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As the world burns, America shrugs
National Post ^ | July 19, 2014 | Robert Fulford

Posted on 07/20/2014 4:21:57 AM PDT by Squawk 8888

The slow American withdrawal from world affairs has been apparent for a long time, but has never been so glaringly evident as this week in the Middle East.

Hamas is at war with Israel, the brutal struggle in Syria frustrates the world, the terrorists of ISIS are making serious progress in Iraq — and now another attempt to deprive Iran of nuclear weapons has, so far, been thwarted.

The United States has a position of sorts in each of these arenas, but it’s not powerful in any of them. American influence has faded.

The world’s governments no longer worry as much as they once did about what Washington wants, partly because Washington doesn’t know what it wants. U.S. policy has become erratic and half-hearted, subject to arbitrary change without notice.

Barack Obama, who apparently distrusts American power, personifies this approach. He moves capriciously from subject to subject. One week he’s furious about Syria and announces that Bashar al-Assad has to go. When Assad doesn’t go, Obama loses interest. He seems always to be making a fresh start. When he’s not doing that, he’s “pivoting,” shifting his interest from one continent to another. He seems detached much of the time, then committed, then detached again.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
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How the world sees the USA: Obama's indifference == American indifference.
1 posted on 07/20/2014 4:21:57 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Squawk 8888

But his spokeschild said it was tranquil out there...


2 posted on 07/20/2014 4:26:04 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Is true the orb (aka planet) on which all live has entered the next World War. Saying more would not change the path on which this orb is presently traveling. Simply is a matter of how many die this time?


3 posted on 07/20/2014 4:28:19 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Squawk 8888

I’m afraid this induces some degree of schadenfreude in me.

We’ve been hearing for decades about how America is imperialist and evil. Watching various parts of the world fall apart without us is pleasant on some level.

(Not necessarily a level I’m entirely proud of.)


4 posted on 07/20/2014 4:30:14 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Squawk 8888
But, but, but..."The world is less violent than it's ever been."

Obama said so.

5 posted on 07/20/2014 4:35:19 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Squawk 8888
Obama loses interest. He seems always to be making a fresh start.

There has been one consistency displayed by obama during his time of fresh starts. obama has consistently sided with the enemies of America.

6 posted on 07/20/2014 4:36:49 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Squawk 8888

We’re an Empire in decline. It happens to all of them.


7 posted on 07/20/2014 4:45:24 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: tacticalogic
The terrorists are on the run and I am off to play golf. Nero Hussein Obama is the worst of the worst and our allies no longer trust us, our enemies mock us...the world aflame.
8 posted on 07/20/2014 4:45:47 AM PDT by Netz
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To: Squawk 8888
All of this brought to you by President Fun Draiser...

Impeach this communist NOW!!!!!

9 posted on 07/20/2014 4:45:56 AM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Squawk 8888

“After America” by Marc Steyn predicted current circumstance. Some view the slow disengagement of the US as a good thing, others, not so much...


10 posted on 07/20/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Squawk 8888

American influence has faded.

A Nation can only influence when it has leadership. America has not had leadership for 5 years now. Thus American influence has faded.


11 posted on 07/20/2014 4:50:27 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Same page here.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 4:55:32 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Squawk 8888

Those fundraisers aren’t going to run themselves, you know.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 4:57:22 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Squawk 8888

As the world goes up in explosion after explosion our CIC is MIA on yet another golf trip.


14 posted on 07/20/2014 4:59:04 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: no-to-illegals
There has been one consistency displayed by obama during his time of fresh starts. obama has consistently sided with the enemies of America.

What better way to diminish the US than to strengthen our enemies?

15 posted on 07/20/2014 5:11:50 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

A true statement and quiet maybe is the best chance cause is certain because of the ignorance of those that voted for obama all hades is coming face on to each American. Prayers for an American victory over our enemies obama strengthened.


