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9/28/2013

Foreign Policy Brilliance – Link Round-up

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:42 am

[guest post by JD]

Kerry signed a UN arms treaty that they know cannot be approved in the Senate.

Syria clusterfark just keeps getting better. Now we have agreed to a toothless resolution with no real enforcement mechanism, which requires another UN resolution to move forward. 22 resolutions later they will strongly denounce genocide, under certain circumstances.

Speaking of the UN, Iran’s President snubs Obama’s fanboi request for an “encounter” at the UN, then hosts Farrakhan. Rev Wright hearted Farrakhan too. No wonder Teh One just had to talk to Iranian President on the phone.

Sen McCain #somethinghappenedtohisbrain hires disgraced Syrian “expert” that made up credentials, and flacked for terrorists. She was so flawed even her leftist think tank let her go, which makes her perfect for McCain.

We are in the best of hands.

—JD

43 Responses to “Foreign Policy Brilliance – Link Round-up”

  1. Lando, say it’s a great deal btw.

    narciso (3fec35)

  2. This, sadly, is probably the best we could hope for from this pack of clowns.

    JD (5c1832)

  3. Zarif has been fooling westerners for at least 15 years, since he had the clout to negotiate hostage releases,

    narciso (3fec35)

  4. There is no ‘Red Line’ over which the Enemy must trod before firing on Ft. Sumter must occur.

    That is our strategy: we wait until the Enemy collapses from its own weight of lies, obligations, corruption and incompetence.

    Perhaps some are paying a high price during the interim, that simply does not matter.

    McClellan rides again. He’s a Democrat and will remain no matter the office he subtends.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/28/Flushing-Critters-and-Retrieving-2014

    I know some of you loyal Republicans are hurt and embarrassed by failure, you object so strenuously to the very notion. Why not stop?

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  5. Except of course, President Barack”If Congress won’t act, I will” Obama will pretend the UN small arms treaty he signed is valid and set up the national control system including the national control list as required by article five of UN small arms treaty anyway.

    Never forget. President “I will not negotiate” hates you. He doesn’t hate Rouhani. He doesn’t hate AQ. But if you’re a Chrysler bond holder he hates you.

    This is why he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He succeeded in becoming the President of the people leftists hate. It was the down payment on everything of that followed. The inevitable comeuppance.

    Are you enjoying your fundamental transformation?

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  6. Senator McLame is a senile SCOAMF. I am so embarrassed for the voters of Arizona.

    PPs43 (0112e8)

  7. 7. And even second fiddle in the Resistance is a laudable world apart.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/09/28/ha-sen-mike-lee-zings-older-senate-colleagues-gets-standing-ovation-at-cpacstl/

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  8. C’mon, Democrats… this calls for some serious victory mincing!!! Get busy!

    Colonel Haiku (b673c9)

  9. 4. You gotta admire shadow CiC Jarrett for making lemonade.

    Having totally blown the Al Qaeda/MB collaboration, insert yourself into the nascent Iranian/MB rapprochment.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  10. I think the point is that President Obama wants the US to be just another powerless country among the sea of nations,
    foreign policy disasters don’t matter as long as they can be spun for the domestic audience.
    And with the voluntary Pravda at work, I think about the only things that can’t be spun would be the invasion of New York or California (and maybe Illinois).
    All other states could be written off as “not really part of us” or “not really important”.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  11. Sen McCain #somethinghappenedtohisbrain hires disgraced Syrian “expert” that made up credentials, and flacked for terrorists. She was so flawed even her leftist think tank let her go, which makes her perfect for McCain.

    In all probability Megan will be remembered as the intellectual of the family.

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  12. The great issue of 2008:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/24/mccain-on-wright-ad-ill-b_n_98513.html

    McCain On Wright Ad: I’ll Bring “Every Pressure To Bear” To Stop It

    Stop what, exactly?

    John McCain promised at a town-hall meeting today that he would bring “every pressure to bear” to stop the North Carolina GOP from running that ad hitting Obama over his controversial pastor, an issue that McCain said wasn’t a legit one.

    The North Carolina GOP’s spot has McCain in something of a jam. He has come out and condemned the ad and said he doesn’t want it to air, but he’s now taking hits from Democrats who are demanding that he do more as the GOP’s standard bearer to stop it from running. And if he can’t get that done he risks looking weak.

    Talking out of his arse ain’t it.

    But doing what the Democrats demand? That’s the new hot.

    Are you not entertained?

    “Build the danged fence.”

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  13. It was a pretty amazing feat of statecraft to get Togo, Rwanda, AND Luxembourg to get on board with the strongly worded letter. Are there any limits to the triumphs of the world’s official, legal, governing body, the UN? Hans Brix the world ruvs you!

    Jack Klompus (bde303)

  14. #7: I am embarrassed to be a voter in AZ. It wouldn’t be quite as bad if he had just gone ahead and switched to Democrat and won that way. At least we would have known what to expect. What he’s doing now is more than a slap in the face. And Jeff Flake is following like a lamb to the slaughter.

