Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1432634 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976766 Sep 5, 2013
Eman wrote:
"Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West"
What's your problem? Shooting captured prisoners in the back of the head is perfectly humane and supported by Obama. In fact, you probably paid for the ammo.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#976767 Sep 5, 2013
SHADOW wrote:
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Putin isn't afraid to call them "AlQaeda". O'bigears the great divider didn't fool Putin, just pissed him off.
Putin calling heinz kerry a Liar just because he can and he knows our boy isn't man enough to do anything about it.
The world is laughing at the would be man child chillin' in the White House.
You just can't help flaunt your ignorance can you? Heads of state can disagree without being disrespectful. Something people like you will never understand.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976768 Sep 5, 2013
Feniris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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We'll see. Firing off a bunch of missiles isnt a full-blown attack, and I doubt he has the stomach (or resources) for much else....
"Firing off a bunch of missiles" is war...

Obama will attack before Congress has a chance to vote.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976769 Sep 5, 2013
TSM wrote:
More good news about Obama’s Economic Recovery….According to a new report released Thursday, the number of layoffs announced by employers surged in August to the highest level in more than six months. Firms announced plans to lay off 50k workers, up 57% from last year. The announced job cuts were also 33% higher than July!! Why not a War it help FDR recover for the Great Depression!!
Great. Obama close to his objective of more moochers than workers.
Waxman

Windsor, CT

#976770 Sep 5, 2013
Obama wants to become the Air Force for Al Qaeda.

Moronic DemocRATS rejoice and practice church.
MOM

Waterbury, CT

#976771 Sep 5, 2013
As long as the US dollar is needed to buy and sell the key strategic commodity, the US controls the relative value of other currencies, and as long as the US prints the money, it controls world finance and uses the global financial instrument to enslave all those without military protection, or without the sense to know better (i.e., jurisdictions with puppet leaderships).
Financial extortion is a tremendous tool. World national debt is 56.3T or so. The US debt is only a fraction of this at 11.6T or so. Interest on the national debt is low for “stable” states protected by the empire, and high for “unstable” states being consumed by the empire. The world revenue from interest on national debts can be estimated to be at least 1T (per year), and possibly as much as 10T or more from all loan sources. This is comparable to or greater than the gargantuan world revenue from oil and gas, presently at 4.5T.
Based on history, it is more than reasonable to posit that the empire’s wars are driven by profit, that is, by an insatiable desire to extract as much stolen wealth as possible as quickly as possible, and to control territory to ensure continued extraction. Next, I examine the consequences of this assumption.
If the militarily superior empire is driven, as it has always been in terms of its military campaigns, by instant wealth gratification and conquest, then, in order to predict wars, we search for where wealth can be found and stolen. Wealth comes in many forms, such as slave labour, and natural resources, but one form is, more than any other, a strategic commodity: fossil fuel energy.
In the present technological and economic context, fossil fuel is incomparable as a strategic resource. It is the most accessible source of development and growth. Without it, a civilization slows and looses its ability to compete. Control energy supply and you control development. By cutting supply, you can bring an economy to its knees.
It is well known, for example, that the Afghan war is in large part about pipeline geopolitics, in view of controlling China’s access to energy. To an empire, territory is important for two reasons: the resources that it contains, and the transportation routes that it sustains.
In the case of Afghanistan, there is also the formidably profitable drug trade, now controlled (and, to some degree, exploited) by the empire. The world illegal drug economy is estimated to be between 1.5T to 5T (per year), comparable to oil and gas. Whereas these drugs are not a major strategic commodity, the empire must control the illegal drug economy in order to prevent any competitors or resisters from accessing the corresponding easily-earned mega-revenues. This explains the so-called US “war on drugs”. It of course has nothing to do with US public health.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976772 Sep 5, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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It was the war in Syria that gave Assad to excuse to use the Chemical weapons for which he needs to be punished.
If you feel so strongly, get your fat ass over there and do something about it.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976773 Sep 5, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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I haven't seen any proof Assad used chemical weapons.
What proof do you have?
Obama said so.

What more do you need?

