June 15, 2009

Surprise! No Steel in Obama's Spine After All


As the fascist government of Iran begins the massacreof its unarmed citizens today, the world slowly, fitfully wakes to the reality of what it means to have a weakling in Washington.

This report from Britain's Telegraph sounds the first note (The Iranian election: Barack Obama’s cowardly silence :: Nile Gardiner) but it will be far from the last:

The Obama administration's response to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's fraudulent election victory is cowardly, lily-livered and wrong. The White House's refusal to officially question the result or even condemn the brutal suppression of opposition protestors, is undermining America's standing as a global power, and is little more than a face-saving, cynical exercise in appeasement that will all end in tears.

I'm wrong on so many things so often that I usually take extreme pleasure in being right on the few things I do forecast. But I take no pleasure in this observation from last October:

Obama: Not Man Enough to Be President @ AMERICAN DIGEST

A glance around the world tells all who are not in a media-induced stupor that the globe is getting more dangerous by the day. The temperature of the human race is going up, and hotter is not better. Last month, before they locked Biden in that campaign attic reserved for crazy relations and mouth-shooting-off wives, the man told everyone that, yes, they're going to test Obama. But he said we shouldn't worry because Obama has "steel in his spine."

Really? Maybe when it comes to running internet porn site standards on his credit-card scams. Perhaps when it comes to getting his minions to try and ruin a plumber in the mid-west. Maybe when it comes to electrifying the weakest of our youth; a youth fattened on a life of peace and circuses.

But a wider world awaits the next President; a world that can kill 3,000 Americans at their place of work in a single morning. A world that wants to see, more than anything, the destruction of American hegemony so that their dreams of conquest can go forward unabated.

After thousands of years of crawling up from the swamp of totalitarianism we can see, at last, in the distance a world where this ancient nightmare is removed from the world. But we cannot get there if America does not stand.

Again. The world cannot rid itself of the terror of totalitarianism if America does not stand.

For that to happen we need to have a leader -- man or woman -- who possesses real, demonstrated courage. For that to become true we need to have a leader who has -- man or woman -- real manliness.

Obama is intelligent, charming, good-looking, stylish, well-educated and slick. He's everything that other people who value such surfaces look for... not in a leader, but in an icon. And that's what they're buying by buying Obama, an icon. A glowing plastic post-modern Jesus for the dashboard of their Prius. They know, as we all know by now, that he can talk the talk. He just can't walk the walk. He's soft talk and no stick.

I keep coming back to the one indisputable fact first spoken in Sarah Palin's acceptance speech: "There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death."

One of those places where defeat means death is in the Oval Office on a very bad day.

Just to be clear, I'm not saying Obama is not a man. He's just not man enough for the job.

That was written before this sham got the job. Now he has the job and the enemies of America and freedom have taken his measure. And today the dying started. Only the beginning, folks. Only the beginning.

The only prediction left to me is when the dying will start here. As usual, it's later than we think.

Posted by Vanderleun at June 15, 2009 1:23 PM
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Someone at American Thinker refered to Obama as an effete academic weakling.

Posted by: Roderick Reilly at June 15, 2009 2:11 PM

Ah, the white feather. I just might steal that. Needs a faded rainbow, maybe.

Posted by: chuck at June 15, 2009 2:24 PM

"That was written before this sham got the job. Now he has the job and the enemies of America and freedom have taken his measure."

I remain undecided about whether Obama himself is the biggest enemy of America and freedom on the radar. At the very least, he's in contention.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at June 15, 2009 2:26 PM

Sorry, but what happens in Iran is the business of the Iranians and of nobody else. As long as it stays in Iran.

What is really needed is a clear message. "OK. You got in the first blow. You might get a second. You won't get a third try."

From the point of view of anyone who isn't a Moslem, there is only one way of being a good Moslem. It involves becoming poikilothermic.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at June 15, 2009 3:02 PM

Don't worry -- Obama will issue a statement just as soon as he can figure out how this is all our fault.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at June 15, 2009 4:03 PM

I've just returned from the lovely hill country of central Ohio. Still a church on every corner and heavily armed. Nobody's happy about the feather-weight inhabiting the oval office. (Had a very enlightening chat with my hill-country contractor)

There's a plan in place to seal the small burg off when a terrorist strike sends the contents of the big cities streaming into the country.

These are law-abiding, hard-working, church-attending Americans and they see the writing on the wall.

My mother recently asked me if I thought I'd ever live to see the day a black man was the president. She's 87 and voted for The One. I did answer her with a statement about pigment not being one of my main concerns for the most important position in the world. Then I dropped it.

