Another Day, Another ‘We Can’t Wait’ Executive Order

Another Day, Another ‘We Can’t Wait’ Executive Order

By Doug Powers  •  October 31, 2011 04:34 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The “jobs bill by executive order piecemeal” initiative continues:

This afternoon, in yet another executive action intended to boost the economy, President Obama signs an executive order that addresses prescription drug shortages.

The signing marks yet another move in the president’s “we can’t wait” campaign to grow the economy through unilateral actions while his $447 jobs bill remains stalled in Congress.

The president will direct the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to further reduce and prevent drug shortages, and price gouging.

For some reason I’ve got a feeling that prescription drug prices are about to rise.

**Written by Doug Powers

U.S. Troop Withdrawal Motivated by Iraqi Insistence, Not U.S. Choice

U.S. Troop Withdrawal Motivated by Iraqi Insistence, Not U.S. Choice

By Yochi J. Dreazen

                                    Updated: October 21, 2011 |  4:21 p.m.
October 21, 2011 |  1:42 p.m.

Evan Vucci/AP

President Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House on Friday.

President Obama’s speech formally declaring that the last 43,000 U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren’t being withdrawn because the U.S. wants them out. They’re leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay.

Obama campaigned on ending the war in Iraq but had instead spent the past few months trying to extend it. A 2008 security deal between Washington and Baghdad called for all American forces to leave Iraq by the end of the year, but the White House — anxious about growing Iranian influence and Iraq’s continuing political and security challenges — publicly and privately tried to sell the Iraqis on a troop extension. As recently as last week, the White House was trying to persuade the Iraqis to allow 2,000-3,000 troops to stay beyond the end of the year.

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Those efforts had never really gone anywhere; one senior U.S. military official told National Journal last weekend that they were stuck at “first base” because of Iraqi reluctance to hold substantive talks.

That impasse makes Obama’s speech at the White House on Friday less a dramatic surprise than simple confirmation of what had long been expected by observers of the moribund talks between the administration and the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which believes its own security forces are more than up to the task of protecting the country from terror attacks originating within its borders or foreign incursions from neighboring countries.

The White House said Obama was pleased with the coming troop withdrawal because it kept to his “core commitment” – frequently enunciated during the campaign – of pulling all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. “We never wanted a residual force in Iraq,” a senior administration official insisted.

In Washington, many Republican lawmakers had spent recent weeks criticizing Obama for offering to keep a maximum of 3,000 troops in Iraq, far less than the 10,000-15,000 recommended by top American commanders in Iraq. That political point-scoring helped obscure that the choice wasn’t Obama’s to make. It was the Iraqis’, and recent interviews with officials in the country provided vivid evidence of just how unpopular the U.S. military presence there has become — and just how badly the Iraqi political leadership wanted those troops to go home

Obama’s strange sense of humor

Obama’s strange sense of humor

Ed
Lasky

Believe it or not, Barack Obama is cracking jokes
about the horrific fires in Texas. I guesshe won’t be using Bill Clinton’s old
line, “I feel your pain,” when people complain about the terrible economy. How
presidential, how
empathetic
:

At a Silicon Valley fundraiser Sunday, the president
took a jab at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, saying that he’s a
governor whose state is on fire, denying climate
change
.”

Aside from the fact that this is just a cheap
political shot at the expense of Americans who are suffering, it is just not
funny and weird. Furthermore, it is just un-presidential and grossly
insensitive.

Hasn’t Barack Obama talked about empathy quite a bit
over the years? He all but made that a qualification for choosing Supreme Court
Justice nominees. He has  talked about the need for being each others’
keepers.

free goodies

THIS EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED TODAY REFLECTS THE FEELINGS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE
I have never heard this said as plain or as well. Class war at its best.

 

 

 

The folks who are getting the free goodies, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free goodies,

Because the folks who are paying for the free goodies,

Can no longer afford to pay for both the free goodies and their own goodies,

And,

The folks who are paying for the free goodies,

Want the free goodies to stop.

and the the folks who are getting the free goodies,

Want even more free goodies on top of the free goodies they are already getting!

