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What Is Obama Doing with Iran?

The Obama Administration appears to have a schizophrenic foreign policy that is guided solely by a desire to project an image to the US domestic political audience of vague leadership. Yet, when you look at the actual effects of the Obama Administration’s forays into the Arab Spring, the Libyan Civil War, Syria and now Iran, you are left scratching your head. One moment Obama is pursuing policies that appear to pander to the interests of the Saudis and the Sunnis. Then Obama does a complete reversal and signs on to a deal with Iran that angers and alienates the Saudis and the Israelis.

This might be understandable if there were a majority in the United States (or a powerful minority for that matter) pushing for a deal with Iran. But there is not. While most Americans hold a very negative opinion of Iran, most would also be hard pressed to find it on a map or explain the difference between Sunnis and Shias.

The pliant, sycophantic media cheerleaders–Dana Milbank is a prime example of those inclined to perform political fellatio on der Leader–were out in force pooh poohing Republican objections to the Iran deal:

“The Iran deal and our allies: You can’t spell abandonment without OBAMA,” he wrote (referring to Ari Fleischer).

This is the sort of trenchant judgment Fleischer was known for as chief spokesman for President George W. Bush at the start of the Iraq war. His anagram analysis was so relevant to the topic that it deserves application to his name, too. Turns out you can’t spell “Re: Chief Liars,” “Hi, false crier,” “Hire Sir Fecal” or “I relish farce” without ARI FLEISCHER.

But Fleischer’s instant and reflexive response — even knees don’t jerk as quickly as he did — set the tone for Republicans. Three minutes after Fleischer’s tweet came one in agreement from Ron Christie, another veteran of the Bush administration. “Precisely,” he wrote, also without the benefit of knowing what was in the agreement. “A disgraceful deal.”

What Milbank and others of his ilk studiously ignore is the backlash likely to come from the Jewish Americans who support Israel and have supported Obama. Their support, especially their financial contributions, could be in jeopardy. Obama’s move on the diplomatic front with Iran is more likely to galvanize significant political opposition in America than it is to create an enthusiastic, powerful group endorsing his move.

The deal with Iran, from my perspective, is a largely meaningless sideshow. The real issue in the Middle East is not whether Iran gets a nuclear weapon (NEWS FLASH–Iran will have a nuke within 8 years). Instead, it is the regional war that is underway that pits Sunnis against Shias. It is happening in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and will likely spread into Saudi Arabia. That’s the real threat in the region. I doubt we would be seeing the kind of threats and histrionics by the likes of John Bolton and other neocons if the Saudis were on the brink of getting a nuke. They seem to be able to overlook the role of the 19 Saudis in the 9-11 attacks and focus, instead, their vitriol exclusively on Iran and the Ayatollahs.

So I leave you with the question posed at the outset–what the hell does Obama hope to achieve by dealing with Iran?

  • KenoshaMarge
    • Deapster

      Why are the union protestor always so fat? They look overpaid and overstuffed. If this is what worker’s rights do, they need to try poverty instead and be a lot healthier.

    • foxyladi14

      Stupid is as stupid does someone else said. lol

      • KenoshaMarge

        Forrest’s Momma strikes again.

  • sowsear1

    (As seen at MOTUS yesterday)
    Talk to grandma about Obamacare this season – “Grandma, we’re gonna miss you next year.”

  • Popsmoke

    I hope Thanksgiving filed up everyones tummy. Remeber those less fortunate….

    • S7teen70six

      Hope you are well Pop.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Ditto. If not well now, hope you get well soon.

    • KenoshaMarge

      We decided some time back instead of buying a lot of junk no one really wants or needs we would donate to Salvation Army, local food banks and the Paralyzed Vets of America.

      One of the benefits is that we feel all warm and good and that’s always welcome in Winter here in Wisconsin.

      • foxyladi14

        That is a wonderful idea Marge may it catch and spread like wildfire!! God Bless.

  • Popsmoke

    Ari is full of himself and talk about sycophantic tendencies….John Bolton….

  • KenoshaMarge

    You have probably all ready seen this one but in case not I thought I’d share

    • Deapster

      Actually, Bush took office under unprecedented crisis because 9-11 happened on his watch, not Obama.

      Yet the gospel according to Obama now claims he entered as the most beleaguered President to ever sit in the WH- think again, Obama. All you had was a financial crisis of limited scope that was already on the mend by the time you had arrived.

      Bush had the equivalent of Pearl Harbor on his hands. Made things worse. But then so did Obama and we still have not crawled out the Obama messes even yet, and they grow worse every day.

      So tell us Obama, what do you think about the next President spending every waking moment blaming you and sitting on his/her ass and doing nothing about anything except make things worse?

      How will you judge getting a taste of your own medicine- that that ain’t gonna be medical MJ.

      • foxyladi14

        Karma baby…

  • foxyladi14

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy the first day of Hanukkah

    • Deapster

      Well, we used the day after Thanksgiving was the first day of the Christmas season too, but now Christmas starts the day after after Halloween. Next year I head Christmas is starting on July 5th.

