wanted to agree to some of it. If you think of ObamaCare's enabling legislation as a union's initial proposal, you fully understand why it is an unworkable mess. What you usually had to do, politicians being politicians, was take their crap proposal and present it to the people on your side it would effect and start bargaining with yourself to see what if any parts of their proposal you could recast as something workable and sell back to them. Of course, when you tried to sell their crap proposal back to them, they didn't want it because it was comiing from the employer. Today, even if the Rs had the votes to defund or repeal ObamaCare, they'd want to try to float some compromise that preserves the popular parts of it. They'd play Hell selling it back to the Demcrats, who'd rather have the whole thing repealled or defunded so they could attack the Rs for doing it.

Any time they made a press release or appearance there was soaring rhetoric filled with bright shiny notions, but when you actually parsed it out, they really didn't say anything definitive. But what happened with it was people read their own meaning into the rhetoric and you found yourself dealing with promises that the union hadn't even made but which now somebody wanted or wanted to to stop somebody from getting.

Even the business of not having a budget for all these years is straight out of the public employee union playbook on avoiding an employer's implementing concessions or forcing a strike or lockout. The only power over the Administration that the Congress has is control over appropriations. If the House wants to rein in Eric Holder, they just pass a budget without him and a bunch of his pals in it. The same is true of any of the agencies that have gone free agent under Obama. But, to do that, you have to pass a budget. They've avoided passing a budget, thus mooting Congress' power over them, but keeping the government running with the CR gambit which won't allow them to do much to specific appropriations without facing large government shutdowns, shutdowns that will be made to look much larger and more damaging by Administration propaganda and a complicit media.

Unions do the same thing when facing an employer wanting concessions, and, of course, that is usually a Republican Administration, so the unions have the press on their side. The union just drags the process out and won't come to agreement while doing everything in their power to resist a valid state of impasse obtaining. If the employer moves to declare impasse, the union responds with an unfair labor practice complaint, which, of course, takes weeks or months to get decided, then if the employer achieves a valid state of impasse and moves to implement terms or lock the union out, the union goes for a TRO, which they will almost always get because judges don't know anything about bargaining law, then its a month before the injunction hearing, then another month before the judge decides, and then its a year before the Supreme Court rules. Meanwhile, everybody has lost interest, the union has kept what the employer wanted back, and is busily trying to buy a new legislature or governor.

If people like this get control of a government, there is a frenzy of everybody getting their hands in the cookie jar and then nothing else happens except making sure everybody keeps their asses in the big chairs as long as possible and fending off any counterattacks.

I learned to deal with them by learning not to care what they did or said and making sure I was always on the strategic offensive but only rarely on the tactical offensive and then only towards the union's institutional interests, e.g., dues and jurisdiction. On the strategic offensive, the union had to do something to you and then you could tell your political principals that you were just defending yourself. On the tactical offensive, the union and the press would mau-mau you and you lost your political backing.

Unfortunately, Putin and his ilk understand this stuff. Even after five years of it Boehner and McConnell still don't get why their friends across the aisle are being so nasty to them.
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Yeah, but would Ronald Reagan crossed with Chuck Norris crossed with George Patton crossed with Jesus win?
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Obama, as a member in good standing of the chattering class, truly believes that all you need is a good line of BS and the media's help getting it out. From birth until 1-21-2009 it was all he ever did and all he ever needed.

We can argue about whether he is a socialist or not, or what he really intends for America, but we don't know and he doesn't really say, at least not clearly. But it is very clear that on foreign policy he's all hat and no cattle.
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Really, there's nothing else to be said but:

"Obama acted stupidly."
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I don't think he was 'acting'.
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"...I’m not sure we’ll recover unless the next president is Ronald Reagan crossed with Chuck Norris crossed with George Patton crossed with Jesus."

Don't you mean Ted Cruz?
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In Syria, Iraq and Pakistan our enemies are busy killing each other. Long may they continue to do so and we should not do anything, and especially not from a totally MISGUIDED Multi Culti, Politically correct, Left wing moonbat 'Humanitarian' viewpoint, to interfere with that helpful cull.
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Apart from exposing the WIMP in the White House for the Community Organizing 'Present Voting', Incompetent, Unqualified USURPER that he is the SUPREME arrogance of the ARABS is also on display .

The ARAB league , whose members are drowning in the floods of money they receive from OIL revenues, a commodity which even though they lived on top of it no ARAB knew was there and no ARAB knew how to recover or refine and for which no ARAB ever invented anything to use it for, that was all left up to the evil KAFFIRS to do, have just declared the 'INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY' should act in Syria.
I have a message for the arrogant useless ARABS - the INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY demands the ARAB LEAGUE acts in SYRIA.
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Quote: "The American people yawned, if they witnessed this goat rodeo at all, then went back to beer and football. The rest of the world went wide-eyed and covered their mouths with their hands in embarrassment."

Catino from South America here. I am traveling through the region, I live in Northern VA. People here cannot believe American elected this clown. You see, here they know an incompetent buffoon. They have been suffering them for two centuries! Here's what I see in this neck of the woods: plenty of leftists everywhere but something is changing. People remember the days of "colonialism" mainly because they used to eat everyday and be well dressed and fully employed. This leftist-progressive thing is coming to an end. O-boo-boo is only the wave of a worldwide tsunami that ultimately reached the US shores, there were others before: FDR, JFK, LBJ, Jimmeh Carah, and Ah Feel Yer Pain (and Ah Feel Yer Daughter too) Clinton. This too shall pass. Prepare for the mop up operation and reconstruction. Let them suffer the consequences of their choices for the next few years: resist, preach truth, give them hell every inch of the way. Many are repenting and more will repent. Remember that some of the most convinced Conservatives ever were once convinced Liberals. That confirms the old adage: "A Conservative is a Liberal that has been mugged." O-boo-boo is mugging the whole country. For all I know he may be more effective in causing a Conservative Revolution than anyone in the GOP. Certainly Weepy Johnny is no danger of inflaming the masses.
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As Winston Churchill so wisely observed 'if you are not a Socialist in your youth you have no heart but if you are STILL a socialist when you are MATURE you have no BRAIN'
Must be why the 'WIMP in the White House ' the Unqualified, Incompetent, Serial Present Voting, Community Organizing USURPER hates him so much.
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That's a no-brainer, ha! Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan: their characters were forged in duty and honor. Our Community (dis)Organizer cannot even comprehend the greatness of those greats.
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"...a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized."

I assume the teleprompter was on the blink that day.
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Stephen, Stephen, Stephen. The word is spelled "ay ess ess aitch oh ell e." Unfortunately, this forum won't print it.

Use the word. It's glorious yet simple. We all know what it means and whom you're talking about..
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An individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intellegence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic he appears.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=douchebag
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In my book that makes the USURPER a Malignant NARCISSIST.
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That's a redundancy. Was there ever a benignant narcissist?
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With shallow guys like Obama and his liberal cohorts, rhetoric is everything.

"But I’m not sure we’ll recover unless the next president is Ronald Reagan crossed with Chuck Norris crossed with George Patton crossed with Jesus."

Ted Cruz ?
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