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March 29th, 2012
By Dan Miller
He is out of touch, out of date and unelectable.
But President Obama is like a Red Red Rose.
Oh my luve is like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
Oh my luve is like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
by Robert Burns (but not then dedicated to President Obama)
Here is an article from Pravda hinting, with great civility and no hyperbole, that Governor Romney might not be its ideal “red, red rose” candidate and that therefore, unlike President Obama, he might not be a really good President of the United States:
Electing Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States of America would be like appointing a serial paedophile as a kindergarten teacher, a rapist as a janitor at a girls’ dormitory or a psychopath with a fixation on knives as a kitchen hand. His comments on Russia are a puerile attempt at making the grand stage and boy, did he blow it…
Somewhat like Condoleezza Rice did before the Bush regime was er…”elected” …, Mitt Romney takes the chance to mouth off about Russia, calling her “our number one geopolitical foe” which fights “every cause for the world’s worst actors”. Unfortunately, such vapid stupidity has become commonplace among senior US politicians, providing the rest of the world with a telling insight as to the real nature of the political class in that country – out of touch, out of date and dangerously jingoistic. In short, overgrown self-opinionated schoolboys with super-egos but nothing whatsoever to back it up with. …
Exactly at a time when Russia and the USA are finding that they have far more in common than differences, exactly when they see that they are much more friends than foes, when they see that there is so much to be gained through collaboration, a foul-mouthed, big-headed oaf like Romney with more money than sense makes a comment that reveals who he really is to the world: a pea-brained, pith-headed simpleton with too much testosterone and too little common sense, with zero tact, no diplomacy and a paramount grasp on the intricacies of world politics. A prize, good-for-nothing ignoramus
At a time when Russia and the United States of America are working together in space, at a time when the scientific communities and Universities are ever more intricately linked, when the security networks share information more freely on terrorists, on crime, combating drugs trafficking, at a time when the two countries are working together on trade and commerce and forging common links on intellectual property rights, up comes stick-in-the-mud wannabe Presidential candidate Mitt Romney blurting out outdated Cold War drivel like some redneck nearing an alcoholic coma.
With as much credibility. In fact, one has seen more intelligent things scrawled in excrement on the walls of public latrines.
Despite diligent research, I have found no support for any rumor that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Nation Committee Chairwoman, ghost wrote the Pravda article.
Moreover, the Pravda article is fair and balanced if you like incoming President Putin and approve of this refreshingly transparent and candid “open-mic”
Obama pleaded with outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and, by implication, Vladimir Putin — soon to be inaugurated again in Moscow — to give him “space” until after the November U.S. election, at which point Obama could be more “flexible.”
While the context of the discussion was the possibility of even more gratuitous U.S. concessions on missile defense, Obama himself made it clear to Medvedev that the range of issues where he was signaling further retreat was far broader.
Medvedev wasted no time creating “space” for Obama by criticizing Mitt Romney, the almost-certain Republican presidential nominee.
According to Ambassador Bolton, the discussion between President Obama and outgoing President Medvedev
obviously express Medvedev’s — and Putin’s — preference for dealing with Obama, and his concern that a President Romney would not be as pliable as the current incumbent.
Although the White House tried to downplay the significance of the Obama-Medvedev exchange, they have not succeeded, and should not.
Obama was candidly admitting to a foreign ruler that his vision of dramatically reduced U.S. global strength could not withstand the red-hot scrutiny of a U.S. political campaign.
It should be obvious that we have no reason to be concerned about a post-election President Obama unleashed to do as he and his people think best to promote whatever agendas they wish; that there will be few political consequences to restrain them is of no consequence. Even thinking such nonsense is paranoid, and paranoia (unlike the Pravda article) is utterly childish. President Obama’s administration is the most transparent in history, as he has told us — even though he does not
yet control all branches of government.
I have no idea whether Russia is, or under President Putin will become, “our number one geopolitical foe.” There are many actual and potential “number one geopolitical” foes, and their numbers seem to be growing despite
because of President Obama’s insightful penchant for apologizing to the Free Peoples of the Earth for the bad things he claims that the United States (some in the military, perhaps, but certainly not in his administration) have done over the years. True, Russia and the United States under President Obama have had brotherly (but only minor) disagreements about goings on in Syria, Iran and other insignificant countries. However, Russia has not nuked us yet; North Korea and Iran presently seem more likely eventually to try to do that than is Russia.
Fortunately, Russia has been expanding her benign economic, social and military presence in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America. Pravda wisely (as always) put it,
The tangible results of the visit of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Latin America were, in a word, massive, the first concrete step in laying the cornerstone of a new geopolitical order based on multilateral values, a New World Order which spells a clear message to the USA: either you are with us, or against us.
The much-heralded visit of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to Venezuela this weekend was far more than a continuation of the excellent ties between the socially progressive Latin American growing giant of Hugo Chavez and the Russian Federation – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was also present.
The United States of America’s self-imposed blockade of Venezuela damages Washington and those states which agree to pander to Washington’s dictates, namely Brazil, whose President Lula told Hugo Chavez that the Supertucano contract with Embraer was off, due to pressure from the USA. As Vladimir Putin stated (causing Hugo Chavez to laugh) “It is good that the USA does not wish to sell”.
The last four Mi-17 helicopters have been delivered, completing the deal signed in 2006 for 38 aircraft, part of a deal which began in 2004, namely for 24 Sukhoi-30 fighters, 53 transport helicopters and 100,000 AK 103 guns.
Russia has granted Venezuela a loan of 2.2 billion USD, part of which could be used to purchase 90 T-72 tanks, Smerch multiple rocket launchers, S-300 anti-aircraft systems and submarines.
Why can’t the backwards United States be just like Venezuela under the “socially progressive Latin American growing giant of Hugo Chavez?” We had better get there, fast, because otherwise we will be against all that Russia, Venezuela and other free and peace loving nations hold dear.
Afghanistan, Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood and the United Nations may also be candidates for the honor of becoming our “number one geopolitical foe.” China? Maybe — Hu knows? An argument could probably be made that the United States has in recent years become, or is well on her way to becoming, her own “number one geopolitical foe.”
End of snark and satire:
President Obama’s request to postpone matters of substance until after the election so that he can have more flexibility should be taken seriously. Both its domestic and international ramifications need to be considered. If we don’t take them seriously, another four years under President Obama may well cause Governor Romney to demote Russia from her exalted station as our number one geopolitical foe; that will certainly help to push the reset button.
For instant relief, push button.
(This article was also posted at Dan Miller’s Blog.)
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