Sunday, November 23, 2014

Obama Surpasses G.W. Bush In Incompetence

And that, is saying something    

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
By Viktor Titov
11/22/2014

For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light…

American voters have punished Obama by handing over Congress to the Republicans, even though it seems that he failed to understand why this has happened. The neocons now have the upper hand in the Senate as well, among which one may find such war hawks like Lindsey Graham and Joni Kay Ernst. This must have something to do with Obama’s ill-planned foreign policy, especially in the Middle East.


The good old American traditions of taking advantage of attempts to dominate other countries have manifested itself clearly over the years during Obama’s presidency in this region. Republicans didn’t hesitate to take advantage of his failures by launching a massive campaign to discredit the US President by accusing him of an inability to solve the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, nonexistent progress in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program without any noticeable concessions from Tehran, and finally of being a “socialist Muslim.” 


At the same time they’ve failed to notice the only foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama that is worth mentioning – the restoration of American hegemony and the renewed US dictatorship in Europe, that had deteriorated during the Bush era.

In his foreign policy Obama followed the interests of the ruling class and business elites, and it seems that in this domain he surpassed his predecessor. His proposals for the dismantling of the UN, for the increasing aggressiveness of NATO and its expansion across the entire Islamic world, his unwillingness to carry on the cooperative effort with Russia against Islamic radicals. 


Same incompetence, same hubris, same delusions
It’s no coincidence that a wave of color revolutions swept across the Middle East during his term. Obama will keep on promoting the idea of “American exceptionalism” and ignoring international law. For this reason Republicans will be eager to support any of Obama’s new military endeavors only to throw him under the bus later. 

They know that once they get him impeached, they will be able to ensure that his chair is occupied by a Republican.


Therefore, at this point Obama can count on the support of the Republican majority in his intentions of initiating a ground operation in Iraq (some fifteen hundred US soldiers have already been sent there). Yet the Republican hawks won’t be eager to commit political suicide by doing so, in the past they have opposed the proposal on the supply of modern weapons to Syrian “rebels” and the Israeli plan to carry out air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Most of them are perfectly aware of the fact that they are two years away from the presidential election, so it’s a bad time for jumping the gun. In contrast, Obama thinks every international matter can be solved by primitive brute force.


For malevolence, lunacy, dementia and sheer evil Bush was a tough act to follow

There’s a handful of examples: the bombing of Syria without a UN resolution; the reverse of the effects of the Sykes–Picot Agreement of 1916, the unexpected statement made by the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, that Assad “possesses undeclared chemical weapons” and the White House statement that appeared on November 12 implying that without the removal of Assad there can be no victory against the Islamic State (ISIL). These facts imply thatpreparations for an imminent full-scale invasion of Syria by the US allies in the region (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan) with the participation of the US Air Force and NATO partners have already begun.


But Republicans are not alone in their dislike of Barack Obama, the Israeli Prime Minister, along with the President of Turkey and the heads of Arab monarchies seem to have all enjoyed Obama’s defeat. 

The Israelis can not forgive the sitting US President that in his speeches he made no mention of Washington’s obligations to provide the state of Israel with military assistance. Now, after the recent military campaign that took the lives of well over two thousand people in Gaza, Obama’s peace plan is buried. 



Now Israel is prepared to do whatever it takes to discourage nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States. The leaked letter that Obama sent to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei where the US President is calling for bilateral cooperation based on common interests in the region, struck a severe blow to the plans of Barack Obama. In an attempt to set the record straight Obama threatened Tehran that he will not extend the period of the nuclear negotiations, that must end on November 24.


Obama ramping up Iraq,  Afghan wars once again
Talks between Tehran and Washington have not yet yielded any results, since there’s a number of radical adversaries on both sides. 

The rapidly changing background in the US and the mounting tension in the Middle East are not contributing to the successful outcome of the negotiations. 


Now both sides, despite the fact that they need to come to an agreement, accuse each other of supporting terrorism and derailing the dialogue. 

Obama’s top priority now is to make a deal with Iran before Republicans will call for strengthening of sanctions against Iran in January, which will force Obama to abandon the very idea of negotiations, since Iran will be labeled “an evil threat to the whole planet.” Iran, for its part, is seeking a way to lift sanctions that had been imposed by the UN and are weakening the economic development of the state. Should they reach an agreement, even a temporary one, they can discuss its details later on.




But it is also likely that Obama will abandon its attempts, assuming that the agreement will satisfy only a few political analysts,while being a major irritation for both the House of Representatives and the Congress, along with Israel, Saudi Arabia and their lobbies. He takes into consideration the fact that after decades of propaganda US citizens are generally hostile towards Iran, and that Republicans have the upper hand now.

It’s no coincidence that Obama is often referred to in the US as “the lamest duck of them all.” He has failed miserably in his foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. Therefore, he will be trying to improve his standing in the US, while starting a new military endeavor against Syria. And it’s pretty clear that he will try to start a new color revolution in Iran should the ongoing negotiations fail. So it’s clear that the Middle East will continue to suffer from the stupidity of the White House.

Viktor Titov, Ph.D in Historical Sciences and political commentator on the Middle East, exclusively for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook.



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Plague Outbreak Kills 40 people In Madagascar

Timing of deadly, obscure virus and bacterial outbreaks in Africa no coincidence    

AP VIA SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
By Linsey Chutel
11/22/2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — 

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.


Citizens of Tournai bury plague victims
Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo. The World Health Organization fears the plague outbreak may spread rapidly through Madagascar's largest and densely populated city, worsened by the country's poor health care system.

WHO said a national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak, with the cost of the project reaching $200,000. 



