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Obama Boarding the Crazy Train to Syria?

Put this in the category of, “You gotta be shitting me!” Yahoo’s Oliver Knox writes:

Americans unquestionably oppose any U.S. military intervention in Syria of the “boots on the ground” variety. They’re not fans of the idea of air strikes there, either. But how would they respond to narrowly tailored attacks targeting Islamist fighters who may be looking to use that country’s lawless war zones as a staging ground for potential attacks on U.S. allies, U.S. interests and possibly the United States itself? Would such a limited approach really help increasingly desperate moderate fighters squeezed between those extremists and strongman Bashar Assad’s troops? And what risk would it pose in terms of sucking the United States into an escalating role in the Syrian conflict?

Those are central, pressing questions as President Barack Obama assesses his handling of arguably the worst foreign policy disaster of his administration and gives fresh thought to a limited military role, according to current and former administration officials and congressional aides.

“Right now we don’t think that there is a military solution, per se, to the problem,” Obama said last week at a joint press conference with his closest ally on the issue, French President Francois Hollande. “But the situation is fluid, and we are continuing to explore every possible avenue to solve this problem.”

As Obama’s foreign policy goes up in an inferno of flames–Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Egypt–he looks increasingly inept and weak. This ain’t the antidote to Bush’s adventurism that Americans wanted.

A careful reading of Knox’s piece reveals that Knox has no real sourcing and is engaging in rampant speculation. Pretty damn lame. But, for the sake of entertainment, let’s assume some Obama insider is passing this along to see how the balloon floats with the public.

Short answer? INSANITY.

I have learned that a story will break in the next couple of weeks that will explain why Obama backed away from his redline on Syria last August. It will not be a pretty story and will further reinforce the fact that Obama is lost in the Oval Office. He really does not know how to manage Foreign Affairs and is surrounded by a group of incompetent lightweights.

The world has become a very dangerous place and the potential for military miscalculation is escalating, not receding. And all of this thanks, at least in part, to the weakness and naiveté of Barack Obama. Ignore for a moment the battles raging in Kiev and Caracas. On the other side of the globe, China is stepping up its saber rattling and threatening an island claimed by Japan. The ineptitude of Obama, Hillary Clinton and now, John Kerry, is adding to uncertainty and confusion among both our allies and our foes.

What should the United States be doing right now in the Middle East and, in particular, in Syria?

We draw a hard, firm line against Islamic extremism, especially the extremism funded and encouraged by the Saudis. We shift our support immediately to President Bashir Assad to crush the radicals attacking the Syrian people. Next, convene an international conference with Russia to map out a coordinated strategy to eliminate the scourge of Islamic radicals. Let’s go with a common theme that Russians and Americans embrace–Islamic radicals are a threat and must be destroyed.

Let’s recognize that this approach will require that we put both Turkey and Saudi Arabia on notice–no more support for Sunni radicals. Will that create friction and some problems for us? Absolutely! But better to face down two governments that are aiding and abetting the kind of Islamic radicals that attacked us in 2001 rather than try to reignite a cold war with Russia.

On this one, I’m with Putin.

  • BannedAgain15

    “Knox has no real sourcing and is engaging in rampant speculation”

    Sounds just like Larry Johnson…

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    http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/02/drag_a_hundred_dollar_bill_through_a_school_of_journalism.html

    drag a $100 bill though a school of journalism

    something we should pay attention to

  • Deapster

    Don’t like the Tea Party label as defined by progressive Democrats, then try their new “Cracker Trifecta” name tag.

    All this does is isolate progressives and their ilk as smug elitists who are going to get knocked down with a feather in these upcoming next elections:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/bill-maher-calls-matt-drudge-glenn-beck-fox-news-cracker-trifecta

    (Odd, in the mid 1960′s did a senior Pre-Jacksonian history paper on the “Georgia Cracker”, created by writer Augustus B Longstreet as an emerging uniquely American caricature. So who was to say I got an irrelevant education back then? Some times you just have to wait a while, until the world finally comes marching past your doorstep.)

  • Deapster

    Susan Rice sent out to double down…… again. Which means only one thing: the truth about Benghazi is about to come out. Notice her careful wording.

