Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World’

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    He could have stopped after "Clueless"...

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articl...s-about-what-he-wants-to-do-in-the-world.html

    Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position in the world.

    Sir Hew Strachan, an advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff, told The Daily Beast that the United States and Britain were guilty of total strategic failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Obama’s attempts to intervene on behalf of the Syrian rebels “has left them in a far worse position than they were before.”

    Part of the problem, Strachan contends, is that politicians are unduly worried about allowing military leaders to give frank and open advice. He criticized the way General Stanley McCrystal was forced to resign after making unflattering remarks about his political bosses in Washington. “The concern about the military speaking out shows a lack of democratic and political maturity. We’re not facing the danger of a military coup. The professional experts, who deal with war all the time, should be able to express their views all the time, openly and coherently, just as you would expect a doctor or a teacher to express their views coherently about how you run medical policy or teaching policy,” he said.
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    Yeah, I stopped reading after this statement.
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    Moc, what would you suggest we do in Afghanistan and Syria?
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    No sh!t. Some of us knew this long before Obama was elected... He is in WAY over his head. I just hope America survives his tenure, and there is enough left to salvage when he is finally gone.
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    Did you see what the Israeli Defense Minister said about Kerry? Now the US is rebuking Israel while embracing the Iranian President. WTF? Lots of giggling in Tehran these days.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/worl...anic-and-obsessive-israeli-minister-1.1654934


    The United States today rebuked Israel for comments attributed to Israel’s defense minister suggesting that US secretary of state John Kerry’s quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace is .

    “The remarks of the defense minister (Moshe Yaalon) if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs,” US state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a brief statement that constituted a rare rebuke to close ally Israel.

    Moshe Yaalon’s spokesman declined comment on the account in Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper. “Secretary of state John Kerry - who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling - cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians,” Mr Yaalon was quoted as saying. “The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.”

    That last part is too funny. A direct shot at 0 and his prize.
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    Amateur hour in the White House...
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    From the time Obama has been elected until now, I don't think he has any clue about what he wants America to accomplish in the foreign policy arena and has seemed uncomfortable with maintaining America's position in the world.

    Either he really wants to single-handedly destroy our country from the inside (as some critics allege)--or he's too obsessed with being the anti-Bush and NEVER using our power or position to get something we want.

    He's bumbled around with free trade agreements: eschewed traditional allies (Europe, the Saudis, and Israel are all wondering wtf we're doing right now) tried to cozy up to traditional enemies and make deals with them based on idealism, not reality (see Russia & Iran); has bumbled around even more when it comes to Afghanistan and Iraq (almost wanting to wash his hands of both and saying it was a problem he inherited and has no interest in trying to solve); and managed to get out-maneuvered by a pisspot dictator in Assad, who called him out on his "line in the sand" in front of the entire world.

    Amateur hour is almost too kind. He's been a disaster of a President in the foreign policy arena.
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    He most definitely knows what he want to do. He wants to do...whatever he and his academician cohorts want to do at that moment. Now if the question is, does he have a coherent strategy that supports US interests and our allies? I certainly don't see it. Perhaps you need to be in the Ivory Tower to truly appreciate his greatness.
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    He wants a one world government in which all people are subject's to his rule.

    He sees himself as god, burdened by pesky impediments like people who have ideas like freedom, opportunity, merit, etc.

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