Donald Rumsfeld: Obama Worse Than A “Trained Ape” on Foreign Policy

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Donald Rumsfeld: Obama Worse Than A “Trained Ape” on Foreign Policy (Credit: Fox News screengrab)

I am always amazed at the hubris of former vice president Dick Cheney and former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. They will stop at nothing to criticize President Obama for just about any issue, even if it’s a throwback to the George W. Bush administration. During an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Rumsfeld complained that relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai had gone “downhill like a toboggan” under President Obama, even though the George W. Bush administration’s ties with him had been “first rate.” He went on to compare the nation’s first black president to a “trained ape.”

This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.

Strong words coming from a man who literally ran his his position after a strong of black marks, including the torture program and the photos leaked from Abu Ghraib. Let’s not forget the war crimes he directly authorized. Also evident to many, but lost on people like Rumsfeld and Cheney is the massive fraud perpetrated with the Iraq invasion and the mess they left behind in Afghanistan. Um, remember George W. Bush’s ‘mission accomplished’ stunt? All hell broke loose in the immediate aftermath with thousands of soldiers losing their lives. So, it’s laughable and bare-faced that Donald Rumsfeld (with no conscience) dares to criticize President Obama on his foreign policy.

Funny he should accuse President Obama of bungling Russia’s invasion of Crimea, when the same thing happened on his home-boy’s watch — Russia invaded Georgia. Diplomacy took a turn for the worst under the Bush administration. That’s both Bushes — father and son. So, it’s a joke that he should say America’s diplomacy is now terrible.

United States diplomacy has been so bad, so embarrassingly bad, that I’m not the least bit surprised that he felt cornered and is feeling he has to defend himself in some way or he’s not president of that country. We have so mismanaged that relationship … I personally sympathize with him to some extent. Nobody likes to hear a foreign leader side with Putin on the Crimea the way he has. But I really think it’s understandable, given the terrible, terrible diplomacy that the United States has conducted with Afghanistan over the last several years.

I think Donald Rumsfeld has forgotten a few gems he left us as a reminder of his incompetence. Speaking on Iraq in February 20013, he said, “…it’s not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” Not the duration of the Iraq invasion — “I doubt six months.”

Second, on the matter of “weapons of mass destruction,” Rumsfeld said in March 2003, “We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.” To my know, no “weapons of mass destruction” were ever found, so should Donald Rumsfeld ever open his mouth to even compare President Obama to a ‘trained ape?’ Besides the comment being racist, it’s an insult.

German Chancellor Accuses Putin of Breaching International Law in Crimea Invasion

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German Chancellor Accuses Putin of Breaching International Law in Crimea Invasion

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin in telephone call of breaching international law with “unacceptable Russian intervention” in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Reuters reports Vladimir Putin has accepted Chancellor Merkel’s proposal to set up a ‘fact-finding mission to start political dialogue over Ukraine, German government spokesman.

This latest development comes as NATO condemned the Russian invasion and is looking at its options. It called on Russia to withdraw forces back to bases and refrain from interfering elsewhere in Ukraine.

This latest development comes as the Washington Post is urging President Obama to spell out the consequences directly for Russia’s aggression.

Mr. Obama should make clear that he will no longer shrink from applying sanctions to Russian leaders and businesses complicit in aggression or human rights violations. An expanded list of Russian officials subject to visa denials and asset freezes that was drawn up by the State Department late last year should be immediately approved by the White House. Russian officials in the chain of command of the Ukraine invasion, as well as Russian companies and banks operating in Crimea, should be the next targets of financial sanctions.

The most powerful non-military tool the United States possesses is exclusion from its banking system. Mr. Obama should make clear that if Russia does not retreat from Ukraine, it will expose itself to this sanction, which could sink its financial system. Russia’s economy, unlike that of the Soviet Union, is heavily dependent on Western trade and investment. It must be made clear to the Kremlin that the Ukraine invasion will put that at risk.

We are beyond mere words and warnings. The time is now for President Obama and his allies to act against Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Watch NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen press conference on Crimea invasion:

Vladimir Putin Presses US Congress, Says John Kerry Lied About al Qaeda

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Vladimir Putin Presses US Congress, Says John Kerry Lied About al Qaeda

The looming U.S. military intervention in Syria continues to weigh heavily on the minds of war-weary Americans like me but for Russian President Vladimir Putin to call anyone a ‘liar” is just laughable. He said Secretary of State John Kerry ‘lied beautifully’ to Congress about the militant group al Qaeda’s role in the Syrian conflict. I am not quite sure how President Obama is leading. Seems to me he’s leading from behind, particularly on that ridiculous red-line issue. He has now backed himself and the U.S. in a corner, though he’s blaming everyone else, but that’s for another discussion.

