From Russia with Weak Knees

He’s KGB. Old school.

 

He’s a Community Organizer who wants to slash the military and make everything “fair”.

In a cage match who’s going to get mauled? 🙂

President Barack Obama is warning Russia “there will be costs” for any military maneuvers it launches in Ukraine, a move U.S. and Ukrainian officials say they believe to be already underway.

What’s he going to do, wag his finger at them?

or as The 7th Doctor put in regards to defeating The Daleks, “I mean, what do you expect to do, talk to them sternly?”

Obama is so far out of his league and Putin has known this since day one.

Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”

Putin translation in to Russia: “Go For it!, we aren’t going to do anything!”

The Lighthouse on The Hill is officially shut down.

And we’re going to make massive cuts to the military and massive increases in Entitlements instead, because that’s what benefits ME.

And after all, it’s always been about ME.

And I’m  The MOST Arrogant Man in the World…

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Don’t step over the line and re-militarize the Rhineland. Absorbing Austria would cross a red line. Breaking up Czechoslovakia is unacceptable. Get out of Poland by the announced deadline. The rest was history.

Don’t dare blow up another U.S. military barracks overseas. Don’t ever consider another attack on the World Trade Center. Don’t try blowing up one more American Embassy in East Africa. Don’t ever put a hole in a U.S. warship again. The rest was history.

President Obama issued yet another one of those sorts of warnings to stop the violence to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych just before protestors drove him out of office. “There will be consequences if people step over the line,” Obama threatened.

Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes amplified that veiled warning. He called the Ukrainian government repression “completely outrageous” — as opposed to just outrageous or completely, completely outrageous.

Secretary of State John Kerry joined the chorus of condemnation by hinting at economic sanctions if Yanukovych didn’t stop his violent crackdown on protestors. Why does this rhetorical assault sound familiar?

Over the past five years, Obama has issued serial deadlines to Iran to cease and desist from its ongoing enrichment of uranium. All the while, more Iranian centrifuges went online.

Later, Obama turned from deadlines to red lines. He threatened Syrian President Bashar Assad with one about using chemical weapons. “A red line for us,” the president warned, “is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”

Assad moved over that red line, using chemical weapons to gas his own people, and is now winning the war against the insurgents. In the end, an embarrassed Obama was reduced to denying that he had never issued a red line in the first place: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

The administration’s latest cry of “outrageous” does not seem so absolute either. Remember, the president himself used that exact adjective to condemn the IRS scandal when it was revealed that the tax agency was inordinately focusing on conservative groups.

Later, after various key IRS officials invoked the Fifth Amendment, resigned or abruptly retired, Obama brushed off the scandal. It was, he said, mostly a media event conjured up by “outraged” journalists. Somehow, a scandal that the president once decried as institutional abuse ended up as a media melodrama perpetrated by unduly outraged reporters.

Will the Ukrainian mess now abate due to Kerry’s hints at sanctions?

Given Kerry’s loud global-warming sermonizing and the administration’s serial threats, bad actors abroad probably believe that burning too much coal is likelier to anger the U.S. than shooting protestors or gassing enemies.

After the Obama administration finally assembled a coalition of allies to impose tough sanctions against Iran, and after the trade embargoes began to bite the theocracy, Obama, without warning his coalition, abruptly relaxed those embargoes and entered into talks with the Iranians.

The message? Imposing sanctions is a difficult business. When they finally work, they are likely to be abruptly lifted if the squeezed nation sends out a few peace feelers and wants to feign appearing reasonable.

The U.S. has now shot so many rhetorical arrows that its quiver of indignation is empty — and the world’s troublemakers may know it.

An administration that ignores almost all of its own ObamaCare deadlines surely cannot expect others to abide by any timetables it sets abroad.

There may be no viable solutions to the violence in Syria or Ukraine. The messes in Egypt and Libya, the Chinese provocations to their neighbors, the North Korean lunacy and the spiraling violence in Venezuela certainly have no easy answers. But not knowing quite what to do is not the same as knowing certainly what not to do.

Although the U.S. alone seems to honor its promised deadlines for Afghanistan and Iraq withdrawals, the world’s aggressors sense the Obama bluster is predictably to be followed by more. Therefore, they have decided to risk aggrandizements while they can.

For Vladimir Putin, today it’s Ukraine, tomorrow the Baltics or Eastern Europe. For Iran’s theocrats, if chemical weapons are OK in Syria, why not nuclear WMD in Iran? For China, when Japan yields, why shouldn’t Taiwan, South Korea or the Philippines?

