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World in Chaos

I read the news today, oh boy.

The world lacks American leadership. It lacks the sense that America will take action to defend its interests. That America is decisive. That America is dangerous.

Obama birthday cakeWe are not respected, and it shows. Because when we go completely to sleep, the jackals come out to hunt at night. Keep your children close. Soon they’ll be hunting us.

I believe the bar should be high for U.S. intervention in these barbaric lands. But I do not believe the United States can remove itself from the world. Because if we think the barbarism won’t end up here, we are deceiving ourselves.

We don’t have to put boots on the ground in most cases. But we do have to show resolve and a willingness to act. Bullies will rarely fight you when you stand up to them.

In Iraq, which was relatively stable until Obama completely abandoned it militarily, Al Qaeda is on the march, fighting for control of major cities. The blood of our servicemen and women was spilled there at least partially in vain.

Speaking of the blood of our service members, Afghanistan is preparing to release hundreds of prisoners from Bagram prison – which we’ve turned over to Karzai – many of whom have been involved in attacks against our troops. The Taliban will soon be back in control of that place anyway as the United States exits without having finished the job.

Syria, where we once could have made a meaningful difference, is in chaos, a magnet and a proving ground for al Qaeda rebels. Libya has become another dangerous haven for terrorists.

Egypt only stabilized, somewhat, when the military decided to ignore Obama and take matters into its own hands.

Iran will not be deterred, Obama has made clear, from maintaining a nuclear program. Since Iran doesn’t need a nuclear program, that by definition is a nuclear weapons program. Soon they will have the “breakout” capacity to build the bomb.

Obama carMeanwhile, Iran is providing Hezbollah with sophisticated, accurate new missiles it hopes will deter Israel from striking its nuclear facilities once Netanyahu finally gets that Obama isn’t going to.

China is asserting itself throughout East Asia. Our allies there wonder how serious we are about defending them. Obama’s decision to advise our airlines to comply with a recent seizure of airspace by the Chinese raises concerns.

South Sudan is disintegrating. Leftism is prevailing throughout South America. Russia is reasserting itself in the Middle East.

The jackals understand weakness. They prey on it. They see it in Obama. And Obama, like it or not, represents us.

83 thoughts on “World in Chaos”

  1. Obama most certainly does not represent “us”. Or represent me. Or represent the United States of America and the values upon which this nation was founded.

    The evidence is right in front of you, on a daily basis, many instances of which you have written about above, and previously.

    1. I agree.
      He doesn’t represent me either.
      I disdain his very existence as POTUS.
      On the world stage, he is probably regarded as a buffoon
      As Keith states, the jackals are licking their chops over the demise of a great nation, and all they have to do is wait.
      3 more years people,…3 more long years.
      A lot of bad can happen in that time period unless we stop him.

      1. Agree.
        We also have jackals withing the United States that I fear as well. They are ignoring our Constitution. Invading our privacy, the list goes on and on. Keith you are correct regarding licking their chops. I have stated our enemies have laughed at the road our Country has taken. Maybe it is a little of both.
        This is my only voice. I am afraid to do so in public. I think some of the people that once stood behind O feel the same way.
        Please understand my fellow citizens, I have have been bold enough to criticize or compliment both parties in office all my life
        even in an open conversation with strangers close by.
        Now… There is something terribly wrong when citizens of the United States of America are at that point.

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  2. Actually it’s a trifecta.

    Anyone who continues to believe or believe in anything at all that comes from the Obama Administration, is truly a fool. An ineducable fool.

    1. He’s not a fool
      They aren’t fools.

      They are FRAUDS
      The Substandard President and the subpar administrators are Frauds, as are their policies.

      In the end, what difference does it make if the world respect the US BECAUSE OBAMA DOESN’T RESPECT THE US.

  3. Thank you Keith for a very accurate description of the dangers surrounding us. Without the respect from our enemies as well as the assurance that we will have their backs of our longtime alies, we are destined for a very uncertain future. 2016 cannot come soon enough. Once this empty suit is out of the White House, we will have very little time to clean up his mess. Not to worry, Reagan did it after Carter and anyone from our GOP candidates can and will get it done.

