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An Open Letter

March 31st, 2014 - 10:32 am

Dear Everybody,

Please stop giving foreign policy advice to President Barack Obama, or as I nicknamed him during last year’s Syria Red Line Crisis, Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom. I’m not saying you’re all giving him bad advice — far from it. Let’s look at some of the advice submitted in recent days.

Robert Spalding III is, I’m sure, more hawkish than I am regarding Ukraine, but I certainly endorse his idea of deploying a credible force of F-22 Raptors to the region. Read:

Without firing a shot, such a deployment would immediately change Putin’s invasion calculus. Faced with F-22s, Russian aircraft would not survive, and thus could not support a Russian ground invasion. Ukrainians would feel more confident about their ability to defend their country, since any Russian invasion would be subject to attack by Ukrainian aircraft protected by F-22s.

Spalding seems to think that Russia’s Crimea annexation is somehow reversible, but that in my mind is a bridge too far. But if we want to prevent the annexation of the Sudetenland Crimea from becoming the annexation of Bohemia-Moravia eastern and southern Ukraine, we could do worse than moving into place our most potent air assets.

Leslie Gelb see Spalding’s redeployment and raises one threat of real action:

The boldest and riskiest course would be to dispatch 50 or 60 of the incredibly potent F-22s to Poland plus Patriot batteries and appropriate ground support and protection. Russian generals and even Putin surely know that the F-22s could smash the far inferior Russian air force and then punish Russian armies invading eastern Ukraine or elsewhere in the region.

There’s no sense at all in making this move unless Obama unambiguously resolves to use the F-22s. The worst thing to do is bluff.

Trudy Rubin advises the Professor to shift the playing field to Syria:

The only thing that might grab Putin’s attention and compel him to bargain would be a shift in the playing field – if it looked as if Assad’s fortunes were declining. Achieving that would require you to green-light delivery of portable antiaircraft systems that vetted Syrian rebel groups could use to shoot down Assad’s planes and helicopters – which rain missiles and “barrel bombs” on civilians. (Even if Putin failed to respond, empowering vetted rebel groups would strengthen their hand against jihadis, as well.)

Yet your team is still haggling over whether to approve delivery of even a handful of such weapons.

The problem of course is keeping our weapons out of jihadi hands, but the point remains that there are things we could do to up the pressure on Assad, and via proxy on Putin, too. (Our chemical weapons deal with Damascus would fall apart as a result, but the Syrians and Russians were already dragging that one out into the 22nd Century.)

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Wilson (Democrat) got the US into WWI
Roosevelt (Democrat) got the US into WWII
Truman (Democrat) got the US into the Korean War
Kennedy/Johnson (Democrats) got the US into the Vietnam war
Clinton (Democrat) bombed the hell out of Bosnia
Obama (Democrat) got the US into the "spring" currently burning the Middle East ...

And now that's the 'method of choice' of Conservatives?

Mark my words: the current administration is going to get the US into a very serious war just to distract the people from the total failure of their policies and also to show that Obama is "more macho" than Putin (or some other pitiful third world clown of their choice.) When that happens, be honest and revise your thinking.
25 weeks ago
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Our problem is not a geo-political one. Our problem is not Russia, Syria, the middle east or Red China. Our problem is one of an intransigent, narcissistic, ill informed, ideological, community organizer in charge of our Country. There will be no solutions until this poseur is gone to where his birth certificate and college transcripts reside.
26 weeks ago
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I expect that F-22s will be deployed to antarctica to combat the threat of Global Warming instead, which is much more significant than Russian aggression.

The man wants us to lose.
26 weeks ago
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Obama is working from his own script....
Did you not read his two books? Go and read them and you will understand his actions.... We are being fundamentally changed into what Obama thinks we should be.... 'A socialist Nation' with him and his goons in charge.... He does not understand that the world does not allow a vacuum of leadership.... We either lead the world or we will be reduced to following whoever leads...
There are no other options --- Obama does not understand this ultimatum.. because he is a boob with zero experience in the real world of living....
25 weeks ago
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I just wish our own side understood it.
25 weeks ago
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What we are witnessing is "isolationism". That term invariably hearkens back to grainy newsreels of dead Senators speaking on the Senate floor. In fact, that image had been deliberately cultivated to slam Republican policies numerous times in the past.

Welcome to "neo-isolationism".
25 weeks ago
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Flagra Solaris, your comment stands head and shoulders above the norm one finds in discussions such as this.

