For a man so in love with the technology of image, the camera, the microphone and the teleprompter, the leader of the increasingly less free world has a natural tendency to put a little too much faith in it. This is the second time that an open microphone has let Obama down, the first time it recorded him stabbing an ally in the back, the second time it recorded him stabbing a few dozen more in the back.
Vladimir Putin didn't have any racial guilt to ladle on the voters that might get them to overlook the mansions, the corruption and the abuses of power. But the average American voter, like the Russian voter, is more interested in the meat and potatoes, not to mention the gasoline, than in mystical allusions to the power of history. If Putin at times seemed bent on passing himself off as a new czar and Obama as a new savior, the crown and halo were shattered by the economy.
Putin's had tightened control over Russia to an extent that the Obamas and the Warrens could only fondly dream of in their fondest federalist fantasies. And it's easier to steal elections, when you don't have to kowtow to a bunch of provincial interests and take the complaints of bible and gun owners seriously. But much like Putin and Ahmadinejad, Obama enjoys dim prospects in a straight election. And unlike them, he doesn't have a military force that will turn up a few million ballots and send the protesters straight to the hospital, if not to the morgue.
Obama likes being a democrat, it's just the democracy part that he doesn't much care for. And while his diplomacy is generally underwhelming, a mutual dislike of elections proved to be a popular bonding topic with Medvedev, the human face of the regime. But if Medvedev really thought that Obama was serious about needing more space because of an election, he hasn't been paying much attention to American politics.
This is a White House that doesn't pass laws to curry favor with the general voting population. That's what publicity stunts and race cards and wars against women are for. In 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where Al Sharpton is an honored guest and policy is outsourced to whoever comes earliest and tosses the foam ball the best, policy isn't made to soothe the savage electoral beast, it's done to pay off buddies, soothe furious Muslims and implement whatever idea that a committee of unhinged leftists, Clinton veterans and friends from Chicago think is the way to go.
If Obama is jettisoning Eastern Europe, it's because he thinks it doesn't matter. The sage wisdom is that the future is in the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Russia is full of pale men and so is Eastern Europe. A man who thinks that there's a language known as "Austrian" can't exactly be expected to tell them apart or to care. Not when there are more exciting places to be, like Beijing of Dubai.
When it comes to Russia, Obama can't see the point. When the Berlin Wall fell, Obama was busy completing the final leg of his prolonged education and adolescence while minoring in racial careerism. If he was even busy paying attention to people with funny names like Yeltsin or Gorbachev, it was while smoking blunts and laughing at how funny the syllables of their names sounded in his mouth.
Obama cares as much about Russia, as he does about the UK. If their leaders meet up with him, he'll shake hands, nod intently while thinking of what to order for lunch and make the same vague statements that he makes on every occasion. So long as they, unlike a certain impertinent Jew from Jerusalem, don't call him out on his arrogance or stupidity, his handlers will be able to chalk it up as another successful bit of international diplomacy.
There's a reason that Obama gets along reasonably well with Sarkozy and Cameron, they're all vain shallow men who imagine themselves standing at the wheel of history. When Sark and Cam want to drag Obo into a war, all they have to do is appeal to his ego. That's how we wound up bombing Libya and if we ever get around to bombing Syria, it will be because our allies come equipped with the same weapon with which Perseus slew the Gordon Medusa. A mirror.
Russia is not exactly in the same league. It's doubtful that Putin was worried about what Obama would or wouldn't agree to. Ever since Hope and Change took an oath on a mirror, Moscow has been casually slapping around Washington D.C. or swatting it away like a pesky fly. That isn't about to change now.
In the Post-American World ruled by the teleprompter and the trending topic, nothing that Obama says actually matters. His only power is over American allies, and only those allies who are willing to endure him and listen to him. And that is a diminishing number. The reset button has been pushed, but 'reset button' was misspelled to read overload, a misspelling that seems altogether accurate these days when American influence and the free world have been overloaded by the burden of their own follies.
Obama's hush hush chat with Medvedev wasn't just about promising to give the bear Eastern Europe on a platter if the beast would just hold his appetite until after election day, it was about a conniving liar who was using us as a pretext in whatever game he was playing. Maybe the American public should care more about the missile shield, but Obama knows they don't. An administration which is still clinging to the wildly unpopular skunk of ObamaCare while sneering at the hoi polloi who drive, instead of get driven about, is not too worried what Des Moines will think of the missile shield.
What the Russians read as an admission of weakness is something else entirely. It may just be that Obama had gotten so in the habit of promising anyone and everyone that once the coal miners and bible thumpers could be lured to the polls, he would have more flexibility on everything from gay marriage to sending Rush Limbaugh to a gulag, that it has become his default responsible to just about any demand from anyone. What goes for SEIU and CAIR, might as well go for Mother Russia.
