‘1980s are now calling’ mockery of Romney haunts Obama: Putin takes control in Syria

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It was only a few short years ago that President Obama openly mocked Mitt Romney for saying Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat to the America. Certain segments of the media thought his “zinger” was downright hilarious. Fast forward three years and Vladimir Putin has annexed Crimea, is primed to do the same in eastern Ukraine, and put himself in the driver’s seat in Syria.

The Huffington Post reported Oct. 22, 2012:

During the presidential debate on Monday evening, President Barack Obama deployed a Seinfeldian zinger to mock former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. Romney had said that al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are “rushing in” as revolutions shake up the Muslim world.

“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat,” Obama said, “because a few months ago when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia.”

“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Obama said.

What Mr. Obama didn’t realize is that the Cold War never ended for Vladimir Putin, which is odd because the Russian’s public statements have always made that very clear.

Reuters reported Thursday, Oct 1, 2015:

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, sources said on Thursday, a further sign of the rapid internationalization of a civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.

Russian warplanes bombed a camp run by rebels trained by the CIA, the group’s commander said, putting Moscow and Washington on opposing sides in a Middle East conflict for the first time since the Cold War.

The U.S. and Russian militaries will hold talks at 11 a.m. EDT via video link to seek ways to keep their militaries apart as they wage parallel campaigns of air strikes in Syria, a U.S. defense official said.

Russian jets struck targets near the cities of Hama and Homs in western Syria on the second day of their surprise air campaign, which they launched on Wednesday.

Moscow said it had hit Islamic State positions, but the area where it struck is held by a rival insurgent alliance, which unlike Islamic State is supported by U.S. allies including Arab states and Turkey.

The problem with the Obama administration is that America’s adversaries around the globe telegraph exactly what their intentions are, and yet Mr. Obama and his hand-picked staff refuse to take them at their word.

Arizona Sen. John McCain pointed out this strange behavior out Wednesday on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell:

John Kerry and his spokesperson said it is not clear what Russia’s intentions are. It was perfectly clear what Russia’s intentions are!”

A flashback to July 21 shows Kerry was also confused by Iran’s vow to undermine U.S. policy, which was made immediately after agreeing to a nuclear “deal” with the Obama administration.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very troubling”.

I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.

Why is Mr. Kerry always confused? Perhaps it is because he mistakes U.S. fallibility (a trait of all nations) with the idea that threats exist because America is, for all intents and purposes, always at fault.

Mitt Romney knew what he was talking about in 2012, and the president sneered at him. The media laughed along with the “Seinfeldian zinger” – but the real joke was on the American people.

The only people who are laughing now are the Russians, the Iranians, the Assad regime and their allies all around the globe.

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Iran continues to spit in Obama’s eye after nuclear ‘deal’; Kerry finds it ‘disturbing’

Iran Khamenei TwitterIran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has used the past two weekends since securing a nuclear deal with the U.S. to rhetorically laugh and spit in the Obama administration’s face. The response by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been to rub his index finger back-and-forth over his lips as fast as possible while saying “PeaceblubberblubberPeaceblubberblubberPeace.”

Kerry APYesterday it was the silhouetted image of President Obama with a gun to his head. Last Saturday it was a rally featuring “Death to America!” chants. In response to Iran’s “supreme” leader saying the Middle Eastern nation would continue to undermine U.S. foreign policy in the region, Mr. Kerry was left dumbfounded.

Reuters reported July 21:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very troubling”.

“I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were “180 degrees” opposed to Iran’s, in a Tehran speech punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

How does one not know how to determine the meaning of “Death to America!” or explicit vows to undermine U.S. foreign policy? The Obama administration just freed up billions of dollars for Iran through sanctions relief, which will be funneled into the hands of Mr. Ali “Death to America!” Khamenei’s proxies in the region. The White House’s response to crystal clear signs that Iran has no intention of honoring its “deal” is to mumble “It’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling.”

The Obama administration declared victory in Libya (Remember Hillary Clinton’s interview with CBS?: “We came. We saw. He died. Haha!”) The Obama administration pulled all U.S. troops out of Iraq and said our work was done there. The Obama administration declared relations with Russia were “reset.” The Obama administration declared it had a chemical weapons deal with Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Obama administration said Yemen was proof that its foreign policy was working.

Question: How did all of those foreign policy successes work out?