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#976774 Sep 5, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Obviously your stupid azz didn't author this nonsense so how about disclosing where it came from.
Waterbury, CT lives for those positive judge-its garnered by posting a cut and paste without providing the source. It's a mental illness.
MOM

Waterbury, CT

#976775 Sep 5, 2013
In a nutshell, in the empire’s mind, non-compliant and counter-allied states, such as Iran and Syria, cannot be allowed to benefit from and to control significant oil resources, in an area where China could secure protected land access to these resources. The war in Syria is nothing if it is not a predictable march forward by the dominant global empire. The sectarianism on the ground is as significant a motive, from a macro-economic perspective, as the war propaganda spewed out by the empire’s sock puppet politicians and disinformation media is truthful. Sectarianism without financial and military support on either side has a way of turning into negotiated accommodation.
In addition to its geopolitical objectives, war also has its immediate dividends for many in the empire. The destroyed territory (infrastructure, population, etc.) must be “reconstructed”, as a compliant serf state, using the empire’s financing, and re-building enterprises, all leveraged via the continued world pillaging elsewhere. The sick and dying or diseased population needs expensive prescription drugs, and so on. World spending on prescription drugs is approximately 0.95T (per year), and this is a major high-profit sector in the empire’s operations. The interest rates on reconstruction loans will keep the invaded population subservient and exploited for decades.
The main high-profit services and commodities include: prescription drugs, illegal drugs, fossil fuels, ultra-cheap labour, debt financing, and so on, all related to non-essentials to which entire First-World populations are addicted. These economic areas, consequently, are represented by the corporate players that have the greatest influence within the empire, and that most generously contribute to political campaign funds, and to post-political lucrative prize-positions for former politicians and their family members.
Medium-profit economic sectors such as domestic manufacturing and services can hardly compete for influence, and have a much reduced voice compared to the industrial era. Behold the era of the US war economy empire.
Basically, the empire’s behaviour is entirely predicted by a mafia economic model of geopolitics. To be fair, however, mafias have ethical rules regarding killing an opponent’s family and such, whereas the drone-wielding USA empire has no such rules.
By comparison, from a macro-economic perspective, military spending in China (0.17T) and Russia (0.09T) is defensive against the military spending of the US and its client/satellite states — US (0.68T), UK (0.06T), Japan (0.06T), France (0.06T), Saudi Arabia (0.06),…, Australia (0.03T), Canada (0.02T)— since their net exports are positive: China (+0.20T), Russia (+0.14T). The net exports of the US’s main war partners are of course negative: UK (-0.14T), and France (-0.07T).
There can be no surprise that the US’s most willing war partners will always be the UK and France. Such are their macro-economic structures. They have satellite war economies, a status Canada is working hard to fully achieve.
TheIndependentMa jority

Brodhead, KY

#976776 Sep 5, 2013
Napolitano has given PLENTY of notice on stepping down from her current position in DHS.

Why hasn't this job been restaffed Yet?

At midnight on Friday, September 6, Janet Napolitano can stop worrying about early morning phone calls and the latest terror threats.

After four and a half years as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security — longer than either of her two predecessors — she steps down.

"I will be leaving that to my successor, that's for sure. It's challenging, it's very rewarding. Because the things you do really impact human lives," she said in an interview Thursday at the department's headquarters in Washington.

Starting Saturday, DHS will be led by Deputy Secretary Rand Beers. President Obama has yet to announce a nominee to succeed Napolitano, who came to the position after six years as governor of Arizona.

She leaving to take on a new responsibility, leading the sprawling University of California system.

While preventing terror attacks is job one for Homeland Security, she also led the responses to more than 300 natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and a string of deadly tornadoes in the South and Midwest.

She also eliminated the often-ridiculed color coded threat system and, most controversially, introduced body scanners and pat downs as part of airport security.

Yet al-Qaeda's relentless quest to attack U.S. airliners, she said, remains one of the nation's top terror threats. "We've seen it repeatedly in my time as secretary.".....

