Analysis: President Obama's grand plan for Mideast shrinks

In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the end of their news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Five years after pledging to remake the U.S. relationship with the broader Middle East and improve America's image in the Muslim world, the Obama administration's regional strategy appears to have come unhinged. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the end of their news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Five years after pledging to remake the U.S. relationship with the broader Middle East and improve America's image in the Muslim world, the Obama administration's regional strategy appears to have come unhinged. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

— Five years after pledging to remake the U.S. relationship with the broader Middle East and improve America's image in the Muslim world, the Obama administration's regional strategy appears to have come unhinged.

President Barack Obama has been confronted by fast-moving and ominous developments from Afghanistan to Tunisia, amid a bitter public power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and has adjusted his first term's grand plan to restore Washington's standing and influence.

Now, it's a smaller vision that seems to rely on ad hoc responses aimed at merely keeping the United States relevant in an increasingly volatile and hostile atmosphere.

His administration has been forced to deal with three years of civil war in Syria. A Western-backed opposition is struggling to topple an autocratic government and repel Islamic fighters who also are destabilizing neighboring Lebanon and Iraq, where al-Qaida has resurged less than three years after Obama withdrew U.S. forces.

The U.S. is struggling to identify a coherent position in Egypt after the military ouster of the country's first democratically elected president. The administration tried its best to avoid calling the power transfer a coup.

It is losing patience with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is refusing to sign a security agreement with the U.S. The pact would allow the U.S. to leave some troops in the country to help train and assist Karzai's army in keeping the Taliban at bay after America's longest conflict ends Dec. 31.

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal against resistance from both sides, in a quest dismissed by some as quixotic.

Yet apart from Kerry's efforts, Obama's national security team seems to have settled on a largely hands-off, do-no-harm approach to developments in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Egypt.

This has attracted criticism and concern, not least from traditional U.S. allies such as the Saudis, who like the Israelis and many members of Congress are wary, if not outright opposed to the administration's engagement with Iran over its nuclear program.

Administration officials, of course, are quick to deny suggestions of indecision, weakness or, worse, political expedience.

They say the president is adopting carefully crafted, pragmatic and diplomatic initiatives for each hot spot — initiatives designed to reduce what current officials believe was President George W. Bush's reliance on military might and pressure tactics.

While the crises engulfing the Middle East cannot be blamed on Obama, there are growing fears that the U.S.'s Mideast policy has become rudderless and reactive, and may be contributing to worsening conditions and a rise of Islamic extremism, notably in Syria and Iraq.

The administration has been accused of neglecting those countries while focusing on an elusive Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

"The deterioration in this region is just astounding," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters at a news conference in Jerusalem just three days into the New Year as Kerry was making his 10th peacemaking trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

"Israel is surrounded by regimes falling apart on all sides. The Iranians are marching toward a nuclear capability. Syria is becoming a cancer infecting the whole region. And I yearn for peace. But more than anything else, I yearn for leadership — leadership for my country to be accounted for at a time when the world needs American leadership."

An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is "an important goal and aspiration and would be great for the world," he said, criticizing the administration in the same city where Kerry was on his 10th peacemaking trip.

"But I'll be honest with you, as Syria falls into chaos with 130,000 dead, and the king of Jordan and Lebanon deal with the effects of a raging war in Syria, as Iraq begins to fall apart, as the Iranians enrich, we have to put this in the context of the world at large," Graham said.

Criticism from Republicans such as Graham and Arizona Sen. John McCain, who echoed his colleague's sentiments at the Jerusalem news conference, is to be expected. But it is coming from other quarters as well.

Senior members of the Saudi royal family have disparaged the United States on Syria and voiced their skepticism of the rapprochement with Iran.

Saudi frustration has become so intense that the kingdom took the unprecedented step of turning down a seat on the U.N. Security Council to protest inaction on Syria, and last week announced a $3 billion gift to the Lebanese army to help it battle extremists.

While publicly welcoming Kerry's peace efforts, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has campaigned against his diplomacy with Iran and tried to scuttle it.

