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Barack Obama’s imperial hubris will usher in American decline
Telegraph UK ^ | March 29th, 2010 | Nile Gardiner

Posted on 03/29/2010 7:56:43 AM PDT by opentalk

After reading the US and international press over the past week, one could be forgiven for thinking that the president had just won a world war.

We’ve been bombarded with headlines on both sides of the Atlantic lauding a reinvigorated, all-powerful president, with a spring in his step who could no doubt walk on water if he deigned to do so. Indeed, in the last few days, Barack Obama and Joe Biden have strutted across the country with a vain swagger that would make a peacock blush, from the vice president’s classless, foul-mouthed victory boast at the White House, to the president’s contemptuous mocking of his political opponents at a rally in Iowa.

Both leaders have been beaming like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, living in their own Tim Burton-like fantasy. And what have they actually achieved? The passage of a massively controversial, divisive and hugely expensive health care reform bill via a Democrat-dominated Congress in the face of overwhelming public opposition, and without a shred of bi-partisan support.

And a nuclear arms agreement with the Russians that works to the advantage of Moscow. The first of the two “victories” will add nearly a trillion dollars to the national debt, and dramatically increases the power of the federal government over the lives of ordinary Americans. The second is a feel-good PR exercise that does nothing at all to make the world safer in an era of rogue states and Islamist terrorism.

Looking past the smoke and mirrors spin wafting out of the White House, the future looks far more grim. Under Barack Obama the United States is drowning under $13 trillion of debt, with the health care bill likely to significantly add to that burden. The $787 billion stimulus package has failed to create jobs

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: debt; emptysuit; healthbill; incompetent; marxist; obama; obamacare; obamafailure; tyranny; uk

1 posted on 03/29/2010 7:56:43 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
The damage inflicted now to American global power will take years, even decades to repair. It must eventually be reversed by future presidents, not only for the sake of the American people, but for the sake of the free world.

From UK.

2 posted on 03/29/2010 7:59:22 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
Europeans, especially the WASP and WASC Brits, can see clearly that Obama is an emperor without any clothes.
3 posted on 03/29/2010 8:00:50 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug
The Conservative Brits and Americans need to form their own country. Reversing decades of decay is probably not going to happen, unless of course there is a rapture of some sort.

Humans are fallible to a fault. Some are evil and will not let go, no matter what.

4 posted on 03/29/2010 8:03:41 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: opentalk

“It must eventually be reversed by future presidents, not only for the sake of the American people, but for the sake of the free world.”

To the rest of the world:
Remember how much fun it was kicking George W. Bush?
Remember the great times you had saying America was a force for evil in the world?
Remember the good feeling you got from watching Obama get elected, knowing it was the signal of America in decline?

Be careful what you wish for, because you got what you wanted.

Obama is feckless on foreign policy, even Joe Biden warned us on that one.
America has been European-ized. Our media have convinced the weak minded here that the European way is the proper way.
Obama will see to the disarming of America.

The world’s last, best hope is no longer available. Good luck, and let us know how it works out for you. (It’s not going to work out too well for us either.)


5 posted on 03/29/2010 8:05:17 AM PDT by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: opentalk
They are saying that and writing that here in Tokyo, too.

Two new current events books out in Japanese these days about AMERICAN DECLINE and it is essentially chocked up to our "President Obama".

I wonder when the Americans will find out. Seems nearly the whole words is "getting it".

6 posted on 03/29/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (I urge ASAP historic study of peaceful civil disobedience tactics, i.e.1980s Soviet bloc Liberation.)
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To: opentalk

Excellent article!


7 posted on 03/29/2010 8:06:18 AM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: vetvetdoug
This sums it up:

-- When a great nation turns on its own friends and embraces its adversaries you know there is something fundamentally wrong with its leadership.

8 posted on 03/29/2010 8:07:00 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

He’s hit the nail on the head with this article. Every sentence is true, which is unusual for a Brit commenting on American politics.


9 posted on 03/29/2010 8:08:12 AM PDT by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: gathersnomoss

My neighbor is from Uruguay and just lost his job. He listens to Mark Levin, Beck and Rush. He wanted to join our military but he is too old. He is in such a bad mood and told me he left his country to escape this and now the idiots are voting for this guy and his agenda.


10 posted on 03/29/2010 8:11:21 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Patriots Are On The Move)
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To: opentalk

Bttt!
Good read.


11 posted on 03/29/2010 8:11:43 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: opentalk

BUMP!


