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US Foreign Policy In Shambles: Global Crises Worst Since 1970 As Obama Golfs

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If one were so inclined, one could imagine that the relentless barrage of domestic scandals plaguing Obama have been orchestrated with a simple reason: to divert attention from the worst US foreign policy in four decades. And sure enough, even a casual glimpse of all the raging international crises, in which the US is currently embroiled, is enough to make one wonder if the next global crisis will be fought not in the capital markets but in the actual battlefield. As the WSJ recounts, "a convergence of security crises is playing out around the globe, from the Palestinian territories and Iraq to Ukraine and the South China Sea, posing a serious challenge to President Barack Obama's foreign policy and reflecting a world in which U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous. The breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn't been seen since the late 1970s, U.S. security strategists say, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, revolutionary Islamists took power in Iran, and Southeast Asia was reeling in the wake of the U.S. exit from Vietnam."

The humiliation continues:

In the past month alone, the U.S. has faced twin civil wars in Iraq and Syria, renewed fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, an electoral crisis in Afghanistan and ethnic strife on the edge of Russia, in Ukraine.

 

Off center stage, but high on the minds of U.S. officials, are growing fears that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program could collapse this month, and that China is intensifying its territorial claims in East Asia.

 

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), in a CNN interview Sunday, said the world is "in greater turmoil than at any time in my lifetime." Many of the seeds of instability in the Middle East have taken root since the upheaval that followed the Sept. 11 terror attacks. At the same time, post-Cold War shifts are continuing as superpower influence has receded.

 

The developments have fueled debate over the Obama foreign-policy doctrine, which the president said in a May speech at West Point would rely on U.S. leadership, but not troop deployments.

Some more pointing out the obvious:

The president's critics in Washington, as well as some diplomats abroad, believe Mr. Obama's policies have fueled today's conflicts. They cite his decision to pull back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his rejection of a more decisive U.S. and allied role in the Syrian civil war, and what they see as his reluctance to provide greater support to American allies in Asia and Europe as they face down the newly aggressive foreign polices of China, Iran and President Vladimir Putin's Russia.

 

"I think our country acting like such a paper tiger to the world on this and so many other fronts is doing incredible long-term damage to our nation," said Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) at a hearing last week on Ukraine. "And I do hope at some point the administration will actually follow through on the things that it continues to tout publicly."

 

The chaos has meant that the Obama administration finds itself in the middle of a second term reacting to rather than directing world events. Dangers for the president and for the U.S. are growing as militant groups gain greater control. The organization known as the Islamic State, which now holds parts of Iraq and Syria, poses a particular danger.

 

"If they are able to consolidate their gains in that area, I think it's just a matter of time before they start looking outward and start looking at the West and at the United States in particular," Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday in an ABC News interview. "So this is something that we have to get on top of and get on top of now."

The biggest culprit for Obama's ruinous outside reign: completely confusion.

Many Middle East leaders also have said Mr. Obama has been too reluctant to use force, which has emboldened terrorist groups and rogue states. They cite the president's failure last year to follow through on a threat to strike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime after it allegedly used chemical weapons on its political opponents.

Of course, with John Kerry in charge of policy, is anyone surprised? Still, he does report to Obama, and one would assume that despite the president "knowing nothing" about any of the domestic scandals he has faced in the past year, he can find the world on a map...

In some cases, U.S. allies are complicating matters. European countries have balked at imposing tough new sanctions on Russia, according to U.S. officials. And divisions between South Korea and Japan have undermined U.S. efforts to present a united front against China.

 

Some foreign diplomats believe the Middle East is weathering a historic intra-Islamic feud between its Sunni and Shiite sects that no outside power could significantly affect and that is undermining the very structure of the region's nation states.

 

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There is a growing skepticism in Asia about whether the U.S. would abide by its commitment to defend Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries if their territorial disputes with China escalate into conflict, according to Asian diplomats. Messrs. Obama and Kerry have worked to assure Japan and South Korea that Washington remains wholly committed to its defense treaties. But even some security analysts who are close to the White House say the Obama administration's perceived hesitancy in responding to international threats is unnerving U.S. allies in the region.

 

"Our allies are looking for a quarterback to call some plays here, and our body language sometimes doesn't show that we're doing that," said Brian Katulis of the left-leaning Center for American Progress. "Obama's always been a look-before-you-leap guy. And I think that leads to some of the confusion here at home, but also abroad."

Although to be honest, not all is a disaster: Obama has shown that when it comes to spying on his closest European ally, he is indeed second to none. The only problem is that said information would have been better used outside the public domain.

So what does Obama do to mitigate the disastrous image he portrays to global leaders everywhere?

... He golfs.

 

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:03 | 4954869 MFL8240
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He is a disgrace to the office he holds!  Get him out Palin was right!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:05 | 4954873 MeMadMax
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All going according to plan...

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:06 | 4954878 Sudden Debt
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the plan is to act like there's a plan. That's the plan.

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:53 | 4955003 Agent P
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If that's true, I'd say they're failing. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4955102 Latina Lover
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We are all much better off with Obama Golfing.... God help us  if he was actually working!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:31 | 4955119 COSMOS
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He is working out just great for the people who funded his campaingns.