Some, including current and former U.S. officials, worry that even the perception of disengagement is problematic and counterproductive. Their litany of complaints stretches from North Africa to Central Asia, and includes:

—a failure to carry through on threats to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for its use of chemical weapons.

—not taking a tougher stand on the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

—not insisting on keeping a residual force in Iraq or offering greater support to the Iraqi government earlier.

—an inability to seal the deal to keep some troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

—seeking out a partnership with Iran while de-emphasizing engagement with nascent democracies in Tunisia and Libya.

The administration has adopted an "uncertain tone" in Iraq that has left a negative impression that is seen "so often in this region," James F. Jeffrey, an ex-senior State Department official and ambassador to Baghdad, wrote in an essay this past week.

The administration is "seemingly signaling to everyone that 'Job One' is not getting us in any sort of military engagement — not just some new Vietnam, but any new cruise missile raid, or small continuing military presence in Afghanistan, or perhaps a few dozen uniformed U.S. (counterterrorism) experts to advise Iraqis on how to take down al-Qaida in Fallujah," Jeffrey said. "The result has been an extraordinary collapse of our credibility in the region, despite many commendable administration actions."

Jeffrey makes the case that the administration seems to be trying to insulate itself from criticism and in doing so is actually sending the wrong message.

"What goes missing with such a focus is empathy for the impact our words have on foreigners — our allies, partners, and foes around the world," he wrote. "They are also an audience, and the former two keep 'voting with their feet,' from turning down Security Council Seats to any given Tel Aviv news conference. Until this all changes, chaos will continue to threaten us, in the Middle East and elsewhere."

The administration adamantly rejects such complaints.

"The policy of the administration is that diplomacy should be the first option," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. She noted that Obama and Kerry have restarted the Middle East peace talks, opened direct talks with Iran and moved to rid Syria of chemical weapons without military strikes.

Just this weekend, she pointed out, Kerry will be meeting with Syrian opposition supporters and Arab League officials in Paris to discuss Syria and the peace process.

"To argue that we are not actively engaged in diplomatic efforts around the world is completely inaccurate and is baseless," Psaki said.

"The issue with some of these (complaints) is it seems to equate engagement with military action, and engagement should not be measured by military action. Diplomacy is our first priority. ... It's never in our interests to have troops in the middle of every single conflict in the Middle East or to be permanently involved in open-ended wars in the Middle East."

Observers such as Jeffrey suggest that reasoning is too narrow.

The administration "conflates any military action with Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as if it's all a slippery slope — and it isn't," he said. "They haven't sorted out the difference between total war and using military forces intelligently — from the air, from ships, using special forces, using aid, giving weapons, helping people with advice. That's what we need to do. And there is no easy answer."

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee has covered international affairs and U.S. foreign policy since 1999 and for The Associated Press since 2007.

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WMissow writes:

Did anyone with a bit of common sense think that the big 0, community organizer could accomplish anything more with his cast of academic did nothings on the world stage?

Finally the newspapers are publishing this administration's complete failures, nothing more, nothing less.

Konfuzius writes:

GREAT President Barack Obama has a clear goal, embodies a vision. Its determination is convincing. There is no trace of doubt.
He has fun at work. It is not a poker face, but has the courage to smile. His enthusiasm is contagious.
GREAT President Barack Obama embodies joie de vivre, and the lust for the future - with him.
GREAT President Barack Obama has a winner's body language. His body radiates strength, vigor and vitality. He is never too busy, but transmits incredible peace to his listeners. He stresses this peace by grand gestures, eye contact, and a secure dynamic gait.
GREAT President Barack Obama understands the power of language. In almost all his speeches he makes use of the most successful thinking and sent hope of the most important speakers. He is not rare as a mixture of Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He used this as a polished, simple language, the clubs and wants to get caught up.
GREAT President Barack Obama's deep voice inspires trust and confidence. So it gives the power and charisma alone with his voice self-confidence. He speaks slowly, stresses and has the courage to take breaks.
GREAT President Barack Obama is empathic and compassionate. He shows that he is interested in other. A skillful blend of sympathetic visionary and idealists, from strong and good.
GREAT President Barack Obama knows how powerful feelings are. He skillfully conveys this as well as a storyteller. His greatest strength is an better future, faith, and the People's anxiety. He is simply not a technocrat with a missing persuasion, but one who understands rhetoric with adept, the hearts of the people in to conquer.
GREAT President Barack Obama embodies ideals. He awakens in the people the hope to return to ideal to believe. Obama has the ability to make itself popular, without giving up its ideal. His own biography is the embodiment of the American dream of ascent without borders.
GREAT President Barack Obama has charisma. Its effect on people is almost breathtaking. He is dividing not, it connects and communicates hope in a time of insecurity and the good news of a better future for all Americans. It is impressive, not didactic.
GREAT President Barack Obama inspires and motivates people. Only in this way, he managed to mobilize many Abstainers and incredible donations for the campaign to collect.
GREAT President Barack Obama is clearly structured - in his thoughts and statements. Its contents are simple and for many understandable.

