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LOL… Whut?

Posted by V the K at 8:10 pm - March 28, 2017.
Filed under: Politics abroad

This seems like an odd way to fight “sexual harassment” but…. whatevs.

Subway bosses in Mexico City have fitted plastic penises onto seats in a bizarre campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault.

The smooth shape of some plastic seats on the billion-passenger network has been replaced with the sculpted shape of a male body.

The upper half of the seat is fitted with a chest, nipples and a belly – while the lower half is given legs, and a prominent, flaccid penis.

The seats are marked “exclusively for men”.

Text placed on the floor next to the modified seats makes the point that sitting there is uncomfortable – but not as uncomfortable as getting sexually assaulted.

I think public employees in most countries of the world are very stupid people.

You Just Can’t Expect Brown Foreigners to Share Western Values, Apparently

A Canuckistanian politician wants three questions asked as part of the vetting process for admitting migrants into America’s Hat.

“Are men and woman equal, and entitled to equal protection under the law?

Is it ever OK to coerce or use violence against an individual or a group who disagrees with your views?

Do you recognize that to have a good life in Canada you will need to work hard to provide for yourself and your family, and that you can’t expect to have things you want given to you?

She’s being attacked as “Islamophobic.”

The Trump Presidency So Far

Posted by V the K at 10:18 pm - February 21, 2017.
Filed under: Politics abroad

1. Trump makes statement.

2. Media attack statement as outrageously false.
3. Trump statement proves accurate.

Rinse and Repeat.


Here is another example.

Trump was also right about the voter fraud thing, but you knew that already.

Will Ukraine Be Hit with Sanctions for Interfering in an American Election?

Posted by V the K at 6:16 am - January 11, 2017.
Filed under: Politics abroad

The Government of Ukraine overtly attempted to interfere in the 2016 election… by helping Hillary.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The people who were untroubled by the tens of millions in bribes the Clinton Foundation received from the Saudis, Qataris, and other Mohammedan countries probably will not be troubled by this either.


Why Does The Left Hate Israel?

Posted by V the K at 8:07 pm - December 28, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

My original question was “Why does Barack Obama hate Israel.” This in the context of the Obama regime crafting and allowing to pass a UN resolution condemning Israel for building apartments (to the left, building apartments is an obstacle to peace, firing missiles at kindergartens {like the Palestinians do} is not). It was followed up by John Kerry’s anti-Israel speech today. Clearly, the president has a bitter animus toward Israel, and I wondered whether it was because of his anti-Westernism, his sympathy for Mohammedans, or simply his deep and personal hatred of Benjamin Netanyahu. But Ben Shapiro went ahead and answered the question “Why does Obama Hate Israel” and he attributes it to Obama’s lifelong indoctrination in anti-Western, anti-Judeo-Christian values… beginning at the feet of Frank Marshall Davis and continuing through Bill Ayers and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Obama has always surrounded himself with haters of America and the West, and Israel is a symbol of the West and therefore he hates Israel and seeks to facilitate its destruction.

However, hatred of Israel is not just Obama, it is a feature of the Modern Left. From the BDS movements urging universities to “Boycott, Divest, and Sanction” Israel for the crime of being a liberal democracy surrounded by Islamic tyranny, through the insane “Queers for Palestine” gay leftists siding with people who would throw them from the roofs of buildings, right up through the Obama State Department, the American Left has become a hotbed of anti-semitism. Western leftists side with the Mohammedan tyrants… the same Mohammedan tyrants who deny women any human rights and brutally torture and kill gay people… at the same time they will destroy Christians for simply refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. The only thing that explains this is a deranged, pathological hatred for Western Civilization and Christianity.

The other reason… and Shapiro sort of touches on this… is that in the United States, the left hates Israel because support for Israel is identified with the Christian Right. The left will therefore hate and despise Israel of pure spite. The left just cannot allow themselves to agree with the Christian Right on anything. To do so would cause a loss of social and tribal status. Conversely, the more openly one hates Israel, the more one is demonstrating how different they are from the Christian Right. In a sense, hatred of Israel is a twisted leftist form of virtue signaling.

Am I wrong?

