Skip to comments.The Day Obama’s Presidency Died
Posted on 05/11/2014 9:15:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Almost nobody in Japan heard about the Battle of Midway until after the war. The Emperor Hirohito, upon hearing of the debacle ordered a comprehensive cover-up. The wounded were isolated on hospital ships. All mail was censored. Surviving enlisted men and officers were held incommunicado until they could be shipped off to distant battlefields from where it was hoped they would never return. The sunken ships themselves were gradually written off over the course of the war until their loss blended in with the general demise of the imperial fleet. In order to coordinate this effort Hirohito created a special office of cabinet rank.
It worked perfectly. If the US had not won World War 2 Midway would never have existed in Japanese history. The average man of course read nothing in the papers, heard nothing on the radio, saw nothing in the newsreel. But perceptive Japanese felt something momentous had happened though they could not identify its cause. Its impact, though denied in the press, shuddered through the whole imperial fabric. From that day forward events seemed to take a downward trajectory. Only after the war did the Japanese know the root of their misfortunes.
But the loss was worse than four carriers sunk. Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully in their classic account of Midway, The Shattered Sword, argued that the battle broke the Japanese empire in a fundamental way. It was the consequences of denial that really finished the Japanese military.
Cohen and Gooch propose that all military failures fall into three basic categories: failure to learn from the past, failure to anticipate what the future may bring, and failure to adapt to the immediate circumstances on the battlefield. They further note that when one of these three basic failures occurs in isolation (known as a simple failure), the results, while unpleasant, can often also be overcome. Aggregate failures occur when two of the basic failure types, usually learning and anticipation, take place simultaneously, and these are more difficult to surmount. Finally, at the apex of failure stand those rare events when all three basic failures occur simultaneously-an event known as catastrophic failure. In such an occurrence, the result is usually a disaster of such scope that recovery is impossible.
The Japanese did not want to accept what Midway meant about their strategic assumptions and therefore they suppressed it. That was more damaging than the naval losses themselves. It was that failure to adjust to reality which doomed the empire.
The curious thing about September 11, 2012 the day of the Benghazhi attack is that for some reason it marks the decline of the Obama presidency as clearly as a milepost. We are told by the papers that nothing much happened on that day. A riot in a far-away country. A few people killed. And yet it may be coincidental, but from that day the administrations foreign policy seemed inexplicably hexed. The Arab Spring ground to a halt. The Secretary of State resigned. The CIA Director was cast out in disgrace. Not long after, Obama had to withdraw his Red Line in Syria. Al-Qaeda, whose eulogy he had pronounced appeared with disturbing force throughout Africa, South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Almost as if on cue, Russia made an unexpected return to the world stage, first in Syria, then in the Iranian nuclear negotiations.
Worse was to follow. Americas premier intelligence organization, the National Security Agency, was taken apart in public and the man who took its secrets, Edward Snowden, decamped to Moscow with a laptop full of secrets. But it was all just a curtain raiser to the dismemberment of Ukraine and the disaster in Eastern Europe.
DONETSK, Ukraine Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country.
Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk Peoples Republic, said around 75 percent of the Donetsk regions 3 million or so eligible voters cast ballots, and the vast majority backed self-rule.
The Ukraine has now been effectively partitioned. The Obama administration talk about inflicting consequences and costs on Russia turned out to be empty. Almost as if to add insult to injury, Iran has declared victory in Syria over Obama. We have won in Syria, said Alaeddin Borujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliaments national security and foreign policy committee and an influential government insider. The regime will stay. The Americans have lost it.
And still theres no acknowledgement of anything being fundamentally wrong.
As with the Japanese at Midway, weve all felt a change in the beat of the engines; a difference in the progress of the hull. One person who might understand why the Obama boat is sputtering is fleeing the scene while avoiding an explanation is Hillary. Slate notes that she just had a fundraiser with a virulent critic of Obama. De Rothschild is a multimillionaire who was reportedly introduced her husband, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, by Henry Kissinger. She became nationally notorious during the 2008 election cycle as a Clinton supporter who refused to throw her support to Barack Obama after the primaries, vocally backing John McCain and calling Obama an elitist without any apparent sense of irony. She later said the president is a loser who is going to bankrupt America and observed that being half black did not qualify him to be president.
The Washington Post teasingly suggests there is a reason why Hillary is broadening her circle of friends. Why Hillary Clinton will be rubbing elbows with a major Obama critic this month, they ask. But the dont say. But the New York Times has a theory: Hillarys problem is Obama. The public is tired of seeing Obamas mug, and ergo they want to see Hillarys.
The latest investigation into the Benghazi attack reminds us that the issue isnt going away any time soon. Pundits are already speculating about potential damage to Hillary Clintons presidential prospects, but dont believe the hype: Scandals rarely matter much in presidential election campaigns.
