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What Obama Hath Wrought
National Review ^ | 6/16/2014 | Quin Hillyer

Posted on 06/16/2014 4:06:39 AM PDT by markomalley

Mark Helprin, author, journalist, and military-affairs instructor, was being interviewed by Frank Gaffney, hawkish defense expert, when Helprin summed up in one sentence what I hear so many people say to me in coffee shops and after church and at the park and in the grocery store: “Everything that made us what we once were is under attack.”

Part of the attack is cultural, with radicals running our colleges, anti-competitive nonsense peddled in our elementary schools and playgrounds, filth dominating the entertainment industry, traditional faith sneered at (and increasingly disfavored by public policy), and the idea of American exceptionalism (along with appreciation for its constituent parts) denied from the Oval Office itself.

And our president — “a particularly virulent manifestation of this kind of ideology,” said Helprin — is leading the assault. Barack Obama acts lawlessly, makes choices alien to the American tradition, denigrates achievement, tramples religious liberty, encourages our borders to be massively and illegally overrun, and burdens us with unfathomable public debt. And, of particular and rightful interest to Gaffney and Helprin — even though too little of the public thinks it important — Obama has aggressively overseen what Gaffney called “the hollowing out of the United States military.”

Reductions in force, cancellations of weapons programs, and mistreatment of our armed personnel and veterans: All have been adjoined to a foreign policy that A) is usually feckless and B) on those few occasions when it is energetic, aggressively undermines traditional American interests and allies.

All of which has resulted, as we read recent headlines, in what might best be described (apologies to P. J. O’Rourke) as “all the trouble in the world.”

So, while our internal fabric is fraying, our national interests and our safety are suddenly under serious assault everywhere we look. Barack Obama threw away our victory in Iraq, for example, and most Americans do not yet realize just how serious a disaster is unfolding. With two major Iraqi cities having fallen not just to “insurgents” but to outright terrorists, there is serious risk that the government might fall to what one writer accurately called “the best-funded, best-equipped terror group in history.” What could ensue is not just massive instability in the region, but a witches’ brew of horrendous outcomes ranging from increased Iranian power to a regime of al-Qaeda allies who directly threaten Israel and harbor murderers planning terrorism against the United States.

Meanwhile, although most of the American media has moved on from concern with Vladimir Putin’s provocations in Ukraine, the horrors continue there, too. This, after Obama assured Putin’s diplomatic valet back in 2012 that he could provide “more flexibility” to Russia after he was reelected.

The Taliban rejoices about its “victory” in exchanging an American deserter for five vicious terrorists. Syria is a mess, with a terrorist-sponsoring, chemical-weapons-using dictator fighting against al-Qaeda allies while whatever “moderate” forces that once had hopes there are now nowhere to be seen. (“Red line,” indeed.) Afghanistan is rapidly being abandoned to the same fate as Iraq. Iran keeps developing nuclear capacity, and nuclear-armed Pakistan remains a haven for terrorists as well.

Al-Qaeda affiliates are ascendant in the African continent, including in a Libya left destabilized in part because a confused Obama dithered while Moammar Qaddafi’s regime hung by a thread. That Obama dithered even more, and maybe just slept, while an ambassador and three other Americans were killed there, and then led an administration-wide effort to lie about it and illegally withhold documents about it, provides a horrific coda to his original bumbling during the anti-Qaddafi uprising.

Egypt and Turkey, American allies for decades, now teeter on the edge of various forms of chaos. The Palestinians form a “unity government” without renouncing Hamas’s desire for what amounts to a new Jewish genocide — and Obama actually approves of the Hamas–Fatah accord!

And the problems aren’t confined to the “usual” trouble spots such as the Middle East and southwest Asia. Without much notice, Venezuela is also a total mess. American relations with Brazil and Mexico are problematic as well. Finally, across the Pacific, Obama certainly hasn’t done any better than any other president at handling North Korea, while China aggressively militarizes and rattles its saber.

The litany could continue. Not only is the Obama administration not taking the lead for American interests, and not only is it failing utterly at “leading from behind,” but the reality is even worse: Everywhere we look, the United States is getting kicked in the behind — and, perversely, sometimes Obama seems to relish it.

All of which means we may soon be backed into a corner, one from which we need a strong military in order to escape. (Senator Rand Paul, ye of the aggressively ignorant defense and diplomatic views, take note.)

But the United States Navy can boast only a decades-low 281 active ships, 37 fewer than we had before 9/11 and a whopping 313 fewer than the Reagan-era peak. Worse, the American capacity to ramp back up quickly, if needed, has seriously eroded. As Helprin told Gaffney: “Here’s the key factor: . . . We have, now, six major shipyards capable of building ships of the line, first-class warships. China has a hundred major shipyards [Helprin’s vocal emphasis]. . . . China has that capacity [to overwhelm the rest of the world in ship production], and we have abandoned ours — deliberately.”

