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Stuck in the 1980s: Times have changed, but Barack Obama really hasn't
The Oregonian / The Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2010 | Jackson Diehl

Posted on 11/27/2010 4:12:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

For help understanding the foreign policy headlines of the past few days, let's return, briefly, to the spring of 1983, when Barack Obama was a student at Columbia University. What were the burning international issues of that time?

Well, first was the "nuclear freeze" movement, which was prompting mass demonstrations around the world by people worried about the standoff between the Soviet Union and the United States. Obama published an article about it in a campus magazine in which he invoked the vision of "a nuclear free world."

The Middle East, meanwhile, was still reeling from the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon -- which was the apotheosis of the Zionist right's dream of creating a "greater Israel" including all of the Palestinian West Bank.

Back to November 2010. The Obama administration is devoting a big share of its diplomatic time and capital to curbing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank -- most recently, offering Israel's right-wing government $3 billion in warplanes in exchange for a 90-day moratorium. Meanwhile, it has committed much of its dwindling domestic political capital to pushing a new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia through a reluctant Senate.

So has nothing changed in the past quarter-century? In fact, almost everything --- especially when it comes to nuclear arms control and Israel's national objectives. What hasn't changed, it seems, is Barack Obama -- who has led his administration into a foreign policy time warp that is sapping its strength abroad and at home.

Start with the New START treaty that Obama has made a priority for the lame-duck Senate, at a time when Americans don't yet know what income tax rate they will pay on Jan. 1.....

(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; disarmament; israel; nuclearfreeze; obama; peacecreeps; start; wot
Another piece of the puzzle?
1 posted on 11/27/2010 4:12:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Was that back when Obama said he started smoking pot and snorting cocaine?


2 posted on 11/27/2010 4:16:21 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Eliminate the hostile artillery.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like another piece of the puzzle. Couple that with the fact that smoking dope arrests intellectual development and you have a picture of Obama’s stunted psyche.


3 posted on 11/27/2010 4:18:25 PM PST by abclily
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

dunham and the supremes...
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=233177


4 posted on 11/27/2010 4:18:42 PM PST by biggredd1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is not going to change. His agenda was set long before the election that has devastated this country. And his ideology and ego are the catalysts for continued decay of the American fabric.

The change we need will come in January 2013.


5 posted on 11/27/2010 4:25:33 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama published an article about it in a [Columbia] campus magazine in which he invoked the vision of "a nuclear free world."

That's something only a naive jr. high schooler would believe possible. I'd bet hard cash he also believed communism wasn't working in Russia "the way it should" because "it wasn't being implemented properly."

6 posted on 11/27/2010 4:27:00 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One thing Obummer and I have in common. My political philosophy is stuck in the 1980's as well.


7 posted on 11/27/2010 4:31:06 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it has more to do with the fat a$$ he married.


8 posted on 11/27/2010 4:31:29 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I'd bet hard cash he also believed communism wasn't working in Russia "the way it should" because "it wasn't being implemented properly."

It was the EEEVil American Military Industrial Complex fault that the Soviets had to spend so much of their money on their Military to protect themselves instead of spreading that wealth amongst their loyal subjects.

9 posted on 11/27/2010 4:31:43 PM PST by digger48
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To: Lazlo in PA

How quaint a Suit being worn in the oval office


10 posted on 11/27/2010 4:32:55 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: Mr. Mojo

The most important thing we all need to remember is this: Obammy spent many years in a church where the preacher continually preached: God Damn America.


11 posted on 11/27/2010 4:34:37 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil
Obammy spent many years in a church where the preacher continually preached: God Damn America.

Seems like God is answering that prayer.

12 posted on 11/27/2010 4:35:57 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh yes, the 1980's taught all reasonable men that the so called "nuclear freeze" only benefits despots, Soviets, Red Chinese and other assorted and sundry totalitarian regimes around the world.

FUBO

13 posted on 11/27/2010 4:41:04 PM PST by atc23
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To: EGPWS

That’s probably true of the previous Democrat president as well.


14 posted on 11/27/2010 4:54:52 PM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: EGPWS

“I think it has more to do with the fat a$$ he married.”

You bring up a serious matter to consider. When we elect somebody, we’re also electing the spouse. And who knows how much a spouse can affect a person we elect? So we also need to vet the spouse and be certain Mrs. congressman isn’t a flame-snorting Stalinist. We’re not cozy to whatever pillow talk goes on and the affect that has on our elected officials.


15 posted on 11/27/2010 4:56:15 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Texas Eagle

I don’t agree—I think God is in His heaven, and He watches over us.


16 posted on 11/27/2010 5:01:15 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: basil
I don’t agree—I think God is in His heaven, and He watches over us.

Yeah. I know. I was just kidding.

I don't doubt we're going to go through some hell but as long as we keep our thoughts on God's grace, mercy, and kindness we'll get through it.

In other words, we can "absorb" 4 or 8 years of Ubamaism.

17 posted on 11/27/2010 5:06:57 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: EagleUSA

We need to change long before then. It may already be to late.


18 posted on 11/27/2010 5:08:28 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
One thing Obummer and I have in common. My political philosophy is stuck in the 1980's as well.

My boss when I was in the Corps. Miss him.

19 posted on 11/27/2010 5:27:48 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

Only a teenager then but thought the world of RR then and now.


20 posted on 11/27/2010 5:42:14 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: basil
You think He's overcome with thoughts of kindness and benevolence toward a nation that has murdered 52 million of his innocent little ones?

I think this nation is a stench in his nostrils.

21 posted on 11/27/2010 5:43:47 PM PST by Campion
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
...when Barack Obama was a student at Columbia University. What were the burning international issues of that time? Well, first was the "nuclear freeze" movement, which was prompting mass demonstrations around the world by people worried about the standoff between the Soviet Union and the United States. Obama published an article about it in a campus magazine in which he invoked the vision of "a nuclear free world." The Middle East, meanwhile, was still reeling from the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon -- which was the apotheosis of the Zionist right's dream of creating a "greater Israel" including all of the Palestinian West Bank.
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. It must be that "the 1980s" must be another term for "up his ass".


22 posted on 11/27/2010 6:26:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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