  • Deapster

    A Thanksgiving prayer that people like this are not running this country; and only making millions being a celebrity instead:

    KANYE WEST: We don’t got it like that. When I tell you only seven black billionaires, look at marginalization, and we feel like we happy because me and Rick Ross got it made, or I got a spread outside, a couple of us, or they put a black president.

    Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people.

    You know we don’t know nobody that got a nice house. You know we don’t know nobody with paper like that we can go to when we down. You know they can just put us back or put us in a corporation. You know we ain’t in situation. Can you guarantee that your daughter can get a job at this radio station? But if you own this radio station, you could guarantee that. That’s what I’m talking about.

    Read more:

    • DianaLC

      Things may have changed since I last read anything about Kanye West–I read that garbage only when I get my hair done once every six weeks–was that he’s living in Kim Kardashian’s mother’s house or something. That in itself is a way bigger home than I’ve ever had or wanted to have.
      As Forest Gump’s mother would say: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

      • S7teen70six

        Stupid is as racist does.

    • Deapster

      The totally incoherence of this person’s statement absolutely stunned me — and yet I think he is someone our culture has made both famous and rich – for being an illiterate celebrity whore? Never have I been less thankful when I see this as our new cultural common denominator. Bah.

      • KenoshaMarge

        The sum total of rhetoric by celebutards gives incoherence a bad name.

        Better to be quiet and be thought a fool than open your mouth, as this fool did, and remove any doubt.

      • S7teen70six

        Have you ever listened to the bullshit this “artist” calls music? Untalented millionaire hacks like this criticizing and claiming racism because the world isn’t full of untalented millionaire hacks just like him is just the least bit hypocritical. I don’t suppose it ever occurred to him that we aren’t racists, just have a bit of culture, sophistication and an appreciation for talent.

      • Dave L.

        Just wait until the kid that he and Kim spawned grows up. Talk about not having a chance at literacy !

        • Deapster

          Between the two of the parents maybe there is a single brain. The fact our society reveres this level of dysfunction with money and adulation is troubling.

          Yet they “hate the rich” which shows something far more sinister is at stake.

          They really hate WASP establishment values and love poking a stick in their eyes anyway they can, including using these celebrity creeps as surrogated to do it for them.

  • DianaLC

    OT–really….it’s state news.
    We just learned that a state Democratic senator resigned her seat to give it to a different Dem. She had just squeaked by in her last election, and there were people in her district mounting another recall effort. She saw the writing on the wall about her gun control vote and decided to take one for the party by saving the Dem majority in the state Senate—at least until the next round of elections.

  • DianaLC

    OT but still on foreign issues—
    A few days ago I saw an interview with Katherine Herridge (I believe) on Fox news. She was reporting about how the CIA in the Annex in Benghazi had actually been put on notice to be careful because of the 9/11 date. They were puzzled by Stevens’ presence at the compound. Then she mentioned that he had been somewhere to do some sort of event at a school nearby, but they weren’t sure why he was at the compound.
    Most of the purpose of the interview was again to emphasize that it was known to be a dangerous situation on that day and to point out that the CIA people did their best to save people, that it could have been much worse, etc., and to wonder why better protection had not been provided the ambassador, or why help was not sent.
    I was screaming at the television. Those questions are indeed important. However, she got so close but didn’t quite get there. WHY WAS THE AMBASSADOR AT THE COMPOUND REALLY? WHAT WAS THE REAL PURPOSE OF HIS MEETING WITH THE TURKISH OFFICIAL?
    (And It makes me even more angry that this went down during the election and that his and Hillary’s lies may have been allowed to steal yet another election. And not to mention that four good men had to die so they could do that.)

    • Justine00

      Wonder if ambassador had some personal time with Obummer and they wanted to get rid of the evidence.

      • Deapster

        Where was Obama between 20:00 and 22:00 on September 11, 2012. Why is no one talking still?

        • DianaLC

          Retired_from_SPOnaj told me that Obama had a “man date” to take care of at that time.

    • Deapster

      At least people are still talking about Benghazi. Your questions are one everyone’s lips who has been following this, because no one has given the right answers to them. They keep side-stepping them which begs the questions even more.

      Watergate questions had to go underground for a long time too, before it all finally came spilling out.

      Just like most people simply don’t want to deal with the fact Obama never wrote Dreams From My Father and never healed all those fainting ladies.

      There seems to be a barrier where people simply cannot deal with the truth, because they can’t really deal with knowing their President is a crook which triggers the “then what do we do” part of shattering reality.

      A defense mechanism to protect people from the real horror of what the truth actually means: they just elected a crook, liar and fraud.

      So stories begging to come out, get buried again and again. Until they hurt so bad or other forces come into play, until not getting the truth out is the greater horror.

      The Benghazi story has not yet reached that threshold yet, And this last little CBS stunt served to bury it even further.

  • deehra

    Happy Thanksgiving to all..Still thankful for friends, family and reasonably good health…Used to be thankful for so many other things I took for granted, I miss them ..