Critique from an Obama fan
“America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat,” Obama declared in his speech Wednesday night. He described it as a “counterterrorism campaign” that would “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.
There’s some inconsistency there. Counterterrorism is the right prism through which to approach this, rather than all-out war, but it’s unlikely to destroy ISIS any more than it did the Taliban or militancy in Yemen.
Indeed, the president, in his speech, said that his strategy in Syria “is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” That’s a plausible comparison, but Obama may be the only person in the world who would cite conflict-torn Yemen and Somalia as triumphs. […]
“We’re going to war because we’ve been spooked,” notes Joshua Landis, a Syria specialist at the University of Oklahoma. “But if we do it wrong, we could ensure that the violence spreads.”
8:54 pm • 14 September 2014
“To recap: we are going to war with no clear exit plan; we are doing so before the regional allies have been forced to take a stand; Obama is shouldering all of the responsibility himself, based on a hysterical public mood that could evaporate in a month’s time. To argue that this is a reneging of everything Obama ran on is an understatement. Even Bush went to Congress for a vote before the Iraq War. And the legitimization of panic and fear and hysteria undoes so much of what Obama had previously achieved in amending US foreign policy.”
— The Nightmare Scenario
5:36 pm • 13 September 2014 • 22 notes
“I cast another absentee ballot for Obama. And this time, when he won, I felt my hope a little more absent as well.”
— I’m a Millennial and I’m disappointed in Obama
8:48 pm • 11 December 2013 • 1 note
“I’m really good at killing people.”
— U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly said to aides
8:48 pm • 4 November 2013 • 4 notes
White House under assault over healthcare, NSA, Benghazi
A trio of issues — Obamacare, spying allegations and Benghazi — bring headaches to the White House this week.
In a place accustomed to tough stretches, this has been a particularly tough few days at the White House.
After emerging from the showdown over the Republican-led government shutdown relatively unscathed, the Obama administration finds itself under assault on three fronts: problems surrounding Obamacare, the revelations of the U.S. spying on allies, and the 2012 attack on the U.S diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, the latter for which a senator has threatened to hold up all of the Obama administration’s nominations.
2:24 pm • 1 November 2013
“Even as the debate about arming the rebels took on a new urgency, Mr. Obama rarely voiced strong opinions during senior staff meetings. But current and former officials said his body language was telling: he often appeared impatient or disengaged while listening to the debate, sometimes scrolling through messages on his BlackBerry or slouching and chewing gum. In private conversations with aides, Mr. Obama described Syria as one of those hellish problems every president faces, where the risks are endless and all the options are bad.”
— U.S. President Obama’s experience with Syria
11:12 am • 29 October 2013 • 1 note
Just thinking, President Obama signed to extend what is now a 12 year U.S. state of emergency on Tuesday. Is there an existential or pressing terror threat or is this to have access to emergency powers under the false definition of terrorism?
12:31 pm • 12 September 2013
Obama orders the United States to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks
Another one from The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald:
Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’
These plans are directed by President Obama, who has ordered intelligence chiefs of his administration to come up with a list of targets to perform cyber attacks across the world. It is a plan called, “Offensive Cyber Effects Operations (OCEO).”
Here’s the official directive by President Obama, via The Guaridan
12:21 am • 8 June 2013