Corzine is free and  moving around.

The people Obummer appointed are running I mean stealing the show.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4955133 Save_America1st
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I'm seeing more and more photos of that piece of shit flashing the 666 Illuminati hand signs lately.  He's 100% initiated now.  If his masters told him to nuke an American city he'd fucking do it.  And I won't be surprised if it happens before he's done.  Full speed ahead now.  2 years to go to complete as much total destruction of America as possible.  

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:39 | 4955144 RevRex
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but but but "Busch did it two and boath party's hour the same"

 

It's a shame how many stupid people believe that nonsense.....

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:43 | 4955156 NuckingFuts
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Yeah, Bush was great  He didn't fuck up any shit.  /sarc/

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:59 | 4955222 PAPA ROACH
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A rare clip of Obama playing golf- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg8lSyGavc4

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4955534 eatthebanksters
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Isn't Barry O related to the peanut farmer, Jimmy C?  Btw, his plan is to destroy the middle class so when it gets real bad then everyone goes after the rich and then you have the fundamental change the commies want.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:36 | 4956522 TheRedScourge
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It was the Tea Party portion of the right wing who said the Obama Admin should not interfere in Syria, and they were right. It was the Tea Party portion of the right wing who said the Obama Admin should get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan and they were right.

What is the prescription of whoever the hell wrote this article, to say he needs to be even more of an imperialistic fuck than he already is?

 

There's going to be chaos while the world learns that the US is broke and isn't always gonna come to their rescue, but when it stabilizes, it should be a whole lot more stable than it ever was before. US didn't become the richest country in the world by depending on the British Empire, did it? No, it pulled off something almost unprecedented in history, and said "No, we're not going down with the ship, we're building a new system here and now, based around our own freedom", and they had to fight for it, but they won. The rest of the world needs to achieve this same feat, or they will forever be trapped in the cycle of infinite power struggles.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:36 | 4957812 Seeing Red
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+1  IOW, there will be a painful transition from the fake stability of US intervention to real stability (and yes, the warmonger spin in this article is obvious and annoying).  I just hope there aren't too many deaths (that's code for "no nukes please").

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:00 | 4955235 Richardk888
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Bush opened the doors for much of what Obama is getting away with.

Banker bailouts, Patriot Act, and warantless spying on US citizens all under the Bush administartion.

Both parties are progressives in favor of more government control.

You are a tool if you do not recognize this.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:06 | 4955257 Urban Redneck
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Bush engaged in gun running and making straw arms purchases...

Barry engaged in gun running and making straw purchases,
and then he got caught,
and then he got caught again,
and then got cock slapped by Merkel

It takes a special kind of stupid for Germany to give up on exporting to you...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-28291070

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:49 | 4955149 GetZeeGold
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that piece of shit flashing the 666 Illuminati hand

 

Oh wow......I'm back. I went into a momentary trance for a second there.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:53 | 4955191 Duffy Duck
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Nah the Israelis will just pop the nuke themselves but everyone will immediately know it was Iran.

Like Barak on BBC hours after 9/11.

He forgot to not act so rehearsed.  He forgot about microexpressions.

He was too thrilled that the plan worked.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:06 | 4955261 666
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Hmmm. Obummer gave money, weapons and training to "rebels" in Syria who then took over parts of Iraq and Syria as ISIS. Now they are considered to be a threat to the US. Could this be Obummer's plan to brainwash the sheeple into thinking the US will be attacked again and take away the last remaining freedoms they have under the guise of Homeland Security?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4956535 TheRedScourge
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It's the "Rock On!" gesture, this NWO bullshit is pathetic. As if this guy will ever be closely involved in anything more sophisticated than a sand trap.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:08 | 4955262 PGR88
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He's got Holder and Jarrett doing the work for him.   They are his Goebbels and Himmler in that they are true believers, and they will be with him until the bitter end.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:12 | 4955273 Chief Kessler
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Oh fuck this shit, if Ron Paul had won there would be no foreign policy! Now you want a foreign policy? Which is it ?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:04 | 4955454 Overfed
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Ron Paul wouldn't be sending the CIA to stir up shit and topple legitimate governments.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:42 | 4955580 MFL8240
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But if Ron Paul would have won you would have had a sound dollar and a recovery on real terms not fiat money!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:58 | 4955015 SWRichmond
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US Foreign Policy In Shambles: Global Crises Worst Since 1970 As Obama Golfs

It's not just foreign policy.  Domestic policy is also in shambles.  Domestic resistance to US dot gov is reaching all time highs as well.  Why?  We are broke, and US dot gov refuses to act like anything has changed in that regard.  The middle class is all but destroyed.  The people are realizing that the government is in place not to serve them and protect their rights, but instead to oppress and loot them.  Globally, nations realize that US economic power is waning and will not return, and that with it US military power is waning.  Nations look out for their own interests and pursue better deals, both for defense and trade.