GREAT President Barack Obama will build modern America. No space for yesterday people and Hitler fans.

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to WMissow:

Did anyone with a bit of common sense think that the big 0, community organizer could accomplish anything more with his cast of academic did nothings on the world stage?

Finally the newspapers are publishing this administration's complete failures, nothing more, nothing less.

Does ANYONE with a "bit of common sense" think that ANY President could accomplish much in that environment? You read the article.

How do you begin to reason with people who believe that GOD gave them the land; that god can't have a son, that god DID have a son, that the leader of Islam has to be a direct descended of Mohammed, or that the leader DOESN'T have to be a direct descended of Mohammed.

You see WMissow:
The people of each of these groups consider all the other groups as SUB-HUMAN.

They feel this way because each group considers itself the only one worthy of ETERNAL SALVATION. This means that the other believers, religions, sects or whatever; are "dammed" from heaven; which renders them the status of animals; creatures without a soul; which can be slaughtered like cattle without conscience.

That’s why people of different religions have always murdered each other without conscience. Each religion feels that they are doing god’s work; since the other religions (or sects) are all sub human “dead-ends” and aren’t going to heaven anyway.

That’s what is behind the problems in the Middle East; and that’s what President Obama is dealing with; people who can’t get past the rubbish of Medieval superstition.

He might as well be dealing with witch-doctors from 18th Century darkest Africa.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

Tom_Massie writes:

Sorry K. I do not agree with anything you say above. The man should never have been elected to the highest office in this country with his lack of credentials.

He has been an embarrassment to this country, from day one. You should hear what I heard, overseas. Except for the leftist newspapers, he is a laughing stock which has caused the rest of the world to lose respect for us.

You can live in some sort of dreamland and if that makes you happy, so be it.

Tom Massie

Tom_Massie writes:

MIOCENE, What you say is mostly very sad but true.

If you peel away man's selfish input over the centuries, who knows what we would have.

Maybe the American Indians had it right and what happened to them?

Other than this, there are many other reasons why Obama's Administration has been a failure.

Tom

WMissow writes:

I understand that Jimmy Carter is really pleased with Obama's ability to take Jimmy's place as being the worst president in the last 60 years.

Congratulations Jimmy!

MrBreeze writes:

There were enough s----- voters to elect him. Watch them do the same with Hillary.

WMissow writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

There were enough s----- voters to elect him. Watch them do the same with Hillary.

Thank goodness as far as Marco Island goes almost 100% of those voters you speak of already post their nonsense on this blog.

K is sure to come up with another litany of incorrect reasons his warped opinion is worthwhile.

Come on little angry socialist we need to see another of your cut and paste, gibberish, rantings.

WMissow writes:

Pretty good:

I thought it was "K" "L"ittle "A"ngry "U"namerican
"S"ocialist! ;-)

1Paradiselost writes:

While your complaining about Obama, Lets keep in mind we have to run candidates who will beat the Democrats in 2016! You all sound like FOX talking points.

Obama's not running again. Take your energy (& in some cases hate) and do something positive and promote electable Republican Candidates!...

Or we will loose again for the 6th out of 7th time!

