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Obama´s Successful Foreign Failure
Wall Street Journal, by Norman Podhoretz

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 9/8/2013 6:59:06 PM

It is entirely understandable that Barack Obama´s way of dealing with Syria in recent weeks should have elicited responses ranging from puzzlement to disgust. Even members of his own party are despairingly echoing in private the public denunciations of him as "incompetent," "bungling," "feckless," "amateurish" and "in over his head" coming from his political opponents on the right. For how else to characterize a president who declares war against what he calls a great evil demanding immediate extirpation and in the next breath announces that he will postpone taking action for at least 10 days—and then goes off to play golf


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 9/8/2013 7:10:56 PM     (No. 9511907)

The Left: bringing down the USA since 1968...It is why Dear Leader was put in office.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Anner40, 9/8/2013 7:31:17 PM     (No. 9511921)

He has been ´sticking it to us´ since day one.....

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/8/2013 7:44:35 PM     (No. 9511933)

I tried to shout this "What Øbama really is" mantra from the rooftops. No one would listen. I was handed "tin foil hats". Now, it´s empty satisfaction to say, "I told ya so."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tnorling, 9/8/2013 8:04:49 PM     (No. 9511950)

The brilliant Norman Podhoretz posits our worst nightmare: the community organizer as the America-hating leftist whose considered policy is to achieve what Conrad Black describes - the collapse of America as a superpower.

His success can be measured in proportion to the degree of America´s failures, hence, fecklessness domestically and abroad.

I´m afraid N.P. is correct, and if so, our dear leader is guilty of high crimes indeed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/8/2013 8:14:04 PM     (No. 9511957)

I´m surprised that he was allowed to get away with it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: redgrains, 9/8/2013 8:48:26 PM     (No. 9511986)

Plain , starkly-stated WSJ article.
Encouraging to see the WSJ call it so boldly.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chiller, 9/8/2013 8:55:40 PM     (No. 9511993)

It´s becoming apparent to more and more. When will Congress realize their leader is throwing the game?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NotaBene, 9/8/2013 9:14:15 PM     (No. 9512011)

This contains a great insight : "the fundamental transformation he wished to achieve here was to reduce the country´s power and influence."

BHO has indeed fooled US.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sailor43, 9/8/2013 9:36:52 PM     (No. 9512037)

Syria, a sovereign nation, did not sign the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1996.  The present conflict affects only Syrians.  This conflict is not an international dispute; it´s a civil war initiated by insurgents and fought entirely in Syria.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: birddog, 9/8/2013 10:30:37 PM     (No. 9512090)

I think perhaps Norm and others OVER estimate Obama. Doing this all on purpose would take effort. What has he EVER exerted anywhere near this degree of effort on? The elections? Teleprompter speeches written by others, practiced and repeated over and over... anything independent has been a mistake needing to be "walked back" later. He´s put no time into budgets,domestic or foreign policy, his "signature accomplishments" Obamacare, bailouts, stimulus have all been written by others and he´s shown no interest in even knowing what was in them, let alone well enough to explain it. He´s too lazy to have done much of anything on purpose. As president his precedent is He´s just "Present".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Spidey, 9/9/2013 2:22:14 AM     (No. 9512199)

There´s an awful lot of hand wringing coming from both sides of the media about this which tells me there´s a total lack of certainty over doing this.

On the other hand it wouldn´t surprise me if we saw a comeback kid narrative starting Weds. morning,along with a surge of support in the polls later on in the week.

We could actually waste a lot of precious guided bombs on Syria and not have enough left to fight a larger war.

None of the war´s supporters have come up with an explanation of why Assad would do this to begin with.Gassing civilians is a sure footed way of getting the world to turn on you.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: pineledger, 9/9/2013 7:09:55 AM     (No. 9512319)

And remember how Limbaugh was castigated for saying he hoped Obama failed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Starlady, 9/9/2013 7:13:22 AM     (No. 9512322)

Many here have known this would be the result even before Obama was elected in 2008. I would love to read some items written by NP back then. I suspect he was just like many others who "wanted to give Obama the benefit of the doubt." At least now NP is stating the obvious while many others prefer the state of denial..

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NancyD, 9/9/2013 7:22:26 AM     (No. 9512330)

This is why the leftwing liberals have been so quiet, they KNOW we were right and they are too embarrassed to admit it.