Just 13 short years after 9/11, is it too soon to say "Bin Laden FTW"?  And if Bin Laden truly was a creature of the CIA, then...?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:54 | 4955197 onewayticket2
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the guy LAUNCHED his political career in the livingroom of a convicted and self described "domestic terrorist".....

 

WHAT DID ANYONE EXPECT??

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:26 | 4955100 Dubaibanker
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Obama's situation is same as that in Japan or EU or in India. any nation who has so much debt that their only solution is to create more debt and sometimes war (in the case of USA) in order to limp ahead....means that no matter who is in charge (Obama or not), the situation will keep getting worse just because of one reason: BECAUSE THERE IS NO MONEY.

There is no money for building infra, creating jobs, new healthcare, new schools, support world 'democracy', give aid to other nations, behave like a global police force, fight the Swiss Govt etc.

Once the money is finished, then no matter what, the situation keeps spinning out of control. (Rather play golf instead :) )

We all love to make fun of Obama, but the quesiton is: If any of us, would be in place of Obama, as POTUS, what would we do, if there would be the same constraints - being no money - then how would we manage the global capitalism crisis that America started and is going through?

How would we handle Saudi, China, Russia, Iran, Snowden, Iraq and Afghan wars, drone killings in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, banking crisis, terror attacks in Libya or elsewhere, housing crisis, food stamp crisis, immigration crisis and health care crisis, NASA slowdown etc when we would have the constraint of having no more money?

Spying on fellow nations is not a good answer to stay ahead..../s

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:35 | 4955136 COSMOS
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As an example of the huge problem we are facing.  A guy posted a video once that said in Palestine there used do be 500,000 people living in Palestine in 1900, between the Jewis and Palis there must now be about 15 million people.  That is freaking insane number of mouths to feed.  Last time I checked it the petri dish I mean Earth has not gotten several times bigger in size.

Same thing around the world.  Does anyone expect this will end well, why do you think all the hollow points ordered by the govt.  What is that saying, I see dead people.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:54 | 4955195 conscious being
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You could walk into any bar on the Copacabana, throw a steak and hit someone who could do a better job of playing at president than the current Manchurian Candidate Oval Office Occupant.  Paraphrasing Barry Glendenny.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:03 | 4954998 Smegley Wanxalot
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Once we get Hillary's dead-broke fat ass in office, all will be well. 

The world will be one big Benghazi.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:55 | 4955199 conscious being
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What will it matter??

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:07 | 4955239 Gazooks
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"All going according to plan..."

However literally unintended, Max, the statment's stands correct. Managing orchestrated chaos is what US foreign policy is all about.

'..the Obama administration finds itself in the middle of a second term reacting to rather than directing world events. Dangers for the president and for the U.S. are growing as militant groups gain greater control. The organization known as the Islamic State, which now holds parts of Iraq and Syria, poses a particular danger.'

ISIS, like its preceding phantom organ, a CIA construct trained in Jordan. Playing 'enemies' off 'enemies' merely seems chaotic when that's the promoted narrative, as above. 

Covert proxy war, our forte. Chaos, bread and butter means to control. Encircle Russia, thwart China. Neo-con/lib NWO nirvanna.

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:10 | 4955478 Quinvarius
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I really don't think ISIS ass raping Iraq was the plan.  Maybe I am wrong.  But, ISIS in Iraq is the biggest clusterFk PR disaster since Obama's Gas Attack false flag in Syria. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:05 | 4955921 Gazooks
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chronic Islamic civil war, very useful 

 

reference Israel for PR irrelevance

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:13 | 4954874 GetZeeGold
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Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Unseen Since '70s

 

I'd take the 70's running right now....cause the 60's radical crap doesn't seem to be working. Who could have seen it coming really?

 

At least you could get a 40 hr/wk job in the 70's. Now everyone has health insurance...but can't afford to go the doctor because of the high deductable. We call that progress(ism).

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:54 | 4954997 Croesus
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FORE!! (An average, working-class American's head, smacked off its base, directly into a wall).

Disclaimer: Not saying AT ALL, that it's what I want, but reality's a bitch.  

P.S. I live in America too. No plans or intentions of going "Simon Black" on any of you. Fact is, as long as we've got the guns, we've got numerical superiority. They can't kill us all, or lock all of us up. 

Bring it on. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4955106 Croesus
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P.S.> Have you ever stopped long enough to realize how utterly incompetent the average "system" employee is? 

It's all about "duty". It's all about finding "who gets to deal with this mess"...'just 'gimme my paycheck'. 

The people you fear, are a bunch of fucking weaklings. 

Don't believe me? Visit your 'esteemed officials' sometime. Take a good, hard look at WHO, and WHAT "most of society" depends on. 

It's the sickest joke out there. 

They all have this fat, "I eat 'canned-cheese' for every meal" look about them.

You can tell they've probably NEVER worked hard, a day in their parasitic lives. 

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:30 | 4957201 Monty Burns
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Great. But that calls for organization. And 'they' are listening into every conversation in whatever form.  Right now some drone is checking out your IP address. This will go on as long as they can provide the bread and circuses. Only then will the middle class unass themselves from the lobotomy tube and actually do something.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:20 | 4954909 aleph0
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My guess is Obama was the 1$ bet  .... >>>  TRADING PLACES, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ayroyd.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:01 | 4955023 Agent P
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"Say man, when I was growing up, if we wanted jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub." 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4955249 onewayticket2
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"sounds like ya'll jus a bunch a bookies"

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:24 | 4954924 WTFUD
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Would that be Monty Pythons' Palin?

