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    Obama, the Post-Constitutional Emperor

    Is this any way to run a superpower? or the Emperor has No Clothes!!

    By James Rosen via Fox News today

    While leading Israeli officials have publicly struck a tone of muted support for President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for strikes on Syria's chemical weapons delivery systems, in private, senior Israeli officials and foreign policy analysts are expressing grave disappointment with the conduct of their ally in Washington.
    Well-placed Israeli sources told Fox News they "get it" as to why the president felt the need to cloak his planned military strikes in congressional legitimacy. But they regard the way he went about his decision-making in this instance as erratic, unnerving to them, and a bad omen for what the Israelis regard as the sine qua non of their foreign policy: the looming showdown with Iran over its nuclear program.
    "The feeling is that something was wrong here, that this was not the way this should have gone down, that this is not the way a superpower should act," said one former Israeli diplomat who has spent considerable time in the United States and enjoys close ties to the Netanyahu government. "We look at Syria, and we think Iran. ... What conclusions should be drawn about how America will act in other circumstances? Here was a clear red line. It was breached a few times. This looks like a clever move; but America's willingness to 'walk the walk' now is very questionable."
    Another senior official, presently in the Israeli government, told Fox News the president was right, in terms of domestic U.S. politics, to "look for cover," and thereby force American lawmakers who would have criticized him for undertaking unauthorized action to "own it, too." But this official said the Israelis, from their vantage point, see the Obama administration as detached from the Mideast and the president, in particular, as ill-equipped to shape events there.
    "I can only compliment Obama for dragging everyone to his boat," the Israeli official said. "'You want war? Own it, too.' Still, however, he's a disastrous weak leader. ... The Middle East is far less important for this administration and to real American national interests today than in the past. ... The U.S.-Saudi alliance insures a continued supply of oil, and other than that, the U.S. doesn't really care."
    When President Obama visited Israel in March, the first foreign trip of his second term, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked him for showing unprecedented support of Israel's position on Iran. "I appreciate the fact that the president has reaffirmed -- more than any other president -- Israel's right and duty to defend itself, by itself, against any threat," Netanyahu said at the time.
    Now, sources said, Netanyahu has instructed his cabinet ministers to refrain from public statements that will unduly affect the pending congressional vote in the United States. Only the prime minister himself and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon are said to be permitted to comment on the Syrian crisis. However, Israeli President Shimon Peres -- who enjoys unique stature as one of the last of the country's founders still active in public life, and whose office is largely ceremonial in nature -- spoke in praise of the president during a session with foreign ambassadors in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
    "I express my admiration for the attempt of President Obama to check every possible angle how to bring an end to this horrible situation in Syria," Peres said, adding that the situation is viewed that way "in the eyes of the Arabs, not only in our eyes. And I'm sure that none of us can overlook it."
    In urging Congress to approve his planned strikes, the president on Tuesday cited the security of the Jewish state, among that of other regional allies, as a factor for lawmakers to consider. "There are certain weapons," Obama said, "that when used can not only end up resulting in grotesque deaths, but also can end up being transmitted to non-state actors -- can pose a risk to allies and friends of ours, like Israel, like Jordan, like Turkey."


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...#ixzz2dsUZXUiK

    AS BO'S RATINGS ARE AGAIN ON THE WAY DOWN!!!!

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    Nutblog Alert!!

    You're a funny guy, Martin. A genuine funny guy. Easily confused, but funny nevertheless.

    BTW, no I didn't bother to read this nonsense. The by-line told me all I need to know:

    Faux News: We Distort, You Comply
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    True, but they still manage to fool a large number of dimwitted people.
    The mounties always get their man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    Nutblog Alert!!

    BTW, no I didn't bother to read this nonsense. The by-line told me all I need to know:
    Ah, the traits of tolerant & intelligent man willing to listen to other points of view. The absolute definition of a liberal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlot View Post
    The tittle told me instantly what OBSESSED DENSE member refuses to follow mods instructions about political threads.
    And the thread a few weeks ago wasn't political? We always hope that the rules will be interpreted fairly. But I'm sure they'll have a special interpretation just for me. So I guess I'll be back in a month or two. In the meantime, know that I'll be laughing as BO slowly imitates the final years of that loser Carter. He may even finish with a lower approval level making him a truly "historic president". Remember Carter fell into the same trap in Iran. As history repeats itself, repeats itself...etc...etc..

    P.S. Same reaction from the same three libs. Just like Pavlov's Dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vercingentorix View Post
    So I guess I'll be back in a month or two.
    What? Only checking into Chattahoochee for a "month or two" this time?
    The mounties always get their man.

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    Obama's Approval Rating hit a new low....

