Incompetence on Parade

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From The Daily Beast…

This is Obama’s Last Foreign Policy Chance – Leslie H. Gelb

The failure of Obama or Biden to show up in Paris made clear that most of the president’s team can’t be trusted to conduct U.S national security policy and must be replaced—at once.
Here’s why America’s failure to be represented at the Paris unity march was so profoundly disturbing. It wasn’t just because President Obama’s or Vice President Biden’s absence was a horrendous gaffe. More than this, it demonstrated beyond argument that the Obama team lacks the basic instincts and judgment necessary to conduct U.S. national security policy in the next two years. It’s simply too dangerous to let Mr. Obama continue as is—with his current team and his way of making decisions. America, its allies, and friends could be heading into one of the most dangerous periods since the height of the Cold War.

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Mr. Obama will have to excuse most of his inner core, especially in the White House. He will have to replace them with strong and strategic people of proven foreign policy experience. He’ll also need to seed the Defense and State Departments with new top people serving directly as senior advisers to the secretaries. And he also will need to set up regular consultations—not the usual phony ones—with the two key Senate leaders in this field, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, two people who can really improve his decisions and bolster his credibility. Many will be tempted to dismiss these crash solutions as several bridges too far, as simply unrealistic. But hear me out. It can be made much more plausible than it seems at first blush. What’s more, if Mr. Obama doesn’t do something along the lines of what’s proposed here, he and we are in for unmanageable trouble.

Before I continue, I have to tell you that I’ve never made such extreme and far-reaching proposals in all my years in this business. I’ve never proposed such a drastic overhaul. But if you think hard about how Mr. Obama and his team handled this weekend in Paris, I think you’ll see I’m not enjoying a foreign policy neurological breakdown.

It was an absolute no-brainer for either Mr. Obama or Mr. Biden personally to show the American flag on the streets of Paris. Of course every senior staff person should have recommended it three seconds after the news of the Parisian horrors. So far as we know, none did. Sure, this was an inexplicable and utter staff failure, but the president and the vice president shouldn’t have required anyone to tell them what to do in this situation. It was, after all, about terrorism, the main issue of the era. If all these top officials blew this obvious decision, shudder at how they’ll handle the hard ones.

First, Mr. Obama will have to thank his senior National Security Council team and replace them. The must-gos include National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, chief speech writer/adviser Ben Rhodes, and foreign policy guru without portfolio Valerie Jarrett. They can all be replaced right away, and their successors won’t require senatorial confirmation.

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Mr. Obama will not be a lesser man but a greater man if he recognizes what’s at stake and accepts the help he must have to ensure our survival.
Here’s who could succeed them and inspire great confidence immediately at home and abroad: first rate former top officials and proven diplomats Thomas Pickering, Winston Lord, and Frank Wisner; Republicans with sterling records like Robert Zoellick, Rich Armitage, Robert Kimmitt, and Richard Burt; or a rising young Democrat of proven ability and of demonstrated Cabinet-level quality, Michele Flournoy. Any one of them would make a huge difference from Day 1 in a top role. Others among them could be brought on to the NSC as senior advisers without portfolio to take the lead on specific problems. These are not just my personal opinions about these individuals; they are practically universal ones.

The State Department really needs help, too. Anthony Blinken, the new No. 2 there, is quite good and should stay. But Secretary of State John Kerry has been described even by the faithful in this administration as quixotic. Any of those mentioned above for the top NSC job could also serve as senior advisers without portfolio to Kerry and Blinken. But they would have to be given real access and authority. Even if they could only do their advising two or three days a week, these are the kind of people who carry most of the relevant information in their heads already, and their experience is unmatched.

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Ashton Carter, the defense secretary to be, will be very strong and very good, but he too could use some senior national security/foreign policy advisers to help him through the long list of problems. Particularly good in this role would be Dov Zakheim, a Pentagon undersecretary in a Republican administration. He knows budgets and policy. Carter could also take aboard first rate retired military minds such as Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Jack Keane, the former vice chief of staff of the Army.
And Mr. Obama also has a great opportunity that he should try his best to pursue: establishing a genuine working relationship with two new senatorial power brokers. Bob Corker and John McCain really know their stuff and are very good heads. Nothing can stop McCain from going beyond acceptable limits of critiquing Mr. Obama, and if he’s determined to do it so be it, but he has the knowledge and often the good instincts to really improve the president’s defense policies. This can work only if McCain accepts that he is not president of the United States and commander in chief. At some point, he’d have to be a team player as he has proved he can be. Corker is much more self-controlled and a very wise head on foreign policy. The more Americans get to know him in the coming years, the more this gem of a public servant will be recognized.