1Paradiselost writes:

Genuine.... You forgot to add the link to your blog.. From Fox News! Please don't be like Rand Paul.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/...

1Paradiselost writes:

Gates: "Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden would make good presidents".

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an interview broadcast Sunday said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mulling a 2016 presidential run, would make a good commander in chief.

“Actually, I think she would,” Gates said on CBS “This Morning” when asked about Clinton.

Why did Fox News not include Mr. Gates other comments? Please read/see the two stories of the same CBS interview. I think Fox News could been more "fair and balanced"!

See the story and video of the interview of Mr. Gates, Just follow the link below...

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/...

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Genuine:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You proof yourselves several times that you are nothing else than an i....t!
How can you live with an IQ like that?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

Sorry K. I do not agree with anything you say above. The man should never have been elected to the highest office in this country with his lack of credentials.

He has been an embarrassment to this country, from day one. You should hear what I heard, overseas. Except for the leftist newspapers, he is a laughing stock which has caused the rest of the world to lose respect for us.

You can live in some sort of dreamland and if that makes you happy, so be it.

Tom Massie

Excuse me TOM<

but you are wrong. GREAT President Barack Obama has a great fan club in overseas. Since he stepped back in Syria he is a number one President. Europeans like him. And is wife and family. You have a wrong imagination about your wonderful President.

Konfuzius writes:

Are you blogger above are really believe you are good, patriotic and valuable Americans with your racist and Hitler ranting? I am not an American. But I feel shame for you. You are really nuts.

Konfuzius writes:

Unfortunately no one of my above American blogger can make a statement like this:

GREAT President Barack Obama has a clear goal, embodies a vision. Its determination is convincing. There is no trace of doubt.
He has fun at work. It is not a poker face, but has the courage to smile. His enthusiasm is contagious.
GREAT President Barack Obama embodies joie de vivre, and the lust for the future - with him.
GREAT President Barack Obama has a winner's body language. His body radiates strength, vigor and vitality. He is never too busy, but transmits incredible peace to his listeners. He stresses this peace by grand gestures, eye contact, and a secure dynamic gait.
GREAT President Barack Obama understands the power of language. In almost all his speeches he makes use of the most successful thinking and sent hope of the most important speakers. He is not rare as a mixture of Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He used this as a polished, simple language, the clubs and wants to get caught up.
GREAT President Barack Obama's deep voice inspires trust and confidence. So it gives the power and charisma alone with his voice self-confidence. He speaks slowly, stresses and has the courage to take breaks.
GREAT President Barack Obama is empathic and compassionate. He shows that he is interested in other. A skillful blend of sympathetic visionary and idealists, from strong and good.
GREAT President Barack Obama knows how powerful feelings are. He skillfully conveys this as well as a storyteller. His greatest strength is an better future, faith, and the People's anxiety. He is simply not a technocrat with a missing persuasion, but one who understands rhetoric with adept, the hearts of the people in to conquer.
GREAT President Barack Obama embodies ideals. He awakens in the people the hope to return to ideal to believe. Obama has the ability to make itself popular, without giving up its ideal. His own biography is the embodiment of the American dream of ascent without borders.
GREAT President Barack Obama has charisma. Its effect on people is almost breathtaking. He is dividing not, it connects and communicates hope in a time of insecurity and the good news of a better future for all Americans. It is impressive, not didactic.
GREAT President Barack Obama inspires and motivates people. Only in this way, he managed to mobilize many Abstainers and incredible donations for the campaign to collect.
GREAT President Barack Obama is clearly structured - in his thoughts and statements. Its contents are simple and for many understandable.

GREAT President Barack Obama will build modern America. No space for yesterday people and Hitler fans.

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Excuse me TOM<

but you are wrong. GREAT President Barack Obama has a great fan club in overseas. Since he stepped back in Syria he is a number one President. Europeans like him. And is wife and family. You have a wrong imagination about your wonderful President.

Please show me the fan clubs you speak about.

You can not make up your own facts and try to convince those who know better that you are right, not matter how long your posts are and now matter how many times you repeat them.

1Paradiselost writes:

My favorite Hitler Song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmYIo...

