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Open Thread || Saturday, March 1, 2014

It’s an open thread Saturday. Enjoy.

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72 Responses to Open Thread || Saturday, March 1, 2014

  1. “There will be costs”
    That really shook up Putin.
    He than asked Parliment for permission to use the Countrys military in Ukraine. Russian parliment of course approved the request.

    • I read a post the other day at another site that quoted Putin saying the following about Obama, “… negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. The pigeon knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board, then struts around as if he won the game…”
      Interesting, yes?

      • Obama comes with his very own cult leader. Jim Jones a/k/a Valerie Jarrett.

        New Yorker editor David Remnick’s interview with her for his 2010 book The Bridge.

        “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

        • I’ve seen those quoted remarks before and was always struck by the last sentence where she claims his boredom with his life.
          It’s been my experience that intelligent people are never bored, that life, or their pursuits, are so engrossing they bemoan there aren’t enough hours in the day to follow their interests. The genius of Einstein, Michaelangelo, great composers, writers and scientists of every calling are engaged or constantly interested, but never bored

          it is the mediocre, the dullard who is bored. He is the one not interested in anything beyond his own thoughts or ideas. He doesn’t see his place in history as something reflecting his own actions, but as a reflection of how others view him.

          • What his acolytes call “boredom”, others would call an inability to be critically and intelligently engaged in the matters before him. He is like the characters on “Third Rock From The Sun’, who never quite grasp the earthly affairs occurring around them, and who always arrive at the wrong conclusion. For Obama, international affairs are like JELLO to the extraterrestrials on the show.

  2. I know we’re all weary of war and with the flu of an economy we’re trying to get over it’s easy to support America “pulling back”, BUT does anyone else not see a bigger danger in these past 5 years of what I call Obama appeasement?
    We did nothing for the Iranian protestors in ’09 so the great Obama could be the great “negotiator” with the Mullahs. (I suggest doing everything possible to overthrow the Mullahs would pretty much take care of the nuke problem but I guess that’s just to simple for the sicophants in the White House to figure out.)
    From Benghazi to Cairo to Damascus Obama has nothing but lines drawn in the blood of victims dead from hollow rhetoric and the “action of inaction”.
    Obama abandoned the Poles in ’09, bowing to Putin on the missile defense and now Putin marches w/o fear in Ukraine.
    Evil does not negotiate nor does it “reason”, it exploits weakness wherever weakness is found, adding to its power day by unchecked day.
    It’s one thing for Obama to screw up our own economy, it’s entirely another for him to ignore his first and foremost duty to ensure the national security of the nation.

    • The only question I have, Geoff, is whether or not Obama’s total abdication of leadership and wanton disregard for his presidential Oath to protect the country from its domestic and foreign enemies…is deliberate and malicious. Or is he simply the world’s biggest dummkoph who knows he is in over his head and chooses to let the chips fall where they may regardless of the damage to the reputation of this country.

      We are into his sixth year and he has YET to answer a question from the press corpse unless it is a rare and scripted appearance with a narrow field of questioning that he can filibuster.
      He is paranoid about his words, written or spoken, backfiring on him. He left nothing in writing during his university days – not one word.
      He avoids the WH press corps questions as much as he avoids any personal interaction with members of Congress. He is terrified that his lack of critical thinking and decision making will rear up and bite him. He knows he is unfit to serve. He doesn’t want to embarrass himself. Which is the reason he fell apart in the first debate with Romney. He froze up. He was intimidated, despite his public demonization of Romney. He was scared.

      The ONLY ‘laws’ that Obama governs with are Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. He knows nothing of statesmanship, diplomacy, bi-partisanship, honesty or integrity. His only game is to demolish his opponent.

      These are dangerous times now. Obama is backed into a corner with only his phone and his pen. He used that phone to call Putin…and we have no idea what was discussed. Total secrecy abounds. The fool is now running around town flaunting his ‘excutive privileges’ – making jokes. We have a madman running loose!

    • All of these international crises are extremely complicated. You have to weigh the risk/reward of any action you take. After doing so, NUKE ‘EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh crap, I just realized, that’s my WIFE”S answer to EVERYTHING!!!

