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Obama hits a wall in Berlin
Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2013 | By George Will

Posted on 06/20/2013 10:30:15 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

The question of whether Barack Obama’s second term will be a failure was answered in the affirmative before his Berlin debacle, which has recast the question, which now is: Will this term be silly, even scary in its detachment from reality?

Before Berlin, Obama set his steep downward trajectory by squandering the most precious post-election months on gun-control futilities and by a subsequent storm of scandals that have made his unvarying project — ever bigger, more expansive, more intrusive and more coercive government — more repulsive. Then came Wednesday’s pratfall in Berlin.

There he vowed energetic measures against global warming (“the global threat of our time”). The 16-year pause of this warming was not predicted by, and is not explained by, the climate models for which, in his strange understanding of respect for science, he has forsworn skepticism.

Regarding another threat, he spoke an almost meaningless sentence that is an exquisite example of why his rhetoric cannot withstand close reading: “We may strike blows against terrorist networks, but if we ignore the instability and intolerance that fuels extremism, our own freedom will eventually be endangered.” So, “instability and intolerance” are to blame for terrorism? Instability where? Intolerance of what by whom “fuels” terrorists? Terrorism is a tactic of destabilization. Intolerance is, for terrorists, a virtue.

It is axiomatic: Arms control is impossible until it is unimportant. This is because arms control is an arena of competition in which nations negotiate only those limits that advance their interests. Nevertheless, Obama trotted out another golden oldie in Berlin when he vowed to resuscitate the cadaver of nuclear arms control with Russia. As though Russia’s arsenal is a pressing problem. . .

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TOPICS: Editorial; Germany
KEYWORDS: benghazi; fastandfurious; germany; impeachnow; irs

1 posted on 06/20/2013 10:30:15 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Wouldn’t it be swell if we had a leader?


2 posted on 06/20/2013 10:31:57 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Brad from Tennessee

the germans must not have been giving away free beers this time.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 10:32:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The sun got in his eyes during his speech. Chris Mathews said so.


4 posted on 06/20/2013 10:32:57 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: NoRedTape
Wouldn’t it be swell if we had a leader?

Yes. But who?

5 posted on 06/20/2013 10:34:05 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: NoRedTape

Oh, but we do. Do you know the German word for “leader” perchance?


6 posted on 06/20/2013 10:36:47 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Bammy jumped the shark in Deutchland.

Bammy = STASI.

7 posted on 06/20/2013 10:39:30 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: NoRedTape

We’ve GOT A LEADER from behind... Ha!

We do have a leader. And if you think of it in terms of the fresh snow we’ve seen with a few bird tracks in it, you’ll note that first he heads one way, then another, makes some circles, and winds up roughly in the same losing position he started out in.

Now a days, it’s actually toss up which is more stupid, Obama or his teleprompter.

Yesterday he was getting the name of an official wrong numerous times during his presentation.

He’s such a cool dud.


8 posted on 06/20/2013 10:39:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kennedy: Today I am a Berliner / Reagan: Gorbachev tear down this wall / Obama: I can't read this...)
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To: ConservativeInPA

To be a leader, you need to establish a path. You might have done years in the military. You might own a business. You might have run a foundation with people depending on your success. If the best you can claim is professor status...running a community contributions funnel...sitting in the state-house of some government...and do two years of Senate time....then you probably haven’t engaged anyone with your leadership ability, or developed a strategy on leading.

Sadly, you will allow others to run your affairs, and you simply stand to the side to give speeches and be a figurehead of sorts. A term as governor of Illinois might have prepared him more, and at least shown him the values of leadership.


9 posted on 06/20/2013 10:41:25 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Reagan: “Tear Down This Wall !!!”

Obama: “ Please paint this wall pink!!!!”


10 posted on 06/20/2013 10:41:31 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Brad from Tennessee

He must be confusing hell out of the rooskies.
They have their own problems with the ‘ROP’ and now, after over ten years of us shooting them, he’s arming them.
Oops, I almost forgot: We’re at war with Syria. We’ve always been at war with Syria. And the terrorists are licked ...
I’d like to be the first to welcome the NSA to our little thread.
Hail NSA!


