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Discussion in 'Politics' started by carpro, May 11, 2015.
To Mislead Critics, US Stages Fake “Public Feuds” with Anti-Democratic Partners
Obama's move to Iran and the impending deal to make Obama's legacy the gift of the atomic bomb to Iran has dissolved respect for Obama among the Arabs. If there is another holocaust, that will be Obama's legacy.
You should apply for a job at the American Freedom Defense Intitiative.
I hear they're looking for people who believe their own hyperbole.
Arabs have never trusted Iran. It's even worse now.
Another thing that is sure. Obama has caused distrust among our friends and allies and offered encouragement to our enemies.
It will take years to regain the trust of our allies all over the world. When it comes to "negotiating" with rogue nations, he's the world's biggest chump.
Yeah but we don't hear the military industrial complex complaining.
It just keeps smiling and piling up the profits.
The way to get the Iranians to bend is not to give them a pass on their regional mischief, but rather to stuff it back in their faces until it hurts. Western liberals think that good will extended will engender good will returned, concessions extended will evoke concessions returned, friendship proposed will render friendship accepted. That sort of thing works well at suburban country clubs and at EU-based soirees. It doesn’t work with Iranian mullahs (or Chinese Communists or Russian kleptocrats, and I could go on). Displays of liberal reasonableness are very likely to be taken in Tehran as signs of weakness and lack of resolve. Maybe the Iranians have already decided to make a deal; after all, they showed no signs of relenting in the Iran-Iraq War until they suddenly did, remaining blood-on-the-saddle types to the very end in order to gain the best possible terms. But if not, one can easily imagine a situation where we sit down expecting the Iranians to reciprocate our generosity in order to close the deal, and they expect more U.S. concessions to follow the ones already offered—at which point they may pocket the concessions and propose an extension.
How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies
Why America’s friends in Europe are wishing for the good old days of George W. Bush.
Obama administration has achieved a landmark heretofore considered impossible: they are making America’s allies homesick for the administration of George W. Bush. This week, news broke that Poland’s foreign minister was caught on tape earlier this year disparaging the United States. Radek Sikorski bitterly said Warsaw’s ties to Washington were "worthless," then followed it up with some even saltier language. It’s actually a measure of America’s importance that the surreptitious recording caused a sensation, forcing Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to face a confidence vote in Parliament. The indiscretion will probably cost Sikorski his prospects for the job of EU foreign policy chief. But he’s not wrong about America. The United States has become an exasperating ally, and even countries that are inclined to support us are hedging against because of the Obama administration’s conduct. Neither our threats nor our assurances are believed. Clawing back that credibility will be an expensive undertaking.
This was not the case before the Ronald Reagan administration (1981-1989) when the latter adopted a neocon-inspired “muscular foreign policy” based on military intervention abroad, perpetual war, arbitrary regime changes, and imperial worldwide governance in any matters deemed to be in American interests and of that of its close allies. Even though they fared less well under the George H. Bush administration (1989-1993), when they were considered the “crazies in the basement”, they resumed their ascendance within the American government under the Bill Clinton administration (1993-2001) with the U.S.-led Kosovo war and with the irresponsible dismantling of the Glass-Steagall Act, thus paving the way for the 2008 worldwide financial crisis.
The Neocons’ greatest success, however, came with the George W. Bush and Dick Cheney administration (2001-2009) when they persuaded the latter to launch the (illegal) 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a war still with us and expanding today, twelve years later. They also drafted the so-called “Bush Doctrine” of (illegal) preemptive wars and of forced political regime changes in other countries.
This was an ideology that the Neocons had long advanced, both when Paul Wolfowitz was Deputy Secretary of Defense for policy in the George H. Bush administration (1989-1993), even though the latter publicly repudiated it, and in various essays published by a neocon think-tank dubbed “The Project for the New American Century (PNAC)” and founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.
Continue . . . http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/01/2015-year-of-the-militaristic-neocons-looming-financial-crisis-and-wars-3085986.html
The ineptitude of the Obama administration has accomplished what most thought was impossible.
Let us look at a few of them.
Made them miss the George W. Bush foreign policy.
Indeed, for many years now, the U.S. government has been engaged in an aggressive geopolitical warfare against Russia, first in pursuing a policy of geopolitical and military encirclement of Russia by expanding NATO to its borders with the integration of Ukraine, and second, by implementing a policy of economic warfare against Russia in order to undermine its economy and, eventually, to provoke a regime change in that country. It’s a game of “dare you?”
Some of the more lunatic Neocons openly call for a new World War III, presumably with Russia a country against which they seem to have personal animosities. These are some of the lunatics President Barack Obama listens to.
Friends and Enemies
It is impossible to be the leader of any large enterprise and not alienate someone, but Barack Obama has managed to alienate virtually everyone who has had anything to do with him. Who has Barack Hussein Obama not alienated in the last four years?
Barack Obama has alienated Great Britain, our closest military ally, both with insults and official actions. He betrayed the Brits by failing to support them over the Falklands and by revealing their nuclear military secrets to the Russians. Obama has singlehandedly destroyed our "special relationship" with the UK.
We have entered into a particularly dismal chapter in the American narrative, one that shifts us from a swashbuckling tale of adventure into a bone-chilling horror story.
As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, “we the people” have now come full circle, from being held captive by the British police state to being held captive by the American police state. In between, we have charted a course from revolutionaries fighting for our independence and a free people establishing a new nation to pioneers and explorers, braving the wilderness and expanding into new territories.
Where we went wrong, however, was in allowing ourselves to become enthralled with and then held hostage by a military empire in bondage to a corporate state (the very definition of fascism). No longer would America hold the moral high ground as a champion of freedom and human rights. Instead, in the pursuit of profit, our overlords succumbed to greed, took pleasure in inflicting pain, exported torture, and imported the machinery of war, transforming the American landscape into a battlefield, complete with military personnel, tactics and weaponry.
To our dismay, we now find ourselves scrambling for a foothold as our once rock-solid constitutional foundation crumbles beneath us. And no longer can we rely on the president, Congress, the courts, or the police to protect us from wrongdoing.
Indeed, they have come to embody all that is wrong with America.
An inability to persuade is symptomatic of an inability to listen. It is difficult to reason with objectors if you hold all other viewpoints in contempt. The one consistent theme of all the insider accounts of the Obama presidency has been its combination of intellectual arrogance and messianic sense of destiny. When challenged by Rep. Marion Berry over pursuing idealistic policies which played poorly on the doorstep, reprising mistakes made by Bill Clinton early in his presidency, Mr Obama allegedly explained to her “well, the big difference here and in 94 was you’ve got me.” This is a fatal misreading of what the American electorate requires – an adversarial system will never be governable in terms of a cult of personality.
Mr Obama’s legacy in this area has been one of empty gestures and myopic destruction of existing relationships for the sake of a slogan – change.