No bigger critic of Barry on here than myself; check comments over 2 sorry years,

Always said Amurika missed it's best chance with Al Nusra Front Treasurer McStain and Palin running circles around Putin.

So help us. . . .

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:27 | 4954929 AccreditedEYE
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While I am no fan of Obama I'm also no fan of the far Right's need to police the world. Honestly can't believe ZH posted something so partisan.. thoght this was an equal opportunity political bashing site? As far as I can see, this article flies in the Face of Ron Paul and instead of minding our own knitting and letting the world figure out their own issues, it embraces the U.S. as Global Cop. I'm glad this is the worst McCain has seen in all his years but not our job to enforce the laws of foreign governments or territorial disputes. We need to wake up.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:46 | 4954985 kridkrid
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This site has grown increasingly partisan for the last year+. I think it's been co-opted, unfortunately. Divide and conquer... keep people in one camp or another... doesn't matter which camp, but we can't have them outside the system. The site was acquired, yes? Keep enough of it the same, but gradually nudge people back into the fold.

You're going to quote John McCain? The fonz is on water skis and is fast approaching the ramp.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:18 | 4955296 Chief Kessler
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I feel a lot of love in this room tonight y'all.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:15 | 4955492 Quinvarius
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Have you considered Obama is just a fucking dumbass and deserves to be called out for a being a dumbass?  The only partisan actors are the people defending him.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:32 | 4954935 doctor10
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So 10 years of sending women to the MidEast as our Secretaries of State had nothing to do with why we get no respect there anymore?

 

hillary owns Benghazi

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4955247 conscious being
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You don't get it.  Until further notice, there is no "we" that can be identified with US foreign policy.  Hence you cannot root for, or bemoan the recent set backs for "our" team.  George Carlin - Its a big club and you ain't in it.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:39 | 4954958 rtalcott
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Disgrace?  oh come on...business as usual.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:47 | 4954987 Bokkenrijder
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Ironic (yet not surprisingly) that McCain suddenly sees himself as the Great Foreseer. Wasn't he the one that hummed "Bomb bomb, bomb bomb-Iraaaaan" to that Beach Boys tune?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg&feature=kp

Yeah riiiight, a clown like him in charge of US foreign policy would really be the panacea to all of the Middle East's problems...NOT!

The biggest problem in the Middle East is simple: too many interventions and wars from warmongering Republicans, alternated by a naive Democratic 'laissez-faire' policy of looking away and appeasement which sow the seeds for the next Islamic extremists or nationalistic uprising.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:04 | 4955254 conscious being
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Good cop / bad cop or they're both part of team bankster??

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:05 | 4955034 f16hoser
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Dumb-Ass Amerikans elected a "Community Organizer (ACORN)." What did you THINK was gonna happen???  

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:28 | 4955109 rogerramjet
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If you give opp-or-tun-ist bimbo bitch any credit for anything, you have dog shit for brains.  The bitch could not even finish her term as gov. because she is a self-serving cunt.  I guess Obama should be working 27 hrs. a day and not even takeing restroom breaks!  Your a simpleton looking for simple explanations for complex problems.  I'm sure that everything u have learned about Inter'nal global politics was at some redneck bar!  Go climb back in your hole you stupid idiot.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:05 | 4955917 allgoodmen
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If you mean 27 holes a day you're spot-on

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:29 | 4955112 dow2000
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What do you expect from a guy who never worked a day in his life?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:43 | 4955160 COSMOS
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Or studied, he just let Affirmative action do all the work for him

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:14 | 4955488 midtowng
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Enough of this neoconservative crap.

Obama has been too reluctant to use force

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:03 | 4954871 Sudden Debt
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In the end you can hang him but it won't solve the damage he's done

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:08 | 4954883 GetZeeGold
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Bushes fault.....to infinity....and beyond.

 

I'm invoking infinity....at this juncture.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:16 | 4954898 Keyser
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Perhaps, but it would be a cathartic event to re-unite the US and to send a message around the world... 

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4955131 rogerramjet
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It is called National Scape-goat-ism!  Everything is Obamas fault!  Makes it easy for an un-educated moron like u.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:51 | 4955189 Sudden Debt
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You should call me a racist for going against obama to!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:16 | 4955284 rogerramjet
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And he was born in Africa, right................

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:07 | 4954875 Dr. Engali
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It's about time that people get their head out of their fucking asses and stop pretending this is an accident.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:09 | 4954885 Sudden Debt
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devide and rule

nobody reacts untill they're the victim themselves and nobody listens to victims.

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:25 | 4954927 RSloane
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Wot? I like it when Obama golfs all day. They are the only days that we don't have to listen to his bullshit on the MSM 24/7.