I don't want to share my despair over this sham in the oval office.

Posted by: Cathy at June 15, 2009 4:06 PM

Yes, you are right, and yes, there is no joy in it. The older I get the more I understand Solomon's words: With much wisdom comes much sorrow.

Posted by: RigelDog at June 15, 2009 4:34 PM

Confucius say: White feather mean chicken come home to roost.

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at June 15, 2009 4:50 PM

At another time I would have felt engaged in reading about these events, and truly unsettled about about what it might mean for my fellow Americans. I guess maybe now I'm resigned? Indifferent? We just spent the last eight years listening to millions of people bitching at us for this, that and the other thing regarding our involvement in the affairs of other nations. We've endured lies and damned lies from the diseased minds of leftists within our own borders about GWB and, more generally, America itself. The lectures about how we're bullies, stupid, racist, homophobic, short-sighted, etc ad nauseum almost never stop...except when people have their hands out for more of our tax dollars or are in need of the services of our Marine Corps. Further, the bitching and condescenion didn't start just eight years ago. We've had decades of it. We also had a lot of money to throw around. You know what? We're broke. There is no money left, and there won't be more of it to play around with in any meaningful way when the middle class vanishes in the next ten years. Anyone who still thinks we can ride to the rescue of people who do only two things well, conflict and struggle, is delusional. Or that we should ride to anyone's rescue, after it's been spelled out for us day after day after day after day for years that we're wrong, we're despised--we're going to have to take their word for it and sit things out. Indeed, what would it really say about us if we continued to sacrifice the lives of our brilliant and beautiful young men and women for people who literally and deeply despise everything we are? We might be able to defend our own immediate borders, but lend any meaningful assistance to other people? In practical terms, we can't. On principle, why the hell should we?

Posted by: Kerry at June 15, 2009 5:03 PM

Who really expects this President to issue a ringing statement in support of Iranians in which he expounds on individual freedom, liberty, and the nature of government as representative rather than ruler...

... when he so obviously doesn't feel that way about America?

No surprises here. Move along.

Hope. CHANGE! And Orwell's boot, forever more.

Posted by: TmjUtah at June 15, 2009 6:02 PM

The Iranian people in the streets are undoubtedly looking for us to "have their back" and it looks like we will again choose the old road of Real Politic.
I read somewhere of a Turkish general quoted as saying "The only trouble in fighting alongside America is that you never know when they will suddenly stab themselves in the back".
The current administration has plunged the blade deep this time.

Posted by: westsoundmodern at June 15, 2009 7:29 PM

Kathy @ 1606 hrs.

Similarly, I was at a yard sale last Saturday. This is small mountain town Colorado. The talk of those of us there gravitated to the 10th Amendment resolutions coming from the states ..... and the concept of the militia as the last check in the checks and balance system. Half of those talking were housewives.

People are waiting for the organic waste to impact the rotating airfoil. I suspect that while we may not prevail, we will not go quietly into that good night.

Subotai Bahadur

Posted by: Subotai Bahadur at June 15, 2009 7:59 PM

"is undermining America's standing as a global power"

Why is he recounting Obama's goals?

Posted by: tehag at June 15, 2009 8:07 PM

Ah! The Four Feathers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Feathers

Posted by: Stephen B at June 15, 2009 8:11 PM

Twentieth century "progressive" American presidents got over 500,000 American military personnel killed. Unfortunately that's my warped outlook after listening to the left all these years. Those deaths are merely failed foreign policy consequences, aren't they?

I once held the belief that smaller conflicts were inevitable, along with their casualties- America's best sons and daughters- to keep another big war from happening. Grenada by Reagan. First Gulf War by GHW Bush. Former Yugoslavia by Clinton. War on Terror by G. Bush. But have those conflicts been enough to keep a lid on another world war?

Woodrow Wilson achieved 116,708 American KIA in a mere two years. FDR 416,800 American KIA in four years. You see, by using the left's analysis methods those deaths were due to lack of proper negotiation. Nothing to do with evil. And hey didn't that progressive build "the bomb"? And is it possible that by dropping two on The Rising Sun the rest of the world didn't want to call our nuclear bluff. Hmmm, We even had (can I say it?) respect. Those days are over now. I am completely ashamed of the fact that Truman wanted to fucking end a fucking horrible war, aren't you? The Left, FDR's people, those who built the fucking bomb, want us to feel guilty that it was created!!!

