Barack Obama, our next President

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"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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Sense Of Unease Growing Around The World As U.S. Government Looks Befuddled

By STEVEN R. HURST 10/05/13 12:06 AM ET EDT AP

Government Shutdown, Government Shutdown 2013, Shutdown, Shutdown 2013, Us International, Us World, World Us, World News

-- An unmistakable sense of unease has been growing in capitals around the world as the U.S. government from afar looks increasingly befuddled shirking from a military confrontation in Syria, stymied at home by a gridlocked Congress and in danger of defaulting on sovereign debt, which could plunge the world's financial system into chaos.

While each of the factors may be unrelated to the direct exercise of U.S. foreign policy, taken together they give some allies the sense that Washington is not as firm as it used to be in its resolve and its financial capacity, providing an opening for China or Russia to fill the void, an Asian foreign minister told a group of journalists in New York this week.

Concerns will only deepen now that President Barack Obama canceled travel this weekend to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bali and the East Asia Summit in Brunei. He pulled out of the gatherings to stay home to deal with the government shutdown and looming fears that Congress will block an increase in U.S. borrowing power, a move that could lead to a U.S. default.

The U.S. is still a pillar of defense for places in Asia like Taiwan and South Korea, providing a vital security umbrella against China. It also still has strong allies in the Middle East, including Israel and the Gulf Arab states arrayed against al-Qaida and Iran.

But in interviews with academics, government leaders and diplomats, faith that the U.S. will always be there is fraying more than a little.

"The paralysis of the American government, where a rump in Congress is holding the whole place to ransom, doesn't really jibe with the notion of the United States as a global leader," said Michael McKinley, an expert on global relations at the Australian National University.

The political turbulence in Washington and potential economic bombshells still to come over the U.S. government shutdown and a possible debt default this month have sent shivers through Europe. The head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, worried about the continent's rebound from the 2008 economic downturn.

"We view this recovery as weak, as fragile, as uneven," Draghi said at a news conference.

Germany's influential newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung bemoaned the U.S. political chaos.

"At the moment, Washington is fighting over the budget and nobody knows if the country will still be solvent in three weeks. What is clear, though, is that America is already politically bankrupt," it said.
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So. Farrahkhan. Want. A. Race. War. Because. The. Grafted. President. Is. Not. Worshipped. By. All. America. Should. Be. Destroyed. The. Same. Language. He. Uses is. Now. A. Problem. Because. His. God. Obama. Sucks. So. They. Race. As. An. Excuse
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President Barack Obama says he would "think about changing" the Washington Redskins' name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word many consider offensive to Native Americans.

As a natural born native American-

Like this-

STHU with the tons of BULLCHIT IGNORANCE already, and Grow the hell up.

Don't like AMERICA-LEAVE, loser idiot race baiting commie marxist wanker wanna be's.

UNREAL.

No wonder people are SICK of this administration--nothing BUT Idiotocracy.
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<quoted text> no negotiating with terrorists....
Yeah-ship the current kids on the DC hill to Gitmo or something... They'd be just cheaper to maintain.

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Obama finds himself at the nexus of a government in chaos at home and a wave of foreign policy challenges.
He has been battered by the upheaval in the Middle East from the Arab Spring revolts after managing to extricate the U.S. from its long, brutal and largely failed attempt to establish democracy in Iraq. He is also drawing down U.S. forces from a more than decade-long war in Afghanistan with no real victory in sight. He leads a country whose people have no interest in taking any more military action abroad.
As Europe worries about economics, Asian allies watch in some confusion about what the U.S. is up to with its promise to rebalance military forces and diplomacy in the face of an increasingly robust China.

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Global concerns about U.S. policy came to a head with Obama's handling of the civil war in Syria and the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad. But, in fact, the worries go far deeper.

"I think there are a lot of broader concerns about the United States. They aren't triggered simply by Syria. The reaction the United States had from the start to events in Egypt created a great deal of concern among the Gulf and the Arab states," said Anthony Cordesman, a military affairs specialist at the Center for International Studies.

Kings and princes throughout the Persian Gulf were deeply unsettled when Washington turned its back on Egypt's long-time dictator and U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak during the 2011 uprising in the largest Arab country.

Now, Arab allies in the Gulf voice dismay over the rapid policy redirection from Obama over Syria, where rebel factions have critical money and weapons channels from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf states. It has stirred a rare public dispute with Washington, whose differences with Gulf allies are often worked out behind closed doors. Last month, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal warned that the renewed emphasis on diplomacy with Assad would allow the Syrian president to "impose more killing."