You Go, Iceland

Posted by V the K at 8:25 pm - October 25, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

While America prepares to elect a corrupt, lawless criminal for president, to continue the course of Rotten Government we’ve suffered under for decades, Iceland may be about to choose a different path.

Iceland’s Pirate Party — an amalgamation of anarchists, libertarians, and hackers, who want to ban digital surveillance — is predicted to win the country’s national elections this Saturday.

This collection of free-thinkers have upturned the traditional Western political paradigm and hopes to use online public polls to shape governmental policy and end all Internet spying.

Although the Pirate Party formed just four years ago, its popularity has skyrocketed — most likely for unconventional tactics aligning loosely with libertarianism — the promotion of privacy rights and personal freedoms, and simultaneous shrinking of Big Government.

Sounds good to me.

Do you think Iceland is going to turn into Somalia? Because according to our leftist friends, the only alternative to massive, all-powerful, intrusive, Government is totally anarchy with no police, roads, or fire protection. There simply is no other possible system of Government.

I had already decided there would be an Icelandic character in my NaNoWriMo novel. Glad I made that call.

The French Still Suck

Posted by V the K at 9:01 am - August 26, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

Doctors Without Borders not only wouldn’t lift a finger to help free American hostage Kayla Mueller who was eventually murdered by ISIS, they also refused to pass on information about her to her family.

Even though she was kidnapped by ISIS from a Doctors Without Borders vehicle, and had helped a friend install equipment at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Syria, the prestigious humanitarian group refused to help negotiate for the freedom of American hostage Kayla Mueller, her parents tell ABC News.

Marsha and Carl Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, said the group refused to speak with them for months and then withheld critical information provided by freed Doctors Without Borders hostages — information that directly concerned their daughter and was needed in order to begin negotiations for her release.


Brexit: Marine Le Pen vs. the Clueless Elites

Two contrasting items today, in the Establishment press.

In Foreign Policy magazine, James Traub says “It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses”. Yes, that is the title of his article.

It’s a trashy piece, packed with elitist cliches and the occasional jaw-dropper (for example, when he refers to Washington’s infamous “K Street” lobbyists with approval). Yet it’s a tortured attempt to begin to face reality:

The issue, at bottom, is globalization. Brexit, Trump, the National Front, and so on show that political elites have misjudged the depth of the anger at global forces…

Actually no, Mr. Traub. Globalization, in itself, is not the problem. -Dictatorial- globalization wherein the political elites wrongly seek to enslave people, is the problem. But kudos to you, for beginning to tell the said elites that maybe there could be some sort of systemic problem.

A good contrast: In The New York Times, Marine Le Pen says “After Brexit, the People’s Spring Is Inevitable”.

British voters understood that… only one question, at once simple and fundamental, was being asked: Do we want an undemocratic authority ruling our lives, or would we rather regain control over our destiny?
More and more, the destiny of the European Union resembles the destiny of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions.

There’s much more. As the saying goes, “Read the whole thing.”

UPDATE: Over at The Guardian, it’s even worse than the James Traub piece above. David Van Reybrouck’s article is titled “Why Elections Are Bad For Democracy” (yes, for real).

Starting from a blind premise that Brexit is obviously awful, he says “Voting is the problem” and suggests, in all seriousness, that citizen referenda should be replaced by focus groups (called “sortition” to make it sound nice and historical) which will be guided by the elite’s approved experts. (Via ZH.)

Europe will be speaking German

…at some point, I predict. For now, they’re simply abandoning English.

The more that countries leave the EU (except Germany), the larger Germany looms in it.

Different subject (via Instapundit and Betsy Newmark): It seems that al Qaeda has gone politically-correct, or rather, what the Left would consider racially-correct:

Lone wolf jihadists should target white Americans so no one mistakes their terror attacks for hate crimes unrelated to the cause of radical Islam, Al Qaeda writes in the latest edition of its online magazine.

Sadly, we must consider what this portends for future tragic massacres by ISIS / al Qaeda of the U.S. gay community.