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

My favorite Hitler Song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmYIo...

Was there not an elementary school class that put on an class musical extoling the same kind of virtues of Obama shortly after his first election?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

I understand that Jimmy Carter is really pleased with Obama's ability to take Jimmy's place as being the worst president in the last 60 years.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Why shall Jimmy be happy. The last place of Americans Presidents is reserved for all times by George "W." Bush. He will never give this spot away!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

There were enough s----- voters to elect him. Watch them do the same with Hillary.

Hillary is smart and ATTRACTIVE! So the next President of America is a woman. WHO CARES?

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Why shall Jimmy be happy. The last place of Americans Presidents is reserved for all times by George "W." Bush. He will never give this spot away!

One of my favorite things to do is the verify things that are said by people of doubtful integrity. According to the latest Gallup poll you are incorrect in your posting.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116479/Bar...

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

My favorite Hitler Song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmYIo...

America standard:

1. Worse driving nation with most casualties on streets = USA!

2. Second worse place in eduction by PISA = USA!

3. Most Neo-Nazis of all nations worldwide = USA!

Every day Hitler is after 70 years of his suicide death on TV screen in USA every day.

Conclusion: America has more than one problem!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

One of my favorite things to do is the verify things that are said by people of doubtful integrity. According to the latest Gallup poll you are incorrect in your posting.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116479/Bar...

Churchill said: I do not trust any statistic I don't fake by myself. Gallup is wrong.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

Please show me the fan clubs you speak about.

You can not make up your own facts and try to convince those who know better that you are right, not matter how long your posts are and now matter how many times you repeat them.

I talk about facts - you about your own small MIDWEST significant opinion.
That is the different between class and world class!

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Churchill said: I do not trust any statistic I don't fake by myself. Gallup is wrong.

Sounds like you are talking about this administration's unemployment figures.

Tom

Konfuzius writes:

GREAT President Barack Obama will build modern America. No space for yesterday people of the right wing party and Hitler fans.

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

GREAT President Barack Obama will build modern America. No space for yesterday people of the right wing party and Hitler fans.

There is only one thing great about Obama and that he managed to be the first Afro-American President. That is where the value of his presidency ends.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

Sounds like you are talking about this administration's unemployment figures.

Tom

As GREAT President Barack Obama takes over the unemployment rate was by 10 000 000+ and the stock market by 6 500.
Look today!
This GREAT President is a giant in good politic.
Some comments?

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

As GREAT President Barack Obama takes over the unemployment rate was by 10 000 000+ and the stock market by 6 500.
Look today!
This GREAT President is a giant in good politic.
Some comments?

My take on what you say is that all of this is Bush's fault since everything else was.

None of this is due to Obama's failed policies but due to markets natural and international gyrations. Only a fool would believe that Obama's policies had anything to do with it.

As far as unemployment figures, come on now, we know that welfare is at an all time high and millions upon millions have quit looking for jobs, thus the statistical misinformation that is being expressed is as you yourself quoted above, meaningless.

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

Sorry K. I do not agree with anything you say above. The man should never have been elected to the highest office in this country with his lack of credentials.

He has been an embarrassment to this country, from day one. You should hear what I heard, overseas. Except for the leftist newspapers, he is a laughing stock which has caused the rest of the world to lose respect for us.

You can live in some sort of dreamland and if that makes you happy, so be it.

Tom Massie

Maybe you're right Tom; but YOU are largely responsible for Obama being in the White House.

BECAUSE:
Over the last 25 years your GOP had its head buried in anti abortion, prayer, GOD, creationism, marriage amendments anti Planned Parenthood, anti stem-cell research, planting the 10 Commandments on public property, family values; and in general; Evangelizing America.

So while you guys had your heads buried in the ostrich hole of morality; -the Liberals stole the government.

It is the REPUBLICAN PARTY which is responsible for the fiscal problems they are complaining about; all because during the time of Ronald Reagan; the GOP began abandoning its traditional role of fiscal responsibility and foreign policy; and traded it in for social and religious conservatism.

So don't blame the Liberals for what they are doing. They are only doing what Liberals DO.

