Obama’s Energy Ideas: Running on Empty

Red State

In his Wednesday address at Georgetown University, President Obama took another stab at elucidating his muddled energy policy:

It was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. I remember because I was in the middle of a presidential campaign. Working folks certainly remember because it hit a lot of people pretty hard. And because we were at the height of political season, you had all kinds of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians — they were waving their three-point plans for $2 a gallon gas. You remember that — “drill, baby, drill” — and we were going through all that. And none of it was really going to do anything to solve the problem.

The President has a keen eye for a gimmicky slogan. Remember “Hope and Change”? Or “Yes, We Can?” Or the latest monument to vapidity, “Winning the Future”? If there were a Hall of Fame for Substance-Free Slogans, Barack Obama would be its Babe Ruth. If there were an Empty Rhetoric Olympics, Obama would take the gold medal. If there were a Nobel Prize for … oh, wait, he already won that one.

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Sorry About Our President, Neda

Canada Free Press

By Joy Tiz  Thursday, February 11, 2010

Americans know far more about Michael Jackson than they do the history of Iran and its relationship to the United States.  Most of what America knows is wrong, having been subjected to pertinacious propaganda in Ayers’ based public education.

Neda was the beautiful young Iranian woman who was gunned down in the streets of Tehran for the crime of showing up.  She showed up to take a stand for freedom and took a bullet in the neck for her aspirations.  A relative in the United States had cautioned Neda not to attend any demonstrations, telling her “They’re killing people.”  To which the lionhearted and prescient Neda replied:  “Don’t worry, it’s just one bullet and it’s over.”

For just a flicker in time, Neda became an icon, a symbol of the young Iranians’ longing for the most elemental liberties.  It was easy for Americans to be incensed at the barbarous slaughter of a young woman so lovely and earnest.  Young Iran has caught a glimpse of freedom, the inescapable byproduct of advancing technology.  The noteworthiness of Neda is in no small measure due to the ease with which young Americans can appreciate her as not so unlike themselves.

Part of the delusive indoctrination that goes on in public schools includes the rewriting of Iranian history in a way that abets the left.  Particularly pernicious is the persistent misrepresentation of the former Shah’s regime, which was supported by the CIA to oust another crackpot, Mohammed Mossadegh.

Mossadegh’s platform was his fierce opposition to British influence, an ideology adopted by Barack Obama.  Paving the way for future deranged dictators, Mossadegh eventually fired the parliament, called for a special election and declared himself the winner of 99.9% of the vote.

Mossadegh nationalized the oil wells. That was ruinous enough, but batty Mohammad ostensibly didn’t realize that once the Brits pulled out of Iran, there was nobody who actually knew how to run them.  Thus, he drove his people into abject destitution.  The West had well founded jitters about Iran’s economic plight making the country easy prey for the Soviet Union.

After the CIA orchestrated coup, the former Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, returned from exile and modernized the country, including granting women the right to vote, raising the hackles of Muslim extremists.  The gains made for women were systematically reversed when Khomeini seized power.

The Shah was a friend of the United States.  Indeed, he was a flawed leader, prone to despotism but a real pussycat compared to the current Iranian thugocracy.  Until former president Jimmy Carter took office, the United States and Iran maintained a stable relationship.  Carter couldn’t abandon the Shah fast enough.  The daffy left always gets hysterical about minor despots and glorifies the really barbaric ones.  Fidel Castro is a demigod to a libtard.  Carter’s refusal to support the Shah and his delusions about the Ayatollah Khomeini enabled the savage fanatical regime to grab control of Iran.  Khomeini’s government slaughtered more citizens in its first few weeks than the Shah’s regime killed during its entire thirty- eight year reign.  The incendiary ayatollah’s take over was a catalyst for the worldwide expansion of Islamic terrorism.

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America hasn’t been this weak since the Carter years

The Washington Times

President Obama’s freshman-year foreign policy was the worst in living memory. At the dawn of 2010, the United States finds itself noticeably weaker in international affairs than it was when Mr. Obama took office, and there are no signs of improvement in the year ahead.