    This is nothing more than a pre-emptive flack attack. Ms Credibility is unworthy of anything more than a fools errand, while Obambi tries yet again to hide behind the Soros Sisters apron strings.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/23/patently-false-susan-rice-claims-obama-administration-did-not-mislead-voters-no-regrets-over-benghazi-talking-points-video/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLvX-erABqY

  • S7teen70six

    Is the UN Security Council Resolution for Humanitarian Aid a pretext for intervention? What are the rules of engagement should the aid providers come under attack? While I cannot help but support this resolution I am suspicious that certain member states have ulterior motives.

    • stodghie

      with russia and china on the security council, the un is sidelined. in this case rightly so.

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    • Deapster

      Talk about a problem hiding in plain sight now for year – and Obama just kept kicking it in the teeth with his partisan warfare.

      And few Americans choosing to understand the long-term ramifications of running our country on massive debt.

      Public sector unions and Fourth branch of government – are our own worst fifth column right now. We have to say no to their demands. Period.

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    • DianaLC

      Nice story and nice young man

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    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      It may be time for Putin to roll in some tanks and restore the legitimate, elected President, just like the US did with Morsi in Egypt.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Yanu’s cronys are fleeing to Russia.

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    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      The deposed Ukranian president has retreated east toward the Russian border. When he comes back, it will be atop a Russian tank.

    • stodghie

      Lime Lite BikerHoop • 8 hours ago
      “I’m not sure why everyone assumes what’s going on in the Ukraine is good. On the one side you have the “grass-roots” protesters, who just happen to be led by the same person who organised the Occupy Wall Street movement. They are also supported by the EU, Obama, John McCain, George Soros and John Kerry. On the other hand you have the democratically elected government backed by Putin. Obama wants the Ukraine in EU hands so he has a direct foothold into Russia. The EU wants the Ukraine as it’s running out of money and needs the resources to feed their Marxist organisation. Soros wants the Ukraine as he’s set to make lots of money if a war breaks out.
      Putin wants the Ukraine under Russia influence as it’s his sea-port and the Eastern part of the Ukraine is basically Russian.
      WHY are people rooting for the well-armed, NOT grass-roots protesters, who have killed and kidnapped police? What do you think is going to happen to the Ukraine under the EU???? It will be totally destroyed as most of the EU countries are today. I wish people would think furthner than what they’re being fed by the “media”. I question, seeing as my former country South Africa was attacked by these elitists the same way. So much propaganda was used to hand that country over to communists. Today it’s totally destroyed. That was my lesson in life! QUESTION!!! ”

      i found this poster’s comment from weazel zippers echoed some of my concerns. this sounds like another arab “spring” in reality nightmare. how well did that end? i am not too sure i agree with the fact that the eu would now even want the ukraine. germany doesn’t need or want anymore financial basket cases. i agree this is far from over.

      • beyond partisan

        Amen!

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/electricity-price-index-soars-new-record-start-2014-us-electricity

    this is something that is flying under the radar and it hurts everyone in the country

    backtrack’s war on coal have anything to do with it I wonder

  • deehra

    An alliance with Russia to combat Islamic extremism, should include Israel,imo. The alliance itself will not happen because the thin skinned child in the Oval is holding a grudge at both Putin and Netanyahu for making him look like the fool the world knows him to be.
    People will suffer, some will die, but since when has that ever bothered
    Zero ? Putin and Netanyahu don’t respect Bammy at all, so therein lies another problem, it’s not as if they can turn to Lurch for support either, I think he banged his head on his surf board.

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    • Deapster

      The Obama Thought Police are stunning in their arrogance and audacity. The Audacity of Smoke would have been a better title for Obama’s alleged tome.

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    me too

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    http://pjmedia.com/blog/white-house-takes-credit-for-ukraine-deal/

    Backtrack bunch take credit for Ukraine deal.

    Poland telling the protesters “take the deal or you will have marshal law and you will all be dead” had nothing to do with it

    • Deapster

      Can’t think of anything more counter-productive for eventual EU membership than burning your own cities down. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even Obambi’s pea brain to figure that one out.