16 posted on 07/20/2014 5:18:25 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Squawk 8888

Unfortunately Obama can’t be trusted to do anything because every time he does something, Americans die.

I’m afraid our only option is to hunker down and wait him out.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 5:19:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
creek, your thought reminded me of something, so my offer of Thanks to You and another prayer.

May the clouds hug the mountains and may America and all Americans hide in the clouds and wait.

18 posted on 07/20/2014 5:26:37 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Wolfie
We’re an Empire in decline. It happens to all of them.

Our waning international influence and decline as a civilization is a outside symptom of the internal disease

A large portion of the American people have become dumbed down, spiritually dead, immoral, parasitic, lazy and frightfully willing to be enslaved by government...

I have a small hope (really small) that we can after the 2016 election reverse this decline...but I won't put any money on it...

19 posted on 07/20/2014 5:34:13 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Squawk 8888

The title of Dinesh D’Souza’s movie is “America: Imagine a World Without Her.”

The world is getting a taste of that now.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 5:34:48 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: cripplecreek

“I’m afraid our only option is to hunker down and wait him out.”

How the majority of Americans can come to the conclusion Hillary Clinton is the answer to all this is way beyond me. She helped lay the groundwork for it.


21 posted on 07/20/2014 5:37:37 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Squawk 8888

Not indifference, I don’t think. All planned.

Remember, pre-election, pic of Obama’s reading a book about “A Post-American World” or something like that?

He read the book and said to self, “Here is the roadmap for my presidency - make the world a ‘Post-America’ world....” “Take America down about 10 notches.”

That was original plan anyway - the book just gave him the path. The book and Valerie Jarrett........


22 posted on 07/20/2014 5:41:49 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: Wolfie

“We’re an Empire in decline. It happens to all of them.”

We are most assuredly that.

Often I reflect on how blessed I am to have lived in America’s last surges of greatness.. the heady days of the Reagan era and the fleeting moments of unity after 9/11. America had a great and noble run in her day.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 5:42:17 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Sherman Logan

Agreed


24 posted on 07/20/2014 6:02:33 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Squawk 8888

Well America got its Negro community organizer out of Chicago and he is performing about as well as as one would expect a person with such credentials to perform.


25 posted on 07/20/2014 6:07:59 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Squawk 8888

Yankee go home...?

Meh....!

Okay...


26 posted on 07/20/2014 6:18:27 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Squawk 8888

Leftist worldwide wanted a diminished America. Now they have it and the world is burning and slipping towards the abyss of a new world war. Happy now, socialist dipsh*ts?!? (of course they are...they think they’ll survive what comes next.)


27 posted on 07/20/2014 6:19:53 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

“... America got its Negro community organizer out of Chicago and he is performing about as well as as one would expect a person with such credentials to perform.”.....

We have more problems right here in American and he can’t be interrupted from his golf, vacations and fund raisers to address any of those problems.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Squawk 8888

The consequences of having elected an enemy islamist to the Presidency.


29 posted on 07/20/2014 6:51:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: eeriegeno
All of this brought to you by President Fun Draiser...

You give him too much credit. So much time and money (our money) has gone into setting this up that anyone could have pulled off the last act.

America has been dumbed down to a ringtone, most can't get beyond a tweet. Just the way it is.

30 posted on 07/20/2014 7:40:58 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: DaveA37

Perhaps he is unable to address American problems. (Though I admit that there are some, who with good reason, believe his administration wills the adverse results-even to the point of destroying our nation.)


31 posted on 07/20/2014 8:42:06 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: DaveA37
We have more problems right here in American and he can’t be interrupted from his golf, vacations and fund raisers to address any of those problems.

The problem isn't that he is lazy or not paying attention.

No, it's just the opposite. He is aiding and abetting and a conspirator in foisting these problems upon us!

32 posted on 07/20/2014 11:45:23 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: tacticalogic
I think the word their using now is tranquility per White House press secretary Josh Earnest
33 posted on 07/20/2014 11:54:00 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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