Answer: Libya is a terrorist jungle gym. The Islamic State now controls large swathes of Iraq. Russia annexed Crimea and continues to support Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Assad never gave up all of his chemical weapons and the White House now weirdly uses the defense that chlorine isn’t “historically” a chemical weapon. Yemen’s president resigned and literally ran for his life from Islamic “Death to America!”-chanting radicals.

The “peace at any cost” mentality is a sure recipe for war. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama and his administration will be long gone when the bitter fruit of his foreign policy comes to market. Another man (or woman?) will be commander in chief when that happens. That individual will then be forced to take political lumps — and send U.S. troops into harm’s way — because Mr. Obama vouched for “deals” with leaders who attend “Death to America!” rallies.

One must wonder just how bizarrely belligerent Iran must become before members of the Obama administration admit that maybe — just maybe — they made a deal with dishonest brokers.

John Kerry uses James Taylor as diplomatic Band-Aid; world cringes

John Kerry FranceAt what point does the most ardent supporter of President Obama admit that his administration is out of its league? The U.S. was not able to send a single recognizable figure to meet with 40 world leaders as 3 million free-speech-supporting Frenchmen marched through the streets of Paris, but a week after the fact John Kerry can come strolling in — with James Taylor.

Business Insider reported Friday:

Secretary of State John Kerry brought singer-songwriter James Taylor to help sooth tensions in France on Friday after last week’s terrorist attack against the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Taylor performed a live rendition of “You’ve Got A Friend” as Kerry stood next to him.

“Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights,” Taylor sang softly.

The visit came after the White House admitted it made a mistake when it failed to send a high-profile US representative like Kerry to France’s massive anti-terror rally last Sunday.

Where does one begin? Perhaps there are some bongo-playing Baby Boomers out there who think this was a good idea, but in in general it’s just embarrassing. Imagine you are a woman in her mid-thirties and the guy you’re seeing starts making mix-tapes like you’re both still teenagers every time you want to talk about something important — that’s the State Department under John Kerry.

If James Taylor wasn’t available, would someone have asked Barbara Streisand to sing “No More Tears”? If she weren’t available, would someone ask Elvis Costello to sing “I Want You”? If John Kerry were a cellist with Yo-Yo Ma’s skills and he composed a personal tribute in memory of the victims of terrorism, then that would make sense; bringing in James Taylor to a diplomatic engagement is just weird.

If you feel like someone is playing a joke of gargantuan proportions on you, then just know that you are not alone.

Related: Obama, Biden, Kerry MIA at France’s anti-terror rallies; Eric Holder — in Paris — skips out on march

John Kerry hit by Obama officials: He’s ‘somersaulting through space’ like Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’

John KerryThings must be really bad for the Obama administration behind the scenes. That is the only way to explain how officials can turn to The New York Times and dig a dagger into Secretary of State John Kerry’s back.

The New York Times reported Wednesday, Oct. 29:

Mr. Kerry is vocal and forceful in internal debates, officials said, and gets credit for putting together the coalition of Arab states that conducted military strikes in Syria. But he often seems out of sync with the White House in his public statements. White House officials joke that he is like the astronaut played by Sandra Bullock in the movie “Gravity,” somersaulting through space, untethered from the White House.

This week the Obama administration apparently decided it really wanted to offend people it needs to succeed on the world stage. First it called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit,” and now it’s going after its own Secretary of State. The Times is left to conclude that the White House is “lurching from crisis to crisis.”

The chaos in Libya. The rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The annexation of Crimea. The blundering of Ebola. In each case the White House fell far short of the “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” expectations set in 2008, and now it is eating its own. Even Obama-friendly Business Insider and The Brookings Institution see the writing on the wall.

Here is what Mike Doran, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy, had to say: “Something is very wrong when White House officials openly ridicule the Secretary of State.”

Mike DoranThis is not good. As much as Republicans may want to engage in a heavy dose of schadenfreude, they should quell those feelings. Calling the Prime Minister of a major American ally a “chickenshit” and admitting that the U.S. Secretary of State is lost in space portends of worse things to come before the 2016 presidential election.

The S.S. Obama is falling apart in the middle of the ocean, and it’s still two years from port. There will certainly be squalls ahead. If the ship completely sinks, then millions of Americans will drown in the process.

John Kerry: I was for bombing Syria before I was against it — so gas away, Assad

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John Kerry was for bombing Syria before he was against it. It was just about a year ago that the Secretary of State said that history would judge us all “extraordinarily harshly” if something (i.e., a military strike) wasn’t done about the Assad regime gassing its own citizens to death.

