WASHINGTON — Whether miffed over spying revelations or feeling sold out by U.S. moves in the Middle East, some of the United States’ closest allies are so upset that the Obama administration has gone into damage-control mode to ensure the rifts don’t widen and threaten critical partnerships. The quarrels differ in their causes and degrees of seriousness. As a whole, however, they pose a new foreign policy headache for an administration whose overseas track record is seen in many quarters at home and abroad as reactive and lacking direction. In Europe and the Middle East, rifts that once would’ve been quietly smoothed
This is not what it seems. The so-called (and fictitious) "world community" loves Obama to the extent that he represents a weakening of American power, which he does. They will resent him only to the extent that he keeps that power intact (their misconception).
Obama is actually achieving the goals he told us where his intent. Greatest nation in the world and, with the help of the voters, he would change that. That he did not want to see us as a leader and thought we deserved a lesser role in the world. And here we are, five years later, friendless, weak and lost in our way. All through our voting public.
The middle easterners are upset because we are not taking sides, supplying weapons and settling their regional squabbles for them. I say drill our own oil and to hell with all of them.
I am more concerned with what Obama is doing to America and not doing for us, like spending us into oblivion and not keeping our military forces strong and ready. We are perceived as weak and leaderless and will soon pay the price for that. Depending on Jon Carry to fix our relationships with our friends is a non-starter.
There really are only two possible reasons for Obama´s gargantuan faux pas and sheer numbers of blunders, both foreign and domestic:
1. He is deliberately isolating America from not only our allies and our enemies (except for Iran and other Muslim nations), but from the American people as well - in order to ready our sacred soil for Sharia rule from both outside and from inside.
2. He is so unfathomably obtuse, ignorant and incompetent that he has for the first time in our history made us a very flabby target for nuke-intensive nations who abhor our way of life.
One can argue unsuccessfully that because he "leads from behind" that other people in his Administration are the ones to blame. But he is President. The buck stops at his desk, regardless of how he and his sycophant media present the problems.
In either possibility, America is in the most dangerous place she has been in my long life and it isn´t just business as usual, waiting for his term to be over so we can try getting America back on track. He has already "fundamentally transformed America" for the worse.
There has been a soft coup in this country perpetrated by individuals both inside and outside this country who are determined to take this country down a peg or two. They wrongly believe the United States is the bad guy and stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the good this country has done around the world. They will partner with anyone who feels the same way. That is why the Europeans and Middle Easterners were so taken with Obama. They saw someone like them who took the wealth we offered and conversely hated what we stood for. They are the ruling class, fellow travelers who have always hated the American ethos. I don´t buy that they hate Obama. They are just upset with his incompetence. They expected more and he is just not delivering.
Thank you, no. 10. You have succinctly articulated my nervous dilemma these last few years. I have felt myself going schizophrenic.
Is the Pig President just dumb (and dumber) than I thought, or is he maliciously and systematically dismantling the country?
I think it is the latter. And all the talk about incompetence, inefficiency etc. doesn´t really matter. It´s never been about competence,and they don´t care about efficiency. In fact, control is probably more easily achieved with INefficiency and chaos.
Although he has a marginal IQ, it doesn´t matter. What he´s doing requires only a mission and purpose, and he has risen to that occasion nicely.
#10 and #17, I think it´s a combination. Zippy IS ignorant and incompetent , but he´s also filled with hatred of America. He´s just the useful idiot being shoved into the spotlight to make pretty speeches for the lofo´s while his masters do the dirty work behind the scenes. His hatred makes him a willing participant. His laziness and ignorance would never have allowed him to pull this off on his own. Were it not for his skin color and the TelePrompTer, he would still be agitating and lining his own pockets back in Chicago.
Obama´s objective is to weaken and destroy the United States. Part of that objective is to weaken and destroy the Office of president of the United States. Probably the most powerful and prestigious position in the world. It won´t be once Obama is done with it. Obama doesn´t care if he looks like a corrupt, incompetent fool. He is being paid well.
As for spying on our allies, that has probably always happened, but nobody ever talked about it before. It serves to embarrass the United States and embarrass the office of President.
I am in agreement with #17´s analysis. And I believe there is a shifting of governing entities going on that will culminate in the One World Government the Bible tells about. The actors on the national stages are unaware they are going through motions that suit Satan, the play write, who is moving them about like chess pieces on a board. And over and above all is the sovereignty of Almighty God. I grieve for America´s past, but am excited about the future.