Their community organizer, should have stayed in Chitown and continued to organize nothing.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: steveracer, 9/9/2013 7:23:47 AM     (No. 9512336)

Oh, so Obama is Don Diego de la Vega. The golfing dandy by day, but the ruthless fox by night.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: M2, 9/9/2013 7:43:03 AM     (No. 9512373)

His foreign policy, far from a dismal failure, is a brilliant success as measured by what he intended all along to accomplish...the fundamental transformation he had in mind was to turn this country into as close a replica of the social-democratic countries of Europe as the constraints of our political system allowed.

It´s tedious to continue to quote Rush Limbaugh so often, but he said the same thing before Obama was elected the first time and has continued to reiterate it since that time.

If you believe as I do that Podhoretz (and Rush) is right about Obama´s goals, Obama has been wildly successful. The Left rejoices, but is silent for fear of letting the red and yellow cat out of the bag; they really want what Obama is doing, with few exceptions.

What is left unsaid is that white conservatives are his main targets. He is in reparations mode, as are all his sycophants. I don´t believe this is arguable when you look at (a) the conduct of his justice Dept. and (b) his silence when black people kill white people. But let a white person or even a "white Hispanic" kill a black person and Obama´s all over that like white on rice.

Podhoretz´ title "..successful failure" is brilliant: It all depends on what you want for America.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 9/9/2013 7:49:49 AM     (No. 9512381)

Why must we send cruise missiles when our Dear Leader is a Muslim Brotherhood member? Did they run out of suicide volunteers? Are explosive vests in short supply? Let´s line´em up and get going.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/9/2013 8:00:04 AM     (No. 9512391)

Motive shmotive. What matters is what he has done and will continue to do. Get him out of there.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/9/2013 8:31:48 AM     (No. 9512428)

Provided we survive the remainder of 0bama´s term, and provided the Republican Establishment Elite have the good sense to run a true Conservative against Hillary [or whomever], and provided the Conservative wins, how long will it take this nation to come back from the depths that 0bama has sunk us?

Can we come back? We may, but I think it will take longer than I have left on this earth.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: saucy, 9/9/2013 8:37:06 AM     (No. 9512432)

I don´t think O(-no!) can sacrifice his ginormous ego for the demise of this country.

He believes there are enough of like-minded fellow travelers that ´aprés le deluge...´ he will still be The One.

....then...he can rule the world!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 9/9/2013 8:40:39 AM     (No. 9512436)

Read #10 and press like.
That´s Obama the low IQ sports, celebrity wannabe without an inkling of the job he holds.
Vacation and golfing is interrupted by business of world affairs of which he hasn´t a clue.
I doubt he worked hard as a community organizer because the man is a super lazy porch servant for the communist democrats.
Don´t give this guy too much credit along with his cabal of misfits who are as clueless as he is.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Felixcat, 9/9/2013 8:45:28 AM     (No. 9512440)

Obama had a lot of help fundamentally transforming this country; the media, Republican Leadership (oxymoron if ever), the public (LDotters being the exception), talking heads (see Noonan, Parker and Krauthammer, et al.) and Congress.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 9/9/2013 8:58:10 AM     (No. 9512454)

I don´t think for a moment that hussein is the one bringing America to her knees. There is a huge communist force controlling every move he makes and has directed the assault on This, the Greatest Nation on Earth.

He and Crazy Uncle Joe remind me of Jeff Dunham´s Jalapeno on a Stick, (even looks like hussein) and Walter, (even looks like CUJ). hussein is not smart enough to carry out this criminal assault on our Constitution and this Great Country, America. He´s just put on a stick and shoved out in front of a microphone, as is CUJ, and spews the rancid pabulum of his handlers while they are in the background tearing this country apart!

When his teleprompter diatribes are over, his handlers take him off the stick and put him on another one, a golf club, so he´s shuttled out of sight. (Have we ever seen him play golf? Have we been privy to his golf scores? They tried to make him an avid gun nut with a fake shotgun and a puff of smoke.)

Don´t think for a minute he´s in any way in control. It´s a massive con job being foisted on US by a bunch of communist manipulators scurrying about in the background.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/9/2013 9:06:03 AM     (No. 9512470)

A commander must have the trust of the men he leads into battle.

Obama´s problem is that he´s a liar. Not just any liar but a pathological liar. A pathetic liar. If he tells us the sky is blue we step outside to be sure. Obama lost the trust of most of the American people long ago. I contend the straw that broke the backs of even the liberals were his series of whoppers about the sequester. Everyone was laughing at him behind his back and only his narcissism prevented him from seeing it.

