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Obama Has Lost The World
Eurasia Review ^ | December 26, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 12/26/2010 10:44:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

After the 2010 elections, it’s not exactly news that Obama has lost America. But in a less public referendum, he also lost the world. Obama’s cocktail party tour of the world’s capitals may look impressive on a map, but is irrelevant on a policy level. In less than two years, the White House has gone from being the center of world leadership to being irrelevant, from protecting world freedom to serving as a global party planning committee.

Even the Bush Administration’s harshest critics could never have credibly claimed that George W. Bush was irrelevant. He might have been hated, pilloried and shouted about– but he couldn’t be ignored. However Obama can be safely ignored. Invited to parties, given the chance to show off his cosmopolitan sophisticated by reciting one or two words in the local lingo, read off a teleprompter, along with some cant about the need for everyone to pull together and make the world a better place, and then dismissed for the rest of the evening.

As a world leader, he makes a passable party guest. He has a broad smile, brings along his own gifts and is famous in the way that celebrities, rather than prime ministers and presidents are famous. On an invitation list, he is more Bono than Sarkozy, Leonardo DiCaprio not Putin. You don’t invite him to talk turkey, not even on Thanksgiving. He’s just one of those famous people with a passing interest in politics who gets good media attention, but who has nothing worthwhile to say.

The only countries who take Obama seriously, are the ones who have to. The leaders of Great Britain, Israel and Japan– who have tied their countries to an enduring alliance with America based on mutual interests and values, only to discover that the latest fellow to sit behind the Oval Office desk no longer shares those values and couldn’t give less of a damn about American interests. It’s no wonder that European leaders ignore him as much as possible. Or that Netanyahu visited America, while Obama was abroad. Or that Japanese politics have become dangerously unstable.

On the enemy side, the growing aggressiveness of China, North Korea, Iran, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda can all be attributed to the global consensus that no one is at home in the White House.And if no one is at home in the White House, then that’s a perfect time to slap the big boy around the yard. China is doing it economically, the rest are doing it militarily. They’re all on board with Obama’s Post-American vision of the world. But unlike him and most liberals, they have a clear understanding of what that means. The America of some years back, which actually intimidated Libyan dictator Khaddafi into giving up his nuclear program, without lifting a hand against him is long gone. So is the Cedar Revolution. Syria and Iran are back in charge in Lebanon. And in Afghanistan, the Taliban are laughing at our soft power outreach efforts.

Obama’s soft power approach emphasizes the ‘soft’ and forgets the ‘power’. It neglects even Clinton era understandings about the role of America in the world, and reverts instead to a Carter era sense of guilt that bleeds into hostility toward American interests and allies. While the rest of the world puts their own interests first, they act like a cog in some imaginary global community, turning and turning toward the distant horizon of international brotherhood. While China, Russia and most of the world walk down their backs and up their jellyfish spines, laughing all the way. And America’s allies gird themselves and prepare for the worst.

From the first, this administration has curried favor with America’s enemies by betraying and humiliating its allies. But these hideous acts of moral cowardice have not won Obama the approval of America’s enemies. Only their contempt. And a Nobel Peace Prize from a committee of elderly left wing Swedes, awarded not for any accomplishment, but for the lack thereof. For being a man without a country, a leader without a spine and a representative of America who gives no thought for the interests of that country.

Now that the Koreas stand on the brink of war, Iran continues its drive toward a nuclear bomb, Al Qaeda is going global, Hezbollah is on the verge of taking Lebanon and Mexico is on the verge of imploding– the impact of America’s absence on the global stage is all too clear. The countless cocktail parties and toasts have not changed the world. All they’ve done is highlighted the transition of the White House from world leadership to global party guest. Trip after trip has ended in photo ops and policy failures. Instead Obama is stuck dumpster diving into the futile quest for a Palestinian state, not because such an entity will make the world any better, but because it will make him look good.

Obama has no mandate at home, and he has even less of one abroad. America’s enemies do not fear him. Only our allies do. Kim Jong Il does not sit up nights worrying what Obama will do. Because the consensus in North Korea, Iran and the rest of the world is that the sea will rise, the sun will set and Obama will do nothing. Except maybe write a strongly worded letter, offset by some quiet backchannel diplomacy from his coterie of international left wing stooges reassuring the offender that, “No, Barry really isn’t mad at you. He’s just concerned. Really, really concerned.”

