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People - Obama, Barack - Pussy - Golf“Because we recognize the great danger Assad’s chemical and biological arsenals pose to Israel and the United States, to the whole world, we’ve set a clear red line against the use or the transfer of the those weapons.” — Joe Biden (March 4, 2012) [And you can bet he didn’t come up with this on his own.]

“I’ve made it clear to Bashar al-Assad and all who follow his orders: We will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists. The world is watching; we will hold you accountable.” — Barack Obama (March 21, 2012)

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” — Barack Obama (August 20, 2012)

??????????????[Wow… that sounds like a pretty clear message to me. Do you hear anything about the world setting a red lie, or this being a history lesson on a world or U.N. dictum? Despite “the world is watching” it is very clear these statements represent the United States and Obama Administration… “my” calculus… “my” equation.]

[We the U.S. as led by Obama refuse to] “get involved with everything immediately [and] drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region.” — Barack Obama (August 23, 2013) [After Assad pissed all over his “red line” the first time]

“There is no doubt that when you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale — and, again, we’re still gathering information about this particular event, but it is very troublesome. If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work, and, you know, those are considerations that we have to take into account.” — Barack Obama (August 27, 2013) [Waiting on clear evidence, international law, a U.N. mandate, a coalition, and other considerations… red line, my words, credibility?]

[Now we’ve reached a point where he didn’t even say that… He was just giving a history lesson on a decision the world made decades ago… Why don’t we see that? Answer: Because it bullshit… which is the very definition of the Obama Presidency…]

People - Obama, Barack - as Idiot“That’s not something I just made up. I didn’t pluck it out of thin air. I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line… My credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line, and America and Congress’s credibility’s on the line.” — Barack Obama (September 4, 2013)

Conclusion:
You can almost hear a higher pitched voice of panic and exasperation. Sure we have “evidence” (though no more solid that of the “weapons of mass destruction” that led to the Iraq war). And I even believe the evidence, as I did back then. But where are the international law and the U.N. mandate and the coalition and all that other stuff that was necessary a few weeks ago? Syria and Assad aside… Is it always just spin with the left? Do you guys ever say anything that you actually mean or will stand behind?

The fact that the answer seems to be “NO” is why we’re in this (latest) mess. And we haven’t even thought about dealing with Iran and it’s nukes yet!

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Concept - Credibility - DictionaryWe (and by “we” I mean Obama and his administration) have really screwed the pooch on this one. It’s just the latest example of the wages of “Pussy Diplomacy”.

Our main problem with Syria (and our foreign policy in general) is in the value of words. Words mean things. People, (and governments and tyrants) watch them and the actions that follow to back them up… they then place value (capitol) on the words based on how true the original words were. (On a side note this is a currency still accumulated and spent on the world stage… but has completely lost its value domestically. Here rhetoric is king thanks to the Main Stream Media.)

We (and by “we” I mean Obama) have little or no capitol in our words. Our enemies don’t fear us (because of the past actions behind our words); and our allies don’t trust us. And who can blame either of them?

Instead of rehashing all the situations that have brought us to this low point, you can read my previous entry (Been There, Done That, Doing it Again – The Consequences of Being Seen as American Pussies).

People - Obama, Barack - Red LineOne More Example:
I will recount one instance here that happened since that posting that is a great example of the problem I am describing. It’s even specific to Syria.

Of course Obama talked big a year or so ago; warning Syria not to use Chemical weapons… or else that would be a “red line”. Of course this was nothing less than Obama spending the capitol of words backed by the actions of previous Presidents. As an amateur he gave no thought to the capitol that would need to be built by his actions. Obama understands only the concept of spending and consuming… not saving or building up.

When that line was obviously crossed months ago… Obama hemmed and hawed and finally… finally… announced that we would send “small arms” to the rebels fighting Assad. Everybody knew this was wuss-out. He might as well have sent them boxes of condoms to throw at Assad’s tanks and jets. But that’s not the end of it… He didn’t even follow through on that meager threat. Nothing to date has been sent. He wussed-out on the wuss-out. His words… his threat… meant nothing. The man IS an amateur and a pussy!

As I said a couple of weeks ago… “If we say we’ll act when a line is crossed, we act. If we’re not really willing to act then we shut the $#@# up! Just doing what we say will go a long way in gaining the respect we need to operate in the world.”

Now the line is crossed again. And Obama seems ready to act this time. No really… Assad has gone tooooo far…

So Obama says this is “not about regime change” so Assad can rest assured he isn’t going anywhere. There will be no boots on the ground and this will be an exercise that is completed in hours, not days, so Assad can just wait it out. We can do this anytime we want (days, weeks, months) so we’re not really committing to anything here other than lobbing a few hundred missiles at most. And even though he doesn’t need it; he’s going to let Congress vote on it, seeking their approval; but it’s not so important that we’re going to actually call them in now. We’ll just wait until they get back.

All this is just another look at amateur hour.

And where are our allies in all of this? The UK? They’re out. Germany? Nope. Italy? Insists on a U.N. mandate (which is laughable). France? Still In? One out of four… and the one is France! But again, who can blame them. I don’t. Our words no longer have any value. Depend on actions behind the words or Barack Obama and you’re bound to get screwed. Just ask Dr. Shakil Afridi doing 33 years in a Pakistan prison for helping us get Osama bin Laden.