    PatAZ (7cc529)

  15. Prediction: in 2014 and 2016 the GOP will be stunned to find out the supposedly objective media personalities like David Axelrod or George Stephanopoulos are really Democrats.

    AGAIN!

    Who coulda seen that coming.

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  16. McCain hired that woman to deliberately thumb his nose at conservatives.

    gahrie (a05ed4)

  17. PatAZ, there’s no reason to be embarrassed. Our elected representatives embarrass us all at one point or another.

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  18. Greetings:

    Anybody interested in a couple of thousand autographed Hillary Clinton “Miss Me Yet” poster ???

    Or a couple of thousand autographed Chelsea Clinton “Ghost of Washington Future” posters ???

    11B40 (bfdb5d)

  19. 17. McCain hired that woman to deliberately thumb his nose at conservatives.

    Comment by gahrie (a05ed4) — 9/28/2013 @ 9:21 am

    Let’s be more accurate.

    http://dancingczars.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/obama-middle-finger.jpg?w=400

    It’s not their thumb.

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  20. 15, 18. We in MN, or at least some, feel your pain.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  21. Maybe if John Boehner would threaten to wipe Israel off the map, Obama would finally invite him over for dinner.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  22. Via zero hedge:

    So one week after the German election and already Greece has unleashed a historic crackdown against its third most popular party, and the Italian government may well have fallen.

    Looks like the European summer vacation is officially over.

    Global collapse proceeds by fits and starts but continues all the same.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  23. Well, its official. Jimmy Carter II would have been a best case … and its impossible now.

    Obama officially the most incompetent foreign policy president in modern history.

    SPQR (1ec81f)

  24. Part of the fundamental transformation of America, from a world power enforcing the pax americanus to an also-ran nation that watches the barbarians destroy civilization.

    (No, the pax americanus was never perfect, but I think the world has been a better place for not being dominated by Hitler, Stalin, or Imperial Japan; but I guess president Obama and his mentors never saw it that way.)

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  25. 30. …(No, the pax americanus was never perfect, but I think the world has been a better place for not being dominated by Hitler, Stalin, or Imperial Japan; but I guess president Obama and his mentors never saw it that way.)

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 9/29/2013 @ 6:17 am

    I wonder how many people noticed. The preezy speaks of a pivot toward the Pacific (google the term, it’s one of his classic pivots). But when you look at his 30 year ship building plan he’s not pivoting toward anything except domestic spending.

    The plan is to still have a Navy. Just not one that could do what it would have to do if we were “pivoting” to the Pacific.

    I definitely think Japan has noticed that they’re on their own.

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  26. Steve57, I’m hoping that Japan knows that this feckless and incompetent administration will be replaced by a more competent one soon.

    Because if not, I’d expect Japan to go nuclear to protect itself from China.

    SPQR (1ec81f)

  27. Putin and the Chicoms have definitely noticed.

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  28. SPQR, what the Japanese know is that the US is now always one election cycle away from an Obama.

    What is that supposed to do to our credibility as a nation?

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  29. The US will never be credible until we actually do something of consequence, and stick with it until we are done.

    We haven’t done it since Korea.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  30. 35. The US will never be credible until we actually do something of consequence, and stick with it until we are done.

    We haven’t done it since Korea.

    Comment by MD in Philly (f9371b) — 9/29/2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Folding like a cheap suit after the NORKs sank the Cheonan didn’t win us a single friend.

    A reaction like Operation Preying Mantis in the Gulf would have earned us some cred in the region. Instead, our non reaction to the Cheonan earned us the shelling of the Yeonpyeong Islands in November of the same year.

    Two years later WE reelected this Quisling.

    32. Steve57, I’m hoping that Japan knows that this feckless and incompetent administration will be replaced by a more competent one soon.

    Because if not, I’d expect Japan to go nuclear to protect itself from China.

    Comment by SPQR (1ec81f) — 9/29/2013 @ 2:53 pm

    With all well-earned due respect to SPQR, what are Japan and our other former friends in the region China intends to dominate supposed to know other than what I’ve listed above?

    Steve57 (52f0df)

  31. but I think the world has been a better place for not being dominated by Hitler, Stalin, or Imperial Japan; but I guess president Obama and his mentors never saw it that way.)

    Along with what I’m sure Obama intended to be the purposeful symbolism behind his bowing like a servant upon meeting the Emperor of Japan in 2009, there was this other matter:

    npr.org, October 2011: A tiny portion of a secret cable released last month by WikiLeaks is just now making its way to the United States. In the Sept. 2009 cable, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos tells the Obama administration that Japan doesn’t think it’s a good idea for President Obama to visit Hiroshima or to apologize for using an atomic bomb on two Japanese cities during World War II.

    The contents of the cable were reported back in September by The Japan Times and ABC News picked it up, today.

    Even the Japanese grimaced at the unadulterated, clumsy, inappropriate politicization — and overly no-justice-no-peace form of leftism — that Obama apparently was interested in pursuing.

    Mark (58ea35)

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  33. 37. …Even the Japanese grimaced at the unadulterated, clumsy, inappropriate politicization — and overly no-justice-no-peace form of leftism — that Obama apparently was interested in pursuing.

