He’s Merely Phoning it In Now – A Failing President Obama Talks To New York Times For An Hour Before Heading Off On Vacation….

President Obama gave Thomas Friedman an hour long interview before heading off on vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.    Within the interview the failure of a cohesive Obama foreign policy shines through despite the attempted cover from liberal reporters.

Empty_SuitThere’s actually two parts to this interview – the interview as reported – and the opinion piece from Friedman about the interview itself.

Within the Times Article you find the footprints of a dejected President staring boldly into the face of his own failure and shortcomings:

[…]  “We’re not going to let them create some caliphate through Syria and Iraq,” the president said in an hourlong interview with Thomas L. Friedman, a New York Times columnist, as American planes and drones began dropping bombs in Iraq. “But we can only do that if we know that we have got partners on the ground who are capable of filling the void.”

[…]  Mr. Obama offered his justifications for his latest use of military force in Iraq while lamenting the outcome of a similar decision he made to intervene militarily in Libya in 2011. He defended the desire to help oust the Libyan dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, with American air power, but he acknowledged that he had “underestimated” the chaos that would follow after American forces left.

“So that’s a lesson that I now apply every time I ask the question, ‘Should we intervene militarily?’ ” Mr. Obama said. “Do we have an answer the day after?”

Oh that’s nice, as long as he readily admits his failure in Libya now.   Readers will note he’s essentially reaffirming the Bush policy in Iraq by saying the failure in Libya was a failure to stick around and nation build.

This, despite the fact Obama himself worsened the collapse in Iraq by pulling U.S. forces out ahead of structural governance in place which would insure their own security.

So failing to have a plan to stick around in Libya was a mistake, but pulling out from a plan to stick around in Iraq was, well, what exactly ?

[…] The president rejected criticism that the military advances by ISIS in Iraq could have been prevented if he had been willing months ago to provide heavy armaments to the Syrian rebels who were fighting against ISIS and the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in that country.

“It’s always been a fantasy,” he said, “this idea that we could provide some light arms or even more sophisticated arms to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth.”

Yet, arming and defending “doctors, farmers and so forth” is the exact argument he made for taking action in Libya against the recommendations of the Department of Defense, and Bob Gates who specifically outlined that the U.S. had no vested interests in the Libyan civil war.

He then goes on to talk about Russia and Ukrainian crisis.

Mr. Obama, hinting at some strain from the summer’s international crises, said the prospects for a diplomatic agreement that would prevent President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia from invading Ukraine were real, but dimming.

“A deal should be possible,” Mr. Obama said. However, he added, “we are at a dangerous time, in part because the position of the separatists has weakened. I think Putin does not want to lose face, and so the window for arriving at that compromise continues to narrow.”

He could invade,” Mr. Obama said.

Oh well, alrighty then.   Why don’t you just send an open invitation to Vladimir Putin to invade.  I mean, if you’ve already reconciled yourself to the outcome that hope to avoid as such is “dimming“, and “he could invade” if he so chooses.

Good grief.   If Putin was sitting on the fence before he read this article I think you might have just given him the green light, no?  Didn’t think you might want to keep a lid on that one til after the vacation did ya’?

[…]  On Iran, the president said the chance that American efforts to strike a deal on nuclear weapons is “a little less than 50-50,” in part because some Islamic leaders may fear such a pact would loosen their grip on power.

“That may prevent us from getting a deal done,” Mr. Obama said. “It is there to be had. Whether ultimately Iran can seize that opportunity — we will have to wait and see, but it is not for lack of trying on our part.”  (full article link)

Oh well, so much for the Iran will never be allowed to get nuclear weapons.   Good to know that there’s less than a 50/50 chance your policy is going to stop that from happening.

WTF …..   it’s “not for lack of trying” though.  

Seriously ?

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Oh, but wait, inside the Op-Ed from Friedman it gets even better:

[…]  Obama made clear that he is only going to involve America more deeply in places like the Middle East to the extent that the different communities there agree to an inclusive politics of no victor/no vanquished. The United States is not going to be the air force of Iraqi Shiites or any other faction. Despite Western sanctions, he cautioned, President Vladimir Putin of Russia “could invade” Ukraine at any time, and, if he does, “trying to find our way back to a cooperative functioning relationship with Russia during the remainder of my term will be much more difficult.” Intervening in Libya to prevent a massacre was the right thing to do, Obama argued, but doing it without sufficient follow-up on the ground to manage Libya’s transition to more democratic politics is probably his biggest foreign policy regret.

Feeling better yet?  Nah, me neither…. I think I’m going to throw up.

[…]  “Our politics are dysfunctional,” said the president, and we should heed the terrible divisions in the Middle East as a “warning to us: societies don’t work if political factions take maximalist positions. And the more diverse the country is, the less it can afford to take maximalist positions.”

While he blamed the rise of the Republican far right for extinguishing so many potential compromises, Obama also acknowledged that gerrymandering, the Balkanization of the news media and uncontrolled money in politics — the guts of our political system today — are sapping our ability to face big challenges together, more than any foreign enemy. “Increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme maximalist positions,” he said, “and sooner or later, that catches up with you.”

