Obama's Legacy: Obamacare Failure, Drone Policy Failure, Guantanamo Failure, NSA Spying Failure

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Submitted by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Gallup’s Daily Obama Approval Rating poll shows Americans view president Obama consistently higher now than at any time since 2009.

His popularity is more of a reflection on Obama being a likable person, than having likable policies. It’s also a reflection on the extreme unpopularity of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


Complete Failure

Likable or not, Obama’s legacy will be one of complete failure. Vox reports The whole Democratic Party is now a smoking pile of rubble.

Vox missed some things, lots of things actually, but the headline is accurate enough.

Everything Obama stood for is about to be undone, except perhaps his drone policy which was a miserable failure and should be undone.

  1. Obamacare Failure
  2. Drone Policy Failure
  3. Trade policy Failure
  4. Libya Failure
  5. NSA Spying Failure
  6. Guantanamo Failure
  7. Russia Failure

Affordable Care Act Failure

Obama’s Affordable Care Act was nearly a complete failure. Affordable it certainly wasn’t, except for those picked up by Medicaid and a small group of heavily subsidized others.

Drone Policy Failure

Thousands of innocent men, women, and children have been killed by drones. Obama justified targeted killings under the pretext of wars that were never declared.

Obama escalated the seriously misguided policies of the Bush administration. “Obama authorized the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to fire on targets based solely on their intelligence “signatures” — patterns of behavior that are detected through signals intercepts, human sources and aerial surveillance, and that indicate the presence of an important operative or a plot against U.S. interests. Under the previous rules the CIA and the US military were only allowed to use drone strikes against known terrorist leaders whose location could be confirmed and who appeared on secret CIA and JSOC target lists.”

US warmongers, and their backers became judge, jury, and executioner, of anyone having the required “signature”, even in countries deemed to be US allies.

According to the New York Times, President Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, reserving the final say on approving lethal action, and signs off every strike in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

The U.S. Army’s Law of Land Warfare (Field Manual 27-10) states: “It is especially forbidden * * * to kill or wound treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army. [Article 23(b) of the 1907 Hague Regulations]”

“Daniel Reisner, who headed the International Legal Division of the Israeli Military Advocate General’s Office from 1994 to 2005, has stated that although targeted killing is illegal under previous understanding of international law, “If you do something for long enough, the world will accept it. The whole of international law is now based on the notion that an act that is forbidden today becomes permissible if executed by enough countries.” Reisner continues, “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it.

Trade Policy Failure

Obama pushed hard for the Transpacific Trade Partnership (TPP) with Asia, and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the EU.

Both are dead. Both deserved to fail actually because they were loaded with global warming silliness and provisions that allowed companies to sue governments.

I wrote about the collapse of TTIP on September 23 in US-EU Trade Talks “De Facto Dead”.

On November 16 I wrote Australia Snubs Obama, Dumps TPP, Opts for China-Sponsored Trade Deal: Mish Proposed Deal.

New TPP World

TPP discussions started in 2005. The US joined the agreement in 2008. Agreement was finally reached in 2015.

Obama wanted to exclude China from TPP. As with Obamacare, Obama succeeded, but the patient died.

Guantanamo Failure

In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama gave orders for the detention camp to be closed by January 22, 2010.

As of 2015, the detention camp remains open due to a congressional refusal of funds for its closure.

Rather than, or in addition to ramming Obamacare trough a budget Reconciliation Act, Democrats could have had the decency to get funding for closing Guantanamo.



Libya Failure

Hillary Clinton was Obama’s secretary of state. He is responsible for her failures and Libya was arguably the worst.  On July 27, 2016, Foreign Policy wrote
Hillary the Hawk: A History From Haiti to Syria, the Democratic candidate’s long record suggests she’s looking forward to being a war president on day one.

Her policies in Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria were all pro-war. It’s no wonder Wall Street and the banks loved her.

Of all her failures, for which Obama must take the blame, Libya stands out. She was a strong proponent of regime change in Libya. On the death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Hillary bragged “We came, we saw, he died.”

Please watch that video. It’s very short, about 12 seconds.