A far more significant threat to her potential candidacy is Americans desire for new leadership after eight years of the Obama administration. A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll found this week that 65 percent of Americans would like to see a president who offers different policies and programs. Only 30 percent said they wanted ones similar to those of the Obama administration.
Note the reappearance of Benghazi once again in the familiar New York Times nothing happened mode. Just move on and remember that what the voters want is Hillarys fresh face. But since the NYT is offering a conjecture of surpassing thinness, why not offer another, so long as it is understood that it is merely guesswork. Here goes: the day the Obama presidency died.
Benghazi had its roots in an alternative theory of foreign policy formed in Obamas team at around the time of the Surge in Iraq. From that experience, Obamas advisers persuaded him that it would be possible to turn Americas enemies by taking control of them instead of fighting them. It was a dazzling prospect which offered victory on the cheap.
It was to be built on three pillars: covert action, targeted assassinations and diplomacy. The idea was simple, instead of relying on the regular military, the Obama administration would take over the most dangerous jihadi groups through intelligence agencies. Through this mechanism they would become their patrons and cement the relationship with diplomatic deals with their Gulf funders. Drones and hunter killer squads would be employed to promote chosen intelligence assets American agents to positions of responsbility in the terror cells. The drones would clear the way for designated jihadis to rise within the ranks. Eventually America would own the jihad and neuter it from within.
America would out ISI the ISI.
But of course there had to be a genuine political component as well. A bone needed to be thrown to genuine Muslim aspirations. Why not give the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt and hand over Syria to al-Qaeda? And why not use American diplomatic muscle to force a deal between Palestine and Israel. That way al-Qaeda could have their own countries and presumably be satisfied with that.
This scheme has a certain superficial attractiveness. It sounds wildly daring, incredibly smart and its formulators must have felt like Cortez on a Peak in Darien. Boy are we cool to have thought of this.
There is only one problem with this scenario. It could never be sold to a public who had given their sons to fighting the Jihad in Iraq and Afghanistan. It could never be peddled to crusty old guys whod see it as a crazy-ass scheme. The solution to meeting the objections was simple. Dont tell anyone and conduct a secret foreign and counter-terrorist policy, which when it succeeded could be unveiled as proof of Obamas genius.
All of this is conjecture, but conjecture in the same way that the New York Times argues there is nothing to Benghazi. Absent testimony and the disclosure of records, Benghazi remains a null value, something unmeasured. We dont know what it is, any more than a blank address field in a database; we only know we dont know what it is.
So let me insert a guess into the field. Suppose Benghazi was the night when the administrations secret policy fell apart. In one devastating attack Obama and Hillary realized they had been double crossed and their whole theory had been a dream. In an instant it was plain they could not control the jihad from the inside.
That setback, by itself, was not necessarily a bad thing. Commanders in Chief can make mistakes so why couldnt Hillary and Obama just admit they had this theory but it didnt work in practice and just learn from it?
Because they had pursued the policy secretly and possibly illegally. Because of 2012. Because like Hirohito, Obama could do no wrong, so there was nothing but to protect the Throne of Heaven from the accusation of fallibility and the guilt of cover-up. So they lied.
Let us now return to Parshalls observation that all military failures fall into three basic categories: failure to learn from the past, failure to anticipate what the future may bring, and failure to adapt to the immediate circumstances on the battlefield. Its possible that Obama did exactly that on the night of September 11, 2012. He didnt see the double cross coming; he had no Plan B for Syria, for al-Qaeda, having bet the farm on Plan A and he covered failure up.
He went and committed all three categories of failure. Finally, at the apex of failure stand those rare events when all three basic failures occur simultaneously-an event known as catastrophic failure. In such an occurrence, the result is usually a disaster of such scope that recovery is impossible.
And now hes living with the consequences of having to pursue a strategic assumption he knows is wrong but does not dare denounce.
Suppose Benghazi was a catastrophic failure, made all the more dangerous by the possibility that Russia had a hand in it. If Putin, having studied how Reagan used the Jihad to bring down Soviet Union, played the same game on Barack Hussein Obama, it would explain many otherwise inexplicable things. The role of Snowden. The disgrace of Petraeus. The exile of anyone and anything to do with Benghazi. The kid-gloves treatment of the Ansar attackers. The strange enmity between Hillary and Obama. Each is bound by the same secret. Each lives in fear of the same smoldering fire burning in the bowels of the administration.
The lie is much more dangerous than the truth. America can live with an Obama mistake. But it cant live with an Obama who cannot acknowledge his mistakes.
America cannot survive a populace that would elect Baraq Obama to begin with, much less re-elect him four years later.
Socialism always fails, always. The fraud Soetoro sucks.
The Constitution prescribes the penalty for Treason.
And as always, good Americans are the pawns in this secret game.