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/05/20...
Waxman

Windsor, CT

#976777 Sep 5, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Great. Obama close to his objective of more moochers than workers.
Obama is a poster boy for moochers. The DemocRATS put forth a zero.
MOM

Waterbury, CT

#976778 Sep 5, 2013
A puzzling new poem, reportedly written by Osama Bin Laden in the wake of 9-11, is here presented to the reader in the run-up to the 12th anniversary of 9-11.
The reader is asked to decide whether the poem, prophesying Armageddon and the coming destruction of America, is an authentic bin Laden poem or an imitation.

On May 16, 2007, on my twenty-ninth birthday, a beautifully written manuscript in calligraphic script fell into my hands in India. This was simply a series of sentences separated by diagonal strokes (/) which purported to be a literal, word-for-word paraphrase in English of an extended poem written in Arabic by Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of 9-11.
Bits had been added to the manuscript (in the broad margins) over the intervening years. These served as commentaries and clarifications. The poem was divided into several parts, each headed by a symbol which I took to be a letter of the Arabic alphabet.
The scary title of the manuscript: Bin Laden’s Curse —‘Death to America!’
I was given to understand that various versions of this poem, both in Arabic and Urdu, had begun to circulate in late 2001 in the tea houses of Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Lahore. One such version of the poem had been obtained by my Sanskrit tutor, Bengali poet Ananda Kumar Bannerji, while vacationing with his family in Srinagar, Kashmir.
He handed me the manuscript in Pondicherry, South India, at the Sri Aurobindo ashram at which both of us happened to be staying at the time. He asked me what I thought of the poem.
I was in no position to judge the “authenticity” of the mishmash of ravings that confronted me; nor did I attempt to do so at that stage.
Being a poet-translator myself, I decided on an impulse—and purely as a literary exercise—to translate into rhymed English verse the somewhat disconnected scraps that had come my way. It seemed to me that this fascinating material, which was essentially a rant of rage against Western civilization in general and America in particular, would provide a useful clue to Americans who keep asking, Why do they hate us?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976779 Sep 5, 2013
Whoopsy wrote:
Let's just all agree, in our respective Primaries, to vote against the incumbents.
Only against those who vote for war in Syria.
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#976780 Sep 5, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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"Firing off a bunch of missiles" is war...
Obama will attack before Congress has a chance to vote.
The Dems passed Obamacare despite to this day still unwanted by the majority.

Why would this be any different?
Waxman

Windsor, CT

#976781 Sep 5, 2013
William Penn, Obama Propagandist College Professor banned
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#976782 Sep 5, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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You just can't help flaunt your ignorance can you? Heads of state can disagree without being disrespectful. Something people like you will never understand.
Meh, Kerry should be used to being called a liar.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#976783 Sep 5, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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How many times do I have to say it....."I am not in favor of any military action that is not sanctioned by the United Nations or, at the very least, performed as part of a coalition of nations." IMO, we should never follow in the footsteps of George W. Bush.
pro-war pom-pom girl...
MOM

Waterbury, CT

#976784 Sep 5, 2013
Archaeologists have demonstrated that Syria was the center of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth. Around the excavated city of Ebla in northern Syria, discovered in 1975, a great Semitic empire spread from the Red Sea north to Turkey and east to Mesopotamia from 2500 to 2400 B.C. The city of Ebla alone during that time had a population estimated at 260,000. Scholars believe the language of Ebla to be the oldest Semitic language. In the east, the ancient site of Mari contains archeological remains of multiple cultures and religions living concurrently in the city.

Syria was occupied successively by Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, Arameans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Nabataeans, Byzantines, and, in part, Crusaders before finally coming under the control of the Ottoman Turks. Syria is significant in the history of Christianity; Paul was converted on the road to Damascus and established the first organized Christian Church at Antioch in ancient Syria, from which he left on many of his missionary journeys.

Damascus, settled about 2500 B.C., is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It came under Muslim rule in A.D. 636. Immediately thereafter, the city's power and prestige reached its peak, and it became the capital of the Omayyad Empire, which extended from Spain to India from A.D. 661 to A.D. 750, when the Abbasid caliphate was established at Baghdad, Iraq.