  4. What worries me even more is that BO seems to be gutting strong military leaders for “yes men”. Yes for gays and for women on the frontlines of combat. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but waving rainbow flags and waiving physical fitness requirements may cost lives for the troops. No active military commander would dare criticize Dear Leader, they can be easily replaced with more Yes Men.

    1. Yes Denise,…the fundamental transformation of America is fully engaged and operating as according to plan.
      It’s nice to see that the 11 AG’s are working on the legal aspects of Obama’s lawlessness.
      Don’t hold your breath on any significant resolutions with Eric the red still wielding the mighty redacting machine.
      Our only hope is to fundamentally change congress because they are the ones standing in the way of our efforts to take our Country back from the corrupt regime currently occupying the government.
      Boehner has to go, number 1.
      It is his decision to bring bills to the floor or not, just like Reid.
      That rule should be eliminated.
      That rule limits the voice of the people through their representatives.
      Any bill that is submitted should be voted on.
      I’m tired of the behind the scenes shenanigans that these crooks get away with, along with the bribes that make them rich.
      Mark Levin has suggested a Constitutional convention to establish term limits for congress and the SCOTUS.
      I think that it is about time.

    2. it won’t matter if the world respects the United States as Obama doesn’t respect the United States, it’s history, it’s people or the ideas that made it great.

  5. Okay, now that I see I can get my comments posted (one day yes, another day no), I think the PHOTOS Keith used are amazingly spot-on.

    Obama wants all the attention of a pop star, expects people to fall at his heels in love with him as eye candy (as he even referred to himself on The View); he has zero understanding of the US globally, how we should work as a country on this planet. He only wants everyone to take his photo smiling.

    1. Don’t give up 65andcounting.
      This site can be very frustrating at times, and irritating.
      I left a response to Denise above that is currently stuck in moderation.

  6. That he’s the worst President in American history, and that he will probably hold that distinction for all eternity, is becoming more and more certain.

    Of the fate of his soul, I have no inside knowledge, but I seriously doubt the Almighty will look kindly on his existence. To whom much is given, etc.

    At this point, the only real open question is where Obama stands among world leaders in all of human history.

    So: is he the worst-ever head of state, for all nations, for all time?

    At first glance, one could easily point to certifiable monsters such as Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler, and say, No way, at least Obama wasn’t killing his own people like that.

    Give Obamacare another 3 years, and then get back to me on that argument. American medicine is being destroyed, and the idea that millions of Americans will die from inferior care over the next three years is not implausible.

    I have seen comments in some quarters where people have written that if Obamacare harms them or their families, they will never forget…and one doesn’t have to be well versed in subtext to understand the implications of THAT.

    The prospect of a violent transfer of power, in the United States of all places, unthinkable a generation ago, is no longer outside the realm of possibility. The lead-up to World War I is quite instructive: there was so much “We must do this if they do that,” that all it took was one spark to blow the whole powder keg sky high.

    Right now, America is a powder keg. And it’s only going to take one spark, at some point in the next three years, to finalize, I propose, Obama’s place as the worst world leader in all of human history.

      1. Do you think he’s the worst in world history, though?

        Here’s my thinking. What a lot of the tinpot autocrats tried to do, was take a lesser nation and try to make it more powerful, with all guns blazing. In their own twisted minds, they at least could justify that they were trying to make their countries “better.” True, their ideas of “better” were horrifyingly evil, but at least they could justify their actions, if only to themselves.

        Obama seems to have it as his goal to make the country worse. He can try to rope-a-dope his way out of it by saying he wants more “equality,” but fewer and fewer are buying what he’s selling. By his actions, it is clear he’s trying to take America down. And now that he has the power to rule, he has the power to be a one-man fifth column, and if he gets called out on it, he or his defenders try to use the race card as a get-out-of-jail-free card.

        Obama’s actions have been as traitorous to this nation as Brutus, as Cassius, and I daresay as Judas Iscariot. Anyone familiar with Dante should know exactly what that means.

        Obama lied, schemed, back-stabbed, and smooth-talked his way to the highest office in the land, so that he could live like a king while destroying the greatest Nation on Earth from within.

