Is it possible Obama believes he ended ALL wars on his inauguration day? ...That he just "Willed" war to cease? ...that like a hippie song from the late 60s that if an enlightened one became the philosopher king, he could just declare peace and it would be so?
I was reading articles from the first month or so of Obama's administration in Spring of 2009 and looking for references to the decision to stop using the term "Global War on Terror" as well as the term "Long War" and I found some incredible ideas being posited by the Left.
It appears the decision to stop using GWOT was as a result of "International human rights groups" like the International Commission of Jurists.
Last month, the International Commission of Jurists urged the Obama administration to drop the phrase "war on terror." The commission said the term had given the Bush administration "spurious justification to a range of human rights and humanitarian law violations," including detention practices and interrogation methods that the International Committee of the Red Cross has described as torture.
John A. Nagl, the former Army officer who helped write the military's latest counterinsurgency field manual, said the phrase "was enormously unfortunate because I think it pulled together disparate organizations and insurgencies."
"Our strategy should be to divide and conquer rather than make of enemies more than they are," said Nagl, now president of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank in Washington. "We are facing a number of different insurgencies around the globe -- some have local causes, some of them are transnational. Viewing them all through one lens distorts the picture and magnifies the enemy."
That all sounds clever in principle, but consider how Obama has used this theory. The claim that Bush was naive in lumping all groups together being a negative, ignores the idea that this form of asymetric warfare that manifests itself as Global Terror networks is designed for the specific reason to diffuse responsibility, hide in the shadows of a stateless network and make it almost impossible for a high tech nuclear superpower to impose its massive force upon a geographic location with uniformed command structure.
This is another example of the left assuming Bush is an unsophisticated Frat boy with a hidden agenda, so his words are the deceptive propaganda of an unintelligent incompetent. Bush and his staff openly stated, this is a new type of war that is designed to counter the very techniques that terrorism has employed to cripple our forms of defense.
Obama drank the Kool Aid of naivete and believed a far more delusional Hippie belief system. When combined with a cynical political self interest, it became irresistible.
In 2008, Obama claimed his work with Sen. Lugar was the REAL beginning of a long awaited Nuclear disarmament solution. In his mind, Reagan was a piker and only a true peace lover like himself could drive the golden spike in the transcontinental Nuclear Peace train. He believed with his Russian "Reset" button, that he could promise unilateral disarmament and Putin would become a warm and cuddly bear. Remember how the Russian diplomat accepted the button and refused to "diplomatically" laugh along with the fact that the Russian word on the button really meant "Overcharged" or "Overloaded". I asked a Russian friend and he said the term could be assumed to mean "con job" or "rip off". So here is Obama sending his people with a bizarre symbolic prop, messianic expectations, promises to make Nukes extinct,... and the sceptical hosts see the word "Con Job" written on it. How could they react any other way. It would be as if Gorbachev met Reagan in the White House for the first time with a Peace Pipe embossed with the words " Take my promises, and put that in your pipe and smoke it!" Reagan would have done a half hour vaudeville show on that one.
So in Obama's mind the Cold War? He won that! ...You didn't build that.
According to the WAPO and other friendly news outlets of the day, he didn't just dismantle some of the apparatus of Bush's racist war against people of color that was disguised by the term GWOT, he actually ended the "Global War on Terror".
Last week, shortly after being inaugurated, President Barack Obama ended the "global war on terror" (GWOT). Or so The Washington Post reported. The new president countermanded the Bush administration's extralegal approaches by mandating the closure of Guantánamo within a year, outlawing the use of torture in interrogations, and putting the CIA out of the secret prisons business. Obama announced that he wanted to "send an unmistakable signal that our actions in defense of liberty will be as just as our cause."
Sounds good. But the Post's declaration might be just as premature as President George W. Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech on the USS Lincoln that signaled the "end" of the Iraq War.
So in Obama's mind the Decades long Global Terror war against us? He won that! ...You didn't build that.
If you add up all the American casualties from attacks by Radical Islamic terrorists all the way back to Sirhan Sirhan's killing of RFK and you add them up, they exceed the number of Americans killed on 9/11. And in the minds of the many America hating terrorists and the people that admire their cause, in the long horizon of hate that spans decades, that makes them quite proud. It is even appealing to Westerners of the Hippie persuasion like Lynne Stewart who was imprisoned for assisting World Trade Center Bomber, Abdel Rahman to communicate and remain in charge of his Al Qaeda front group. It is also Appealing to Ramsey Clark and his Answer Network that organized most of the anti-war rallies. Also appealing to Bernadine Dorn, who worked with Lynne Stewart at the Lawyers Guild and is also a friend of Barack Obama.
The message that is so irresistible to both groups is an Oikophobic urge to hate America and envision the American way as the root of all that is wrong with this troubled world and that the moral bounds of civilized society can be bent to accomodate any means to bring the American beast to ruin. They also share a failure to envision the world that will exist if a sudden and total collapse of that American structure of Liberty is destroyed.
They seem to excuse away immoral acts like Jenny's boyfriend Wesley did in "Forest Gump":
Jenny? Things got a little out of hand. It's just this war and that, that lyin' son-of-a-bitch Johnson. I would never hurt you. You know that.
The idea that we base our foreign policy on the song "Imagine" and bow to an "Olympian" model of International bodies that will be more enlightened is delusional at best and almost as primitive as a cargo cult.
Every time Obama or Biden claim that they ended the Iraq War, I can see a slight wink in the eye of the liberal interviewer as if he is looking around to see if a duck is going to fall from the ceiling and say "BullShit".
It doesn't matter that the Surge he opposed and the Genocide he admitted he was willing to accept in Lieu of Bush's victorious strategy were hideously naive notions at best and enabling mass murder at worst. By making a symbolic pullout of all troops when even many Democrats admit a small contingent on a regional base in Iraq would have preserved some of the hard fought sacrifices we had shed blood for. But he needed a symbol.
So in Obama's mind the long Iraq conflict that began when Carter invited Saddam to invade Iran in a vain attempt to overthrow the Ayatollah, the million dead, the resulting war debt that the gulf states held over Saddam's head, the invasion of Kuwait that resulted from that debt, the Shiite terror groups that emerged to counter Saddam, Desert Storm to protect our Saudi allies based on a Carter policy, Desert Storm to regain Kuwait, the simmering cold war and no fly zones with the accompanying terror strategy and bribery network setup by Saddam, the 5 years of war and sacrifice in the face of leftwing obstructions,... all of that... and Obama believes about the Iraq War... He won that! ...You didn't build that.
Now with Afghanistan, he came to office, promised he would charm our allies in to a more vigorous share of the fighting, a Surge of American troops (Wish I would have thought of that), and a promise to pullout all of our troops as soon as the Taliban and Al Qaeda survivors of Obama's scourge agree to wave nicely as we leave.
At the DNC, the mention that he is in the process of bringing our troops home means...
The Afghanistan War....I won that, ...you didn't build that
This all from the man who shot Liberty Valance (OBL).
Better than all these things is the so called Arab Spring. The phrase describes something that does not exist, nor did it ever. He just believed that by stating it existed, it was so.
He compared the Tahrir Square "Twitter" people and the subsequent rulers of Egypt and all the other nations in the Mideast that were going to follow their lead as akin to Martin Luther King, Ghandi and those that tore down the Berlin Wall. Wait I thought the Berlin Wall fell on its own with no help from Reagan or Thatcher? But apparently this regime fell and the Arab Spring began, because Obama showed them the way of peace. They love Obama and so does the whole world.
So changing what Biden referred to as savages, a part of the world where peace was considered impossible, Obama won over the struggle to build a lasting Middle East Peace, ...He won that.... You didn't build that.
They now live like MLK and the Mahatma in the peaceful communes of Kashmir and the Southside of Chicago.
So how is it that the rioters in Cairo carry banners that they hate Obama. How is it that his favorite foreign policy bumper sticker, that he killed OBL is the same thing they put on banner that they hate. Yet, Obama marches his people out to say, they hate a bigoted movie only, we are just misunderstood because of an intolerant person in our midst and it has nothing to do with Obama the liberator, or the constant refrain the week before of "Osama Bin Laden is dead"... "Obama dances on his grave", Obama came, he saw, he put a bullet in Osama's head and then dumped him in the Persian Gulf as crab food".
If the world is all at peace and Obama solved all these issues, what is that I saw briefly on my TV set on Sept. 12, before the Networks got the memo to limit the images of burning buildings and the mention of the daily death count.... or the embargo on images of the 33 nations with Mobs carrying "Obama must die" signs.
Obama said he won the peace, so if the state run media has the urge to deliver what was once called "News" that would run counter to his narrative.
So Obama just declared that there was no war. He had done it before, it worked before, so one last time for old times sake. He sent out Hillary, Carney, Rice and Nuland and they all said, that might have seemed like a series of terror attacks, and I know it seems like its not a coincidence that it happened on Sept 11 and that our Ambassador was one of the Americans killed, but really, it was just a demonstration of civil disobedience that became over exuberant.
So Obama declared it an Occupy movement type event instead of an attack on America and He won that. In fact, King and Ghandi are examples of our finest traditions,...community organizing, so let them have their fun, try to understand their rage, bury the unfortunate dead and let's move "Forward".
Bill Clinton was not the well seasoned former Yale Hippie some Manhattanites want to believe. He inherited the weird populist dictatorial hucksterism of the region that encompasses southern Arkansas, Northern parsishes of Louisiana and North western Mississipi. The Delta Democrats like Huey P. Long were skilled plutocrats who could charm and press the flesh, but idealistic they were not. It was pure power that made even LBJ tip his hat. That was the real Bill Clinton and the Manhattanites are not his peers, they are his Marks. He could pivot because he knew the Con, the Mark, the setup and the getaway. Obama has none of that. Obama drinks his own bathwater. He believes he is the greatest President of all time and he was convinced of that before he took the oath,...and nothing can change that.
Obama is the first truly Post Modern President. He believes by creating the symbols and illusions of leadership to others, that it is real. He believes other Presidents have been good showmen and that he is their better.
“And that’s important, but, you know, the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”
You mean like....ummm... your legendary 2008 campaign story that Clinton called a fairy tale?
Clinton, Jan. 8, 2008: It is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, enumerating the years, and never got asked one time, not once, well, how could you say that when you said in 2004 you didn’t know how you would have voted on the resolution, you said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war. And you took that speech you’re now running on off your website in 2004. And there’s no difference in your voting record and Hillary’s ever since. Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.
The scary thing is, I really think he believes his own BullShit. God Help Us.