Now… The people who are forcing the people who Pay for the free goodies,

Have told the people who are RECEIVING the free goodies,

That the people who are PAYING for the free goodies,

Are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So… the people who are GETTING the free goodies,

Have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free goodies,

By the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free goodies,

And giving them the free goodies in the first place.

We have let the free goodies giving go on for so long that there are

Now more people getting free goodies than paying for the free goodies.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide

somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing

people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now

getting free goodies outnumbers the people paying for the free goodies. We have one chance to change that

in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

 

 

ELECTION 2012 IS COMING

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I’M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!!

Let’s Take a Stand!!!


Obama: Gone!

Borders: Closed!

Language: English only

Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!

Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!

NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

We the people are coming!

Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%. What will you do?

Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder

By Ben Shapiro

3/2/2011

During the 2008 campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that if the emergency phone rang at 3 a.m. in the White House, you wouldn’t want President Obama picking it up.

She was wrong. Obama wouldn’t pick it up in the first place. He’d let it go to answering machine. He’d be too busy chasing the nearest camera.

Obama is the “Girls Gone Wild” president: Stick a lens in front of him and he’ll take off his shirt, mince about like a coed, and babble nonsensical nothings to an audience oddly fascinated by his antics.

How else to explain Obama’s desperate injection of himself into the Oscars this past Sunday? Even as the Middle East goes up in flames, even as oil prices spike dramatically, even as the national debt skyrockets toward $19.6 trillion by 2015, Obama took time out to tackle a pressing question: What is his favorite movie song? Answer: “As Time Goes By,” from “Casablanca.” Feeling better about the world situation yet?

Obama had a busy week — at least in terms of pop culture. Thursday evening, Obama held yet another party at the White House, this time in honor of Motown music. Celebrity attendees included Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Smoky Robinson, John Legend, Seal, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas and Jordin Sparks. Jamie Foxx summed up the Obamas’ view of what it means to inhabit the “people’s house” in his rendition of Robinson’s “Get Ready”: “We won the election. White House, baby, so much fun!” Meanwhile, Muammar Qadafi shot people at will in the streets of Tripoli, and Americans struggled to pay their rent.

President Obama has become the Salahis of entertainment, cropping up in random places when he’s least wanted. We can’t escape him. He delayed the fifth game of the 2008 World Series, so he could broadcast a 30-minute infomercial for his campaign. He threw out the first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2009. He did a 10-minute interview with Katie Couric during the 2010 Super Bowl broadcast. In both 2009 and 2010, he did interviews with ESPN to tell the world about his NCAA tournament brackets. In 2010, Obama showed up on “American Idol.” As commander-in-chief, he’s hit “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show” and “Jersey Shore.” OK, he hasn’t hit “Jersey Shore” … yet.

In fact, Obama is worse than the Salahis — at least the Salahis don’t use tax dollars to subsidize their antics. Obama doesn’t just crash other parties — he spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to throw parties of his own. Not that Obama cares; as he put it, “This is a pretty big house so we get lonely. It’s hard for me to move around out there sometimes, so I got to bring the world to me.”

Poor baby.

Obama’s desperate need for attention is clearly a psychological condition. He drinks in applause like a washed-up movie star. It is usual for neglected children to develop narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), typically characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a strong sense of entitlement, preoccupations with utopian fantasies, elitism, manipulative tendencies and pathological need for praise.

President Obama was abandoned by his parents during childhood. Now he exhibits the textbook symptoms of NPD. He thinks his powers are godlike in import; “I have a gift, Harry,” Obama once told Sen. Harry Reid. He believes he is entitled to positions of power and prestige. He has never worked a real job in his life, yet deigns to tell the rest of us that he embodies our hopes and dreams. He is obsessed with nonsensical utopian fantasies of one-world peace and harmony in which nuclear weapons are beaten into plowshares.

Obama is an elitist through and through, disdaining ordinary Americans as “bitter [people who] cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” He is manipulative in the extreme, seeing every crisis as an opportunity to magnify his personal power.

