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Guest Post: Will Iran Become Obama’s Symbolic Last Stand?

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Submitted by Ben Tanosborn of,

So, midnight tonight, September 30, the wheels of federal governance in the US are coming to a screeching halt; it may seem holocaustic to some among us but fear not, a solution will be reached by art or design... the US government is simply too big to be allowed to fail, just like those magnificent, controlling Wall Street banks.  And so the story goes, money will be spent at whatever rate is deemed necessary by “our leaders,” and borrowed or printed at the same rate.  Isn’t that supposed to be what a balanced-budget is all about… the mastery in running the magical printing press?

There is, of course, the sempiternal question of who should be blamed, the president or his opposition party in congress.  It really matters little, for it’s always the individual, the president holding the reins, who’ll take on the chin; politicos in congress will slither their way into anonymity no matter how vocal they were in bringing government to a halt.  And, regardless what the blame-polls say today, in history it will be Obama taking the fall.  Unfairly, many will say; but isn’t this outcome political just deserts?  

It wasn’t long after Obama’s ascendency to the US presidency, and the unraveling of the financial mess that the government was expected to clean up, that his actions and friendship with those responsible for sacking the US economy made it crystal-clear that he was not the man for the leadership role to which he had been elected.  And the day he joined the choir of Wall Street cheerleaders at CNB as one more admirer of James “Jamie” Dimon, chairman, president and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase... well, that day I literally puked with disgust at Obama’s servile statement.

Four years after Obama’s accolades for Dimon’s genius, we have one of this nation’s economy “holocausters,” JPMorgan, fined almost $1 billion for the “London Whaling” trading scandal and wrongful billing of credit-card customers... civil issues; which are likely to be followed with indictments for bribery in China and several other pending criminal matters.  Yet, the $7+ billion that JPMorgan has paid in fines and settlements in the past two years is but a slap in the wrist, just one-eighth of the profits made during that same period, not so much because of the firm’s great or unique business skills but because of its monopolistic seating atop our capitalist economy, and the fraudulent ways in which it conducts business.

But it isn’t Jamie Dimon that we should be concerned about as much as those we elect to keep us free from demons and Dimon’s.  And, whether we like it or not, Obama has been it: the chosen one.  We seem to (s)elect our Charlie Tuna’s not because they taste good, but because of their good taste... never learned from Star-Kist as to what type of tuna should be canned; in our case, the type of president we should elect.  Not at all unlikely that in 2016 we’ll be putting Hillary Clinton in the White House for similar reasons we put Barack Obama there in 2008.  We seem to be one-priority people and we take that single priority with us, all too often masochistically, to the voting booth.

I must add some clarification here... as much as Obama was ill-qualified to be president, I would not consider under any circumstance voting for the likes of the Annapolis tail-performer and supreme warmonger, John McCain.  We all know what happened to another academy tail-performer (last of his West Point class), George Armstrong Custer, at Little Bighorn – our concern might not be for him but for the more than 200 troops of the 7th Cavalry he commanded to their deaths.

Still three-plus years left in Obama’s presidency, where mediocrity has been elevated to a highly acceptable status.  A good and intelligent man has proven to be an incapable leader, often by making poor choices in the advice received, but even more often by trying to take compromise to the point of absurdity; trying to be liked by everyone, but ending up liked by no one… or too few to be taken seriously.  Yet, although Obama’s popularity has lately declined, his likeability factor remains high regardless of the number, or gravity, of his faux pas in leadership.  History, however, is not likely to be that lenient with Obama... just as it won’t be with his two predecessors; one for being an international war criminal (George W. Bush); the other for the dishonor of being American middle-class’ decapitator (William Jefferson Clinton).

However, not all has to be lost for Obama; he still has time to reweave a legacy that now appears grey and bleak.  And that reweaving will not be on the domestic front; for the economic future of 80 percent of Americans has already been cast... the slope pointing downward no matter what hopeful lies are manufactured in Washington.  Reweaving, for Obama, should take place at the international front; a great opening has appeared before him partly by chance and partly by what other world leaders have to gain as well.  Both Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (via the newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani) have much to gain personally, and for their nations, by breaking bread with Barack Obama. 

I don’t recall a situation in my lifetime when so many critical problems can be put on the table and have a chance to be resolved with one masterful swoop: peace in Syria; welcoming of prodigal Iran; better US-Russia relations; and most important of all, constructing a strong framework for permanent peace in the Middle East.  It could be done and, for once, no one needs to be a loser. An opportunity like this only comes about with astronomical odds.  For Barack Obama, this may turn out to be his legacy’s last stand... an opportunity he cannot afford to bypass.


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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:05 | 4012611 threeputting
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Obama is not a leader.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:09 | 4012630 peter4805
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He'll fuck it up jusy like everything else.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:16 | 4012653 ShrNfr
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Problem is that he will take the rest of us with him.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:27 | 4012686 quintago
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Nobody needs to be a loser? Tell that to the sacrificial lamb Benjamin Netanyahu. They've been whining about Iran going nuclear within 6-12 months for 20 years.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:54 | 4012773 dick cheneys ghost
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Amen.....fuck Israel

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:23 | 4012850 strannick
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Obama will accept peace because Putin stopped him from choosing war. Thats good enough for me, and the pissant legacies of these egomaniacal Times men of the year can go fuck themselves.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:33 | 4012879 Buckaroo Banzai
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"A good and intelligent man..."??!?!!