12 posted on 03/29/2010 8:18:20 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: opentalk
Only one thing wrong with the "headline" on this post....

Please change the word "will" to the words "had already".

There....fixed it.

13 posted on 03/29/2010 8:20:27 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (We are all nine meals short of total anarchy.....think about it.)
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To: opentalk

bookmark


14 posted on 03/29/2010 8:42:21 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

And our enemies sit back and wait for their most opportune moment while his supporters continue to worship him. And it probably won’t be long.

Maybe a nuclear winter, caused by Obama’s destruction of America, will be the cause of the end of the world in 2012 as some say the Mayans predicted. Wouldn’t it be a hell of a note if Obama was defeated in November of 2012 and the next month it’s the end of the world. Just my luck.


15 posted on 03/29/2010 8:44:30 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("God, please send Pat Leahy to Murtha's house.")
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To: Woebama

This is the Telegraph, not the Times.


16 posted on 03/29/2010 8:46:18 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Woebama

Sometimes it helps to be outside of the situation looking in.


17 posted on 03/29/2010 8:51:52 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: opentalk

What a shame that Obama’s harshest critics are from a foreign media. Our media just wants to get invited to play basketball with him.

I hate American Media. Even Fox News.


18 posted on 03/29/2010 9:28:08 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: opentalk

19 posted on 03/29/2010 9:37:23 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: autumnraine
I don't hate Fox News but I agree with most of your post. Without Fox News, the internet and talk radio, I don't know where we would be and I shudder to think about it.

It is just SO SAD that so frequently we now we get the true perspective and broad outlook from abroad. The European nations that do not like us are thrilled that we are traveling down the route they took years ago that stripped them of their freedoms. The European countries that remember exactly what kind of friend we have been and how we stand between them and slavery even today, are sad for us and realize that duhbama is the single worst thing to ever happen to America in terms of leadership.

So sad that the first man who has a bit of color to his skin is such an amazing puke.

20 posted on 03/29/2010 9:39:59 AM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MORE DIME before they destroy our nation.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
WHERE WE STAND

The Political Perspective of the Democratic Socialists of America

Table of Contents
Section 1: Democracy, Liberty and Solidarity
Section 2: Democratic Control of Productive and Social Life
Section 3: The Global Economy, Global Politics and the State
Section 4: A Strategy for the Next left
Section 5: The Role of Electoral Politics
Section 6: The Role of Democratic Socialists

link Socialist agenda- mirror image of Obama- Pelosi- progressives agenda.


21 posted on 03/29/2010 9:54:00 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Barack is celebrating his victory, he is celebrating American decline — ushering in the weaker, kinder, gentler America as opposed to the strong one that, according to his communist script, is the transgressor, the evil oppressor in the world. This has come about though stealth — as communists as always prone to such tactics — and complicity from the Democratic party and media. All the leftist pundits — from Sharpton to Dean — are now openly mentioning the words “socialist” or “redistribution of wealth” as if it were common knowledge. They believe the dye is set — America will be like socialist Europe.

How did we get here? Who will set us back on the right road? Does America want to get back on to the right road or will it buy into Obama’s latest sales pitch? It will remain to be seen what America will do. The stakes are high and Obama is running his victory lap.

Obama has fooled America once. He thinks he can do it again with the silky charm a centerfold idol. Conservatives and many Americans are fighting back. Many think November will be a cold month. And revenge is always a dish best served cold.


22 posted on 03/29/2010 9:58:06 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Republic

There are many UK citizens that see us as the last hope of freedom and are hoping we do not go down this road. They have warned us about universal healthcare, climategate and spread of Islam.


23 posted on 03/29/2010 9:58:16 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: All; opentalk; vetvetdoug; gathersnomoss; brownsfan; AmericanInTokyo; penelopesire; Woebama; ...

Dr. Jack Wheeler is editor of ToThePointNews “an online geopolitical intelligence service”.

He has had two parallel careers: one in the field of adventure and exploration as the owner of Jack Wheeler Expeditions; the other in the field of political and economic freedom as president of the Freedom Research Foundation.

Wheeler’s articles are also published by WebNetDaily.

Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler
Thursday, 30 April 2009

Paris, France. It is very cool to be a French intel guy. A spectacular meal at a Parisian bistro with $90 entrées and a $200 bottle of Bordeaux? No problem. I’d known this fellow since he got me out of a jam in Sudan years ago. His James Bond days are over, but still, riding a desk for the DGSE – Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure (General Directorate for External Security), France’s military intel agency – in Paris has its decided benefits.

