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(Christian Science Monitor)   So how did the rest of the world react to Obama's big foreign policy speech yesterday? Well let's put it this way: all those dormant McKayla Maroney Meme generators are probably getting a lot of hits today   (csmonitor.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, President Obama, McKayla, David Rothkopf, European leaders, global leadership  
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2014-05-29 01:06:31 PM  
Well, I didn't see any wars breaking out after the speech, did you?

Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

/ok, the name needs work
 
2014-05-29 02:07:19 PM  
I wish I had a McKayla Maroney generator. I'd set it to make me two new ones every morning.

Then I'd only have to worry about what to do with the corpses of the old ones.
 
2014-05-29 02:07:42 PM  
At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Europe, Judy Dempsey, the editor-in-chief of their Strategic Europe publication, chastised European leaders for going along with US policy in the past and challenged them to come up with their own independent foreign policy. "For far too long, most European leaders were relieved to have America do their dirty work," she wrote, citing Europe's toothless condemnation of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

    Yet behind these words is a retreat to a special kind of soft power. Obama wants to establish new counterterrorism partnership fund designed to train and "facilitate partner countries on the front lines." He intends to work with European allies "to train a functioning security force and border patrol in Libya and [support] French operations in Mali." There was very little mention of the role of NATO.

    European leaders should not feel vindicated by Obama's speech. They have been wobbly over Russia and inconsistent over defending their values. If anything, they should realize that the United States is no longer going to do the running for the Europeans. Since that is the case, what about the Europeans replying to Obama with their own foreign and security policy doctrine?


I'm ok with this.
 
2014-05-29 02:08:45 PM  

miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

It's what made Carter a one-term president.
 
2014-05-29 02:09:00 PM  

miss diminutive: Well, I didn't see any wars breaking out after the speech, did you?

Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

/ok, the name needs work


The Try-not-to-make-it-worsenator!
 
2014-05-29 02:09:22 PM  
"The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil"

That's not really his job, is it? And it's not like he can accomplish that alone. The best you can hope for is a President that doesn't increase the crisis and turmoil in the world (cf Bush Jr.)
 
2014-05-29 02:09:55 PM  
i47.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-29 02:10:52 PM  
"Wait a tic, you mean this Obama fellow expects us to defend our own foreign interests?
That costs money! Surely this yank cant be serious."

"But without the Americans, we'll have to deal with this regional problem ourselves!? Ich bin unimpressed..."

"Sacrebleu...retreat!!!!"
 
2014-05-29 02:12:55 PM  
"The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable WAR free from crisis and turmoil"

FTFT
 
2014-05-29 02:13:52 PM  

miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter


That's right.  Except for Libya.  Yeah, we did do that.
And Egypt.  Well, we didn't exactly DO that, we cut Mubarak's legs off, so that doesn't count.
And Syria.  We did draw a nice red line there, but we didn't actually DO anything there, so that doesn't count.
And the drone program in Yemen.  We did do that.
And the drone program in Pakistan.  We didn't start it, though.  We just made it bigger.
Same with Afghanistan.  That wasn't drones, though.
And sent troops to Chad....
 
2014-05-29 02:14:41 PM  
Why yes, she is 18.  Why do you ask?

img.fark.net
 
2014-05-29 02:15:17 PM  

Snapper Carr: "The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil"

That's not really his job, is it? And it's not like he can accomplish that alone. The best you can hope for is a President that doesn't increase the crisis and turmoil in the world (cf Bush Jr.)


Hahaha, I missed that line. Good thing they're not setting the bar too high there.

"Obama is a failure because there's still suffering around the world!"

Jesus christ.
 
2014-05-29 02:16:23 PM  

MurphyMurphy: "Sacrebleu...retreat!!!!"


In defense of the Frenchies, they've kicked plenty of ass in Mali (when engaged and leading from the front), so the Europeans in general are MORE than equipped to handle their sh*t on a regional basis.
 