The international health organization said it is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.


Yersinia pestis
The plague is a disease carried by rodents and spread by fleas. 

Humans are most often infected when they are bitten by fleas, causing swelling of the lymph nodes and sometimes pneumonia.

Combatting the disease in Madagascar has been made more difficult by a high level of resistance to an insecticide used to control fleas, according to WHO.

Early treatment and antibiotics have been effective in curing the disease, according to WHO.



The bubonic form of the disease, which causes swollen lymph nodes, can be treated with antibiotics. The deadlier pneumonic form, which attacks the lungs, may kill patients within 24 hours, warn health officials. 


Bubonic plague - The Black Death

Pneumonic plague is easily spread through coughing but WHO says only two percent of cases reported in Madagascar have been from this highly infectious form of the disease.

The first case of the outbreak was found in a village in a district two hours away from Antananarivo. The man was positively diagnosed on Aug. 31 and died days later, according to WHO. Since then 16 other districts have reported cases of plague.


London Engineers working on the £15 billion Crossrail Project have unearthed bodies in Farringdon, revealing a previously unknown Black Death plague pit

The plague is most famous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plague infections still occur throughout the world, mainly in parts of Africa and Asia.



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Obama Reverses Course, Extends U.S. Combat Role In Afghanistan

Obama never intended to leave Afghanistan:  Now our military, already stretched tighter than a banjo string with endless deployments and the back-door draft of "Stop Loss" faces more needless, meaningless deaths in an unwinnable confrontation with Afghans who have never lost a war with foreign powers; Obama, JCS, DOD, Congress will be held accountable and responsible for each and every military casualty in this endless, insane, illegal "war"    

SLATE
By Elliot Hannon
11/22/2014

President Obama reversed course on his previous decision to end American troops’ combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year. The classified order, the New York Times reports, will give American troops broader offensive capability in the country—including carrying out missions against the Taliban and broader support of the Afghan military—than first articulated by the President earlier this year.


“In effect, Mr. Obama’s decision largely extends much of the current American military role for another year,” according to the Times. 

“Mr. Obama and his aides were forced to make a decision because the 13-year old mission, Operation Enduring Freedom, is set to end on Dec. 31.” 

Here’s more from the Times on Obama’s rethink on America’s post-combat mission strategy:



In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of Al Qaeda.” The decision to change that mission was the result of a lengthy and heated debate that laid bare the tension inside the Obama administration between two often-competing imperatives: the promise Mr. Obama made to end the war in Afghanistan, versus the demands of the Pentagon that American troops be able to successfully fulfill their remaining missions in the country.


The internal discussion took place against the backdrop of this year’s collapse of Iraqi security forces in the face of the advance of the Islamic State as well as the mistrust between the Pentagon and the White House that still lingers since Mr. Obama’s 2009 decision to “surge” 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan. 


Some of the president’s civilian advisers say that decision was made only because of excessive Pentagon pressure, and some military officials say it was half-baked and made with an eye to domestic politics.


How many more Americans will die in this illegal, immoral "war?"
Mr. Obama’s decision, made during a White House meeting in recent weeks with his senior national security advisers, came over the objection of some of his top civilian aides, who argued that American lives should not be put at risk next year in any operations against the Taliban — and that they should have only a narrow counterterrorism mission against Al Qaeda. But the military pushed back, and generals both at the Pentagon and in Afghanistan urged Mr. Obama to define the mission more broadly to allow American troops to attack the Taliban, the Haqqani network and other militants if intelligence revealed that the extremists were threatening American forces in the country.



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Thousands of "Lost" Lois Lerner Emails Suddenly Found By IRS Watchdog

Hold the train for Leavenworth    

THE BLAZE
By Pete Kasperowicz
11/21/2014

As many as 30,000 emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner have reportedly been found, which could give House Republicans another chance to examine Lerner’s precise role in the IRS targeting scandal.


Lerner headed for the can
The Washington Examiner reported Friday that as many as 30,000 emails from Lerner have been recovered by Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The IRS spent months saying many of Lerner’s emails were lost, to the disappointment of Republicans who were investigating her role in the IRS decision to apply more scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, just before the 2012 election. The Examiner said TIGTA found many of those emails on “disaster recovery tapes,” and has been working to recover them fully.


A GOP aide who spoke with TIGTA was told that the emails are from the period of time when Lerner’s emails were lost. The bulk of Lerner emails that were lost were dated from 2009 through 2011.




TIGTA has said it would still take a number of weeks before the emails are pulled out, redacted appropriately and otherwise ready to be presented to members of Congress. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said late Friday that his committee is ready to examine those emails, and said he was hopeful they might shed light on how Lerner operated.

“Though it is unclear whether TIGTA has found all of the missing Lois Lerner emails, there may be significant information in this discovery,” he said. “The Oversight Committee will be looking for information about her mindset and who she was communicating with outside the IRS during a critical period of time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups.”




But Issa also had harsh words for the IRS for failing to come up with the emails itself. Many Republicans have accused the IRS publicly of purposefully losing or hiding Lerner’s emails to let the IRS avoid further scrutiny.


Lerner, Obama, Holder have a date with the slammer
“This discovery also underscores the lack of cooperation Congress has received from the IRS,” Issa said. “The agency first failed to disclose the loss to Congress and then tried to declare Lerner’s emails gone and lost forever. Once again it appears the IRS hasn’t been straight with Congress and the American people.”

In September, House Republicans believed they had a lead into where Lerner’s emails might still be stored. 



They said they spoke with TIGTA officials, and those officials said hundreds of computers had not yet been searched to see if they contained the emails.



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