WHERE THE FUCK is the documentation backing up those assertions??

Since you can't get a transcript from ANY educational institution he ever attended, how the fuck would you know how intelligent he is? And don't tell me about how he got into Harvard and Columbia. Considering nobody ever saw him at Columbia, did he even go there? And any well-connected 80-IQ asshole can get him or herself into an Ivy League institution.

And GOOD??? Please. What the fuck has this clown done that could ever be classified as "good" for anyone except himself???

Stupid baseless opinions like this really make me fucking nuts.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:40 | 4012897 Oldballplayer
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Well, all that aside he IS black. Okay, half-black. But that makes it all good.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:33 | 4013155 GetZeeGold
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The black side of him is OK I suppose, but the white side of him is pure evil.....He's practicing Jihad with America. Do you really think he gives a damn what Iran does?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:51 | 4012899 TwoShortPlanks
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Obama, Custer, LOL! That's actually really funny.

I think Ned Kelly would be a better analogy tho

Gold will rebalance the sum of all Fiat expansion


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:08 | 4013012 artless
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Can I get an Amen on that one?

The guy is a half wit at best. I called him The Empty Suit back in early 2007 and there has been nothing that says otherwise.

But then they say the same thing about Billary Rodham Clinton who is not all that bright either. And she's supposedly the smartest woman in world.

"I think kis presidency is an abject embarassment"

- Don Imus, September 25, 2013

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:55 | 4013499 Miffed Microbio...
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Educated does not necessarily mean intelligent. It's very hard to gauge the intelligence of a man that reads from a teleprompter. When he speaks informally, much of what he says is disjointed and contradictory as if he has memorized a few talking points and linked them together. If I were shown a college transcript purporting to be Obama's I'd expect a C average at best. In reality, if it ever were disclosed it probably would be a 4.0. This would mean to me either he was coached or it was overt fraud. After looking at the pathetically slipshod attempt to produce a legitimate birth certificate, I'm leaning to fraud.


Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:23 | 4012860 john39
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netanyahu's speech before the UN today was one of the more orwellien events i have seen in awhile...  non stop warmongering, while claiming that Iran was a threat to world peace.  liar? insane? both?  who the fuck cares, just go away israhole and leave the rest of the world alone.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:42 | 4012895 andrewp111
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Netanyahu wants the USA to take out Iran so his little country doesn't have to take any big risks. Well, Obozo made clear that the USA isn't going to do that. So Netanyahu is throwing a tantrum. If Israel really wanted to take out Iran themselves, they would have done it long ago - and kept their big mouths shut about it as well. If Netanyahu really believed what he is saying, he should be launching missiles on Iran instead of talking.

I'd love to see Israel take out Iran with a massive thermonuclear strike. But the record of the last 20 years of inaction leaves me with little hope that they will.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:52 | 4012914 Theta_Burn
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are you semi psychotic?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:18 | 4013071 giovanni_f
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Fully psychotic.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:54 | 4012923 bunnyswanson
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But if there is no boogeyman after Israel, why would the USA support this small country financially and militarily (to the point of bankrupting its own country and alienating it from other nations around the world)? 

How much aid does Israel get in total from all the various countries to protect itself from Iran?  I think we all know if it is not Iran, it will be some other country until there is no one left but them and their nuclear arsenal.



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:02 | 4013004 artless
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@ andrewp111

"I'd love to see Israel take out Iran with a massive thermonuclear strike. But the record of the last 20 years of inaction leaves me with little hope that they will."

Dude, you are one sick fuck. I tuly hope you never breed.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:01 | 4013064 Jack Burton
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You sell the lives of tens of millions on your personal whim. One wonders what Iranians have ever done to you that you lust for mass death on a grand scale. Is Israel really so chosen of a nation that others simply lose their humnaity in the face of Israeli desires? Iran has a sad record of not invading anyone, and sitting back and having murderous dictators approved by Washington DC imposed on them. I have no use for the Islamic state as their governing body. That state is blow back from the US destruction of their elected government and it's replacement with the Shah, who was detested by the people, and kept in power with US weapons and intelligence training of the secret police. Or in more simple terms, the Shah's and the CIA death squads, whose trail of murder added more and more hatred until people were prepared to accept an Islamic state IF it could get rid of the Shah. Thus the USA really made the Islamic State a viable option when the Shah made so many enemies that average Iranians were ready to support a bad government if it could oust the hated Shah. Shah was an American hero, his death squads were celebrated in Washington.

So now you believe they need to be attacked with nuclear weapons. It is clear that the USA and Israel both have a select number of people who really are evil to the core, and at their base mini Hitlers who lust after mass murder. I always had a hard time believing that man was really so evil that they could carry out the murder of European Jews and millions of other unwanted people in the Nazi state. Yet here we are in 2013 with Nazi's back again calling for genocide and nuclear mass murder, simply on the whim of their personal evil souls.

