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President Obama’s Overseas Outreach: How Goes It?

March 26, 2009

AMERICA’S enemies smell blood and it’s type “O.”

All new administrations stumble a bit as they seek their footing. But President Obama’s foreign-policy botches have set new records for instant incompetence.

By Ralph Peters
New York Post

Contrary to left-wing myths, I wasn’t a fan of the Bush administration. (I called for Donald Rumsfeld to get the boot in mid-2001.) But fair’s fair. Despite his many faults, Bush sought to do good. Obama just wants to look good.

Vice President Dick Cheney was arrogant. Vice President Joe Biden is arrogant and stupid. Take your pick.

Don’t worry about the new administration’s ideology. Worry about its terrifying naivete.

Consider a sampling of the goofs O and his crew have made in just two months:

China: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (you know that gal married to the Saudi hireling) crawled to Beijing to tell the party bosses that human rights don’t matter. Our “relationship” is more important than freedom and human dignity.

Beijing’s response? A staged military confrontation with an unarmed US Navy vessel; continued screw-America currency cheating; a renewed crackdown on dissidents and, yesterday, a call for a new global currency to replace the dollar.

Thanks, Hill. You’re a sweetheart.

Pakistan: With viral corruption throughout and Islamist fanatics sweeping half of its territory, Pakistan’s coming apart. Its Dem-adored prez tries to ban opposition parties and gut the judiciary. It has nukes and seethes with hatred of America. And Islamabad controls our primary supply route into Afghanistan, using it as an extortion tool.

Obama’s response? Billions in new aid for Pak pols to pocket. We’d be better off handing the money to AIG to pay out more bonuses.

Afghanistan: Obama’s Vietnam. Am I the only American who remembers that candidate Obama had a plan to capture Osama bin Laden and fix our previous “mistakes” in Afghanistan? President Obama doesn’t have a clue.

Iran: Obama tried to reach out, to talk. After all, talking got him to the White House. But America-bashing is what keeps Iran’s leaders in office, it’s their political essence. After 30 years of fierce hostility, hasn’t anyone figured out that the senior mullahs need us as an enemy? Without the Great Satan America to blame, they’d have some real explaining to do to their homies. So O got the left-hand finger.

He wanted to chat with the Taliban, too. They told him he could stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Russia and China rearm?
China boosts military, cyberwarfare capabilities
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 Gates readies big cuts in weapons
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 Russia Pressing “Reset,” Medvedev Orders Military To Re-Arm

Related:
Global Recession, Security Challenges Test Obama’s Popularity Among World Leaders

 Obama Wasting America’s Strategic World Power; China Surges Despite Economy

Russia, “Desperate For Cash,” Sells Oil to China In “Very Bad Deal”

 Era of Obama, American Weakness Emboldens Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Terrorists

Sun Setting On American Superpower?

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Economy, “Foreign Forces” Trying to Destabilize Russia?

March 26, 2009

Foreign forces are using the economic crisis to  destabilize the political situation in Russia, asserted State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov.
    
“We  already  see  manifestations  of  political  extremism.  I  am speaking  about  attempts to destabilize the country, taken both outside and inside Russia,” Gryzlov said at a meeting of the Supreme and General Councils of the United Russia party in Moscow on Thursday.
    
“We  are  now seeing attempts when people who are unhappy are given flags, and sometimes these are flags of foreign countries,” he said.
    
“We have seen protest rallies in Primorye, were the protesters were carrying Japanese flags. It is a fact,” Gryzlov said.

–Interfax

The Great Give Away of Taxpayer Money By Bigger and Bigger Government

March 26, 2009

An eager 20 year old student asked me yesterday, “Uncle, who really pays for all this spending?”

“Well, your children and grandchildren, Dear,  I thought you knew,” I said.

This needs time to think in and sink in — since she hasn’t yet started a family….

This is a developing essay that is not yet complete….

So we’ve been wondering about all this Obama spending: what it is and what it means.

The president basically spent $1 billion per day in his first 50 days.