Damascus became a provincial capital of the Mamluk Empire around 1260. It was largely destroyed in 1400 by Tamerlane, the Mongol conqueror, who removed many of its craftsmen to Samarkand. Rebuilt, it continued to serve as a capital until 1516. In 1517, it fell under Ottoman rule. The Ottomans remained for the next 400 years, except for a brief occupation by Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt from 1832 to 1840.

French Occupation
In 1920, an independent Arab Kingdom of Syria was established under King Faysal of the Hashemite family, who later became King of Iraq. However, his rule over Syria ended after only a few months, following the clash between his Syrian Arab forces and regular French forces at the battle of Maysalun. French troops occupied Syria later that year after the League of Nations put Syria under French mandate. With the fall of France in 1940, Syria came under the control of the Vichy Government until the British and Free French occupied the country in July 1941. Continuing pressure from Syrian nationalist groups forced the French to evacuate their troops in April 1946, leaving the country in the hands of a republican government that had been formed during the mandate.

Independence to 1970
Although rapid economic development followed the declaration of independence of April 17, 1946, Syrian politics from independence through the late 1960s were marked by upheaval. A series of military coups beginning in 1949 undermined civilian rule and led to army colonel Adib Shishakli's seizure of power in 1951. After the overthrow of President Shishakli in a 1954 coup, continued political maneuvering supported by competing factions in the military eventually brought Arab nationalist and socialist movements to power.
MOM

Waterbury, CT

#976785 Sep 5, 2013
Syria's political instability during the years after the 1954 coup, the apparent parallelism of Syrian and Egyptian policies, and the appeal of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's leadership in the wake of the 1956 Suez crisis created support in Syria for union with Egypt. On February 1, 1958, the two countries merged to create the United Arab Republic, and all Syrian political parties ceased overt activities. Cairo directed economic policies in Syria, generating resentment among many Syrians.
The union was not a success, and, following a military coup on September 28, 1961, Syria seceded, reestablishing itself as the Syrian Arab Republic. Instability characterized the next 18 months, with various coups culminating on March 8, 1963, in the installation by leftist Syrian Army officers of the National Council of the Revolutionary Command (NCRC), a group of military and civilian officials who assumed control of all executive and legislative authority. The takeover was engineered by members of the Arab Socialist Resurrection Party (Ba'ath Party), which had been active in Syria and other Arab countries since the late 1940s. The new cabinet was dominated by Ba'ath members.
The Ba'ath takeover in Syria followed a Ba'ath coup in Iraq the previous month. The new Syrian Government explored the possibility of federation with Egypt and Ba'ath-controlled Iraq. An agreement was concluded in Cairo on April 17, 1963, for a referendum on unity to be held in September 1963. However, serious disagreements among the parties soon developed, and the tripartite federation failed to materialize. Thereafter, the Ba'ath regimes in Syria and Iraq began to work for bilateral unity. These plans foundered in November 1963, when the Ba'ath regime in Iraq was overthrown. In May 1964, President Amin Hafiz of the NCRC promulgated a provisional constitution providing for an appointed legislature called the National Council of the Revolution (NCR) composed of representatives of mass organizations--labor, peasant, and professional unions; a presidential council, in which executive power was vested; and a cabinet. On February 23, 1966, a group of army officers carried out a successful, intra-party coup, imprisoned President Hafiz, dissolved the cabinet and the NCR, abrogated the provisional constitution, and designated a regionalist, civilian Ba'ath government. The coup leaders described it as a "rectification" of Ba'ath Party principles. The defeat of the Syrians and Egyptians in the June 1967 war with Israel weakened the radical socialist regime established by the 1966 coup. Conflict developed between a moderate military wing and a more extremist civilian wing of the Ba'ath Party. The 1970 retreat of Syrian forces sent to aid the PLO during the "Black September" hostilities with Jordan reflected this political disagreement within the ruling Ba'ath leadership. On November 13, 1970, Minister of Defense Hafiz al-Asad effected a bloodless military coup, ousting the civilian party leadership and assuming the role of prime minister.

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