The sanctimony is at super nova levels.   In Iraq President Obama proclaims the inability of the government to reflect the concerns of the minority party are the problem and cause of the rise of extremism.   Yet simultaneously demands that opposition to *HIS* agenda must stop and threatens to act on his own.

Who’s the “Maximalist” in the U.S.A ?    This from a president threatening amnesty and instituting law by executive order and dictatorial fiat – despite the decrees being counter to the will of the majority.

You getting this?

[…]  “I think what the Iranians have done,” said the president, “is to finally realize that a maximalist position by the Shias inside of Iraq is, over the long term, going to fail. And that’s, by the way, a broader lesson for every country: You want 100 percent, and the notion that the winner really does take all, all the spoils. Sooner or later that government’s going to break down.”

Gee, ya don’t say.

According to his own words a President that views politics as “the winner really does take all, all the spoils … sooner or later is going to break down“.   Yeah, it will, kinda like a “DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT” – duh.

This, THIS, from the same President who told his opposition “elections have consequences, I WON“.

His window is actually a mirror…. Hypocrisy thy name is.

Not to be outdone, the most gag-a-maggot aspect in this Op-ed comes from Tom Friedman himself in the following paragraph:

[…]  Clearly, a lot of the president’s attitudes on Iraq grow out the turmoil unleashed in Libya by NATO’s decision to topple Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, but not organize any sufficient international follow-on assistance on the ground to help them build institutions.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot !   NATO’s decision ?   Who’s Friedman trying to kid.   It was specifically Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s decision to “topple Qaddafi”.

There will be no historical re-writing on our watch.   You break it, you own it.

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You can read the entire Op-ed HERE, I can’t stomach any more.

And the NYT Article is HERE

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47 Responses to He’s Merely Phoning it In Now – A Failing President Obama Talks To New York Times For An Hour Before Heading Off On Vacation….

  1. ctdar says:

    Do you think Ebama took pause to the fact ISIS openly boasted about their intent to fly their flag over the Whitehouse one day?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. William says:

    Of course, there is no question that Libya -– and the world –- would be better off with Qaddafi out of power.
    Remarks by Obama in Address to the Nation on Libya
    National Defense University
    Washington, D.C.
    March 28, 2011


  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Obama – all politics all the time. 😦


  4. texan59 says:

    pResident kumbayah. 🙄


  5. nyetneetot says:

    “…Feeling better yet? Nah, me neither…. I think I’m going to throw up.”

    Yup. Exactly.


  6. joshua says:

    Proving that a Community Organizer, a freshman inexperienced state legislature member voting present only, a failed lawyer, a insignificant US Senator with no track record of ANY accomplishment other than speeches, fundraising, and campaigning, and a person of questionable personal values and upbringing, HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING PRESIDENT OF THE USA. Who woulda thought??!!


  7. Scott says:

    How predictable was that vacation?


    • doodahdaze says:

      Maybe he can work in some fundraising between rounds. I hope Kerry will loan him the Flaming Flyer girlie bike for some relaxing riding.


  8. CrankyinAZ says:

    I should not have read this right after eating breakfast. Not a good idea. 😦 So depressing…only 10:30 … where’s the booze??


  9. John Galt says:

    “He defended the desire to help oust the Libyan dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, with American air power, but he acknowledged that he had “underestimated” the chaos that would follow after American forces left.

    “So that’s a lesson that I now apply every time I ask the question, ‘Should we intervene militarily?’ ” Mr. Obama said. “Do we have an answer the day after?”

    This is really, really scary. The entire Zero administration was so incredibly farking stupid that nobody even attempted to look one move ahead before attacking Libya. We have a gaggle of patzers running the country. This mentality explains many things: fast & furious, obama care, immigration policy / border fuster cluck, failure to address ebola epidemic, ukraine debacle. The Zero administration can’t plan ahead.

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    • lineman says:

      I think you could take a bum off the street and clean him up a bit and you would have a candidate more qualified than Obozo…


    • auscitizenmom says:

      And, won’t listen to qualified advisors that could help him.


    • Scott says:

      JG…Spot-on. Very scary indeed. But scariest of all is the fact that America elected this guy…twice!

      As we vent our anger towards Obama and his minions, our greater concern, indeed our greatest fear, should lay in what has happened to America’s electorate. After all, “we the people” are responsible for placing him in power.

      So was the country duped, or did it genuinely covet what he was selling? Maybe a bit of both. Either way, as a nation, we have disgraced ourselves. We took a man with absolutely no credentials, no leadership experience, no prior legislative efficacy, no willingness to share with us his true past…and we made him President. More than incredulous, it was and is, shameful.

      The debate will rage, both today and in later years when the history of this unfortunate period is ultimately written, as to whether Obama was ignorant, incompetent, or simply naive. One might also argue that his failures were by design, part of his plan to destroy the country and system he admittedly loathes. I would submit that it doesn’t really matter. Wasted ink. What matters is the cultural rot and social apathy which has made possible the presidency of a man so corrupt and under-equipped as he.