In the wake of that assassination, Libya is now in Civil War. Parts of Libya are under control of terrorists including ISIS.

Foreign Policy states the “Libya regime change intervention was, unfortunately, one that the Obama administration chose to fully support, despite misleading the American people at the time that it was not the goal. Obama correctly labeled not planning for the postwar scenario his worst mistake and correctly described Libya a mess.”

NSA Spying Failure

Obama embraced and extended the blatantly illegal spy tactics of the Bush administration. We learned about those tactics thanks to global Edward Snowden.

Two days ago, I provided a wrap-up discussion and stated Pardon Snowden, Prosecute Clapper.

It seems unlikely. Obama is too big of a coward, and too much like Bush to pardon Snowden.

Russia Failure

Obama’s policy towards Russia has been a complete failure. Trump rates to be more pragmatic.

Did Obama Do Anything Right?

Inquiring minds may be wondering if Obama did anything right in eight years.

I can actually point to one thing: Talks with Iran were a success. Some will disagree.

Unfortunately, Trump may undo Obama’s success on this front,  but rates to be better in regards to Russia, and hopefully NATO.

Obama’s Legacy

Obama’s legacy is one of at least seven major failures. His one success, which some debate, may be undone.

Ultimately, that’s his scorecard, no matter what his popularity may be at the moment.

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Clint Liquor's picture

It's Bush's fault.

the grateful unemployed's picture

yeah put the knock on barry then trump will double the number of detainees at gitmo and everyone will applaud. lets get real here this is americans hitler moment

Mahatma Coat's picture

Some of us don't mind trolls if they're intelligent or entertaining.  You are neither.

Secret Weapon's picture

I disagree.  It was a total success for the 1%, MIC, too big to fail banks, pharmaceutical companies and other government connected parasites. Basically, the people who he really worked for did quite well.  The rest of the country - not so much. 

918pigpen's picture

Just A Fucking PUTZ!!!

melpheos's picture

Bush sucked, Obama made it worse

iAmerican3's picture
iAmerican3 (not verified) melpheos Nov 29, 2016 10:49 AM

Both homos.

buzzsaw99's picture

the only way one could be disappointed in a usa president is if one had hope that they would be different to begin with. let that be a lesson for you trumpinistas.

Arnold's picture

Projection is a horrible character flaw to overcome.

I find alcohol helps.

hotrod's picture

Sold a lot of guns.  Probably more than anyone ever.

SharkBit's picture

Worst President in US history.  Eat that shit head.

buzzsaw99's picture

every president has been worse than the one before and this trend will not change. hopey's greatest achievemant was that he wasn't hillary. if trump isn't careful that will be his biggest failure.

Redhotfill's picture

Sorry nope, Woodrow Wilson still holds that honor. 

Squidbilly's picture
Squidbilly (not verified) Nov 29, 2016 10:46 AM

yea but...   dat nigga had style, and assholes like style. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdVVJibX5FA

iAmerican3's picture
iAmerican3 (not verified) Nov 29, 2016 10:47 AM

Ought not to have allowed the Deep State Beast Fifth Column to dupe us into making Elect a CIA-created homosexual psychopath as POTUS...even though PsOS McCain and Romney would have been worse.

bada boom's picture

Let's be fair, there has been a lot great failures from all the recent presidents.  Let's hope the next one doesn't join them.

Sounds like we have to hear "It's Obama's fault" for the next 4 to 8 years.  Please, there is something called congress and apparently they are avoiding most of the blame.  It's not Obamacare, it's called the (not) Affordable Care Act.  Who attached Obama's name to it when congress created the bill?  All done for deflection. 

Droning?  Just imagine if McCain got elected...

Muad'Grumps's picture

Add the NSA's failure to uncover Pizzagate to the intelligence failures. Or were the intelligence agencies involved as well?

brushhog's picture

There's something horrid and unnatural about a woman who laughs cavalierly at another persons death....even if the other person was an enemy.

iAmerican3's picture
iAmerican3 (not verified) brushhog Nov 29, 2016 10:48 AM

Proves her a psychopath.