One of them is not being infected with Obamamania. “My agency considers him a joke,” he confides. “Every day there is some fresh lunacy that we cannot believe. Mr. Bush would often make us angry. But at this man we just laugh.”

“In truth, it also makes us sad,” he continued. “French resentment towards America is strong, so being able to laugh at your country feels good. But it is such a sad and strange thing to see America – America The Great! – do something so crazy as to elect this ridiculous man.”

“There are many people in America who think he isn’t a legitimate president as he wasn’t born in the US and isn’t a natural citizen. What do you think?” I asked.

He shrugged. “I wouldn’t know. I’ve never had reason to make an inquiry.”

“There are a lot of people convinced he is a traitor who hates America and is actively determined to destroy it. Any opinion on that?”

He didn’t shrug at this. After a long slow sip of wine, he mused, “I would not go that far. Many of his actions, however, are very puzzling because they are so counter-productive regarding America’s best interests. There seems to be a consistent pattern in that direction.”

“What does Sarkozy think of him?”

“Nothing but contempt.”

After a pause he asked, “And Langley?”

“Well, if you thought the war they waged against Bush was intense, it was nothing compared to how they’re going to screw Obama. He has tried to gut them with the ‘torture memo’ release and slashing their budgets. The morale is depressed, sullen, and enraged. You know what a left-wing outfit Langley is. They thought he was their boy and they feel betrayed. All kinds of damaging stuff on him will be appearing via their media friends.”

He nodded. “And in Tel Aviv City?”

He was referring to the huge underground city complex of Langley’s underneath the US Embassy in the Israeli capital. “That’s an interesting question. You know how vast and deep the relationship is there. Langley is making every effort to overcome the total and massive distrust their Israeli colleagues have for Obama, whom they know is selling them down the Jordan River. So far though this effort is in words. The Israelis are waiting to see what Langley does.”

He said nothing. I smiled. “You guys wouldn’t be Langley’s cutout for thwarting BO regarding Israel, would you? I’d never suspect that…”

He continued to say nothing, gave me only a slight smile in return, and poured me another glass of wine. “The Bordeaux is good, yes?” I nodded.

“You know, the French media worships this man the same as yours in the US. All of this ‘100 days’ talk, it is impossibly stupid. Most anyone in the French elite, the business leaders, Sarko’s people, they all know this. They all think this is some crazy joke of the Americans. But it is a very, very dangerous joke. For 100 days your president has been a laughingstock among the tout le monde of Paris. No one may be laughing 100 days or 10 months from now.”

He leaned forward. “The world can go – how do you say – sideways with this man very quickly. No one he has working for him knows what they are doing – possibly excepting Mrs. Clinton – and he certainly does not. All of us in our little community are worried – us, our friends in Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, and Langley too as you say. It is not like the barbarians at the gates. It is every barbarian horde in the world being told there are no gates. The Somalis, Chavez, Iran, Putin, Beijing, the ‘Norks” as you call them, the list is long and it is growing. We are not sure what to do.”

It took me a moment to respond. “The best thing that has happened now is Obama making Langley his enemy. They will be cooperating with you more, be more a part of your worried community. Working together, you can undermine his efforts more effectively, block and maybe even repair the damage.”

It was my turn to lean forward. “Then again, all together you could be more pro-active. The man is a mystery. Nobody can make public his actual birth certificate, or even the particular hospital he was born in, or his college grades, or how he got into Harvard, or how he made editor of the Harvard Law Review and never wrote a single article for it. It goes on and on. He really is a Zero. I think all of you guys should find all of this out and make it known.”

I added, “The quicker the better, before the laughing stops and the real dangers begin.”

“What is that phrase you use?” he asked. “Something to consider?”

I laughed. “Yes, there is much to consider – and much that you can do. I mean, really, if the Soviet Union could be dismantled, so can this presidency.”

It was a beautiful April afternoon in Paris. He walked me back to my hotel. It could be that the times we live in may get even more interesting.


24 posted on 03/29/2010 10:03:21 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I am the Sumo Ninja! Fear me or feed me. Hey, come back here!)
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To: opentalk

Don’t you love the comments on there?

Yes, Obama running up $13 Trillion in debt is hunkey dorey because Bush ran up money for the wars.