  • Will they again target gays? (from their Islamist gay-hatred and/or the tendency of ‘visible’ gays to be white)
  • Or grant us a sort of ‘exemption’? (so that the meaning of their next attack can’t be obscured, as the Gay Left obscured the Islamist nature of Omar Mateen’s attack)


When nations, companies or movements throw vengeful tantrums

Every grownup knows what a temper tantrum looks like. The kid didn’t get his way. It’s time to make the grownups pay – by causing obstacles, by screeching about anything and everything, by hitting, and so forth. The kid might still not win on the immediate issue X. But who knows, the grownups might just try to mollify him on another issue Y. It’s part revenge, part blackmail. We can expect a lot of tantrums now over Brexit.

Brexit doesn’t change much, “in the now”. First, it hasn’t even happened. (It will be weeks or months before Britain invokes Article 50.) Second, if and when it happens, it need not affect the existing terms of European trade, finance or hardly anything other than British border control. All that it will take to keep the existing trade going is a few new pieces of paper with a few new signatures.

No, Brexit is more of a matter for the future. Assuming it happens, it will mean that the UK’s -future course- is to avoid a full-on political merger with the rest of Europe; avoid the destruction of its borders and sovereignty; etc.

And, to the various socialist cronies of Europe, that’s unforgivable. And for years, vast problems (unrelated to Brexit) have been piling up for them. And for years, they’ve tried to not admit the full extent of their problems. Problems which they have caused and/or failed to deal with.

Guess what? Now that they didn’t get their way on Brexit, they’re going to blame everything on Brexit. Even though Brexit is mostly unrelated.

It’s as if termites have eaten away at your home for years. Your home is ready to crash. You have failed to deal with it. Now your partner insists that you stay home on Saturday night and don’t go to that casino. Guess what? Your plan is to light a little fire to help your termite-eaten home crash faster; and when the cops arrive, you’ll blame your partner for everything. Now that’s a tantrum.

It’s already begun. Earlier we had the credit downgrades on the UK. It’s pure payback, of course. Nothing fundamental has changed about the UK’s finances. The ratings companies became political, some years ago. Governments can and will torture the ratings companies; therefore, they do the bidding of governments. The downgrades then add to market turmoil. In other words: Kid throws tantrum.

Another example is, crashing Italian banks that demand massive new bailouts. European banks’ finances have been rotten for years. Their stocks were inevitably going to crash at some point, when the world admitted the reality. But guess what? Brexit! So give us new bailouts!

It’s the new Climate Change, or maybe the new Salted Caramel. Everything this year is going to be Brexit. Decaying art? Brexit! Venezuelan collapse? Brexit! Fukushima radiation levels? Brexit! Solar flares? Brexit! U.S. recession? Personal negativity? Brexit!

Why not? The world – or at least, the media-socialist-crony world – hates UK Independence (and border control) that much. Everyone will agree to join the fun and not be honest about the longstanding, real causes of a great many problems.

UPDATE – it continues: The European Central Bank’s leader, Mario Draghi, predicts low economic growth and currency devaluations from Brexit. Let’s be clear.

  • Europe was already going to be stuck in years of low growth.
  • Currency devaluation is what Draghi has already been wanting and attempting, for years.

But guess what? The new scapegoat, Brexit!

Brexit: passed by the working classes?

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:31 am - June 27, 2016.
Filed under: Freedom,Liberal Hypocrisy,Politics abroad

It seems so.

As Britain voted to leave the European Union last week, the leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage said, “The election was won in my view in the Midlands and the North and it was the old Labour vote that came to us…” This morning, Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid puts some numbers on it:

In terms of socio-economic groups, 57% of ABs (upper/middle class – professional/managers etc) voted remain, 49% of C1s (lower middle class – supervisory/clerical or junior management/administrative), 36% of C2s (skilled working class) and 36% of DEs (Ds – semi & unskilled manual workers; Es – casual/lowest grade worker or state pensioner).

By implication, the ones who didn’t vote for Remain, voted for Leave. In other words, over 60% of rank-and-file British workers voted for the Leave campaign. (Note: ZH provides no link to the original. If you have a link to the original, please post it in the comments.)

We could take this interesting tidbit, if it’s true, in any number of directions.