This wonderfully depth filled article is an eye opener to the Obama Jaret Soros newly named, Wobbly Commie Party. The variety of fresh, non mainstream media, references in this revealing writing, reminds us that there is a wealth of non propagandized, non brainwashed 60 Minutes High Ministry of Propaganda Steve Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams indoctrination, available to us that is highly and more objectively aware of all the collectivist mixed signals our sick administration is putting out. This is a superb reminder that Obama´s wobbly communism is laid bare outside of the U.S., where it is not protected night and day by our own mainstream propagandists. Lucianne has generously provided us with UK and other outside sources. Now is the time to follow news and opinion from more voices not easily threatened with retaliation by the IRS. This is one sick frightening administration, and underneath all the carefully plannede chaos is the underlying formidable silent, stealth press media academe Hollywood misguided propaganda of Leninist Marxist Stalinist Communism.
No one cares about foreign policy, particularly with respect to the Middle East. The news is non-stop shutdown-website-shutdown-website. Oh and Obama is tanking as a result! s/o Today: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama´s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove (see trends).
Even in my darkest moments, I return eventually to an inescapable conclusion: America will survive the purposely ruinous regime of Barack Obama. Our immediate future is indeed dire. The climb back will be long and difficult. But America will re-emerge as the "shining city on a hill".
Why? It´s not so much a country as it is a fundamental mindset. It´s that basic human yearning to be free, to invent, to excel. This is where people who are genetically wired with that mindset in their DNA come.
No petty tyrant and no concocted dogma can ever stamp that out. America will return.
It´s true that American voters leave something to be desired, but you´ll never convince me...never...that Obama won the 2012 election fair and square. If we don´t fix the voting system in America the quicksand of soft slavery we are standing in swallows us up by November 2016. Washington will not fix Washington. It must come from the bottom up.
It will hurt, and a lot of us will suffer, but we will get through this.
stinky is a silly little moron-tool and nothing else. He got in: we let him in and that´s our fault, but he´s way too tiny and ridiculous to decide who we are and what we´ll do. barry soetoro can go straight to hell. He will, and so what? Who cares? he´s just another dumbass rotten politician. We´ve been through this before.
The United States isn´t over. We´re not. Stop thinking like that.
stinky will be gone soon like every other crappy worthless politician and we´ll clean up the mess and move on.
he´s not the antichrist. he´s just another pain in the ass jerk. We´ve seen this before.
I think he´s done us all a long-term favor. Think about it.
One major problem in all of this mess. And that is that far too many Americans simply aren´t tuned in to world affairs. They are too interested in jobs, food stamps, Obozophones, the is the next dancing winner, the Obozocare fiasco, and anything else they can get from the government. They don´t pay any attention to what else goes on in the rest of the world and really don´t care. After all, it doesn´t affect them in any way. Of course, it eventually will, but the blinders they wear keep them from seeing that.
And I have to agree with # 10 & 17. Well said observations.
The latest foreign policy blunder of Obama and Kerry is the demand that the Senate hold back on further sanctions against Iran to promote ´negotiations´ with President Hasan Rouhani to not build an A-bomb. This is the same Hasan Rouhani the US negotiated with for three years. During that time the Iranian centrifuges were constantly enriching uranium while no agreements were reached. Rouhani rolled us like Putin rolled Obama on Syria.
The Iranians only respond to strength, but will take advantage of weakness. The Saudi´s see the Obama cave on the Syrian ´red line´ and his calling Rouhani as a supplicant, after Rouhani´s rebuke of Obama at the UN as spineless. This is why the Sandi´s are so upset with him. They believe Obama is is selling them out.
This genius community organizer cannot even handle reading off his teleprompter and understand what he is saying. Recall when a few days in the WH the Irish PM visited and zero welcomed HIMSELF! How telling for the rest of his mistakes, here or around the world. But the jerks who voted for this clown thought it was cool to have him for a second term. Unemployment wasn´t high enough, the economy in shambles, nothing mattered to them....that´s what a college education will buy for you these days. I wonder if this empty suit knows what bathroom paper is for!
He can be compared most recently to Jimmy Carter, although I believe he is exponentially worse than the peanut farmer. But God raised up for us Ronald Regan who was principled and extremely articulate in pointing out the faults and weaknesses of the current president. Do we have someone on the rise who can do the same against Obama?
Even thought they might not like us, the world is realizing that America is the peace keeper and the economic engine that helps them prosper. Seeing Obama dismantle our military and our economy is affects them in a bad way.
We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it’s ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for their aging parents. For families, these collective obligations may work. But what makes sense for families doesn’t always succeed for society as a whole. The clash of generations is intensifying. Last week, a federal judge ruled that Detroit qualifies for municipal bankruptcy. This almost certainly means that pensions and health
Sen. Ted Cruz defied critics angry that he eulogized Nelson Mandela and left for South Africa today as part of a 23 member congressional delegation going to honor the former South African president and anti-apartheid hero. “He endured decades of imprisonment and steadfastly continued his fight for equality. And, when justice prevailed in his battle against apartheid, and Mandela was elected president of his nation, he nobly chose reconciliation instead of retribution — a legacy for which he will be remembered forever,” Cruz, R-Texas, said. Cruz’s press secretary, Catherine Frazier, also rejected the arguments of those who criticized Cruz for lauding Mandela. “Mr.