After saying Assad must be removed from power and then threatening military strikes over the regime's alleged chemical weapons attack, the U.S. is now working with Russia and the U.N. to collect and destroy Damascus' chemical weapons stockpile. That assures Assad will remain in power for now and perhaps the long term.

Danny Yatom, a former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence service, said the U.S. handling of the Syrian crisis and its decision not to attack after declaring red lines on chemical weapons has hurt Washington's credibility.

"I think in the eyes of the Syrians and the Iranians, and the rivals of the United States, it was a signal of weakness, and credibility was deteriorated," he said.

The Syrian rebels, who were promised U.S. arms, say they feel deserted by the Americans, adding that they have lost faith and respect for Obama.

The White House contends that its threat of a military strike against Assad was what caused the regime to change course and agree to plan reached by Moscow and Washington to hand its chemical weapons over to international inspectors for destruction. That's a far better outcome than resorting to military action, Obama administration officials insist.

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Gulf rulers also have grown suddenly uneasy over the U.S. outreach to their regional rival Iran.

Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said Gulf states "must be in the picture" on any attempts by the U.S. and Iran to open sustained dialogue or reach settlement over Tehran's nuclear program. He was quoted Tuesday by the London-based Al Hayat newspaper as saying Secretary of State John Kerry has promised to consult with his Gulf "friends" on any significant policy shifts over Iran a message that suggested Gulf states are worried about being left on the sidelines in potentially history-shaping developments in their region.

In response to the new U.S. opening to Iran to deal with its suspected nuclear weapons program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that his country remained ready to act alone to prevent Tehran from building a bomb. He indicated a willingness to allow some time for further diplomacy but not much. And he excoriated new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a "wolf in sheep's clothing."

Kerry defended the engagement effort, saying the U.S. would not be played for "suckers" by Iran. Tehran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful energy production, while the U.S. and other countries suspect it is aimed at achieving atomic weapons capability.

McKinley, the Australian expert, said Syria and the U.S. budget crisis have shaken Australians' faith in their alliance with Washington.

"It means that those who rely on the alliance as the cornerstone of all Australian foreign policy and particularly security policy are less certain it's created an element of uncertainty in their calculations," he said.

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Running against the tide of concern, leaders in the Philippines are banking on its most important ally to protect it from China's assertive claims in the South China Sea. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Manila still views the U.S. as a dependable ally despite the many challenges it is facing.

"We should understand that all nations face some kind of problems, but in terms of our relationship with the United States, she continues to be there when we need her," Gazmin said.

"There's no change in our feelings," he said. "Our strategic relationship with the U.S. continues to be healthy. They remain a reliable ally."

But as Cordesman said, "The rhetoric of diplomacy is just wonderful but it almost never describes the reality."

That reality worldwide, he said, "is a real concern about where is the U.S. going. There is a question of trust. And I think there is an increasing feeling that the United States is pulling back, and its internal politics are more isolationist so that they can't necessarily trust what U.S. officials say, even if the officials mean it."

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EDITOR'S NOTE Steven R. Hurst, The Associated Press' international political writer in Washington, has covered foreign affairs for 35 years, including extended assignments in Russia and the Middle East.
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RealDave wrote:
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So, you are admitting it is OK to use racial slurs under certain circumstances.
Your mental twin posts racial slurs & it is my problem for calling him out.
Wow.
I have a suggestion. Why not tell your buddies not to posts racial slurs and then I won't have to call them out for it.
Dumbass
Look at what reps this nation.

Idiot, whiny azz, race baiters...that are under some delusion that every one should all be lookey like DUH same.

No wonder this nation is so mentally challenged poliTically the past few years.

Gaw....it just doesn't get any more imbecilic than the juvenile Ignorance of some of these megalomaniac juveniles.

SOOO looking forward to teh hope of CHANGE 2106...when we can clean the scourge and maybe get at least SOME actual rational ADULTS back into offices again!

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TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Look at what reps this nation.
Idiot, whiny azz, race baiters...that are under some delusion that every one should all be lookey like DUH same.
No wonder this nation is so mentally challenged poliTically the past few years.
Gaw....it just doesn't get any more imbecilic than the juvenile Ignorance of some of these megalomaniac juveniles.
SOOO looking forward to teh hope of CHANGE 2106...when we can clean the scourge and maybe get at least SOME actual rational ADULTS back into offices again!
Don't worry, the problem will be solved before 2016. America will remove the terrorist teabaggers in 2014.