  • Among workers, is this a rise of protectionism? Or is it a rise of appropriate national pride and common sense?
  • Is the recent day or two of market turmoil really just the ruling classes throwing a temper tantrum?
  • What should be made of all these leftists saying that Brexit passed because of old people, conservatives and racists? Are left-wingers name-calling their own base? The Party apparatchiks are mad at their base? Is the spat temporary, or something deeper?

UPDATE: Can there be any doubt that the EU hates democratic accountability? (Being accountable to the People it presumes to govern) One of its various Presidents, Martin Schultz, has now said:

“The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate”.

I saw that coming.

“Not a Bad First Day of Freedom”

Posted by V the K at 5:00 pm - June 25, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

Some of us thought the media’s apocalyptic coverage of the BREXIT vote was overblown.

I believe the last one may have been tongue-in-cheek.

But did you see *any* media outlet discuss the upside for Britons of leaving political union with Europe. I did not, and apparently there weren’t many covering that angle.

A politician of the UKIP presents an alternative view:

“A Prime Minister resigned. The pound plummeted. The FTSE 100 lost significant ground.

“But then the pound rallied past February levels. And the FTSE closed on a weekly high: 2.4 per cent up on last Friday, it’s best performance in four months.

“President Obama decided we wouldn’t be at the back of the queue after all and that our special relationship was still strong.

“The French President confirmed the Le Touquet agreement would stay in place.

“The President of the European Commission stated Brexit negations would be “orderly” and stressed the UK would continue to be a close partner of the EU.

“A big bank denied reports it would shift staff overseas. The CBI, vehemently anti-Brexit during the referendum campaign, stated British business was resilient and would adapt.

“Several countries outside the EU stated they wished to begin bilateral talks with the UK immediately.

“If this was the predicted apocalypse, well, it was a very British one. It was all over by teatime. Not a bad first day of freedom.”

As I checked the markets on Friday, there seemed to be nothing really happening aside from bankers throwing a temper-tantrum. As if bankers who have no qualms about dealing with the butchers of Beijing and Tehran are suddenly going to have trouble doing business with Englishmen.


Why the English Rejected European Rule

Posted by V the K at 9:36 am - June 25, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

The BBC explains why it thinks BREXIT won. Let me save you the trouble: Remain ran an ineffective campaign and too many old farts voted out of nostalgia. And that’s actually a step up (or perhaps a refined version) of the “racism and xenophobia” excuse most of the left has embraced as the reason. And a very few sources have noted that British taxpayers have been paying £13 billion a year for the privilege of belonging to the EU and thinking maybe that money could be better spent to shore up their decrepit system of bureaucratized health care. The one thing that is almost never discussed is how undemocratic and dysfunctional the European Union actually is.

And even if the EU were a transparent and well-functioning democratic institution, there would be occasions (probably a lot of them) when the EU… through a transparent democratic process… would simply enact policies that favored the interests of Portuguese or Romanians over Britons. Germans were unhappy to be taxed to bail Greece, and even less happy to accept hundreds of thousands of “refugees,” but the EU demanded it as the cost of unity.

The media are acting as if the British have gone nutzoid and embraced BREXIT because they hate those stinky brown foreign people so much that they will sabotage their own economy just to send a message. The flaws of the EU are never discussed because the EU is pretty much the model for Progressive Transnational Government.

The ultimate goal of the Progressive Left is a borderless world where national identities have been brushed aside. They envision something like a Global version of the EU as the Government of this one-world utopia. There is little difference between an American socialist like Bernie Sanders and a Swedish socialist, a Chinese socialist, a Latin American socialist, a British Labourite, a French socialist… so it’s very easy when these types get together to imagine a borderless world governed by they themselves. And they also don’t see why anyone would ever disagree with their policies because they are so self-evidently right. But as BREXIT showed when the people they want to rule over are actually allowed to vote, they don’t want it.

A new day for Britain

Congratulations to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland for voting to leave the European Union. It seems real because it has prompted Cameron to resign.

The EU began in 1957 as the European Economic Community, originally a free-trade zone for western Europe. And that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, over the decades (and especially after it became the European Union in 1993), the EU devolved into an intensively oppressive bureaucracy that imposes endless, krazy regulations on its member states and, for practical purposes, voids democracy in them.