The blame lies with the religious lunatics in the GOP who "let us down" and alienated millions of Gays and their families, millions of women, and others whom they drove away from the GOP;
-as the Republican Party is now seen as the party which wants to control what is in our medicine cabinets; what goes on in our bedrooms and physician’s offices and wants to renew the shackles of Medieval Christianity.

You have no one to blame but yourself TOM.
You got EXACTLY what was coming to you.

If you don't DUMP the social and religious conservatives and that nutty tea party bunch from the GOP; you are looking at the death of the once great Republican Party; and a Democratic Dynasty for a generation to come.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

My take on what you say is that all of this is Bush's fault since everything else was.

None of this is due to Obama's failed policies but due to markets natural and international gyrations. Only a fool would believe that Obama's policies had anything to do with it.

As far as unemployment figures, come on now, we know that welfare is at an all time high and millions upon millions have quit looking for jobs, thus the statistical misinformation that is being expressed is as you yourself quoted above, meaningless.

"None of this is due to Obama's failed policies but due to markets natural and international gyrations. Only a fool would believe that Obama's policies had anything to do with it"

But if things went the OTHER WAY; and the market instead worsened over the last few years; WHO WOULD BLAME TOM?

That's right Tom. You'd be blaming Obama.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

MIOCENE, What you say is mostly very sad but true.

If you peel away man's selfish input over the centuries, who knows what we would have.

Maybe the American Indians had it right and what happened to them?

Other than this, there are many other reasons why Obama's Administration has been a failure.

Tom

Thanks for responding.

You can say that the Obama Administration has problems; ok; but a FAILURE?

Look out the window.
The trucks are still rolling, the supermarket shelves are constantly being restocked, the mall parking lots are full, the snow birds still come, tourist areas are booked well in advance, there is expensive (yet plentiful) gas at the pumps, the restaurants are full and the internet is humming with enterprising Americans making money buying and selling on the web.

I wouldn't call that a "failure".

We have international problems; yes; but who wouldn't have problems with the kind of religious nuts that we are dealing with out there.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to WMissow:

I understand that Jimmy Carter is really pleased with Obama's ability to take Jimmy's place as being the worst president in the last 60 years.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Good point; and very interesting.
Think about it.

In 2012 the GOP considered itself the Party of GOD; standing firm in the face of Socialism, Secularism and Evil.

Yet in all it's righteousness, with GOD on it's side; with the prayers of millions of Evangelists, the prayers of the Catholic Hierarchy and millions of pro lifers; the Republican Party still could not defeat the "the worst President since Jimmy Carter".

The reason is clear. GOD is on the side of the Liberals; meaning that Romney had no chance from the beginning.

Keep in mind that if the election had turned out DIFFERENTLY; the first words out of the mouths of Republicans would have been: THANK GOD.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

While your complaining about Obama, Lets keep in mind we have to run candidates who will beat the Democrats in 2016! You all sound like FOX talking points.

Obama's not running again. Take your energy (& in some cases hate) and do something positive and promote electable Republican Candidates!...

Or we will loose again for the 6th out of 7th time!

EXCELLENT POST!!!!! BRAVO!!!

I think our only chance so far is Jon Huntsman.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

panola60 writes:

After assisting the Muslim Brother terrorist group, now there is no doubt that Obama and his Iranian born senior advisor Valerie Jarrett are assisting Iran with their nuclear weapons program. This is why a veto proof group of 70 senators of both parties have assembled together to stop Obama's efforts to give Iran the bomb that they have vowed to use on many occasions.

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to panola60:

After assisting the Muslim Brother terrorist group, now there is no doubt that Obama and his Iranian born senior advisor Valerie Jarrett are assisting Iran with their nuclear weapons program. This is why a veto proof group of 70 senators of both parties have assembled together to stop Obama's efforts to give Iran the bomb that they have vowed to use on many occasions.

According to SNOPES.COM any dealings that President Obama had with the Muslim Brotherhood; or any other group unfriendly to America; was the result of complicated negotiations amoung waring factions.