...and good morning to you Doc.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:07 | 4954881 fonzannoon
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Fuck John McCain. die already.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:11 | 4954886 GetZeeGold
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Oh hell yes.....I can't stand progressive republicans. Take John Boehner while you're at it.

 

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:12 | 4954891 Dr. Engali
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I think he is dead. His body is still functions by drinking the blood of young boy sacrifices.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19 | 4954897 GetZeeGold
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So....he's been hanging out with Al Gore?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvBmuOiP4-4

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:27 | 4954930 RSloane
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He's never going to die out of sheer spite.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:31 | 4954933 fonzannoon
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I like that I had two junks but then someone thought it over. Good on them for having an open mind.

Good to see you around. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:37 | 4957226 Monty Burns
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All these evil monsters like McCain, Soros, Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Bryzyinsky, Greenspan seem to live forever. Is maidens' blood that nutritious after all?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:08 | 4954882 paint it red ca...
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`Anything racist in the term, 'The Goof Golfs'?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:16 | 4954899 snr-moment
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Racist?  Nahhhh.  But it is discriminatory against people with speech impediments, so there's that.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:11 | 4954889 AnAnonymous
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Everything goes as the plan.

It was announced years ago on this site that 'americans' would use Obama as a standard to drive future presidents to perform even better.

Obama has made use of force lavishly. There is no arguing over that.

But it is not yet enough for 'americans' whose culture of death is deep as they run a business of extorting the weak, farming the poor.

They must tighten the vice to extract even more if possible and every next president now know the floor they must not go under: Obama lavish use of violence.

Every next US president will be driven to be even more violent than the current president or be disgraced.

'American' nature is eternal and by thus, 'american' actions are predictable.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:13 | 4954893 Chuck Knoblauch
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Can someone tell me who he's performing for?

I left the theatre.

No refunds!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:16 | 4954900 AnAnonymous
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He is performing for the 'american' middle class.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:39 | 4954963 GetZeeGold
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He's sending the middle class to heaven.....they'll thank him later I'm sure.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:32 | 4954934 CrimsonAvenger
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I keep thinking back to the night of his re-election, when he was crying. They didn't seem like tears of joy; they seemed like the kind of tear you'd cry if you won the right to euthanize your puppy. He and his masters can burn for what they're doing.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:39 | 4957236 Monty Burns
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He and his masters can burn for what they're doing.

But my bet is that they won't.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:38 | 4954956 tony wilson
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the hand signs the mk ultra faulty software is doing is it masonic or just standard satanic jewish kabalistic i'min the club  shit.

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:14 | 4954894 JustObserving
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Not to worry, American domestic policy is also in a shambles to match foreign policy:

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy


14 July 2014


Last Thursday, the US Department of Justice quietly announced that it would not launch a criminal investigation following the revelation in March that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had spied on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. News of this decision—which concerns one of the most significant constitutional breaches in modern American history—was barely reported in the establishment media and prompted no significant response from any section of the political establishment.

The Obama administration’s decision and the acquiescence of the rest of Washington underscore the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus. The military and intelligence agencies that preside over a vast global enterprise of violence and deceit operate in secret without any accountability or restraint, no matter which party controls Congress and the White House.

Obama himself—whose first job after graduating from college was as an analyst at Business International Corporation, an institution with well-documented CIA connections—functions in practice as a front man for the military and intelligence bureaucracy. Just last week he responded to the crisis in US-German relations triggered by the revelation that the CIA had recruited operatives to spy on the German Secret Service by declaring he had no knowledge of the CIA operation, raising the question of who runs the country. (See: Obama and the CIA—who runs Washington? )

Obama elevated John Brennan, who presided over the illegal spying on Congress, to head the CIA. As a high-level CIA official in the Bush administration, Brennan had defended the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (i.e., torture) against people accused of being terrorists.

Obama himself, from the moment he took office, worked to shield Bush-era criminals from investigation or prosecution.

The CIA’s spying on Congress is a flagrant violation of the US Constitution’s bedrock principle of separation of powers. As American high school students were once taught in civics classes, the basic theory of American constitutional government is that tyranny can be prevented only by dividing state power among three independent branches—the legislature, executive, and judiciary—each with its own limited powers regulated by a system of checks and balances.

The CIA spying scandal is particularly striking because the CIA’s target is not just any congressional committee—but the very Senate committee charged with oversight of the CIA.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/14/pers-j14.html

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19 | 4954905 AnAnonymous
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A government that runs slavery and the largest land grabbing in human history is not deemed tyranical so why bother?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19 | 4954901 foodstampbarry
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Down vote me all you want, but I'm voting against this pos in November.

Now down vote away you little bitchez!!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:25 | 4954925 GetZeeGold
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Not voting for Obama this November either.....I'm not sure it would even be possible.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:57 | 4954902 MickV
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Cloward Piven, orchestrated by the NWO and overseen by Holder and the usurper Obama. Infiltrate the office of the US with a foreigner, so that the "law" is only by decree-- the wet dream of the NWO. For those idiots that don't think Obama is any different than other puppets as POTUS, think again (or think at all)--- When there is no legal executor of the law then the law no longer exists--- as in full banana republic

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:41 | 4957243 Monty Burns
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+100

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19 | 4954906 Eyeroller
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Teflon Barry would not be where he is now without the lap-dog press.