Britain should gain a brighter economic future from the separation. The “Remain” campaign, of course, tried to claim the opposite. Britain does massive trade with the rest of the EU, and the “Remain” campaign tried to scare voters that the trade will be lost. Which is ridiculous; the EU itself needs its British trade, and the example of Switzerland (not to mention China or the U.S.) proves that independent countries can do massive trade with the EU.

But it’s not just the economics: Separating from the EU (if that is now put into practice) should mean that Britain has regained an important part of its sovereignty and its democracy.

On a personal note: This event is a pleasant surprise for me. Despite the “Leave” campaign’s leading in many British polls, I was sure that the British-EU elites would manipulate the election so that “Remain” had to win. (Manipulate the voters and/or the voting, the counting, etc.)

In other words, I was sure that British democracy was already dead. Today’s news reminds me, in a happy way, that I don’t know everything. Just to put sprinkles on the ice cream, it’s also a well-deserved slap in President Obama’s face.


UP-UPDATE: Cyril’s comment inspired me to adorn the post thusly:

keep calm and f--k socialism, on a Union Jack background

Fake Black Guy Weighs In On BREXIT

Posted by V the K at 8:01 am - June 24, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

Also upset by Britain’s horrific display of democracy, Michael Moore, Lindsey Lohan, and Howard Dean. Kinda weird to see Michael Moore, Howard Dean and International Capitalist Bankers in total agreement, innit?

Update: The MFM’s Spokeswoman for All Gay People goes Godwin: “I’m not worried, when has a combination of nationalism and economic depression ever resulted in something terrible happening in Europe?”

Thoughts on Brexit

Posted by V the K at 7:46 am - June 24, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

Britain has voted for independence from Eurotopia. I am stunned, I really thought there was no way the ruling class would allow BREXIT to win. Now, will the bankers and political class really allow Britain to leave? We will wait and see.

Also, is this a harbinger of things to come, not just in Europe, but here as well. It’s obvious the cultural and social fissures in the US run deep and we see the cracks all the time. Britons resented the heavy-handed rule from an unaccountable, unelected bureaucracy in Brussels as much as many Americans in the heartland resent being ruled over by heavy-handed, unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats in Washington DC.  Texas does not want to live under New York’s gun laws, nor does Alabama want to live under California’s environmental laws. Sanctuary cities make a mockery of immigration law even as the USA has clearly taken in more people than can be supported economically. As Washington uses Government power to hammer the values of a small cadre of political elites on an increasingly unwilling nation, the cracks grow deeper and more numerous. BlackLivesMatter is one crack, Donald Trump is another. I would not be surprised to see the USA split up in my lifetime.

So, you know, maybe California should show the way now. We know how much you guys hate being attached to “Flyover Country,” and you are obviously far more “progressive” than the rest of us… so maybe a nice Calexit would be good for everybody. California has embraced full-on progressivism, and shouldn’t let the rest of the USA hold you guys back. And you can take Feinstein, Pelosi, and Moonbeam with you.

Feeling the Bern in Venezuela

Posted by V the K at 9:41 am - April 26, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

In 1999, Venezuela was taken over by a Socialist, Hugo Chavez, who promised that he would punish big corporations and redistribute wealth to “the people” to provide health care, education, infrastructure, and even out income inequality. (Sound familiar?) The American Left cheered. Celebrities like Sean Penn and Danny Glover praised his Democratic Socialist economic measures. Chavez systematically nationalized the oil, banking, agricultural, food distribution, telecommunications, and power industries in Venezuela; because running them as social democratic communes would eliminate “greed” and give the people lower cost goods and services. The American Left praised him for “democratizing” the Venezuelan economy. When Chavez shut down opposition TV, radio, and newspapers the American Left defended it as necessary to protect the Revolution.

The American Left likes to pretend now that Venezuela isn’t a real example of Social Democracy; but up until the economy collapsed (as every sensible person knew it would) they were Chavez’s biggest cheerleaders, as the links above (or any Google search) shows.

When Hugo Chavez died, he left behind a personal fortune of nearly $4 Billion. Just sayin’

Anyway, the real legacy of Hugo Chavez is that the country with the second largest oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere can’t even keep the lights on.  But, Hey, it’s not their fault, you guys.

