Krauthammer: Russia playing chess with rank amateurs

September 10, 2013

Those amateurs being President of the United States Barack Obama and his Hundred Acre Wood foreign policy crew. Charles Krauthammer on Russia checkmating Obama:

“Because I think the Russians were playing chess here with a set of rank amateurs and understood that [Kerry’s] gaffe gave them the opening they wanted,” Krauthammer said. “There are two issues here: chemicals and the retaining in power of Assad and of the Iran/Hezbollah/Assad/Russian axis dominating the region.”

Krauthammer continued:

“The Russians clearly, immediately saw that this enabled them to achieve their two objectives. Keep Assad in power. After all, if we’re going to have negotiations, we have to essentially recognize Assad. It’s not that Assad has to go, he’s the guy that’s going to have to provide the protection for any inspectors, locate the sites, he’s going to have to be in there. He’s going to be a negotiating element in this. He will remain in power and the Russians are going to have their air base, the naval base, everything that they have.”

“[President] Obama has seized on this because it’s the only way he saves face,” he added. “That’s a high price to pay, but I assure you he will seize that. It will be his policy as of now and as of his speech tomorrow [Tuesday] night.”

Krauthammer said this before Putin scotched a possible deal through the UN, making Obama, who had just jumped at the chance, look even more foolish.

If Putin is playing chess, Obama hasn’t even learned how the horsey moves.


A Science-Based Rebuttal to Global Warming Alarmism

September 10, 2013

These reports need to be spread wide.

Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Steve Goreham

Originally published in The Washington Times

On September 23, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to release the first portion of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). AR5 will conclude once again that mankind is causing dangerous climate change. But one week prior on September 17, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) will release its second report, titled Climate Change Reconsidered II (CCR-II). My advance review of CCR-II shows it to be a powerful scientific counter to the theory of man-made global warming.

Today, 193 of 194 national heads of state say they believe humans are causing dangerous climate change. The IPCC of the United Nations has been remarkably successful in convincing the majority of the world that greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically curtailed for humanity to prosper.

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If Obama-Putin were a boxing match, it would have been stopped on a TKO

September 10, 2013
"Even the monkey is embarrassed"

“Even the monkey is embarrassed”

Or if it were T-Ball, the 10-run rule would have been invoked to save Obama’s pride.

Remember how I mentioned that Obama had leaped at an offer from Putin to settle the Syrian chemical weapons crisis? Well, just as Charlie Obama was ready to kick that football through the goalposts in his speech tonight, Lucy Putin pulled it away:

Russia is not keen at this stage for a binding U.N. Security Council resolution that would provide a framework to control Syria’s chemical weapons’ stocks, France’s foreign minister said after talks with his Russian counterpart on Tuesday.

“As I understood, the Russians at this stage were not necessarily enthusiastic, and I’m using euphemism, to put all that into the framework of a U.N. binding resolution,” Laurent Fabius told French lawmakers after a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

This is like a bully in junior-high school grabbing a wimpy kid’s wrist and hitting him with his own hand, while shouting “Stop hitting yourself! Why are you hitting yourself?”

It was a total sucker play; there was no deal, ever. The Russians and the Syrians just set Obama up, knowing he’d take the bait and try to make himself look like a tough guy in the process. Instead, Putin’s just made him look like a chump.

Again.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Spinning so fast I’m dizzy: Obamabots claim Obama’s strength forced Putin and Assad to negotiate

September 10, 2013

Wow. This, I think, wins the award for brass, even for this administration. From “Baghdad” Jay Carney:

“…And let’s be clear. What we’re seeing with the Russian proposal and the Syrian reaction has only come about because of the threat of — the credible threat of U.S. military action. Before this morning, the Syrian government had never even acknowledged they possessed chemical weapons. Now they have.”

Yeah, I’d buy that. Bashar Assad, who we believe used poison gas on his own people and who definitely imported Iranian snipers to shoot demonstrators, and Vladimir Putin, who flattened Grozny in a way that hadn’t been done since Berlin in 1945, were so intimidated by our threat of an “unbelievably small” strike that wouldn’t do any real damage that they immediately rushed to offer a deal (that originated in a Kerry gaffe).

They know better than to mess with this guy:

Don't you dare mock him!

I’d laugh, but I’m too busy picking my jaw up off the floor.

UPDATE: Deep in your heart, you just know Putin is loving every minute of this.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


#Syria (Video) Why we went to war in Iraq

September 10, 2013

While the world waits to see if Obama will get his war …no…  warning shot across the bow …er… targeted, limited attack …umm… Wait! I got it!… “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort,” or if Vladimir Putin (!!) will save him from being mocked, comparisons inevitably come up to our invasion and liberation of Iraq from another bloodthirsty Baathist dictator, Saddam Hussein. “If we were willing to go to war over WMDs then (1),” proponents of striking Syria might ask, “why not now?”

Because the two don’t compare at all, as you’ll see in this Praeger University video hosted by historian Andrew Roberts:

There were a lot of reasons, strategic and moral, justifying war against Saddam Hussein. And while there are some good arguments for intervening militarily in Syria (2), there are many more convincing ones for finding another way.

via Jared Sichel

Footnotes:
(1) And before someone thrusts a fist in the air and starts shouting “Bush lied! People died!” over Iraqi WMDs, please do us all a favor and read the final report of the Iraq Survey Group.
(2) None of them involving President Obama’s self-esteem and credibility, or sending messages to Tehran. The Iranians have already received that message, loud and clear.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)