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Barack Obama a ´dithering,
controlling, risk-averse´ US president

Telegraph (UK), by Peter Foster

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Posted By:Oblio, 3/5/2013 6:54:38 AM

The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama´s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LadyVet, 3/5/2013 7:05:47 AM     (No. 9208873)

I think the words in the headline sum up this president very well: dithering, risk-adverse.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: The Architect, 3/5/2013 7:40:23 AM     (No. 9208907)

Yeah, but it left out "Incompetent".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 3/5/2013 7:41:46 AM     (No. 9208908)

While I share the authors POV re: the marionette style of decision making, I would suggest that there is an unintended upside to leaving the world alone to solve it´s own problems in it´s own way.

A President who fails to appreciate how America works is in no position to grasp the calculus of international relations, defense and trade.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 3/5/2013 7:46:31 AM     (No. 9208920)

No dithering. He is deliberately slow slow slow walking anything that could strengthen America.

Energy in particular as he won´t do anything that could harm his muslim brothers.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: skedaddle, 3/5/2013 7:48:55 AM     (No. 9208927)

The dithering is an act to cover for overt anti-Americanism. Rather than say right out "I´m going to ruin this country!" he umms and aahs while he and his fellow-travelers ruin this country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDConservative, 3/5/2013 7:59:42 AM     (No. 9208948)

Yeah, well, we like him enough to re-elect his "butt".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Clinger, 3/5/2013 8:22:17 AM     (No. 9208978)

Just voting present, what did we expect.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fb2002, 3/5/2013 9:57:18 AM     (No. 9209154)

He is an idiot. Period. Eight years of destruction, havoc, constant campaigning while the country is rudderless, compromised, declining in our economic and military power.

Romney ran such a lousy campaign. How the pubbies lost to this fool is beyond me. Sure we have stupid voters, but we also have a stupid opposition to zippy. As with any power, the fall is from within.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pickle1, 3/5/2013 9:57:31 AM     (No. 9209155)

He was chosen by the powers that be because he can be blackmailed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: coldoc, 3/5/2013 9:58:23 AM     (No. 9209157)

He has valery jarret to make all his decisions. That´s why she´s there.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Distorted, 3/5/2013 10:34:42 AM     (No. 9209225)

But, he is "Present."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/5/2013 10:45:01 AM     (No. 9209248)

The only think John Kerry could persuade me to do would be to lock him up or deport him to Egypt.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/16/2013 8:16:35 AM     (No. 9227801)

I´m bumping this because we need to know more about this man and about his book. I for one have always wondered about Holbrooke´s untimely death just as he and the child-king came into conflict.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: escaped commieny, 3/16/2013 8:41:58 AM     (No. 9227841)

Holbrooke had been in Clinton´s office on Friday when he collapsed. He was rushed to George Washington University Hospital, where he went through 20 hours of surgery. His wife, along with their children and other family, were in the hospital room when he died. Just an hour before, they had had a private meeting with Obama at the State Department. The president praised him as "a tough son of a gun."
from : abcnews.go.com/Politics/richard-holbrooke-american-diplomat-dead-69/story?id=12373323

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