Such a seemingly insignificant loss of deterrence is how wars often start — when an aggressive nation bets that loud words signal that consequences will never follow. So it is emboldened to up the ante to try something even riskier. America’s step-over line/deadline/red line outrage is long past monotonous and empty — and the result has been an ever scarier world. (Victor Davis Hansen)

But at least he’s the King of his own sand pile and they have made his subjects more dependent on him. Who really gives a crap about anyone else.

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The New Stimulus

The New Stimulus (according to Obama Bureaucrats)– FOOD STAMPS!

14% of all people in this country being on government food stamps is good!

Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “Well, obviously, it’s putting people to work. Which is why we’re going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we’re going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country — something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.”

<<Industrial strength Barf Bag please!>>

But then again this the same group of idiots that said Unemployment benefits was a stimulus!

July 2010:  Let me say that unemployment insurance… is one of the biggest stimuluses (sic) to our economy. Economists will tell you, this money is spent quickly. It injects demand into the economy, and it’s job creating. It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name. -Nancy Pelosi

So if you’re unemployed and on food stamps you’re the greatest stimulus out there! :0

And we’ll have a roaring economy within…days… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Oh, and Obama has yet a new plan! (read: speech) But he’s not telling you what it is until September. It’s going to be great and it’s going to create jobs!

Mind you, the dozen other “plans” (speeches) did nothing but when you’re a pathological ideologue doing the same thing over and and over again and expecting a different result is just normal. 🙂

But he has his minions in the Liberal press to hype it for the next few weeks so that by the time he gives his speech he’ll be walking on water and turning it into Whine. 🙂

NBC “journalist” Chuck Todd: TODD: “It does seem as if he has pledged to do this plan out there. Not a lot of details, but to me he’s raised the bar, because he said, ‘this plan is going to grow the economy, create jobs and deal with the debt.’ So that’s, sounds like a big, large plan to me, Ezra.” (as in ultra lib Ezra Klein).

It’s going to be soaring rhetorical speech, not a plan, and it will be the Republican fault when it fails utterly. 🙂

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry calls President Obama a black cloud over our economy. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz edits the clip to make it look like Perry is calling Obama a “black cloud.” He then apologizes, but the Talking point has been made.

So yet again, the race card comes out.

Isn’t “journalism” fun. It’s so objective and “fair”.

And Obama is, after all, a victim and you should feel his greatness.

President Barack Obama said yesterday in Decorah, Iowa, that he absorbs more political criticism than Abraham Lincoln, the assassinated 16th U.S. president, attracted from his Civil War critics.

The comment came during a question-and-answer session where one invited audience member asked Obama how he deals with his congressional critics in the GOP. “The Congress doesn’t seem to be a good partner. You said so yourself, they’re more interested in seeing you lose than [seeing] the country win,” the questioner lamented.

“Democracy is always a messy business in a big country like this,” Obama responded. “When you listen to what the federalists said about the anti-federalists … those guys were tough. Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me.”

The arrogant insult to a great man like Lincoln is just beyond astounding, but not beyond his ego.

But I will give him one thing about his comparison, their is a Civil War going on in the country. The only problem is that the President and his party ARE THE CAUSE of it!

Criticism of Lincoln in his day “was even more vitriolic than what you see about Obama,” said Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian at Columbia University. “Obama is a guy who has a thin skin and does not take criticism well.” Foner’s Pulitzer-winning volume was titled ”The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.”

Obama’s sensitivity to criticism is bound up with his progressive ideology, which sees political disputes as best resolved by experts, said Michael Franc, vice president for government studies at the Heritage Foundation. Obama believes “he has discovered the truth and if you disagree with him, it’s not only against the country, its unpatriotic and anti-Obama,” Franc suggested. (DC)

Amen! And haven’t I been saying just that…

Eric Dezenhall, a former communications aide to President Ronald Reagan, went ever further in an interview with The Daily Caller: Obama’s complaint, he said, “is more grandiose than narcissistic … It’s equating any form of push-back with some sort of giant historical crime.”

Lincoln faced a civil war in which “half the country would rather leave than accept that he was a constitutional president,” Felzenberg told TheDC. But “no one challenged Obama’s election, no one tried to shut down the inauguration … to put himself at [Lincoln’s] level seems very vain and self-absorbed.”

Talk is cheap. That seems to be the only thing that is when it come to his Grandness Barack Hussein Obama.

FAST & FURIOUS UPDATE

Oh, and the Peter Principle of government bureaucracy strikes again.

Three supervisors of the US government’s controversial anti-gun-running program “Fast and Furious” were promoted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) despite continued criticism of their actions, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Screw up and deliberately sell guns to Mexican Drug Cartels and get people killed — Get a Promotion!

No wonder the fire rate in government is .0055%!

Maybe we need more unemployment and food stamps in government employees to really stimulate the economy!!