Liberal pundits mock the rough and ready style of conservatives like Reagan, Bush or Palin in world affairs, but what they fail to realize is that the over-educated naivete, trendy cosmopolitanism and buzzword rich approach of a Kerry or Obama come off as laughably pathetic on the world stage. Republicans might be hated, but they can’t be ignored. Democrats on the other hand are catspaws and pawns, fools who are so sure of their cleverness and determined to embrace every culture in the way that only the graduates of Ivy League institutions can, that any Third World vendor could twirl them around his fingers.

World leaders are rarely liked, but effective ones are respected. And effective world leaders don’t lead with appeasement, don’t compromise before the other side has even made an offer and negotiate on behalf of their country, rather than some intangible global consensus. They understand that they represent a country, not a popularity contest. They don’t travel abroad to be adored or be greeted with parades and gifts, but to achieve tangible results on specific issues. To do otherwise is not to be a world leader, but a celebrity who happens to have picked up a big title along the way.

To be a proper American president on the world stage, means choosing to be respected, rather than liked. Obama always chooses to be liked, rather than respected. Because respect comes from accomplishment and character, while ‘liking’ is a function of appearance and image. Aiming to be ‘liked’ is playing to Obama’s strengths. But being liked is irrelevant outside of an afterschool special. World affairs is not a networking seminar, it is a negotiation between countries who have billions of dollars and millions of lives on the line. And Obama has no idea how to play that game. Like the kid who never fit in anywhere, he’s still trying to be liked. And he’s willing to sell out American interests and allies to get the cool UN kids to like him.

Unfortunately Obama’s irrelevance is also America’s irrelevance. A Republican House of Representatives cannot do what Obama should be doing. And any attempt to show strength gets shouted down by the liberal punditocracy as treason and undermining the White House. As if anyone, anywhere could undermine Obama internationally as much as he undermines himself. The same liberals who considered Ted Kennedy’s treasonous offer of cooperation with the Soviet Union or Kerry’s trip to Latin American Marxist terrorists to be acts of courage, damn Republicans who supported allies in Ecuador and Israel as traitors. And so Obama must have a free hand to do it all on his own. To do what Kennedy or Kerry could have only dreamed of.

Obama has lost the world. He has made the country that he claims to represent into a shadow of its former strength and glory. And his irrelevance endangers American lives. Not just those of soldiers in war zones, laboring under restrictive Rules of Engagement, written so as not to offend Muslims. Not just those of Americans at risk for domestic terrorism under an Attorney General who sympathizes with terrorists, more than with Americans. But to everyone living in a world where countries like North Korea and Iran feel free to do what they want, where our economic rivals such as Russia and China advance their interests and their espionage, and where terrorists across the Muslim world grow in boldness and number because they have no one left to fear anymore. In America and around the world– Barack Hussein Obama endangers us all.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; bho44; bush; elections; europe; fail; failure; foreign; foreignaffairs; globalism; greenfield; iran; israel; lost; muslims; mustread; nkorea; obama; obamafailure; obamatruthfile; palin; reference; usa; weakness; world; worldaffairs; wot
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Wow! That just about says it all, doesn't it?
1 posted on 12/26/2010 10:44:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

( ** Obama Has Lost The World ** ) but, Jesus Christ saves the world....


2 posted on 12/26/2010 10:48:21 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Obama Has Lost The World ...and his mind, if he ever had one.


3 posted on 12/26/2010 10:50:49 PM PST by max americana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

4 posted on 12/26/2010 10:54:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: max americana

“Obama Has Lost The World ...and his mind, if he ever had one.”

Easy to figure out what a fine mind he has ... look at his transcripts from ... or, look at his published papers from ... well, there’s the paper trail from IL Senate ... well, I guess that pretty much proves it, dunt it?


5 posted on 12/26/2010 10:55:26 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He has made the country that he claims to represent into a shadow of its former strength and glory. And his irrelevance endangers American lives.

Late 70s deja vu.

6 posted on 12/26/2010 10:58:04 PM PST by Stentor ( "All cults of personality begin as high drama and end as low comedy.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The guy nailed it and it should scare the crap out of every American who reads the article.


7 posted on 12/26/2010 11:04:22 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who are they trying to kid?? He was going to improve our standing the world just like he was just going to rush right over to Pakistan and grab Osama Bin Laden. Easy as pie.

This just has to be Bush’s fault.

/sarc


8 posted on 12/26/2010 11:08:12 PM PST by dajeeps
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To: jessduntno

Well, there was that guy who told a journalist that his roommate once saw a draft of an article that 0bama was writing for the Harvard Law Review but never got published, and he said that except for the logical errors and the misspellings, it was brilliant. If that isn’t worthy of a Nobel Prize I just don’t know what is.


