American Elephants

Repudiated, Isolated, Stymied and Ineffective by The Elephant's Child

457521824-e1413804840696-550x309Some things we’re all used to. For example, Obama is never, ever to blame for anything. We’ve had constant examples for six years, and we’re still waiting for him to say “I was wrong about that.”

New reports say the two “vetted moderate” Syrian rebel groups: Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF) have surrendered to Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria. Oh well, seemed like a good idea at the time. We’ve been giving them heavy weapons from the US coalition including GRAD rockets and TOW anti-tank weapons. On Saturday night they surrendered military bases and weapons supplies. If that wasn’t bad enough, there are reports that ISIS has joined with Jabhat al-Nusra.

Obama has been testing his excuse for a while. The troubles in the Middle East are “generational” and Obama’s successor will have to deal with it.

Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, who is now a full-time pro-democracy activist is appalled at the West’s lack of resolve to defend its interests and values. He is very active on Twitter, where he explained the Obama Doctrine:

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“this is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign polity. This is healthcare for us, just to put it in context.”

So, in other words, a deal that no one will have read ahead of time, will feature purely party-line support, will have sections that keep getting delayed for political reasons, will never have the support of the majority of Americans, when unveiled to the public will fail spectacularly, and will, in general, be an embarrassment to anyone who is intellectually honest.

Obama is still looking for that one thing he can call an unqualified success, something that will cement his legacy (which has already happened; only the cement is around the feet of his reputation, which is being tossed off a boat into Lake Michigan as we speak). That there will be an agreement, we already know; Obama decided that there would be one before he was even sworn into office, much less before negotiations had been proposed. Obama has always had his eye on his post-presidency; it’s why he never seems very interested in what’s going on now. He wants to go down in the history books… THAT’S his ambition. Unfortunately for the country, he may be more successful than he hopes.


Comment by Lon Mead

I still think that he is basically lazy. He has a lot of weird ideas gleaned from faculty gossip, radical meetings, late night sessions. He skated through in school because he could read a few paragraphs, and being brilliant, assumed that he could fill in the rest. That’s why he has directed his subordinates to give him 3 choices, briefly summarized, and he would choose among them.

His knowledge of foreign policy is thin, and as full of nonsense as accuracy. As soon as he knows a subject or a policy, his views are fixed, and not subject to change. He has been quite sure that all the problems of the Middle East are because of Israel, and if he can just make Israel return to the original borders, and recognize Palestine as a state, then there will be lasting peace — because of Obama. The problem has been the Republican war-mongers. He and his crew can surely make a nice diplomatic peace, when the Muslims realize that we just want to get along. Or something like that.

Convinced of his brilliance, he is incapable of realizing that he doesn’t know very much. Richard Epstein said he “imitates an intellectual.” If this election goes badly for him, he will not consider changing his mind or his actions, but will be dangerously vindictive. Scary.


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