      Interestingly, this was all predicted by none other than Benjamin Franklin. Of all the framers, he may have been the brightest, the most forward thinking. During the debate at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he issued a warning. His words….

      “In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that it is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other”

      Sadly, Ben saw it coming. I doubt he thought it would evolve this quickly, but nonetheless, it appears that it has. His concerns were reiterated only minutes later, outside the building, when he was asked what kind of government we would have. Famously he replied…”A Republic, if you can keep it.” Prologue.

      And so all of us are asking….Can we keep it? Are we aware? Are we informed? Are we together? Are we “Americans?” Will we make the same mistakes in coming elections? Will we again empower a teleprompter-driven flim-flam man (or woman) with the keys to the country’s highest office? ARE WE WORTHY?

      Time will tell.

      Apologies for the lengthy reply to your comments.


      • auscitizenmom says:

        I think there is much truth in what you say. I only differ with “America elected this guy…twice”. I still firmly believe that second election was stolen, fraudulant. illegal.

        Liked by 1 person

    • justfactsplz says:

      It’s because they are too busy planning from behind.


  10. John Galt says:

    “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ! NATO’s decision ?”

    I’m surprised they didn’t blame Dubya.


  11. John Galt says:

    “You want 100 percent, and the notion that the winner really does take all, all the spoils. Sooner or later that government’s going to break down.”

    So Zero has chosen to be a loser from the outset. Explains his deconstruction of the USA.


  12. I have never been ashamed of my Country nor of being an American, and for the most part, never ashamed of our “leadership” in general….but now….there is shame…in our “representatives” whether it be the Administration, the Congress, the Judiciary, Media, Academe or those “koolaid” drinkers waiting to hear what Bill Mahre and Jon Stewert spew on behave of each. We have been in a CIVIL war for more than a century, but OUR side hasn’t been allowed to engage the enemy. Hell…our side hasn’t been allowed to even KNOW of the battle! BUT….I see the “sleeping dog” rousing….I just pray to God my defective heart holds on long enough to see the “change of tide”. Dear and most Precious God, the Creator of ALL…..protect us from the evil that surrounds us…and most prescient now, Israel and those also in the path of the vile and wicked forces of the demonic representatives of satan…Islam, both in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and in OUR White House. Righteousness WILL prevail of course, my prayer and hope is that I live long enough to see it. Sholom Israel !! And may the One TRUE God also protect those in the path of said vileness who have, are and will suffer still at the hands of it. If it were possible I WOULD stand with you on the field of battle and lay down my life for for your preservation. GLORY be to GOD!!!


    • auscitizenmom says:



    • justfactsplz says:

      Amen. You are in my thoughts. Please visit the prayer request thread and let Treepers pray for you.


      • Thank you justfactsplz for your kind words and thoughts. I have never really sought prayer for me personally, but have lived by “Thy Will Be Done”. I have however prayed in earnest that HE would enable me to be a Blessing and an inspiration to others….sometimes HE has, and sometimes HE has Chosen not. HE has however so far placed me in the 1/4 percentile that lives beyond the five years expected life span after diagnosis of my particular heart disease, albeit I am only several months past that point, but I have always been somewhat of a “rebel” as per following the “herd” mentality. If I could have ONE wish before I die, it would be to see this once GREAT Republic restored to it’s former God Blessed and God Derived origins that until some 40 years ago at least, has always set this nation apart from all others. The WORLD is in chaos, and no rational, reasonable person could think otherwise…..BUT……WE have this blog, this Treehouse, this back porch, over the fence opportunity to come together for sharing of likemindedness concerning both contemporary issues, and the sweet nostalgia of better times. Some new arrivals might not yet understand that many of us qualify for the IHOP senior discount, and some (myself) have for longer than we wish to consider. I just thank God that there IS such a place where I can come to and be with folks I would be proud to call FRIENDS……..Again…..Thank You !


  13. icepilot says:

    “… he is only going to involve America more deeply in places like the Middle East to the extent that the different communities there agree to an inclusive politics of no victor/no vanquished.”
    So, President Obama will lead the fight to not win. At least he’s consistent ….


  14. Luis says:

    This is a very good description of Friedman´s capacity for nonsense regarding his idol, Obama. But, BUT, I say, there a couple of other things about Obama´s political condition here in August of 2014 that need to be stated. 1. Cory Booker, on the Senate floor, has defied Obama regarding Hamas, declaring that the responsibility for the problems rest “squarely with Hamas,” so we can be sure that Booker is not expecting any goodies from Obama any time soon. 2. Neil Abercrombie was humiliated in the Democrat primary for governor, losing his chance to be reelected, by outspending his opponent and still losing 87% to 32%, this in raging lib/lefty Hawaii–we love Abercrombie´s humiliation, but this humiliation has meaning way, way beyond the obvious and if Obama doesn´t read about it in USA Today and the staffers are too chicken to tell him, watch out when Ed Henry asks him about the humiliation at the next president press conference. 3. Ron Fournier, lib journalist, criticizes Obama as an incompetent, without using that word, openly and forcefully.
    This whole Obama is a flim flam, a phony, a jackass, is going to get better, folks! Hang on.


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