      This was a continental Europe brokered deal, as it should have been. We had nothing to do with it. We don’t have any bargaining chips. EU is no longer a client state of the US.

      And they are a hell of a lot closer to Asian continental emerging markets than we are, and far more willing to cut deals in their own best interests.

      • stodghie

        germany being the big dog in the eu might have some real concerns with the financial status of the urkaine. merkel doesn’t want more debt to deal with.

  • DianaLC

    This is so very OT, but I just got a good giggle so had to pass I on.

    I get emails from the Independence Institue. They are announcing that Greg Gutfeld is coming to speak to them about liberals. Here’s how the announcement began:

    “I am often asked why I live in the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado. One reason is that it channels my inner Jane Goodall, the anthropologist who wanted to learn about chimpanzees by living amongst them, and then to share that knowledge with the civilized world.

    “My many years deep in the bush of Boulder have brought me a deeper appreciation of liberals and their societal hierarchy. Contrary to common belief, these misunderstood creatures have a complex and competitive social order. The idea that liberals only peaceably mill about like stoned zombies at a Grateful Dead concert is largely a myth.

    “To assert dominance in this culture, the ‘alpha liberal’ must demonstrate smugness. Smugness, elitism, presumption is the currency of social power in this ecosystem. The NPR- listening Prius driver is smugger than the NPR-listening Subaru driver, and therefore higher in the societal pecking order. The tenured women’s studies professor is smugger than the grade school teacher planning field trips to the recycling center, and so on.”

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    • KlugerRD

      LOL – “invasion”

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      when the video becomes available it is a must see

      Greta is awesome in her off the record comments on this story

    • S7teen70six

      They probably decided that it was easier to get the information from the NSA.

  • beyond partisan

    So Obama has now mandated that business cannot reduce their number of employees below 50 to avoid Obamacare requirements, under penalty of perjury! This and now he’s sending the FCC in to monitor newsrooms. Anyone who doesn’t think we’re in a soft dictatorship is a complete moron at this point:

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/danieljmitchell/2014/02/18/obamacare-atlas-shrugged-and-the-imperial-superpresident-n1796394/page/2

    • Deapster

      I only wish the 2012 election was …tomorrow.

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    • Deapster

      I see where Morrell claims he has a book deal in his near future. No wonder HRC put a very short leash on him.

  • FloridaFI

    Of course Obama is lost in the Oval Office.

    He keeps looking for a corner to go sit in.

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    had the weirdest thought for a sign for the elections off 2014

    REMEMBER THE ALAMO

    REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR

    REMEMBER OBAMA

    • Deapster

      Thank you very much, but I wish to forget him.

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    • KlugerRD

      Make no mistake that Putin is orchestrating this and the solution will not include Yanokovich who apparently has fled Kiev.

    • S7teen70six

      Kiev Peace A Chance

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    some congress critters want mike morrell back to testify and be questioned about Benghazi talking points

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/benghazi-cover-cont_782749.html

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      http://linkis.com/dcclothesline.com/NvAo8

      retired admiral
      Benghazi was a false flag by the backtrack bunch that went wrong

      • DianaLC

        The implication in this article is that the video lie was even more than a cover up of their ineptitude but that it was an attempt to use this second 9/ll even to get fro O and HRC the same sort of support that Bush got overwhelmingly after the first 9/ll.

        I always wondered about the little apology/explanation tour at great cost to show that it was our pesky First Amendment that was at fault. It was put together so fast and almost seemed pre-planned.

        And it explains the complete outrage of O when Romney seemed puzzled by this using the even to apologize for our freedom of speech.

        His plan to use that tour went wrong, as it should have. Now it’s time make it go completely wrong for him and expose him and HRC for the con man and con woman they are.

        • Deapster

          The WH Benghazi story never passed the smell test.

          Couldn’t quite tell exactly what was so wrong with their failed cover-up attempts except every time they provided and “answer”, it begged a dozen new questions.

          Why was it so important to blame a video, is but one of them. As opposed to the truth.

          And may we never stop asking where was Obama between 18:00 and 22:00 EST on 9/11/12.

        • Deapster

          Time to also revisit the Candy Crowley “acts of terror” debate between Romney and Oblamo. One other incident that certainly did not pass the smell test either.

