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Monday, March 3, 2014

Obama to Jeffrey Goldberg: Russia Is America's "Partner": Practiced in the Art of Self-Deception

In an interview last Thursday with Jeffrey Goldberg (http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-03-02/obama-to-israel-time-is-running-out), President Obama attempted to explain how economic sanctions against Iran, which were partially dismantled in order to bring Iran to the negotiating table, could be reinstated:

"OBAMA: Well, partly because 95 percent of it never got turned off. And we will be in a stronger position to say to our partners, including the Russians, the Chinese and others, who have thus far stuck with us on sanctions, that it is Iran that walked away; it wasn’t the U.S., it wasn’t Congress, it wasn’t our new sanctions that jettisoned the deal. And we will then have the diplomatic high ground to tighten the screws even further. If, on the other hand, it is perceived that we were not serious about negotiations, then that ironically is the quickest path to sanctions unraveling, if in fact Iran is insincere."

Yup, notwithstanding all that is happening in the Ukraine, Putin remains Obama's "partner," eager and willing to help the American president out of his predicaments.

And then there was that other fib that Obama told concerning Assad's adherence to the agreement brokered by Putin for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal:

"OBAMA: Let’s be very clear about what happened. I threatened kinetic strikes on Syria unless they got rid of their chemical weapons. When I made that threat, Syria denied even having chemical weapons. In the span of 10 days to two weeks, you had their patrons, the Iranians and the Russians, force or persuade Assad to come clean on his chemical weapons, inventory them for the international community, and commit to a timeline to get rid of them.

And the process has moved more slowly than we would like, but it has actually moved, and we’ve now seen 15 to 20 percent of those chemical weapons on their way out of Syria with a very concrete schedule to get rid of the rest. That would not have happened had the Iranians said, 'Obama’s bluffing, he’s not actually really willing to take a strike.' If the Russians had said, 'Ehh, don’t worry about it, all those submarines that are floating around your coastline, that’s all just for show.' Of course they took it seriously! That’s why they engaged in the policy they did."

"We’ve now seen 15 to 20 percent of those chemical weapons on their way out of Syria with a very concrete schedule to get rid of the rest"? In fact, only some four percent of Syria's chemical weapons have been shipped out for destruction (see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/30/us-syria-crisis-chemical-idUSBREA0S19720140130).

So we learn that Obama is proving adept at "improving" the numbers regarding the destruction of Assad's chemical weapons in much the same manner as his administration is "doctoring" the disastrous Obamacare sign-up numbers.

The first invertebrate ever to ever occupy the Oval Office is indeed a true master of self-deception. After all, how could anything that this narcissist undertakes, or fails to undertake, possibly lead to disaster?

The Washington Post today declares in the opening sentence of an editorial entitled "President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html?hpid=z6):

"FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality."

They're right.

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