Obama's efforts to "give Iran the bomb"?
"The bomb Iran vowed to use on many occasions?
Where did you get this stuff?

26yearsonmarco writes:

This article from a very well informed individual sums the entire issue up:

http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014...

Ruger writes:

in response to MIOCENE1:

According to SNOPES.COM any dealings that President Obama had with the Muslim Brotherhood; or any other group unfriendly to America; was the result of complicated negotiations amoung waring factions.

Obama's efforts to "give Iran the bomb"?
"The bomb Iran vowed to use on many occasions?
Where did you get this stuff?

Let me google that for you...

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=iran+threatens+i...

Ruger writes:

More truth coming out about Obama and Hillary's failures..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

The documents show the U.S. military found out about 15 minutes after the attack - which killed four Americans - that it was an act of terror and communicated that to the Obama administration

However the government - including Obama and then-U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who were in the throes of the 2012 US Presidential election - maintained for two weeks afterward the attack started as a protest against an anti-Islamic film and turned violent

1Paradiselost writes:

How many Americans have been killed or wounded thru-out history working for our government?

After reading what's below where's your outrage for congress cutting funding to protect ALL OF OUR diplomats?

"The deaths were attributable to a variety of causes. The danger of simply living in many foreign capitals with high incidences of traffic fatalities in places such as Cairo, Beijing, or Sarajevo is one factor. Another is exposure to deadly diseases such as malaria in Nigeria or Liberia. A total of 10 died in accidental plane crashes. But the vast majority were victims of embassy bombings or other terrorist or military attacks. A total of 13 died in the 1983 Hezbollah attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut. Only a year later two more died in a second attack on the same embassy. And that same year the U.S. emissary to Namibia, Dennis Keogh, was killed in Oshakati in a bombing attack".

"In 1985 four off-duty Marine security guards were machine gunned to death at a sidewalk café in San Salvador. In 1998 nine Americans serving in the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, were killed in the bombing of that embassy, including Deputy Chief of Mission Julian Bartley. In 2002 Barbara Green was killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan, and Laurence Foley was killed in a second attack in Jordan. A total of nine embassy personnel were killed in attacks in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008".

"The deaths last week of Stevens, Smith, Doherty, and Woods should remind all of us of the extreme risks and daily discomforts that are taken by a great many of the thousands of men and women who staff the more than 260 embassies, consulates, and missions we maintain in 180 separate countries. We should also recognize that our national security is as dependent on men like Christopher Stevens and the work they do in weaving together alliances and bringing stability to strife-torn regions of the world as by our investments in military hardware or our deployment of military personnel. It is a tough, often dirty business—it deserves our respect and appreciation".

"It also deserves resources. IN EACH OF THE LAST TWO YEARS,

THE REPUBLICAN LED CONGRESS,

has cut President Obama’s request for U.S. Foreign Service and U.S. Agency for International Development staffing levels despite repeated analysis by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, indicating that our embassies are critically understaffed".

See the rest of the story in the link below..

http://www.americanprogress.org/issue...

MIOCENE1 writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

This article from a very well informed individual sums the entire issue up:

http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014...

Ayasun is just another Right Wing Propagandist just like Hannity and Limbaugh.
He is only "well informed" in what he WANTS to believe.

I read the article. It is mostly subjective meaning that the author has his beliefs FIRST; then goes out looking for excuses to reinforce what he already believes.

Here is some historical "political dirt".
Von Braun; the scientist who got us to the moon worked at a Nazi slave labour camp at Dora.
Shiru Ishi; the diabolical Japanese medical doctor who murdered thousands in horific experiments was given immunity by America in exchange for his medical records.
The Vatican was complicit in sneaking Nazi war criminals out of Europe; to South America.
Clinton's girlfried opened her mouth; J.F.K.'s didn't

People were killed at Benghazi.
So what else is new?

Read the post by PARADISELOST.
You will see that what is going on now is not much different then events over the last 50 years.

-And may I add: Over the last 50 years American Foreign Embassies have been attacked over 40 times with fatalities.

Chit Happens all the time. It's nothing new.

MIOCENE (PAREIDOLIA)

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