Iraq: Obama Creeps Into Action

Everyone has been yelling that Obama needs to make up his mind on what action he will deploy for the Iraq situation……..some want massive military action…..while others want as limited interference as possible…..and then there are people like me that want Iraq to handle their problem…..

Who got their way in yesterday’s presser on the situation in Iraq?

President Obama said today he’s sending 300 US “military advisers” to Iraq as Islamic extremists threaten to overtake Baghdad, reports the AP. Obama reiterated that he will not send regular ground troops and dismissed a concern about “mission creep” in response to a question: “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” he insisted. But, he added, the US “will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if we conclude the situation on the ground requires it,” reports the New York Times.

The new US team also could provide intelligence and guide future airstrikes should the US decide to unleash them. Obama again pressured President Nouri al-Maliki to work toward a political solution—one that includes Sunnis and Kurds—amid reports that the US would like to see him go. “It is in our national security interest not to see an all-out civil war in Iraq,” said Obama; his remarks followed a meeting with his national security team.

300 advisers to Iraq to handle training and intel (no doubt)………does that settle exactly what the US will do in the recent Iraqi situation?  NOT for me, sports fans!  Why?  It is an all too familiar scenario…..does anyone recall a little disturbance a few years back?  I am talking about Vietnam….our first troops in that country were advisers to the army and it escalated into a full fledged involvement……

My next problem with the comments in the presser is…..”It is a situation that the Iraqis must solve for themselves”……..to quote the prez…..

Now let me ask……what if the solution does not meet with US approval?  What then? Will an Iraqi solution need American approval?

Is Obama A Wimp?

since Obama was elected president those on the Right, the more mental midgets, have been calling him a wimp when it comes to foreign aid and policy…….he was a wimp because of Benghazi…and then Syria…and then Libya….and then Ukraine….and soon it will be wherever an armed conflict pops up……

Of course most critics would not know what international relations meant…their  puny little minds see this country as the sole player in a global hegemony…….sorry but it does not work that way, only in the mindless dribble of an idiot…….

Over at The Dish, Andrew Sullivan notes the difference in opinion between the elites and the general public on foreign policy. Elites in New York and Washington, DC are upset that Obama hasn’t been forceful enough, whereas the public, as I noted yesterday, in greater numbers than ever want a less interventionist foreign policy of restraint.

Sullivan, however, thinks Obama has hit the right balance, while ultimately siding with the public on this one.

My view is that Obama has done about as good a job as possible in managing the core task of his presidency: letting self-defeating global hegemony go. That required a balancing act – of intervention where absolutely necessary and caution elsewhere. He prevented the world economy tipping into a second Great Depression, has maintained overwhelming military superiority and shored up Asian alliances even as he concedes, as we should, that China will be the dominant power in the region in the 21st Century.

The argument that Obama’s reluctance to bomb Syria illegally or put troops in western Ukraine denotes “letting self-defeating global hegemony go,” is unpersuasive. For Sullivan to be right, he would have to explain how the Libya intervention was “absolutely necessary” or how disregarding international law and national sovereignty by implementing a limitless and secret drone bombing campaign indicates caution.

I really hate (that would be a lie….I relish it) to tell these mental giants (sarcasm) the days of “gunboat diplomacy’ are over…….this is a global community and as such all situations, international that is, needs to be handled by that same community…..unfortunately Obama is still a pawn of special interests and they will get what they want…..every time!

Obama may not be the sharpest tack in the pack…..but he is a damn sight better at foreign policy than people give him credit….I believe that the world would be a lot worse off if a certain war hawk had been elected instead of Obama……..

What say you?

Watchdog: Obama should abandon OFA | TheHill

We all know just how much the Right, all the Right, hates president Obama….now we can surmise that it is a wealth of reason…….only they know the real reason of such hatred……but today he is a socialist…..tomorrow he will be a Nazi……last week he was a secret Muslim and next week we will be back to the birther bullsh*t.  Last month he was a dictator and next month he will be a wimp that wears Mommy pants………..

There are some many reason to criticize Obama and there are some legitimate reasons for suspicion…..and that leads m into this piece……

Watchdog: Obama should abandon OFA | TheHill.

Just do not know why the Right cannot latch onto real issues and stop lying their asses off just because they hate….

What Good Are Principles Anyway?

Our politicians when running for office are just oozing over with principles especially principles that appeal to the voter………and in recent elections illustrate that these people have NO principles or what few they have are for sale.

Let’s look at the recent elections, the ones that brought Obama to the seat of power, in the beginning I liked him for his high principles, I especially liked his stand on the environment and green technology.  Sadly, since he was elected those principles have taken a backseat….I cannot blame him alone….the Congress has a lot to do with the loss of principles….but his rhetoric lead me to believe that he would fight harder than he did…….I felt disappointment and a sense of betrayal.  My disappointment deepened when the issue of the Keystone Pipeline came to the forefront.

The lowest point was when, and that has just recently, the pipeline passed its first obstacle.  With that news and the Prez reaction I knew then that principles be damn….it is a slam dunk.  And then I read this piece that made me think about writing this post…..

