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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A Return to the Idiocy

Seems the narrative continues with the Obama administration no matter what the concern. If you can call it a “concern”. Yes, in my absence,  Barack Obama continues his condescension, his arrogance, his oblivious approach to practically every single issue that is of consideration to the American people…   Barack Obama at the White House   Indulge me here as I draw upon an analysis from Rush Limbaugh on the state of the Obama presidency… “They plug Obama into the Democrat presidential peg, and they assign to him the behavioral modes, the structure of every Democrat president who’s ever been without looking at what he’s really doing and what his policies really are, there’s no curiosity, there’s no analysis. And so in their world, which is very narrow, by the way, in their world, which is very small, in their world, where every poll counts — like global warming is essentially a poll.” “The news is devastating for Obama, but it doesn’t matter, for all the reasons that I detailed in the previous hour. It matters to the media; they’re devastated. They’re devastated for a number of reasons. I mean, they’ve been doing everything they can to prop the guy up. They’ve been ignoring all the scandals… They’ve been following the administration line on blaming the Republicans for everything. They’ve been propping Obama up. He’s great, he’s funny, all this. So there’s gotta be a little bit of personal disappointment because they have made it their mission to protect Obama, and they’ve gotta do it for two more years….” “There is no concern whatsoever for what has happened to this country. They continue to report lies about the economy and the great job market and economic growth and all of that. They do this in an effort to keep “this” from happening — and by “this,” I mean this devastating poll from NBC/Wall Street Journal. So they take it personally two ways: Their guy is on the skids and they weren’t able to stop it.” ******************************************************************************* I’ll borrow the ‘godfather’s’ line here too….”DON’T DOUBT ME!”

Divert & Distract

Though I’ve remiss in keeping this page current, I can see not much has changed in several weeks..

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Barack Obama is STILL lying to the American people..The Democrats are DESPERATE for something…ANYTHING..to divert the public’s attention away from the disastrous, deplorable record they have on the issues that REALLY matter…and the media is STILL making sure to go out of its way to cover for both!

Obamacare slowly sinks in as Americans grapple with WHAT it is..and HOW it works. I don’t foresee some massive bombshell with it that will lead to massive anger. It’s going to be one of those things that, as word spreads, more and more will realize what a gigantic pain in the ass it will be dealing with your personal healthcare.The fact that the president LIED about it, along with the Democrats, is NOT going to help matters, as far as their electoral chances. But, on the other hand, we’re talking about a nation that elected Barack Obama, not once, but TWICE! So, I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

The administration’s indifference and continuous ‘CYA’ mode when it comes to what happened in Benghazi could lead to more unsettling discoveries, pending a Congressional investigation. But, don’t expect much to come of it, no matter how obviously incompetent the Obama White House is. The press would NEVER allow that to happen!

And now we have the doomsday scenario floated by the administration when it comes to climate change. Basically, if we don’t STOP RIGHT NOW, WE’RE DEAD! PERIOD! That’s what they’d like you to believe. It’s all part of the grand strategic move to divert attention away from issues like the economy..jobs..debt. These require SERIOUS consideration and DIFFICULT decisions. But President Obama and the Democrats lack the fortitude and courage to make these decisions. So they continue with the divert and distract tactic. But with a record number of Americans not working, I’m not so sure of their luck this time around.

Let’s face it, folks. We were duped in 2008 and again in 2012. Well, I wasn’t..at least not in the last election. The majority of voters, many who lack basic common sense, were lead down the primrose path by lies and promises from a man most of us never heard of! It’s just that simple. He was considered a viable, attractive alternative and propped up by a national political force as the answer to our woes. Instead, we got a deceitful, incompetent, arrogant, and vindictive man, whose efforts have left us with what you see around you today. Admittedly, the opposition lacked much backbone…over fears of racism and what have you. But that’s no excuse. We are in dire need of someone who is NOT afraid to stand up and tell the truth. The nation needs that terribly. So far, those are few and far between.

In the meantime, we’re left with a struggling economy, a diminished presence on the national stage, and a frustrated, exhausted citizenry. Think about it as you see story after story in the media and you realize how utterly ridiculous and STUPID it all is! I’m hoping 2014 will see more of us coming to our senses. HOPING, mind you. America has failed itself time and again in the past. Maybe this time will be different. We shall see!

 

 

The Answer to Everything…

I think we all know the Obama presidency has NOT been what many Americans had hoped for. Whether they will admit that or not…well, that’s another question.

The administration has taken its tired responses from the Democrat playbook for years now. Of course, there is a predominate favorite that’s used. Tried and true, it’s utilized time and again, no matter what a weak, baseless defense it is….