          Obama had his fingers all over everything behind the scenes controlling his “message”.

      • S7teen70six

        There was nothing bogus about Benghazi except Openphonema’s response to it. This Admiral is full of shit. If you look closely, he even looks like he is full of shit.

        • S7teen70six

          A better look.

          • Deapster

            The new poster boy for the California prune industry.

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Well, the got the definition of false flag wrong in the lede, so why would one expect that the rest of the article would be any more accurate.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Morrell is Hillary’s boy, in fact, he now works for “Hillary’s NSC.” Hillary or, more likely, her errand girl at State (the principal never actually makes the calls), called Morrell on secure and told him what to put in the emails and the briefer. Everyone in Washington, including the press, knows that this is what happened.
      Trouble is, Morrell is not a skilled liar. What he told SSCI doesn’t jive with documented facts. However, he is high enough in the pecking order that he will not be charged with perjury. Unless, that is, his appearance comes after the Republicans take over the Senate in November. Depending on how big that win is, Morrell may fall below the cut line of who can lie to Congress and who cannot.
      Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  • Deapster

    What exactly is the EU now doing about Ukraine? Do they still even want them in their midst?

    • KlugerRD

      While Putin is orchestrating this peace accord (and getting rid of Yanokovich) he is going to have to find a way to keep Ukraine in his sphere of influence while allowing the country to establish an economic relationships with the EU.

      • S7teen70six

        But Ukraine has a basket case economy and the EU has not offered to prop them up like Russia. The deadender protesters will accept nothing less than full compliance with their demands. So I’m not completely optimistic that there will be peace in Kiev.

        • Deapster

          Ukraine needs to present themselves as a competent EU partner. No can do when they are rioting in the streets. EU does not need another Greece to bail out.

  • Dave L.

    The biggest threat to any country, including the US, is the regime that now occupies the White House. This idiot leading the weakest, dumbest administration in world history is doing more damage worldwide than any terrorist group.

    • Deapster

      Obama has contempt for the job, and the people who gave him this extraordinary power. His election can only be characterized as ” what were we thinking”.

      He was judged solely by the color of this skin and not by the content of his character – because he has none. That is damn scary.

      • piattq

        Use that “we” very carefully.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Much as it pains me it seems that on this Putin is right. In a dangerous world a weakling is not only not effective – he/she/it is dangerous in and of itself.

    If Obama really wanted to be a leader he would use Putin to our benefit. Doesn’t mean we have to “marry” Putin – just get in bed with him this time.

    Dithering and marking imaginary, and unbelievable lines is just so much hot air.

    • S7teen70six

      The problem is that Openphonema actually likes a lot of these extremist groups. The only time he speaks against them is when they embarrass him while he is trying to convince the rest of the world that they are moderates.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Add in a smidgen of hypocrisy and a soupcon of lies and Voila! Obama

        https://scontent-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1/1618607_10152186078489481_734786633_n.png

        • Deapster

          Jerk. He does not even acknowledge is own inconsistent positions. He just arrogantly blathers forward. He is out of control.

          • KenoshaMarge

            He just ignores the things he’s said before and the lapdog media allows him to do it.
            Now they want to send FCC stooges into the newsrooms of the country to “study” how the news is reported.
            It has become easy for the DOJ, the IRS and now the FCC to ignore the constitution because we do not have an honest media.

          • S7teen70six

            He didn’t build that.

          • piattq

            Deapster I am afraid that is the strategy—never admit lies and inconsistencies just blather away—people will believe whatever you say if you just keep blathering. They get confused.

    • Deapster

      There is the old axiom all politics are local. If violence at any lever exists in our own cities and even our own personal lives and we have not yet found ways to live in bliss, peace and harmony, why do we assume we can accomplish such a state elsewhere?

      Until we rid Los Angeles of the Crips and Bloods, we can not demand the rest of the world be accountable for what we can not even accomplish on our own home turf.

      Yes, evil exists and so do differing viewpoints and expectations that can get characterized as evil.

      If we cannot yet tell the difference at home, how can we control the lives and decisions of others well outside our own borders, ken and understandings.

