Obama has gone through life assuming he is special and not bound by rules that the rest of us must follow. Even the political art form of feigning honesty does not seem required for him. He says whatever he chooses, because, in his mind, whatever he says must be true. Sociopathic political behavior to this extent has never been witnessed before in my lifetime.
Obama is the ultimate BS artist, having used this technique to rise to the top in a society afraid to call him out. Coupled with his magic defense called “race,” a stilted oratory skill and chutzpah got him into and through schools (we think) where there was no apparent basis for entry and little evidence of exit. Limited ability, no experience and a mesmerizing style propelled him into politics and the presidency. Even his claims for basketball and golf skills embarrass those who understand either game.
Obama has never held a real job, including his short stint as an adjunct instructor at my alma mater the University of Chicago. (Anyone who was subject to his version of Constitutional Law should sue the University’s Law School for malpractice.)
He ran on his occupation as a “community organizer,” a profession previously unknown and still not understood. This profession is filled with notorious hucksters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Obama had the one quality that others did not possess — likeability. Interestingly, both Jackson and Sharpton tried to parlay this “occupation” into the presidency. Obama had charisma that they lacked. Charisma got him elected, but has not been a substitute for experience or ability.
Our man-child got elected in one of most blatant examples of mass hypnosis or stupidity the world ever experienced. And, as they say are wont to say, the rest is history. Unfortunately this history is still unfolding.
Obama’s domestic agenda is an obvious disaster. He inherited a terrible economy and made it worse as a result of listening to Statist economists who only know one solution to all problems — stimulate! Despite the propaganda put out by his Administration and accepted by a still fawning press, conditions have not improved. The availability of jobs rivals that of the Great Depression. The country has been made insolvent by a series of stimulus and liquidity measures that did not work and cannot be removed or repaid. The US emulated Greece as its path to poverty.
In a sense it is difficult to blame Obama for listening to his advisors. He knows nothing about economics. Blame however can be levied for the manner in which he squandered stimulus dollars on political interests rather than “shovel-ready” projects. Additionally, Obama created disincentives to encourage dependency, something that even most Keynesians are troubled by.
Obama’s signature act according to Ms. Valerie Jarrett, the trusted advisor who plays the role of personal czar in the kingdom of Obama, was ObamaCare. This Frankenstein now exceeds 20,000 pages of original and add-0n rules. It is unworkable and will destroy the country’s medical system and economy. It continues to live today only as a result of its deferrals in implementation.The legislation is so convoluted that implementation deadlines keep being pushed back.
The problems are not readiness. This legislation is so complex that it will never be functional. It represents the ultimate arrogance of central planning, micro-managing people’s lives down to the most obscure detail. The unpopularity and impossibility of this approach should not surprise.
Obama’s managerial skills elevate Rube Goldberg to the simplicity and efficiency hall of fame. Jimmy Carter looks like Jack Welch in comparison to our current man-child. No business in a competitive free market could afford to put this wrecking ball in their mail room, no less in a position with decision-making responsibility.
Obama ran on the promise that he would restore America’s respect in the International Community. After his first term, respect was lower than ever. Allies no longer trust America and enemies no longer fear it.
Obama’s Brandenburg Gate moment worked when he was an unknown and was still selling hype. People now know him. Increasingly he is seen as a feckless, public nuisance without ideas or solutions but never short of words. He might be qualified as a travel agent for the rich and famous some day, based on his abuses while in office.
Obama’s domestic policies will impoverish the nation. They will be deadly in a slow-motion manner. That is not the case with International policies. Mistakes here can be deadly and sudden. Wars, including world wars, can break out. Obama is increasingly seen by the rest of the world as a fool. Some, like Putin, are outwardly contemptuous of our little man.