So now he is asking the American people to "trust him" about Syria. This on the heels of his blatant lying about Benghazi. No, the well is dry. Once you have lost the trust of the people it is gone.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 9/9/2013 9:16:09 AM     (No. 9512495)

Come over for dinner and we´ll do the "O-Bomb-Bash" for entertaining discussion! But, the topic of Benghazi is off the table.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mc squared, 9/9/2013 9:26:49 AM     (No. 9512521)

#10 and others: J.P. is right with the (major) exception that it isn´t BHO who is masterminding this ´change´.

In my humble opinion, Obama simply isn´t capable of the Triple Agent play that´s being used to pull this off. His oratory is far too plebeian (read-Chicago street) to demonstrate inordinate horsepower up there.

Consider the following:

his glaring need to kick back and relax
his demonstrably thin skin
his inability to refrain from insults
frequent straw man arguments
inconstant positions
made up data (50 jobs with Keystone)

No, this foreign policy is not originating with Obama but he´s OK with it. He´s content to look the occasional fool as long as he can blame it on the Racial Right, and half the country still adores and covers for him.
After all, the perks are incredibly good and last a lifetime.

If he weren´t president, he may be the man who hurls invectives at you from the sidewalk as you pass by.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: rmagnus, 9/9/2013 9:40:22 AM     (No. 9512550)

I´m weary of those people who continue to try and find brilliance in the actions of the ignorant.
Obama is too lazy to develop a grand plan for anything other than curing his slice and in my opinion he isn´t smart enough or clever enough to disguise that fact.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Arby, 9/9/2013 9:42:13 AM     (No. 9512557)

Yes, it is uncanny, but when you see the country floundering with a weak economy, a weak foreign policy, the proliferation of regulators and bureaucrats, the special privileges for elites and cronies . . . the whole panoply of liberal/socialist stupidity, the response of many on the left is, ´Ah, finally this is the way things should be.´ Why don´t they move to socialist countries and leave us alone? (Ans. because they´re hypocrites and think that this system will benefit them.)

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Reply 29 - Posted by: saryden, 9/9/2013 9:58:01 AM     (No. 9512574)

Time to come right out with it: Obama is a non-citizen, illegal president, member of the Muslim Brotherhood, USING Marxist-minded Democrats and "stimulus money" to destroy capitalism, our economy/credit rating, the military, America´s morals, our healthcare system, and the future for young people... all so the "religion" of peace can be installed world-wide with him as ruler. From the 21st century back to the 12th!!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/9/2013 10:01:18 AM     (No. 9512579)

There is an awful lot of wining going on this morning about something everyone knew, but did nothing about. There is a tendency in DC for politicians to be overly polite and amiable to each other. That way they all get a share of pork and money.

Fortunately most conservatives tell it like it is and they are pounded by the RNC, GOP and all of the other lightweights for pointing out facts. We knew Obama was and is a front man and a total fraud. Well are we still going to go along with the McCain´s, Grahams and other total has-beens of the GOP. Are we going to run other fellow travelers like them for Federal Office and the Presidency. Or are we going to just get along.

I think we are spitting into the wind. One party is so far left it is embarrassing. The GOP has moved over to fill the void. They are merely leftists. Why hasn´t the House started Impeachment proceedings. Well leftists of any ilk stick together.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 9/9/2013 10:33:06 AM     (No. 9512637)

Will any of those Lefties go to the WH and have the"talk" with BHO? They need to band together to do it, but they won´t. Resignation, Baby. This is so embarrassing and most of all.....DANGEROUS. The rest of the world is unbelieving, but they could get smart real fast. Scary.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: privateer, 9/9/2013 10:34:33 AM     (No. 9512640)

I wish one reporter would as the following question: If you just wanted to destroy the Nation, why did you want to be its leader? But then, the question answers itself.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: mark of fish, 9/9/2013 10:48:46 AM     (No. 9512653)

The political left and its accomplices in the media have worked hard to dumb down our schools and public. They have largely succeeded. Now they work to power down America the Sinner.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: tasine, 9/9/2013 11:11:53 AM     (No. 9512687)

Many of us have known Obama was up to no good and that his enablers were up to no good before he was first "elected" to the Presidency. During his first term, his goal became painfully obvious - yet he was "re-elected". Why was he re-elected?

And now it seems many more people see what has been wrought - it is the death of America - and we sit and talk about it. Why aren´t we DOING something about it? I think I know why we sit and allow this to happen. We don´t want to go to jail or pay a fine. We don´t want to make waves - obviously waves in a sewer can get nasty. So the signal being sent to Obama and his cohorts is that they can easily win and will win.