Finally, Mr. Obama will need the usual wise men for regular informal consultation: Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and James Baker.

These suggestions are all ad hoc and a bit helter-skelter. But no one can figure out how to make the present Obama team work, and I haven’t heard other solutions.

In the end, making the national security system work comes down to one factor, one man—Barack Obama. He’s the key problem, and he’s the only one who can bring about a solution. He’s such a closed person. He’s first rate as an intellectual thinker, but he thinks about problems as an intellectual and not as a policy maker and a leader. Alas, that’s just too clear. He also doesn’t like to be challenged with give and take. If he were to bring in the kind of people I suggest, he would have to resolve at the outset to give them a full hearing and tangible respect for their views.

The world’s challenges to America today are not mere distractions from domestic priorities. They are gut challenges to our national security in the Middle East, with Russia and China, and with the terrorist threat inside and outside our borders. The terrorism and cyber warfare challenges in particular imperil our very survival.

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Mr. Obama will not be a lesser man but a greater man if he recognizes what’s at stake and accepts the help he must have to ensure our survival. End of story.

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Uhhhhh…..

Thought it would be quite timely to play of Rush Limbaugh’s spot on analysis of the legacy of lies which defines the Obama administration.

This president perpetuates a situation where lie after lie after lie has become the hallmark of his presidency. Yet there’s no concern, no genuine consideration…nothing! Nothing but the feigned attention and arrogance that IS Barack Obama….

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“People are right to be angry..I’m angry..” – Wall Street bonuses, 3/18/09

“It was something..uhh..we found out..uhh..along with all of you…” – Air Force One buzzes Manhattan, 4/28/09

“I am furious at this entire situation..” – BP gulf oil disaster, 6/03/10

“I heard on the news about this..” – Fast and Furious gun running, 10/14/11

“It’s very upsetting to me that somebody showed such bad judgement..” – Fast and Furious gun running, 10/18/11

“If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry…” – Secret Service scandal, 4/15/12

“I’ve got no patience with it! I will not tolerate it!..” – IRS scandal, 5/13/13

“I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this…” – IRS scandal, 5/13/13

“Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it…” – IRS scandal, 5/15/13

“We’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable.” – IRS scandal, 5/15/13

“I certainly did not know anything about the IG Report before the IG Report had been leaked through the press.” – IRS scandal, 5/16/13

“The minute I found out about it, then my main focus is making sure that we get the thing fixed.” – IRS scandal, 5/16/13

“Nobody’s madder than me!” – Obamacare rollout, 10/21/13

“I will not stand for it, not as commander-in-chief! None of us should.  It is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it. Period.” – VA scandal, 5/21/14

“Uhhh, I just heard about this… [S]ome advisor who never worked on our staff, uhh, expressed an opinion that, uhh, I completely disagree with …” – Grubergate , 11/17/14

I don’t know about you..but, I’m fairly certain there’s a pattern here….

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The Lunacy Continues….

Well, I can certainly see in my extended absence, the idiocy that passes for an administration in Washington, along with the morons the comprise today’s Democrat party, rolls on unimpeded….

 

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How does it feel, America?…How does it feel to realize the man who promised you utopia has turned out to be one of, if not the BIGGEST disaster to occupy the White House?…

‘Are We There Yet?’

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I know this is a foolish question, but do you ever feel as if your concerns about government, our national future, your children’s future, is all just a big joke to our Washington politicians? THEIR concerns are NOT yours. THEIR day to day is NOTHING like yours. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, two of THE MOST DISCONNECTED individuals to grace the executive branch of government, haven’t the slightest CLUE what worries most Americans. And the sad part is, they don’t seem to care.

So, I’m left to ask if we’re there yet…Have we reached the point where our collective disgust will prompt us to make serious changes, come the next election? Possibly. Likely? I doubt it.