(Venezuelan President) Maduro blames the collapse on an “economic war” by capitalists.

Actually, it’s the economic war *on* capitalists that caused your problems, comrade.

Last week, his government said it was shifting its time zone forward by 30 minutes to save power by adding half an hour of daylight.

Um, yeah, it doesn’t actually work like that. But it takes a Social Democrat to be delusional enough to believe that they can mandate thirty minutes of sunlight by law.

Comrades forever.

Comrades forever.

Not Worth the Paper It’s Written On

Posted by V the K at 7:19 am - March 30, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad
Remember how the Obama Regime tried to play the Iran Nuclear deal as a really fantastic thing that was going to stop Iran from developing nukes and if they violated it, they were going to “snap back” all the sanctions to ensure compliance? Remember how critics who said that Iran would just use the billions of dollars they got from the deal to finance terror, build weapons, and continue to develop nuclear arms were called “war mongers?”
1. Iran is violating the treaty by developing nuclear weapons and testing ballistic missiles.

Iran will pursue its development of ballistic missiles despite the U.S. blacklisting of more Iranian companies linked to the program, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Monday.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired several ballistic missiles this month, drawing condemnation from Western leaders who believe the tests violate a United Nations resolution. (…)

In February, the U.N. nuclear watchdog IAEA confirmed that Iran had “exceeded a limit” of its heavy water it is allowed to keep by a tonne. The heavy water is used in nuclear reactors to produce enriched Uranium needed to build a nuclear bomb.

2. Iran is using its windfall to expand its military capabilities.
Iran has embarked on an ambitious military build-up, never before seen in the history of the Middle East, financed by about $150 billion Tehran is set to receive as part of the Obama-Kerry Nuclear Deal. This build-up dwarfs the military budget of Israel, a country Iranian Regime continues to threaten with annihilation.
3. The Obama Regime is not putting sanctions back in place.
Obama Administration has instead responded reluctantly to Islamic Republic of Iran’s repeated testing of ballistic missiles capable to carrying nuclear warheads by blacklisting a handful of Iranian companies.
And has anyone else notices that there’s been a spike in Mohammedan Terror attacks (Paris, Brussels, Lahore, Iraq)  ever since Obama released billions of dollars to Iran? Coincidence?
It is as I said from the beginning, the purpose of the deal was not to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, it was to prevent anyone from attacking Iran while they developed nuclear weapons.
Obama’s disarmament policies have been successful in one area; the US Military has been so thoroughly gutted that it’s running out of bombs to drop on ISIS and the Marines have to scavenge for parts to keep their 40 year old fighter jets flying.  No wonder we can’t even defeat “the JV Team” of Islamist Extremism.

Old Queen Refuses to Meet with Obama

Posted by V the K at 12:38 pm - March 21, 2016.
Filed under: Politics abroad

No, not Andrew Sullivan. [Queen Elizabeth II] refuses to come to London to meet President Barack Obama next month.

She probably just wants to avoid Michelle Obama getting all inappropes touchy-feely again, or maybe she doesn’t want to receive another iPod full of Obama speeches.

Quote of the Day

Posted by V the K at 9:01 am - October 2, 2015.
Filed under: Politics abroad

Found this over in the comments at NRO.

“The West is being outmanoeuvred by a decaying has-been superpower as it forms an axis with a pipsqueak dictator and a clutch of turban-wearing fanatics with delusions of apocalyptic grandeur. With that kind of epic failure as his benchmark, it’s a wonder that Obama can get out of bed in the morning without getting hopelessly trapped in the eiderdown.”

Indeed, this is the mark of a very weak and dimwitted president to let this come to pass. There are those who say, “Who cares? Let’s just get out of the Middle East entirely.”

Somewhere between George W. Bush’s futile and wasteful expenditure of blood and treasure trying to bring the Enlightenment to a region with no interest in it and Barack Obama’s policy of throwing allies to the wolves and arming adversaries with nukes and stimulus money is a sane foreign policy based strictly on American interests. I am not convinced that having a Russian-Iranian axis in control of the world’s oil supply is in the American interest.