And I believe that IF the goal is to make us more European-like, it purpose is to open the doors to Muslim culture and law. I think Obama is more Muslim than socialist.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/9/2013 11:41:46 AM     (No. 9512742)

How much more intriguing it is to think of this whole Obama charade using the assumption the imposter puppet is guided and totally controlled by Marxists. Norman writes rich phrases and is on track, but avoids the key factor, Obama’s back room communist puppeteers. Looking at it as a stealth conspiracy supervised by the likes of the always silent Jaret, Soros, and all of his agitating comrade cell mates, it all makes perfect sense. Poderetz wisely observes that Obama is, “avoiding the word `socialism’ “, the toxic label he will never use. Right on!, But Poderetz unquestioningly states he is President and assumes he will remain in office three more years. While NP has him over the proverbial barrel, he avoids any discussion of his presidency without papers. We don’t even know who he is, a guy with more than one name, redacted documents, who was born WHERE? In “CASABLANCA”, and many other studio films involving WWII nazi socialist Germans, there was always the question, “Your papers, please”. The poor refugee doesn’t have “papers”, tries to run away and is shot in the back! Sheriff Joe, Orly Taitz, and many others in America, have presented astounding evidence that Obama’s “papers” are forged. Only a few solid people in media (NOBODY in government), are even willing to openly discuss and debate the matter. If he is an imposter, not born in the USA, then he is not President, cannot be impeached, must be arrested for committing a treasonous act. Let’s face it, he makes it worse, acting like an imposter ….. a bad one at that.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: ratslayer, 9/9/2013 11:47:03 AM     (No. 9512747)

Fourth act of "Welcome Back Carter´ Tehran 1979, Egypt 2011, Libya 2011. Tripoli fell and Meez Rodham Clinton declared: We came we saw, he died. The same day black flags went up all over Benghazi. Muslim Brotherhood came out and won Egypt. A prediction the dogs in the street and cats in the alleys would have correctly made. In Act IV, Barack O´Doofus wants Basher to loose to Hama. This is so stupid that it has to be planned.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Butch59, 9/9/2013 11:48:03 AM     (No. 9512749)

Yes, it´s been clear from the beginning what Obozo´s goal was/is. The problem is that there were far too many lo-fo´s and leftists that just had to vote for the first black president. (small "p" intentional). And now, after 5yrs of his actions, it´s past time to start impeachment proceedings. We all know that there are many reasons why. And I know that he would never be convicted and removed from office, but the procedure itself would serve to educate the public and especially the lo-fo´s of just what Obozo is up to and what he has done to their freedoms and to the country at large. If nothing else, that would serve the nation. But, it needs to start now, today. Contact you Congressman and DEMAND that he/she get on board.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/9/2013 12:31:11 PM     (No. 9512819)

So, how´s that "I won´t support the moderate imperfect Romney" workin´ out for ya now?

O-Bomber or NO-Bomber...
Wrecking America.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: congaree53, 9/9/2013 12:32:56 PM     (No. 9512820)

Actually Norman Podhoretz and Barack share in the failure. Podhoretz´s neoconservatism was rejected by the American people long before Syria. Such rejection was apparent in poll after poll after the Iraq debacle. The McCain / Romney failures to distance their foreign policy pronouncements from Middle East interventionism cost both the presidency. Barack´s fumbling just hastened the end of the neocons. Barack is no great salesman, but I´m convinced not even Cicero could convince Americans could go to war with another Middle East country. Finger-in-the- wind former neocons like Gingrich and Rubio are essentially saying that there is no upside to Middle East engagement, sounding more like Pat Buchanan every day.
I look forward to the final issues of Commentary and the Weekly Standard.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: larryp, 9/9/2013 1:12:16 PM     (No. 9512872)

It "ain´t" over til it is over.
The fat-lady is not singing yet!
we need to spend time on local races and look carefully at what Mark Levin hath wrought. Even if they don´t restore the UZSa as we knew it, We should pass those Liberty Amendments because we need those provisions.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Avogadra, 9/9/2013 2:19:46 PM     (No. 9512962)

Too bad there aren´t any in the Republican Ruling Class who are having second thoughts about their policy (two elections in a row!) of saying, "You´ll take this RINO candidate for President and like it."

