Obama’s phony war

After Paris and now the Turkish shooting of a Russian plane, it looks like a big war has started with some small steps…
This could all have been avoided.. by pushing back aggression a long time ago..
It’s wrenching to see the world spiral into chaos and war, just because an arrogant and clueless person sits in power..



A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it there? Undoubtedly, to back up the ISIS boast that it is infiltrating operatives amid the refugees flooding Europe. The passport may have been fake, but the terrorist’s fingerprints were not. They match those of a man who just a month earlier had come through Greece on his way to kill Frenchmen in Paris.

If the other goal of the Paris massacre was to frighten France out of the air campaign in Syria — the way Spain withdrew from the Iraq war after the terrorist attack on its trains in 2004 — they picked the wrong country. France is a serious post-colonial power, as demonstrated in Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and Mali, which France saved from an Islamist takeover in 2013.

Indeed, socialist President François Hollande has responded furiously to his country’s 9/11
with an intensified air campaign, hundreds of raids on suspected domestic terrorists, a state of emergency and proposed changes in the constitution to make France less hospitable to jihad.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, titular head of the free world, has responded to Paris with weariness and annoyance.
His news conference in Turkey was marked by a stunning tone of passivity, detachment and lassitude, compounded by impatience and irritability at the very suggestion that his Syria strategy might be failing.

..Hollande is trying to gather a real coalition to destroy the Islamic State, even as Obama touts his phony 65. For 11 post-World War II presidencies, coalition leading has been the role of the United States. Where is America today? Awaiting a president. The next president.


Barack Obama’s ‘extremism’ language irks both sides

The whole thing is embarrassing.. and damaging.. as problems will grow..
And it’s a bit like listening to a little child.. a dreamer..
And the choice between “human ideals and dialogue” vs. “iron fist” is not merely an ideological conviction, it’s often just a matter of timing. And finding the right mix in the right context.
A President who doesn’t seem to understand the nature of aggression, and prefers to avoid confrontation, is partly blindfolded in handling these issues.


Barack Obama’s summit on violent extremism has come under fire from conservatives who are bashing his reluctance to use the words “Islam” and “Muslim” to describe the threat from terror groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

How little can a President actually do?

Let’s start with the tasks:

Chief of Executive Branch yes - but what does he do?

Article II of the U.S. Constitution vests the executive power of the United States in the president and charges him with the execution of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances.

And then the non-constitutional part:

Since the founding of the United States, the power of the

My wife forced me....

president and the federal government have grown substantially and each modern president, despite possessing no formal legislative powers beyond signing or vetoing congressionally passed bills, is largely responsible for dictating the legislative agenda of his party and the foreign and domestic policy of the United States.

And then, he’s the Commander-in-Chief.

Release me.. this is a prison..

So remembering folks like Truman and Taft, who both hated the Presidency, one could in theory leave everything to Congress – and just approve the advice of the Generals. Then you’re free to go. Perhaps while generally dismissing the opposition as “playing politics” and the media as “slaves of ratings”.

Not a recipe for a very pleasant tenure – but it could be done.

Kissinger on the President’s Decision-Making Process.

Dr. Kissinger wraps up his book with some pragmatic advice for the WH policy-making processes. Among the general guidelines are a clear purpose, a thought-through analysis of consequences, and the fine art of striking the right balance between gathering information and acting before it’s too late.

President Ford discusses Vietnam with Kissinger, Martin, General Wayland and Scowcroft.

From his memoirs in Years of Renewal:


Because our Constitution confers extraordinary powers on the President, there can be no absolute rules as to how policy should be formulated or conducted; some scope must be left for the chief executive’s personality and psychological makeup. Nevertheless, I would distill certain general principles from what I have observed or studied.

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Ford, Rumsfeld and Henry Kissinger.

After a solid block of delving into Nixon, the book moves on to the reshuffling in the Ford Administration. And how Rumsfeld is beating out Kissinger from his turf, rejecting the soft philosophy of détente from the past. More strength is needed. The Secretary of State Kissinger is even removed away from his base in the White House.

Kissinger interrupts with news from Saigon. At the meeting: Ford, Cheney,
Greenspan, Rockefeller, Rumsfeld, Zarb, Friedersdorf, Marsh.

Click for bigger picture. The golden days of the Nixon-Kissinger Presidency are gone..


First televised Inauguration: Harry Truman Jan 20th 1949.

The resources available at the web these days.. seems like huge archives are put out on youtube in just the last two years. Studying history is more fun and fulfulling than ever – with pics, text, audio and video available right at your fingertips.

Anyways – here’s Harry being inaugurated after winning his first Presidential Election in ’48, after enduring a 22.000 miles criss-cross Whistle-Stop tour around the country (about the circumference of the earth) in the campaign – and beating all conventional wisdom in papers and pollings about the Republican candidate Dewey winning the race by a landslide.

And as the Gop was so sure of winning – they had already passed a $80.000 spending bill for the most lavish inauguration seremony in history, and Truman and the Democrats enjoyed every cent of it.


“I’ll draft all strikers to the US Army”

1946.. The war is over, but problems are piling up. Economy sinking back to depression, cabinet dissent, soviet proclaiming “inevitable war” in a few years, and Unions on strike – automobiles, electricty, coal – and then all the railroads. 24.000 freight trains and 175.000 passenger trains stop. The country grinds to a halt.

The last drop – all trains stop in ’46. Truman uses force.

After lengthy talks with railroad bosses in vain – Harry is fed up. He goes to Congress and demands a bill to draft all strikers into the US Army. Standing ovations. And unions cave – in the middle of the speech.

Listen to the speech here.

Address the night before here.

Approval rate skyrockets, House passes the bill, Senate kills it. But the point was made.