      • Justine00

        Not only “how can we…”, but why should we? We are not the policemen of the world.
        .

        • Deapster

          This is definitely a continental Europe problem and we have no strategic US interests other than sharing concerns over the acts of violent extremists.

          • piattq

            Ummmm. We have not strategic interests in the problems of continental Europe?

  • piattq

    To me Putin is a thug; he is not our friend. He may also be intelligent, he may be a man who plays chess to win and he is shrewd and tough. I think Putin wants to restore and rebalance Russia’s sphere of influence and power based upon the geography of the Soviet model. In his own dissertation he posits that this loss of empire was essentially due to Soviet economics and internal political collapse. He proposed restoring that past influence through Russia’s energy resources and he has followed that script. Why wouldn’t he be deeply involved in the middle east?

    • S7teen70six

      I’m with you. I might admire, maybe even respect, Putin but I sure don’t trust him.

      • Dave L.

        You can also say that about the Dickweed in the White House, except for the part about being intelligent !

        • S7teen70six

          I neither admire or respect that particular Dickweed.

          • Deapster

            Ditto. Obama is far scarier than most people admit, see or appreciate. He actually thought his fainting lady scam was good enough for prime time. He actually thought that. His contempt for the job has no bounds.

            • wwwild

              And we can add to the fainting lady scam: draft card, SSN card, & birth cert.!

              www

          • foxyladi14

            Agreed!!!

        • stodghie

          hmm i can think of nothing complimentary to say about obama. i don’t like, respect or trust him.

    • KlugerRD

      “that this loss of empire was essentially due to Soviet economics and internal political collapse”

      You are right about the economics. Whatever you want to call the system they had it had failed long before the heralded break up o the Soviet Union.

      The culture of Russians has not changed at all. They choose to be very insulated and build barriers (economic and political) around them to insulate them from outsiders.

      I began doing business in East Europe starting in the late 1990′s and found that they avoided investment from western and U.S. sources and preferred investment using East European investment banks.

      I understand what Putin is doing which is not to renew the old Soviet Union, but to reform Russia’s old alliances both politically and economically.

      What is going on in Ukraine I really do not think is something Putin wished for but now has to deal with and balance Russia’s interests with not allowing a tyrannical regime in Kiev.

      It is mistake to view Russia as our enemy – which is the propaganda being spewed by Obots – they are not our enemy – they are our competitor.

    • Deapster

      Putin is a chess player. Obama plays mumbly-peg. Mismatch.

  • Fred82

    On the Assad issue, I would say we not support Assad. The Assads are dicks and less than popular in the Middle East. Given that Russia and Iran are already supporting Assad, why do we need to? Additionally, given Iran’s craptastic economy, supporting Assad may prevent Iran from supporting certain other projects.

    That said, we should not support the rebels either, IMHO.

    As far as Russia goes, I think the US can achieve something by working with Russia, provided that such cooperation has limited aims and is largely done behind the scenes.

    • Deapster

      There is only one response for this WH: what does George Soros want?

      • Fred82

        Sadly, what’s good for George Soros is probably bad for the rest of us.

        • cathnealon

          LJ calls the One “lost” and “inept.” No. Soros’ tool? yes. Obam is right on schedule–Soros has repeatedly said that the USA needs to be brought down and that is what his ‘boy’ is doing.

          The world can go up in flames and Americans killed all over the place–do you really think Obama gives a crap? His only agenda is to “fundamentally transform” America “by any means necessary.” If things go sour, well, he’s got the U.S. Treasury. He and Reggie will be sitting on some island in the Pacific spending all that loot from US taxpayers.

      • foxyladi14

        that is it.

    • piattq

      The problem with the US and Russia getting together is that O is our front man working on a deal with Putin. Scares me to death.

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    • pumagsd

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEKAWB7rCgc#t=17
      Did not Soros help the Nazi SS.
      Link to riots and Nazis in this video.

      Putin is pro Orthodox..

      • stodghie

        thanks for the reminder. i have a friend from hungary. he clued me in how soros who is jewish by birth betrayed them to the nazis. btw soros is despised in hungary. my question is why hasn’t he been tried or charged.