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Reply 42 - Posted by: texaseducator, 9/9/2013 3:02:16 PM     (No. 9513026)

The only problem with all these articles and conservative TV personalities crying about what the President is doing to the United States is it isn´t real. We are being perceived as being weal because we have a weak government, by that I mean weak people in government but the United States is a nation of people who are strong and level headed. Only those that think Washington is the United States think we are weak. Let someone test us to see who really is the United States, and it isn´t those people in Washington DC. They are all incompetent and too far from the real America to truly understand where it´s strength comes from.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Distorted, 9/9/2013 3:05:59 PM     (No. 9513034)

He doesn´t want to degrade us merely to Eurorump status; he wants to give us the fully Cloward/Piven treatment and bring us to his knees.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: nonsense, 9/9/2013 7:29:01 PM     (No. 9513417)

Yep, Rush was right. If only he had gotten his wish when he said he hope he fails.

The puppetmaster, George Soros, is the only one evil enough to outline this plan. George is still reaching for his lifelong dream of the destruction of the United States of America. I hope he fails.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: busterman, 9/9/2013 8:10:55 PM     (No. 9513479)

If you think it´s bad now, wait until it´s all over and the U.S. never took any kind of military action. He´ll be hailed as the peacekeeper. As being above military action. The lightbringer shone his light around and all who fell within it´s brightness were cleansed of their hate.

Just wait.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: JediJerry, 9/9/2013 8:34:41 PM     (No. 9513515)

It is clearly obvious, Dear Leader would rather play golf than work. That´s his priority. He plays golf, Juan McLame plays poker on his iphone, and Jose Kerry plays us all for stupid.
Boehner sucks down OhBombas bait like a large mouth bass swallows a night crawler. Of course genocide and chemical weapons is horrific. But we tolerate it. Al Qaeda goes into a Christian village, rounds them all up, tell them to convert to Muslim or die. The choose death, and boom, they get beheaded. OhBomba plays golf. Not a problem for him. He´s really a Muslim, and hates Christians as well. But Al Qaeda shoots chemical weapons in Syria, blames it on Assad, and Zero Hero believes it and is rushing us into war. Since when we are the make right all wrongs committed by mans inhumanity to man police? Rush hoped his policies would fail. He got it right.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: badrad, 9/9/2013 8:49:38 PM     (No. 9513532)

Great article and what some suspected--noone could be that dumb. The democrats who tolerate this so they can hold onto power share his blame, "Never Forget"

The great re distributor redistributes blame and at least that is morbidly funny--good for a laugh.

Words matter and the Alinsky method is to chant the words "There he goes again, redistributing the blame". Or somesuch?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: geoguy, 9/10/2013 9:40:15 AM     (No. 9514160)

This is what happens when you have an idiot running the country, any idiot no matter the stripes. When you do stupid things it is most likely that bad results will follow. Look at the jokers that live in the inner city. They make one bad decision after another and look at the results and how they live - Detroit.

However, to compound the problem is THIS idiot hates America so he does little or nothing to right the missteps whether they be foreign or domestic policy.

Another way of saying it is "doing stupid things brings bad results." If you desire is bad results so as to diminish this country, then there is nothing to change. Then you just keep doing what you´re doing. Making bad decisions takes no effort or brain power.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Grandpa Bill, 9/10/2013 11:02:27 AM     (No. 9514334)

Thank you Mr. Podhoretz for stating so clearly the Obama debacle. How encouraging it is to now hear and read that what Obama is doing to destroy America is deliberate.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/10/2013 12:41:32 PM     (No. 9514491)

#41 and anyone else perpetuating Rush´s myth...

Voters select nominees in primaries.
Romney got more votes in primaries than all other GOP candidates combined.

Rush strongly backed Romney in 2008.
Thus why not again in 2012?
Why the myth that an "Establishment" that cannot vote in primaries had "forced"
Romney or anyone else on the voters?
That´s just silly season, and contributes to the DimWitz slam that all of us are stupid.

JFK went the primary route in 1960 precisely because the Establishment of party bosses
(DimWit gubers and mayors, etc) did not want him ever to be on a ticket.
Primaries are to avoid having the Establishment make the selection.
Party bosses have been neutered ever since.

Rush dumbly repeated over and over that since the Tea Party got great results in
the 2010 midterms, the Tea Party owned the nomination in 2012.

Only the illiterate believe and perpetuate that myth. A presidential primary season is
not a midterm election. What part of that does Rush not understand yet?
He needs to untie half his brain and use it.
Consider me sick of lies and myths.
I also am sick of the Bushes, Rush´s big buddies. They are limousine liberals.