    As Obama has totally embarrassed us on the international stage, his approval ratings are absolutely tanking: http://realclearpolitics.com/epolls/...oval-1044.html

    But some will continue to drink his Kool-Aid......That's 43.2% in solid Carter-WBush territory heading for Nixonville!! Did I mention:

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    Only 15 more points to go. Maybe he'll catch GW Bush yet.
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    Obama is competing with Carter ,for having the worst US foreign policies , in the Middle East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumpleforeskiin View Post
    Only 15 more points to go. Maybe he'll catch GW Bush yet.
    When Obamacare takes hold the Black Population will be affected. His support among Blacks has declined by 8% already.

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    The numbers are certainly indicating that my original premise in this thread is absolutely true!!

    Nile Gardiner
    Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator. A former aide to Margaret Thatcher, Gardiner has served as a foreign policy adviser to two US presidential campaigns. He appears frequently on American and British television, including Fox News Channel, BBC, and Fox Business Network.


    Flailing Obama slumps to lowest ratings of his presidency, as US voters see him as ‘a weak and indecisive leader

    By Nile Gardiner
    World Last updated: September 10th, 2013
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    On Tuesday night President Obama will deliver one of the most important political addresses of his presidency, trying to convince a war-weary American public to support his call for military intervention in Syria. Having casually drawn a red line in the sand on the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, Obama’s own credibility – not that of the United States – is on the line. But he faces an uphill struggle to win over public opinion, and is almost certainly heading for a heavy defeat on Capitol Hill, where opposition is mounting among Members of Congress.
    The scale of the challenge for Mr. Obama is encapsulated in a new poll released by Fox News (conducted by both Democratic and Republican pollsters), which shows the president’s approval rating falling to 40 percent, the lowest level of support in his presidency (on par with December 2010). Obama’s disapproval stands at 54 percent, the highest negative rating he has received since taking office.
    There is no doubt that Obama’s handling of the Syria crisis, and his handling of foreign policy in general, is helping drive the president’s unpopularity. According to the Fox poll, 68 percent of likely voters believe the US “should not be more involved in Syria,” with just 26 percent in favour of greater involvement. Only 36 percent agree that “President Obama (has) adequately explained for you the reasons US military action against Syria is necessary,” and just 27 percent “believe President Obama has clearly identified what the US goals and objectives would be in taking military action against Syria.” 55 percent of those surveyed disagree with the assertion that “the reasons for taking military action in Syria are stronger than they are in Iraq,” and 74 percent believe military action against Syria “is more likely to provoke additional violence in the Middle East.” Overall, 60 percent of voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the Syria issue, compared to just 29 percent who back him.
    Strikingly, a large percentage of American voters believe that Obama’s foreign policy has weakened America’s standing in the world. 48 percent agree that the United States is less respected now than it was five years ago when George W. Bush left office. A mere 14 percent say that America is more respected today. 54 percent of US voters disapprove of Obama’s foreign policy, with just 39 percent expressing their support. Most significantly, Obama scores badly on the leadership front: 48 percent of those polled by Fox think Obama is “a weak and indecisive leader,” six percentage points more than those who believe he is “a strong and decisive leader.” In addition, 50 percent feel the president “spends too much time blaming others.”
    Against a backdrop of plummeting public approval, and surging Congressional opposition, it is hard to see how the president is going to turn his Syria debacle around. The American people increasingly see him as a weak leader, one that has actually lowered America’s standing in the world instead of raising it. Frankly, President Bush’s record is looking better by the day, as a flailing Obama struggles to stand tall on the world stage while tripping over his own shoelaces at home. At least, with Obama’s predecessor in the White House, the United States was backed by its allies and feared by its enemies. The same cannot be said today.

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    nutblog alert!!
    The mounties always get their man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa Roze View Post

    Watching Fox "News" is like having your history class being taught by the lunch lady....
    So which fact and statistic do you take issue with? Or is it just over your head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alyssa Roze View Post
    John McCain Destroys And Embarrasses Islamophobic Fox News Host With A Single Question (VIDEO)

    I can't believe Fox hosts actually think Allah Akbar is a terrorist chant. They are so damn stupid at FOX!!! ..
    great link, this was hilarious! foxnews is as low as it gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vercingentorix View Post
    So which fact and statistic do you take issue with? Or is it just over your head?
    Well well, look who is back... You want to take ME on, bubba?

    Here you go, about Fox News doing all they can to mislead the public, whether it be about historical events, or current ones:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL7oWBMxm4I

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pn3AfUczLc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkA5qYp-RIE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn7_8QL2weQ
    Bill O’reilly stated Obama’s India visit was costing 200 million $ a DAY!!! LOL

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4IPh1JEdFg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pn3AfUczLc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkG5Wp-aRoM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR-m8g_iAG8
    Dick Morris lying on Fox News about Mitt Romney’s landslide election victory

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U2O5bPI2Uo
    Sharia law now the rule in the U.S. of A

    These I got in 5 minutes of searching the internet...you want any more examples? I've got a LOT more!!
    $422 million for culture & science, or over $600 BILLION for Death and destruction...? I vote for CULTURE!!!

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    ^LOL! some of those links are classics.

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