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Monday, May 05, 2014

Obama Should Continue with His “Non-Existent” Foreign Policy

Last week Cal Thomas regurgitated the Far Right's favorite talking points about President Obama's “non-existent” foreign policy. Basically, Cal Thomas wishes Jack Bauer were still president; still vanquishing all our enemies single-handedly.  [sssshhhhdon't break the news to him and spoil the fun]

My favorite quote from his column is:  “Putin calculated he could get away with meddling in Ukraine because he perceived weakness in the president of the United States.”

Damn right!  Jack Bauer would have just marched right up to that Putin punk and coldcocked him!

Froma Harrop makes a lot more sense in her column from yesterday — Americans Tire of Solving Everyone's Problems.  Most Americans — not counting the Fox-suckers and talk radio dimbulbs — want the U.S. government to play a smaller role in global affairs.  She says:

“Our roads are shabby, the rail system Third World. We’re told America can’t afford the social niceties that nations we defend take for granted.”

Ukraine, South Korea/North Korea/China/Japan, Israel vs. the Palestinians, and Afghanistan are the main global powder kegs where chickenhawks are clamoring for Obama to “do something!”  Fortunately, most Americans want our government to “do something!” here in the States; not overseas.

And here is my favorite description of the manufactured hysteria over Benghazi:

“...a tragedy in search of a scandal. Not able to find a scandal or a smoking gun...Republicans have created one. They've bought the guns, fired them, noticed the smoke, and then yelled, 'Smoke!' And lo, with the announcement that Speaker John Boehner plans to appoint a 'select committee' to probe Benghazi, an entire arsenal of arms is being set up and ready to fire.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I've said before: If the right is so dissatisfied, they can pass a resolution, or even a law demanding we take military action against Russia. If he doesn't comply, they can impeach him.

They can also help him out by passing a spending bill (keeping in mind a balanced budget) for the military build-up so he can attack Russia, and while he's at it wipe North Korea, China, Syria, Egypt, and Libya off the map as well. Have a 6 for 1 sale.

I remember when he sent Jets against Libya to keep them from attacking their population and then Boehner and his mob approached him - invoking the war powers act asking him how soon he's going to get out of there, and how is he going to pay for it.

Since they know what they are doing, let them commit the country to war.

And the see how we like it!


May 6, 2014 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

They're desperate and grasping at straws now that the ACA is taking off. They won't be able to successfully run their midterm campaigns on repealing the ACA like they thought. We will still hear about that in their campaign rhetoric because they know it still strikes a chord with certain people in their base... but they know that in the long run, that strategy is a loser. So now they have to come up with other things that arguably have even less chance of success for them. They're pathetic.

I wonder if a Republican was in the White House right now if we might actually be in a war with Russia.

Erik, good point about how they cried and whined when Obama sent the jets to Libya. If he sends troops and firepower to the Ukraine, they'll be crying just as loudly if not more so. If he doesn't do any of that, they'll cry anyway. They love it when they have him in a position they perceive as "no-win" for him, when they think they have the upper hand regardless of what he decides to do.

However, in this case, I think most Americans are war-weary. There are a lot of things that need looking after here at home, and breaking the budget with unfunded wars is not the way most of us want to go... That is, unless a person is a Republican who sees unfunded wars as a way to break the budget for disliked social programs.

May 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: You're right, the GOP's only goal is to condemn whatever Obama is doing. If he sends troops or bombers to a country, he's a vicious warmonger. If he doesn't, he's a weakling.

Yup, the Republicans always know what to do -- until the ball is in their court.

Snave: The increasing popularity of the ACA and the improving economy should both derail the GOP's prospects. I hope so anyway.

I agree that most Americans are war-weary, to the chagrin of the chickenhawks.

May 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM  

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