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The Meltdown
Commentary Magazine, by Bret Stephens

Original Article

Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 8/20/2014 6:20:25 AM

In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and restoring America’s good name abroad.

Long article, but devastating. Stephens makes the case that this ´disastrous´ foreign policy is being done on purpose.Obama demands memos with a check at the bottom so he can check ´agree´ or ´disagree´.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/20/2014 6:30:02 AM     (No. 9973014)

Bret Stephens is always worth hearing or reading. Aside from all that, he´s a good looking young man.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 8/20/2014 7:19:41 AM     (No. 9973045)

Geez, #1. I wish you wouldn´t reduce men to mere sex objects.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/20/2014 7:20:39 AM     (No. 9973046)

Resistance is futile.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: krause, 8/20/2014 7:40:08 AM     (No. 9973063)

´Leading from behind,´ by Obama´s definition, relieves him from having to make tough decisions, irregardless of the obviously disastrous unintended consequences.

The presidency is not turning out to be as easy as he naively thought it was going to be.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Avogadra, 8/20/2014 7:42:54 AM     (No. 9973068)

Rush went into a long riff yesterday about how he thinks Obama hasn´t checked out, how he thinks Obama is (behind the scenes) engineering the end of the Republican Party.

This article does a great job of refuting that. The man is lazy, incompetent and narcissistic. Any good that accrues to the Democrats from his (in)action is purely accidental. And the Republicans are doing a great job of engineering their own demise by their limpwristed responses to Obama´s lawless and lackadaisical presidency.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 8/20/2014 7:46:43 AM     (No. 9973074)

All Leftists, every single one of them, are anti-American. The anti-Americanism is not a little bug in their ideology, it is the essential, non-negotiable feature. To put a Leftist in the Oval Office and expect him to act in the best interests of the USA is simply insane.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MeiDei, 8/20/2014 7:50:34 AM     (No. 9973084)

I think the author has given a long, but accurate, description of "The Ugly American".

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ocjim, 8/20/2014 7:58:42 AM     (No. 9973099)

If Frank Marshall Davis had a son he´d look a lot like obama.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jmsdpm, 8/20/2014 8:00:09 AM     (No. 9973105)

I agree with Rush #5.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: knarfski, 8/20/2014 8:00:59 AM     (No. 9973106)

Remembering Clint Eastwood´s description "...the greatest hoax ever..."

Now we wait, and watch "a dream dying"... until what, a big blast of some kind wakes us up?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/20/2014 8:19:46 AM     (No. 9973133)

This is what "flexibility" looks like.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jinx, 8/20/2014 8:23:50 AM     (No. 9973138)

"They" should have known who Obama was when he voted PRESENT 143 times when he was a state senator. They should have known who Obama was when he signed on the dotted line of the NEW PARTY in Chicago. They should have known who Obama was when he said in his own book that he chose Socialists as friends and Professors. They should have known who he was when he spent 20 years sitting in the congregation of Rev. Wright listening to him spewing anti-American venom. They should have known...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 8/20/2014 8:24:52 AM     (No. 9973139)

The end of this regime can´t come fast enough.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bpl40, 8/20/2014 8:34:13 AM     (No. 9973159)

As usual, Hillary is dead wrong. "Don´t do stupid things" is not the organizing principle. They are simply operating instructions for the plebes. The master plan is equalizing the level between the US and its adversaries abroad. And end the two party pluralistic system at home to be replaced by a single Party socialist state. This arrangement has no room or place for Hillary or the Beltway RINOs who are fondly dreaming of replacing al Baraq..

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/20/2014 8:35:55 AM     (No. 9973167)

I honestly never thought I would live to see the day that this country would be in as much peril as it is today. I always believe this country could weather any storm. However, it is obvious that we can´t continue down the progressive road and be what we always have been, that shining city on the hill. The country is collapsing in front of our eyes.

This article is lengthy but well worth the read. As it states, we have always managed to stir ourselves to do what is right just in the nick of time. I don´t believe we have ever cut it this close before and I am fearful that the task required to restore this nation is beyond any man´s ability. Progressives have pushed God out of every aspect of the American experience and we are reaping the consequences in spades. The glue that held this nation together was the Judeo-Christian values on which we were founded. Strip those away and you have the secular swamp of humanism we are experiencing today. I pray that we are not too late to change course because we now see the evidence of the chaos that comes when man believes only in himself. God help us. We have never needed you more.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: stryker714, 8/20/2014 8:43:01 AM     (No. 9973183)

How barbaric. ´ thought we had a reprieve from that, guess not. They hurt their cause by these actions as any sane, rational person would consider ISIS sub-human. So they should be treated as such. Snatch and grabs work both ways, so beware, ISIS.

