America Is In Retreat, By Design

Why Not Stick It To Uncle Sam?

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, IDB

It is perfectly obvious that Iran’s latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20%).

Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

It will, however, make meaningful sanctions more difficult. America’s proposed Security Council resolution is already laughably weak — no blacklisting of Iran’s central bank, no sanctions against Iran’s oil and gas industry, no nonconsensual inspections on the high seas.

Yet Turkey and Brazil — both current members of the Security Council — are so opposed to sanctions that they will not even discuss the resolution. And China will now have a new excuse to weaken it further.

But the deeper meaning of the uranium-export stunt is the brazenness with which Brazil and Turkey gave cover to the mullahs’ nuclear ambitions and deliberately undermined U.S. efforts to curb Iran’s program.

The real news is that already notorious photo: the president of Brazil, our largest ally in Latin America, and the prime minister of Turkey, for more than half a century the Muslim anchor of NATO, raising hands together with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the most virulently anti-American leader in the world.

That picture — a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam — is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there’s no cost in lining up with America’s enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to apologies and appeasement.

They’ve watched President Obama’s humiliating attempts to appease Iran, as every rejected overture is met with abjectly renewed U.S. negotiating offers.

American acquiescence reached such a point that the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most significant U.S. strategic advance in the region in 30 years.

They’ve watched America acquiesce to Russia’s re-exerting sway over Eastern Europe, over Ukraine (pressured by Russia last month into extending for 25 years its lease of the Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol) and over Georgia (Russia’s de facto annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is no longer an issue under the Obama “reset” policy).

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  1. Another case of Americas slide. Affirmative action for Miss USA? She is drop dead stupid as well. What a fucking turn off: Miss Hizbolla USA!!!!

    It’s all part of hussein obama’s new islamized America.

  2. Americans have gone from John Wayne to RuPaul.

    They are desperately hoping that Muslims will take pity and leave them alone if only the American people embrace everything Islamic.

    I witnessed the phenomenon in junior high when the weak kids would emulate the bullies’ clothing and hairstyles in a futile attempt to achieve common cause.

    But they still got pantsed.

    Americans can elect all the Husseins and honor all the Miz Hezbollahs they want.

    It’s not going to work.

  3. Google is antisemitic and anti Israel as well and we should at least let them know that we know.

  4. Another case of Americas slide. Affirmative action for Miss USA? She is drop dead stupid as well. What a fucking turn off: Miss Hizbolla USA!!!!

    Where are those vociferous American Women?

    With this interview, the new Islamo-extremist Miss USA Fakih demonstrated yet again that she can barely utter a complete sentence without sticking her foot in her mouth and uttering her dumb laugh. No shocker, since she’s described herself recently as “ghetto.” Yup, low-class, backwater Hezbollah ghetto. Her Lebanese accent and inability to speak proper English demonstrates that despite coming to the US at age two, she was quite sheltered in her extremist Shi’ite Muslim community.

    Uh, we don’t need this cretin to “show the world that the United States still has what it takes.” On the contrary, she’s Exhibit A that it dsn’t.

  5. They are not back on the reservation because they never left.

    Just being facetious.

    So indulge me as I retroactively and precognitively declare that American Jews are/have been/always will be the liberals’ comfort women.

    but I will indulge you all the same. LOL

  6. Now the Jews love the Hussein again.

    They are not back on the reservation because they never left.

    Liberal Jews are as enslaved as junkies on heroin.

    I am surprised that you took any of the melodrama seriously.

    Any dissension from liberal Jews is merely a precursor to them once gain groveling prostrate…and grateful for the opportunity to do so.

    So indulge me as I retroactively and precognitively declare that American Jews are/have been/always will be the liberals’ comfort women.

    Pitiful secular pseudo-Hebraic pipsqueaking notwithstanding, they are as subservient as tatooed love boys who have been abducted by the Hell’s Angels.

  7. Fistel I think your prognosis for America is overly optimistic!!

    “You ain’t seen nothing yet”

    In the words of the famous Tar Yag “Measure for Measure” Fuck with the Jews and Jerusalem and you pay a collective price. Mida Neged Mida

  8. Obama has staked too much on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Having been defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq, he seeks victory against the Jews. The State Department has threatened reprisals against whichever party breaks the talks by staging provocations. Daily terror attempts, evidenced by the continual arrests of Fatah terrorists, are not a provocation, of course.

    Israel’s relationship with the United States is the worst it has ever been. And it seems increasingly that Netanyahu has given in to Obama not only on the Palestinians, but also on Iran. After every meeting with Obama, Bibi looks shell-shocked, and Iran’s nuclearization will devastate him completely, making him open to any concessions to the Arabs.

  9. Netanyahu promised Mitchell that he would dismantle still more roadblocks, transfer authority in more towns to Fatah thugs, and release large numbers of terrorists arrested by teenage Jewish soldiers at great risk to themselves.