I really believe that America is the real center of evil, Israel has it's minority of lunatics who long for mass murder and genocide against persians. But the bible belt lunatic American christian zionests really are the center and focus of evil in the modern world. They and the Al-Qaeda seem to share a similar outlook on humanity. Any humanity not part of their group. Be it Zionest Jew or Islamic fundamentalist, these people really believe all other must be put to death.

I believe the 21st century is setting up for humanities greatest bout of murder and genocide. Make World War II look like a picinc. Like the Kenya massacre. These nuts were looking for white people, christians, jews, anyone not Muslim. People like you, who seek the murder of millions of persians because they are not like you, are just as bad. There are no excuses for you, none at all. What then is your excuse for living? Hardly seems worth the effort when you are so soaked in feverish hatred. How do you live with yourself. Or are you truely a superior being, and entity special enough to be a mini god and bringer of mass death here on earth? Hitler has plenty of wanna be's. You are just one more.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:11 | 4013396 shovelhead
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A guy shortchanged him buying a Slurpee.

He looked kinda Iranish.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:55 | 4012775 Fish Gone Bad
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I was talking to a "holy roller" today and he said he was very concerned about Iran.  I gave him the, "They have been saying Iran will have a bomb in 6 months for the last 10-15 years".  I don't think he believed me.

Then I told him about the very real concern about contaminated food from Japan, and the ongoing REAL releases of radiation that hit the west coast in 48 hours.

Well to make a long story short.  It did not sink in.  He was more worried about carrying Israel's water than about his own well being. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:20 | 4012849 Anusocracy
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That's perfectly normal for most people.

Emory study lights up the political brain
When it comes to forming opinions and making judgments on hot political issues, partisans of both parties don't let facts get in the way of their decision-making, according to a new Emory University study. The research sheds light on why staunch Democrats and Republicans can hear the same information, but walk away with opposite conclusions.

The investigators used functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to study a sample of committed Democrats and Republicans during the three months prior to the U.S. Presidential election of 2004. The Democrats and Republicans were given a reasoning task in which they had to evaluate threatening information about their own candidate. During the task, the subjects underwent fMRI to see what parts of their brain were active. What the researchers found was striking.

"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," says Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory who led the study. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Westen and his colleagues will present their findings at the Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Jan. 28.

Once partisans had come to completely biased conclusions -- essentially finding ways to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted -- not only did circuits that mediate negative emotions like sadness and disgust turn off, but subjects got a blast of activation in circuits involved in reward -- similar to what addicts receive when they get their fix, Westen explains.

"None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged," says Westen. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones."

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:07 | 4013007 Deo vindice
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@ Fish Gone Bad - It is the evangelical Christian community that follows "dispensational" theology that has proven to be a real problem both politically and spiritually.

Wrong interpretations of the Bible lead to wrong practices by those who hold them which leads to bad results.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 08:56 | 4013365 Remington IV
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Obama = Nobel Prize winner ....... heh heh heh

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:07 | 4012613 Stackers
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I dont think Ben has clue what he is talking if he thinks 5,000 years of tribal prejudice can be wiped away in 3 years

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:26 | 4012867 Anusocracy
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It's more like religious prejudices.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:08 | 4012620 MiltonFriedmans...
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Obama is not a good and intelligent man.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:46 | 4012732 DoChenRollingBearing
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That is right.  He is a poseur, a man-boy way out of his depth.  Or very malevolent with his Chicago gangster terrorist background.  Or a bankster puupet.


Or all of the above.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:22 | 4012852 Diogenes
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He's a Chicago ward heeler (community organizer) way out of his depth.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:38 | 4012892 Buckaroo Banzai
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And there is circumstantial and hearsay evidence that Obama is an agent placed by the Soviets and propagated to power by a cell of Marxist domestic terrorists (I'm looking at you, Bill Ayers, you slimy fuck).

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:28 | 4012866 SgtShaftoe
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Best comment i've seen so far. Why are the others still desperately clinging to an attractive smile while mistaking incompetence for brilliance.

The system itself is coming down. Even if Jefferson or Washington himself were to become president tomorrow, it would be impossible to save this fucking mess. Yeltsin tried with all his might to reform the USSR and failed due to vested interests. This "leader" isn't even trying. It's fucking over. Brace for impact. Its going to fucking suck.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:31 | 4012878 DoChenRollingBearing
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(misspelled puppet...)

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:09 | 4013187 mh505
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seconded full-heartedly.

I have been a member of this blog for more than 4 years and an ardent if sometimes critical reader. But recently I am beginning to wonder if it's worth the effort

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:08 | 4012622 Truther
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Watch Big O blow it off. Valerie Jarrett is the boss. If Iran is touched then you can bet your brown undies while the SHTF.