Most dangerous, he requires a constant stream of paeans to his persona. Radical Muslims, socialists, anti-Semites — so long as they clap, they’re worthy of his warmth. Obama strongly resembles a once-abused puppy; he doesn’t care who pets him, so long as he receives the petting.

With one exception: Obama has no interest in the attention or praise of Americans who challenge his radical agenda. To make himself subject to their philosophy would force him to acknowledge a fundamental truth: His parents abandoned him because they were bad parents, not because America is a “downright mean” country. Obama has told himself for decades that America’s selfishness forced his parents to make him a social outcast. To acknowledge now that the system was largely good and his parents were largely bad would fracture his fragile ego.

So expect to see President Obama on the next telecast of the next big event. He can’t stay away from the cameras, and he certainly won’t leave behind the enthusiastic hurrahs of his supporters. Mr. De Mille, he’s ready for his close-up.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a regular guest on dozens of radio shows around the United States and Canada and author of Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House.

Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock of conservatives

Attack Watch, new Obama campaign site to ‘fight smears,’ becomes laughing stock of conservatives

Obama jobsGALLERY: Click to view images of Obama’s jobs promises.

As the 2012 presidential campaign heats up, President Obama’s campaign team has set up a new Web site, AttackWatch.com, to challenge negative statements about the president made by Republican presidential candidates and conservatives.

Obama for America national field director Jeremy Bird told ABC News that the site’s goal is to offer “resources to fight back” against attacks. Mostly, that means fact checking statements from the likes of GOP presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and conservative commentator Glenn Beck and offering evidence to the contrary. The site is designed in bold red and black colors, and uses statements like “support the truth” and “fight the smears.”

The response to the site has been less than stellar.


(Image via Twitter) On Twitter, where the Web site has an account to help Obama supporters submit evidence of “attacks” on the president using the hashtag #attackwatch, nearly every tweet about the site — mostly from conservatives — has ridiculed it.

“There’s a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nutjob,” an Arizonan tweeted.  “In less than 24 hours, Attack Watch has become the biggest campaign joke in modern history,” a contributor to conservative blog The Right Spherewrote. The contributor linked to the following parody commercial for Attack Watch:

Tommy Christopher of Mediaite noted sarcastically of the site, “Great. Sounds like a terrific content-generating resource for right-wing bloggers, too. Everybody wins!”

While the initiative is reminiscent of a similar online effort launched during the 2008 campaign, called Fight the Smears, the intimidating design and language of the new site seems to be what’s causing a bigger ruckus.

Fight the Smears looked and felt far less scary, quoting Obama at the top of its page in a classic hope-change statement: “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon — that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge but enemies to demonize.”

Attack Watch, on the other hand, uses the shorter tag­line, “Get the Truth. Fight the Smears.”

It’s safe to say that in its 24 hours of existence, Attack Watch has already backfired, becoming a tool for conservatives to use against Obama 2012. A tweet by conservative author Brad Thor summed up the critics’s argument: “Wow, not only are Obama & Co. incredibly thin-skinned, they’re paranoid.”

Obama Earns Money For U.S. By Appearing In Japanese Television Commercial Obama Clueless

Obama Earns Money For U.S. By Appearing In Japanese Television Commercial

September 7, 2011  |                ISSUE 47•36

A scene from the president’s advertisement for Glico Pretz Ham & Cheese.
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WASHINGTON—In an effort to obtain badly needed revenue for the ailing U.S. economy, President Barack Obama recently appeared in a 30-second television spot for the popular Japanese snack product Glico Pretz Ham & Cheese, White House sources reported Wednesday.

According to aides, the advertisement will air nationally throughout Japan and will feature the president endorsing a savory, stick-shaped cracker snack manufactured by the Ezaki Glico corporation, which agreed to pay Obama a one-time fee of $300,000 plus residuals, compensation to be used exclusively for U.S. economic stimulus purposes.

Enlarge ImageGlico executives say they hope consumers associate the president’s face with Pretz Ham & Cheese from now on.