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This latest ridiculous example of how out of touch those that purport to serve really are, is the Senate Democrats and their all night session discussing climate change with California’s loony Barbara Boxer leading the way! No matter where your beliefs fall on that issue, an all nighter on the matter is a glittering jewel of how these moronic, arrogant individuals avoid the more pressing, serious issues of the day. They don’t have the fortitude and they lack the personal integrity it takes to tackle the serious problems of the here and now. The national debt, unemployment, the IRS targeting, the NSA spying fiasco, our shrinking presence on the international stage, and the disparaging of our military. Americans struggle to pay bills and provide…if they’re fortunate enough to find work. Yet, the Senate Democrats would MUCH prefer to literally lend lip service to “CLIMATE CHANGE”! Other talking points, such as “immigration reform”, “gay marriage” “gender equality”…the list goes on and on… are not to be diminished in their own right. But, we face endangerments to our nation as a whole that threaten our existence. They don’t seem to matter to those that lack the guts to face the truth.

On top of all of that, let’s not forget we’re all a bunch of liars and ‘tea baggers’…..

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Whatever works best for the camera..to this demographic..to that voting block…to this constituency. That’s what matters to Washington. Republican AND Democrat. Whatever they can tell you that will perpetuate the lie. That’s what sells..and guarantees their future in office.

So…it seems the joke’s on us. We send these idiots back to Washington time and time again. And the cycle continues. We’re on a fast track to nowhere. Eventually we will slam into the brick wall of reality. And that’s NOT going to be a pretty sight. The signs are all there. The question is whether we have the wisdom to heed the warnings. As things are now, I think we all know the answer to that question…

In the meantime, the joke continues in Washington…

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Just remember….if we don’t want more of this…

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It’s time we did this (and it applies to some Republicans, too!)…

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The LONG and Winding Road…

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As the world finds itself on edge once again with the explosive situation between Russia and the Ukraine, the United States is an uncomfortable position resulting from a weak, directionless foreign policy. That seems to be the consensus…even among those who have championed the leadership lacking Obama administration over the years.

I found myself frustratingly adding this latest fiasco to the laundry list of failures and pointlessness of the Obama White House. Once again, our nation edges closer to embarrassment with the foolhardy assessments of a man who governs..and I use that term loosely…the way he THINKS the world should be, as opposed to the reality which clear thinking individuals acknowledge.

Barack Obama seems to have championed failure and incompetence throughout his first term and that mindset continues into the second. At home and abroad, we’ve seen a naive approach and response to our national problems at home and our international interests abroad…

Let’s take a look..in the case you’ve forgotten…shall we?…

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The Obama administration has been completely and utterly ineffective in advancing an agenda which promotes economic growth. And manipulating job numbers is NOT the answer….

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Any effort at “stimulating” the economy has failed miserably..not to mention the fact a waste of money..literally…

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I think this one is pretty much self explanatory….

President Obama Speaks On The Death Of US Ambassador In Libya Christopher Stevens

Despite feigning ignorance, incompetence ruled the day under in the Department of State under Hillary Clinton. Benghazi is, and will remain, a perfect example of that. Mrs. Clinton’s famous “what difference does it make..?” response to those questioning the administration’s preparedness and its ability to protect our interests is classic when it comes to demonstrating how truly cavalier and condescending their attitude was…..and continues to be!

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President Obama successfully demonized the Republican opposition in the sequester fiasco, despite the situation escalating due to HIS administration’s efforts…it was nothing more than an attempt at political capital…

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The administration continued the tactic of simply pretending to be unaware of what was happening in its ranks throughout the NSA and IRS selective targeting scandals…

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This spotlight photo of shameless Attorney General Eric Holder sums up the Barack Obama legacy in three words..”responsible for nothing”….

The voters of the United States have awarded the highest honor to a man based on nothing more than his skin color. We placed our future in the hands of a man who has shown nothing but callous and blatant disregard for the national well being of the United States. A country made up of individuals easily swayed by the musings and whims of an elitist element that purports to be looking out for our interests..that’s what we’ve become. It’s sad and demeaning to a nation built on promise and effort. Unfortunately those two attributes have all but disappeared under Barack Obama….

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Well, our return from the “holidaze” sees the nation freaking out over the extreme cold. Of course, media hype accounts for about 70% of that.