BiBi is a warmonger and a fake jew. And should be rightly removed, booted, kicked out or something. It never ends with him, nor his zionist airheads.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:18 | 4012660 booboo
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General BHO Clusterfuck reporting for duty. Same shit different day, the modern day Mix Breed mutt Tribe of the Middle East Israel are going to draw him in and scalp that Buffalo Soldier.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:42 | 4012894 SgtShaftoe
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Lust for Money and power. They are the perrenial sirens calling to all humanity to the rocks. They transcend all faiths and languages. It is an eternal danger. Sociopaths run wild.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:21 | 4012960 RafterManFMJ
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He's a fake Jew?! Holy Jesus that's the worst kind there is!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:51 | 4013085 giovanni_f
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Probably. As a a descendent of those "Became-Jew-for tax savings purposes"-Khazars he is regarded second class by those with semitic parentage. There ain't many options for such hungry ghosts than death and war to turn their self-hatred outwards.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:11 | 4012624 TeamDepends
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A good and intelligent man!?!?  He may be able to "reweave his legacy"?  Tyler, what kind of twaddle is this?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:22 | 4012671 fonzannoon
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gotta pay the bills.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:18 | 4013562 rosiescenario
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Its a clay pigeon for all the sporting folk here.......we need one of these once in  awhile.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:10 | 4012625 Seize Mars
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..." A good and intelligent man has proven to be an incapable leader"

He's not good, and he sure as hell isn't intelligent.

He's an impostor phony. We don't even know this guy's real name. His social security number was originally granted to some guy named Harrison J. Bounel in Connecticut. Mr. Bounel was once listed as a resident in the household of Mr. Obama in Chicago.

So who the fuck is this asshole, really?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:09 | 4012822 Fish Gone Bad
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he sure as hell isn't intelligent.

I absolutely beg to differ.  Lets just say that everything you have stated is absolutely true.  What are you going to do about it?  Call the White House?  Carry a sign?  Seriously.  Other than getting mad at me, you are pretty much going to sit on the couch, drink beer, and not do anything.  Underestimating a person as driven, successful, and resourceful as the president is pretty much insane.



Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:18 | 4012835 Everybodys All ...
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The media will call you crazy and that pretty much ends all debate on the subject doesn't it?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:43 | 4012900 Buckaroo Banzai
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Are you high? He's not driven, or successful, or resourceful. He's a fucking post turtle who was programmed by sinister forces to be a jedi master of mass hypnosis.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:32 | 4013110 malikai
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I don't know why, but the whole 'post turtle' thing never gets old with me.

A laugh every time.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:52 | 4014870 hootowl
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Why don't you sign your pathetic blurb with your real name and address.  Maybe someone could drop by with an elucidative dose of reality that would seem to be in order.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:15 | 4012832 SgtShaftoe
Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:34 | 4012883 andrewp111
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Obozo ran the best and most effective Presidential campaigns in many decades in both 2008 and 2012. So he has something on the ball.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:44 | 4012903 Buckaroo Banzai
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Obozo didn't run the campaign. He has extremely professional and ruthless puppet masters who do that for him.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:51 | 4013991 TBT or not TBT
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Axelrod.  Jarrett, and a host of such shady characters of the type politics in Chicago(and NYC, and CA, etc) lets rise to the top.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:49 | 4014851 hootowl
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Evil impresarios control Ovomit, trained and controlled by the Godless Soros and his psychotic banksters.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:03 | 4013003 Uchtdorf
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Uhm, before you get your hat handed to you, you should really learn to just write the things you know. It will do you little good to paraphrase nonsense you heard on the 6 o'clock news.

Write the things you KNOW to be true and nothing else. No more speculation.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:53 | 4013252 kralizec
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Andrew...Cuomo?  That you?  Go back to MorOn.Org!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:47 | 4014827 hootowl
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He has the Sorosian vote counting machines!

We are being governed by evil morons.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:13 | 4012632 ShrNfr
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"A good and intelligent man has proven to be an incapable leader, often by making poor choices in the advice received..." Thanks, I needed to have some humor tonight. "Good and intellegent" my ass. Obama is a rogue, liar, engages in bribery, was a buddy of Rezko, and probably is an Indonesian citizen.. He is a Chicago politician. But I repeat myself. Oh, and he is narcissistic beyond belief. He also can't etitr for shit based on the meager evidence wehave.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:44 | 4012734 MisterMousePotato
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Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:10 | 4012633 fonzannoon
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this article was hysterical. I did not know there was a CNN Tyler.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:39 | 4012890 Dr. Engali
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For a minute there I thought I was reading the huffpo. Tyler's letting any old goof in off the from porch.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:38 | 4013112 lakecity55
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The author is clearly on bath salts.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:14 | 4012641 Spastica Rex
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Doesn't the Dow Jones say he's the best president ever? I think he says it says he is.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:13 | 4012644 buyingsterling
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"a "GOOD" and intelligent man"

Stopped there. Almost puked when I accidentally read something about 'compromise' in the next bit.

Genius writer: Obama may be intelligent, the way a snake intelligently finds where the eggs have been laid so that he can consume them, but 'good'? By what standard? Even if he wasn't a petulant, narcissistic, angry hater, and was just a happy socialist, the velvet glove always conceals an iron fist. The only 'good' people in politics are the ones who want to leave average people alone. Everyone else is one one kind of control freak or another.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:23 | 4012645 wisehiney
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"Where's that mule skinner?" "Them ain't helpless women and children waiting for you oBUMMER. Them's TEA Party Braves!"