I wonder why we need paid “volunteers” so badly that we now have to pay for them?
 Federal Government Paying “Volunteers” To Teach Liberal Values

“You cannot carry on for ever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.”  This rings true for Americans even though it wan an admonishment to Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Warning to American Politicians, Via MEP Daniel Hannan to Gordon Brow

I wonder if the crisis in Mexico will mean a huge migration of Mexicans into the states…I mean way huger than ALREADY…and what will that cost?
 Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

“Worst-case scenario, Mexico becomes the Western hemisphere’s equivalent of Somalia, with mass violence, mass chaos,” said Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank. “That would clearly require a military response from the United States.”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0
,2933,491964,00.html

I wonder why the Pentagon can no longer refer to the “war on terror” and is already trying to figure out how to cut many billions from its budget; while Russia and China rearm?
China boosts military, cyberwarfare capabilities
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 Gates readies big cuts in weapons
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 Russia Pressing “Reset,” Medvedev Orders Military To Re-Arm
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I wonder why ACORN, which gets federal taxpayers money, is hiring protesters with that money to go to the homes of AIG executives?
Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?
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ACORN Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

When we make it much more simple to unionize through programs like card check, how will that impact the economy?  Well, FedEx might scrap plans to buy new jets from Boeing and the stimulus might hire many fewer workers….
Stimulus: Way Fewer Jobs Than You Thought

Just Wednesday FedEx said it might back off on billions of dollars of aircraft sales planned to go to Boeing.  The reason?  Card check.  FedEx is worried that fast unionization of its work force will dramatically change its bottom line.

Who benefits from all this U.S. debt?  Who buys our debt and who gets our interest payment?  The answer in one word is China.  The U.S. bailed out Freddie and Fannie with Taxperer money and now China is even buying the houses we once owned…
Chinese find opportunity in U.S. real-estate slump

I wonder how we will pay for “unknown unknowns” like 9-11 and Katrina?  Well, we’ll print more money…..
 Obama, Economy: So Much Uncertainty Spins Off More…. Uncertainty

There are still issues as yet untackled by Obama like immigration.  How will we deal with the vast numbers of illegals ou there?
What do I tell my legal immigrant family and friends?
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Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

I wonder how much our government will grow, what the government will cost us all and what freedoms we’ll lose in this Obama shake up?

There is a mind-set here that Americans can have eveything they want and now and without consequences.

Didn’t that thinking spark this “economic downturn”?

Read Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/2
6/now-they-tell-us-ap-admits-that-po
rkulus-numbers-are-bs/

http://newworldliberty.wordpress.c
om/2009/03/25/maxine-waters-
proves-obama-is-a-fraud/

Related:
Obama Talks About “Making Hard choices,” But Budget Is “Have It All Now”

Global Recession, Security Challenges Test Obama’s Popularity Among World Leaders

March 25, 2009

Only nine months ago, when he addressed an estimated 200,000 people in Germany, Barack Obama was heralded as “president of the world.”

But now that he’s president of the United States, the world doesn’t appear to be following up on its endorsement.

From France to Poland, from the Czech Republic to China, many nations are rebuffing the president and offering little wiggle room for him to negotiate economic and security policies.

Obama faces his first major international test next week when the world’s largest economies meet at the G20 summit in London.

“I think as the president heads to Europe, he faces a huge public relations disaster,” said Nile Gardiner, director of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.

“Europe is increasingly turning against his massive spending plans, which most European leaders see as a destructive way to move forward for the global economy and will only add to a massive American debt burden,” Gardiner told FOXNews.com. 

“At the same time, there is a growing impression across Europe that the Obama administration is inept and inefficient and increasingly poorly managed.”


Last summer in Europe: the people were at his feet.  Now?

A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed Obama’s plans for the U.S. to spend its way out of recession as “a way to hell.”

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who lost a confidence vote in his own parliament this week and whose country currently holds the EU presidency, told the European Parliament that Obama’s massive stimulus package and banking bailout “will undermine the stability of the global financial market.”