No republican president would have gotten away with the IRS scandal if Democrat groups had been unfairly targeted, hard drives of those being investigated crashed, and the president claimed there was not a smidgeon of corruption and refused to appoint a special prosecutor. 

And this is just one scandal out of many.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:45 | 4954986 loonyleft
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yeah. MSM took Bush to task over Iraq and Afghanistan. They had it out for him in fucking spades.

Aluminum tubes, mobile chem labs, and golly gee shucks, 911 was just a bunch of comical mistakes and 'intelligence' errors. 

yup, the MSM was NOT on board with Bush. FFS. /s for republitards

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:43 | 4957249 Monty Burns
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The MSM supports the Established Power. Simple as that. Bush, Obama are just different puppets of that power, the Real And Permanent Government.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19 | 4954907 Shizzmoney
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He's out in a year and a half.......by the time SHTF for all of this stuff coming to a head, he'll he waving on the way out, on his way to get paid 250k+ for a speech in front of some rich people.  Why should he give a fuck?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:23 | 4954921 AnAnonymous
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He will get that kind of money? Ummm, 'americans' forget who they are very easily.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:00 | 4955018 Shizzmoney
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Bernanke gets $250k, Summers gets 50k, Greenspan gets 100k, and Clinton get upwards to 500k (although he'll do gig for cheaper).

Corporate speeches are a big market for these folks.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4955248 CuttingEdge
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No amount of money in appearance fees makes up for the fact that your kids have to live their lives out in the knowledge that the world and his grandmother think their father is a cunt. And that their mother is a wookie, but that's another story...

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 16:07 | 4956668 Shizzmoney
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Agreed....but when you are essentially insulated from all critism of your parents (like Chelsea Clinton is), you literally are waling on cloud 9.

That is, until, the Sun comes out (truth) and they all fall to the ground.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:16 | 4955288 Postal
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You're assuming that he plans on leaving.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:19 | 4954910 Drunvalo Melchizedek
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About 10 years ago some Russian dude predicted a 3-5 way split up of the states.  I laughed at the time, but looks like the joke will be on me.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:22 | 4954915 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Life in the 80's was very very good. If you were to tell me that America would be in the state it's in today back in 1984....I would have probably laughed too.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:36 | 4954945 The Most Intere...
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How about breaking it up in to, let's see.... Hmmmm.... How about breaking it up into 50 different states!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:55 | 4955202 Drunvalo Melchizedek
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How 'bout all 57?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:58 | 4955218 Winston Churchill
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57 ,we were told by Obozo.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:21 | 4954911 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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Of course Obama is golfing, he's done his part to help destroy the country...now it's up to his masters (NWO) to finish it.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:23 | 4954914 syntaxterror
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After the Free Shit Party loses the Senate in November, the Impeachment Proceedings can begin.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:25 | 4954926 orangegeek
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unless Barry gets whacked first

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:23 | 4955322 rogerramjet
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syntaxterror,

Your a legend in your own mind.  How do I get this free shit?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:22 | 4954917 NoWayJose
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Obama is mixing his social policy with his foreign policy. If a country has anti-gay laws he wants to fire missiles at them and topple their leaders.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:35 | 4954942 Quinvarius
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And then buttfuk anyone with a job.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:25 | 4954928 ThisIsBob
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US Foreign Policy mostly consists of using every resource available to herd cats.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:27 | 4954931 Quinvarius
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It is okay.  The Feds are letting the USD dump today and selling paper gold and silver to try and pretty up their failure.  It is a good day for stackers.  We shall see if it can last as long as Platinum and Palladium do not participate.  Usually the answer is no.     

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:28 | 4954932 buzzsaw99
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mcshitstain would have been worse imo

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:34 | 4954938 AnAnonymous
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The next US president will perform even better than Obama in terms of exercizing violence.

Obama's great performance but lack of consideration will spur next presidents for some long time.

No future US president will want to perform less than Obama, it will be such a disgrace.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:49 | 4955180 syntaxterror
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Worse on the golf course? Wouldn't have won a Nobel Peace Prize for his boogaloo vibe?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:34 | 4954939 yogibear
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And goes on plane rides with Reggie.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:35 | 4954940 tony wilson
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rothschild family say barry smoke some cock chill play some golf.

we got bressinski,kissinger,cheney daddy cia kid rapist bush snr doing the heavy deconstruction lifting.

barry says sure thing get me my 9 iron and my reggie love baby.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:40 | 4954953 Quinvarius
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Brzezinski is to US Russian foreign policy what Krugman is to economics.  He is a fucking insane idiot.  And Obama is stupid enough to listen to him.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:35 | 4954941 Duc888
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....well, I guess this is what happens when people (s)elect a "community organizer".  His handlers no doubt think he is doing a wonderful job.  Keep everything and everyone off balance....

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:35 | 4954943 pakled
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"Of course, with John Kerry in charge of policy, is anyone surprised? Still, he does report to Obama, and one would assume that despite the president "knowing nothing" about any of the domestic scandals he has faced in the past year, he can find the world on a map..."