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:17 | 4012657 aint no fortuna...
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Obama's advisors, bought and paid for by the jumbo criminal banks, the arms merchants and oil companies, and the monstrous American surveillance machine will see that the Middle East will remain in a state of permawar - it's in their best interests after all.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:19 | 4012659 stant
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game over for this loser. they but this half black in office to make it suicide to go  against him aka those behind him, the tptb. now they are stuck for two and a half years with this turkey. which makes them desperate and dangerous

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:19 | 4012662 pupdog1
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Obama will create the war his "mideastern democracy" and Saudi royal and corporate puppetmasters demand, no matter how how has to invent it. Thing is, with today's Internet and independent flow of information, another Tonkin or "yellowcake and aluminium tubes Powell UN scam-job" or USS Liberty will never pass muster. Today it will be called treason by a much more tuned in sleeping giant.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:23 | 4012666 yatikto
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Great article, fantastic and clever read, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Completely agree that Obam will jump on this life vest with all his strenght.  However, this peace  will alienate US from AIPAC and house of Saud, and they will make sure there is hell to pay. Nor will his overtures be seen as genuine but as acts of desperation by a lame duck president.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:24 | 4012675 Professor Fate
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There is absolutely nothing "good or intelligent" about "the Obama".  At best he is an occasional fire-breathing minister dispensing his version of fire and brimstone from behind a pulpit to sheep.  At worst he is a cheap Carny Huckster.  Either way, this is not an intelligent man.  Zero economic knowledge.  Zero leadership skills.  Probably has never told the entire truth on any subject in his life.  A quasi druggie in school where we have no record of his general academic accomplishment.  On top of all that...Jeezus Christ...he's a fuckin lawyer.  

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max"

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:44 | 4012740 Oldwood
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But HE was "saved" by Frank Marshall and Saul Alinsky. Now he wants to "save" us!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:55 | 4014017 TBT or not TBT
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The former is very possibly his genetic father, and Alinsky merely one of many bomb throwing intellectual fathers, like political midwife Bill Ayers.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:46 | 4012907 Buckaroo Banzai
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Technically, he's not a lawyer. Either he never passed the bar, or he did pass but later had his license revoked. Can't remember which.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:57 | 4014035 TBT or not TBT
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So when he was working for ACORN and indirectly the Clinton era DOJ to force banks to lend indiscriminately, he wasn't a lawyer?    To my tortured and fevered mind he'd played a little part in the ratcheting up of the subprime mess, that far back.   No?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:40 | 4014794 hootowl
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.....Ovomit and The Mooch are BOTH DISBARRED lawyers......can you imagine, IN ILLINOIS!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:25 | 4012679 Son of Captain Nemo
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Okay I admit I had to stop reading when I got to the line about him being a "A good and intelligent" man????

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:25 | 4012681 WTFUD
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Obama's the kind of bloke who you'd allow to suck your cock as a teenager after too many beers!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:44 | 4012744 Oldwood
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Too much information.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:25 | 4012683 Diogenes
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What is this shit and how does it get on ZH? It's like listening to Cliff Claven.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:27 | 4012685 Cabreado
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It's not very often that I feel insulted by what ZH offers, but when I do, I simply throw it into the "this is why we're fucked" bucket.

Perhaps soliciting comments like mine was the intent, but this article feels very dirty, and into the bucket it goes.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:41 | 4012723 Oldwood
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Solving problems elliminates opportunities where as problems provide endless opportunities. None of the world leaders is interested in actual solutions. Crisis is fertilizer to people like Obama. He needs to be in front of people everyday explaining to them how only HE can save us from evil. His ways are mysterious and beyond our comprehension as mere mortals. We are but left to follow and lend praise to HIM, for none other can lead us from sin and temptation of fatty foods and reload ammo.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:28 | 4012689 phantom blot
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what you yanks dont seem to realise is that the whole world wants you to get the fuck out of their lives and that includes decamping the middle east - your CIA and other govt 'agencies' are a bunch if incompetent fuckheads

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:32 | 4012701 Oldwood
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I'm all for it. Let the Brits and the Euros deal with their own growing Muslim insurgency. Don't call us, we'll call you.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:26 | 4012868 DoChenRollingBearing
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Our illegals: (mostly) Christian Mexicans and Hispanics

Europe's illegals: (mostly) Muslims

You make the call.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:52 | 4012916 Buckaroo Banzai
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The difference is that European Muslims are riddled with violent sociopaths. Just google " Sweden Muslim rape" and prepare to be horrified and disgusted by the epidemic of violence against women.

Our illegal immigrants don't rape American women on a wholesale basis.

The Muslim "faith" is violent and sick.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:02 | 4013058 James
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I got your name from a friend of a friend
Who said he used to work with you
Remember the all night creature from Stereo Ninety Two
Yeah, I said, "Could you relate to our quarter track tape
You know the band performs in the nude"
He said, "Uh huh don't call us child, we'll call you

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:35 | 4012885 Jethro
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Man, if you think the US public wants our troops fighting Muslims in more meaningless wars, you've got another thing coming. We are a war weary nation. Our Nobel peace Prize recipient leader tried to start another war with a country that did nothing to the US, and Bashar Al-Asad pleaded his case to the world in such a way as to make our leader look like a strident, spineless school yard bully.  