“While the president does not ordinarily endorse retail products, he was willing to make an exception for Glico Pretz Ham & Cheese as a way of easing the current financial burden on our country,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, stressing that the commercial’s quick, two-day shoot outside of Yokohama took little time out of Obama’s schedule and was of the highest production quality. “Also, we have been assured by Ezaki Glico CEO Katsuhisa Ezaki that the TV advertisement, and accompanying billboard and bus ads, will only be seen in Japan and will portray the president in a very flattering, elegant light befitting a world leader of his stature.”

Representatives for Ezaki Glico confirmed this week that the visually opulent ad will feature the president wearing swim trunks and relaxing with a group of young Japanese male friends by the side of an animated swimming pool filled with melted cheese and ham.

According to sources involved in its production, the spot will also contain a video montage of a smiling President Obama hitting a baseball, playing the cello, and dancing with a pair of beautiful Japanese women before biting into a ham-and-cheese-flavored cracker and saying directly into the camera, in Japanese, “I like the big taste of Pretz, the perfect snack with the big crunch.”

Ezaki Glico marketing executives said the ad, which features a brief three-second shot of film actress Meg Ryan riding on horseback with Obama, was greatly bolstered by the president’s participation.

“Everyone in Japan knows the face of Barack Obama, and we believe he is the perfect man to share loving words about the delicious Pretz snack,” Ezaki Glico marketing executive Kiyotaka Shimamori said through a translator, adding that the president was very cooperative throughout the nearly 50 takes required to film a special green-screened “moon sequence.” “Mr. Obama looks very good in the commercial holding the Pretz snack, eating the Pretz snack, and dancing with the pretty girls.”

While refusing to comment on the issue at length, President Obama did take a moment out of a press conference Wednesday to address his appearance in the commercial.

“Again, this was a simple revenue-generating measure and in no way does it present a conflict of interest for me or my administration,” the president told reporters. “That being said, in accordance with my contract with the Ezaki Glico corporation, I would like to briefly add that Glico Pretz Ham & Cheese is a fine product, a delicious product, and one that I fully endorse for snacking morning, afternoon, and night.”

The president then procured a bag of Pretz Ham & Cheese snacks from behind the lectern, smiled, and sang a 10-second Pretz advertising jingle in Japanese for the assembled press corps.

PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Obama has gone to Congress asking for more
money to spend. The President, in a rambling and tedious exercise mixing blame
with demands, made quite a few dubious statements in laying out the case for
Congress to vote for the plan which as yet does not exist. Much like Obamacare,
Congress must ultimately vote for the bill to know what is in
it.

At one point Mr. Obama made a major gaffe; he
identified Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican
Party.

Lincoln did not join the Republicans until 1856, over
two years after the party was founded. The first Republican convention was held
in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1854.

Such a gaffe would have brought huge amounts of
ridicule and derision on George W. Bush, but in the case of Obama the media
yawned.

Actually, they did more than yawn; government-funded
PBS has altered the transcript of the President’s speech, removing the offending
comment.

The New
York Times transcript
has the following quote:

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who
saved our Union.  Founder of the Republican Party.  But in the middle of a civil
war, he was also a leader who looked to the future — a Republican President who
mobilized government to build the Transcontinental Railroad — (applause) —
launch the National Academy of Sciences, set up the first land grant colleges.
(Applause.)  And leaders of both parties have followed the example he
set.”

But how does it appear in the PBS
transcript
?

“We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who
saved our Union.  But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who
looked to the future – a Republican president who mobilized government to build
the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set
up the first land grant colleges.  And leaders of both parties have followed the
example he set.”

So PBS has purposely altered a transcript containing a
major gaffe by the President. See a screen shot:

Sure; we have a fair and balanced media! The best
government money can buy!

Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis based writer. His
website is www.tbirdnow.mee.nu

Welcome Instapundit readers. Thanks,
Glenn.

Plan B for Obama family vacation

Plan B for Obama family vacation

By Daniel Ruth, Times Columnist
It’s merely idle speculation, but this is one of those moments when Barack Obama misses Rahm Emanuel, who once held the role as the first, uh, chop buster in the White House.