Of course, Putin doesn’t believe Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad had anything to do with any possible chemical weapons attack on his own people. He is also adamant against the U.S. ‘defying’ the UN Security  Council by using military force against Syria. Um, who didn’t see that coming? Reuters reports Vladimir Putin said if the U.S. ignored the Security Council it would be an “act of aggression.”

… Now what Congress and the U.S. Senate are doing in essence is legitimizing aggression. This is inadmissible in principle.”

In remarks that could raise tension further before he hosts President Barack Obama and other G20 leaders on Thursday, Putin also said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lied to Congress about the militant group al Qaeda’s role in the Syrian conflict.

“They lie beautifully, of course. I saw debates in Congress. A congressman asks Mr Kerry: ‘Is al Qaeda there?’ He says: ‘No, I am telling you responsibly that it is not’,” Putin said at a meeting of his human rights council in the Kremlin.

“Al Qaeda units are the main military echelon, and they know this,” he said, referring to the United States. “It was unpleasant and surprising for me – we talk to them, we proceed from the assumption that they are decent people. But he is lying and knows he is lying. It’s sad.” Source: Reuters

Someone is going to have egg all over their face on this mess in Syria. Either President Obama or Vladimir Putin is lying. Judging from the latter’s history, I would put my money on Putin to be the bare-faced liar. Don’t get me wrong, the U.S. is no saint and the last thing I want to see is our military engaged in fighting someone else’s battle. In fact, we cannot afford it. Let Saudi Arabia, Qatar and all the other rich Arab countries battle it out with Syria.

 

Sen. John McCain’s Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy

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Sen. John McCain’s Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s ironic how Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have the hatchet out for Dr. Susan Rice, who the former claims isn’t qualified for the Secretary of State job. Here are some of her accomplishments:  valedictorian, Stanford Phi Beta Kappa,  Rhodes Scholar,  Oxford Ph.D.  Dr. Susan Rice also served under the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and also served on the staff of the National Security Council. McCain has had a longstanding war of sorts with Susan Rice.

She  attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship  and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1986 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and attended New College Oxford where she earned a M. Phil in 1988 and PhD in 1990. Her dissertation, entitled “Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979-1980: Implication for International Peacekeeping” was honored by the Chatham House-British International Studies Association as UK’s most distinguished in international relations.

Dr. Rice also served as a foreign policy aide to 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and again in the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry. She was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. She was also managing director and principal at Intellibridge and worked at Brookings Institution as a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development program.

Fox News (surprise, surprise) also has the hatchet out for her citing her “miserable” record at the U.N., claiming she skipped crucial meetings and undermined the Bush Administration. Well, considering their abysmal record on reporting the truth, I’ll pass on deeming this a credible position. Fox News contributor John Bolton was a bully at the U.N., but the network would never tell you the truth. It goes against their vendetta against President Obama.

John McCain and Lindsey Graham have just improved Susan Rice’s chances of being nominated and confirmed to replace Hillary Clinton.  Here’s two interesting takes on a possible Susan Rice nomination:

Bloomberg:  Obama’s “spirited defense” of Rice “has moved her a step closer to being named to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

First Read:  “If you thought that Obama might decide to pass on nominating Susan Rice to be the next Secretary of State, think again. Yesterday’s confrontation might have been the best thing to happen to her chances of being nominated. The president is a pragmatist and is usually someone who likes to avoid confirmation fights for his appointees. But the more the GOP attacks Rice, the more dug in the White House and president might get.”

Now McCain’s bold veep pick Sarah Palin, attended five colleges in six years to get one Bachelor’s degree, can’t finish anything she starts, couldn’t name one periodical she regularly reads. couldn’t cite a Supreme Court case and saw Russia from her backyard. I can only sum up Sarah Palin’s accomplishment with the following cartoon:
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Sen. John McCain’s Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy, Compared to Sarah Palin’s Experience

 Sen. John McCains Comment Susan Rice Unqualified for Secretary of State Position Smacks of Hypocrisy

Hillary Clinton Identifies Sean Smith, Killed Along with Ambassador Chris Stevens, 2 Others in Benghazi Embassy Attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement identifying Sean Smith, Foreign Service Information Management Officer as one of the four people killed, along with Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the rocket attack on their vehicle at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Tuesday.