Amazing they can get the victims to read such anti-American propaganda at the very end, knowing they are going to be killed whether they say it or not. So most Americans would spit on them and refuse.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: winnie1, 8/20/2014 8:50:33 AM     (No. 9973208)

“Audacity of Hope” Obama writes: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Now who´s side do you think this man is on?

God help us!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: M2, 8/20/2014 8:57:02 AM     (No. 9973226)

Shocking, truly. Recommend this be held over to tomorrow as a MUST READ.

The president is also known to have complained to aides about what he called “decision fatigue,” demanding memos where he can check “agree,” “disagree,” or “let’s discuss.”

This is unfathomable: He not only doesn´t have to think about what his policies ought to be, but then complains about having to fill in a multiple choice memo. What kind of American conducts his life, let alone his country, like this? It´s frightening.

“Just last night I [Obama] was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we’re back to the minuscule things on politics”—those “minuscule things” being the crisis in Ukraine and his own health-care plan.

We now know what really matters to this child in the White House.

The point is especially important to note because the failure of Obama’s foreign policy is not, ultimately, a reflection of his character or IQ. It is the consequence of an ideology.

We know this, but until recently, no one seemed to care about it or even know how one´s ideology carves one´s pathway through life, and in this case, through the Presidency. Obama´s ideology isn´t just different from another ideology; his ideology is nihilistic to a free nation and its Constitution. His ideology is one on destruction.

"...we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people."

That´s One Worlder stuff, the ridiculous notion that the world can be made safe and decent for all peoples if only they would talk to and understand each other and have a common currency.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: M2, 8/20/2014 8:57:25 AM     (No. 9973230)


That attitude is for children, not for rational, mature, clear-thinking adults. It´s laudable to want that, but I want my rear end to be perky, too.

These were men who knew that isolationism, global-disarmament pledges, international law, or any other principle based on “common humanity” could provide no lasting security against ambitious dictatorships and conniving upstarts.

....like Obama, the Mullahs, Putin, Saddam Hussein, Castro, Kim Jung Whatever, and others. It simply is not reasonable to think this one-world stuff can work. We can´t even decide on "climate change", for God´s sake.

By 2017, the U.S. military will be an increasingly hollow force, with the Army as small as it was in 1940, before conscription; a Navy the size it was in 1917, before our entry into World War I; an Air Force flying the oldest—and smallest—fleet of planes in its history; and a nuclear arsenal no larger than it was during the Truman administration.

At a time when countries are nuking up, this is frightening, isn´t it? Weapons are becoming more sophisticated and more easily hidden, more easily dispensed across porous borders. And to think it´s deliberate is even more frightening because Obama´s supporters either don´t see what is happening or they are on board with it all.

Who sees a Lincoln, or a Truman, or a Reagan on the horizon?

I do. Trey Gowdy. Don´t laugh. He can do this if only he wanted to. There are others out there, too, but only by divine intervention, will he or she come forward to save America from what is clearly an avoidable descent into impotence.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 8/20/2014 9:10:42 AM     (No. 9973255)

Lots of interesting information but when he dissed Sarah Palin and Rick Perry I quit reading. Those remarks indicated just another snotty"journalista´ who believes he is smarter than the hicks.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: dman, 8/20/2014 9:10:54 AM     (No. 9973256)

"The myth of Obama’s brilliance paradoxically obscures the fact that he’s no fool. The point is especially important to note because the failure of Obama’s foreign policy is not, ultimately, a reflection of his character or IQ. It is the consequence of an ideology.
For nearly 250 years it has been America’s great fortune to have always found just the right leadership in the nick of time. Or perhaps that’s not quite accurate: It has, rather, been our way first to sleepwalk toward crisis and catastrophe, then to rouse ourselves when it is almost too late. As things stand now, by 2017 it will be nearly too late. Who sees a Lincoln, or a Truman, or a Reagan on the horizon?"

As Churchill famously said: "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they´ve tried everything else."

Stephens now states what many here have been crying out for several years. But as he points out: by 2017 it will be nearly too late.