That followed concerns by Poland that the U.S., as a way to appease Russia, plans to bail out of a missile defense shield the Bush administration negotiated with Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Russian generals, and even the Russian president, still continues to threaten us with the deployment of medium-range missiles in our immediate vicinity,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., in Brussels on Sunday. “So we signed with the previous administration. We patiently wait for the decision of the new administration and we hope we don’t regret our trust in the United States.”

Most European leaders favor tighter financial regulation, while the U.S. has been pushing for larger economic stimulus plans.

“We consider that in Europe we have already invested a lot for the recovery, and that the problem is not about spending more, but putting in place a system of regulation so that the economic and financial catastrophe that the world is seeing does not reproduce itself,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a news conference in Berlin last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rebuffing U.S. calls to spend more.

Read the rest from Fox:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100da
ys/2009/03/25/global-recession-tests-obam
as-popularity-world-leaders/

Obama, Economy: So Much Uncertainty Spins Off More…. Uncertainty

March 25, 2009

Barack Obama seem prepared to chage everything about everything.

Just today he set out to reform the tax code at the IRS.  Since Tim Geithner is busy and was never good at taxes anyway, Paul Volker will head a commission.

But Geithner added uncertainty of his own today saying it was OK by him if China replaced the dollar with something else as a reserve currency.  When the dollar pitched downward, Geithner had to ‘clarify’ his first statement to get markets going again.

But it is just part of an ever swirling vortex of change, tinkering and tampering that makes businesses and investors shudder.

We’ll provide health care to all, we’ll reform education, we’ll take care of climate change, we’ll do away with gas and oil and coal, we’ll….well it looks like we’ll do everything.  We’ll use embrionic stem cells to cure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and then we’ll cure cancer.

And what will it all cost?  Who cares, really.  It isn’t our money……

Well, people do care like China, the nation that holds most of our debt….

Just today FedEx said it might back off on billions of dollars of aircraft sales planned to go to Boeing.  The reason?  Card check.  FedEx is worried that fast unionization of its work force will dramatically change its bottom line.

The Dow was way up today and then way down.  Why?  In one word?  Uncertainty.

Today on the Dow: uncertainty

“A weaker interest or wider spread in a Treasury deal today could certainly cause some angst,” said Warren Koontz, chief investment officer for large-company value stocks at Loomis Sayles & Co., which manages $106 billion in Boston. “As anxious as the market is after the run we’ve had here, it gives people an excuse to step back.”

Late on Wednesday the Associated press said this about the stock market today: “Trading was extremely erratic….Analysts said weak demand during an auction of government debt stirred up worries about how easily Washington will be able to raise money to fund its economic rescue program. The fear in the market is that the government might not be able to easily raise the hundreds of billions of dollars it needs.”

Anxious, cautious, uncertain, confidence: they are all part of the stew that’s boiling; which might be good and might not.

The economic recession gave us uncertainty enough.  Now the president has himself compounded the problem.

If the United States was an aircrft, Obama has already touched every dial and lever in the cockpit.  And what does that mean?  Only one thing for sure: Uncertainty.  And a lack of confidence.  That’s why businesses are not yet rehiring and people are holding on to their money.

First Obama said we were in a crisis and he was all gloom and doom.  Then he spoke of confidence and Biden even mentioned the “Obama factor” when the markets went up.  Last night he exhibited neither confidence nor gloom; but instead a kind of boredom.

The president is overexposed and not helping.  This is a time to lower uncertainty and emphasize confidence: and do the hard work necessary to move the nation forward.  Enough of the media events, press conferences and fake bipartisanship.  Get to work already.

Primum non nocere

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The uncertainty that the president has mentioned himself,  just a little, is what militay people call the “unknown unknowns.”  While we have so much economic uncertainty compounded by self imposed uncertainty, we should have some money saved for a rainy day like an new war on terror, a troop deployment to the border with Mexico or some other really far out scenario…..Putin and Hu Jintao like American uncertainty and they aren’t the only ones…..We live in an uncertain world and we have added to the uncertainty since January….