    Comment by Mark (58ea35) — 9/29/2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Especially the Japanese. I don’t know of any nation that worked harder trying to be a good ally than Japan after 9/11.

    Just the sheer effort. There was literally nothing they wouldn’t do for us. They sent ships into the IO to refuel ours, a place no Japanese navy task units have gone since WWII. At not small harm to their own image. It caused friction with countries like Indonesia which they didn’t want but they were willing to do it because we’re allies. They sent their Army and Air Force to Iraq, too.

    Sure, not as many as the Brits sent. But more than their constitution that we wrote permitted. They took real risks; as a matter of fact I knew several guys who tried to get prosecuted for cooperating with us in ways their laws didn’t allow for in order to try and change those laws.

    But, George Bush. The Democrats had to hate George Bush so they couldn’t give Japan any credit for backing us up. Because of course the Democrats wouldn’t back us up, either. This did not go over well, because of course why should they even bother sending ships to the IO to pass us gas if we’re not even going to notice officially. Among other things.

    If you have the inclination I can recommend Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hell-Pay-Operation-Downfall-1945-1947/dp/1591143160

    The author discusses among several things how MacArthur’s chief surgeon attempted to plan for an adequate supply of blood for the troops. It was and is an impressive exercise in planning. It was thorough, and detailed, no stone was left unturned. You will also learn that there was just no way to have an adequate supply of blood.

    Every time the US military took an island it had to revise the plan. Because w casualty rate at Saipan became x casualty rate at the Philippines and y casualty rate at Iwo Jima and then later z at Okinawa. Yeah, they took the islands. But Nimitz was getting so much hate mail he wondered if we could keep going. The US did not force unconditional surrender on the Japanese because it wasn’t possible, even after a couple of a bombs. If you think I’m wrong, just tell me if there’s still an imperial Japanese family or not.

    Despite the “Hello Kitty” BS front they put up these are not people we should snub lightly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDSUP2qtXNY

    平成24年度 自衛隊観艦式 事前公開2 Part1 ~出港~┃Japanese Navy Fleet Review 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoAKxicoVEY

    平成24年度 自衛隊観艦式 事前公開2 Part5 訓練展示┃Japanese Navy Fleet Review 2012

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  34. Compare and contrast.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/the_queens_diamond_jubilee/9305678/Diamond-Jubilee-The-Queen-no-longer-rules-the-waves.html

    Diamond Jubilee: The Queen no longer rules the waves

    The Coronation was marked by a Spithead Review – but Her Majesty is being denied one now because the Royal Navy has been sunk by wave upon wave of spending cuts.

    By Neil Tweedie and Thomas Harding

    8:22PM BST 01 Jun 2012

    …One hundred and fifteen years later and Britain is celebrating only the second diamond jubilee in its history. The occasion calls for a naval review, a staple of coronations and other great moments in the life of the nation, but it is not to be. The Royal Navy, the country’s saviour in two world wars, is a sorry shadow of its former self, so depleted by successive rounds of cuts that it can no longer muster a dozen ships for the occasion. So embarrassed are the ministers and civil servants at the Ministry of Defence who have overseen these disastrous reductions that they have quietly drawn a veil over the issue, hoping no one will notice the absence of a major role for the Senior Service in this week’s celebrations.

    …A serving commander in the Royal Navy, recently returned from operations, says the MoD has made it clear that no comment is to be made in public on the subject. “It would have been just too embarrassing,” he says. “There aren’t many ships and those we do have are a long way away. It was just too difficult to mount a spectacle worth having.” Lord West, a former First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Navy, says an attempt to stage a review would result only in national humiliation. “I suppose now we could get a couple of submarines out and five or six frigates and destroyers, but it would be very small and not very splendid,” he says. “That gives one a feel for how things have changed. Because the number of ships has reduced so dramatically the event would be too small to make a meaningful and sensible fleet review.”

    Not to compare apples to oranges, but anyone notice the Japanese having any difficulty mustering a dozen ships, a couple of subs, five or six frigates or destroyers, what have you?

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  35. The Japan Coast Guard isn’t to be sneezed at.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PG3ew_iFi3A/S-WaLN3fiFI/AAAAAAAATH0/mxU5QOvj318/s1600/photo1.jpg

    http://kristinandcory.com/img/4d/4d1/Japan_Coast_Guard_PHL31_Shikishima.jpg

    The Hayabusa chases down NORKs, the Shikishima guards their nuclear waste. Not only are the ships fast and well armed, but the Special Boarding Teams and the Special Security Teams burn through a lot of ammo making sure they know their business.

    Hello Kitty be damned.

    The RN has the traditions and the pageantry. But given how many times the Iranians have gotten over on them (they didn’t attend the conferences the US and the Aussies had to talk about boardings in the gulf!) I’m thinking given the sheer number of ships and their capabilities I think the Japanese have edged them out.

    Steve57 (234b9e)

  36. http://image.space.rakuten.co.jp/lg01/49/0000043549/24/imgb488a389zik7zj.jpeg

    Japan Coast Guard, telling the NORKs to STFU.

    Steve57 (234b9e)


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