Impeach, yet?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: rabidrepublican, 8/20/2014 9:13:00 AM     (No. 9973262)

Broadly stated, this is what happens when the liberal fantasy world hurtles headlong into the reality of our world. The part of the article that scares me to my core is what our military will look like in 2017.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 8/20/2014 9:13:57 AM     (No. 9973265)

1. “The Obama administration proved once again that it is the best friend of its enemies, and the biggest enemy of its friends,”

2. "Is the problem the president himself, a man who seems to have lost interest in the responsibilities (though not yet the perquisites) of his office?"

3. "Should any of this have come as a surprise? Probably not: With Obama, there was always more than a whiff of the overconfident dilettante, so sure of his powers that he could remain supremely comfortable with his own ignorance."

4. "The myth of Obama’s brilliance paradoxically obscures the fact that he’s no fool. The point is especially important to note because the failure of Obama’s foreign policy is not, ultimately, a reflection of his character or IQ. It is the consequence of an ideology."

5. "If Obama-Care is anything to go by, that fundamental transformation involves a vast expansion of the entitlement state; the growth of federal administrative power at the expense of Congress and the states; the further subordination of private enterprise to government regulation—and, crucially, the end of Pax Americana in favor of some new global dispensation, perhaps UN-led, in which America would cease to be the natural leader and would become instead the largest net contributor."

Most Americans, IMHO, did not vote for
"fundamental change" - they just wanted the monkey off their back - the term "racist"or "prejudiced" erased from our history by electing the first black man. Maybe they can now understand, Obama isn´t really a black man - he´s only half black.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: wyowumin, 8/20/2014 9:17:19 AM     (No. 9973273)

I had to stop reading when Stephens started bad mouthing Sarah Palin and Rick Perry. Besides, there was absolutely nothing new in the article that hasn´t been said before and better.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 8/20/2014 9:38:11 AM     (No. 9973302)

Aren´t these the points conservatives have been making since at least early 2008? What elese did anyone expect from a president who is, as one commentator in a Canadian publication put it: "A President Who Hates His Country." That, and only that, really explains what´s going on here.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 8/20/2014 9:38:22 AM     (No. 9973303)

Aren´t these the points conservatives have been making since at least early 2008? What else did anyone expect from a president who is, as one commentator in a Canadian publication put it: "A President Who Hates His Country." That, and only that, really explains what´s going on here.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Arby, 8/20/2014 9:39:09 AM     (No. 9973305)

It all comes down to this: he simply doesn´t know and he simply doesn´t care.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 8/20/2014 9:54:32 AM     (No. 9973346)

Whenever dems are in charge and things start to swirl down the drain, they start to claim that the situation is beyond the ability of anyone, ANYONE to control. Spectacular failure is NEVER the fault of their liberal governing philosophy or them personally.

Then, a Conservative gets in charge and presto change things turn right around. Reagan following Carter is especially bitter for liberals.

Liberals are terrified that a Conservative will follow BO and the longest recession recovery in history will end with a HUGE surge of the economy. It would be worse that Reagan. The world will quiet because a Conservative will confront evil in the world. We will become an energy superpower because we will make smart use of all our energy resources and the EPA will be returned to its intended role.

BO is failing spectacularly because of the extremity of his political beliefs.

The author says that BO shrugs when asked what should replace American presence and power in the world. BO loathes America. In his opinion, just about anything and anybody. As long as America is neutered, he assumes someone else will take over and the results will be immeasurably better. His consternation is that the results so far have been terrible. However it is always the liberal mantra that if their plans don´t work out what is needed is more time and money. I´m sure BO is thinking that the world needs a little more time to recover from American heavy handedness.

Most of us know or now at least suspect that the rest of the world, left to its own devices, will crash and burn.

As to BO´s IQ, someone who believes in a failed and demonstrably wrong ideology to the exclusion of all else might be described as cunning but they are not wise. Intelligence, like many things, can be corrupted and misused.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/20/2014 9:59:46 AM     (No. 9973356)

Art imitates life...

Return Of The Pink Panther:

- There is a rumour that he is really a complete imbecile.

- I’ve heard that.

- Yet he continues to survive.

- I have it on good authority that he is anything but an imbecile.That he only plays the fool.