President Obama’s environmental record is a “tremendous improvement” from the Bush-Cheney days, but he’s on the verge of destroying it with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, writes Democratic congressman Raul Grijalva in the New York Times. The proposed pipeline is a perfect example of how such projects came to be in the bad old days, when politicians trotted out phrases like “streamlining” and the industry could “game the system” with huge infusions of money, writes the Arizona lawmaker. Take the obvious conflict of interest with the contractor that concluded the pipeline posed no environmental risks—Environmental Resources Management previously worked for pipeline parent TransCanada. The recent report by the State Department’s inspector general on ERM’s selection should not be interpreted as an exoneration but as an “important example of the problem,” argues Grijalva. This is about more than a proposed pipeline, he writes. If ERM’s decision stands, “it will re-establish the Bush-era habit of tipping the scales in favor of corporations that want special treatment.” And it will ruin Obama’s environmental legacy. Click for his full column.

It is all too sad for words….even though I did find a few of them lying around……I hope that I live long enough to see a return to principles in our politicians….but I far I am waiting for nothing…..money is the new principle and all flows from there.

Is a principle nothing but a political prop?

The Dictator-In-Chief

YAWN!  It is sad that a post such as this one NEEDS to be written………but then a lot about politics is just plain SAD!

We have endured many many years of total busllsh*t…..especially when we hear all about Obama being a dictator…..this type of rhetoric has NO place in the political dialog….only a complete idiot would say something as moronic as Obama is a dictator…….let me be clear….I am NOT an Obama cheerleader by any stretch of the imagination and making such lies is breaking one of those commandments that some are so proud of in their lives…….

First, do any of you that are calming that Obama is some sort of imperial president or a dictator even have the smallest idea of what a dictator means?  I thought not….let me assist you wouldn’t want you to blow out a head gasket trying to think……it is not that hard and in easy simple terms….the characteristics of a dictator are……….

- one-party rule
– executions without trial or with a mock trial, for political offenses
– the nationalization or expropriation of private property
– censorship
– Many dictators have held the formal title of “President”, but wield extraordinary powers.
– Some dictators gain or continue to hold a military post.
– The use of national and religious traditions

Does that clear up any confusion of what a dictator is….or do we need more info?  Okay let’s expand this info a bit……..just to make sure there is NO confusion……..

1. One Party, One Leader and One Programme:

In dictatorship only one party is allowed to exist and it is the dictator’s own party. Other political parties, associations and organizations are not allowed to func­tion. These are banned. All opposition to the dictator is ruthlessly suppressed. Hitler used to say, “Swastika or gallows”.

One Leader:

Under dictatorship, leadership is given to a single man. Full faith is to be concentrated in the leader. The leader is supposed to represent national unity. He is considered to be a symbol of national prestige. He is the final authority in every matter and his word is supreme.

One Programme:

The whole country is supposed to have one political programme and it is the programme of dictator’s own party.

2. Absence of Individual Liberty:

The individual does not enjoy any liberty or rights under dictatorship. Maximum obedience to the laws is equated to the maximum liberty. People are not allowed any liberty of speech, association and press. All agencies of education and propaganda such as schools, colleges, radio, papers and films are controlled by the state. In the words of Mussolini “people do not want liberty but they want law and order.

” No criticism against the dictator is tolerated. People are supposed to believe and obey. Democratic slogans of liberty, equality and fraternity are replaced by slogans like duty, discipline and sacrifice. Mussolini asserted, “Liberty is a dead carcass, I kick it.”

3. National Glorification:

Dictators glorify their nations to an illogical extreme. A mad sense ol patriotism is inculcated in the minds of the people. They are made intensely nationalistic.

The state is regarded as the march of God on earth. The state is considered to be the end and the individual a means to that end. People are supposed to sacrifice their lives on the alter of state.

4. Glorification of War:

Dictators glorify war. War is considered to be essential for the normal health of body-politic. The state is all powerful and it must enhance its prestige. The dictators adopt a war-like policy and glorify brute force as the means for achieving national greatness. In the opinion of Hitler, “In eternal warfare, mankind has become great; in eternal peace it will be ruined.”

To quote Mussolini, “War is to the man what maternity is to the woman.”

5. Totalitarian State:

Dictatorship is a totalitarian state which controls each and every aspect of human personality, and takes into its fold all human activities in the social, economic, political, educational, religious and cultural spheres.

No margin for individual liberty is left behind. “Nothing against the state, everything for the state, nothing outside the state” is the basic principle of dictatorship.

I guess with a stretch of the imagination we could say that a few of the characteristics can be applied to the Obama administration…….and on the same hand one could make up stuff to prove the point….personally, I am not the biggest fan of Obama but to call him a dictator is beyond the pale……and there are many things that can be said in criticism…..but making up crap is just plain disgusting.

The Secret Muslim BS

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I got this little piece in a tweet the other day…..personally I think it is moronic….but no more moronic that the other side of the equation…….

There is not a whole more that needs to be said…….this may seem a bit contrite….but No more so the the crap that the extremists want you to believe……Obama has many issues that I take exception with….but the lies that are spread are just pushing the limits of the 1st amendment……but to some that is okay….can say whatever they want and the same is not allowed by the ‘opposition’………

Before someone gets all pouty…..this is NO different than the made up slogans that are all too present on the blogosphere…….if you dislike these then you should dislike ALL made up crap…..tht is too much to ask…..you see they are right and the rest of the political world is wrong…..and that sports fans is what is wrong with the system you like to call American Exceptionalism…..Stupid Fighting Stupid!