However, every single person I know is aware, deep in the inner reaches of their primal, instinctive minds, that something wicked this way comes. Topics that were relegated to "tin foil hat" derision a couple of years ago, have been vetted and shown to be true. The facade is wearing off at an increasingly rapid rate, and exposing a monstrosity in plain view for all who care to see. At some point we may go to war with ourselves, because there can be no reconciliation between parasites and hosts.  


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:04 | 4014067 TBT or not TBT
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Correction, Americans don't like losing wars, but the Democrat pattern since they cut off the government of Vietnam following a clear American victory there, has been to turn victory into shame and destruction.    Obama spelled out this exact plan for our military in Afghanistan, with his tripling down, setting up ridiculous rules of engagement and objectives, and setting a schedule for turning the shithole over to the savages again.    

>  You go to war with the Democrats and Democrat media you have, not those you might ideally like to have, to paraphrase St. Rumsfeld.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:34 | 4013111 lakecity55
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No, assholio, we get it.

We let USG get out of control.

But the financial powers are based in London, so why don't the Brits fix that first?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:31 | 4012695 ebworthen
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If I had a time machine that is one battle I'd go back to watch.

Obama can't approach Custer, or White Bull.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:42 | 4012724 wisehiney
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I'll go with you as long as you call him Chief Sitting Bull instead.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:11 | 4012942 TheFourthStooge-ing
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I'll go with you as long as you call him Chief Sitting Bull instead.

...not to be confused with the current occupant of the White House, Chief Shitting Bull.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:32 | 4013108 lakecity55
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I prefer Chief Bull Shitter.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:30 | 4012696 Oldwood
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The beauty of this is that through the power of media, Obama IS whatever they say he is. Scandal after disaster has occurrred on his watch if not at his direction yet he remains. He remains a figure, that as we see here, still proclaimed a good and intelligent man. We could have photographs of him guarding a Nazi concentration camp with subtext of how he "saved or created three million jews".  We have no power over our government other than through the public medias. That is the front we should be fighting on.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:42 | 4012725 Jack of All Trades
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Spot on Oldwood - He is untouchable . . .


He is our Celebrity in Chief . . .


His most fitting "legacy" would be to appear on a $3 bill since he is the phoniest President . . .

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:33 | 4012707 pauhana
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If anyone from the US delegation heard Bibi Netanyahu at the UN today, they should take a minute or two to consider his appraisal of the situation in Iran.  Israel is far closer to the threat than we are.  He called Rouhani a "wolf in sheep's clothing."  Obama may have been swayed by his soothing words but Bibi reminds us that the Iranians are not to be trusted.  They are probing a weak president for an opening and they may have found it.  Netanyahu urged us to be very careful, reframing Reagan's admonishion of "Trust but verify" to "Don't trust and verify."  The good news is that Israel will not let Iran get a nuclear weapon despite whatever our inept State Department does. 

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:57 | 4012785 WTFUD
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NetanNutJob is the sick fucking retard that worries us you clown.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:24 | 4012862 Kinskian
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 Israel is far closer to the threat than we are. 

Then how come I have to watch the endless stream of Wounded Warrior ads on US television? Could it be that such an organization doesn't exist in Israel, LOL?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:54 | 4012920 Buckaroo Banzai
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I'm not a big fan of Netanyahu but if you were surrounded on every side by fucking lunatics like Israel is, you might have a different perspective.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:12 | 4012951 TheFourthStooge-ing
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if you were run by fucking lunatics like Israel is, you might have a different perspective.

Fixed it for you.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:22 | 4013160 Roanman
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There are lunatics sufficient for anybody's purposes running around all over the middle east.

This article is a real nice dream and the idea has a chance not because Obama has a clue, but rather because of a new face in Iran, but the neocons, neolibs, cia/bankers and saudies have a lot of resources and experience with false flags.  Personally, I'm looking for an attempt on Rouhani.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:01 | 4012798 Oldwood
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I don't trust the Jews

I don't trust the Muslims

I don't trust the Asians

I don't trust the Brits or Europeans

I don't trust the Ruskies

But I really, really don't trust Obama and I don't want him signing or agreeing to anything with the UN or another country. He already stole my identity and ran up a huge debt in my name. God only knows what he will give away of mine next. Kidneys to China maybe?

Does that make me a racist?

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:30 | 4012873 DoChenRollingBearing
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Great comment.  No, not a racist.  Living for a while often makes one cautious...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:31 | 4012876 andrewp111
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Netanyahu talks a lot. But has he done anything to stop Iran? Not that I can see. He wants the USA to do it for him. Well, now Obama is making it clear that the USA will never do any such thing. If Netanyahu wants to stop Iran, he (and his country) will have to take all the risks themselves. And I hope they do it. The first nuclear war since 1945 will be awesome. I want to see those babies get used.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 03:56 | 4013094 heinrich6666
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U.S.S. Liberty

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:40 | 4012719 matrix2012
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Yes, i know, Obozo is Prez. But is he the leader?

WHY does one ever think that the war machines and bankster masters in Washington are seeking out PEACE in the M.E.?


"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." - Ernest Hemingway

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:43 | 4012728 Caviar Emptor
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Every president since Nixon was destined to be shit canned by history. Each one simply presided over the next leg down

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:47 | 4012748 matrix2012
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As a matter of fact Netanyahu is dictating Washington's policies in the M.E.