11 posted on 06/20/2013 10:44:13 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: NoRedTape

Yes it would!


12 posted on 06/20/2013 10:45:43 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: woofie

He could have said something just as memorable like, “But resist, we much… we must… and we will much… about… that… be committed.”


13 posted on 06/20/2013 10:46:25 PM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: Brad from Tennessee

0bama had several bad problems:
Faulty teleprompter.
Only invited elites to his big speech at Brandenburg Gate.
Scandals in the news.
Angry Leftist bloggers sick of making excuses.


14 posted on 06/20/2013 10:46:52 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Pay no attention to the man behind the bullet-proof curtain.

15 posted on 06/20/2013 10:54:13 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
As though Russia’s arsenal is a pressing problem. . .

Actually, it is. They've modernized their weapons while many of ours are over forty years old.

16 posted on 06/20/2013 10:58:41 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: Convert, submit, or die.)
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To: pepsionice

What on God’s green earth makes you think that illegitimate dog had the talent to be governor? He should have had to show he could run a lemonade stand first. He’d have been the only little kid to do it who would have lost money. He shouldn’t be trusted being DOG CATCHER much less in charge of anything or anyone.


17 posted on 06/20/2013 11:04:29 PM PDT by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
It is axiomatic: Arms control is impossible until it is unimportant. This is because arms control is an arena of competition in which nations negotiate only those limits that advance their interests. Nevertheless, Obama trotted out another golden oldie in Berlin when he vowed to resuscitate the cadaver of nuclear arms control with Russia.

Not this nation under this president. This is the president who promised Putin that he would be more flexible after his reelection.

18 posted on 06/20/2013 11:07:14 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Contary to what the article claims, none of the scandals are hurting him. Even the NSA story doesn’t have any legs. It will all be forgotten in another two weeks, at most.


19 posted on 06/20/2013 11:23:08 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Yeah, whatever, Washington Post. Here it’s still “report to WhiteHouse Obamacare criticizers”, the NSA is watching you, while over there I could crap openly in his throat and he’d ask for more and it’s ok, not so big guy.

Until the MSM and Congress let’s us get rid of this crisis for real revealing this fraud, then I’ll believe their genuine interest or courage to it. Until then the illegals are upon us and it is good bye.


20 posted on 06/20/2013 11:39:30 PM PDT by lavaroise
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To: AZLiberty

Indeed, in this nation, it is zero for national defense, all distractions in foreign Soros society missions from Tunisia to Syria.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 11:41:25 PM PDT by lavaroise
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Unlike Americans, Germans have no ‘inner need’ to tolerate Obama’s phony-baloney, and don’t care who knows it.

One suspects that most savvy people worldwide know that Barry’s an ignorant, feeble-minded loser and spend a great deal of time in laughing at the U.S. as a result.


22 posted on 06/21/2013 12:39:58 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: NoRedTape

Hey....we have the LEAD PARTIER and VACATIONER!!!! No President has PARTIED or VACATIONED MORE....not even JFK!!


23 posted on 06/21/2013 1:36:42 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
The question of whether Barack Obama’s second term will be a failure was answered in the affirmative before his Berlin debacle, which has recast the question, which now is: Will this term be silly, even scary in its detachment from reality?

I think we have an answer, in the affirmative,already.

24 posted on 06/21/2013 1:39:48 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: null and void
Oh, but we do. Do you know the German word for “leader” perchance?

Ach du Lieber, Der Fueher aber naturlich!

25 posted on 06/21/2013 1:42:16 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: pepsionice
A term as governor of Illinois might have prepared him more, and at least shown him the values of leadership.

He couldn't be bothered with anything so trivial and tedious!

26 posted on 06/21/2013 1:43:41 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Vehmgericht

LOL that still makes me laugh...thanks..


27 posted on 06/21/2013 1:49:32 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Obama hits a wall in Berlin

At what velocity?

28 posted on 06/21/2013 1:57:04 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. This is not the post you are looking for ....move along now....)
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To: chessplayer

There were folks saying that a month ago. Why hasn’t it actually happened yet?