Nunyadambizness's picture

I agree, but would add "...psychopath, amoral, evil, and loathsome, not worthy of life."  

Too harsh?

Kidbuck's picture

What's my punishment if I crack a smile upon Hillary's death?

wobblie's picture

What's ZH's legacy coming out of the Obama reign?


Poor kids. Only proves Liberals and Convervatives rather hold on to their treasured ideologies and failures than care about their children.

The ruling class thanks you.


Muad'Grumps's picture

I couldn't find anything about Pizzagate over at Drudge. What's up with that? 

Herdee's picture

Who will bring NATO and American war criminals to Justice?

williambanzai7's picture

I have his legacy mapped in A2 Fine Art prints.

Vageling's picture

Well... He is the brown clown of the decade. He's nominated.Even got a nobel price. But other than that... Can't think of a reason why he shouldn't be nominated for idiot of the century.  Legacy? Sure... Long legged mac daddy that has less intelligence than an waterplant! At least the plant knows how to keep floating. Faghouse barry the brown clown will drown. Good! Together with his useless cult muppets. Can't beat nature snowflakes.

Miss Expectations's picture

Who could disagree with this and why?

Western laws now clash with moral nature of man – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill


dogismycopilot's picture

Obama compounded the errors of the Bush Administration. All ZHrs should read this book: America's War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew Bacevich. Who sums up where Americans are and where they should go (home).

Last page, paragraph 3

Amidst such challenges, the afflictions besetting large portions of the Islamic world will undoubtledly persis. BUt their relative importantce to the United States as determinits of American well being will diminish, a prcess even today already welll advanced even if US national security priorities have yet to reflect this fact.

In this context, the War for the Greater Middle East becomes a diversion that Americans can ill afford. To fancy at this point that the US military possess the capacity to "shape" the course of events there is an absurdity. Induldging in that absurdity further serves chiefly to impede the ability of the US to attend to more pressing concerns. Washington finds itself playing yesterday's game and playing it badly, when a more important game with different rules is already well underway elsewhere.

Ultimatley, the game that will decide if Americans succeed in preserving their privileged position will play out at home rather than in some far off place like Iraq or Afghanistan. At the end of the day, whether the United States is able to shape the Greater Middle East will matter less than whether it can reshape itself, restoring effectiveness to self government, providing for the sustainable and equitable prosperity, and extracting from a vastly diverse culture somehow to hold in common of greater moment than shallow digital enthusiasisms and the worship of celebrity.

Perpetuating the War for the Greater Middl East is not enhancning American freedom, abundance, and security. If anything, it is having the opposite effect. One day the American People may awaken to this reality. Then and only then will the war end. When this awakening will occur is impossible to say. For now, sadly,  Americans remain deep in slumber.


wisehiney's picture

Damn Tylers, y'all are gonna lose a lot of clicks if you keep stomping on all little snowflakes that are here this morning.

Deez mofos luvs dem sum niggah.

Vageling's picture

Hey! They're on Chef Aid. They love the chocolate salted balls. Look at them suck ;)

Mini-Me's picture

There is more.  Much more, including:

  • VA - A total debacle.  Vets are dying waiting for treatment.  The entire VA administration should be prosecuted for criminal negligence.
  • Common Core - 'nuff said.
  • Entitlements - Not even a half-hearted effort was made to put these Ponzi schemes on a sound footing.
  • The Fed - A gigantic counterfeiting operation.
  • DoJ - Asleep at the wheel.
  • FDA - A higher body count than even the Pentagon.
  • The Pentagon - A bureaucracy run amok.  When was the last time they were even audited?
  • Banking - Not one banker prosecuted for vast and repeated fraud.
  • The IRS - Using this group of thugs to harass political opponents.  Lerner should be in prison.
  • Intelligence - Clapper was caught lying to Congress while under oath.  Why didn't he go to jail?
SpanishGoop's picture

He's way over par.


Arnold's picture

Please pick up before the Snowman.

bornlastnight's picture

"Obama's Legacy: Obamacare Failure, Drone Policy Failure, Guantanamo Failure, NSA Spying Failure"

Yeah, but the "second" estimate for real GDP rose 3.2%, highest since 2014.  So OZero has that going for him thanks to fuzzy math.