    These must be the strangest negotiations in history, with the stronger side giving way continually and the weaker Palestinians offering no concessions whatsoever.

  10. Netanyahu promised Mitchell that he would dismantle still more roadblocks, transfer authority in more towns to Fatah thugs, and release large numbers of terrorists arrested by teenage Jewish soldiers at great risk to themselves.

    These must be the strangest negotiations in history, with the stronger side giving way continually and the weaker Palestinians offering no concessions whatsoever.

    Obama has staked too much on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Having been defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq, he seeks victory against the Jews. The State Department has threatened reprisals against whichever party breaks the talks by staging provocations. Daily terror attempts, evidenced by the continual arrests of Fatah terrorists, are not a provocation, of course.

    Israel’s relationship with the United States is the worst it has ever been. And it seems increasingly that Netanyahu has given in to Obama not only on the Palestinians, but also on Iran. After every meeting with Obama, Bibi looks shell-shocked, and Iran’s nuclearization will devastate him completely, making him open to any concessions to the Arabs.

  11. Peace talks: Netanyahu’s losing ground

    The proximity talks may be futile, but so far Obama has outmaneuvered Netanyahu. The State Department declared Israel a perennial friend, Obama met with Barak repeatedly and dined with Wiesel, and the administration’s kapos encouraged Jewish leaders.

    Now the Jews love the Hussein again.

  12. Peace talks: Netanyahu’s losing ground

    The proximity talks may be futile, but so far Obama has outmaneuvered Netanyahu. The State Department declared Israel a perennial friend, Obama met with Barak repeatedly and dined with Wiesel, and the administration’s kapos encouraged Jewish leaders. Now the Jews love the Hussein again.

    Netanyahu promised Mitchell that he would dismantle still more roadblocks, transfer authority in more towns to Fatah thugs, and release large numbers of terrorists arrested by teenage Jewish soldiers at great risk to themselves. These must be the strangest negotiations in history, with the stronger side giving way continually and the weaker Palestinians offering no concessions whatsoever.

    Obama has staked too much on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Having been defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq, he seeks victory against the Jews. The State Department has threatened reprisals against whichever party breaks the talks by staging provocations. Daily terror attempts, evidenced by the continual arrests of Fatah terrorists, are not a provocation, of course.

    Israel’s relationship with the United States is the worst it has ever been. And it seems increasingly that Netanyahu has given in to Obama not only on the Palestinians, but also on Iran. After every meeting with Obama, Bibi looks shell-shocked, and Iran’s nuclearization will devastate him completely, making him open to any concessions to the Arabs.

  13. America’s amazingly rapid decline:

    What we are seeing is not a gradual decline, but a state where everything was propped up by increasingly fragile supports, and then some small part breaks and the whole thing comes crashing down at once.

    Who knew that Saddam Hussein was the key to stability in the Middle East? When we toppled him, the shift in power was swift and totally unanticipated. Iran, fuled by oil money, took control. They have established a Shiite dominated northern alliance originally consisting of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon (Hizbolla), and Hamas. This has now been joined by Turkey. China had long supported Iran, and Russia, seeing an opportunity to cause trouble and make money at the same time, has also come out in support of the new Iranian empire.

    That leaves the southern Sunnis in big trouble. There were already large Shiite minorities in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Egypt is bankrupt and unstable. Fatah in the west bank may fall to Hamas, and when they do, then Jordan with its palestinian majority, goes next.

    And while the middle east is slowly burning, Obama fiddles. And there is not much he can or will do. As an ultra-liberal, he loves muslims, hates white christian conservatives, hates Jewish Israel, and is a pacifist desiring to make America weak and more like Europe all the time.

    And since America is now bankrupt in everything but name, even if he wants to he can’t afford to do anything. We can’t afford to have troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, south Korea, and Germany, while extending free health care to the ever increasing number of illegal latinos flooding the country.

    (And I somehow doubt Sarah Palin will save us.)

  14. American acquiescence reached such a point that the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most significant U.S. strategic advance in the region in 30 years.

  15. American acquiescence reached such a point that the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most significant U.S. strategic advance in the region in 30 years.

    The conservative challenge to Obama’s manhood has belatedly commenced!

    Now that Krauthammer has broken the taboo, I anxiously anticipate many more references to Obama’s impotence.

  16. American acquiescence reached such a point that the president was late, hesitant and flaccid in expressing even rhetorical support for democracy demonstrators who were being brutally suppressed and whose call for regime change offered the potential for the most significant U.S. strategic advance in the region in 30 years.

    Ah, the conservative challenge to Obama’s manhood has belatedly commenced.

    Now that Krauthammer has broken the taboo, I anxiously anticipate many more references to Obama’s impotence.