Funny but real to ridiculous level, the JEW's interests are CENTRAL to Washington's decisions... for the ROW, the D.C. is just the giant bogeyman of the tiny JEW state. Amazing... with grace <lol>

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 22:51 | 4012759 WTFUD
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When the gangly feeble piece of shit sits down with Dimon and the good ol' boys tomorrow whatdaya think they'll be thinking?
Yeah same as US.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:06 | 4012800 Took Red Pill
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The whole premise of this article is wrong! All the presidents now are just puppets on a string.  He will do as he's told. I think this article was written just to elicite a reaction from us. At least I hope so.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:09 | 4012821 Zero Point
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Obama hates Iran and Russia because of their freedom. Lol.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:22 | 4012851 edwardo1
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Somehow that noxious smack Obama peddled about, "You didn't build that business yourself, the government did" managed not to make it into Obama's remarks when the subject of Dimon came up.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:23 | 4012855 NihilistZero
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Trolling your own website is pretty Fight Club :-)  Well done Tyler.

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:25 | 4012863 andrewp111
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I'd love to see Israel attack Iran NOW, and permanently torpedo any cozying up that Obama is doing with Iran.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:28 | 4013023 starfcker
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john mccain, is that you, trolling the hedge?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:36 | 4013444 shinobi-7
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There are unfortunately far too many people with far too much power thinking like this! Thanks for the post, we're missing these shots of reality on ZH!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:50 | 4012877 Emergency Ward
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RamBozo the War Klown, a "good and intelligent man"?


  • There is another ZH item today titled, "Say It Often Enough And It's True."  Here we have yet another delusional author that soft-pedals Obama's character, trying to convince the world that Obama's not to blame.
  • Obama personally selected the vicious pack of warmongering police statists that surround him.  He eagerly plunged into wars, drone-assassinations of children, various other war crimes, persecution of whistle-blowers and defense of the surveillance state.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 04:27 | 4013106 lakecity55
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I would suggest the Statists picked him.

Now, if he could just learn to speak, off the cuff, w/o TOTUS...

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 23:50 | 4012913 SgtShaftoe
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If he were so intelligent he wouldn't have put himself into office during a clearly very dangerous time. Anyone in government currently is at serious risk for facing war crimes trials. Is power really worth that much?? Nevermind the murders of innocent civilians at his own hand. He is a sociopath like most of the others. They are clinically sick people that have no business being in charge of a lemonade stand.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:53 | 4012994 thereisonlyonelaw
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War crimes trials? lol... are you serious? To answer your question, Obama is obviously a complete psychopath. He does not experience fear.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:11 | 4012983 chindit13
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Obama is above average intelligence (that sounds pretty scary, actually, in a George Carlin sort of way) and way above average in ambition.  He had enough awareness to understand his brand and his appeal ("I'm black when I have to be."), and he chose the perfect Machiavellian to run his two successful campaigns and spin his Presidency to date.  He is the quintessential example of the phrase "timing is everything".  He is, however, as they say, all hat and no cattle.  He has no vision, and seems to be content to run a perpetual campaign.  As for good, he is the final say behind drone strikes, he signed the NDAA, went along with the renewal of the Patriot Act, hasn't seen fit to instruct Eric Holder to take any more than a cursory look at Wall Street, and has ignored the message delivered by Edward Snowden, instead making the messenger the culprit.  None of that seems to fit the accepted definition of "good".

What he is not is Keyser Söze.  Obama would never take the shot, or drone, if his wife or children were in harm's way, though he has no moral qualms about it if it's some Pakistani wife or child.  That means he might not be a ruthless killer, just a hypocritical killer.  Which one is worse?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 00:45 | 4012987 thereisonlyonelaw
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lol... is this article serious?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:10 | 4013009 Jam
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Obama above average intelligence? That may be the case because the average intelligence level has been cratering every minute that ticks by. You dumb down the general population enough and a common Rat starts to look intelligent. The guy has been able to manipulate the people and the system to further his agenda. He may be somewhat street wise but I have not witnessed anything that even remotely resembles intelligence on his part.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:21 | 4013018 Escapeclaws
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What a stupid. article--sez not'in.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 01:22 | 4013019 BlackVoid
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The writer in this article still think it matters who is the figurehead at the top.

What naivity.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 02:46 | 4013057 heinrich6666
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So the point to this article is that with a 0% success rate, Obama can only go up from here.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 05:26 | 4013133 Peter K
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Wed, 10/02/2013 - 05:25 | 4013131 Peter K
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"Still three-plus years left in Obama’s presidency, where mediocrity has been elevated to a highly acceptable status."


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:04 | 4013149 AcuWill
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It drives me insane when political or economic commentators don't know what "Capitalism" is.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:25 | 4013161 obelisks
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There you go.  Obama and Kerry could become best friends with  Rouhani and negotiate the best deal on earth…………………… but it doesn't matter because it will still not prevent war

Fucking Zionists !!! they are the root of the worlds problems

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:34 | 4013164 kurt
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Not to be a negative Nancy, but, how does  this masterful swoop become a "fixed" middle east? You'll recall, Carter master-swept Egypt, Nixon master-swept China. Re-weave? I fear there is no MATTER here at all; nothing to be fixed or weaved any more than what is left after a movie is watched.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:01 | 4013184 surf0766
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His last stand? He is making them one of our allies..