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FedEx Corp is threatening to cancel the purchase of billions of dollars worth of new Boeing Co cargo planes if Congress passes a law that would make it easier for unions to organize at the package-delivery company, the Wall Street Journal said.

FedEx may cancel plans to buy as many as 30 new Boeing planes should Congress pass a bill that would remove truck drivers, couriers and other employees at FedEx’s Express unit from the jurisdiction of the federal Railway Labor Act of 1926, the paper cited the company spokesman as saying.

In January, FedEx said its express unit exercised options to buy 15 more Boeing 777 freighters, worth $3.75 billion at list prices.

However, the company deferred delivery of some of the planes as the U.S. economy faces a bleak outlook.

FedEx’s actions raise the stakes in an increasingly bitter battle involving chief rival, United Parcel Service Inc, and the Teamsters union, which has been trying for years to organize at FedEx, the Journal said.

FedEx and Boeing could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.

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Bloomberg

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent the dollar tumbling with comments about China’s ideas for overhauling the global monetary system, only to drive it back up by affirming that it should remain the world’s reserve currency.

Geithner was initially asked at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York about proposals from People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan for a new international reserve currency. He said “as I understand his proposal, it’s a proposal designed to increase the use of the IMF’s special drawing rights. And we’re actually quite open to that.”

The dollar slid as much as 1.3 percent against the euro within 10 minutes of news accounts of Geithner’s remarks. The U.S. currency was down 0.6 percent at $1.3553 as of 12:31 p.m. in New York.

Roger Altman, who worked with Geithner as deputy Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, later asked Geithner whether he wanted to “clarify” his remarks.

“I’d like to ask one final question, in effect on behalf of the market,” said Altman, founder of Evercore Partners Inc. “Let me ask the question this way. Do you see any change over the foreseeable future in the basic role of the dollar as the world’s key reserve currency?”

‘Strong’ Dollar

Geithner responded by saying that “I think the dollar remains the world’s dominant reserve currency.” In an interview with CNBC broadcast after the event, the Treasury chief said that a “strong dollar” is in “America’s interest.”

In his earlier response, Geithner said an increased use of SDRs should be “rather evolutionary, building on the current architecture, rather than moving us to global monetary union.”

Those remarks don’t indicate Geithner favors moving to a system with the SDR as a reserve currency, strategist Lee Hardman at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd. wrote in a note.

“That was the big concern amongst the confusion,” London- based Hardman said. “A move to an SDR-linked system away from the dollar would naturally lead to a reduction in the dollar’s share of global reserves.”

Geithner, a former Treasury undersecretary for international affairs and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which carries out U.S. interventions in currency markets, also said that “we will do what’s necessary to make sure we’re sustaining confidence in our financial markets.”

Bernanke, Obama

Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke both told lawmakers yesterday that they expected the dollar to remain the most important global currency. President Barack Obama said at a news conference late yesterday that “the dollar is extraordinarily strong” because investors are confident in the ability of the U.S. to lead a worldwide recovery, and also rejected calls for a new global currency.

China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries, and Premier Wen Jiabao earlier this month expressed concern about the value of its investment. Central bank governor Zhou this week advocated a “super-sovereign reserve currency” that’s disconnected from any individual nation.

Zhou said, in an essay posted on the PBOC’s Web site, that the IMF’s special drawing rights, a unit of account at the fund used for member countries’ reserves with the IMF, offer “light in the tunnel for the reform of the international monetary system.” He said the SDR has yet to be “put into full play due to limitations on its allocation and the scope of its uses.”

Geithner said in his interview with CNBC that “China is playing a very important stabilizing role in this financial crisis we’re seeing globally.” U.S. officials are “working very, very closely with them. I think they have a lot of confidence in the policies we’re pursuing,” he also said.

