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Obama Arrives at West Point with an Army of Straw Men

Posted by V the K at 7:01 pm - May 28, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Arrogance,Post 9-11 America

In light of the VA scandal and the announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Obama felt the need to appear “pro-military” and so gave the commencement address to the military academy at West Point.

Obama is a master in the use of the straw man argument. He attributes outrageous positions to his opponents, so as to make his own positions appear reasonable. Usually, is the formulation “Some say we should wipe out the entire state of Nebraska with a series of carpet bombings and nuclear strikes. But I believe the smarter option is to not build the Keystone XL pipeline.”

His speech at West Point, which of course was not written by him, was replete with examples of the genre.

For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism. But a strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is naive and unsustainable.

No one has ever advocated invading every country that harbors terrorists.

“I would betray my duty to you, and to the country we love, if I sent you into harm’s way simply because I saw a problem somewhere in the world that needed fixing, or because I was worried about critics who think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak.”

No one has suggested that the USA’s foreign policy should be based on intervening everywhere for the sake of not appearing week.

“Of course, skeptics often downplay the effectiveness of multilateral action. For them, working through international institutions, or respecting international law, is a sign of weakness. I think they’re wrong.”

Again, “unnamed skeptics” oppose multilaterialism and following international law.

“Those who argue otherwise – who suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away – are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics.”

Or they’re just paying attention. Obviously, the only people who note that Iran, Russia, and China have been emboldened by American weakness and fecklessness are only doing so for reasons of “partisan politics;” there is no such thing as legitimate, rational criticism of Mr. Obama’s flawless foreign policy.

Your charge now is not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just.

Because until Obama came along, what the military did was wrong and unjust.

The man is not only a megalomaniac and a narcissist, he’s also a tedious bore.

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6 Comments

  1. His speeches are saturated with this kind of low level faux ambiance, meant to reinforce the lie that he is a messiah, worthy of supporters worship.

    Comment by Marc Winger — May 28, 2014 @ 7:15 pm - May 28, 2014

  2. I’ve no problem with leaving A-stan… should have left a long time ago after a stern warning to the local mullahs to not provoke us again.

    The only reason terrorism is a threat domestically is because we fail to control our borders and exercise some common sense when it comes to admitting foreigners.

    And, to be fair, GWB was in the same league as BHO when it came to common sense measures (lack thereof). Homeland Security and the explosion in the domestic surveillance state begin under “conservative” Bush.

    Only a cynic would believe that leaving the borders open enables runaway expansion of the internal security agencies… our own Ministry of State Security (NKVD).

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — May 28, 2014 @ 8:16 pm - May 28, 2014

  3. How much of a threat is terrorism, really? I don’t know. It’s certainly a threat, and probably a rather big one, but I find it hard to believe that it is the biggest threat, considering that there are hostile countries out there either with nuclear weapons (Russia) or that are developing nuclear weapons (Iran). Both also have a lot of oil. I don’t know how big a threat Russia actually is because I don’t know what Putin’s ultimate goals are, but Russia is a pretty big potential threat. It just seems myopic to conclude that a bunch of medieval savages with old-fashioned bombs and guns, and without an organized military, are a bigger threat than an oil-rich nuclear power with a ballsy, probably imperialist dictator who isn’t really afraid of anyone (and certainly not the one person he should be most afraid of, the president of the USA) and is getting pretty close with another major adversary (i.e. China). Presumably Obama knows more about this stuff than me… but based on how his administration is run, among other things, I find it difficult to trust his judgement.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — May 28, 2014 @ 8:48 pm - May 28, 2014

  4. Our biggest threat is our precarious financial position.

    Comment by Ignatius — May 28, 2014 @ 9:08 pm - May 28, 2014

  5. Does Barack H. Obama even realize that he’s been the President of the United States…and has it’s commander-in-chief…for the last 5-1/2 years??

    Is he THAT unself-aware?

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — May 28, 2014 @ 10:47 pm - May 28, 2014

  6. Seal the borders & stop using taxpayer money to import muslims like the Boston marathon brothers via the refugee resettlement program.

    Lets hear a rebuttal of that using logic & reason.

    Comment by Steve — May 29, 2014 @ 10:42 pm - May 29, 2014

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