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Lame Duck President Obama

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Feb 15, 2015 at 12:52

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 for the good of our country; I perceived him to be extremely intelligent, and I knew that his elevation to the Office of President of the United States would be a wonderful remedy for our country's racist past; I also appreciated the opportunity his candidacy offered to affirm the American Dream, that with hard work, and luck, one could attain the highest goals available, irrespective of origins, other than birth in the territories of the United States.

However, that was in relation to our domestic policy. Regarding foreign policy issues, I was in a dillemma. And now I realize that my concerns were not unfounded. I believe our President Obama is completely mistaken as to the best policy regarding the "Islamist" confronting us, and the rest of the World, particularly Europe and Africa.

I particular, Obama appears to believe that Iran, and its version of Islam, and allies, are the "good guys," while the majority Sunni Muslims are the "bad guys" (or rather that is the consequency of his strategic choices). And like a modern "Don Quixote," Obama is "speaking softly" through his negotiators in peace conferences, while having forgotten his "Big Stick" at the Pentagon.

It seems to me he needs to be reminded of Shakespeare's line: "a plague on both their houses." The (Houthi) Shia'a are bussy conquering territory in Yemen and Iraq, while the Sunnis of IS are inspiring similar movement in sub-Sahara Africa. There is no way that outsiders, by which I mean non-Muslims, can solve this ancient struggle over the "correct" interpretation of the Koran, or the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Therefore, a smarter policy and strategy is the old Roman and British one: "divide and conquer." We need a President who can excercise Realpolitic and play off these forces against each other for the benefit of the civilized World, particularly the Western part.

Iran isn't even a party to the Arab Initiative. It's aim is the destruction of Israel. And our interests in Israel aren't merely those of sympathy and empathy. Rather, Israel is on the Front Line of Western World's struggle against the Islamization of the Mediteranean Lake.

How about considering Neocolonialism whereby North Africa particularly would be settled by European Muslims supported by private economic incentives?

444-days Democrat Carter - our President who was "paralyzed" with hostages held in our embassy in Tehran left office while this "Death to America" continued its imprisonment of innocent Americans. This "civilized" nation of Iran is rooted in disregarding the European custom of immunity in Embassies which even the Nazis (arguably) honored. It was only when Republican and "Cowboy" Ronald Regan assumed office that the hostages were released as a gift to the incumbent.

Anyone who believes that an agreement through diplomacy can be achieved with the theocracy of Iran has forgotten their recent history with "Apartheid" Carter; but also, hasn't learned his lessons as to the principles embodied in the Koran, and its interpretation, regarding a "temporary truce" with the "House of War." [i.e., we are the House of War, the Iranians are the House of Peace].

And on the Yemeni front, the Houthis have advised the few remaining Jews (a few score) that the Houthis have [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/15/us-yemen-security-jews-idUSKBN0LJ0QB20150215] have no problems with Jews, only Israel. Accordingly, the West should have no problem with Muslims, only Islamism.

But the point is, dear Daniel Pipes, that Strategically speaking, we should prepare for a Republican Presidency, and do what it takes to recognize Obama as a Lame Duck since he'll be out of office in 2016.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
"Why the (toothless) Iran sanctions bill matters" [118 words]Ángel OterosMar 1, 2015 13:04222024
Iran Sanctions and further actions to matter. Will Common sense and Sanity Prevail? [110 words]AnneFeb 23, 2015 08:55221911
1"Obama to Seek War Power Bill From Congress, to Fight ISIS" - New York Times [433 words]LudvikusFeb 17, 2015 11:09221139
2Lame Duck President Obama [598 words]LudvikusFeb 15, 2015 12:52221083
Why is this different from the meaningless move the embassy to jerusalem bill which has been waived for 20 yrs [96 words]Mark SchoenbergFeb 15, 2015 10:30221080
2"Why the (toothless) Iran sanctions bill matters" [108 words]NCHWIECHUI SuleFeb 14, 2015 14:23221070
"Why the (toothless) Iran sanctions bill matters" [85 words]Ángel OterosMar 1, 2015 13:00221070
International posturing, of deadly importance to Israel [825 words]Michael SFeb 13, 2015 21:45221052
Oil, Oil, Toil and Trouble - [93 words]M. ToveyFeb 17, 2015 11:13221052
President Change-your-mind Wishy-wash [418 words]Michael SFeb 23, 2015 00:27221052
Obama focused on domestic issues? [80 words]John in Michigan, USAFeb 13, 2015 13:00221045
Obama simply is not very American [189 words]Michael SFeb 25, 2015 19:05221045
Good Cop, Bad Cop? [77 words]Ron ThompsonFeb 13, 2015 09:01221042
The Jihadi Sate of Iran and the duty of the American people [94 words]steven LFeb 12, 2015 21:42221035
Waivers Are a Failed tool [137 words]Richard H. ShulmanFeb 12, 2015 21:19221034
"making him unceasingly justify the waver every ..." -- just like the Jerusalem Embassy Act [12 words]MarkFeb 12, 2015 19:36221032
Obama cannot be trusted with national security or foreign policy issues [146 words]Kelly CloverFeb 12, 2015 19:33221031
What's Next? [580 words]AlexFeb 12, 2015 18:40221029

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