Imagine sitting around the Oval Office discussing presidential travel plans and someone says: “Hey, I’ve got a great idea. Let’s have the president travel to the Midwest for several days talking to people about jobs, their struggles with unemployment and basically how fouled-up everything is and then POTUS can leave for his vacation on a 28-acre compound in tony Martha’s Vineyard.”

“Why Haversham, that’s a simply bully idea. Let’s do it.”

Emanuel, the president’s former chief of staff and the master of the well-turned phrase, likely would have responded: “Are you &%$#*& people ^%$#$@!*&%$# crazy?!?!?” Or words to that effect.

No one begrudges any president time away from the stresses and demands of the job. But the juxtaposition and timing of spending a few days in the heartland of America on a listening tour of the jobless, followed up by a fancy-pants vacation in one of the most exclusively affluent enclaves in the nation is, to put it bluntly, a really boneheaded idea.

Not to be insensitive here, but what is Obama likely to hear on his stops in Cannon Falls, Minn., or Decorah, Iowa, or Peosta, Iowa, or Atkinson, Ill., that he hasn’t heard before? People are scared. They fear the loss of their jobs. They lose sleep every night worrying about being foreclosed. They see the homeless on the street and see themselves. They look into the future and don’t see very much – for them.

And they see a president dropping in for a photo-op conveying an image of caring, before heading off for 10 days on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, where the struggling folks of Cannon Falls and Decorah and Peosta and Atkinson couldn’t afford a cup of coffee.

This is probably why I would make for a lousy presidential adviser, or not last very long. But if I were in charge of Obama’s itinerary for the next few days, here’s what I would have suggested for the president’s summer vacation, or as I would call it: “The Give ‘Em Hell Barack Tour.”

Forget the warm and fuzzy hand-holding of the jobless. They know their lives are in shambles, and the president knows it, too. They don’t need a shoulder to cry on. They don’t need a flowery speech. They need a job.

If the president really wanted to help people, I would have Obama crisscross the country knocking on the doors of the nation’s biggest corporations and publicly demanding pledges to hire X number of people within the next 30 days.

Would this be a crass, Michael Moore-ish publicity stunt designed to burnish Obama’s populist political credentials? You betcha.

If Obama wants to give some speeches, fine, but not in the middle of cornfields. I would have the president delivering his remarks, with the jobless ranks in tow, at the front doors of the likes of Boeing, Archer Daniels Midland, DuPont, Exxon Mobil and General Motors.

I’m certainly not averse to the president and his family enjoying some quality down time. During the tour of the nation, the Obama family could visit a wide variety of tourist destinations: Knott’s Berry Farm, Pedro’s South of the Border, Cedar Point’s famous roller coasters (how appropriate) with perhaps a stop in at the Righteous Brothers Show (minus one Righteous Brother) in Branson, Mo.

We’ll be having way-big fun now!

The president loves to play golf. But instead of posh country clubs, I would have the president teeing it up on public courses, such as Tampa’s historic Babe Zaharias Golf Course, playing 18 holes with retirees, blue-collar workers and just plain folks. It would be a master class on the middle class.

I suppose there might be a pinch of resistance to my vacation suggestion, especially from the family quarters of the White House. Tough beans.

Obama wanted this job, and now he has it. But there is more to being president than rubbing elbows with international leaders, engaging in rhetorical flourishes and yes, even killing the world’s foremost terrorist, satisfying as that was.

Being president sometimes calls for getting one’s hands dirty, getting in the trenches with the little people who elected you and defending their interests.

All politicians love to extol their fighting credentials, how they are willing to fight for this, fight for that.

This summer, it would be nice to see Obama actually throw a real punch, get some blood on his fist. Now that would really impress the Martha’s Vineyard crowd.

Obama abandons American interests

Obama abandons American interests

Ethel C.
Fenig

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As so many people have realized, in Thursday’s blunt
speech on the Middle East, President Barack Obama (D) threw America’s only
reliable mid east ally, and the only country in the world subject to continued
and promised annihilation under enemy tanks.

But as Jerusalem Post editor
Caroline
Glick
points out, amazingly Obama did the same with his own country, the
United States of America, the country he leads, the country he solemnly swore
before millions of people to protect.

Obama abandoned his own country!