Here is Clinton’s full statement:

It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues.

A 21 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Stevens died last night from injuries he sustained in the attack on our office in Benghazi.

I had the privilege of swearing in Chris for his post in Libya only a few months ago. He spoke eloquently about his passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people. This assignment was only the latest in his more than two decades of dedication to advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa which began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation. He spent every day since helping to finish the work that he started. Chris was committed to advancing America’s values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger.

Sean Smith was a husband and a father of two, who joined the Department ten years ago. Like Chris, Sean was one of our best. Prior to arriving in Benghazi, he served in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal, and most recently The Hague.

All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice. We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.

America’s diplomats and development experts stand on the front lines every day for our country. We are honored by the service of each and every one of them.

President Obama was notified of Chris Stevens’ death this morning. He was notified last night that the ambassador was unaccounted for, the White House said. A White House official said Obama was informed of the situation in Libya multiple times Tuesday evening by National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Talking Points Memo reports. I guess Mitt Romney wanted the president to fly over to Libya to figure out what happened, right? This is no time for partisan bullsh*t.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Trying to Sabotage Obama Reelection Bid by Being a Bully

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Trying to Sabotage Obama Reelection Bid by Being a Bully (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to sabotage Obama’s reelection bid by crying like a baby. He denounced American and British efforts to restrain his country from striking Iran, saying that no-one had a “moral right” to prevent his country from acting against a mortal threat, the Telegraph reports. Last time I checked Bibi Netanyahu wasn’t our president and we don’t answer to him, well maybe Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan do.

If he believes his country has a moral right to defend itself, then, does he want a meeting with President Obama? Why not put his money where his mouth and unilaterally strike Iran, with the understanding that he’s in this by himself. You see, we have no money to fight another war. It’s just that simple. So, yes, I don’t blame President Obama for snubbing his request for a meeting.

Mitt Romney is so busy kissing his ass that he can’t stop and figure out that America cannot afford to fight another war. Netanyahu would love to see no-one else than Mitt Romney become the next president so Romney can become his puppet. Netanyahu seems to be forgetting one huge detail — the U.S. gives his country a shitload of money, so no, we don’t have to become servile to them. It should be the other way around. Thanks to Mitt Romney’s fawning over him, he now thinks he has the ace in his back pocket.

UPDATE#1 (09/11/12):  President Obama spoke with Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone today and affirmed his commitment to Israel and a nuclear-weapon free Iran. Politico reports. He also said the White House was not asked for a meeting with the Israeli prime minister.  I still say Bibi Netanyahu is trying to bully the president on starting another war. 

 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Trying to Sabotage Obama Reelection Bid by Being a Bully

#Romneyshambles, If You Loved George W. Bush, Then You Will Also Love Mitt Romney

The Financial Times has a great article at Mitt Romney’s “tough talk,” mainly to appease the ultra right wing, including the fabulously rich. The problem is Mitt Romney, who governed as a moderate in Massachusetts, is trying to be “severely conservative” to the point of sounding ridiculous:

Mr Romney has already called Russia, America’s “number one geopolitical foe”, and promised to designate China a “currency manipulator” on his first day in office – a move that could be a prelude to trade sanctions. In Israel, over the weekend, he came close to encouraging an attack on Iran.

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Does Mr Romney believe all this good and evil, moral clarity stuff that he is tossing out for the Republican faithful? Who knows. I suspect that, after years of campaigning, Mr Romney himself struggles to remember what he actually believes. My guess is that his inner core, if he has one, would incline him to a coldly pragmatic foreign policy rather close to that of Mr Obama. Mr Romney is an establishment man and his campaign does not suggest he is driven by unbending principle.

The trouble is that campaign rhetoric cannot all be wiped away, like an Etch A Sketch, the moment that the candidate wins the White House. Mr Romney is currently staking out positions that would pursue him into office – to the detriment of America and the world. Source

If I recall correctly, the tough talk from George W. Bush got us no where. We invaded Iraq on a lie, allowed Osama bin Laden to escape Afghanistan into Pakistan and presided over the near-collapse of Wall Street and the mortgage meltdown.  We were widely reviled on the international stage after George W. Bush’s two terms in office. So much so, that an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at Bush during a trip to Iraq. The ultimate sign of disrespect.

A trade war with China, a confrontation with Russia and war with Iran will certainly have far-reaching implications, worse than the tough economic climate we are dealing with. The biggest problem Mitt Romney faces is not being able to connect with Joe Six Pack. Just the Sheldon Adelson types. Even Ronald Reagan recognized he needed to mend fences with Russia, not continue the animosity.