Which is why I sometimes refer to Obama as Clouseau.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/20/2014 10:03:11 AM     (No. 9973359)

The democrats have become socialists and extremists. Republicans have become democrats.
If we are to even think of regaining prestige and respect from other Nations, we have to go back to the Founding, read the Federalist papers, and RE-build America.
No more social experiments with America, I don´t need the first -----President..I want, and America hungers for a LEADER who knows and follows the Constitution.
Mark Levin comes to mind. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: jglas, 8/20/2014 10:08:57 AM     (No. 9973369)

As to what Obama intended to substitute for Pax Americana in his progressive weakening and diminishing of the US so that the world no longer need be sullied by our evilness is, I suspect, pax Islamia. Why else has he relentlessly (if quietly) promoted the Muslim Brotherhood on his Magic Mystery Tour of the Middle East which would have resulted in a renewed Ottoman style Caliphate by now were it not for inherent tribalism in Libya, a military general in Egypt and Vlad Putin in Syria. We might yet see a Caliphate acorn in Iraq. The media better figure out what he´s up to before some of that journalist beheading finds its way to the US.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Adam, 8/20/2014 10:12:11 AM     (No. 9973374)

Very good analysis, though I resent the gratuitous slap at Sarah Palin. Feeling insecure Bret? Also, no mention of Cairo speech in which President Obama gave the green light to Iran´s nuclear weapons program. And this really burned my onions, “Just last night I was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we’re back to the minuscule things on politics” It´s called having a job, you spoiled brat. Think I wouldn´t like to hang out talking about life and art? I have people who depend on me. Being President of the United States is NOT about growing up. It´s about all ready BEING a grown up. And by the way Bret, for all you patronizing, Sarah Palin at least gets that right.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 8/20/2014 10:30:22 AM     (No. 9973403)

Bret Stephens could’ve melted his ponderous tome down to a Post-it® note. “Less is more!”

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Reply 34 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 8/20/2014 11:08:59 AM     (No. 9973451)

If an anti-American put together America´s foreign policy, it would look much like what we see today. Obama is a grievance monger who believes the United States is much the blame for the world´s problems. Obama shows sympathy for any group with a complaint no matter how contrived. Just look at what the Obama gang gets involved in.

Obama has largely made up his mind on everything. Doesn´t matter if he is right or wrong. He just needs his people to follow his orders. Hence the check boxes with agree, disagree, and discuss.

Totally agree our foreign policy is by design.

Unfortunately, 60 million people voted for this crackpot twice so the problem lies within our CULTURE. Its not lack of knowledge. The information was out there before Obama was elected.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Hermoine, 8/20/2014 11:21:48 AM     (No. 9973479)

While I appreciate Bret Stephens laying it all out there...he´s preaching to the choir and as for the liberals and progressives who side with Obama, they are very aware of everything he´s laid out, and to put it simply, they don´t care. It´s not just Obama -- they are all ideologues. Every.last.one.of.them. Obama happens to be their Chauncey Gardner. He doesn´t have to really be engaged or care because they are "running the world" (or collapse thereof) for him.

Regarding Obama´s intelligence, Stephens just couldn´t help himself: But neither is he a Sarah Palin, mouthing artless banalities about this great nation of ours, or a Rick Perry, trying, like Otto from A Fish Called Wanda, to remember the middle part. The myth of Obama’s brilliance paradoxically obscures the fact that he’s no fool.

Replace Palin´s name with Joe Biden and Perry´s name with Harry Reid and the comparison would´ve worked just as well. However, now we know that Stephens doesn´t dislike Palin and Perry, he actually has contempt for them, which doesn´t help because, given this entire (very lengthy) piece, I´d say that both of them agree with him on 99% of what he wrote. (That outstanding 1% would be the part he wrote about them.)

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Reply 36 - Posted by: BitterClinger, 8/20/2014 11:41:35 AM     (No. 9973521)

It´s simple. Hussein Obama hates America and the West and has done, will continue to do, all the damage he can. He has done a lot and will do more.

What are you going to do about it?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: melanie, 8/20/2014 12:35:39 PM     (No. 9973629)

#15 Kudos for best phrase of the day, "secular swamp of humanism". Right on target!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/20/2014 12:42:08 PM     (No. 9973642)

FTA: William Galston, my (liberal) fellow columnist at the Wall Street Journal and a former aide to Bill Clinton, has noted that “this president doesn’t seem to be as curious about the processes of government—whether the legislative process or the implementation process or the administrative or bureaucratic process.”