When people talk about civil war, I think I finally understand the brother against brother thing in the American Civil War. I just don’t understand how these people think and it seems they cannot comprehend our way of thought either. And instead of finding a way to compromise (of course there is no compromise, only my way or no way) we just end up hating each other.


25 posted on 03/29/2010 10:09:29 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

You are right about the rest of the world ‘getting it.’ It seems the left is so arrogant, they can’t comprehend that their ideas are wrong and instead of seeing what is WRONG in Europe and avoiding it, they are determined to follow it step for step. It almost seems like a form of self loathing to do things un American just for the sake of being a rebel.


26 posted on 03/29/2010 10:17:05 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: autumnraine

If the rest of the world has gotten over enjoying the ‘great’ America take a big tumble, and is now getting worried about the future as we are, then just maybe we will be getting some amazing help in terms of investigations into our leader’s creepy past and future intent.


27 posted on 03/29/2010 10:34:49 AM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MORE DIME before they destroy our nation.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This sounds more like a novel of fiction. And would be taken for that if it wasn’t about real people.


28 posted on 03/29/2010 11:47:55 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("God, please send Pat Leahy to Murtha's house.")
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To: AmericanInTokyo
.....AMERICAN DECLINE and it is essentially chocked up to our "President Obama"

Funny about that. People have commented for the last year, how if you wanted a real perspective on events in America, you had to buy your newspapers in Fleet Street. Or now, the Ginza, I suppose.

Has Obama got 'round to dissing the Mikado yet? Japan has been waaaaay too friendly to the U.S. to be a Friend of Barack. The Japanese ought to put an army on Midway. Then Zero would be happy to talk to them.

29 posted on 03/29/2010 3:31:26 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Republic
It was my turn to lean forward. “Then again, all together you could be more pro-active. The man is a mystery. Nobody can make public his actual birth certificate, or even the particular hospital he was born in, or his college grades, or how he got into Harvard, or how he made editor of the Harvard Law Review and never wrote a single article for it. It goes on and on. He really is a Zero. I think all of you guys should find all of this out and make it known.”

Any time about now would be really appropriate ..... come on, guys, spring your stuff!

I still think lawsuits would be a good way to open up his records, now that his legislation "damages" so many people. That seems to be what the various courts were saying a year ago: You have no standing, you weren't damaged!

Moron judges. Well, "how do you like me now?" </song>

Although what this American was doing, discussing this stuff with a French spook, was totally inappropriate.

30 posted on 03/29/2010 3:52:27 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
...." You have no standing, you weren't damaged!"

That was the reasoning of the courts in many of the outcomes, I believe you are right.

This is JUST TOO PERFECT!

Wonder if we could get one of those CEO's to SUE WAXMAN for harassment and sue duhbama at the same time for full disclosure of his history since NOW companies really are at risk from duhbama's actions!

Oh I would LOVE IT!

31 posted on 03/29/2010 5:03:02 PM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MORE DIME before they destroy our nation.)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Yes, he dissed them bad. It was the early morning back in summer of last year.

North Korea launched a Taepodong-II intercontinental ballistic missile right straight over Japanese territory in the Tohoku region several hundred miles North of Tokyo, toward Hawaii for pete sake. Obama slept right through it (or was playing basketball or masturbating or something, who knows?) and did not have the decency to consult ASAP with the Japanese Prime Minister at the time here, nor did he nor his State Department and NSC team have any particular response nor effective action and condemnation of the DPRK for such an act.

That alone shook a LOT of average, grassroots Japanese out of their induced slumber regarding "The Messiah" which their own media (very liberal in many quarters) had engineered. Total, complete, nonstop, non-critical 24/7 coverage of Obama in Japan...that changed dramatically with that one North Korean missile shot.

32 posted on 03/29/2010 5:41:35 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (I urge ASAP historic study of peaceful civil disobedience tactics, i.e.1980s Soviet bloc Liberation.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; SevenofNine; Jet Jaguar; mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker; Cindy

Bump! Ping!


33 posted on 03/29/2010 5:42:17 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (I urge ASAP historic study of peaceful civil disobedience tactics, i.e.1980s Soviet bloc Liberation.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Yeah I was suprise that Twitter diss got pick by Japan press


34 posted on 03/29/2010 5:44:17 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: AmericanInTokyo
SNIPPET from post no. 1:


"...the future looks far more grim. Under Barack Obama the United States is drowning..."

Thanks for the ping American In Tokyo.

35 posted on 03/29/2010 6:10:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: opentalk

BTTT


36 posted on 03/29/2010 9:25:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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