The only thing that Obama really needs from Russia is for the reformed reds to avoid causing him any problems. The last thing he wants while boasting about the road that we traveled with him is a 3 AM phone call. As far as he's concerned, the bear can do what it wants, so long as it doesn't bite at an inconvenient time. That makes the tradeoff a fairly simple one. Russia avoids creating a crisis until after election day and in return they will get the same charming fellow in the Oval Office who won't care what happens afterward to all the small country with funny names.
It's the Chicago way. You scratch my back and I won't look too closely into those shady land deals or the suspicious deaths. Ever since the Caliph of Chicago made it to the White House, the old game has gone from the backlots of Oz park to the world stage, but it hasn't really changed much, just gotten bigger. Moscow, which is the Chicago of Russia, where payoffs and legbreaking are the only form of law that matters, understands how to play the game. They also know a punk when they see one.
Propaganda is the only thing on television. Enemies of the state are forever being denounced in the most vulgar and violent language. Nationalization and federalization are passed off as reform programs, when they are actually payday programs to shove as much money and power to the right people as possible. And the goal of those in power appears to be a perpetual one party state run for their own benefit.
Obama and Putin are both petty tyrants living in a house of mirrors, czars of their own egos, corrupt and corrupting forces that hang around the necks of two great nations. They don't quite understand each other, though both are lawyers and bag men for their respective syndicates, neither do they respect each other. But they both know how to play the game.
Thank you for your informative writing. I look forward to them.ReplyDelete
Dignified men do not appear in public half dressed.ReplyDelete
Thugs do thoughReplyDelete
I liked his "after my election" schtick. And he's right. He'll walk it. He doesn't even need to bother getting out of bed that day. It's already in the bag.ReplyDelete
Get ready for the worst presidential term in history, bar none.
I put it to you: Barack Obama is the most impeachable president this country has ever had the misfortune of sitting in the White House. Bill Clinton merely diddled Monica Lewinski and other White House staffers and lied about it. Obama is diddling the nation – or shall i use the term, “screwing”? – and his conduct with the likes of Putin and Hugo Chavez and that lard-ass King of Saudi Arabia are not merely disgraceful, but criminal. Obama is out-diddling Bill and Hillary in terms of destroying this country. That he would negotiate this country’s right to self-defense with Putin or any other enemy – never mind ObamaCare and all his other destructive policies – is frankly a violation of his oath of office. And he ought to be called on it.ReplyDelete
An unfettered Obama - free to indulge his Marxist whims is a terrifying thought. We need to defeat him!ReplyDelete
When I saw this "hot mic" moment, I nearly spit out the food I was eating. Shocking, appalling, traitorous, unforgivable,and also hard to even believe; and yet, I am not surprised.ReplyDelete
O does not need to be impeached. He needs to be deported to Gitmo by this nation's grown-ups (if there are any in a position to act).ReplyDelete
Rather than evolving as a Republic, we are at or near the Russia stage now - with the end goal being something like China - where the masses are slave labor for the .05%
Excellent essay, but it far worse then you suggest. America has a dedicated Marxist in the White House. The media loves the daily hubris and has erased the line between news and entertainment. Want to know when the fire sale of constitutional rights really begins?ReplyDelete
When gun control is addressed by executive fiat in the federal agencies and executive orders. That is the tipping point.
Excellnt anaylsis as usual--blunt, insightful.ReplyDelete
What Obama did was treason IMO. This is far worse than anything Nixon did.
Back door deals and negotiations are common enough in politics but to sell out the country for something like his election?
Worse yet, he has no idea what he is dealing with in Putin. Putin is 140-percent serious about his plans.
Obama doesn't care about the Russian people, the average Russian citizens, anymore than he cared about the Iranian sttudents fighting against a terrorist regime. But Russians are white and so in Obama mind they count even less about them.
Enter future president Mitt Romney and his chest pounding about Russia being public enemy number one. A political ploy. He'll exploit Obama's treason for political gain--to denounce him now and then in the future ala Nixon by making "peace" with the Kremlin.
Politics as usual.
You're right about Propaganda being the only thing on television right now. There's no problem as long as we recognize it as such.
The new RT promos about trueth being the best form of propaganda is pretty accurate as far as I'm considered. Whether denouncing it or promoting it.
OT but I found it intesting that Medvedev responded to Obama in Russian and Obama in English. Based on what I saw from the exchange neither president had a translation device in their ears.ReplyDelete
Since when did Obama learn Russian? This wasn't a formal prepared speech with transliterations, it was a casual conversation.
Just something curious I picked up though I could be wrong about the translation device.
I meant what Nixon did re China