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Morons at Fox News mistakenly air parody of Obama offering to personally fund Muslim museum:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/fox-news...
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Emeem wrote:
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Don't worry, the problem will be solved before 2016. America will remove the terrorist teabaggers in 2014.
Where will they put all you jackboot lickers? HUD gulag camps?

How to confuse jackboot PARASITE, idiot libuhrulTics.

Put them in a round room...and tell they to paint theyselves into the chair in the corner, that awaits what holds they self perceived intelligence (aka, they arsehole) for speshull commentary from they megalomaniac world of delusions on having the universe all figggered out.

The amount of dark matter in the universe will determine if the universe is open (continues to expand), closed (expands to a point and then collapses) or flat (expands and then stops when it reaches equilibrium)

The kids on the current DC admin should weally like the concept!

On the same par level as the idiot imbecile types that think the term "flat earth society" is supposed represent some sort of actual "intelligence".

GROW UP DC kids-learn to compromise like ADULTS living in the REAL grown up world-not some majikal, poliTical wand waving one of Omniscience.

TEA!

Americans FOR America...not deplete and drain Against it!!!!!!

(Go Cavato-thank you adapting some ETHICS and TACT-in sparing America just more toxic poison blowbag hot air gas of the botox queen Nancy Peelosis--and those like her--just playing some juvenile WHINE and blame game!)

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TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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President Barack Obama says he would "think about changing" the Washington Redskins' name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word many consider offensive to Native Americans.
As a natural born native American-
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STHU with the tons of BULLCHIT IGNORANCE already, and Grow the hell up.
Don't like AMERICA-LEAVE, loser idiot race baiting commie marxist wanker wanna be's.
UNREAL.
No wonder people are SICK of this administration--nothing BUT Idiotocracy.
Funny how racists like Theindependentinority work so hard at defending their right be be racist f*cks.

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TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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Look at what reps this nation.
Idiot, whiny azz, race baiters...that are under some delusion that every one should all be lookey like DUH same.
No wonder this nation is so mentally challenged poliTically the past few years.
Gaw....it just doesn't get any more imbecilic than the juvenile Ignorance of some of these megalomaniac juveniles.
SOOO looking forward to teh hope of CHANGE 2106...when we can clean the scourge and maybe get at least SOME actual rational ADULTS back into offices again!
I have news, racist f*ck. Replying to a racal slur is not race baiting.
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Did Obama bow to Saudi King Abdullah, or was he cleaning the floor?

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Funny how racists like Theindependentinority work so hard at defending their right be be racist f*cks.
I could care less what color any racist f*ck is doofus.

It does NOT exempt them from being held to higher standards than just continually acting and being IGNORANT...and getting called out for it.

Just look at you.

Duhmmy.
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Funny how racists like Theindependentinority work so hard at defending their right be be racist f*cks.
Let me know when you whiney dolts get a clue and decide to grow up a little.(because I can handle just so much stupid a day)

In the meantime....

"Wahwahwahwah...we wants duh whole pie for ourselves...not just pieces of it...cause it just all about ourselves and our little megalomanic egos....screw everyone else....."

Incompetent, inept, juvenile acting idiot losers.

