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smile/sneer psychosis: Freudenschade

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Submitted by Alana (Canada), May 8, 2015 at 21:47

Although it's a treat to see Pipes and Levant together on this clip, I would have liked to have seen a bit more discussion about the "Obama Whisperer"s" (Valerie Jarett)'s role in the Obama doctrine.

Thinking about Obama's complex family, where white/black/Marxist/Christian/Muslim/Christian matrix included a Catholic schooling version of Qu'ran classes, we see it likely the man would have developed a non-traditional world view. Imagiing that his desire to bring his father closer into he family fold, little Barack probably learned that all his smiles and charm were ineffectual. He may have developed this neutralizing strategy to dampen the power of formidable adverseries, sneering at those who were natural allies, and smiling at the "big boys" Sol Alinsky, Bill Ayers badboy antiheroes, eager to curry favor.

It's understandable that he might, as he says, work harder to "befriend" enemies, in a fuzzy, progressive, world-view where inversion of traditionalist (sneer) values would naively be seen to create a "balanced" world view by denouncing real friends like Israel (boo, hiss) and court the really bad actors like Turkey &Iran, (smiling madly, "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. deMille!".) Within those theoretical ivory towers beloved of his mother, colonial/imperialist USA, France, Britain & the like needed to be "taught a lesson" so the republics of the "people's of colour", (Cuba, Iran, oh let's not forget tiny Gaza and the P.A.) will be "equal" in the post-colonial, post-modern "new order": status granted independent of excellence, achievement, actual equality and inclusivity. Slogans rule, talking points are mistaken for logic, level the playing field so "everyone will win", foolishly ignoring the lessons of history that thugs & bullies appetites feed on appeasement.

But getting back to Jarrett: who is this woman? A Machiavelli for the digital age? A Rasputin, a glorified dogsbody, an older sis or something not at all sinister? She seems to be the most ubiquitous right hand Presidential aid in history while mysteriously managing to wield power and become invisible at will. Her Iranian birth is somehow less a factor, I would think, than her Chicago creds: maybe her wiles honed under Daley are significantly more potent than would first meet the eye. And speaking of eyes, hers is right steely.

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