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    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/02/state-run-media-fcc-to-police-newsrooms/

    some many over the years since the beginning of this country have fought and died to keep us free and now this. Was the sacrifice in vain? I am beginning to think so. too many in this country are so willing to give up freedom without at shot or a shout.

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    More: US Vice President Biden calls on Ukrainian President Yanukovych to pull back government forces amid protests – @Reuters

    • Deapster

      And we have the right to tell others how to run their internal affairs?

      I am sure Biden’s phone call would be as welcome as Putin telling everyone to vote for the Tea Party.

      Ukraine wants to join the EU, not be the 51th state in the US – let them sort it out.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Looks to me like there are all ready two sides to this issue – should we become a third? Or should we do as Ron Paul suggests – keep our noses out? I am honestly asking the question because I just don’t know.

        • S7teen70six

          The decision for the way forward should come from the Ukrainian people, not the dictates of anyone else. As long as that decision is made freely we should support it.

          • KenoshaMarge

            That’s what I think too.

      • foxyladi14

        AMEN!!!

    • beyond partisan

      Biden is a New World Order stooge.

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    http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/02/20/lawmakers-cias-2-lied-us-about-benghazi

    OH OH morrell is sinking faster and faster into the quicksand.

    • Deapster

      Some one will break and it will all finally spill out. The frequency and intensity of the obots coming here are the canaries in the mine shaft.

      • stodghie

        lol nice point.

  • S7teen70six

    Openphonema stomped his foot over Ukraine. Do you really think he is going to let Syria get off without so much as a “I double dog dare ya to cross over this red line that I’m not drawing?”

    Face it, Barry is jealous that Vlad is getting his moment in the sun. And it’s not an imaginary sun. It’s on every night. On his favorite network in the whole wide world.

    So what else do you expect a narcissist to do except pretend to act important by criticizing the Putin and Russia while they are doing their best to have a successful Olympics?

    Let’s work together to rid the world of these murderous extremists.
    All of them.

  • foxyladi14

    Wise words Larry.

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  • wyntre

    I agree the POS is out-of-control and close to certifiable but it’s not only Syria.

    Anyone else get the feeling the Ukraine crisis is being stoked by the U.S. in cooperation with Soros and the EU, strategically unleashed at the height of the Sochi Olympics both to embarrass and challenge Putin?

    Remember Nuland’s comments last week?

    This doesn’t pass the smell test and I don’t trust media accounts.

    • beyond partisan

      Yes, I posted about that in yesterday’s thread. Alex Jones has been all over it. Realize a lot of people don’t take him seriously but they should. He may be a blowhard but he’s a lot more right about stuff than stupid CNN is.

      (This is the CNN that is mainly concerned with making Mike Rowe look bad and blowing up something Ted Nugent said to make him out to be a racist. Oh, and let’s not forget that “loud music” trial they are using to stir up more racial animosity. CNN is getting as bad as MSNBC at this point.)

      • Deapster

        Ratings race to the bottom: CNN and MSNBC

      • wyntre

        Didn’t see your post but you know, great minds think alike.

    • S7teen70six

      I believe you hit the proverbial nail on the head.

  • BannedAgain15

    You are hilarious Larry Johnson, if not a bit schizophrenic. So you want Obama to take a harder line on the Ukraine, but you complained about the hardline Obama took on Syria, which has resulted in them giving up their chemical weapons and preventing any further chemical attacks. You definitely have trouble in being consistent.

    You complain about all these hotspots (Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Egypt) with generalizations that are often contradictory, but you never tell us what exactly Obama or the U.S is doing wrong in your opinion. Just more meaningless snipping on your part. You have long lost any foreign policy insight or value you may have once had, if ever had.

    “to the weakness and naiveté of Barack Obama”

    Sorry, but we are no longer in the cold war where bullies in the CIA like yourself could march all over the planet pushing America’s will.

    “I have learned that a story will break in the next couple of weeks that will explain why Obama backed away from his redline on Syria last August.”

    Whenever you make a statement like this, we now know that it is complete bullshit. We are still waiting for that Russian report you promised us that would prove the chemical attack was from the Syrian rebels or on your stellar prediction 18 months ago that Israel/U.S would attack Iran in a month or two.