His words mean nothing. He now has backed himself into a corner regarding his foolish “red-line” on Syria. Foolish words got him into this position. Continued foolish words likely emboldened Syria to take bolder actions. Now we are at a showdown stage. Washington’s Blog, via Barry Ritholtz provides the following assessment:
The U.S. is about to attack Syria. Here’s what you need to know:
- Bombing Syria will only strengthen the hardliners … and harm America’s national security. The top U.S. military commander says that attacking Syria would be risky and expensive
- A Syrian war could be one the least popular wars in American history
- In fact, most of the world is against attacking Syria
- War against Syria could spike oil prices and plunge us back into another recession
- Russia has repeatedly stated that it would consider an attack on Syria as an attack on its national security. China has also strongly cautioned the U.S. against attacking Syria. China and Russia hold a lot of U.S. debt, and could make life difficult for us economically if we unnecessarily anger them
- Experts have – so far – expressed doubts that chemical weapons were actually used
- The American government – in a replay of the Iraq war – is trying to stop UN weapons inspectors from seeing if chemical weapons were used
- If chemical weapons were used, it’s unclear who used them
- The U.S. has repeatedly falsely accused others of using chemical weapons
- The Syrian rebels have – apparently – previously used chemical weapons
- The U.S. has been backing Al Qaeda and other known terrorists in Syria
- A former Democratic Congressman said that a U.S. strike on Syria would make America “Al Qaeda’s Air Force“
- The U.S., Britain and Israel have used chemical weapons within the last 10 years
- “Humanitarian” wars usually don’t turn out very well
- Attacking Syria without Congressional approval would be unconstitutional
- The U.S. and Britain considered attacking Syrians and then blaming it on the Syrian government as an excuse for regime change … 50 years ago (the U.S. just admitted that they did this to Iran)
- The U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight
- The U.S. has been arming the Syrian opposition since 2006
- America is not involved in Syria because that country poses a threat to America’s security … but for entirelydifferent reasons
- Many see the timing of the Syria crisis as an attempt by the U.S. government to distract from its domestic scandals. If you need a reminder about what’s going on inside our country, here’s a cheat sheet on spying
Michael Snyder offers 22 reasons for not going to war with Syria:
#1 The American people are overwhelmingly against going to war with Syria…
Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria’s government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed, a Reuters/Ipsos poll says.
About 60 percent of Americans surveyed said the United States should not intervene in Syria’s civil war, while just 9 percent thought President Barack Obama should act.
#2 At this point, a war in Syria is even more unpopular with the American people than Congress is.
#4 The United States does not have the approval of the United Nations to attack Syria and it is not going to be getting it.
#5 Syria has said that it will use ”all means available” to defend itself if the United States attacks. Would that include terror attacks in the United States itself?
#6 Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem made the following statementon Tuesday…
“We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves”
#7 Russia has just sent their most advanced anti-ship missiles to Syria. What do you think would happen if images of sinking U.S. naval vessels were to come flashing across our television screens?
#8 When the United States attacks Syria, there is a very good chance that Syria will attack Israel. Just check out what one Syrian official said recently…
A member of the Syrian Ba’ath national council Halef al-Muftah, until recently the Syrian propaganda minister’s aide, said on Monday that Damascus views Israel as “behind the aggression and therefore it will come under fire” should Syria be attacked by the United States.
In an interview for the American radio station Sawa in Arabic, President Bashar Assad’s fellow party member said: “We have strategic weapons and we can retaliate. Essentially, the strategic weapons are aimed at Israel.”
Al-Muftah stressed that the US’s threats will not influence the Syrain regime and added that “If the US or Israel err through aggression and exploit the chemical issue, the region will go up in endless flames, affecting not only the area’s security, but the world’s.”
#9 If Syria attacks Israel, the consequences could be absolutely catastrophic. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising that any attack will be responded to “forcefully“…
“We are not a party to this civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt to attack us we will respond and we will respond forcefully”
#10 Hezbollah will likely do whatever it can to fight for the survival of the Assad regime. That could include striking targets inside both the United States and Israel.
#11 Iran’s closest ally is Syria. Will Iran sit idly by as their closest ally is removed from the chessboard?
#12 Starting a war with Syria will cause significant damage to our relationship with Russia. On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the West is acting like a “monkey with a hand grenade“.
