When I wrote in my last but one column that the only winner in the shambles that the West was making over its response to Syria would be Vladimir Putin, I had no idea how prescient that snide comment would turn out to be. So incompetent has the Obama White House been in its on-again, off-again action against the criminal despot Assad, and so eager is Barack Obama himself to find an exit from his own impasse, that Russia is being absurdly elevated to world saviour in a crisis which it has helped to create. Thanks to an ironic aside
Comments: Read through a safety screen--the torrent of well-deserved vitriol hurled at the White House might splash on you.
I guess in the end this is all going to be good for employment. All of the arms and armament manufacturing facilities, ship building and airplane factories, etc. are going to have to gear up and start producing to get us back up to a level where we can start defending ourselves again. The Leftists has given away the store --and not just 0bama, and the spineless RINOs has sat with their thumbs in their mouths, hiding under their beds in the fetal position and watched it happen.
It will take another combination of Reagan and Thatcher to pull us out of this mess.
There is no limit to the countries as well as fringe groups who now believe America is a weak sister and disfunctional, and totally incapable of fending off a serious attack or take over.
It will happen, and it won´t just be al quaeda looking to bring us down this time.
The United States has acted as a "weak sister" since August 1945, willing to involve itself almost anywhere on the globe, unwilling to win victory...Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon...Bush41, Clinton, Bush43 and BHO. What we have is a quagmire, never leave military strategy...and we can no longer afford it by any measure of cost. The world has changed, US foreign and military policies have not responded well.
How was Ozero re-elected no matter he was destroying our economy, credit in the world, jobs, the military... Remember him stating, "I will win" before the 2012 Election? Go to votersdna.org and read Ghost Voters to know why he was so smug. How many key states had this phenomenon? Who will "bell this cat?"
The spin will be this is what Obama planned all along. He nuanced his way to a solution. The part of the story that will be omitted is the part where the United States becomes a back bencher while the bad guys play the game.
Well deserved vitriol, OP? I´ll give you well deserved vitriol.
To all our Euroweenie "allies" whose response to American leadership that (I can´t believe they still need reminding) singlehandedly saved Europe from a thousand year Reich was a continuous feast of hand wringing, second-guessing, backbiting, betrayal, and effete commentary, and who were beside themselves at the prospect of Citizen Of The World Obama replacing that (sniff) cowboy Bush: choke on it.
To all the libertarians and "conservatives" and single-issue Republicans who couldn´t possibly compromise their superior high ideals by voting for Romney, let alone make any attempt to persuade anyone else to: choke on it.
To the rest of the free world who could do nothing but find fault with the way America led, I hope you like your life now that the eagle standing guard outside your door has been replaced by the Russian bear that just climbed into your bed.
And we still have 3 1/2 more years of this crap to look forward to. Thanks for nothing.
We won the cold war thanks to Ronald Reagan. Now we´re into it again on a smaller scale, but losing it dramatically because our panty-waist ´president´ clutching his putter is being outmaneuvered by the KGB vet, Vladimir.
Lordy, lordy, when an American president needs the help of a conniving Russian like Putin . . . we should all be embarrassed.
Remembering the looks of disdain for each other on their faces at the summit, I just can´t believe this was a cooked up Putin/Obama plan. Putin simply out maneuvered Obama....and Obama is letting the fox be in charge of the hen house.
All the rest of the posters have said it well. Just one point missing: Zippy himself has now told us that if one were to ask Michelle about Syria and taking any action, she´d say, "No." Not a surprise, just confirmation of the fact that this hideous woman and the commie shadow president, Valerie Jarrett– raised in Iran as a muslim– have this weak, cowardly, noxious, liar in their full control. Second point: His statement also let the world know that he consults the bow-legged amazon. Although I´m not surprised, I´m astonished that even this male pretender would announce it. We´ll probably find out next that the red phone to Putin is on her side of the bed.
C´mon, don´t you secretly admire Putin and envy the Russian their dictator sans black and gay power problems tearing at our society? just a smidge of grudging admiration?
Was it all a set-up to be played on the world stage? Obama the white socialist in blackface. Don´t yell! How many black friends does obama have? How many culturally black? How many liberals, socialists and one avowed communist--until the pop media DID do its job and gently hound Van out?
But, grudging admiration or not, wouldn´t trade our soon to be deposed socialist front man for the accomplish dictator and democracy killer Putin. He doesn´t mind killing his opponents.
Putin does what he does best and obama gives the inevitable speech. (Groan) I haven´t listened to any since the first one of the 2008 campaign. Having missed his prancing and dissembling, continual campaign harangue, I think I´ll pass another of the great I won´s self praise and propaganda.
# 20 I had the exact same thought. Barry blurted out that Michelle is in charge. He even added this eyebrow raiser - "My own family members... they´re very wary and suspicious,." Suspicious ???? Could anyone 12 years ago on September 11 , 2001 have imagined that the POTUS would be planning on using US military might to arm and support Al Queda ? Or that Vladimir Putin would have to pry President Dr ReggieStrangeLove´s hands off the nuclear button and become the international peacemaker ?
#15, I have no idea why you are so angry over my support for Janet Daley´s opinion of the Obama White House. Let´s start with the short bio of the author:
Janet Daley was born in America where she began her political life on the Left as an undergraduate at Berkeley. She moved to Britain (and to the Right) in 1965 where she spent nearly twenty years in academic life before becoming a political commentator: all factors that inform her writing on British and American policy and politicians.
And what I heartily agree with is her statement about the Obama White House:
So incompetent has the Obama White House been in its on-again, off-again action against the criminal despot Assad, and so eager is Barack Obama himself to find an exit from his own impasse, that Russia is being absurdly elevated to world saviour in a crisis which it has helped to create.
Sigh. I agree with the OP and the article. My anger is not with either of them, but with everyone who had a hand, directly or indirectly, in saddling America with this buffoon for another term, and all the foreign backstabbers who cheered him on. I am still angry over the election, and just when it seems it will subside, we get nonsense like this fiasco. Russian and American ships facing off in the Mediterranean? Seriously? That´s quite a remarkable screw up.
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