Thus, America’s traditional strengths are terribly imperiled abroad while not just eroding, but being chipped away at, from within. Everything that made us what we once were is under attack. People feel it. They see it. They understand it. They fear it. And, in hushed tones, they talk about it.

This is the ongoing legacy of Barack Obama. The question is, as long as he is president, how do we stop it from happening?


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1 posted on 06/16/2014 4:06:39 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
He has wrought exactly what all of us expected.
To the TEE.
This is what Rush meant when he said I "Hope he fails"
2 posted on 06/16/2014 4:11:34 AM PDT by DeaconRed (The only person real happy right now is Rabbit Boy. . . JIMMAH. . . . He is now the 2nd worst. . . .)
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To: markomalley

The removal of this President is all that will stop this. The Number 2 in line is a total freaking dimwit. The number 3 is a crying, whining enabler and compromiser.

So, What do we do? We can’t keep this crap for over 2 years more.


3 posted on 06/16/2014 4:11:51 AM PDT by dforest
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To: markomalley

The EXEMPT Congress does not care.

The EXEMPT have their alcohol, their whores, their brothels
and BEST OF ALL, they are not under the Laws they
draw up (unread) for others.

The EXEMPT are co-responsible for every loss of ally,
for every loss of asset, and for the loss of freedom.


4 posted on 06/16/2014 4:12:47 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: dforest
The removal of this President is all that will stop this.

Yup, and those begging him to "do something" are in effect asking him to make things even worse. We've got to get rid of Obama or wait him out.
5 posted on 06/16/2014 4:18:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: markomalley

Hope and Change


6 posted on 06/16/2014 4:18:46 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: markomalley

“The question is, as long as he is president, how do we stop it from happening?”

We can’t. Obama will continue to slash and burn because he knows no one will stop him. No one.


7 posted on 06/16/2014 4:22:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

You mean, no one in DC will stop him.


8 posted on 06/16/2014 4:23:33 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: markomalley
"Everywhere we look, the United States is getting kicked in the behind — and, perversely, sometimes Obama seems to relish it."

That is the plan. Of course Obama relishes it, he thinks he's on a success tract.

First, Obama believes the problems in the world are caused by American influence and the American military. So, reduce American influence and hollow out the US military and you end up, according to Obama, a world that has not been so peaceful in ages. Success!

This is obviously perverse to 90% of Americans, even more, almost all Americans will not believe this truth, it's too strange.

Have the courage to believe the truth. Obama's off to play golf, because things are working out as he wishes, so leave it alone.

9 posted on 06/16/2014 4:23:46 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: dforest

If he is impeached Biden will be POTUS, but I will take Biden any day over this terrorist. At least Biden was born here and is an American and isn’t hellbent on assisting radical psychopaths in taking over entire middle east.


10 posted on 06/16/2014 4:25:01 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: markomalley
"Al-Qaeda affiliates are ascendant in the African continent, including in a Libya left destabilized in part because a confused Obama dithered while Moammar Qaddafi’s regime hung by a thread. That Obama dithered even more, and maybe just slept, while an ambassador and three other Americans were killed there, and then led an administration-wide effort to lie about it and illegally withhold documents about it, provides a horrific coda to his original bumbling during the anti-Qaddafi uprising."

Confused, my eye. This is all deliberate. Obama has been supporting and enabling transnational Islamist wherever he goes. He has destabilized and overthrown governments that blocked the creation of the dream of a Greater Caliphate. Obama is hostile to Christianity and supports Islam against the West. This is all part of a plan to bring down the US and its allies and expand the Ummah throughout the world.

11 posted on 06/16/2014 4:28:03 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: ilovesarah2012

we had the chance to stop him..


12 posted on 06/16/2014 4:29:31 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: dforest

“The removal of this President is all that will stop this. The Number 2 in line is a total freaking dimwit. The number 3 is a crying, whining enabler and compromiser.

(Q) So, What do we do? We can’t keep this crap for over 2 years more”.

(A) What is America made of? The world wonders.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 4:33:04 AM PDT by Captain7seas (Beware of "enviromentalist" spewing lies)
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To: DeaconRed

“This is what Rush meant when he said I “Hope he fails” “
__________________________________________________
Yes...Rush got a lot of blow-back from that, but he expressed
most all FReepers and true American’s wishes. Rush was right.


14 posted on 06/16/2014 4:37:26 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: markomalley

What we are witnessing today is what the world would look like without the stabilizing effect of an American military.

The parts of our military Owebama hasn’t yet destroyed, he has neutered to the point of being useless.

I have no doubt that Runt Paul cheers his efforts!


15 posted on 06/16/2014 4:40:31 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: dforest

The REAL problem is the mentality of voters who even permitted someone like “O” to be nominated in the first place.

This culture of lazy and greedy losers running America is what has given us “O” and will assure there are many more where HE came from!


16 posted on 06/16/2014 4:52:34 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Beagle8U

I can sum up odumbo’s entire term as being president in one word.