The American people have real concerns and Barack Obama has been completely unable and unwilling to offer any sense of authority…any show of capability..any concerted effort beyond that which wins him political points…such as they are…

I thought I’d review some issues that have been quite egregious and offer the president a chance to respond…

Mr. President, our government continues to mount debt at a breakneck pace and there seems to be no willingness to tackle out of control spending. It’s very frightening for our nation…wouldn’t you agree?

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Mr. President, the IRS targeting of select groups is something that’s very disturbing and unsettling to us..and we feel nothing is really being done about it…

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Mr. President, Benghazi was obviously more than what your administration told us and we feel you’re trying to cover up what really happened….

 

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Mr. President, Obamcare..excuse me, the affordable care act, is not what most Americans want or expected…

 

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Mr. president, we don’t like what’s been going on with the NSA and the phone line tapping at the A.P…

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Mr. President, we really don’t like the idea of the federal government become so involved in birth control access and all of that..it seems that is something the vast majority of individuals could decide and obtain for themselves..

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Mr. President, illegal immigration is out of control and a major strain on our economy…despite the theory that those workers are needed for supposed jobs Americans won’t do…

 

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Speaking of jobs, Mr. President…unemployment is still significant…especially with so many leaving the workforce and your administration has yet to focus on policies to encourage hiring….

 

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Mr. President, your attempts to frame “wage inequality”, that you say hinders women in the workplace, is not really based upon all of the factors which would normally be included before your administration drafts a policy…

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Well, we can see we’re really not getting anywhere with you….You should know, sir, that come the 2014 midterms, it’s looking like the Democrats are facing quite an obstacle in their arrogance and ineptitude, when it comes to trust and truth…

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There you have it folks! Straight from the president himself… I think we ALL know where we stand, when it comes to what lies ahead with Barack Obama in the White House…

The Joke’s on US!

I can’t think of a better occassion than April Fools day to review some of the highlights of endless laundry list of lies courtesy of Barack Obama…

 

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Our nation continues to suffer under what passes for guidance under undoubtedly one of the worse administrations in American history. Divisive, malicious, and vindictive…yet utterly incompetent. How they manage to merge those two is beyond me!……..

“We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay…”

April Fool!

“Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office…”

April Fool!

“As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means!….”

April Fool!

“We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of healthcare. Families will save on their premiums..”

April Fool!

“We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country…”

April Fool!

“I don’t take a dime of their (lobbyists) money, and when I am president they won’t find a job in my White House!”

April Fool!

“I pledge to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution..”

April Fool!

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that! Somebody else made that happen!”

April Fool!

“Eighty percent of Americans support including higher taxes as part of the debt ceiling deal…”

April Fool!

“If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan! Period!”…

BIG, BIG, BIG, April Fool!

Face it, America….you continue to fall prey to lie after lie after lie.. And, as it has been noted, THIS isn’t politics as usual, the give and take, back and forth…this administration has managed, and continues to do so, to inflict damage upon the well being of this nation, the likes we’ve never seen….and THAT is no APRIL FOOL!

 

"Love Obama or detest him, the evidence mounts that millions of Americans don't know the man who is their president.." - John R.. Smith, Bizpac Review, December 18, 2013

“Love Obama or detest him, the evidence mounts that millions of Americans don’t know the man who is their president..” – John R.. Smith, Bizpac Review, December 18, 2013

 

 

 

Do You Ever Ask Yourself ‘WTF?’…..

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Today’s entry is short, sweet, and to the point.

I find myself asking the title question every day! I find it beyond simple comprehension how ANY clear thinking, sensible person could listen, let alone WATCH, the senseless, moronic musings of the talking heads of “progressive” media. I find their mindless, detached sensationalism to be just that..sensational! And not in a productive manner. So, the next time you wonder how and why things are the way they are under the Obama administration, you can thank these individuals, among many others. Their combined efforts, along with a clueless, hapless president, have created the crumbling, weary, dysfunctional society you see around you. Will it ever end? Possibly. Likely? Not any time soon….

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What a web we weave….

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth.We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together..And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government....

“On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics…. The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth….We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together…..And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government….” – Barack Obama, Jan.21, 2009

It’s a damned shame, isn’t it?….Here we are..5+ years later…and THIS is what we face…

OBAMACARE: The Lies Continue – Forbes

WHAT ELSE CAN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DO TO UNDERMINE U.S. SECURITY? – National Journal

OBAMA: CLOWN PRINCE OF THE ECONOMY – Downtrend

CLUELESS OBAMA MADE PUTIN’S UKRAINE DECISION EASY – News Observer

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We’re left with a man occupying the Oval Office whose arrogance is exceeded only by his lack of understanding of the truth…