Obama Foreign Policy

The Media’s Rhodes Scholars

Featured image The Ben Rhodes story takes me back to the infamous Atlantic article of September 1981, “The Education of David Stockman.” That was the story where lefty writer William Greider sweet-talked a gullible and naive David Stockman into confessing that supply-side economics was supposedly a trickle-down fraud (though in fact Stockman never understood it and wasn’t a sympathizer to begin with). The media greeted that story as a major scandal about the »

With Rhodes as my witness

Featured image The New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes by David Samuels has prompted a counterattack. In the profile Rhodes proclaimed his success in promoting a false line on behalf of the Obama administration’s deal/alliance with Iran. Rhodes showed himself to be the ultimate ingrate. He expressed contempt for the reporters and others who disseminated his lies. To those who served as fools for Obama, Rhodes offered this tribute: “The »

Former Obama Adviser: Obama’s Weakness Driving Allies Toward Russia

Featured image Dennis Ross is a respected, if thoroughly conventional, expert on the Middle East. A Democrat, he has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations as an adviser and envoy. Ross served in the State Department as Hillary Clinton’s Special Advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia. Subsequently, he joined President Obama’s National Security Council staff as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, »

Obama Administration To Take Harder Anti-Israel Line

Featured image Israel National News reports that in its last days, the Obama administration plans to come down hard on Israel: The Middle East Quartet, made up of the US, EU, UN, and Russia, is scheduled to release a major policy report later in coming weeks, and senior diplomats involved in its drafting have indicated that the US is taking a far harder line on Israel than in the past. Why should »

The runt of Rhodes

Featured image Obamacare was built on an edifice of calculated lies. Some of us could see the propositions on which President Obama sold Obamacare as falsehoods at the time of the selling. Others have learned from bitter experience after the buying. President Obama and his team hold a low opinion of the intelligence of the American people. See, for example, the case of Jonathan Gruber. Having elected him president twice, we have »

Obama still clueless in Iraq

Featured image Over the weekend, protesters stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone, chasing out Iraqi officials. The MSM has portrayed this as a huge blow to the Iraqi government, putting in doubt its prospects for surviving and putting in jeopardy the war against ISIS in Iraq. I’m not sure how reliable these assessments are. I also question whether the reporting, which treats the protests as mainly a reaction to government corruption, gets at »

The madness of King Barry

Featured image At his press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron on April 22 in London, President Obama took up the subject of Churchill. “I love Winston Churchill, love the guy,” Obama asserted, and it wasn’t the phoniest thing he had to say at the press conference. That was reserved for the subject of the United Kingdom’s continued membership in the European Union. The issue is to be put to the Brits »

Obama thinks he’s cool; world leaders think he’s arrogant and weak

Featured image Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reports that President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are “soul mates.” Why? Because Obama “disdains. . .needy, showboating allies and [Merkel] is neither.” That’s hilarious. Who on the world stage is more of a showboater than Barack Obama — he of the speech in front of Greek columns, the shockingly pretentious Cairo lecture to Muslims, and the receding ocean tides? Obama’s “disdain” for »

Omri Ceren: Analyze this

Featured image Omri Ceren writes from The Israel Project with the latest development in our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Omri writes: Heavy water is a relatively rare form of water that is used to produce weapons-grade plutonium. The nuclear deal forbids Iran from stockpiling more than 130 tonnes of heavy water at any given time. But the Iranians have been overproducing. In February they violated the nuclear deal by »

Omri Ceren: Dollarizing Iran (2)

Featured image On Tuesday Eli Lake reported on the State Department’s letter to the governors of all 50 states as well as some local officials asking them to reconsider any laws on the books that called for divesting state funds from businesses interacting with Iran’s economy, or laws that would deny contracts to companies that do business with Iran. Following up on Lake’s report, Seth Lipsky noted that the “delicate wording — »

Aspects of the rot

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson captures important aspects of the latter days of the Obama administration in his PJ Media column “Sleeping dogs are waking.” Here he identifies a few signs of the racial mania that Obama has aggravated if not inspired: [T]he Obama era has reawakened ethnic chauvinism and multiculturalism in a way we have never quite seen before in recent American history. Who would have thought that in 2009, the »

Putin proves a point

Featured image Scott wrote last week about the buzzing by Russian warplanes of the Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. So far, the Obama administration’s response apparently has been limited to complaining. That’s likely to be the extent of the response. Obama takes pride in forbearance when it comes to U.S. enemies and rivals (though not his own). As Scott put it, he “transcends concerns about national pride as »

Putin’s message

Featured image Vladimir Putin has a message for Barack Obama and the United States, a message he sent via Russian warplanes buzzing the Navy destroyer Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. Yesterday the Pentagon released video of the jets flying extremely close to the ship more than 30 times over the past two days. Military Times originally reported the story yesterday here. CBS News quotes the Obama administration calling the “simulated attack” »

Funding Iran

Featured image I think it’s fair to say that the Islamic Republic Iran is a serious enemy of the United States. The powers that be in Iran regularly proclaim their ardent desire for the death of the United States, and they take action aimed at bringing it about in one way or another. With the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Obama has teamed up with the mullahs to finance their nuclear »

Iran Says: Spirit? What Spirit? We’re Preparing For War!

Featured image As Scott noted this morning, President Obama complains that Iran has violated the “spirit” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by launching ballistic missiles and calling for the destruction of Israel. Earlier today, Iran responded to Obama’s rather pathetic lament: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi blasted US President Barack Obama for his remarks against Tehran’s implementation of the nuclear deal, and said »

Spirit of the JCPOA

Featured image What is the “spirit” of the weirdly unsigned Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran? The JCPOA obligates the parties to protect Iran’s nuclear program, arranges for its financing, and sets it on a path to fruition at a time of Iran’s choosing. Given that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an avowed enemy of the United States, I think the deal reeks of malice and delusion. Yet President Obama »

Quotations from Chairman Barry

Featured image You may have missed President Obama’s mind-boggling statement regarding his friends in the Islamic Republic of Iran at his news conference this past Friday (complete White House transcript here, video excerpt below). Thus spake Chairman Barry: “When they launched ballistic missiles with slogans calling for the destruction of Israel that makes businesses nervous….If Iran continues to ship missiles to Hezbollah, that gets businesses nervous.” Iran makes businesses “nervous” with its »