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Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

How Obama Can Use Executive
Actions to Improve Our Democracy
Daily Beast, by Michael Waldman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 6:59:24 PM     Post Reply
He’s been hammered for going around Congress with executive orders. But he’s within his authority—and he should go further on voting and transparency to make government work better. With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his “pen and phone” to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve America’s economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy. Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that. First, some historical context. Presidents

Clinton Memos: Hillary’s
Image Woes; ‘Eat This Paper’
Wall Street Journal, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 6:58:17 PM     Post Reply
Here is a selection of highlights from Friday’s release of documents from the Clinton presidency. The cache is part of a total of about 33,000 pages of presidential records that had been held back from various public records releases because of legal reasons exempting them from disclosure. A Clinton administration memo (page 674) shows a White House that was acutely aware of the first lady’s image problems as officials contemplated how to soften perceptions of Hillary Clinton and how to “build, energize and expand” her natural base. The latest cache of previously withheld Clinton documents includes an

Shut Up, He Explained Again
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 5:34:32 PM     Post Reply
They say it´s the sincerest form of flattery. At a press conference yesterday President Obama asserted that when it comes to ObamaCare, the Republican Party "is going through the stages of grief--anger and denial and all that stuff--and we´re not at acceptance yet." We used the same gag in October, though ObamaCare supporters were the butt of our joke. And we were recycling our own material: We also invoked the Elisabeth Kübler Ross "stages of grief" way back in November 2000 in reference to Al Gore´s refusal to concede his loss to George W. Bush. Blogress Ann Althouse astutely observes that

We´re Coming for
You, John Boehner
Politico Magazine, by Richard A. Viguerie    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:59:16 PM     Post Reply
The GOP has been hijacked. That’s right, hijacked. Over the past 100 years, an elite progressive minority has taken the Republican Party far afield from its conservative platform and the interests and values of its grassroots conservative base. I’ll admit that, in the aftermath of the disappointments of the 2012 elections, conservatives like me are angry. We are angry at being blamed for Mitt Romney’s defeat, when we argued from the beginning that he was a Big Government establishment politician and that if he ran a content-free campaign, he would lose. We are angry at the disrespect shown to limited-government constitutional conservatives

Not All Presidential Offspring Equal:
Newscasts Which Ignored Bush
Pregnancy Now Trumpet Chelsea Clinton’s
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:53:25 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday morning, December 12, 2012, Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, announced on NBC’s Today show that she was expecting. That evening, the NBC Nightly News allocated 33 seconds to the revelation while neither ABC’s World News nor the CBS Evening News bothered to mention it. Today (Thursday, April 17), Chelsea Clinton, daughter of a President and First Lady belonging to the media’s preferred party, announced at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City that she is pregnant – and the networks broke out the baby showers in

Report: Boehner ´Hellbent´ on
Passing Amnesty This Year
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:37:39 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014´s midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress. According to the Wall Street Journal, Boehner told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser in March that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year." After he met with President Barack Obama at the White House in February, Boehner said that

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Hillary Clinton´s New Book Title
Has Already Been Used by a
Former Secretary of State
National Journal, by Matt Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 11:50:44 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton´s upcoming memoir, which is expected to look back at her time as secretary of State, now has a name: Hard Choices. Which is an okay title! She no doubt had to make some tough decisions while at State, and has at least one big decision to make coming up in the next year or so. But the former Cabinet member and possible future presidential candidate may have been better served by a different title—like, say, Tough Decisions. Because Hard Choices has already been used. By another former secretary of State. In 1983, Cyrus Vance, who served as secretary of State

The United States of SWAT?
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 11:48:33 AM     Post Reply
Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM deployed around Bundy’s ranch. They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of

Hillary Book to Be
Called ´Hard Choices´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 11:46:43 AM     Post Reply
"HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON’S INSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE CRISES, CHOICES, AND CHALLENGES SHE FACED DURING HER FOUR YEARS AS AMERICA’S 67TH SECRETARY OF STATE, AND HOW THOSE EXPERIENCES DRIVE HER VIEW OF THE FUTURE," reads a description of the book by the publisher. “All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. “Life is about making these choices, and how we handle them shapes the people we become.” In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New

‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada
ranch, Reid deems them ‘domestic terrorists’
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 11:44:47 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation. “Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. “… I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.” The Nevada Democrat was referring to the hundreds of Bundy backers — some armed, some from out of state — who congregated at the ranch last week in

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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

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