“What Odumbo Hath Wrought” = Destruction


17 posted on 06/16/2014 4:53:33 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: DaveA37

He needs to be banned from every golf course that isn’t prone to a massive amount of lightning strikes!


18 posted on 06/16/2014 5:00:26 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Olog-hai

He has been in office for five years and no one has stopped him yet. Do you really believe anyone will? I gave up hoping they would after he was re-selected.


19 posted on 06/16/2014 5:02:04 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Jabba the Nutt

The fact that Obama has Mohamed Elibiary advising homeland security tells me all I need to know.

Obama DHS Adviser on ISIS: ‘Inevitable That Caliphate Returns’

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/06/15/Obama-DHS-Adviser-Inevitable-That-Caliphate-Returns

Who is Mohamed Elibiary — and why is he advising DHS?

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/mohamed-elibiary-homeland-security/


20 posted on 06/16/2014 5:04:26 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

The homo president has Satan’s backing.

Revelation 13:4
And they worshipped the dragon who gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?


21 posted on 06/16/2014 5:18:21 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Absolutely.

I John 2:18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[e] 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.


22 posted on 06/16/2014 5:24:30 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Agreed and who gave him access to the DHS database and why?
That’s a serious national security breach given his allegiances, background, and history.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 5:24:56 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: ilovesarah2012

You know a lot of scholars have said that the AntiChrist will come from Europe but 0 sure fits the bill and his sugardaddy, Emporer and Dr. Evil Soros is from there and seems to hover over there a lot. If he’s not the AC he’s definitely paving the way for him.


24 posted on 06/16/2014 5:34:00 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Diogenesis
You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--

I always thought this skit in the movie "Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail" was very clever comedy but now I am close to believing that the peasant Dennis was actually right.

Help, help! We're being oppressed!

25 posted on 06/16/2014 5:34:10 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: markomalley
Thus, America’s traditional strengths are terribly imperiled abroad while not just eroding, but being chipped away at, from within. Everything that made us what we once were is under attack. People feel it. They see it. They understand it. They fear it. And, in hushed tones, they talk about it.

That ^^.

26 posted on 06/16/2014 5:35:39 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Jane Long

But, for some reason, those on the left, at least those who support ‘rats to feed their own sense of righteousness,

vehemently deny that the left and the democrats’ primary goals are anti-Christian.

They still fear the consequences of lifting that veil.


27 posted on 06/16/2014 5:38:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: markomalley
As amazing as all of these things are is the news media's capacity to ignore them.

America really is in very deep trouble.

28 posted on 06/16/2014 5:39:42 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Jane Long

Ted Cruz has to bring Helprin on board as a speechwriter/advisor.

They would complement each other remarkably.


29 posted on 06/16/2014 5:49:56 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: markomalley
unprecedented
first ever
history in the making

yup, we got our money's worth alright ..

30 posted on 06/16/2014 5:55:19 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: All
Obama is “a particularly virulent manifestation of this kind of perverse ideology,” — and is leading the assault.

<><> Obama acts lawlessly, makes choices alien to the American tradition, denigrates achievement, tramples religious liberty, encourages our borders to be massively and illegally overrun, and burdens us with unfathomable public debt.

<><> Obama has aggressively overseen what Gaffney called “the hollowing out of the United States military.” Reductions in force, cancellations of weapons programs, and mistreatment of our armed personnel and veterans...

<><> All have been adjoined to Obama's foreign policy that A) is usually feckless and B) on those few occasions when it is energetic, aggressively undermines traditional American interests and allies.

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Perfectly sums up the peculiar Obama mindset---honed in the streets and gutters of gangland Chicago, and elsewhere.

It is an article of faith in those minority communities that all US laws, our rules and regs, our traditions, morals and mores were fashioned by evil, white men specifically to subjugate minorities and deprive them of the same opportunities white Americans were given.

When Oprah shocked us----saying white people must die to eradicate inequality, she underlines that belief. Jamaican entertainer Harry Belafonte also urged Obama to kill white people.

Ergo, Obama religiously believes he can and should ignore US laws. Unfortunately Obama has the power to do as he believes.

31 posted on 06/16/2014 6:53:49 AM PDT by Liz
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To: markomalley
No surprise here. Not like we didn't see this coming and try to warn anyone and everyone who would listen.

Nope, none of this is a surprise. The only thing that will be surprising is how far we will have to fall until we've had enough.

The only things to do have been to pray and get out of the way, while preparing for life in the new America.

32 posted on 06/16/2014 8:47:09 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: markomalley

Bookmark


33 posted on 06/16/2014 8:49:35 AM PDT by what's up
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To: markomalley

Maybe I’ve just become too pessimistic because, even absent Obama, I don’t see how we aren’t headed toward inevitable massive dysfunction.


34 posted on 06/16/2014 9:27:14 AM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: dforest; cripplecreek
While it is important to remove the tyrant, it is even more important to remove the tyranny.

Elections cannot do that.

35 posted on 06/16/2014 10:16:04 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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