29 posted on 06/21/2013 2:05:25 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Ann Archy

At first it sounded as if your statement that Barry partied more than JFK is untrue. but then I realized JFK was in the White House for about 2 years and Obummer has been there for about 5 or 6 years. So it’s possible you might be telling the truth. But I’ll bet Barry’s had more pink parties than JFK did.


30 posted on 06/21/2013 3:13:48 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

With all due respect to Mr. Will, I think we all here (or nearly all) recognized from the very beginning, when this petty lying tyrant wannabe came on the scene, knew exactly what he was and is.

This man from his dubious origins and inexperienced life’s accomplishments (yet having the audacity to ‘self’ author TWO books on his life) has telegraphed his competency and madness all the while. It did not take a speech at the Brandenberg Gates to confirm this.

And, Mr. Will, this is where I have a problem. You and Charles Krauthammer, et al now write columns acknowledging this and foretelling a “second term failure”. Where in the hell were you guys in 2008 or 2012? You were right where you are now. Writing articles, appearing on Sunday shows talking about this man as if he were a reasonable world leader and these fundamental divides we have with him as if they were “just political tiffs.” You should have told the truth then. Not now. We don’t need you to tell us that.

As far as I’m concerned, you and your bow tie helped elect him. All of you sitting up there weeks on end calmly discussing this man as if he were a sane normal leader with some minor differences instead of pounding your fists on the table, screaming at the top of your collective lungs to get this man the hell out of office.


31 posted on 06/21/2013 3:15:32 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Carry_Okie

And we paid for the updates.


32 posted on 06/21/2013 3:47:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: TexGrill

Doubt if JFK ever had GAY SEX.....can’t say that about Obama~!!


33 posted on 06/21/2013 3:48:32 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Slyfox

They say the sun was in his eyes, but it looks like the sun was behind him. Maybe the reason he flopped is because he’s just plug stupid.


34 posted on 06/21/2013 3:53:01 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Gaffer

DC beltway progressives... that is will and krauthammer.

LLS


35 posted on 06/21/2013 4:30:29 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

george will bump


36 posted on 06/21/2013 5:25:58 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

In a contest between a dilettante and a dictator, bet on the latter.

37 posted on 06/21/2013 6:16:17 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: chessplayer
Well, the media continues to do its best to avoid drawing any links between Obama and the scandals. Even with Benghazi, when he was aware during the attack that it was going on and was the only person able to do something to try to rescue the Americans under attack--very little focus has been paid to his role. Instead even when Benghazi is mentioned it's about side issues like Susan Rice and the talking points.

Even when the media discovered that the DOJ was snooping on them, that didn't stop them from their instinct to protect the administration. Sort of like Hillary defending Bill in 1998 despite the Lewinsky scandal.

38 posted on 06/21/2013 10:25:42 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Excellence

In a cage match I expect Putin would only need about five seconds to take care of matters.


39 posted on 06/21/2013 10:51:18 AM PDT by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Excellence

"He said I could talk once he finished 'Angry Birds'"


40 posted on 06/21/2013 11:01:06 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: pepsionice

It’s as if we have a substitute teacher as the head of this country. No one has any respect for Obama because he’s done nothing to earn it. He began his Presidency by telling the loyal opposition, “I won” meaning you do not matter. You cannot lead anyone whom you regard as insignificant.


41 posted on 06/21/2013 11:14:06 AM PDT by griswold3 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: Gaffer

“The past is prologue.”


42 posted on 06/21/2013 11:18:42 AM PDT by griswold3 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: Rummyfan
“We may strike blows against terrorist networks, but if we ignore the instability and intolerance that fuels extremism, our own freedom will eventually be endangered.” So, “instability and intolerance” are to blame for terrorism? Instability where? Intolerance of what by whom “fuels” terrorists? Terrorism is a tactic of destabilization. Intolerance is, for terrorists, a virtue.

George Will doesn't get this - Obama's not talking about radical muslims - he's talking about 'extremists' as in Conservative Americans... he and the IRS only know ONE enemy...

43 posted on 06/21/2013 1:35:57 PM PDT by GOPJ (... liberal anger, the privileged wheeze of entitled brats ... Greenfield)
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