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Friday, February 13, 2015

Charles Krauthammer, "Crusaders and appeasers": "Lassitude and Passivity" or Ineptitude and Depravity?

You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to understand that Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East is unraveling. As reported yesterday by Katie Pavlich in a Townhall article entitled
"Yemen Falls Apart: Marines Forced to Destroy Weapons, U.S. Embassy Evacuated, Al Qaeda Seizes Military Base":

"Despite President Obama claiming in September that U.S. strategy used to combat terrorism in Yemen has been a 'success,' so successful in fact that it should be used to defeat ISIS, the country continues to fall apart. Late yesterday the United States evacuated the U.S. embassy in Yemen and Marines were bizarrely ordered by the State Department to destroy issued weapons on their way out. The British and French also closed and evacuated their embassies yesterday citing safety and security concerns."

Meanwhile, as Yemen is divided up by al-Qaeda and the Iranian backed Houthis, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and his minions are voicing open contempt for Obama. As you will recall, in November 2014, the P5 + 1 and Iran announced that they would extend their "Joint Plan of Action" for reaching agreement over Iran's nuclear program. It was determined that the parties would conclude an understanding of general principles for a deal by March 24, 2015 and then finalize the details by July 1, 2015. However, in a speech earlier this week before Iranian air force commanders, Khamenei declared that he was not interested in reaching a framework agreement in March:

"I do not favor remarks that we should agree on some principles and later on details. I dislike it when they say that there should be a deal on general principles at one stage and then we can talk about details. Given our experience with the other side, they will use this as a tool for repeatedly making excuses regarding details. If they want a deal, they should cover both generalities and details in a single session, instead of leaving details for later and separating generalities which are vague and leave room for different interpretations. This is not logical."


And then there was the statement made last Wednesday by the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri:

"Iran's missile programs and defense capability, irrespective of their purpose, are not negotiable in any foreign circle.

. . . .

Gone are the days when the US was a superpower, but some still haven't realized it."

General Jazayeri's comments came in response to Jen Psaki's claim two weeks ago that Iran's ballistic missile program was also being negotiated.

In a cogent Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Crusaders and appeasers," Charles Krauthammer observes:

"His secretary of defense says, 'The world is exploding all over.' His attorney general says that the threat of terror 'keeps me up at night.' The world bears them out. On Tuesday, American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead. On Wednesday, the U.S. evacuates its embassy in Yemen, a country cited by President Obama last September as an American success in fighting terrorism.

Yet Obama’s reaction to, shall we say, turmoil abroad has been one of alarming lassitude and passivity.

. . . .

The Islamic State burns to death a Jordanian pilot. Iran extends its hegemony over four Arab capitals — Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and now Sanaa."

"Lassitude and passivity" or, in fact, ineptitude and depravity?


  1. Obama will be remembered as the Amerikan president who lost Canada (veto the Keystone pipeline to placate enviro donor base), so I think the adjectives should be "malicious lassistude" and "ideological ineptitude"

    Assuming the world survives, the good news is that it is highly improbable any Democrat will win the presidency for at least twenty years.

    With this iteration of the Democratic party, it seems rigid ideological purity is all that counts, generating as many Big Lies as needed. It is embarrassing to see Chuck Schumer following Obama wherever he goes

    otoh, no one messes with United States Marines who were ordered to destroy their weapons. the only way to disarm a Marine is to pry their weapon from their cold dead hand...of course, former Senator marine Jim Webb already wrote that story in the 2000 film "Rules of Engagement", based in Sanaa.


  2. Personally, I believe that Obama should be tried for treason for his Cairo speech alone. Yes, setting the world on fire is betraying one's country in addition to everything else. Egyptians who were the first to pay for the deeds of this world class arsonist were naturally the first who demanded his head.