Remember ValJar just before the One´s first inauguration...´´We will be ready to RULE from day 1.´´ In this cabals minds, they DO NOT need a Congress, Constitution or advice from anyone but other like-thinking Marxist pinheads. He is THE KING and you WILL OBEY.. That´s his driving force. After all...´´I won!´´

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/20/2014 1:08:30 PM     (No. 9973689)

Reading this article made me think "Does this nation need another Pearl Harbor or a 9/11 to happen again in order to wake up the people to the fact that there is more damage being done to this country than Ferguson, Mo?" I sincerely pray that we have not reached that point. However, it´s become clear that the former Dim party has morphed into a socialist/communist party and the former Republican part is now pretty much was the former Dim party was. And the Dims are working overtime to become a one party country while the Pubbies seem to be comfortable in what they have and simply don´t want anyone to rock the boat. Of course, they would like to be in control of both houses of Congress, but that really isn´t the major goal. I completely agree with poster #30. We need to re-read all of our founding documents and start all over. With some very needed changes of course.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Quigley, 8/20/2014 1:19:24 PM     (No. 9973715)

Lil teleprompter ran for office promising to fix all the things that were wrong with the country. This was the correlative of Bush being the total idiot devil that the gullible believed.

Teleprompter promised platitudes. His announced plan was platitudes.

The current chaos is the unavoidable result.

But he practices agitation politics so the chaos is desirable.

Some tiny part of me gives some of the public a pass since we have almost certainly never had an agitation politics president before; it´s an internally conflicting concept.

And then there´s the media.

My question: are we still a serious country? If clitton was a vacation from history maybe teleprompter is a vacation from seriousness.

When will the vacation end? What condition will your life be in when you return?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/20/2014 1:46:46 PM     (No. 9973768)

Excellent article, and important.

#28 says, "...whenever dems are in charge things begin to swirl down the drain..." This is worth pondering, because there are many reasons why, but there is one BIG WHY:

I harp on this, but it is critical: most "journalists" vote democrat and think (--when they "think"--) leftie (don´t like the word "progressive" because once again it plants an idea into uncritical minds that the lefties want progress).

Consequently, someone like BO is elected and re-elected because the media assist in creating a FANTASY a FANTABULISM, and therefore can´t and won´t question, examine, or challenge in a significant way.

Then there´s a coterminous consequence: the FIGMENT of the MEDIA´s imagination (NOT Camelot, a joke) becomes intellectually weaker and catastrophically careless.

**meanwhile the world watches on. enemies of liberty foam at the mouth. friends and allies gaze warily at the Once Moral Arbiter shriveling in Narcissistic pools of frivolity**

If BO had been challenged, he would have had to develop his strategic vision. He *might have* matured.

He "thinks" he´s an intellectual heavy-weight, but he is like the one who feels superior to himself. How can you beat that?

And, he´s like every BS artist you´ve ever known.

Unfortunately, this one hovers over the crumbling order, tapping his wand.

"apolarity ...a political vacuum..." NEVER EVER lasts. Every megalomaniac, rarely a liberal democrat, strives to fill it. Only utopians think good wins out because evil just doesn´t!

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Reply 42 - Posted by: strike3, 8/20/2014 2:38:10 PM     (No. 9973858)

"so sure of his powers that he could remain supremely comfortable with his own ignorance."

This is the scenario I go with, obama thinks he is so smart that he doesn´t have to do the legwork or get the facts. People should just listen to him based on faith and do what he says, or he passes off the work to his equally inept flunkies.

That attitude may allow him to feel good about himself but action without supporting details usually falls flat on its face. It´s not deliberate, he actually thinks half-assed policy, procedures and plans can work. Based on the results, he is usually wrong but he refuses to admit anything is his fault or even admit that it failed.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/20/2014 2:52:48 PM     (No. 9973874)

#12: "They" did know, in 2008 and 2012. But they (we) CHOSE TO BELIEVE that it couldn´t be this bad.

#39: Yes, sadly, we have reached that point. [The IS will soon provide it.]

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 8/20/2014 3:48:14 PM     (No. 9973946)

Good catch, #37.

There was a good, useful phrase in "If we don’t attack Isis, they will attack us," by the Telegraph´s Sean Thomas (August 17th). Here´s the full sentence:

Khmer Rouge Maoism, in its craziness (in the end they were killing anyone who laughed) turned out to be the tertiary form of communism – the medical end point of the ideological syphilis that is revolutionary socialism.