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/25/wonderboy-strikes-again/

Pro-Russia protest against US frigate in Sevastopol

March 25, 2009

Pro-Russia protesters cried “NATO out” Wednesday as a US naval frigate arrived in the Ukrainian naval port of Sevastopol, where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is also based.

The USS Klakring docked at 0630 GMT, as about 250 largely communist and far-left demonstrators also shouted “Yankee go home!”

The frigate is in port for a five-day “friendly visit” and will not take part in any exercises, a Ukrainian navy statement said.

It is feared that Sevastopol in the Crimea, where the Russian fleet has maintained a presence for over 200 years, could become a flashpoint in strained relations between Russia and the West.

Russia signed a 20-year contract with Ukraine in 1997 to station its fleet in the Black Sea and makes an annual payment of 12 million dollars (nine million euros) to Kiev for the privilege.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/200903
25/wl_afp/ukrainerussiausmilitarynat
osevastopolprotest_20090325131321

Activists from the Ukrainian Communist Party and Russian Bloc ... 
Activists from the Ukrainian Communist Party and Russian Bloc protest as the USS Klakring sails into Sevastopol. The pro-Russia protesters cried “NATO out” as the US warship arrived in the Ukrainian port — where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.(AFP/Vasiliy Batanov)

Obama: Press Conference Hints at Class Warfare

March 25, 2009

We’re sorry, Dear, that this is so tough.

I wonder what Putin is thinking.

Those are my basic reactions to Barack Obama’s second White House press conference, March 24, 2009.

We have a long way to go.

Actually, we already know what China thinks.

Their Premier is worried about the solvency of the United States and their Ben Bernanke wants another currency — not the dollar — in reserve.

The president said just about a week ago that we needed confidence to get us out of our depression.

But how does the president himself express confidence?

With a telepromter.  And Tiny Tim Geithner.

“There were no smiles on Tuesday night, no memorable moments, no attempt by the president to capture the sense of drama or anticipation that has surrounded prime-time news conferences by prior White House occupants,” wrote Peter Wallsten for the Chicago Tribune, Obama’s home newspaper.

Wallsten also noticed something I saw: the president was speaking mostly to people who will get money from him.  This is now “Love me because I am the give away president.”

Obama as crack dealer.  That’s where we are.

Said Peter Wallsten for the Chicago Tribune: “He passed over reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, opting instead to call on correspondents from Univision, Ebony magazine and Stars and Stripes. He did call on some of the traditional networks, but he did not seem to bring any special energy to answering their questions.”

I saw this as an avoidance of tax payers and an embracing of tax money getters.

More class warfare.  Right in the White House. Or rather, all the way left in the White House.

The president was shut out last night — and not by the reporters.

He beat himself.

Pollster Frank Luntz sat with a cross-section of American voters during the news conference and had this to report.

“They want him to succeed but they don’t agree with his policies.”

Related:
President, Congress, Media “Vacant” in Time of Crisis

Obama Throws In The Towel

 After Leno, Laughter on “60 Minutes,” Boredom From “No Drama” Obama

Obama Once Ruled the Media: Now He Wants To Reach You With Less Of Them

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From the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationw
orld/chi-obama-assess_wedmar25,0,5733169.story

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Washington Post writer Tom Shales still called President Obama “President Wonderful.”

But he wrote:

It looked as though Obama was hampered by a technical dislocation or two. He began with an opening statement — too long an opening statement, as it happens — but one that seemed longer because something seemed to be wrong with the prompting device, which reportedly had been relocated to the back of the room. Obama was not looking squarely into the camera the way he usually does when talking to us “folks at home.” He wasn’t making eye contact as effectively as usual; in fact his eyes looked a little blurry and weary. His delivery was also somewhat halting at times.