  3. I think this pretty much sums up the train wreck in the WH.

    February 26, 2014: Obama wants $302 billion for transportation.
    “Nobody knows better than Minnesotans, when we’ve gone through a winter like this, roads are wrecked.”
    “I just had a chance to take a look at some of those spiffy new trains,” Obama said Wednesday of the expansion of Minneapolis’ Metro light rail.
    Two hours later:
    A Central Corridor light-rail test train rolled off the tracks on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/28/metaphor-alert-minnesota-light-rail-train-runs-off-tracks-after-obama-lauds-it-in-visit/

    President “Spiffy” to the rescue!

  4. The repercussions of Obama’s flaccid response to Putin and Russia over Ukraine, for all intents and purposes the symbolic summary of his foreign policy and view of America’s role in the world, will put us and what is left of the free world at risk for a very long time.

    Steals the ” worst president ” crown from Carter and the “appeasement” moniker from Chamberlain.

    • Give the little lady her own reset button.
      Oops, looks like the DNC already has their own. The show must go on….

      Also from Twitchy:
      “It’s Friday – it’s after 5:00 – so it’s now officially happy hour with the Democratic Party!”

  5. Do we know where the President is today? I’m surprised he isn’t flying out for the Oscars.I’d like to think he is conferring with a lot of people right now,in the situation room,as things are escalating,but my guess is he’s shooting hoops or something.( too cold to golf or else he’d be doing that)

  6. I just pulled Drudge up.
    White House official emailed some reporters to say that O’s team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears O did not attend.
    WH official says he has been briefed.
    I am sure Putin will be glad to know that O did not bother to attend.
    The whole world is either crying for us or laughing at us.

  7. after his statement on Benghazi, he went to Vegas for a fundraiser.
    after his statement on Syria, he went to play golf.
    after his statement on Ukraine, he went to Happy Hour with the Democrats.

  8. Two airports have do not have flights coming or going in Ukraine.
    Does anyone know if that is in the south alone?In other words do they have any other airports in Ukraine? We must have some American Citizens over there for different reasons.

  9. I can’t believe Obama skipped the National Security Meeting. Who is running the Country??? Susan Rice ? Valerie Jarrett ? Chuck Hagel ? John Kerry? They could not organize a one car funeral parade!

    I swear if the Obama’s show up at the Oscars I am moving to Canada.

    • After the Mooch’s surprise appearance last year, I vowed never to watch the Oscars again. It hardly matters, as I don’t go to the movies, and don’t watch the crap coming out of Hollywood these days.

    • I don’t think we have an Ambassador to Russia — McFaul, Ambassador Reset — announced he was stepping down after Sochi. I don’t know where he is and — shooting from the hip here — I vaguely remember something about Russia “kicking him out”. So, don’t know where he is — if he resigned, got kicked out or what. So, that’s Obama’s Ambassadorial heft.

      And the Russian government has requested that their Ambassador to the US be recalled in response to Obama’s “threat” that there will be consequences.

      So diplomatically I guess that leaves Lurch and Spiffy and maybe Joey. Of course he could impose on the former SOS Shrillary for expertise or perhaps exercise the power of the pen or phone and send that Ambassador to Nicaragua nominee or the one of the other sterling Ambassador nominees in the queue. Despite the fact that they do not have a smidgeon of knowledge about Russia — or their appointed countries.

      Thank goodness for the Susan and the Samantha.

  10. We are all reading a lot of different sources. And I enjoy checking them out. So, in the spirit I offer the following —

    Walter Mead — on how and why the liberals by and large did not see this coming. Check out the three articles he linked to. The headlines might prove to be regrettable to the authors. At least the WAPO one amended to the situation.

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/03/01/putin-smashes-washingtons-cocoon/

    And along the lines of not seeing it coming, here is a brief piece by Michael Totten ( I recommend him) and what he saw and wrote about way back in 2009 — Where the West Ends.

    http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/russia%E2%80%99s-invasion-ukraine-was-easy-predict

    Say what we will about Republicans by and large most Republican FP strategists have not strangled themselves with similar thinking of Obama’s state media and advisors. Eyes wide open.

  11. I have been reading tweets from everyone (all over the world) on the BBC. On another news website I read this tweet:

    I think O should take his gloves off with Putin.
    Get back on the phone, and tell him if he doesn’t stop, Everyone in Russia gets Obamacare.

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