If you´d like to read the piece--and you might, because Thomas has a good bit of Dpolesque in his writing--it´s at


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Reply 45 - Posted by: danvillebill, 8/20/2014 5:26:53 PM     (No. 9974111)

I had to look up where the devil Tallinn was.
The rest was pretty much a rehash that pretty much, as someone said, was preaching to the choir.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: busterman, 8/20/2014 6:50:46 PM     (No. 9974234)

He´s destroying the Republican Party behind the scenes?


They´re doing that just fine by themselves. They don´t need 0bama´s help and he knows it.

0bama just wants his ´choom gang´ so they can sit around and chat about ´stuff´.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Shucky, 8/20/2014 7:06:42 PM     (No. 9974257)

Obama´s dream is for the world, including us, to be divided up between imperialistic Russians, Chinese and Islamists. An America that is unwilling or unable to stop it will allow it to happen. Obama himself was always unwilling, and he has been weakening the nation in every possible way to insure we were also unable. He wants evil to flourish because he is the most evil leader in history. If someone called him Satan, I could not argue.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: mulhaven, 8/20/2014 7:09:47 PM     (No. 9974263)

FTA: "The myth of Obama’s brilliance paradoxically obscures the fact that he’s no fool. The point is especially important to note because the failure of Obama’s foreign policy is not, ultimately, a reflection of his character or IQ. It is the consequence of an ideology."

He is not a fool when he is creating worldwide catastrophe? He does not have a low IQ when he spouts catchphrases, slogans and trite expressions in a pretentious manner? He has no spontaneity, which is an indication of a low IQ. His foreign policy is a direct reflection of his personality. He suffers from arrested development and narcissism. He gives the impression of being a dullard who has probably been severely humiliated in conversations with world politicians. He is trying to get through his exceptionally short day answering questions via multiple-choice answers. Is this not how he got through university. It is probably the way affirmative action works.

The author’s praise of FDR and Truman are misplaced. FDR extended the depression by years and Truman gave Eastern Europe and North Korea to the communists. His cheap shot at Sarah Palin was uncalled for, as she demonstrably showed in her run for vice president that she was the most intelligent and exemplary of all four candidates in that presidential election. I think the author is caught up in academic arguments and has not spent close enough attention to reality.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: trackman999, 8/20/2014 7:36:10 PM     (No. 9974295)

The author states that obama was elected and re-elected. Wrong, those elections were fixed. Does anyone really believe that no one in Philadelphia voted for Romney? That ´s what the 2012 election results showed.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: gone2pot, 8/20/2014 8:58:36 PM     (No. 9974375)

Sorry, there was absolutely NOTHING "The Meltdown" got right; nothing. The loss of our hegemony has happened and we still don´t know it yet. This retreat is not going to be as ho-hum as Bret seems to think it will be.

We may be foolish, but our enemies, however aggressive and ill-intended, are objectively weak.

Like ISIS? Like China? Like Putin? Really? Bret hit himself with a big wrong-stick. No, we´re not foolish. We are self-destructive and we´ve completed that task. How do I know? Ferguson.

We may be a nation in deliberate retreat, but at least we are not—at least not yet—in inexorable decline.

Bret, please go to usdebtclock.org and resubmit. Geez, and some of you thought he wrote a good article?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: radrelic, 8/20/2014 10:22:16 PM     (No. 9974455)

Of course it is on purpose. But now that everyone may be ready to think such a thought, just what can we do about it?

Helpless because of threat of race riots and the media who drives riots and anti-conservative group think.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: suedotsue, 8/21/2014 1:56:45 AM     (No. 9974559)

How can Bret Stephens speak of the US as a great nation when according to his employer The Wall St. Journal the notion of the United States is outdated. The Journal in 1984 advocated a 5 word Constitutional Amendment: We shall have open borders. From my reading, the Journal continues to hold this view. The main thing they want is a continuous supply of cheap Mexican labor. Spengler said the US has already absorbed one fifth of Mexico´s population. That´ll Meltdown any country. Per the NY Times, the US will be opening offices in Central America to expedite transfer of population to the US.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 8/21/2014 7:40:32 AM     (No. 9974697)

I sure wish I could read it. Commentary won´t allow me to since I have reached my limit. Bummer.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: JHBoatwright, 8/21/2014 8:57:58 AM     (No. 9974784)

As long as the Won´t-Workers are both Paid to Vote and are Bussed to the Polls, what chance do Americans have?