        If this is not the behavior of the worst head of state in world history, what is it?

  7. The US has spent most of a Century defending it’s “allies.” A recent poll reveals that most of these “allies” view the US as the greatest threat to world peace. Our expenditure of our blood and treasure to protect other countries has been in vain.

    We need a President that will repudiate Kennedy.

    Let the word go forth that there is anew nation that will pay no price, bear no burden, oppose no foe to protect anyone’s liberty except it’s own.

    As Governor Palin so eloquently put it, “let Allah sort them out.”

  8. The Taliban will soon be back in control of that place anyway as the United States exits without having finished the job.

    They live there. They were never going anywhere. Afghanistan is one of three countries that have never been conquered. Forget the other two.

  9. We got a lot of fear and uncertainty cred from being the only country that ever dropped a nuclear weapon on anyone–but that is fading or being snuffed out.

    1. Yes grace.
      Protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and all enemies foreign and domestic.
      I took that oath once, and still abide by it.

        1. He has no Constitutional right to do that Lee.
          It is up to the DOJ to take him to task but Eric Holder is his best friend and is willing to defend his policies and decisions until this corrupt regime is taken down.
          Watch the voter ID issue this year.
          The only way that they can defeat us in the 2014 elections is to throw them like they did in 2012.
          And they will make every attempt to do so.

          1. If Eric Holder does not want to follow the Constirution, than he needs to be held responible.
            He needs to step down, if he does not want to take steps in this matter.
            THE Whole Congress,I will hold responsible as well, if they do not all put their foot down.
            Someone earlier mentioned term limits and payoffs. They all have their hands tied from who ever has been paying them off.

      1. I hope you recognized my sarcasm. The argument can be made that he has failed to fulfill his oath.

        That said, thank you for your service and your continued fight for this country and our freedoms.

    2. Actually, a LOT of Federal types have to take an oath about supporting and defending the Constitution. Every member of the military, every congresscritter, even a good number of civil servants, are sworn to support and defend.

      From what I’ve seen in Washington, mere words to most of the civilians, alas.

      1. It depends on the integrity of the individual to keep the oath.
        Alas,… many are charlatans, crooks, thieves, people that owe other people favors, people that have a past to hide.
        Nefarious individuals, individuals that have enough connections to alert the authorities if you dare to confront them.
        Power corrupts,…absolute power corrupts absolutely.
        We are witnessing absolute power, or, we are very close to it.
        The attempts to gain it through the ACA is a major step towards the dictatorship that Obama wants over this Country.

  10. If—
    (‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
    Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)

    On the other and, you might just be an incompetent fool!

    1. Sympathy for the devil
      by M. Jagger & K. Richards

      Please allow me to introduce myself;
      I’m a man of wealth and taste.
      I’ve been around for a long, long year;
      stole many a man’s soul and faith.

      I was ’round when Jesus Christ
      had his moment of doubt and pain.
      Made damn sure that Pilate
      washed his hands and sealed his fate.

      Pleased to meet you,
      hope you guess my name.
      But what’s puzzling you
      is the nature of my game.

      I stuck around St. Petersburg
      when I saw it was a time for a change.
      Killed the Tsar and his ministers,
      Anastasia screamed in vain.

      I rode a tank,
      held a general’s rank,
      when the Blitzkrieg raged,
      and the bodies stank.

      Pleased to meet you,
      hope you guess my name.
      And what’s puzzling you
      is the nature of my game.

      I watched with glee
      while your kings and queens
      fought for ten decades
      for the god they made.

      I shouted out,
      “Who killed the Kennedy’s?”,
      when after all
      it was you and me.

      Let me please introduce myself.
      I’m a man of wealth and taste.
      And I laid traps for troubadours
      who get killed before they reach Bombay.

      Pleased to meet you,
      hope you guessed my name.
      But what’s puzzling you
      is the nature of my game.

      Just as every cop is a criminal,
      and all the sinners saints.
      As heads is tails
      just call me Lucifer
      ’cause I’m in need of some restraint.

      So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
      have some sympathy, and some taste.
      Bring all your well-learned politesse
      Or I’ll lay your soul to waste.