 

Hopefully. Unless he's been taking geography lessons from the Miss Teen USA 2007 candidate from South Carolina... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww&feature=kp

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:39 | 4954960 FreeNewEnergy
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Since we've become a banana republic, can I have mine split, with nuts (plenty of them in DC), hot fudge (thanks, Reggie!) and a cherry (that's even too gross for me to think about) on top?

We are all screwed in the end. Today I will attend to my small, but flourishing garden, watch my goldfish swim (I heartily recommend goldfish ponds, booze and your choice of smokes for stress relief) and try not to think about what a mess this country (world) has become.

<RANT>

Many thanks to the Tylers here at ZH and their crack ADVERTISING CREW, who make this site impossible to read regularly, due to an OVERABUNDANCE OF ADS - ESPECIALLY THE VIDEO ADS (What the fuck is that "Club Career" video about anyhow? I've stopped that fucker so often I'm sick of looking at it).

Keep it up, mercenary masters of ZH - which used to be a great blog - for fucking it up with the self-loading video ads which freeze and/or crash browsers or make scrolling nearly impossible.

I HAVE HAD MORE BROWSER CRASHES FROM ZERO HEDGE THAN FROM ALL OTHER SITES ON THE INTERNET COMBINED.

I'll be doing my part to help the corporate masters of ZH to self-destruct by visiting the sites from which they regularly poach, anyhow, like Paul Craig Roberts, David Stockman, Liberty Blitzkrieg and Counterpunch.

KEEP RUNNING THE STUPID SELF-LOADING VIDEO ADS, DUNCES. THEY'LL DO THE JOB OF DESTROYING THIS SITE FAR BETTER THAN ANY NSA OPERATION.

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:59 | 4955016 BobTheSlob
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Stop sewing your head to the carpet and install ghostery for your browser.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:40 | 4955363 rogerramjet
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Here, Here!  This has become a "crap' web site.  I only show-up when I'm really bored and want some cheap entertainment.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:57 | 4957860 Seeing Red
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Firefox & NoScript, you pathetic whiner.  I've never had a crash, nor seen a single ad.

p.s.  Use Firefox 27 unless you desire/need one of the folllowing:

1)  Improved Windows 8 compatibility which, shockingly, created some bugs (Firefox 28)

2)  Irritating attempt to mimick Chrome (using trumpeted new code structure) for even MORE bugs (Firefox 29)

p.p.s.  Keep your Java up-to-date.

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:40 | 4954961 Dickweed Wang
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The whole article reads like something straight out of the CFR. Accordingly, take everything in it with a large grain of salt . . .

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:14 | 4954968 medium giraffe
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Love the picture.

 

"Too much Satan for one hand!"

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:43 | 4954969 The Most Intere...
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Foreign policy? LOL

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:45 | 4954976 dbTX
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Heck, I say keep O on the golf course, that's where he does the least amount of damage.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:47 | 4954993 medium giraffe
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Time for a Presidential mulligan?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:42 | 4955155 GetZeeGold
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He's been getting one from the MSM everyday running on 6 years now....and counting.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:47 | 4954992 Who is John Galt
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When John McCain dies, I will be the guy standing there with the "God hates flags sign" taking a piss on his grave.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:58 | 4955010 Joe A
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Yeah like McCain has nothing to do with the situation in the world right now. Remember his visits to Syria and Ukraine? And Obama? He said in Cairo that he wanted new relations with the islamic world. Well, he got that for sure.

The Devil says: "Everything goes according to plan".

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:58 | 4955011 LostandFound
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I dont see how the US can have an effective foreign policy and have an effective domestic policy. They seem to be doing both half baked rather than putting all there efforts in one.

Alot of this foreign policy hasnt come into play while Obama has been in charge, many of it, is baggage from Bush and beyond. It was only a matter of time before the suppressors became the oppressors and this is where we are starting to see the paradigm shift.

In my opinion the US needs to stop being the worlds police and focus on preserving what they have before a mass civil unrest breaks out, which at this rate is inevitable.

I am sure most Americans would prefer the fix of the domestic issues rather than the fix of foreign issues. How Obama can ask 500 million for Syria and yet Detroit citizens cannot manage to get any water is mind boggling.

The US is simply put, overstretched, too much war, too much corruption and too much debt, all 3 will be the fall of the great empire.    

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:07 | 4955040 loonyleft
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upvoted but this comment shows how deep indoctrination runs....

In my opinion the US needs to stop being the worlds police and focus on preserving what they have before a mass civil unrest breaks out, which at this rate is inevitable.

The US never has been the worlds police and has always acted in it's own interest. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:26 | 4955777 morongobill
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Don't worry. Remember the alphabet agencies bought billions of rounds recently, including hollow points.

The elites will do just fine behind their guarded gates.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:58 | 4955012 Spastica Rex
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Just need more planes, tanks boats, and missles - easy fix. Shows what a complete peacnikpacifist BO is.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:01 | 4955022 observiate
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very nixon-esque picture....too bad it's not a resignation.  but actually, that's neither here nor there.  i place much higher blame on the flaccid old farts in congress who's minds are so crippled with the insanity of political correctness they haven't the huevos to either sue or impeach the bastard

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:02 | 4955024 TheBird
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Worst since 1970? Short memories, eh?