“Now, we know that after a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am, too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. And history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency,” — (John Kerry, Aug. 20, 2013).

Today? Well, Chlorine is bad but it’s not really that bad. And, well, we don’t really want to be “pinned down” with actually having to do anything with the 150,000 dead bodies (and counting) in Syria. So maybe someone else will figure it out. Someday.

Here’s what the guy who voted for war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan before voting against it said in London May 15:

“With respect to the [chemical weapons] and what the consequences are, it has been made clear by President Obama and others that use would result in consequences. We’re not going to pin ourselves down to a precise time, date, manner of action, but there will be consequences if it were to be proven, including, I might say, things that are way beyond our control and have nothing to do with us. But the International Criminal Court and others are free to hold him accountable. And as you know, we have a resolution that will be in front of the United Nations with respect to culpability for crimes against humanity, atrocities in the course of this conflict. So one way or the other, there will be accountability,” (John Kerry, May 15, 2014).

As radio host Chris Plante said: Chlorine takes the “red” out of red lines!

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Why is it okay to murder your own citizens with bullets, bombs and Chlorine gas, but it’s not okay to do so with VX nerve agent? Why did the U.S. bomb the hell out of Libya for “humanitarian” purposes, but then does nothing in Syria?

Politicians like John Kerry make the world a more dangerous place because they perpetually engage in doublespeak. They take every side on an issue, act on what is politically expedient and then (if they have the right letter next to their name) count on the media to throw all the contradictory statements down the Memory Hole.

What makes matters worse is that dictators like Bashar al Assad and former KGB agents like Vladimir Putin know that men like John Kerry are generally unprincipled buffoons, so they act in ways they otherwise wouldn’t; they know they can get away with it (e.g., the annexation of Crimea).

When John Kerry says things like Bashar al Assad gassing his own people was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” the world’s worst actors just laugh because they know that all they have to do is feign interest in a “deal” of some kind to get men  like John Kerry to blubber themselves into a new position.

It isn’t often that dictators around the world get to do whatever the heck they want and know that they can do so, for all intents and purposes, with impunity. Before President Obama leaves office, expect a few more surprises from the usual cast of international thugs and lowlifes because they will want to push the envelope as far as possible before the 2016 presidential election.

Place yourself in the shoes of Nicholas Maduro, Bashar al Assad, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping or Kim Jong-un. What would you do? Answer that question and then ask yourself another: How has “leading from behind” worked for the United States since 2008?

 

 

Kerry determined to go full-Chamberlain with Iran ‘deal’: Peace for our time!

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John Kerry and most of the world are determined to go full-Chamberlain on Iran, and the late-breaking “deal” in Geneva over the country’s nuclear program proves it. Compare the headline of The Washington Post’s write-up on the nuclear agreement — ‘Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal’ — with the reality already playing out.

Not long after the accord was reached, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the deal recognizes Tehran’s “right” to maintain an enrichment program.

Rouhani said, “Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before.”

But Kerry said in response on Sunday that the deal does not recognize a “right to enrich.”

“There is no inherent right to enrich,” Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And everywhere in this particular agreement it states that they could only do that by mutual agreement, and nothing is agreed on until everything is agreed on.”

Ouch. This sounds more like a “deal” that does nothing but give a number of nations more cover with which to blame Israel when it takes military action against a threat to its very existence. Could it get any worse? Yes.

Politico reports:

“There’s nothing built on trust,” Kerry said. “You don’t have to trust the people you’re dealing with, you have to have a mechanism put in place whereby you know exactly what you’re getting and you know exactly what they’re doing. … We’ve done arms control agreements in other parts of the world. … You don’t trust. It’s not based on trust. It’s based on verification.”

So the deal is so vague that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says it recognizes the country’s “right” to enrich uranium while Kerry says it does no such thing — but yet we’re supposed to believe it includes mechanisms that telegraph to the U.S. “exactly” what’s going on? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a sane man in a largely-insane world, doesn’t buy it for a second.

AFP reports:

Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that “what was achieved yesterday in Geneva is not a historic agreement but rather a historic mistake.”

Speaking later at a ceremony in Jerusalem, he said that the more details emerged on the deal, “the more it becomes clear how bad the deal is for Israel, the region and the world.”

“Iran gets billions of dollars in sanction relief without paying an actual price,” said Netanyahu. “Iran gets written permission to breach UN Security Council” resolutions.

