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Itís Not Just About Obama
New York Times ^ | May 3, 2014 | by Thomas L. Friedman

Posted on 05/04/2014 7:37:46 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

THERE has been a festival of commentary of late bemoaning the pusillanimous foreign policy of President Obama. If only we had a president who rode horses shirtless, wrestled a tiger or took a bite out of a neighboring country, we’d all feel much safer. Your Honor, I rise in — partial — defense of Mr. Obama.

Let me start by asking a question I’ve asked about other countries: Is American foreign policy today the way it is because Obama is the way he is (cerebral, cautious, dispassionate) or is Obama the way Obama is on foreign policy because America is the way America is today (burned by two failed wars and weakened by a great recession) and because the world is the way the world is (increasingly full of failed states and enfeebled U.S. allies)?

The answer is some of both, but I’d put a lot more emphasis on the latter.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bias; failure; journalism; media
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1 posted on 05/04/2014 7:37:47 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

More “Squirrel!” action by the butt licking media. Obama IS the reason, and any ancillary blather and bleats about “is it because America is the way it is” crap.

Obama and his evil ilk before him have made America it is today, he’s now putting the icing on the cake.

Next question. Or do you not have the latest fax from the White House yet, Friedman?


2 posted on 05/04/2014 7:41:01 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This is not just about Obama.

I think his basic premise is that this is Bush's fault.

3 posted on 05/04/2014 7:41:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The writer of the article is not paying attention if is rising to defend obama and his administration or is money flowing to continue the charade? I do not know but the participants do and they normally never reflect reality in writings like this one.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 7:42:02 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So the next time I haven’t got a clue what the answer to a problem is I can simply say that I’m being “cerebral”?

I wonder how well that will work. /s


5 posted on 05/04/2014 7:42:20 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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“I think his basic premise is that this is Bush’s fault. “

I stopped about a paragraph in as I don’t want to puke. But I suspect you’ve nailed it.


6 posted on 05/04/2014 7:43:08 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: rockrr
I work with a guy who has managed to rise to a very high level. He has no skills or ability that I can detect. He says a lot of very stupid things. And if you try to pin him down or actually move a discussion toward a solution of a problem, he cuts the whole things off by saying, "You're not listening to me ..." or "You're missing my point ..."

Yeah. He's government. GS-15.

He's the most cerebral guy I know.

7 posted on 05/04/2014 7:49:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Is American foreign policy today the way it is because Obama is the way he is”

Nailed it.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 7:49:23 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wimp !


9 posted on 05/04/2014 7:49:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama is “cerebral”?

Obama is cereal. He’s one big flake.


10 posted on 05/04/2014 7:54:26 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“If only we had a president who rode horses shirtless, wrestled a tiger or took a bite out of a neighboring country, we’d all feel much safer.”
You think this must be the conversation in local NYC gay bars and bistros?


11 posted on 05/04/2014 7:54:27 AM PDT by BilLies (sharyl attkisson is alive and well HOORAY!!!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I won't waste my time reading this POS rag.

It and the slobbering toads who write for it are one of the primary reasons we're all headed for a world of hurt.

12 posted on 05/04/2014 7:55:20 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ClearCase_guy
My favorite heard phrase from those types of people was/is ... You are not seeing the big picture!

Once, in the neighborhood of one thousand times, was truly frustrated with being told the above phrase and asked if that person would explain the big picture to me. Needless to say I received no explanation. Must be sop for those on the top of the ladder when presented with a please explain. Having never made it to the top of the ladder, I was always left to figure it out all by my lonesome.

13 posted on 05/04/2014 7:56:33 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think his basic premise is that this is Bush's fault.

But dude, Bush was even longer ago than Benghazi...

14 posted on 05/04/2014 7:57:42 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

First thing I looked at was the source....


15 posted on 05/04/2014 7:59:31 AM PDT by oldtech
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Can't you see - Obama is the victim of white America's capriciousness?


16 posted on 05/04/2014 8:00:16 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Except for dark humor, I don’t read Friedman articles. I assume somewhere down there Fox News and W are to blame.


17 posted on 05/04/2014 8:03:28 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama is ‘cerebral’??????

HaHaHa.........


18 posted on 05/04/2014 8:05:42 AM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He’s the pRresident, Tommy boy. The buck stops with him now. No more blaming everybody but him.


19 posted on 05/04/2014 8:37:08 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Approval Ratings:
Obama: 41%
Putin: 82%


20 posted on 05/04/2014 8:40:57 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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