I expect it from a dottering old fool like McPain but the rest of you? Really?

Cold War
Fall of Shah
Proxy wars in Africa and C. America
Soviets invade Afghanistan
Lebanon
Iran/Iraq war
Iraq/Kuwait
Soviet Union breaks up
Intifada
Balkans
Did I say Intifada yet?
9/11
Afghan War
Iraq War

and the usual petty squables and instability throughout the rest of the world.

So please stop with this nonsense. Obama may be a dolt but this "worst since..." stuff is utter BS and neo-con BS at that. Just remember how much of the debt and corporate welfare is the result of people like McPain.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:06 | 4955036 BobTheSlob
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Barry's list is at least twice that long. He also has the market cornered on debt creation. He's done a swell job carrying on the boooooosh legacy.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:42 | 4955157 TheBird
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Really? I'd be interested in seeing that "twice as long" list. Perhaps in an age of 24/7 partisan driven news where virtually anything can be made into a "crisis" you can get it. The reality is that the world as a whole is a lot more peaceful/stable now than the average of the past 50 years.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:38 | 4955352 MrButtoMcFarty
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Stable?

Eaten much Gulf seafood lately?

Obama presided over the continuing coverup of the biggest environmental disaster in US history....and the hypocritical cocksucking ecofags continue to line up to swallow the story.

 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:43 | 4955585 AnAnonymous
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An 'american' asking for proofs...

Hard to believe 'americans' cant accept their nature.

Lets spell it clear: 'americans' are duplicitous, their claims are not supposed to substantiated, they are fit or sheer rage, hatred.

'Americans' hate because it is natural for them to hate.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:30 | 4955798 redd_green
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Anyone who blames Bush or Obama for debt creation, doesn't have a clue who controls the US Monetary System.   Is this Human Events blog post or Zero Hedge, for Christ's sake?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:02 | 4955026 MickV
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Crisis is the way the NWO rolls. Create the crisis in order to "solve" it. "Never let a good crisis go to waste'. Obama and his henchmen fellow pupprts told you what they were going to do, and are doing it. "Dreams From My Father"--- he was telling you idiots he is not eligible because of his British subject father (as in not an eligible natural born Citizen). They love to tell you what is going to happen so they can laugh at the idiocy of us letting it happen. They are satanists after all.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:04 | 4955032 BobTheSlob
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So much choom, man ass, and ball washing so little time.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:05 | 4955035 mototard
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Now even the Egyptian Press is cheering for Israel as it attacks the HAMAS (Muslim Brotherhood).

If even the Egyptian press is cheering for the Israelis, you have to wonder what is going on over here.

 

http://tinyurl.com/kh4dbjm

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:10 | 4955055 esum
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not impeaching = RACIST

this assclown has committed at least 25 impeachable offenses including TREASON for aiding and abetting enemy terrorists (isis and al queda) during a "war" on terrorism

btw when is KSM going to be executed?

when is the marine in mex going to be realeased

when is Bergdhal going to be court marshalled

when is the fort hood turd going to be executed

remember he said when push came to shove HE WOULD STAND WITH IS MUSLIM BROTHERS..... well you are witnessing the violation of LAW and him doing EXACTLY what he said he would do.... and unless Congress and the Judiciary act he WINS.... and why because he is a mulatto.... hey THAT'S RACISM 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:15 | 4955075 besnook
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more right versus left bs. the republicans would be at war with iran right now, and the ukraine. and there are dumbasses who would argue the outcome would be different with a liberal in office. all of them are a bunch of psychopathic killers for the love of money and empire. every country has been infested with them since the beginning of time. all of them self destruct in an orgey of self interest only to rise out of the ashes again. it is the usa's turn to pillage and plunder the world. USA!USA!USA!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:16 | 4955077 AdvancingTime
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We put ourselves in a bad stop in Europe. In reality America has few military options in Russia's backyard unless it has the backing of a full and enthusiastic NATO and that is very unlikely. Europe has reason to be unexcited about a possible long and expensive conflict.

While still trying to recover from a recession Europe would face fuel shortages and a massive spike in the price of natural gas. Currently Russia supplies much of the gas used in Europe, this gives Putin a great deal of leverage. If an actual ground attack were to occur few see the Russians as likely to rollover as other armies have when America approaches. More on this subject in the article below. 

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2014/07/putin-holds-all-cards.html

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:18 | 4955085 esum
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obama is like the person returing from the rest room with 8 feet of toilet paper trailing..............  

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4955104 nah
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if the US Presidency was supposed to be easy Ron Paul would have won

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:44 | 4955165 IridiumRebel
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if the US Presidency was supposed to be fair, evenly examined by the press and honest, then Ron Paul would have won.

 

Fixed it for ya. Actually I take that back. Even if all of the above, these POS FSA fux would still vote for da freedumb.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:32 | 4955125 p00k1e
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Barack Obama is John Galt.

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