It WAS a good 250+ years.

There´ll only again livable peace in the World when the Rest of the World, again, is scared of The U S A

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 8/21/2014 12:08:48 PM     (No. 9975139)

Great article!

I have never thought Obama is engineering anything, but rather, his handlers are. He is enthralled with entertainment, be it celebrities or sports, and doesn´t work a full day when he´s not on vacay.

That said, everything his administration is doing is very much on purpose. Valerie Jarrett is just one of the players out of many communists trying to bring down America to a third world state. In this administration & above it. Once the west is to that level, they think, the entire world will bump up to a second world village which will bring an end to all poverty/wealth, crime/wars (all caused by jealousy of wealth), hatred, etc. Utopia at last!

O´s a muslim & a communist who has a dark & dirty past. He reads his teleprompter & does what he´s told -- or else.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: trapper, 8/21/2014 6:33:05 PM     (No. 9975689)

FTA: “The only check against disorder and anarchy was order and power. The only hope that order and power would be put to the right use was to make sure that a preponderance of power lay in safe, benign, and confident hands. In 1945 the only hands that fit that description were American. It remains true today”

Order. It is the product of calm and steady leadership that makes decisions that flow intuitively from firmly held and unyielding Christian values and principles.

Power. It materializes out of thin air from the resolute determination to see those decisions through to their end.

There are no new paradigms. Only vain and foolish men who think they have invented one.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: radrelic, 8/21/2014 8:38:32 PM     (No. 9975821)

Re #56, old communist watcher, Cleon Skousen of the FBI (or CIA ?) said it will take 18 months to recover from a socialist gov in America.

The sheeple don´t give the conservative pols much to work with and there lies the ultimate blame.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: biggun, 8/21/2014 9:17:35 PM     (No. 9975850)

#20 and #24 say it all for me. Screw anybody who gratuitously attacks Palin & Perry. I read the entire article and found nothing I did not already know. Bottom line: Obama is evil. I already know that.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 8/22/2014 12:41:06 AM     (No. 9975962)

"The Meltdown"> Makes one wonder when the "Liberals" will wake up and realize that Obama is their "Snickers Bar"floating in the swimming pool of life?
He will be THEIR Gift to History.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: winnie1, 9/2/2014 6:50:45 AM     (No. 9989965)

According to Opie´s Bio "Dreams Of My Father" when he lived with Grammy & Grandpa he spend much time in his bedroom playing records and smoking pot. Opie´s mother used to bang on the door for her incompetent son to come out of the room and get a job, do something. The man is a loner walking down a disastrous path and taking us with him.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: Arby, 9/2/2014 7:19:59 AM     (No. 9989997)

Doesn´t ´meltdown´ imply that there was something there to begin with?

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Reply 62 - Posted by: Boston Federalist, 9/2/2014 8:33:24 AM     (No. 9990075)

All the posts have been absolutely fantastic. The article really struck a chord.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: Caveman, 9/2/2014 2:00:06 PM     (No. 9990566)

Obama, Jarret, and all the rest are not communists, their ultimate goal is a world where the evil white man is a minority and has some form of second class position in the world. The rich elite whites will go along with it, because they believe that their wealth will protect their status and everyone will do their bidding. It makes no difference if it is blacks, Hispanics, Arabs, Asians, Chinese, or Koreans that make up the majority, as long as it is not European whites or their descendants.
It´s payback time, and the entire world is on his side.
What they never seem to stop and realize is that without us, there will be chaos.
Go ahead and call me a racist. See if I care.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/2/2014 3:16:51 PM     (No. 9990668)

From the chaos the article points out, that is the Øbama Administration, to the "Utopian" distant vision of a rescue by conservative "Neo-Neocons" (reconstituted neocons), I see nothing but a sea of immeasurable American hand wringing. We know, as a people, what needs to be done. But, our feckless self examinations as a splintered and diffused population of self interested ethnic and political and disinterested groups we may never find our way. There is no adhesive between us. Nothing to guide us toward each other as Americans. We are all bland relativists who can´t seem to believe in ourselves anymore. What will it take to flood this people with unity and self confidence as Americans again? When is it we finally go into our government, educational, entertainment, and media organizations and take those idiots liberals by the lapels and toss them out on the sidewalk? When? What will it take? I honestly shudder to think.

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