    “We shift our support immediately to President Bashir Assad to crush the radicals attacking the Syrian people.”

    I suppose supporting a vicious Dictator like Assad makes sense from a guy like you who spent time as a CIA operative in Guatemala during the most murderous times of that country.

    “Let’s go with a common theme that Russians and Americans embrace–Islamic radicals are a threat and must be destroyed.”

    What makes you think Putin and his cronies want to stamp-out radical Islam? Putin has been very effective at using Southern Russia and Chechnya to scare Russians into keeping a strong man like himself in power.

    “…Saudi Arabia on notice…”

    Your Republican buddies will like that one.

    • beyond partisan

      Wow. The stupid statement of the century: “…where bullies in the CIA like yourself could march all over the planet pushing America’s will.” Are you seriously this dense and naive? Obama has killed more innocent people with drone strikes than any other president in history and he’s been saber-rattling about Syria for a while now, and you think he’s all about love and light? ARE YOU INSANE?

      I can’t figure out whether you are honestly stupid beyond belief, simply psychotic and obsessed, or so concerned about the paycheck you get for your comments that you don’t actually give a crap that Obama is just as much a warmonger as Bush ever was.

      Get a clue: *Real* progressives who aren’t just pawns of the bought and paid for Democratic party actually understand that Obama is a war criminal. For one famous one, check out what John Cusack has had to say on that score.

      Obama is creating a totalitarian police state in America, and you are so blind and dumb you’ll be one of the first brownshirts to be marching people to their “re-education camps.” And yet, you think you are sooo smart. Sorry. You’re a fool and an idiot. An utter, complete fool. Wake up!

      • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

        You are pithy and incisive. Not to mention, spot on. No more reply needed from me. You, Deapster, Diana and 1776 wrote it all. Thanks

        • beyond partisan

          Thank you, means a lot coming from you! :-)

      • BannedAgain15

        Beyond Partisan’s (sic name) post (would not even call it a reply) is classic NQ. Larry Johnson never has a reply. He relies on his collection of NQbots who cannot even directly reply to anything I actually say, but go on conspiratorial tinfoil hat tangents. Good job Mr. Johnson at creating a backslapping ego boosting low value conspiratorial website. You just add to the nutty right-wing online BS that feed the true believers and haters what they want to hear. Big deal!

        • beyond partisan

          Seriously, dude, that’s the best you can do? I did directly reply to what you said – heck, I even quoted it. I’ll ask you again: WHAT ABOUT OBAMA’S DRONE STRIKES? You OK with that? Peachy keen? Apparently so. You rabid Obamabots aren’t even aware of how much of a joke you are to everyone else. Hell, even MATT DAMON has woken up about Obama, and he’s as left as it gets. You’re just koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs at this point.

          • BannedAgain15

            nothing but wash and repeat from you… you did not address one single point I made.. so using drones to take out Al Qaeda is even remotely close to anything in my post? we are talking about “Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Egypt” and Larry Johnson’s inconsistencies on taking a hardline…

    • Deapster

      Good to get your perspective Tom, from the …. bowels … of the WH inner circle. You may want to take something for that.

    • S7teen70six

      You really are out of your fucking mind. Have you read the MIT report about the chemical rockets in Syria? Idiot!

    • DianaLC

      Oh look! Somebody in the WH basement put Tommy tinker Toy back together again. Have to admit it took them long enough. Tinker Toys are soooo difficult to assemble—-NOT!

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Now is not the time for Cold War bullies like America and the CIA. It is the time for Cold War bullies like Russian tank divisions rolling into the Ukraine. And President Obama is powerless to stop Putin if he decides to do this.

      • BannedAgain15

        no matter who the U.S. President is they would be pretty powerless to stop Putin from putting tank divisions in the Ukraine if he really wanted to without the U.S. going to war…. I thought you were for Putin and strong Dictator’s like Assad… sounded like you wanted the U.S. to roll tank divisions into Egypt and re-install a Dictator there..

  • KlugerRD

    Saw the dimwit on the Sell-out Joe Show at 6 AM and this MSNBC lightweight Thomas Roberts proclaimed that all of Obama’s foreign policy problems are connected to Putin and Americans will naturally back Obama against big bad Russia.