Sadly, the sane man in an insane world is insane. While the world deludes itself into believing it can play Patty Cake with Holocaust denying nut-jobs who are on record as saying they seek to erase Israel from existence, Netanyahu plugs away. While the world seems to be living in its own version of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento,’ Netanyahu’s memory is quite sound.

Flashback, November 2011:

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — New intelligence the U.N. atomic agency plans to release on alleged nuclear weapons work by Iran is fabricated, the Iranian foreign minister said Saturday.

Diplomats have told The Associated Press that the International Atomic Energy Agency plans to reveal intelligence in the coming week suggesting Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead, as well as other previously undisclosed details on alleged secret work by Tehran on nuclear arms.

The world needs a scapegoat for its own impotence in the face of Holocaust-denying monsters. What better scapegoat than the targets of said aggression? When Israel defends itself — and it will — prepare for the world to collectively howl at its true saviors.

Related: The World On Iran: We’re Christopher Nolan’s ‘Memento’

Herman Cain’s Critics Forget John Kerry’s “Take Three” Media Mulligans.

Cannibal conservatives can't see that media begins to put together a montage from day one that says their guy is an idiot. John Kerry got mulligans. John Edwards got mulligans (except his sperm didn't play along). Barack Obama gets mulligans. Conservatives? Not a chance.

In May I wrote that Herman Cain could win. Just before the Florida straw poll I reiterated it—and he won. I then said that liberals would go all out to destroy him roughly 24 hours before the Politico story broke. So it pains me to say this: I do not believe Herman Cain will win the nomination. The reason for that loss, however, is a bit different than you’ll see in most corners of the conservative universe.

Let us start with a story, shall we?

On Dec. 4 [2004], an impressive collection of the media elite and assorted other notables — Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker, Frank Rich of The New York Times, Howard Fineman and Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, Jim Kelly of Time, Jeff Greenfield of CNN, Eric Alterman of The Nation, Richard Cohen of The Washington Post, Jacob Weisberg of Slate and others, including, as eminence grise, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. — responded to his call and had a little powwow with Kerry at the Upper West Side apartment of Franken and his wife, Franni.

”The whole thing was odd, I would say, because people didn’t know why they were there,” Kelly said. ”But I think the idea was to put John Kerry into the belly of the beast. It may have been the actual beginning of the new approach he took — ‘I’m going to stay in this room and take every question you throw at me.”’ Alterman grilled Kerry on his vote on Iraq, and he gave a long, tortured answer. Then he was asked about it a second time. ”By the third go-round, the answer was getting shorter and more relevant,” Kelly said. (emphasis added)

Interesting how we forget, isn’t it? The liberal media gave John Kerry his own special “powwow”, during which he got do-overs on “tortured” answers until they resembled a coherent answer. All along the American people were told he was the “smart” candidate. They didn’t buy it—but that’s not the point. The point is that media will do anything in their power to make a liberal look like a genius and will pounce on any gaffe or goof a conservative makes to build the case against him that he’s an idiot. The montage clips begin from day one.

What is particularly troubling to me is that there are conservatives who don’t get it. Or, even worse, they’re so invested in “their” guy that they forget that we’re all on the same team!

Fact: Herman Cain has a great personality. Fact: Herman Cain is running for president, and when you run for president you need to know your s**t—particularly if you’re a conservative. The idea of Herman Cain (i.e., an outsider and a businessman) is incredibly appealing and it’s the one thing that’s kept him alive in the polls. He gives one hell of a speech, but unlike Barack Obama he won’t have media covering up for his mistakes. He also has to deal with douches like Joe Scarborough, who wet their pants at the chance to play the “I told you so!” game.

My honest assessment is that Herman Cain didn’t realize that the press would give him the kind of examination even a demonic proctologist would shy away from. He came prepared to fire up the base, but he didn’t come prepared to wow the egghead-set with nuts-and-bolts details. When he says he has stuff “twirling around in his head” he’s not lying. Running for office is a dizzying experience, and it’s even more so when you didn’t bone up beforehand. His conservative instincts are strong, but he’s in over his head on the policy details. In some sick way he’s actually in bad shape because he’s not a career politician.

It’s bad enough that the media cover up all the bone-headed gaffes Barack Obama makes on a daily basis, but it’s downright disgusting when I see conservatives resort to cannibalism.

Think about it. And people wonder why I love Rush Limbaugh…