2014-05-29 02:17:38 PM  
"The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil"

Where's the Pax Fartbonga we were promised?
 
2014-05-29 02:18:12 PM  

AntiNerd: miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

It's what made Carter a one-term president.


Oh no, Obama might not get re-elected.
 
2014-05-29 02:19:07 PM  
yues yes yes

i wan tto have sex with ladies
with my sex boner
 
2014-05-29 02:19:59 PM  

Killer Cars: MurphyMurphy: "Sacrebleu...retreat!!!!"

In defense of the Frenchies, they've kicked plenty of ass in Mali (when engaged and leading from the front), so the Europeans in general are MORE than equipped to handle their sh*t on a regional basis.


It was just a joke

Democracy itself may have died long ago if not for the French people.
 
2014-05-29 02:20:33 PM  
Obama - The War Stopper?
 
2014-05-29 02:21:17 PM  

Jackson Herring: yues yes yes

i wan tto have sex with ladies
with my sex boner


Where i m00 when we need him?
 
2014-05-29 02:21:20 PM  

Skleenar: miss diminutive: Well, I didn't see any wars breaking out after the speech, did you?

Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

/ok, the name needs work

The Try-not-to-make-it-worsenator!


nobomba?
 
2014-05-29 02:21:30 PM  
George W Bush: Is this true, Barry? Did the world pooh-pooh you?
Barack Obama: Well, perhaps a little.
George W Bush: Well, then, damn it all! What more evidence do you need? The pooh-poohing alone is a causus belli!
Barack Obama: I can assure you, George, that the pooh-poohing was purely circumstantial.
George W Bush: Well, I hope so, Barry. You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being Presdint, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a President, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the country who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other leaders who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to invade Iraq. Baghdad totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!
 
2014-05-29 02:24:30 PM  

MurphyMurphy: It was just a joke


Oh I know, just saying that for as much as a lot of Europe likes to twiddle their thumbs on certain things waiting for either the UK or the US to say or do *something*, they can nut up when needed.

And I'm not some ardent defender of the French. They're cool, but they can be so...French...sometimes...ya know?
 
2014-05-29 02:24:45 PM  

TrollingForColumbine: Skleenar: miss diminutive: Well, I didn't see any wars breaking out after the speech, did you?

Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

/ok, the name needs work

The Try-not-to-make-it-worsenator!

nobomba?


NOBOMBA!!!!!

I like taht!
 
2014-05-29 02:26:42 PM  
stop pooh-poohing my parsley
 
2014-05-29 02:26:51 PM  
"The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil"

So the minimum acceptable standard of US foreign policy for Obama is "establish world peace in 6 years or less, yes - even in all those parts of the world that have been almost continually at war for a thousand years or more"
 
2014-05-29 02:27:25 PM  

Pharque-it: TrollingForColumbine: Skleenar: miss diminutive: Well, I didn't see any wars breaking out after the speech, did you?

Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

/ok, the name needs work

The Try-not-to-make-it-worsenator!

nobomba?

NOBOMBA!!!!!

I like taht!


                                    static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-05-29 02:28:19 PM  

TrollingForColumbine: Skleenar: miss diminutive: Well, I didn't see any wars breaking out after the speech, did you?

Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

/ok, the name needs work

The Try-not-to-make-it-worsenator!

nobomba?


i379.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-29 02:30:47 PM  
Since "foreign policy" is always code for "let's bomb the shiat out of brown people," I'm happy with an administration that spends 5 billion dollars to stall the process while being perceived as "weak and rudderless."
 
2014-05-29 02:35:21 PM  

Killer Cars: MurphyMurphy: It was just a joke

Oh I know, just saying that for as much as a lot of Europe likes to twiddle their thumbs on certain things waiting for either the UK or the US to say or do *something*, they can nut up when needed.

And I'm not some ardent defender of the French. They're cool, but they can be so...French...sometimes...ya know?