Have a good one, whiney Duhm azz Duh A Vey.
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I know liberals can only think in the abstract and can't grasp the unintended consequences of their envisioned utopia where free health care and free money flows like milk and honey.
But the question is why?
It's no secret the government can't even manage itself and everything they touch turns to crap.
So why would anyone think more waste, fraud and abuse in an already dysfunctional government is the solution to anything?
Seriously.
Wrong Carol, we liberals depend more on actual facts rather than fear and prejudice which your inane posts constantly exhibit and this one is no exception.
No one's talking about free money or even health care you lying, delusional twit. The whole idea behind the ACA is to make it possible for people to buy coverage nitwit and to prevent big insurance from picking and choosing who it wants to cover and preventing them from cutting people off when they're inconsiderate enough to get sick or discontinuing someone's chemotherapy because of some arbitrary lifetime cap. Even single payer wouldn't be free since we'd be paying for it through payroll deductions like we do for Medicare.
Everything the government touches turns into crap STUPID? Social Security is doing just fine despite your bald faced lie that it's broke. Medicare is also doing fine and provides health coverage with less administrative costs that the private insurance industry. The National Weather Service provides up to the minute forecasts that give us warnings about hurricanes and conditions likely to spawn tornadoes. Government regulation of the business cycle has, until 2008 thanks to GOP deregulation, prevented the booms and busts that resulted in depressions as we saw in 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893, 1907 and 1929. A variety of programs run by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local Public Health departments have greatly improved the health of most Americans. For example, the scourges of polio, cholera, and smallpox have been effectively eradicated from this country a huge achievement. And vaccination programs have reduced by 95% our risks of contracting potentially debilitating diseases like hepatitis B, measles, mumps, tetanus, rubella, and diphtheria. Federal funds spent on buying and distributing these vaccines have saved countless lives and the billions of dollars it would cost to treat these illnesses. In addition, the dedicated scientists who work for the CDC are all that stand between Americans and a potentially catastrophic epidemic imported from abroad. The most likely and worrisome threat is from a new and deadly strain of bird flu. The last deadly flu epidemic to hit the United States, in 1918, killed over 675,000 people in matter of months.
The Interstate Highway System. Started by the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s, this system now forms the backbone of long-distance travel and commerce in the United States.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects Americans from shoddy and dangerous products. The EPA makes sure that you have safe air to breathe and water to drink. OSHA has prevented hundreds of thousands if not millions of workplace injuries and deaths. NASA a government program put Americans on the moon and has successfully explored the planets.
You're an idiot Carol!

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Ray Donovan wrote:
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Tell your hero DumbassDave that "stupid" is comparing a tax on medical devices to a ban on handguns.
Actually Ray, if you wren't so GD stupid you would know the current shutdown is because Republicans refuse to fund the government unless they weaken the ACA through some defunding & through a delay.

I asked what if the Democrats refused to fund government unless the gun laws were changed to ban handguns.

Now an intelligent person would understand that is about parties holding the country hostage to force their minority position on unrelated issues.

A dumbass would think this is about comparing issues.
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Wrong Carol, we liberals depend more on actual facts rather than fear and prejudice which your inane posts constantly exhibit and this one is no exception.
No one's talking about free money or even health care you lying, delusional twit. The whole idea behind the ACA is to make it possible for people to buy coverage nitwit and to prevent big insurance from picking and choosing who it wants to cover and preventing them from cutting people off when they're inconsiderate enough to get sick or discontinuing someone's chemotherapy because of some arbitrary lifetime cap. Even single payer wouldn't be free since we'd be paying for it through payroll deductions like we do for Medicare.
Everything the government touches turns into crap STUPID? Social Security is doing just fine despite your bald faced lie that it's broke. Medicare is also doing fine and provides health coverage with less administrative costs that the private insurance industry. The National Weather Service provides up to the minute forecasts that give us warnings about hurricanes and conditions likely to spawn tornadoes. Government regulation of the business cycle has, until 2008 thanks to GOP deregulation, prevented the booms and busts that resulted in depressions as we saw in 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, 1893, 1907 and 1929. A variety of programs run by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local Public Health departments have greatly improved the health of most Americans. For example, the scourges of polio, cholera, and smallpox have been effectively eradicated from this country a huge achievement. And vaccination programs have reduced by 95% our risks of contracting potentially debilitating diseases like hepatitis B, measles, mumps, tetanus, rubella, and diphtheria. Federal funds spent on buying and distributing these vaccines have saved countless lives and the billions of dollars it would cost to treat these illnesses. In addition, the dedicated scientists who work for the CDC are all that stand between Americans and a potentially catastrophic epidemic imported from abroad. The most likely and worrisome threat is from a new and deadly strain of bird flu. The last deadly flu epidemic to hit the United States, in 1918, killed over 675,000 people in matter of months.
The Interstate Highway System. Started by the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s, this system now forms the backbone of long-distance travel and commerce in the United States.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission protects Americans from shoddy and dangerous products. The EPA makes sure that you have safe air to breathe and water to drink. OSHA has prevented hundreds of thousands if not millions of workplace injuries and deaths. NASA a government program put Americans on the moon and has successfully explored the planets.
You're an idiot Carol!
Dude, hate to tell you this, but your first mistake was to use actual facts rather than Fox/GOP talking points and hypeerbole. You would have just as much success talking to a wall.

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