what are barack obama's flaws?

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Yeah, it's all about how you sleep, right? You'd be fine with every non-American dying horrifically, as long as you could wash your own hands of it.

Frederik B, Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:20 (one year ago) Permalink

go get under a drone, u babbler

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck you

El Tomboto, Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:29 (one year ago) Permalink

tom relax jeez!

k3vin k., Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:49 (one year ago) Permalink

not sure what fred's HRC white knighting is all about, i didn't really dis her that hard or anything. there's tons of reporting out there that suggests she was one of the louder hawks in obama's ear during her time at state, and given that obama's decision-making style was nothing if not collaborative (a good thing!), it seems reasonable to point that out. though yes, ultimately the decision is his

k3vin k., Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck off with that sexist 'white knight' bullshit, will you?

Frederik B, Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

everybody so touchy this morning huh

k3vin k., Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:22 (one year ago) Permalink

From my perspective, Obama was collaborative with the people he invited to the room. He always invited someone who would disagree with him, and then try to accommodate them. Not convince them to come around to his position. That's probably his greatest flaw, as Alfred alluded to above

El Tomboto, Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink

He deserves a lot of praise for Cuba and Iran, though, I forgot about that. I think my main problem with his foreign policy was mostly his slowness. He didn't have a guiding ideology, which is a fairly good thing. He wanted to be reactive and free and improvising, but he was just at times so slow that things spun out of control before he did anything. The part of that WaPo story of them trying to figure out a response to the Russians is a comedy of errors.

Frederik B, Saturday, 24 June 2017 14:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Obama's foreign policy was fine.

lol

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:34 (one year ago) Permalink

American FP orthodoxy is poison and O did nothing to change that even if he didn't necessarily indulge in every possible worst impulse

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Design the perfect US foreign policy! Wait no let me guess Bernie already did it

El Tomboto, Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Bernie is awful on foreign policy and basically the entire left acknowledges this

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd start with not giving the Saudis a bunch of money or drone bombing hospitals, how's that?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Wait no let me guess Bernie already did it

I'll join the "fuck you" party.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Disarmament Now

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:00 (one year ago) Permalink

/ Wait no let me guess Bernie already did it/

I'll join the "fuck you" party.

You did that a while back, remember when we 51'd you? I really enjoyed being called a "cog" though.

Oh, and Fuck you.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd start with not giving the Saudis a bunch of money or drone bombing hospitals, how's that?

Okay if we want to do this for real, and since I'm usually the hippie in the room at my day job I'm certainly game, should we have a thread?

El Tomboto, Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Bombing hospitals is insanely good.

the ghost of markers, Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:10 (one year ago) Permalink

definitely call it the American FP thread

blog haus aka the scene raver (wins), Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

for the love of god if you really must do that revive an existing thread, having a new dedicated trump thread is bad enough

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

oh good this should be edifying

Mordy, Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

j0rda not otm

― the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:13 PM (eight hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

you guys are missing the point

― J0rdan S., Wednesday, April 30, 2008 9:33 PM (nine years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 24 June 2017 21:31 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

still tough to get over this but hey, nobody's perfect ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In 2011, the former Republican chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Christopher "Kit" Bond, told me: "It's not the intelligence committee that fails to understand the problem. It's the Obama administration."

"The president seemed as angry at Mueller for wanting to arrest the illegals and at Panetta for wanting to exfiltrate the source from Moscow as he was at the Russians," Gates wrote. He quoted Obama as saying: "Just as we're getting on track with the Russians, this? This is a throwback to the Cold War. This is right out of John le Carré. We put START, Iran, the whole relationship with Russia at risk for this kind of thing?" Gates recounts that the vice president wanted to ignore the entire issue because it threatened to disrupt an upcoming visit from Russia's president at the time, Dmitry Medvedev.

Even after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Obama policy toward Russian aggression was inconsistent. As Foreign Policy magazine reported in May, Obama's State Department slow-rolled a proposal from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations to lay out a set of options to punish Russia's client Syria for its use of chlorine bombs against its own citizens in 2014. Russia and the U.S. forged the agreement in 2013 to remove chemical weapons from the country. In 2015, the Obama administration did nothing to deter Russia from establishing air bases inside Syria...

All of this is the context of Putin's decision to boldly interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections. Perhaps Putin would have authorized the operation even if Obama had responded more robustly to Russia's earlier dirty tricks and foreign adventures. But it's easy to understand why Putin would believe he had a free shot. Russia probed American resolve for years. When Obama finally did respond, it was too late to save Ukraine and too late to protect our election.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-27/obama-choked-on-russia-long-before-the-2016-election

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 11 September 2017 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

ICYMI

"(This) paper finds that while President Obama had wide discretion and appropriated funds to relieve homeowners caught in the economic crisis, the policy design his administration chose for his housing program was a disaster. Instead of helping homeowners, at every turn the administration was obsessed with protecting the financial system — and so homeowners were left to drown.

"As a result, the percentage of black homeowners who were underwater on their mortgage exploded 20-fold from 2007 to 2013."

http://peoplespolicyproject.org/2017/12/07/destruction-of-black-wealth-during-the-obama-presidency/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2017 17:07 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

obama fetishism is even more loathesome now than it was pre-trump

marcos, Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

you're right, it's disgusting when we have such an excellent current president

crüt, Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Presidents need to be measured by the yardstick of all the other presidents who preceded or followed them. The job is unlike most any other job and places peculiar burdens and demands upon the people who seek and fill the office. You can't measure them accurately by comparing them to some unicorn that exists only in your imagination, which will never appear in real life, no matter how long you live. Within the framework of the U.S. presidency, Obama perhaps doesn't make the top five list, but he easily makes the top ten.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

what kind of yardstick do you own?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(top twenty for sure)

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2017 03:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i see your moral relativism and 'unicorn' bullshit, Aimless, and fuck it, along with Obama

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

mass murderers tend to ruin the grading curve

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

morbs, ranking presidents relative to one another is, by definition an exercise in relativism. the job of president has such vast ramifications upon so many millions, for both good and ill, often due to the same decision, that moral purity is not an option. if you ever had the misfortune to find yourself doing the job, you'd not only be thoroughly miserable, but, unless you were paralyzed by moral indecision, you'd do some amount of irreparable harm each time you tried to do some indisputable good, and therefore become a pariah to yourself.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 28 December 2017 06:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Sliding scale relativism, civilian drone deaths and "hilarious" comedy Caribbean accents aside, his current guise as benevolent billionaire with much hypocritical + platitudinous drivel + smugness to impart to us mere mortals - his global fan club of course, makes him an even worse example of a presumptuous + arrogant twat than Blair.

calzino, Thursday, 28 December 2017 11:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

these people pursue the job relentlessly, Aimless, and hence are sociopaths by definition

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2017 13:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Sociopaths get good things signed into law too. We know this.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2017 14:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"You're too hip baby, I can't carry you anymore"

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Thursday, 28 December 2017 15:03 (eleven months ago) Permalink

don't ask me to love em

peace out

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2017 15:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

there are maybe three presidents better than obama and that's pushing it

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 28 December 2017 18:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

No one here wants to grab a micro brew with Bam, for god's sake.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2017 18:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'd totally grab a micro brew with him

Moodles, Thursday, 28 December 2017 19:25 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i dunno he seems busy

i wouldn't wanna waste his time

j., Thursday, 28 December 2017 19:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Seems like a potentially awkward situation. "Sorry Barry, I have to turn down this highly imaginary invitation to grab some beers because I think you have more important things to do with your time." I think he'd be bummed.

Moodles, Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

that looks like a very un-fun and contrived liquid lunch, would definitely pass on an event like that.

calzino, Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:15 (eleven months ago) Permalink

plus the beer looks like shit beer

Lyudmila Pavlichenko (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

and Biden's drinking near beer!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I can take the shit beer all day long, just not the shit people!

calzino, Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

good beer makes shit people more survivable

Lyudmila Pavlichenko (dandydonweiner), Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

how many Mafia dons are better than Obama, J.D.?

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 December 2017 20:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink


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