The hero doctor jailed in Pakistan for helping the U.S. kill Usama bin Laden bared his frustration with the country’s tribal court system in a letter smuggled out by a supporter last week. “My legal right to consult with my lawyers is being denied,” wrote Dr. Shakil Afridi, who worked with the CIA on a vaccination ruse that helped confirm the Al Qaeda leader’s presence in an Abbottabad compound, paving the way for the May 2011 SEAL mission in which he was killed. The one-and-a half page letter, handwritten in Urdu and smuggled out of the Peshawar Central Jail, comes as Afridi
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government´s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people´s online habits. The industry´s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users´ email and other sensitive information. Microsoft´s general counsel, Brad Smith, warned in a blog post last
WASHINGTON — For months, the Obama administration has heralded the low premiums of medical insurance policies on sale in the insurance exchanges created by the new health law. But as consumers dig into the details, they are finding that the deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs are often much higher than what is typical in employer-sponsored health plans. Until now, it was almost impossible for people using the federal health care website to see the deductible amounts, which consumers pay before coverage kicks in. But federal officials finally relented last week and added a “window shopping” feature that displays data on
Speaking to a forum on Middle East policy on Saturday, President Obama showed how cavalierly he regards his nuclear deal with Iran. Obama said, “We have to be vigilant about maintaining our security postures, not be naive about the dangers that an Iranian regime poses, fight them wherever they’re engaging in terrorism or actions that are hostile to us or our allies.” “But,” he added, “we have to not constantly assume that it’s not possible for Iran, like any country, to change over time. It may not be likely. If you asked me what is the likelihood that we’re able to
The National Security Agency isn´t the only government entity secretly collecting data from people´s cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too. Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies are capturing information about thousands of cellphone users at a time, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according to public records obtained by USA TODAY and Gannett newspapers and TV stations. The records, from more than 125 police agencies in 33 states, reveal: • About one in four law-enforcement agencies have used a tactic known
Ed Gillespie, a former top aide to President George W. Bush who chaired both the Republican National Committee and Virginia GOP, said he is considering a bid against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, automatically putting Virginia in play and giving the Republicans their best chance to take back control of the Senate. Gillespie was in Hot Springs, Va., over the weekend talking with state GOP officials who were beginning the planning for the next party convention, where Warner´s opponent will be selected. Two other candidates with ties to the Tea Party are also planning to run. Party officials, seeing that no major Republican
Democrats are happy, no doubt, to have the overwhelming support of young, “low information” voters. And, presumably, they have little desire to see this constituency become better informed as a general matter. But relying on the votes of young, low information voters is one thing; relying on their behavior is another. And the Democrats are relying on their behavior. Obamacare, the signature accomplishment of the Democratic Party, depends on young, healthy individuals to buy health insurance. Without their widespread participation in the online insurance exchanges as a means of subsidizing the cost of treating older, sicker Americans, insurance premiums will sky-rocket, thereby
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
Would a free society be a crime-free society? We have good reason to anticipate it. Don’t accuse me of utopianism. I don’t foresee a future of new human beings who consistently respect the rights of others. Rather, I’m drawing attention to the distinction between crime and tort — between offenses against the state (or society) and offenses against individual persons or their justly held property. We’re so used to this distinction, and the priority of the criminal law over tort law, that most of us don’t realize that things used to be different. At one time, an “offense” that was
Under most circumstances, a falling unemployment rate would be cause for great cheer. These are not most circumstances. America is now a country where the official count of joblessness is dropping largely because so many people have stopped looking for work. Under the government’s statistical rules, those who have thrown in the towel are no longer counted as unemployed. Perversely, this drives the rate down. Combined with weak job growth, the trend produced happy-sounding 7% unemployment, the lowest rate in five years. In fact, though, the labor force participation rate, a solid measure of the country’s connection to paychecks,
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the United States should have a socialized, single-payer healthcare system similar to those in Canada and Europe. “I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen,” Powell reportedly said last week. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.” The Puget Sound Business Journal reported Powell´s remarks at the Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast at the University of Washington´s Cancer Research Center. Powell, the Republican who supported Barack Obama during the last two presidential
Say goodbye to the 60-watt incandescent bulb. This year manufacturers started phasing out 100w and 75w bulbs. On January 1 it will become illegal to import or manufacture traditional 60w and 40w bulbs too. Time to stock up? Not so fast. First, check out Cree’s energy-sipping new 75-watt replacement bulb. I used to be outraged over the federal government’s draconian moves to outlaw traditional lightbulbs. For 100 years we’ve lived and thrived under the warm glow of incandescent lightbulbs. Aside from the fact that 90% of the electricity used by the bulbs is radiated in the form of heat rather than