More Mitt Romney Gaffes, Forced to Backtrack After Questioning Britain’s Ability to Host Olympics

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More Mitt Romney Gaffes, Forced to Backtrack After Questioning Britain’s Ability to Host Olympics

More Mitt Romney Gaffes:  Mitt Romney is creating quite a name for himself in Great Britain as a somewhat out-of-touch presidential candidate. First, he previously criticized whether Britain was fit to stage the summer games and awkwardly referred to Labor Leader Ed Miliband as “Mr. Leader” at the Houses of Parliament. Um, is this the guy who has an in-depth  understanding of the “Anglo-Saxon” heritage the US shares with the UK? MSNBC also reports on the gaffe with Ed Miliband. Of course, Mitt Romney backtracked on criticizing the British, saying that “as the sporting events begin, we all forget the organizers and focus on the athletes,’ the Daily Mail reports. This flip-flop comes one day after he told NBC News, that ‘disconcerting’ events surrounding Olympics preparations meant ‘it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out.’ Nice Mittens, just keep on talking teabag!

His comment to NBC: ‘There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the – private security firm not having enough people the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging. He also questioned whether British people would get behind the Games.

But when asked by British media directly, he sang another tune:  ‘It is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur. Of course there will be errors from time to time, but those are all overshadowed by the extraordinary demonstrations of courage, character and determination by the athletes.’

Actually, British PM David Cameron hit back after Romney’s jab, by urging the country to “put its best foot forward” and ensure they are remembered as “the friendly Games,” the Guardian reports.

 “In terms of people coming together, the torch relay demonstrated that this is not a London Games, this is not an England Games but this is a United Kingdom Games. We’ll show the world we’ve not only come together as a United Kingdom but are extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.” Cameron said he was going to make this point to Romney when he met him later on Thursday. Source:  Guardian

To be honest, the London Olympics have been dogged with security issues, but do you risk insulting the British while yukking it with their leaders a day later? Seems like Mitt Romney is always spouting off at the mouth only to come back and explain his comments. That goes for his surrogates too, like Cuban-born John Sununu saying President Obama needs to learn to be an American or his unnamed adviser saying Obama doesn’t understand the whole Anglo-Saxon heritage thingy. Keep talking Mitt, keep talking. The world will see how qualified you are to lead the most powerful country in the world.

The British aren’t the only ones pissed at Mitt Romney. It seems that the U.S. press corps that traveled with him are too after they were snubbed during his meeting with Miliband. He didn’t take any questions from them, only the British reporters.

Romney’s press-corps faux pas: During his meeting with Miliband, according to the pool report, Romney answered questions from British reporters but did not take any questions from the American reporters, which isn’t protocol. In fact, it’s considered a bit of an insult to the U.S reporters who are following the presumptive GOP presidential nominee overseas. Source

London Mayor Boris Johnson derided Mitt Romney saying, There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes we are!”

Here’s the reaction on Twitter to Mitt Romney’s insult of the British:

Even London mayor Boris Johnson derided Mitt Romney over his insult:

Mitt Romney Promises to Confront China on Day One as New U.S. President, Laughable!

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is out with Day One, Part 2 I of a new campaign ad. It’s laughable that he names confronting China as one of his tasks on the first day in office. Um, Mitt, you have it backward — we are up to our necks in debt to China and the debtor is slave to the lender. In other words, confronting China is laughable, at best.

“There will be more to do on Day One: deficit reductions, stand up to China, and repeal job-killing regulations,” the tag line to the ad says.

Um, I am with Colin Powell, Mitt Romney has no clue on foreign policy and that’s sort of like his unrealistic pledge to reduce unemployment to six percent nationally. I thought Rush Limbaugh was the conservative windbag, but I think Mitt Romney is an even bigger one.

Time’s New Cover Declares Israel’s PM “King Bibi,” a Conqueror Deciding on Whether to “Make Peace or War”

Just when you thought the Time magazine cover of a mother breast feeding her three year old son was disgusting, the magazine has managed to irk many, yet again. Their latest cover declares Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “King Bibi,” a conqueror who is going to decide whether to “make peace–or war.” Here is the cover:

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Time's New Cover Declares Israel's PM "King Bibi," a Conqueror Going to Decide "Make Peace or War" (Time Magazine)

It seems like Time is trying to top Newsweek for it’s “First Gay President” cover of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. Here’s the reaction from Twitter: