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The Ecomonist on Obama's impotence
The Economist ^ | 5/1/14 | Economist

Posted on 05/01/2014 12:26:25 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson

“WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?” America’s cerebral president betrayed a rare flash of frustration on April 28th when dealing with a question in Asia about his country’s “weakness”. Barack Obama said his administration was making steady, if unspectacular, progress. By blundering into wars, his critics would only harm America.

Mr Obama has still made a difficult situation worse in two ways. First, he has broken the cardinal rule of superpower deterrence: you must keep your word. In Syria he drew “a red line”: he would punish Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons. The Syrian dictator did, and Mr Obama did nothing. In response to Russia’s aggression, he threatened fierce sanctions, only to unveil underwhelming ones. He had his reasons: Britain let him down on Syria, Europe needs Russian gas, Congress is nervous. But the cumulative message is weakness.

Second, Mr Obama has been an inattentive friend. He has put his faith in diplomatic coalitions of willing, like-minded democracies to police the international system. That makes sense, but he has failed to build the coalitions. And using diplomacy to deal with the awkward squad, such as Iran and Russia, leads to concessions that worry America’s allies. Credibility is about reassurance as well as the use of force.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foreignaffairs; obama

1 posted on 05/01/2014 12:26:25 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

I still think the “potent” LBJ was worse, but Barry has 2 1/2 more years.


2 posted on 05/01/2014 12:31:50 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
In Syria he drew “a red line”: he would punish Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons. The Syrian dictator did...

If the Economist has proof that Assad used chemical weapons, I wish they would show it to the world, because nobody else has.

3 posted on 05/01/2014 12:33:54 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: MUDDOG

When Obama starts wearing a hat with a large feather and odd colored suits, you will know he realizes he is impotent. And if that doesn’t do the trick, ask him about why he is dressed like that. He will likely say, “The Economist said I am impotent so I’z gonna act like it!”


4 posted on 05/01/2014 12:35:11 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
he would punish Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons. The Syrian dictator did,

Debatable. I do not believe that Assad used chem. The Moslem Brotherhood did and the press soaked up the lie that it was Assad.

5 posted on 05/01/2014 12:35:24 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

“Ecomonist” ?


6 posted on 05/01/2014 12:39:54 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

“WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?”

Yeah, those fed snipers setting up at the Bundy ranch were a little over the top...


7 posted on 05/01/2014 12:43:57 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

That’s a lot of words that could have been summed up thus: The Kenyan Klown is a POS loser.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 12:45:44 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

The Economist, fellating the Won. And it’s faint fellation.


9 posted on 05/01/2014 12:50:59 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Izzy Dunne

It’s a magazine dedicated to the philosophical viewpoint that all financial activity occurs only within your own mind.


10 posted on 05/01/2014 12:58:33 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
I had subscribed to "The Economist" since I was a teenager. I cancelled my lifelong subscription the day I saw this cover:


11 posted on 05/01/2014 1:00:36 PM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Obama was rendered impotent before he even became president by the Nobel peace prize.

He is beholden to the promise that the peace prize brings with it, and he didn’t want to violate the expectations and hopes that came with that prize.

Meanwhile, the peace prize and his insistence that diplomacy is the answer to all conflicts and disagreements, are a threat to the world’s peace, since, a weakened U.S. and a weak and impotent and inexperienced president, all embolden America’s enemies, and with that, we inch closer to major wars, even a third world war, with each new threat that the U.S. refuses to take seriously.


12 posted on 05/01/2014 1:01:33 PM PDT by adorno (Y)
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To: rjsimmon
Debatable. I do not believe that Assad used chem. The Moslem Brotherhood did and the press soaked up the lie that it was Assad.

I agree with you. It was most likely the rebels. However when BHO (or his minions) announced that Assad had indeed used chemical weapons, at that point it really didn't matter whether he actually did or didn't. Our worthless, weak president was seen by the world as backing down from a promised threat of force. At that point he rendered the US impotent, making us look silly as a once great power.

13 posted on 05/01/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT by Blennos
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
America’s cerebral president...

Stopped reading right there. If I am going to read fiction I will select the topic!

14 posted on 05/01/2014 1:09:43 PM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Cowboy Bob
If the Economist has proof that Assad used chemical weapons, I wish they would show it to the world, because nobody else has.

UK Telegraph: Syria chemical weapons: the proof that Assad regime launching chlorine attacks on children

15 posted on 05/01/2014 1:12:40 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: TalBlack
Needed to be repeated...

“WHY is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?”- Baraq 0bama

Yeah, those fed snipers setting up at the Bundy ranch were a little over the top...

5.56mm

16 posted on 05/01/2014 1:13:45 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Blennos
Our worthless, weak president was seen by the world as backing down from a promised threat of force. At that point he rendered the US impotent, making us look silly as a once great power.

And that is his legacy. How proud his mammy must be.

17 posted on 05/01/2014 1:16:41 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
"In Syria he drew “a red line”: he would punish Bashar Assad if he used chemical weapons. The Syrian dictator did"

I'm not convinced... the Muslim Brotherhood is the opposition, and they would be eager to provoke Obama into acting on his 'red line', and Obama has been eager to help the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bashir denies it, and I believe him more than I believe this lying administration.

18 posted on 05/01/2014 1:16:42 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Fear The People

The Economist certainly used to feature some good articles, but they’ve become just another establishment tool.

Done with them.


19 posted on 05/01/2014 1:19:21 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Obama is right on flight plan....his own plan for the destruction of the USA.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 1:21:12 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: wideawake
Economist, I understand.

Ecomonist, not so much.

;-)

21 posted on 05/01/2014 1:27:25 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

Yes. Why use the military? There are much more powerful sanctions.

Obama can defriend Putin and his inner circle of oligarchs.

Obama can use the power of the hashtag to embarrass Putin.

Obama can leave a bad review of The Kremlin on Yep.

Obama won’t give Putin an Ipod with Obama’s speeches and an audio copy of “Dreams Of My father.”

Obama might take back his unused red line from Assad and send it to Kiev.

Putin’s in big trouble.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 1:35:05 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: MUDDOG

At least LBJ had the common decency to go off and die at a relatively young age after he left office. I doubt hussein will, but hope springs eternal.


23 posted on 05/01/2014 1:46:27 PM PDT by 867V309 (GOPe? NOPe!)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

A mulatto, maybe-American cornerstore organizer, makes for a wise foreign advocate, not.


24 posted on 05/01/2014 1:47:50 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: 867V309
LBJ did die off, but he didn't shut up, according to a story in the UMass student newspaper in the early '70s.

They sent a reporter to talk to a famous psychic in western Mass (Elwood Babbitt), and got an interview with LBJ.

25 posted on 05/01/2014 1:51:20 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: rjsimmon
I do not believe that Assad used chem.

Of course he didn't. The only way he could lose the fight with insurgents was to provoke outside intervention on a major scale. This was classic false flag operation.


26 posted on 05/01/2014 1:53:56 PM PDT by 867V309 (GOPe? NOPe!)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson

The current situation proves Obama’s foreign policy has failed. That said. Conservatives should spell out where we go from here.
The ‘coalitions’ need to be rebuilt. (What the coalition will look like is also another dilemma. Hopefully, not the Communitarian the Left wants) But to do that we need to get our credibility back. How do we do that?


27 posted on 05/01/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT by griswold3 (I was born here in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: ghost of stonewall jackson
Never send a girly-boy to do a man's job.


28 posted on 05/01/2014 2:15:24 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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