    Roberts is not the sharpest knife of the bunch nor are the others who did not question him. What does Putin have to do with China/Japan, or China/North Korea, or Venezuela, or Libya.

    Obama’s foreign policy problems are Obama. And to quote Obama, “Period.”

    It began on his first day when his very first call from the Oval Office was to Fatah’s Abbas and never made any calls to Israel. Then his apology tour.

    When he began to realize that the world does not buy the messiah from Chicago snake oil salesman act he began making reckless statements that he could not or did not back up.

    Now the man who the President of the United States appears as a clown to all world leaders.

    • beyond partisan

      I’m sorry, but I like Putin. I realize he’s not a libertarian and can be authoritarian in his approach, but he’s a Russian after all. I’d take Putin over Obama any day of the week. That includes the leopard.

      • KlugerRD

        Probably 90% of the country would take Putin over Obama including most Democrats who voted for him.

  • DianaLC

    I know don about your plan, though it seems to make sense. There are, I think, two main reasons no one would go with it right now:
    1. Obama and his gay and lesbian community of followers would scream bloody murder about aligning with Russia at this point, as would all the Old Republicans who just can’t get over the Cold War and who keep reminding us of Putin’s KGB background.
    2. Right now it would be impossible to get the public behind an alliance with Assad because of the “he used chemical weapons on his own people” line that is spouted every time his name is mentioned. I wish there had been more thorough investigation to tie that particular attack to some of the rebel groups—and what if it had indeed come about because of our own meddling?

    • DianaLC

      I should add that I would love to dump the Saudis from our list of BFFs, and it would be nice to turn Turkey back from the direction Erdogan is taking it.

  • Deapster

    We also strengthen our own borders; instead of pulling another Afghanistan to get the illusive evil-doers. Time for an effectiveness audit of HSA. And don’t mess with Texas.

  • Deapster

    No wonder obot Tom showed up again. Another shoe is going to drop.

    • TeakWoodKite

      bromhidrosis

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    http://nypost.com/2014/02/18/jpmorgan-bankers-suicide-is-3rd-mysterious-death-for-company/

    another banker dead. something is going on. do not think I need a tinfoil hat

    • Deapster

      Helene, I agree this is strange. How about those two former Navy Seals dead in the Seychelles inside their ship’s cabin? Maybe the connections are simply a bad batch of street drugs or kinky snuffing practices.

  • HELENK2

    Backtrack has been backing the wrong people in Syria for a while.

    • Deapster

      Obama’s red lines look pink. With little hearts and curlicues.

  • HELENK2

    think Putin is going to be a little busy with Kiev.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-clashes-kill-at-least-70-on-deadliest-day-of-protests-1.2544349

    Kiev truce collapses

    • Deapster

      First thought is Kiev is Ukraine’s problem; not Russia’s. Then came pictures of the Soviet take-over of eastern Europe as a security buffer zone.

      Best bet maybe for Putin is to reap the investment of the new the Sochi harbor for Russia as their primary naval base, and turn its back on Ukraine.

      The word we also got as recent tourists to Ukraine was rampant corruption, no matter who is calling the shots from up close or far away. The “people” saw more personal wealth coming from an alignment with EU, than with Russia.

      Self-interest seemed to be driving this EU connection; not sentimental, strategic, cultural, ethnic or even political.

      Reminded me of the rallying cry after the collapse of the Berlin Wall: It is not about politics; it is about refrigerators.

      Same complaints were heard in Bulgaria and Romania: corruption, corruption, corruption. Money was there but it was all going to the same few people and the local populations were floundering.

      As was pointed out, after decades of communism and misrule translates to chaotic transitions for at least a full generation. Where do the new leaders come from?

    • KenoshaMarge

      I suspect that once the Olympics are over the situation in Kiev will be handled with more force. Not as many eyes focused in that direction.

      Let’s not forget that while many in Ukraine want to join with Europe they also need the money they get from Russia for their collapsing economy.

      Unlike the USA which throws money at other countries whether they support us or not – Russia/Putin will not.