Then of course there was Korea. That was a "police action" or some such. Funny how things come full circle sometimes. I read somewhere that UN action had to be completed quickly, before the Soviets got wind of the vote and could veto it. Gosh the Leftists in this country must have been freaking out. Imagine their beloved Soviet Union outwitted by Truman. Anyone interested in real life American heroes should look up a character from that era named Douglas Mackiernan.

Korea. How many guy's just froze to death there?

From Wikipedia (which I don't often like to use but for these purposes it suffices):

Korean War

The total numbers of casualties suffered by all parties involved may never be known. Each country's self-reported casualties were largely based upon troop movements, unit rosters, battle casualty reports, and medical records.
The Western numbers of Chinese and/or North Korean casualties are based primarily on battle reports of estimated casualties, interrogation of POWs and captured documents. Most scholars provide a wide range of estimates on the number of death and wounded. . US sources state that the number of American deaths were 36,940. These sources state that Chinese deaths ranged from 100,000 to 1,500,000; most estimates are in the 400,000 range. The North Korean battle dead estimates were 214,000 to 520,000; the most common estimates were in the 500,000 range. South Korean civilian estimated deaths were in the 245,000 to 415,000 dead. Total civilian deaths were in the 1,500,000 to 3,000,000 range with most estimates in the 2,000,000 range.
The Chinese estimation of UN casualties states that the joint declaration of the Chinese People's Volunteers and the Korean People's Army said their forces "eliminated 1.09 million enemy forces, including 390,000 from the United States, 660,000 from South Korean, and 29,000 from other countries." The vague "eliminated" number gave no details to that of dead, wounded and captured. Regarding their own casualties, the same source said that "the Chinese People's Volunteers suffered 148,000 deaths altogether (among which 114,000 died in combat, incidents, and winterkill, 21,000 died after being hospitalized and 13,000 died from diseases); 380,000 were wounded and 29,000 missing, including 21,400 POWs (of whom 14,000 were sent to Taiwan, 7,110 were repatriated)." This same source concluded with these numbers for North Korean casualties, "the Korean People's Army had 290,000 casualties and 90,000 POWs; there was a large number of civilian deaths in the northern part of Korea, but no accurate figures were available."


Alliances are being drawn. Lunatics wave around nuclear weapons like they're water pistols. Suitcase nukes are MIA.

Yes, we are broke. Yes, our industrial advantage is diminishing more each day. And yes, your way of life hangs on whether Obama is a paper tiger or not.


In May I attended the commencement at West Point. While addressing the cadets Defense Secretary Gates ended by saying this:

"We all seek a world at peace. After each war, we always hope we fought the final war, the war to end all wars. I believe that such hopes ignore all of human history. I believe that for so long as we seek to be free men and women, for so long as the bright light of liberty shines, there will be those whose sole ambition, whose sole obsession, will be to extinguish that light. I believe that only strength, eternal vigilance, and the continuing courage and commitment of warriors like you – and your willingness to serve at all costs – will keep the sacred light of American liberty burning: A beacon to all the world."

The entire speech, if you like speeches is here:


A little insight on the commencement exercises. There was a five minute pause for no apparent reason while we were waiting for Gates to approach the podium. He stayed in his car. We in the audience didn't know it at the time, but that morning North Korea was preparing a Nuke test.


We are in deep shit people. We better dig deep and figure out how the hell The Greatest Generation did it because although I wish it weren't so, we're gonna have to do it too. At some point no one's gonna buy those bonds and what then? Personally, I just don't get how by nationalizing our economy we will continue to lead the world. And if we don't lead the world-who will? Let's see, the last time we weren't the leader of the free world was what, 1940?

Biden was correct. WE ARE being tested. We are failing the test. And it's not just America failing. It's all the democracy's. Instead of trading Gitmo detainee's like playing cards, perhaps we all better get some damned collective backbone.

Oh, and Gerard, thanks for letting me vent.

Posted by: JD at June 15, 2009 8:56 PM

Sadly, the real problem isn't the "effete academic weakling" in the White House, although it's a terrible problem to have. No, the real problem is that enough Americans don't care enough about history, economics, liberty, etc to ask if there were any chance Comrade Zero's prescription might work.

Nobody with even a slight interest in whether O's ideas have been tried before or the outcome of those ideas voted for him. If the con-man says he will reduce your overweight condition by reducing gravity on the planet you have to take the blame for being a willing participant in the denial of reality.

People don't demand socialized medicine because the last dozen attempts around the world resulted in huge cost savings and abundant high-quality outcomes. It doesn't matter if it's failed in 30 or 130 other countries, "this time it will be different."

Posted by: Scott M. at June 16, 2009 3:23 AM

It is not clear whether Obama, the US Supreme Court (contracts mean nothing anymore), or the American people are the more revolting, abject, yellow-bellied cowards.