#13 Starting a war with Syria will cause significant damage to our relationship with China. And what will happen if the Chinese decide to start dumping the massive amount of U.S. debt that it is holding? Interest rates would absolutely skyrocket and we would rapidly be facinga nightmare scenario.
#14 Dr. Jerome Corsi and Walid Shoebat have compiled some startling evidence that it was actually the Syrian rebels that the U.S. is supporting that were responsible for the chemical weapons attack that is being used as justification to go to war with Syria…
With the assistance of former PLO member and native Arabic-speaker Walid Shoebat, WND has assembled evidence from various Middle Eastern sources that cast doubt on Obama administration claims the Assad government is responsible for last week’s attack.
You can examine the evidence for yourself right here.
#15 As Pat Buchanan recently noted, it would have made absolutely no sense for the Assad regime to use chemical weapons on defenseless women and children. The only people who would benefit from such an attack would be the rebels…
The basic question that needs to be asked about this horrific attack on civilians, which appears to be gas related, is: Cui bono?
To whose benefit would the use of nerve gas on Syrian women and children redound? Certainly not Assad’s, as we can see from the furor and threats against him that the use of gas has produced.
The sole beneficiary of this apparent use of poison gas against civilians in rebel-held territory appears to be the rebels, who have long sought to have us come in and fight their war.
#16 If the Saudis really want to topple the Assad regime, they should do it themselves. They should not expect the United States to do their dirty work for them.
#17 A former commander of U.S. Central Command has said that a U.S. attack on Syria would result in “a full-throated, very, very serious war“.
#18 A war in the Middle East will be bad for the financial markets. The Dow was down about 170 points today and concern about war with Syria was the primary reason.
#19 A war in the Middle East will cause the price of oil to go up. On Tuesday, the price of U.S. oil rose to about $109 a barrel.
#20 There is no way in the world that the U.S. government should be backing the Syrian rebels. As I discussed a few days ago, the rebels have pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda, they have beheaded numerous Christians and they have massacred entire Christian villages. If the U.S. government helps these lunatics take power in Syria it will be a complete and utter disaster.
#21 A lot of innocent civilians inside Syria will end up getting killed. Already, a lot of Syrians are expressing concern about what “foreign intervention” will mean for them and their families…
“I’ve always been a supporter of foreign intervention, but now that it seems like a reality, I’ve been worrying that my family could be hurt or killed,” said one woman, Zaina, who opposes Assad. “I’m afraid of a military strike now.”
“The big fear is that they’ll make the same mistakes they made in Libya and Iraq,” said Ziyad, a man in his 50s. “They’ll hit civilian targets, and then they’ll cry that it was by mistake, but we’ll get killed in the thousands.”
#22 If the U.S. government insists on going to war with Syria without the approval of the American people, the U.S. Congress or the United Nations, we are going to lose a lot of friends and a lot of credibility around the globe. It truly is a sad day when Russia looks like “the good guys” and we look like “the bad guys”.
What good could possibly come out of getting involved in Syria? As I wrote about the other day, the “rebels” that Obama is backing are rabidly anti-Christian, rabidly anti-Israel and rabidly anti-western. If they take control of Syria, that nation will be far more unstable and far more of a hotbed for terrorism than it is now.
And the downside of getting involved in Syria is absolutely enormous. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah all have agents inside this country, and if they decide to start blowing stuff up that will wake up the American people to the horror of war really quick. And by attacking Syria, the United States could cause a major regional war to erupt in the Middle East which could eventually lead to World War 3.
I don’t know about you, but I think that starting World War 3 in the Middle East is a really bad idea.
Let us hope that cooler heads prevail before things spin totally out of control.
What will our man-child do? On the one hand, he is a coward whose bluster has gotten him through life. I suspect he is afraid to fight. On the other hand, his mental make-up may not enable him to balance risks properly. When one goes through life as a fraud and the fraud is in danger of being seen through, immature people act in foolish manners. Will that be the case here? What would you do if the only thing that you had was about to be exposed?
My guess is that Obama does some half-assed meaningless gesture that he thinks will show that “he meant business.” Sadly, virtually everyone but him and his Kool-Aid drinking supporters already know he does not.