Had brothers from france as roomates in college. They were very cool.. yet very "french"

I do miss saying things like
"shut your frog hole"
and
"why dont you retreat over it?"
:p

/so original, i know
 
2014-05-29 02:37:21 PM  

MurphyMurphy: Killer Cars: MurphyMurphy: It was just a joke

Oh I know, just saying that for as much as a lot of Europe likes to twiddle their thumbs on certain things waiting for either the UK or the US to say or do *something*, they can nut up when needed.

And I'm not some ardent defender of the French. They're cool, but they can be so...French...sometimes...ya know?

Had brothers from france as roomates in college. They were very cool.. yet very "french"

I do miss saying things like
"shut your frog hole"
and
"why dont you retreat over it?"
:p

/so original, i know


What were the typical responses?
 
2014-05-29 02:39:50 PM  
I think Subby should have gone with McKayla Maroney Meme Makers.
 
2014-05-29 02:39:52 PM  

Car_Ramrod: If anything, they should realize that the United States is no longer going to do the running for the Europeans.

I'm ok with this.


Me too, but maybe it's also time we stopped trying to have it both ways. Obama was still spewing the same triumphalist rhetoric every President does about being the world's 'one indispensable nation' that 'must always lead on the world stage [because] If we don't, no one else will'. Can't really keep talking yourself up as the world's leader whilst trying to shrug of the actual burdens of leadership.
 
2014-05-29 02:43:40 PM  

The Numbers: Can't really keep talking yourself up as the world's leader whilst trying to shrug of the actual burdens of leadership.


Because bombing the fark out of countries that didn't attack us="actual burdens of leadership"
 
2014-05-29 02:44:10 PM  
Obama: Not an ignorant murderous war criminal.

Sorry, Repubs.
 
2014-05-29 02:49:48 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

That's right.  Except for Libya.  Yeah, we did do that.
And Egypt.  Well, we didn't exactly DO that, we cut Mubarak's legs off, so that doesn't count.
And Syria.  We did draw a nice red line there, but we didn't actually DO anything there, so that doesn't count.
And the drone program in Yemen.  We did do that.
And the drone program in Pakistan.  We didn't start it, though.  We just made it bigger.
Same with Afghanistan.  That wasn't drones, though.
And sent troops to Chad....


War smarter, not harder.
 
2014-05-29 02:50:18 PM  

qorkfiend: MurphyMurphy: Killer Cars: MurphyMurphy: It was just a joke

Oh I know, just saying that for as much as a lot of Europe likes to twiddle their thumbs on certain things waiting for either the UK or the US to say or do *something*, they can nut up when needed.

And I'm not some ardent defender of the French. They're cool, but they can be so...French...sometimes...ya know?

Had brothers from france as roomates in college. They were very cool.. yet very "french"

I do miss saying things like
"shut your frog hole"
and
"why dont you retreat over it?"
:p

/so original, i know

What were the typical responses?


a stare

A shaking of the head with underbreath laugh

Sometimes a "you farking americans" while he rolled yet another cigarette
 
2014-05-29 02:50:58 PM  

Wyalt Derp: Galloping Galoshes: miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

That's right.  Except for Libya.  Yeah, we did do that.
And Egypt.  Well, we didn't exactly DO that, we cut Mubarak's legs off, so that doesn't count.
And Syria.  We did draw a nice red line there, but we didn't actually DO anything there, so that doesn't count.
And the drone program in Yemen.  We did do that.
And the drone program in Pakistan.  We didn't start it, though.  We just made it bigger.
Same with Afghanistan.  That wasn't drones, though.
And sent troops to Chad....

War smarter, not harder.


All right, I laughed.
 
2014-05-29 02:51:39 PM  

Galloping Galoshes: miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

That's right.  Except for Libya.  Yeah, we did do that.
And Egypt.  Well, we didn't exactly DO that, we cut Mubarak's legs off, so that doesn't count.
And Syria.  We did draw a nice red line there, but we didn't actually DO anything there, so that doesn't count.
And the drone program in Yemen.  We did do that.
And the drone program in Pakistan.  We didn't start it, though.  We just made it bigger.
Same with Afghanistan.  That wasn't drones, though.
And sent troops to Chad....