      1. We all respected and enjoyed that song years ago and today.
        I mentioned this weeks ago:
        Where are the writers. I suggested some writers to please come out of retirement. To write songs of the current events. We had so many in the 60’s and early 70’s. It did not matter if you agreed or disagreed with the point, we at lease paid attention to the news more, than made our choices from there

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  12. We don’t have to put boots on the ground but we have to fight terrorism in all its reincarnations, including radical Islam with which Obama always seems to make nice. There are other ways besides war, but our intelligence system must be close to being ineffective. How many of Obama’s drones have hit genuine targets and not innocent people? America has to stand by its ally Israel to whom we committed our help from its very birth. Finally, it was utterly stupid of Obama to spy not only on countries who are our allies like Germany but on their individual leaders’ personal lives. That’s the crux: the very countries who believed in our strength have lost their respect for us.

    Good post, but not enough time and space to comment on all the points and examples you bring up.

    1. and we have a former community organizer leading us.

      We have a failed community organizer leading us. Obama couldn’t even succeed when it came to community organizing.

  13. Wait a second…I just now got the Devo reference in the opening line.

    And technically, it’s “I saw the news today, oh boy.”

    The song is “Some Things Never Change” from the album “Total Devo.” Here are the lyrics:

    Hang your head
    Hang your head
    Hang your head
    Hang your head

    Some things never change
    Some things never change

    Hang your head
    Hang your head

    I saw the news today, oh boy
    (Hang your head)
    A thousand starry skies we’ve seen before
    (Hang your head)

    Small minds play at some big time games
    And everybody else pays
    Make no mistake, they’re on the take
    They like to keep it that way

    Some things never change
    Some things never change

    I saw the light today, oh boy
    (Hang your head)
    It came on flashing bright, in red and blue
    (Hang your head)

    The man steps in with a terminal grin
    Blue skies turn to gray
    Young men die and the children cry, why is
    It always the same?
    (Hang your head)

    Life must be eaten, or at least bitten into
    To get past the surface, the moment of truth
    You know when it’s right, it’s sweet deep inside
    It’s real and it’s better that some things don’t change

    I saw the news today, oh boy
    (Hang your head)
    A thousand pictures of the lies we live
    (Hang your head)

    Small minds play at some big time games
    And everybody else pays
    (Hang your head)
    They’re on the take, and they don’t give breaks

    They like to take it away
    (Hang your head)
    (Hang your head)

    Some things never change
    (Hang your head)
    Some things never change
    (Hang your head)

    Man steps in with a terminal grin
    Blue skies turn to gray
    (Hang your head)
    Young men die, and the children cry, why is

    It always the same?
    (Hang your head)
    (Hang your head)
    (Hang your head)

    That song was written decades ago, and it’s as relevant today as it was back then.

    Interestingly enough, STNC was used as the theme song to the video game version of the William Gibson novel “Neuromancer”–which was the first recorded use of the word “cyberspace.”

    But that’s another story.

  14. Krauthammer had an excellent and succinct assessment of Obama’s failed foreign policy beginning with the abandonment of Iraq. And he concluded with the disgraceful fact that we have lost more Americans in Afghanistan under Barack Obama’s presidency than in all the time before.

    IMO he is a failure as a President, as a leader, as an executive but most importantly as Commander In Chief.

  15. The world held hands and sang Kumbaya when obama was running for office.

    The turd world is getting what it deserves and to hell to them.

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  18. Why is the U.S waiting for 3 more years It’s time for the citizens of the United States to stand up an take back an stop BS in WH.

  19. This is what the man wants; destruction of America to his own and others supporting him, interests, period. The great lie is that he, liberal democrats (mainly in the senate), extreme environmentalists, celebrities and mega money people really don’t give or care anything about America but will use her to their selfish ends. Just like robber barons of old, they are stealing our country right from under us; and, Obamacare will collapse the whole system, leaving much woe in its wake and little health care to fix anything that was right with the same system before. To get back to the article I can only say that I would not want this man sharing a fox hole with me or my friends! The sad and scary thought is that many of our sons and daughters may be forced to do this overseas; like the ostrich, we must pull of heads out of the sand before the sands are no more.

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