9 posted on 12/26/2010 11:10:32 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He still controls the media, TV and Hollywood plus the Dem Party plus he is back by trillions of Saudi dollars. As long as the Saudis control American TV through shareholdings, joint ventures and access to Islamic markets then he is fine. Fox, CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC are all in his pocket. Blame the idiots who watch TV for keeping him in power.


10 posted on 12/26/2010 11:11:27 PM PST by Frantzie (American TV = owned by the Saudis and elites - keep watching & losing your freedom)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

11 posted on 12/26/2010 11:16:15 PM PST by South40 (Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"He’s just one of those famous people with a passing interest in politics who gets good media attention, but who has nothing worthwhile to say.

They don't call him Zer0 for nothing!

12 posted on 12/26/2010 11:16:41 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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Very well put, Mr. Greenfield.


13 posted on 12/26/2010 11:20:05 PM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others cite your source.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; BenLurkin

14 posted on 12/26/2010 11:35:02 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Establishment Republicans need to read this article and all the points so well made in it. (Tea Party types need not bother - they already know it to be true.)

Using these failings of Obama and the negative “accomplishments” he has so far “achieved”, the Republican 2012 candidate's campaign slogan should be a simple

“PUT AMERICA BACK ON TOP AGAIN”

15 posted on 12/27/2010 12:03:15 AM PST by oldbill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Obama has lost the world. He has made the country that he claims to represent into a shadow of its former strength and glory. And his irrelevance endangers American lives. “

WOW is right!

Amazing article and it’s 100% accurate, unfortunately.

Thanks for posting it.

It’s truly a “must read” article.

I hope you won’t mind, I’ll add this link to my FR home page.


16 posted on 12/27/2010 12:03:36 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> Article: the White House has gone from being the center of world leadership to being irrelevant,

Doubtfully a Left leaning author.


17 posted on 12/27/2010 12:07:40 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great essay. Absolutely perfect.


18 posted on 12/27/2010 12:15:19 AM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe he and his new NASA muzzie butties can get Lost in Space. I'd pitch in a dollar

Lost in Space, Theme Song

19 posted on 12/27/2010 12:17:07 AM PST by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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To: max americana
" Obama Has Lost The World ...and his mind, if he ever had one. "

That's ok,,, the true KING of KINGS of this world, in whom this world and all creation belongs to is coming soon and will set up his kingdom right here on Earth and there is nothing that no man, or that mankind can do about it...

Jesus Christ is the KING OF KINGS and the LORD OF LORDS ! and every knee shall bow and confess that Jesus Christ is LORD of ALL !
20 posted on 12/27/2010 12:25:26 AM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Jim Robinson; 2ndDivisionVet

Jim,

I hope you don’t mind my pinging you to this article, but it’s so terrific, I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss it. Posted by 2ndDivisionVet.


21 posted on 12/27/2010 12:28:50 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
BTTT
22 posted on 12/27/2010 12:30:54 AM PST by A message
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank you for posting this well written article. It’s a sobering run down of what is wrong with Obama’s liberal experiment with America. I fear what may be coming our way because this president has no moral compass nor strength of character.


23 posted on 12/27/2010 12:40:00 AM PST by Reb Raider
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To: jessduntno

“It’s a horrible thing to lose ones mind, or not have one at all...how true that is”


24 posted on 12/27/2010 12:44:01 AM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Innovative
“Obama has lost the world. He has made the country that he claims to represent into a shadow of its former strength and glory. And his irrelevance endangers American lives. “

So 0bambi accomplished his grand design on the American people.

25 posted on 12/27/2010 12:44:18 AM PST by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: spokeshave

“So 0bambi accomplished his grand design on the American people.”

You are so right, this is NOT “incompetence”, this is all deliberate to undermine the US from the inside.


26 posted on 12/27/2010 12:47:40 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping — I think you would be interested in this:

“Obama has lost the world. He has made the country that he claims to represent into a shadow of its former strength and glory. And his irrelevance endangers American lives.”


27 posted on 12/27/2010 12:50:28 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"World leaders are rarely liked, but effective ones are respected. And effective world leaders don't lead with appeasement, don't compromise before the other side has even made an offer and negotiate on behalf of their country, rather than some intangible global consensus. They understand that they represent a country, not a popularity contest. They don't travel abroad to be adored or be greeted with parades and gifts, but to achieve tangible results on specific issues. To do otherwise is not to be a world leader, but a celebrity who happens to have picked up a big title along the way. " Every word is a gem and so true!
28 posted on 12/27/2010 12:53:32 AM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy hit it right on the spot, Obama is NOT respected....and never will be, Putin just ate his lunch and is laughing his a$$ off over new START.