I would point out that John Stuart Mill was speaking about a "normal" situation where the decision to stand tall or cower is understandable. We, however, are not in a "normal" situation because any decision to stand tall or cower on the part of the Obama administration is purely a political decision, i.e. does it or does it not help Obama's image.

Lately, there was a news item about the great number of suicides in our military. I believe there is a direct correlation between the suicides and the hopelessness and helplessness of being deployed to "fight" and not being allowed to win.

For me, I say NO WAR UNLESS:
1. we are in it for the true benefit of America and not the resident president or any group of politicians, and
2. our troops are allowed to fight and win and come home with the very least casualties possible.

My belief, as a veteran, is that John Stuart Mill is right on. I feel this way because I was born in 1940 and I grew up and was educated in the belief that America was good. I compare my education with the garbage that our young people are daily barraged with, Leftist propaganda, and find little to hope for in their future.

If one thinks that America is the reason for all the problems in the world, obviously Mill makes no sense. If we love America and believe that she has been good rather than evil, then Mill resonates with us.

Until we start to correct the education of our young citizens and get rid of the Leftist propaganda, they will have no concept of what a citizen is as compared to a subject. This is critical to the survival of the America that I have known and loved.

25 weeks ago
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"2. our troops are allowed to fight and win and come home with the very least casualties possible."
I really don't think they are allowed do it that anymore.
25 weeks ago
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Not since we became part of the U.N.
25 weeks ago
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The problem throughout this charade is that Obama is a eunuch. If for only that there is NOTHING he could do which would be taken seriously by adversaries.

Besides, many/most of those adversaries could do a data dump of Obama's personal files, to include fathered by Frank Marshall Davis, attending college as a foreign exchange student and some corruption revealing telephone calls from his days at Annenberg.

No, Obama knows they have him over a barrel. He will play nice.
25 weeks ago
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This is worse than silly. You speak as if he is a good guy who is being blackmailed into cooperation.


He's one of them, you blithering idiot! They don't need to blackmail him!



This is even stupider than thinking he's stupid!


25 weeks ago
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F-22's:
Someone has to fly those F-22s. Those someones are Americans. Thus, no F-22s.

No American boots on the ground in Ukraine. And that includes the boots of American F-22 flyers.

Let the Euro's handle this. Or let it happen.
25 weeks ago
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After all, Putin only wants Czechoslovakia.
25 weeks ago
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What is sad is - I wonder what percentage of the population would understand your meaning.
25 weeks ago
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Link bait.
25 weeks ago
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"So let’s do ourselves a favor and stop pretending that the man might listen.
He won’t.
He can’t."

My point, exactly...and not just about foreign policy. His mind was made up for him when he was indoctrinated 30 to 40 years ago. Now he is reading the script and nothing is ever going to prevent him from hitting his cues.

Everyone here knows it, but sometimes we forget just how serious the danger is that this country has allowed itself to be conned into.
25 weeks ago
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Giving advice to Obama is like giving P90X tapes to Rosie ODonnell.

They won't use it, can't follow it, would only hurt themselves trying, and would declare it was a hidden conspiracy (misogynist, racist) by conservatives.

Pajama Boys and Stretch Pants Girls don't want advice. And they never lose an argument. In an insular leftist world, logic is repelled and sanity is a vice.
25 weeks ago
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cf:

Always look forward to your comments here on PJM.

Thank you again for commenting on the dialect. Most people have no clue how they are being manipulated.
25 weeks ago
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We won't start winning until we start droning certain golf carts.
25 weeks ago
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This administration did exactly what it wanted to do.
We shouldn't laugh at them. They are good.
They are actually very good at what they do.
Professional revolutionaries, in the true sense of the word.
And they laugh at us every time that we don't understand how serious they are, how dedicated, how well prepared and professional.
Actually, the fact that we laugh at them is the most serious symptom of our possible final and absolute defeat.
We are like sheep laughing at the wolf: "Hey look, he can't even eat grass ! ah ah ah ah".
The wolf is not there to eat grass (protect the dollar, develop the potential of the Country, have a foreign policy) it's there to eat us (destroy America's power, to destroy America's Freedom).

But after years of posting the same comment (i.e."the storm is coming") I notice that I'm getting a little pessimistic...





25 weeks ago
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.... and that of our allies.
25 weeks ago
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"And they laugh at us every time that we don't understand how serious they are, how dedicated, how well prepared and professional."

Bingo.

Those who still think Obama is stupid, are stupid.
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