Mr. Obama was elected with almost no national security experience, but he counted on two principle sources of leverage on the world stage: his personal charisma and the fact that he was not George W. Bush. The year began with much swagger and self-assurance, but the result was a foreign policy with the naive enthusiasm of someone who once may have taken a graduate seminar in international relations.

Mr. Obama’s first-week pledge to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay within a year set the tone for 2009. It was a victory of symbolism over substance that proved to be more difficult to implement than he expected, and Mr. Obama soon found that it was easier to make lofty promises than to deliver prudent policies.

Other failures followed. Efforts to regionalize a peace process in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India foundered on the rocks of entrenched national interests. The president announced a “stronger and smarter” strategy for Afghanistan in March, and another in November that contained a deadline which is not quite a deadline, for a pullout that is not really a pullout.

Mr. Obama’s unprecedented, fawning outreach to the Muslim world has produced no tangible results, no dramatic shifts in public opinion regarding U.S. policies, and certainly no reduction of the terror threat. This was brought home by the attempted Christmas Day bombing that literally almost ended the year with a bang. Al Qaeda views Mr. Obama with outright contempt, offensively declaring him to be a “house Negro” in contrast to purportedly “honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X.

The one solitary success Mr. Obama has enjoyed came from continuing President Bush’s policy of using drone aircraft for selective strikes on terror targets. Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, has said that this practice may violate international law, and it has caused some consternation among Mr. Obama’s supporters who were under the mistaken impression that he is a man of peace.

Mr. Obama’s outreached hand failed to uncurl Tehran’s fist; Iran’s Islamic regime is pushing ahead on its nuclear and missile programs and unleashing thugs to beat down pro-democracy demonstrators. When Mr. Obama spoke dreamily in September about a world without nuclear weapons, French President Nicolas Sarkozy noted sharply that the only things such proposals have delivered are “more uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe out a U.N. member state off the map.”

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process stalled due to a combination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s grit and a divided, ineffective Palestinian leadership. In May, Israel ignored the administration’s demand for a settlement freeze, and the Arab world was shocked when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton backed off the freeze demand in November. The administration quickly walked back Mrs. Clinton’s statement, which only enhanced the sense of American confusion and impotence.

The Obama administration flip-flopped in dealing with the presidential crisis in Honduras, unwisely rushing to side with Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in calling for return of failed dictator Manuel Zelaya. Then, months later, the United States supported the results of the Honduran elections.

The administration delighted Moscow by abandoning the missile defense system slated for deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic. North Korea continued to pursue its objectives unabated, testing a nuclear weapon and long-range missile, withdrawing from the 1953 armistice agreement with South Korea and declaring it will weaponize its plutonium stocks. In response, the United States unilaterally conceded to long-standing North Korean demands for bilateral talks, and several weeks ago the president sent a personal appeal to dictator Kim Jong-il to which he has not received a response.

The Copenhagen climate conference turned out to be a dismal failure. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao openly snubbed the president, and the final statement which Mr. Obama brokered was not approved by the conference.

Other embarrassing Obama moments on the world stage include: giving England’s Queen Elizabeth II an iPod with his own speeches on it; giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a collection of DVDs that were not formatted to the European standard (by contrast, Mr. Brown gave Mr. Obama an ornamental desk-pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, among other historically significant gifts); calling “Austrian” a language; bowing to the Saudi king; bowing to the Japanese emperor; releasing a photo of a conference call with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the president was showing the soles of his shoes to the camera (an Arab insult); saying “let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s”; saying the United States was “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”; suggesting Arabic translators be shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan where Arabic is not a native language; sending a letter to former French President Jacques Chirac when Nicolas Sarkozy was the president of France; holding a town-hall meeting in France and not calling on a single French citizen; referring to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when he meant Cinco de Mayo; and failing in a last minute personal appeal to the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 Olympics in Chicago. Mr. Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize capped the year by drawing attention to his lack of achievement.

The world is a tough neighborhood. Mr. Bush was not loved, but he was feared, which Machiavelli advises is a more durable position. Mr. Obama has sought only to be loved, but in the process has disappointed America’s allies and encouraged our adversaries. The world has the measure of the man in the White House, and he doesn’t measure up to the task at hand. Unless he shows a stronger hand, Mr. Obama will continue to increasingly follow global events rather than lead them.