29 posted on 12/27/2010 12:56:51 AM PST by Tees Mom (Nuclear girl)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I told you so!

oo-change

October 26,2008

30 posted on 12/27/2010 1:00:23 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is such an entertainingly brutal analysis of zerobama.


31 posted on 12/27/2010 1:04:58 AM PST by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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As accurate and penetrating an expose of Obama that has been written. I sent it out virally to my email list.


32 posted on 12/27/2010 1:08:05 AM PST by NOBO2
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu; MadIvan; TigerLikesRooster; GMMAC; fanfan; Lukasz; Grzegorz 246; lizol; ...
Ping!
33 posted on 12/27/2010 1:08:38 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Best line: Liberal pundits mock the rough and ready style of conservatives like Reagan, Bush or Palin in world affairs, but what they fail to realize is that the over-educated naivete, trendy cosmopolitanism and buzzword rich approach of a Kerry or Obama come off as laughably pathetic on the world stage.

That is very true! Palin would eat his lunch in a debate. Heck, most any T.E.A. Party member has a better grasp of what is needed for a strong foreign policy.

Palin is impressing me more and more.

34 posted on 12/27/2010 1:08:59 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WE know it’s true but until the rest of the American electorate knows it’s true (and acts on it at the polling place) it won’t make much difference, sad to say.


35 posted on 12/27/2010 1:12:23 AM PST by thecodont
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent piece! Have bookmarked and will be forwarding this one around. Thanks.


36 posted on 12/27/2010 1:12:53 AM PST by GunsAndBibles (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump.


37 posted on 12/27/2010 1:16:33 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Excellent analysis.

Daniel Greenfield better watch his back.


38 posted on 12/27/2010 1:19:50 AM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Stentor

First thing that went to my head. Malaise Jimmy Carter style brought to the present times 10.


39 posted on 12/27/2010 1:23:59 AM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What else did you expect from a community organizer who could not even run a pop corn stand. The problem is not Obama but the people who elected him, unfortunately they constitute a good portion of the population what does not speak very highly of the US


40 posted on 12/27/2010 1:24:36 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: Tees Mom

Then he’s laughing at most of the Senate including many Republicans cause they made it happen.


41 posted on 12/27/2010 1:28:51 AM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama...He’s just one of those famous people with a passing interest in politics who gets good media attention, but who has nothing worthwhile to say.

Yes, the article says it all! But you'll never see one written as this in the US.

42 posted on 12/27/2010 1:28:57 AM PST by caww
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To: The Cajun

It does me..and has for sometime. This author certainly wrote this well and hit pretty much every point of how Obama is seen here and abroad.

An ‘excellant read’ and worthy of saving for future reference.


43 posted on 12/27/2010 1:42:57 AM PST by caww
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; dixiechick2000

WORLD-WIDE FAIL

44 posted on 12/27/2010 1:52:12 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For later


45 posted on 12/27/2010 1:53:15 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now THAT is going to leave a mark! Carter, in his disastrous presidency, gave as present-day Iran and all its minions. 0bambi will, in the end, do much worse. Already, we have a nuclear Iran, a nuclear North Korea and we have just handed Russia supremacy in nuclear weapons. If he is reelected, the descent into Communism will be irreversible. Save a successful revolution.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security” Declaration of Independence


46 posted on 12/27/2010 2:27:30 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Frantzie

I think they control him. His desire to be liked makes him do things that normal politicians wouldn’t do.


47 posted on 12/27/2010 2:31:04 AM PST by Always Independent
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank you for this. A scathing literary BitchSlap.
Well done Mr. Greenfield.


48 posted on 12/27/2010 2:45:35 AM PST by Artie
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To: Always Independent

As I’ve always said about the empty-suit. The only thing he’s really qualified for is daytime talk-show host. But, at the same time he’s incredibly vapid.


49 posted on 12/27/2010 2:50:23 AM PST by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations: Pornography, Homosexuality, Abortion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Spot on, unfortunately. Who needs to fear or respect America with Skippy at the helm? His administration has been an open invitation for every two-bit rogue nation to act up without any fear of reprisal.

Two years down the road and the world is now more dangerous than ever. I can’t imagine what the next two might bring...


50 posted on 12/27/2010 2:51:26 AM PST by Tigerized (pursuingliberty.com)
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