Monday, March 17, 2014

Obama Sanctions are All Bark and No Bite


With all of the smack-talking about bringing down a biblical plague of economic misery upon Russia unless the hated and demonized president Vladimir Putin stopped the Crimean referendum Barack Obama's sledgehammer of sanctions was as impotent as his five year tenure in office.  With the once mighty US establishment and it's pocket media having spent weeks snarling like the hounds of hell themselves over opposition to their ill-advised and ultimately disastrous coup d'etat against the democratically elected leader of Ukraine today's announcement of a tepid targeting of a handful of individuals fell short. Barry has proven once again what a shitty poker player that he is and brings to mind the old saying from the movie "Rounders" that "Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker." Alas real life isn't just a movie and Teddy KGB's "tell" of eating Oreo cookies has nothing on power geopolitics especially in dealing with the real KGB iceman Putin. Obama and his foreign policy team were fleeced and sent packing, shorn of all but the most skimpy of fig leafs.
It has been quite obvious for some time now that the emperor has no clothes but Obama insists on sticking out his bony chest, huffing and puffing about "red lines" and then folding with a pair of deuces, the man can't bluff worth shit. The 'leader' of the supposedly free world slapped his silly-assed sanctions on a handful of Crimean and Russian officials, most of whom are likely smart enough to have utilized even the most conservative of asset protection strategies so as to render the move irrelevant in doing anything other than making a mockery of Obama and his pet buffoon John Kerry.  The world is laughing at America again but you can hardly blame them considering the ongoing fools parade of ass clowns that we have been trotting out as of late. Granted that it's hard to bluff your way to the jackpot when your best hand contains the backing of gangs of brutal fascists and neo-Nazis whose arm-twisting (as well as Molotov cocktail throwing and sniper skills) were essential in ousting the elected president of a land whose fatal mistake was in not playing ball with the global finance mafia that is now going to whack the country into bite sized chunks to feed to the US corporate plunderers.
There are those however who will not find the flaccid punishment meted out by Obama's regime to be very amusing, particularly the fanatical neo-cons and our de-facto president the warmongering lunatic Senator John McCain. Fresh off of his latest pilgrimage to Kiev where he continues his rogue agitating and palling around with neo-Nazis and showered with paeans to his greatness by the reigning queen of neocon propaganda Jennifer Rubin at the beltway gospel Washington Post the man who refuses to gracefully lose elections will not be denied. McCain, who will never be truly satisfied until Moscow is reduced to a smoking pile of rubble will soon be descended upon by the corrupt squadrons of media careerists to rage against that horrible Negro who whupped his ass in 2008 for not authorizing a nuclear first strike  against Russia over the Crimean secession.
Ms. Rubin is a textbook example of the thorough rottenness of the American media, a chronic liar who should have long ago been fired for her racism and distortions continues to sing the siren songs of permanent war as well as an outspoken advocate for the neocon doctrine of feeding American blood and treasure into the sucking hole of death that is the Middle East - all for the greatest glory of God's chosen land of course. In her latest dispatch from which I excerpt she invokes McCain's dastardly New York Times kneecapping of the man he lost to in the 2008 election as well as lays it all out in a bullshit packed screed from which I excerpt the following:
Most damaging, our allies have lost faith in the administration and complain openly. “Israelis worry there is diminished interest in keeping American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, and fear that if a nuclear deal is struck with Iran, Washington will no longer anchor an alliance to contain Tehran. The Saudis are talking anew about the possibility of needing a nuclear deterrent of their own. . . .   The ‘pivot to Asia,’ which has been slow to materialize, was supposed to be emblematic of a new combination of soft and hard power; it was as much about building trade relationships as making it clear to the Chinese leadership that America has no intention of ceding the East and South China Seas as areas where Beijing could expect to become the sole power.” (Like Walter Cronkite and LBJ, when Obama loses the New York Times, it might be time to rethink things.)
In short, just about every conservative criticism of the administration is now conventional wisdom about the president’s shortcomings. Congress can only do so much. Our allies can only do so much. Ultimately, however, if the president is misguided and wholly unwilling to recognize a series of debacles, bad things will happen in the world. The question remains whether the president will do anything to stop the drift. If not, by the end of the term, the Russia empire will be on the march, Iran may be a nuclear-capable state, China will have intimidated our allies and both democracy and stability in the Middle East will be hobbled. As bad as Obamacare may be, it is exquisite public policy compared to the foreign policy mess.
Rubin is so prolific that I often wonder whether the bitch is actually writing her own columns or if they are simply send to her by a central lie factory within the propaganda empire of William Kristol. It is however great stuff when it comes to the tightly packed clusterbombs of horseshit and lies that any observer of the neocons have become accustomed to. The reference to Israel (if she loves it so much why not just fucking move there) and the piggish and decadent House of Saud as allies is repugnant to anyone who truly values American decency and the use of the McCain NY Times jeremiad as being legitimate by comparing it to Vietnam is ridiculous. It is just the old Nazi "stabbed in the back" lie that has been exploited by the neocons and other blood barters to imbue upon the Vietnam disaster some sort of cloak of nobility.Somehow I think that Walter Cronkite is rolling over in his grave as necrophiliac ghouls like Rubin, Kristol and McCain descend to exhume his corpse that they so indecently violate with invoking him to justify their bullshit wars of aggression.