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:19 | 4013200 icanhasbailout
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I have this neighbor who has a social skills problem. It's not that he's a bad person, per se, but totally inappropriate and slightly rude comments come out of his mouth every so often. Shit that makes me think "what is it your business?" and "who are you to judge?" Statements that reflect a crippling lack of humility. But he can't help it, it's like a tic - I think he knows that he keeps doing it and it hurts his ability to form and maintain relationships, but that's just kind of who he is and it probably won't change anytime soon.


Obama makes me feel the same way. He has been so relentlessly antagonistic from Day 1, being so even when there was no gain in it for him, that it's just part of the terrain in dealing with him. On the other hand, it makes forming relationships (non-one-sided relationships, anyway) with people who don't agree with him impossible. "Hey, nice meeting, glad we came to some common understandings, please excuse me now, it's time for my previously sceheduled nationally televised Rose Garden speech dedicated entirely to rhetorically slamming you for your intransigence and imputing poor motives on your part to the public." It's kind of WTF behavior that normal people instinctively dislike, because it's not terribly friendly and there's no particular point to that level unfriendliness except the person simply wanting to be a dick about everything.



Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:32 | 4013434 shinobi-7
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Gosh, although we probably live 5,000 miles apart, it feels like you are next door! On the other hand, you've gotta say what you've gotta say and do what you've gotta do. I most certainly understand Obama! So you prefer the good old half wit we had before? Doesn't really matter, these guys don't control much in the end: It's just a matter of style.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:22 | 4013204 bourbondave
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What has this guy been smoking?!  Obama's biggest problem has been that he's taking compromise to the point of absurdity?  That he's trying to be liked by everyone?  That he's a good and intelligent man?  Is this a parady that is so subtle that I'm just missing the joke?  He has no impact on the economic homefront even though its the govt spending us into oblivion and Obamacare his signature achievement so now he's going to somehow use his gifts on dealing with Russia and Iran?

Of all the years reading Zero Hedge this may be the dumbest guest article I've read on here.  That includes the days of Leo.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 07:44 | 4013235 MickV
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What a moron this writer is. Obama is a domestic enemy of the United States. There is no "reviving his legacy". He is an illegal POTUS, a non natural born Citizen (born British of a British subject father) installed for the very purpose of voiding the US Constitution and US Citizen sovereignty. When there is an illegal executor of the laws then there is no law. "Likeable"? Please. Obama is the WORST thing to ever happen to the United States, an imposter, a thief , a liar, and a traitor.


Wed, 10/02/2013 - 08:41 | 4013335 shinobi-7
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It may be that Obama is considering such a move for if he is a poor leader he definitely is a very intelligent man. But what is in the interest of America may not be in the interest of the military industrial complex, the "real" government on the South side of the Potomac. So if the two clash, which one will blink? Hard to be optimistic based on recent history. And then there is all the gesticulation of Netanyahu. Hopefully a proof of powerlessness but I would not bet on it. Probably also arranging something nasty under the curtain.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 08:47 | 4013349 wisehiney
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The oBUMMER weasel is more cunning than smart.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:30 | 4013435 d edwards
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Devious, diabolic, decietful-disgusting!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:23 | 4013418 esum
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Obama should be IMPEACHED

on what grounds?


aiding and abetting Al Queda and affiliates (the real Benghazi story, unless you also believe that the plan was to kidnap the ambassador and exchnge him to the blind sheik)

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 09:36 | 4013443 d edwards
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It's gonna take some BIG lies to give this turd a foreign policy "legacy."


Just look how f-ed up Egypt and Libya are. He got out-manuevered by Putin on Syria (yes, he is arming AQ in Syria-WTF) and the new prez of Iran is rope-a-doping 0bozo and Kerry-playing them like a cheap guitar!

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:00 | 4013507 NoTTD
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What evidence do you have that Obama is either "good" or "intelligent"?  I would argue that the empirical evidence is overwhelmingly to the contrary.


By the way, the description of a good man getting bad advice quotes, almost word for word, that of Jimmy Carter, arguably the worst US President until five years ago.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:02 | 4013518 NoTTD
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Was this originally from The Onion?

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 10:36 | 4013651 torak
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I'm still long Defense Contractors for the next three years. 

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 14:57 | 4014900 robertocarlos
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Obama is evil and clinically insane.

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 08:07 | 4017743 el-greco
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I don’t recall a situation in my lifetime when so many critical problems can be put on the table and have a chance to be resolved with one masterful swoop: peace in Syria; welcoming of prodigal Iran; better US-Russia relations; and most important of all, constructing a strong framework for permanent peace in the Middle East.  It could be done and, for once, no one needs to be a loser. An opportunity like this only comes about with astronomical odds.  For Barack Obama, this may turn out to be his legacy’s last stand... an opportunity he cannot afford to bypass.


that may be his personal ambition but is not that of the special interest groups that put him in power.

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