It strikes me as frustrating that while so many embrace “the inconvenient truth” when it comes to our natural existence, the REAL INCONVENIENT TRUTH of the dangers imposed upon us by government and elected officials is met with indifference. Debt, spending, national security, spying, the abusive IRS, Benghazi….they’re all still relevant. We just can’t muster the energy required for the outrage.

Barack Obama has finally returned from his extended Hawaii vacation. Obamcare is STILL a mess, extending unemployment benefits takes precedence over actually trying to create an economy where that isn’t necessary, and “income inequality” set the stage of distraction.

A current piece in The Atlantic on pollster Frank Luntz focuses on his frustration with his failure to convince more Americans that we need to save the country from our elected officials. I know EXACTLY how he feels! It boggles the mind that more of us are not clued in to how bad things are. I guess there are not enough of us with that luxury. And if you don’t think Washington politicians aren’t aware of that…well, you just proved my point.

Too many of us would rather focus on the opinions of a swamp rat when it comes to gays. Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle ( @JessCagleEW ) laments that “you (Phil Robertson) managed to get your intense disdain for gay people and patronizing views on African-Americans disseminated all over the place..” I was quick to correct Mr. Cagle that it was his fellow media figures who saw to it Robertson’s views were heralded across an easily distracted nation.

I don’t know. This stuff just goes on and on and on. Anything is fair game when it comes to separating Americans from what is vital to their day to day lives. What do you think?…Are we destined to continue this trend toward our inevitable demise?..

2016 is two years away. We have another presidential campaign and election to endure. I’m hoping..just hoping, mind you…enough of us will have reached a point to where we decide it’s time to come to our collective senses and elect a president who will offer the nation respect, dignity, and hope. Not a personality masquerading as president. We shall see…we shall see…

 

Lack of Awareness….

 

On top of our nation struggling through 2 terms of a disastrous President Obama, we are constantly reminded he’s never “aware” of what’s going on in HIS administration!

"President Barack Obama told Merkel that he was not aware her phone was being bugged, or he would have stopped it." - The Verge, 10/26/13

“President Barack Obama told Merkel that he was not aware her phone was being bugged, or he would have stopped it.” – The Verge, 10/26/13

"The president told a news conference this week that operating the IRS in “anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way” would be “outrageous,” and he quickly added that he wouldn’t tolerate it. He also said he wasn’t aware of it until recently and there is no suggestion the White House was behind the idea." - The Raleigh Telegram 5/15/13

“The president told a news conference this week that operating the IRS in “anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way” would be “outrageous,” and he quickly added that he wouldn’t tolerate it. He also said he wasn’t aware of it until recently and there is no suggestion the White House was behind the idea.” – The Raleigh Telegram 5/15/13

 

" Either the President was fully aware of the extent of the NSA’s criminal activities, which violate both domestic and international law, and was willing to go along with them or the NSA has amassed so much power in Washington that it literally operates outside the chain of command and above the rule of law. In either case, we face a tyrannical force the likes of which have never been seen in the United States before." - The Rutherford Institute 10/30/13

” Either the President was fully aware of the extent of the NSA’s criminal activities, which violate both domestic and international law, and was willing to go along with them or the NSA has amassed so much power in Washington that it literally operates outside the chain of command and above the rule of law. In either case, we face a tyrannical force the likes of which have never been seen in the United States before.” – The Rutherford Institute 10/30/13

 

"Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable." - Foreign Policy 10/12/13

“Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable.” – Foreign Policy 10/12/13

"In an interview with CNN Tuesday night, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed that President Obama was not aware that problems may arise with the Obamacare exchange website, and that he had only learned about the issues in “the first couple of days” after the October 1 launch." - The Daily Sheeple 10/23/13

“In an interview with CNN Tuesday night, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed that President Obama was not aware that problems may arise with the Obamacare exchange website, and that he had only learned about the issues in “the first couple of days” after the October 1 launch.” – The Daily Sheeple 10/23/13

 

 

I’m certain there’s more…

It just astounds me how THIS administration’s incompetence is given a pass, an excuse, and exception..no matter how vital, how serious, or how dangerous a national situation can be. President Barack Obama and his cabinet, his staff, his ENTIRE administration seems to be comprised in clueless and careless individuals. The most frightening aspect is this all could very well, and may likely be, intentional. THAT is an extreme possibility. But, a possibility, none the less!