Ok...now, what war did he start?
 
2014-05-29 02:54:01 PM  

AntiNerd: miss diminutive: Barack Obama: The Not-War Starter

It's what made Carter a one-term president.


And it will surely make Obama one.

WAIT A TICK.
 
2014-05-29 02:54:02 PM  

Target Builder: "The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil"

So the minimum acceptable standard of US foreign policy for Obama is "establish world peace in 6 years or less, yes - even in all those parts of the world that have been almost continually at war for a thousand years or more"


And it is never realistic as even the PAX Romana and Britannia were plagued by crisis and turmoil.

So this cat really expect Obama to shart Rainbows.
 
2014-05-29 02:55:21 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-29 02:56:43 PM  

Atillathepun: Why yes, she is 18.  Why do you ask?

[img.fark.net image 712x1000]


Because all the pictures out there are from last year, and Chris Hansen keeps getting in the way.
 
2014-05-29 03:01:15 PM  

Killer Cars: MurphyMurphy: "Sacrebleu...retreat!!!!"

In defense of the Frenchies, they've kicked plenty of ass in Mali (when engaged and leading from the front), so the Europeans in general are MORE than equipped to handle their sh*t on a regional basis.


They saved the world from one of the greatest assaults on the written word since the burning of the Library of Alexandria when they stopped those jihadi bastards from burning  hundreds of thousands of medieval manuscripts in Timbuktu, so they are currently more than OK in my book
 
2014-05-29 03:02:46 PM  
How did the world react? Here's comments from 6 people.

*eyeroll*
 
2014-05-29 03:04:43 PM  

Killer Cars: MurphyMurphy: "Sacrebleu...retreat!!!!"

In defense of the Frenchies, they've kicked plenty of ass in Mali (when engaged and leading from the front), so the Europeans in general are MORE than equipped to handle their sh*t on a regional basis.


Yeah, and their counter-terrorist guys are frighteningly good shots. As in, going for the head shot is too easy for them, so they shoot the gun out of the person's hands. Makes sense, a dead man can't tell you anything.
 
2014-05-29 03:05:04 PM  

Target Builder: "The problem with this speech is that it is a restatement of Mr Obama's policy, not a re-evaluation. He's defending a policy that has manifestly failed to produce a stable world free from crisis and turmoil"

So the minimum acceptable standard of US foreign policy for Obama is "establish world peace in 6 years or less, yes - even in all those parts of the world that have been almost continually at war for a thousand years or more"


Apparently, they want a planetary mind control machine to bring peace to the world. Nothing less will suffice.
 
2014-05-29 03:05:10 PM  
Guy on the radio said that Americans are growing world weary, and younger Americans are asking why we need to be the world police.

I can see it.
 
2014-05-29 03:10:08 PM  

The Numbers: Car_Ramrod: If anything, they should realize that the United States is no longer going to do the running for the Europeans.

I'm ok with this.

Me too, but maybe it's also time we stopped trying to have it both ways. Obama was still spewing the same triumphalist rhetoric every President does about being the world's 'one indispensable nation' that 'must always lead on the world stage [because] If we don't, no one else will'. Can't really keep talking yourself up as the world's leader whilst trying to shrug of the actual burdens of leadership.


I think it means in matters of true global implications, America will always be here to stand up and lead for a righteous cause. But for the myriad of regional issues, ain't our business: fix that on your own.
 
2014-05-29 03:10:09 PM  

sendtodave: Guy on the radio said that Americans are growing world weary, and younger Americans are asking why we need to be the world police.

I can see it.


You think this is a new thing?
 
2014-05-29 03:10:56 PM  
Yea, a limp wristed speech targeting critics was exactly what West Point grads wanted to hear as their Commencement speech.
 
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