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Obama in Sweden: “Red line? That wasn’t *my* red line!”

Posted by: Phineas on September 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas What’s the Swedish for “Don’t blame me?” Oh, yeah: Klandra inte mig! (1) At a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Sweden (2), Obama engaged in this bit of historical… “tale-telling:” “I didn’t set a red line,” Mr. Obama said during a news conference here in Stockholm. “The world set a red […]


Kerry on the Hill: “Assad used chemical weapons because Obama is weak.”

Posted by: Phineas on September 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Wow. Per Marc Thiessen of AEI, here’s what the Secretary of State said am few minutes ago while testifying before a Senate committee on the need to intervene in Syria: One of the reasons Assad has been using these materials is because they have, up until now, made the calculation that the West writ […]


Obama foreign policy success: Britain says “Thanks, but no.”

Posted by: Phineas on August 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas What was I saying yesterday about the “stunning ineptitude” of Obama’s diplomacy? On top of everything else, he’s failed to convince one of our oldest allies, Great Britain, to join us in “sending a message” to Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Late yesterday, the House of Commons dealt a stunning blow to the political fortunes […]


Obama foreign policy success: Saudis want to cut deal with Russians

Posted by: Phineas on August 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This is truly impressive. Day after day, I can sit back and watch as the American position in the Mideast and North Africa heads into the abyss. Our Thelma and Louise ride over the cliff began quietly, with Obama turning the key and slapping our allies in Israel and embracing the Islamist premier of […]


Syria: President Short-Pants starts a war to avoid being mocked

Posted by: Phineas on August 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Oh, good God. Is this what our foreign policy has come to? That the President of the United States, heir in office to giants such as Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan, is going to attack another country so he won’t be called a wimp? Hey, that’s not my description. Ask the infamous “unnamed […]


Some questions before we bomb Syria

Posted by: Phineas on August 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Threat Matrix, the blog of The Long War Journal, has some questions that need answering before President Obama, having decided Syria has crossed his ill-advised “red line,”  gives the “go” order. Here are a few of most interest to me: 3. Is there a possibility that the Aug. 21 attack was an accidental hit — of […]


#Benghazi: Cover up complete, scapegoats rehabilitated

Posted by: Phineas on August 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas They’ve served their purpose, after all: Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work […]


Egyptian civil war underway? And the Obama response is “fore?”

Posted by: Phineas on August 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas It’s hard not to think that after this news: Clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protesters across Egypt have left nearly 100 dead and hundreds injured Wednesday, the country’s health ministry said, while police in riot gear and armored vehicles bulldozed two protest camps in Cairo. Hamdi Abdel Karim, an Egypt Health Ministry […]


Politely eviscerating Obama’s Mideast “policies”

Posted by: Phineas on August 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I get the impression Walter Russell Mead is the kind of guy who can tell you with a  sad smile how dumb you’ve been while serving you tea and cookies and giving you a sympathetic pat on the shoulder. And get you to agree. That said, the next three paragraphs are the […]


#Benghazi: And, just like that, the missing colonel is found

Posted by: Phineas on July 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Funny how that works, when Congress controls the appropriations leash: The U.S. Department of Defense has agreed to make available to Congress a Marine Corps colonel who was in command of U.S. Special Forces in Northern Africa on the night armed terrorists staged a military-style assault on an American diplomatic outpost in […]