Posted by: St. Thor at June 16, 2009 5:06 AM

Let's take a look at all of the suppression of free speech, the beat down and murder of the protestors, and the .... wait a minute, just who are we talking about here? The Bush administration or Iran? Isn't this the type of action the left has been crying about for the past eight years... Jack-booted thugs, brown shirt government secret Nazi SS police used to instill fear and kill freedom?

Now that it's really happening the democrats are silent.

As for Fletcher Christian's comment, Iran will get their first blow and a second and third and a tenth and they know it. I seem to remember Islam getting several blows throughout the 1990s with zero repercussion. The problem is already beyond Iran's borders. What the hell do you think Hamas and Hezbollah are? They are puppets of Iran.

I thought this was a free and open election. The Obama-God said so.

History is coming for us all, and it just stepped on the gas.

Posted by: gabrielpicasso at June 16, 2009 5:38 AM

Iranians are fairly aware in American politics, particularly those who just risked all. I don't think they expected America to have their backs anymore. More credit to them, ever less to us.

Posted by: james wilson at June 16, 2009 8:48 AM

As I said on another blog a couple of weeks ago.... In the race to destroy America, it looks like a neck-and-neck contest between the Islamists and the Obamists. Unless it's a relay race.

And, as I said here a few months ago.... I hate to say it, but I suspect that Obama in the White House says to our enemies around the world what blood in the water says to sharks. And our enemies around the world are paying a heck of a lot more attention to his (and his associates') goofs and gaffes than most Americans are (thanks to MSM's partisan bias), and they're learning a lot. America, I fear, is going to eventually learn what it means to have a completely unqualified and wholly unprepared man as President; after which, I fear, the world will learn just how much it owed to the Pax Americana. True, I may fear too much; then again, maybe not.

Posted by: ELC at June 16, 2009 3:46 PM

Ditto to what Scott M. and St. Thor said about the American people.

Every time Obama does something stupid, which is nearly every day, I've found myself getting angry not so much at him -- we knew who he was -- but at the damn American people for electing the clown! It's a democracy. We got the guy we elected. Whose fault is that?

We live in a country where 53% of the voting public was too ill-informed about Obama and/or the real issues facing us in the world today to resist the urge to vote for him. Blame that on the media, sure. Blame it on anti-Bush backlash, ok.

The fact remains. We elected a lightweight, corrupt, Marxist, Chicago machine politician.

Try to imagine a bigger FAIL in a Presidential election. I can't.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at June 16, 2009 7:39 PM

Obama did the right thing in Iran's revolution , we've been involved with the CIA in the past in Iran , it didn't work very well.
This revolution belongs to the people of Iran exclusively , if the UN and the rest of the world ask us to be there , WE WILL BE THERE to help them.
And a lot of people in this website are very angry for no reasons , Obama is doing a great job so far in the iranian case . Now , let people do their job and stop complaining about the white house non involvement.

Posted by: Observer at June 17, 2009 4:10 PM

Iran kills unarmed citizens, so does the U.S.

Posted by: mickey at June 17, 2009 7:06 PM

Obama's plan is so simple it works every time.
Failed economy = Failed nation.
Some rationalize what is happening by saying
Bush started it with bailouts and although Bush is a fact but Obama has more than tripled that mistake.
We were ripe for the picking and Bush brought the first basket.
Bush did it to help
Obama does it to conquer
Obama's puppeteers will finish us off as quickly as possible.
And apparently nobody is willing to stop them/him.
He can't speak up for the Iranian people freedom isn't in his own heart.
His heart of hearts is with another ideology.

Posted by: Freda at June 18, 2009 12:45 PM

Many people predicted Obama would turn out exactly the way he has. Prime Minister Howard of Australia was unusual in that as a national leader he stated clearly that an Obama presidency would be a victory for terrorism. I work at the marine museum in Quantico and every former vet who knows what to look for in a man's character foresaw that an Obama presidency would be a disaster. We also predicted that a lot of people would die because of him.
There may be a silver lining if the youngsters who voted him into power realize that in spite of his charm he is nothing more than a vain, petty, egotistical charlatan. Nonetheless it is going to be a tough next few years.

Posted by: Bob From Virginia at June 23, 2009 7:44 PM

Let's not forget the roll over on the people of Honduras..

Watched an Robert Baer interview the other day regarding the stepped up arm sales from Russia to Iran. I'd hate to be Poland or Saudi Arabia these days. Not to mention Israel. The O is polling really well in Israel these days..

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