Yes, they are little things, the hesitancy in his speech pattern, the prompter and the president’s gaze. But the little things in a presidential appearance add up to the big thing of How He Did and whether he came out of the event in better, worse or the same shape as when he went into it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2009/03/24/
AR2009032403933.html

Because of Obama, Our enemies sense weakness

March 24, 2009

President Obama‘s stewardship of the national security portfolio to date amounts to a wrecking operation, a set of policies he must understand will not only weaken the United States but embolden our foes. After all, the communist agitator Saul Alinsky, a formative influence in Mr. Obama’s early years as a “community organizer,” made the following Rule No. 1 in his 1971 book “Rules for Radicals” — “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
the Washington Times

According to this logic, the various steps Mr. Obama is taking with respect to the armed forces, the foreign battlefields in which they are engaged, our allies as well as our adversaries will not only diminish our power. They will encourage our enemies to perceive us as less powerful – with ominous implications. Consider some illustrative examples:

• The Obama administration is cutting the defense budget by 10 percent. The result will preclude much, if not virtually all, of the modernization that will be required to prepare the U.S. military to contend with tomorrow’s wars. Most of what the Pentagon spends goes to fixed – and growing – personnel-related costs (pay, bonuses, health care, etc.) and operations. As a result, at Obama funding levels, there will not be much available even to “reset” today’s forces by refurbishing the equipment being used up in present conflicts.

• The president is on a path to denuclearizing the United States by refusing to modernize the arsenal or even to fund fully the steps necessary to assure the viability of the weapons we have. He hopes to dress up this act of unilateral disarmament by seeking to resume arms-control negotiations with Russia, as though such throwbacks to the old Cold War and its bipolar power structure apply today – let alone that there are grounds for believing the Kremlin would adhere to new treaties any better than the previous ones it systematically violated.

• For good measure, Mr. Obama is mounting a frontal assault on the armed forces. The president plans to repeal the law prohibiting gays from serving in the military. It is absolutely predictable that significant numbers of servicemen and -women – including many of the most experienced commissioned and noncommissioned officers – will retire rather than serve in conditions of forced intimacy with individuals who may find them sexually attractive. The effect will be to break the all-volunteer force.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/new
s/2009/mar/24/our-enemies-sense-w
eakness/

Obama Fails During Tone-Deaf, Humorless Week: No Progress on Economy, Russia, Iran

March 20, 2009

The way things are going for Barack Obama we don’t see him again on “Jay Leno” in this lifetime.

In fact, we don’t expedt Obama to laugh much in the near term….

The Congressional Budget Office panned his budget predictions today, saying Obama’s budget would generate deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade, according to the latest congressional estimates, significantly worse than predicted by the White House just last month.

Obama Spending, Tax Plans Likely Out The Window As CBO Predicts Much More Debt

Less than one month ago, while President Barack Obama was still making his own budget with his own numbers (and everything was rosy) he assured reporters that he likes being president.

“And it turns out I’m very good at it,” he said.

One month later, nobody can be sure that the president is good at anything.

He can’t tell a joke and can’t use a telepromter.

He ever hurt a lot of good people with a nasty, ugly remark he threw off as an “off hand comment.”  That was on a nationally televised enetertainment show no other sitting president has seen fit to go on…

Obama said to me, “I bowl like a retard”

He apparently can’t manage congress, which included a green light for the bonuses AIG paid when they wrote the stimulus bill.  This caused the president “outrage.”  So the congress offered to tax AIG bonus recipients 90% — perhaps another outrage that may actually be unconstitutional.

Related:
The End of America As We Knew It?

Duke’s basketball coach told the president to forget about bracket picks and get to work on the economy.
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Besides his basketball picks, don’t forget Obama picked Geithner, Richardson, Biden, Daschle and a host of other failures for his team mates in his administration.

US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits ... 
US President Barack Obama, seen here on January 29, 2009, sits alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

Iran has blown off all of Obama’s overtures but Russia has agreed with Obama to press the “reset” button.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
Coffrini/Getty

Russia announced a militay re-arming project.

Turns out, besides campaigning, we don’t know what President Obama is good at.