Quite simply, Obama’s speech represents the effective renunciation of the
US’s right to have and to pursue national interests. Consequently, his speech
imperils the real interests that the US has in the region – first and foremost,
the US’s interest in securing its national security. Obama’s renunciation of the
US national interests unfolded as follows:

First, Obama mentioned a number of core US interests in the region. In his
view these are: “Countering terrorism and stopping the spread of nuclear
weapons; securing the free flow of commerce, and safe-guarding the security of
the region; standing up for Israel’s security and pursuing Arab-Israeli
peace.”

Then he said, “Yet we must acknowledge that a strategy based solely upon the
narrow pursuit of these interests will not fill an empty stomach or allow
someone to speak their mind.”

While this is true enough, Obama went on to say
that the Arabs have good reason to hate the US and that it is up to the US to
put its national interests aside in the interest of making them like America. As
he put it, “a failure to change our approach threatens a deepening spiral of
division between the United States and Muslim communities.”

And that means?

If the US doesn’t end the “spiral of division,” (sounds sort of like “spiral
of violence” doesn’t it?), then the Muslims will come after America. So the US
better straighten up and fly right.

And how does it do that? Well, by courting the Muslim Brotherhood which
spawned Al Qaeda, Hamas, Jamma Islamiya and a number of other terror groups and
is allies with Hezbollah.

How do we know this is Obama’s plan? Because right after he said that the US
needs to end the “spiral of division,” he recalled his speech in Egypt in June
2009 when he spoke at the Brotherhood controlled Al Azhar University and made
sure that Brotherhood members were in the audience in a direct diplomatic
assault on US ally Hosni Mubarak.

And of course, intimations of Obama’s plan to woo and appease the jihadists
appear throughout the speech. For instance:

“There will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly
with our long term vision of the region.”

So US short term interests, like for instance preventing terrorist attacks
against itself or its interests, will have to be sacrificed for the greater good
of bringing the Muslim Brotherhood to power in democratic elections.

And he also said that the US will “support the governments that will be
elected later this year” in Egypt and Tunisia. But why would the US support
governments controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood? They are poised to control the
elected government in Egypt and are the ticket to beat in Tunisia as
well.

In addition to abandoning his own country Obama also abandoned other allies
in the mid east besides Israel; he left nominal allies Yemen and Bahrain
swinging in the dangerous desert wind.

Then there is the way Obama abandoned US allies Yemen and Bahrain in
order to show the US’s lack of hypocrisy. As he presented it, the US will not
demand from its enemies Syria and Iran that which it doesn’t demand from its
friends.While this sounds fair, it is anything but fair. The fact is that if you don’t distinguish between your allies and your enemies then you betray your allies and side with your enemies. Bahrain and Yemen need US support to survive. Iran and Syria do not. So when he removes US support from the former, his action redounds to the direct benefit of the latter.

I hope the US Navy’s 5th Fleet has found alternate digs because Obama just
opened the door for Iran to take over Bahrain. He also invited al Qaeda – which
he falsely claimed is a spent force – to take over Yemen.

Beyond his abandonment of Bahrain and Yemen, in claiming that the US mustn’t
distinguish between its allies and its foes, Obama made clear that he has
renounced the US’s right to have and pursue national interests. If you can’t
favor your allies against your enemies then you cannot defend your national
interests. And if you cannot defend your national interests then you renounce
your right to have them.

As for Iran, in his speech, Obama effectively
abandoned the pursuit of the US’s core interest of preventing nuclear
proliferation. All he had to say about Iran’s openly genocidal nuclear program
is, “Our opposition to Iran’s intolerance – as well as its illicit nuclear
program, and its sponsorship of terror – is well known.”

Well yeah!

Well so is my opposition to all of that, and so is yours. But unlike us,
Obama is supposed to do something about it. And by putting the gravest threat
the US presently faces from the Middle East in the passive voice, he made clear
that actually, the US isn’t going to do anything about it.

In short, every American who is concerned about the security of the United
States should be livid. The US President just abandoned his responsibility to
defend the country and its interests in the interest of coddling the US’s worst
enemies.