Blame:
Sure all this is Obama’s fault. His words and actions on the world stage; which I term “pussy diplomacy” is little more than one “amateur” mistake after another.

But what did we expect from a junior Senator with little or no experience in anything other than rabble rousing (community organizing) and teaching a few college classes. Sure he’s pretty (hansom), and talks the talk (rhetoric), and… and… that’s about it. But that seems to be all you need to be President of the United States these days.

I guess what I’m saying is we get the government (and President) we deserve… and boy are we getting it. Twice now! Buy hey, who can really put a value on a “light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” — Harry Reid. Just look at the dividends that fact is paying in domestic policy and race relations.

People - Obama, Barack - Mickey Mouse EarsNow What?
So where do we go from here?

Long term? We as an American people need to elect real men (I don’t mean this as sexist) to the office of the Presidency. Rank amateurs no matter their skin pigmentation are still rank amateurs. Even Bill Clinton knew that.

“Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s an amateur!” — Bill Clinton

“A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would be getting us coffee.” — Bill Clinton (reportedly to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.))

Short term? I’ll admit I’m not sure what we need to do in Syria. My complaint and this post has more to do with how and why we are in such bad shape globally and diplomatically.

As in most of the Middle East, there are few if any good guys in these conflicts. If the rebels were half-way decent (not Sharia-law pushing radical extremists) and really wanting democracy and freedom… I’d say we take action. Real action and make sure they won. I would even be willing to help… If I thought they would set up a dictator or junta that was favorable to us for a decade or two; but I don’t.

They’re not our friends. They’re Islamic (which is the antipathy of democracy and freedom). And not the watered down Islam we pretend is prevalent (there or here). They’re nut-jobs vying for power; who will kill Jews and Christians (and their own people) and turn on us at their first opportunity. Who needs this crap?

Religion - Islam - Symbol and Book

The Obama “plan” (if it could be called that) will not protect the people being slaughtered by Assad or from the next tyrant who will take his place if we get him. As Obama campaigns (the only thing he is good at) to try and convince Congress and the American people that we should lob a limited number of missiles at Syria; to convince me, he’s got to show me a real plan to really help those people AND protect our interests over there. But this would have to appeal to reason and facts, which is not something Obama can do… his only tool is emotional manipulation. With that said, and with the understanding of what Obama has planned right now… I say No.

We need to shift our Middle East policy to reflect that we have few friends in the Muslim world; and if we do they’re really just rich secularist dictators from a Muslim culture. We need to weigh the benefits to us and take actions that support those benefits… and that’s it. We need value for our buck and nothing else. If anybody over there wants to be our “friends” let them prove it first.

The Syrian rebels want our help? OK. A few questions first. How will you purge the Al Qaeda elements in your ranks? What do you have to offer in return and what will you do to guarantee delivery? And please understand your answer will directly affect the level of support… if any…

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People - Obama, Barack - Throw Like a GirlWhen Obama sought the Presidency he promised a new approach to foreign policy. Under Bush and “cowboy diplomacy” (aka Balls) our relations were at an all-time low as depicted by Obama and the left. He would use his charm and reason to win foreign nations to our side and cause. He would even accomplish this remarkable feat with our adversaries. Step one… an apology tour of the Middle East to gain their respect… Step two…

It definitely worked with our leftist allies. His initial speech in Berlin in 2008 attracted a crowd of over 100,000. He was adored by socialist Europe for the simple fact that he wasn’t Bush. He even won a Nobel Peace Prize for that “accomplishment”.

This month (June 2013) Obama returned to Berlin, and attracted a crowd of… less than 5000. The message from Europe is clear “The Thrill is Gone”. Europe has finally learned that when it comes to the man behind the curtain; it’s all just smoke and mirrors. These theatrics may have assured one the worst Presidents in American history a second term but the price the U.S. will continue to pay for this social/racial expunging will take decades to unravel.

Berlin and Europe Tell Obama, The Thrill is Gone

“Since his first day in office, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has rested on outreach: resetting ties with Russia, building a partnership with China and offering a fresh start with antagonistic leaders from Iran to Venezuela. But the global travels on Monday of NSA turncoat Edward Snowden highlight the limits of that approach. Leaders Obama has wooed – and met recently – were willing to snub the American president.” — Reuters

Unfortunately, what has taken the “civilized” world years to learn… our enemies never doubted. One of the starkest examples was our “hitting the reset button” with Russia. For his “charm” and “reason” with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Obama received a candid diplomatic response. (paraphrasing) “You, Sir… Are a wussy… and our relations with you and the U.S. will reflect that fact… Now bend over…”

    And Bend Over We Have:

  1. While Iran builds a nuclear program… Obama… criticizes and obstructs Israel’s response.
  2. While Korea builds a nuclear bomb and develops missile technology… Obama… begs China to help (to no avail) and cancels military exercises so as not to seem overly threatening.
  3. While Syria crosses, re-crosses and pisses on the “red line” of chemical weapons use… Obama… FINALLY, gives the rebels “small arms” to battle Russian tanks and jets.
  4. While the Taliban digs in for our withdrawal from Afghanistan… Obama… seeks to negotiate, declare victory and flee as quickly as possible.

We have been reaping the results of Obama’s “wussy diplomacy” for five years now; and all these @ssholes that didn’t like us under Bush… still don’t like us; but even worse, now they don’t respect us either. The good news… now that the election is over, Obama is a lot more “flexible”.

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