” President Barack Obama is on the way to becoming a lame duck president, says Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan in an editorial.
He’s not there yet as anything can happen in his remaining 44 months in office to make him relevant, but he’s getting close, she says.
“He’s not a lame duck, he’s just lame,” the former Ronald Reagan speechwriter writes.
Noonan cites a litany of setbacks that have dogged Obama:
• “He couldn’t get a win on gun control with 90 percent public support;”
• “When he speaks on immigration reform you get the sense he’s setting it back;”
• “He’s floundering on Syria;”
• “The looming crisis on implementation of Obamacare has begun to fill the news. Even his allies are using the term ‘train wreck.’ Obamacare is not only the most slovenly written major law in modern American history, it is full of sneaked-in surprises people are just discovering;”
• His “sequester strategy — scare the American public into supporting me — flopped;”
• “Benghazi and what appear to be its cover-ups drag on and will not go away;”
• “The economy is stuck in low-growth, employment in no-growth.”
“The president seems incapable of changing anything, even in a crisis. He’s been scored as passive and petulant, but it’s the kind of passivity people fall into when nothing works.” “
Recognizing the truth now , five years too late , in no way restores your lost credibility Ms Noonan . Once a fool , always a fool .
America Sinks as We Bail Out Egypt
” John Kerry just spit in the eye of the American people. For the past month we have been bombarded with Obama and his administration predicting Armageddon due to the sequester.
The American people were supposed to be looking at cutbacks and layoffs, long lines at the airports, no more food inspections, and children starving in the streets! Not to mention we haven’t enough money to send the aircraft carrier U.S. Truman to the Persian Gulf.Well that was last week. I guess we found some spare change in an old suit because John Kerry just gave $250 million to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood this weekend! Wow! Think of the kids that could have fed
Just after the delivery of our $213 million dollar gift of F-16’sto the Muslim Brotherhood, guess who was invited over for tea? None other than Ahmadinejad who received the full red carpet treatment from Morsi. What was he doing? Picking out which jets he wanted sent to Iran? Perhaps they were comparing notes on their hatred of Israel calling the Israeli people “descendants of apes and pigs” and saying that Egyptian children should be “nursed” on “hatred for Israel”. “
Credit: Photo copyright B-N Chagny, SEDAU/SFDAS
” At least 35 small pyramids, along with graves, have been discovered clustered closely together at a site called Sedeinga in Sudan.
Discovered between 2009 and 2012, researchers are surprised at how densely the pyramids are concentrated. In one field season alone, in 2011, the research team discovered 13 pyramids packed into roughly 5,381 square feet (500 square meters), or slightly larger than an NBA basketball court.
They date back around 2,000 years to a time when a kingdom named Kush flourished in Sudan. Kush shared a border with Egypt and, later on, the Roman Empire. The desire of the kingdom’s people to build pyramids was apparently influenced by Egyptian funerary architecture.”
The Architects Of Our "Smart Diplomacy"
” If there was one constant through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s appearances before congressional committees Wednesday, it was that lawmakers fell all over themselves heaping praise on her for the job she has done. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was typical, saying: “Madame Secretary, you have represented us with tremendous strength and poise. You have won us friends.”
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., gushed, “We don’t have time to give a full listing of the achievements you deserve credit for.” And Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., began his remarks by saying that he shares the “tremendous respect” of his colleagues for the job she has done.
What on Earth are they referring to? American foreign policy under Secretary Clinton has been one disaster after another. She may not deserve blame for all of them — or even most of them — but it defies common sense to call her tenure a success.
Let us review the record. “
President Obama’s War Report: War on Terror in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, “Various Other Locations,” U.S. Forces in Central Africa, Egypt, Kosovo, on the
” The U.S. forces deployed last year to
Uganda to fight Joseph Kony’s Lord’s
Resistance Army, meanwhile, have
expanded out to the Central African
Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo
(where local rebels for a period of time
recently took over one of its largest cities,
Goma), and the newly independent South
Sudan (which has had a tense relationship
with Sudan , from which it broke off last
year, with war sometimes appearing
Good thing that Evil ” Bushy McHitler” is gone or we might be mired down is endless warfare and petty tribalism .
” Opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have stormed an office of his Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country’s north, triggering a fight that killed one person and wounded at least 40 others.
Brotherhood leaders identified the fatality as a 15-year-old Islamist youth, but it was not clear how he was killed in Sunday’s incident in the Nile Delta town of Damanhour.
The teenager is the first person known to be killed since reformist and liberal activists began street protests to denounce Morsi for granting himself sweeping powers in a decree last Thursday.
Opposition activists camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a third day Sunday to demand a reversal of the presidential decree. The protesters blocked traffic and engaged in intermittent battles with police in nearby streets.
Egypt’s main stock index slumped nearly 10 percent Sunday as investors gave their first response to Morsi’s move and subsequent protests. It was one of the market’s biggest losses since the days and weeks after longtime president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising last year.
The Obama administration has proposed a $1 billion debt relief package for Egypt to help revive its struggling economy. Egypt also has received billions of dollars in U.S. military aid over three decades of close relations. “
Illustration By Cox and Forkum
” Hey, Eygpt elected a Pharoah, so much for democracy in that part of the world. Obama’s elevation of Morsi during the Gaza-Israel conflict directly led to Morsi’s new dictatorial power grab!
On Thanksgiving, Morsi made himself supreme ruler of the courts. No judiciary can contest him. They have been his major opponents.
He is riding high on his new unearned popularity thanks to Obama pretending he solved the Gaza-Israel crisis even though Morsi followed up his meetings by slamming Israel and is hardly a peacemaker.
In case Egyptians don’t like his power grab, he put emergency law into effect. His decrees give him the power to take any steps and deal with “any threat to the revolution, national unity and safety or anything that obstructs the work of state institutions.”
He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a powerless body.
“An absolute presidential tyranny,” Amr Hamzawy, a liberal member of the dissolved Parliament and prominent political scientist, wrote in an online commentary. “Egypt is facing a horrifying coup against legitimacy and the rule of law and a complete assassination of the democratic transition.” [Thank Obama for that. Obama is doing it here, but he's more subtle.] “
Illustration By Cameron Cardow
” A new TV-ad campaign in the swing states of Florida, West Virginia, Ohio and Missouri is blasting Democratic Party incumbents for sending billions of dollars to nations that many Americans would place unequivocally in the “enemies” column.
The ads created by RAND PAC, the political action arm of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., already are running, with purchases targeting Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virgina, Bill Nelson in Florida and Sherrod Brown in Ohio.”
“The office of the Director of National Intelligence is both confirming that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was deliberately planned in advance and excusing the White House for getting the story wrong. Officials are trying to determine if a mysterious, little known organization called “Al-Qaeda” had something to do with the attack. This doesn’t seem likely, as Al-Qaeda was reported dead or at least in what former Vice President Cheney would have called its “death throes” in Pakistan last spring, but you never know.”