Archive for June 25th, 2014

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Jun
14

Chat Away

President Barack Obama greets President Shimon Peres of Israel in the hallway outside the Oval Office, June 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

25
Jun
14

Together, We’re Pounding The Rock

25
Jun
14

President Obama at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner

7:10 EDT: President Obama Speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner

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Chat On!

25
Jun
14

President Obama Welcomes NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson

2:55 EDT: President Obama Welcomes NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson to the White House

25
Jun
14

Syria? Disarmed. Russia? Backing down. Obama? Still black.

Over the past two days, the Obama Administration has scored two major foreign policy triumphs. (Yes, despite what the darker corners of the neocon bazaar may say, for the most part the Obama record on foreign policy has been quite fruitful.)

First, all of Syria’s declared chemical weapons have been destroyed. This was after the usual critics were calling Pres. Obama weak, feckless, and abandoning the Syrian people by not bombing them. (You have to bomb them to free them, of course. Lesson no. 1 in the Bush/Cheney Manual To Win Hearts and Minds.)

Secondly, Vladimir Putin ordered his version of the Senate to rescind the authorization it gave him to intervene militarily in Ukraine. (That’s the wonderful thing about being a strong man: you can tell your legislature to give you authority to invade a neighboring country, and then turn about and tell it to take it away.) Meanwhile, the West is warning Russia that harsher sanctions are still on the table should this be but yet another of Putin’s many feints. And again, this was after the usual critics called Pres. Obama weak, feckless, and abandoning the Ukrainian people by not skirting with starting World War III. (You have to destroy the world to make it free.)

Of course, if George Bush the Second had accomplished any of his objectives without impoverishing the Republic and stirring animosity abroad, every second high school in the country would be named after him. (The ham-fistedness was a feature, not a bug, however.) Pres. Obama achieved two signal achievements: getting the Assad regime to declare and allow its chemical weapons to be destroyed, and herding the European cats to stand against Putin by squeezing his economy. All without firing a shot or spending treasure. This, by any measure, should win accolades.

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