“I’m good at it”
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Con
tent/Public/Articles/000/000/016
/215bpfvr.asp

Iran Blows Off Obama “Outreach Video” in White House Video Hell Week

President’s Economic Team in Trouble: Especially Geithner

Aides Attempt to Cover for Obama; White House Not Worthy of Special Olympics

Obama and Leno Discuss Congress, AIG: “It Kind of Scared Me” 

Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”

 Duke Coach Slam Dunks Obama: Go Fix the Economy

Gates readies big cuts in weapons

Russia Pressing “Reset,” Medvedev Orders Military To Re-Arm

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/
03/20/why-cant-obama-tell-a
-good-joke/

Obama’s Toughest Week From Fox:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first10
0days/2009/03/19/obama-does-tonig
ht-strike-right-tone/

Obama Killing Missile Defense in Slickest of Ways

March 18, 2009

By giving only lukewarm verbal support for missile defense, slashing the overall defense budget, and dealing with Russians and others to signal weak support for missile defense, President Obama will curtail the nation’s and allied missile defense efforts drastically without even mentioning the program.

Already he has reportedly offered to eliminate the European missile defense effort in a some kind of deal with Russia in exchange for Russian help with Iran’s nuclear program.

Consequently, European allies see the U.S. as not really interested in missile defnese any more.

And the Administration has backed away from military planners who suggested the U.S. should shoot down the next long range North Korean missile test.

Despite great strides and successes in the military’s missile defense effort — and even a successful test just last night in Hawaii — missile defense is a likely “bill payer” in the president’s budget scheme….and it will not be debated on its merits in this environment….

Related:
Czech’s Pull Missile Shield Plan from Parliament
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090
317/pl_nm/us_shield_czech_2

Rookie Mistake With Russia?
http://spectator.org/archives/
2009/03/18/rookie-mistake

 U.S. Intercepts Ballistic Missile in Hawaii Test

 Russia Pressing “Reset,” Medvedev Orders Military To Re-Arm

Gates readies big cuts in weapons

Obama Wasting America’s Strategic World Power; China Surges Despite Economy

Era of Obama, American Weakness Emboldens Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Terrorists

Russia Sees Obama, U.S., Others As “Weak,” “Naive”

Sun Setting On American Superpower?

 Obama Backs Off, Japan Ready To Shoot Down North Korean Missile

 White House: U.S. Will Not Shoot North Korean Missile

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Russian Baragaining Chip Is All Paper

Associated Press

Russian news agencies cited a top defense official Wednesday as confirming that a contract to sell powerful air-defense missiles to Iran was signed two years ago, but saying no such weapons have yet been delivered.

Russian officials have consistently denied claims the country already has provided some of the S-300 missiles to Iran. They have not said whether a contract existed.

The state-run ITAR-Tass and RIA-Novosti news agencies and the independent Interfax quoted an unnamed top official in the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service as saying the contract was signed two years ago. Service spokesman Andrei Tarabrin told The Associated Press he could not immediately comment.

Supplying S-300s to Iran would change the military balance in the Middle East and the issue has been the subject of intense speculation and diplomatic wrangling for months.

Israel and the U.S. fear that, were Iran to possess S-300 missiles, it would use them to protect its nuclear facilities — including the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz or the country’s first atomic power plant, which is now being built by Russian contractors at Bushehr.

That would make a military strike on the Iranian facilities much more difficult.

It was not clear why the missiles have not been delivered, but the reports cited the defense official as saying “fulfillment of the contract will mainly depend on the current international situation and the decision of the country’s leadership.”

That could indicate that Russia intends to use the contract as a bargaining chip before next month’s meeting between President Dmitry Medvedev and President Barack Obama.

But the defense official said Russia does not intend to abandon the contract, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, ITAR-Tass said,

A prominent Russian analyst, Ruslan Pukhov of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, said the missile contract was seen by the Kremlin as primarily a political rather than commercial matter.

“The S-300 contract, and cooperation with Iran in general, is regarded by Moscow only as an instrument of political bargaining with the West and not as a way of realizing the fundamental defense and commercial interests of Russia,” he was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti.