Political Game-changers


Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.36.06 PMI like Barack Obama.  I voted for him in 2012, the first time I ever voted for a Democrat.  It hurt, but I did it.  I did so because I liked his foreign policy, his handling of the war on terror, and his approach to national security.  His first term was basically BushLite.  Then, something changed.  I don’t know what it is.  I don’t like it.  I don’t know if he was just getting his feet wet, so to speak, or he governed from the heart.  When I read, the other day, that Zbigniew Brzezinski, the genius behind Jimmy Carter’s abject disastrous foreign policy, it was a game-changer as far as I’m concerned.  The reason we are in this global mess is because of Brzezinski and his absolute hatred of all things Russian.  He manipulated Carter’s approach to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, into funding the group who became the Taliban.  He advised Carter to allow Iran to fall to the hardliners.  And, in secret, he was one of Obama’s foreign policy advisers.

Let’s be honest.  The GOP letter to Iran was stupid.  It was dumb.  It was idiotic.  It was not treasonous, nor was it insurrection. It was just another chapter in politics as usual.  It was not a violation of the Logan Act.  It was dumber than dumbest.  Right now, there is allegedly a back-lash against the 47 Republicans who signed it, but I suspect it is more likely wishful thinking.  The problem is it is entirely possible the Administration is going to try to play an end run game around the Senate, and let the UN do their heavy lifting.  Guess what, no matter what the hyperbole is, the Senate MUST ratify the treaty to make it legal for more than a few years.

“…“It is wrong that Congress will not have a vote. Indeed, Congress will have to vote to lift sanctions at some point during the duration of the deal… once Iran has established confidence with its commitments for a considerable period of time, Congress would be asked to lift sanctions with the benefit of having assessed Iranian compliance with the deal,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said Thursday.

But if an agreement between the United States and Iran became the basis for a U.N. Security Council resolution featuring sanctions relief, as suggested by former Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith, it could immediately impose legally binding obligations under international law—without the need for congressional approval in the near-term….”

Have the operatives of the Obama Administration failed to comprehend the fact that the Senate must approve any treaty – not the UN, but the United States Senate?

We have a serious problem going on.  Increasingly, the Secretary of State, John Kerry has a credibility problem.  Considered the most incompetent Secretary of State in over 50 years, he is one of the reason ISIS has grown the way it has.  He is the reason we have a mess in the Ukraine.  Add to the mix the new Secretary of Defense, Ashton B. Carter is, according to some gossip, not liked by Obama.  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, is the most disappointing John McCain has ever seen.

We have a problem – a serious problem.  We’re watching the Obama Administration’s foreign policy disintegrate.  Let’s face it, somewhere out there, Zbigniew Brzezinski is behind the scenes, influencing him.  When Obama ran, in 2008, Brzezinski was one of his top foreign policy and national security advisers.  Obama was told to hide the fact that he was using the man, primarily because people still know how ruinous the Carters years were.  In other words – Obama lied about it.  This what bothers me.  When I discovered that one salient fact, I lost all faith in him.

We’re now hurling towards another Zbigniew Brzezinski disaster.  First, Carter’s former National Security Adviser is not a supporter of Israel.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not big into Israel, either.  I consider Bibi Netanyahu to be a fake.  He’s a narcissist out for himself.  This said, we don’t screw the country.  We don’t lift all the sanctions on Iran.  When I listened to the speech Susan Rice gave to AIPAC I don’t remember some of what we’re now hearing being part of the agenda.

Apparently the new leadership Obama has placed in the Pentagon is a heck of a lot like a hysterical teenage girl.  Adm. William Gortney, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, treated the world to a breathless and Henny-Penny – Chicken Little ‘I can see Russian missiles from Alaska’ speech on Friday.  He decried Russia for developing new weapons and upgrading to modern systems.  Yes, the man had a total and complete break from reality.  The question is, was he echoing the Obama Administration?  Are they too having a complete break from reality?  Russia has a right to do what it darn well pleases developing and deploying new weapons.  So does China, so do we.  Are the Obama promoted leaders inside the Pentagon living in such a delusional world that they think Russia should not develop new weapons?  The Administration obviously does not grasp the fact that Russia has a right to R & D for new weapons.  I suppose my next question is are they that arrogant or that stupid?

General Dempsey has an itchy trigger-finger.  He thinks we need to send heavy arms to the Ukraine.  He thinks US troops have a role in Syria, and so forth and so on. Someone like that can start World War III.  He also said the US would consider saving Iraqi antiquities.  That’s a hell of a lot more than he is doing to save Christians who are being slaughtered by ISIS.

When one considers the players who appear to be gathering at this losing game of Risk, no wonder Republicans in the Senate did something so boneheaded.  It certainly wasn’t treason.  It was stupid.  It was dumb. But – considering the fact that John Kerry is abjectly corrupt and incompetent, you know, I might have done the same thing.  Funny, but the Democrats did not mind undermining George W. Bush and his foreign policy.  Nancy Pelosi did it in 2007, when she went to Syria.  Also accused of undermining the Bush Administration were John Kerry, Christopher Dodd, Jay Rockefeller, and Arlen Specter.

“…The GOP reaction was even more strident when then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich criticized the Iraq War on Middle East television in 2007 after meeting with Assad. About that controversy, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that “words like ‘traitor’ and ‘treason’ have been liberally bandied about on television and talk radio,” and it quoted Republican Peter King as saying this on Fox News: “You cannot have American congressmen, American senators going overseas to an enemy, which Syria is, and denouncing our policies.”

For their part, Democrats, needless to say, thought it was perfectly legitimate for members of Congress to act in opposition to Bush’s foreign policy. In Salon, Joe Conason mocked “the screaming critics of the speaker [who] charge her with undermining presidential power [and] freelancing Mideast diplomacy,” insisting that “those furious complaints were all false and, more important, beside the point.” He said that Republicans “can only smear those who, like Speaker Pelosi, are attempting to promote a bipartisan alternative” and concluded: “Let us hope she possesses the courage to continue that crucial mission.”…”

It’s like this.  The Obama Administration screwed up by arming ‘freedom fighters’ in Libya who turned out to be the foundation for ISIS.  We helped arm them.  By pulling out of Iraq against logical advice, we allowed a power vacuum.  By refusing to even consider that we might need to take the same side as Russia in Syria, Kerry allowed ISIS to grow from nothing into what it is today.  And, surprise, surprise, ISIS is apparently working in Ukraine.  I think it’s time for people to wake up and smell the napalm. We are dealing with abject incompetence.  It really doesn’t matter because the tit for tat war of attrition against the opposite party in the White House is reaching the point where it is destroying the country.  If you think it’s bad now, what until we get a Republican in the White House.  It is going to be lethal.

There is something else that bothers me.  I don’t want to pick on Barack Obama.  I’m pissed with him for being such a total boob when it comes to foreign policy.  There are rumors that he is very unhappy with his foreign policy team.  If so, why not can them?  What is holding him back?  We are watching what should be a rich legacy being destroyed.