I know that there was a contingent of the White House secret service that was sent off to guard some lesserling. I keep getting this horrible feeling that something terrible happened during their absence.
I would not be totally shocked to find out that the White House has been wired with explosives which will be detonated during the next presidency . . . and 0bama will have their blood on his hands.
Truly do I hope that this is just some mindless crazy unfounded conspiracy theory . . . but honestly can we put anything past this man?
This thing was stillborn from the moment Barry tapped Joe Biden as his running mate.
“The Constitution prescribes the penalty for Treason.
My tagline does too......just sayin’
This thread needs to be kept alive so that the day time folks can see it. It’s a must read.
Just out of curiosity, where are the survivors of the Benghazi attack, hmmmmm?????
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Quite an article.
There were many more Americans present than the four that were killed. So far, no one has said a word.
Where are they?
They are “sequestered” by the regime.
I must not be the Public, because the last thing I want to see is Hilary’s mug. America died of self inflicted wounds November 4, 2008. It will not and cannot survive sonsof bitches who elect obamas and Clintons.
Jan 20 2009, it was still born...
“The Day Obama’s Presidency Died”
Great article! One day they can make a movie version of it. Maybe the film’s title will be DOWNFALL.
Benghazi = Obama
Thanks 2nd Division Vet. Has this guy nailed it or what!!!!!
I just this minute forwarded this entire article to my “list” of vip “retired” military friends, knowing that they will forward to countless other military folk who’ve been despondent, depressed, dejected and demoralized by this guy living large in our House!
“Aggregate failures occur when two of the basic failure types, usually learning and anticipation, take place simultaneously...”
That’s lots of big words for a community organizer to hold his attention to. “This history stuff sure is tough - how about another vacation Michelle?”
(And tough for me too at this hour - ping for later.)
Back to the thread.
Check out # 7.
A very Good article. They, the Progressive-Democrats MUST put Hillary in —she is Obama’s Third Term. She will keep the lid on the corruption as long as she can. But, her times has passed. She will never be president.
I disagree. These sheep elected bh0 twice for as superficial a reason as they’ll elect the beast. First it was skin color, next will be lady parts.
Never underestimate the stupidity of this idiocracy.
Fernandez is of Filipino extraction and holds Australian citizenship. Fernandez’ interest in history began at Harvard, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Policy.
Lotta good points, but jeez, did this guy even *have* an editor?
Also, no real mention of what might have been going on in Benghazi; more than a few hints that there was a weapons pipeline running through there. Quite apart from the “take control of Al Qaeda” theory, just the notion of running 1st-world-grade weaponry into Syria should have been enough to catalyze investigatory committees in Congress.
You haven’t worked back far enough, nor looked ahead enough, IMO. Bill Clinton was the First Reich, Barack Obama was implanted to be their second Reich, and Hillary is their planned third Reich.
Let’s hope it doesn’t play out this way.
With all the Clintonites now the most important, trusted Obama advisors, staff, and cabinet, can there be any doubt??
(Yes, if you read my posts, this is no new theory of mine... I just repeat it because I can’t imagine how it cannot easily be seen... Obama has been a useful tool and has carried the Clinton’s degenerate and dangerous evil well...)
Just MHO of course. And they will eventually be defeated...
Completely agree. The media keep hyping her, of course, because otherwise they'd have to be hyping Joe Biden, and ain't no mediot got time for dat. Hillary's recent appearances have shown her looking like an unmade bed, and she is supposedly just a couple of years on from the "brain surgery" or whatever it was that delayed her Benghazi testimony. She was never inspiring, and she has aged into the perfect picture of the hectoring mother-in-law nobody wants to invite for the Holidays. Added to that, her core age-group, the '60s and '70s "activist generation," is easing into retirement, and a little too tired to put up the gawdawful fuss they made during the Bush presidency. Hillary! has become a punch line in search of a constituency.
Yes he does.
19-——— Do we know for certain that Bin Laden is really dead? He probably is, but still-———
Per this article, Hillary’s sell-by date was 9/11/12.
As an aside, I have Shattered Sword and it is outstanding. Makes you realize how lucky the USN was that day and what a national catastrophe it was for Japan.
That was a brilliant post. It is sad but none in the mainstream media will understand what you posted.
September 11 ...why is so hard for Obama to understand the significance of that date? Full alert should have been obvious.
It boils down to Obama not understanding what terrorism is and the religious motivations behind it....
I doubt if Obama understands a damn thing about the world we are living in.
0m0slem IS the most dangerous jihadi group!
KISS. Just blow em to hell! Nuke em till they glow for 10000 years!
Has such massive sequestration of gov. witnesses ever happened before in the us?
I am not aware.
But, this is something.
No one has talked.
I’ll do my overnight part. Bump.
He used to post here as Wretchard. I’ve been reading him for more than a decade.
Catastrophic failure - the Obama administration in a nutshell.
Sad but true.