Krungle's picture

"Both deserved to fail actually because they were loaded with global warming silliness and provisions that allowed companies to sue governments." That sentence cancels itself out--because corporations can sue under both the TTP and TTIP for environmental regulations that interfere with their business, those trade agreements actually said that the US government does not actually think much of global warming/climate change since they were willing to throw the whole thing out the window in pursuit of direct governance via corporation. This has long been one of the strongest signals that the whole thing is overblown--if climate change was a legitimate threat to national security they would have actually enacted protections in the trade deal. 

Next, purge the NSF of true believers and start giving out grants to a diversity of climate researchers (it should actually be standard practice to administer grants to dissenting scientists in every field, not continue to reinforce standard views even if they are likely correct). 

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

Mish left off a huge failure: $10 trillion in new debt.

That will handcuff every president going forward. 

Miss Expectations's picture

Biggest reason (excuse) to replace the Federal Reserve

undercover brother's picture

Exactly $10 trillion in new debt used to prop up the fake economy, plus the feds $5 trillion monetary expansion on the books, plus their additional $25 Trillion in off the book swaps with the BOJ and other CB's.  

TradingTroll's picture

Actually that's the only thing I need to see on the list. Nothing else functions in a bankrupt economy

brentm381's picture

What makes you think the approval polls are accurate?  They could be the same BS as the election polls.  IMO, the actual election results are a more realistic indicator of approval ratings.  Of course HRC played a part in that, but many (including myself) were terrified of the same policies destructive to our great nation.

john milton's picture

We came, we voted, she lost!!!

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

Trump will not be able to reverse the Iran deal. The UNSC embargo of Iran has been lifted and Russia and China will veto any attempt by Trump to resume it.

The most that the US and its European vassals could do is to declare their own unilateral sanctions, but China will be happy to import Iran's oil and gas and Iran will simply shift its trade toward Russia, China and other BRICS countries.

As for Obamas succeses: like the Clintons, I'm sure he's been quite successful in filling his own pockets. Let's see how much the Obamas will be worth a few years after he stepped down.

AmandaFawndel's picture

but but but, the ashkeNAZI jew run media said the 78 IQ lesser primate was 'the smartest guy in the room'.....was he in a room of jellyfish?

aliki's picture

if trump wants to be the most successful president of all-time, just line-up every bush & obama policy and do the exact opposite

jubber's picture

but what about the Transgender Toilets now there is something to celebrate

Sir John Bagot Glubb's picture

yea, Kennedy eventually got us on the moon.  Obama got men in women's bathrooms.  

BillyBass's picture

Many, if not most, of these things will continue or expand under Trump.  You think he is going to give up drones?  Nope.  He has already said he will keep parts of Obamacare.  He won't close Gitmo, and may in fact expand its use for anyone HE deems unacceptable.  NSA spying isn't going anywhere.  Libya, and the entire middle east, has been a disaster for 15 years.  We just keeping making worse and worse decisions there.  Maybe Trumpy can get lucky and do somehting productive.  Though, the advisors he has surrounding him, and his campaign rhetoric, suggest otherwise.   

Yes, killing TPP is the right move, but really, companies are not going to move production back to the US in the forseeable future.     

Bill of Rights's picture

No wrong this is the Liberal version of success, you know 2+2= 5

bankbob's picture

For 70 years the USA has been the guarantor of Global Security, Global Trade and Global Energy.

It's time to get out of the Global Management business.

JustPastPeacefield's picture

According to the New York Times, President Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, reserving the final say on approving lethal action, and signs off every strike in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.


So in the morning he executes them, and in the afternoon he welcomes them into the country. Only the good ones, of course.

Today's Schedule:

9:00 a.m. --> select execution targets.

10:30 a.m. --> approve 10,000 Islamic 'regfugees' for middle America.

1:30 p.m. --> deliver vague word cloud about OSU 'campus violence'. 

1:35 p.m. --> GOLF.

3:30 p.m. --> attend BLM pep rally.

3:45 p.m. --> GOLF.