Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tommclaughlin@fairpoint.net

Monday, September 17, 2012

Obama Policy Meltdown


It’s not about the film.

Radical Muslims kill us because we’re Americans. That’s what their sheiks and imams tell them to do. Jews, Americans, and the British are at the top of their hit list - and in that order. All other westerners are on the list too, along with all other infidels (non-Muslims) which comprise about five out of six people on earth. That’s what it’s all about and I’m going to assume Obama doesn’t understand this, because the alternative is just too scary to contemplate.The president’s spokesman, Jay Carney, said last Friday: “This is a fairly volatile situation, and it is in response not to U.S. policy, not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video – a film – that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.”

He’s in La-La Land. Not to the Obama Administration? They must be deaf at the White House because across the Middle East thousands are chanting: “Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!

The Obama Administration and its supporters in the Mainstream Media still insist, however, that it’s all about the film. On “Meet The Press” Sunday, Obama’s UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, repeated the mantra: “This is a response to a hateful and offensive video.”What shocks me most about all this is how deeply the Mainstream Media is in the tank for Obama. I’ve known for years that they were biased, but I see now that they have no shame, none. They’re Obama whores. Rather than acknowledge that Obama’s foreign policy is a shambles, they go after Mitt Romney for saying the US Embassy in Egypt shouldn’t apologize. Within an instant, the entire Mainstream Media were repeating the same thing: that Romney was the fool here, not their brilliant, beloved president.And just what was the Obama Middle East policy? I refer to it in the past tense because it’s over, even if neither he nor the Mainstream Media know it yet. It was essentially this: When Muslims realize how nice Barack Obama is, and they realize that a majority of Americans elected him in 2008, they’ll like Americans and they’ll stop trying to kill us.

That’s it. It sounds like I’m being sarcastic, but that was the extent of Obama’s plan. As a candidate he said that he lived in Muslim country, went to a Muslim school, and has Muslim family members, that he was uniquely qualified because those were “powerful tools” to “make us safer.” After he was elected, he went to Cairo in 2009 for a 7000-word speech called “New Beginning” saying: “There were very few moments in our lives when we can witness history taking place. This is one of those moments.” It’s embarrassing to watch, especially after last week’s events.

Americans were so impressed by Obama’s ability to read from a teleprompter that 52% voted for him. They expected the rest of the world to be as enthralled as they were. especially the Muslim world. But it wasn’t. Why? Because the Muslim world knows that President Obama is all talk. They do not fear the United States with him as its commander-in-chief.

The Obama Administration is oblivious to how pervasive Radical Islam has become - not only in the Muslim world, but here in the United States itself. When US Army Major Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” as he shot 42 fellow American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13, the FBI bent over backwards to avoid offending Muslims. Their investigation downplayed Islam as the cause for Hasan’s murderous rampage even though he exchanged twenty emails with Anwar al Awlaki leader of al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula!

The linguistic legerdemain employed by the Obama Administration would be comical if it weren’t so deadly serious. It removed words like “Radical Islam”; “jihadist” and “terrorism” from national security documents. Hasan’s murderous rampage wasn’t Radical Muslim terrorism according to Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, it was “Workplace Violence.” The War on Terror became “Overseas Contingency Operations.” The illegal war Obama waged to topple Kaddafi last year? It wasn’t a war; it was a “kinetic military action.”

In that "kinetic military action," our president claimed to be "leading from behind," but that wasn't quite right. It's plain now that he's leading from his own behind - while the Mainstream Media kisses it.

The Obama Administration won’t call our enemy what it is for fear of offending them! That’s bad enough by itself, but when US Marines guarding our Cairo Embassy in the now-Muslim-Brotherhood-controlled Egypt requested live ammunition for their weapons, their request was refused by Anne Patterson, Obama’s Ambassador to Egypt. Have you heard anything about that in the Mainstream Media? Didn’t think so.It's easy now for many of us to imagine what it feels like to be a Marine with an unloaded gun standing off hordes of radical Muslims. Every day it's more evident that our whole country is being led by a pop-gun president, not a commander-in-chief.

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24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on, Tom!!! There are so many people in this country that don't have a clue what is going on!

Harvey in North Baldwin

9/17/12, 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, I love it. Would it be breaking any rules if I were to forward this people who would never see it otherwise? I will of course give you credit.

9/17/12, 4:05 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Go ahead.

9/17/12, 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Texas Transplant said...

Would that the biased media saw the picture as clearly as you do. I wish this message could get out to everyone who is headed for the polls in November....Especially the percentage of our voting population who have been encouraged to become dependent in exchange for their votes.

9/18/12, 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was waiting for you to write this and I just knew you would! When I saw it in the newspaper today I read it with glee! It was amazing! I just want to thank you for opening people's eyes!
- A former student

9/20/12, 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Texas Poppy said...

Mr. Obama has more teflon than Ronald Reagan and John Gotti put together. And he will win, he will win...And America's fate will be sealed.

9/20/12, 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Fred said...

You state that our "foreign policy is a shambles". Does this mean that you really believe that there is ANY foreign policy that the USA could have that appeased fanatical Muslims and prevented uprisings such as this one?

The movie is being used to fuel anti-western sentiments. Would the uprisings have happened anyway? Probably. As The Washing Times said:

"Undoubtedly, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Riots and vandalism would have happened anyway, but the convenience of a hot-button video helped fan the flame."

9/21/12, 10:37 AM  
Anonymous David said...

It is funny how that the more radical someone is and the further they are from connecting with American mainstream ideas and ideals, the more they complain about the mainstream media.

Elitists like Tom will constantly bitch and whine about the media, and piss and moan about how their candidates - who are completely out-of-touch with the middle class - only lose because there are too many stupid voters (47%?)

Reading Tom's columns it is easy to see why he would want a candidate to win who's campaign proudly says that they "will not be dictated by Fact Checkers."

9/21/12, 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

I wonder what Osama Bin Laden thinks about Obama's Pop Gun?

Oh, wait, he's dead. If he were alive he would probably be wishing for the good ol' days of the Spit-Wad President Bush!

Thanks for the laughs!!

9/21/12, 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama uses a teleprompter!!!???!! Holy cow, no wonder he is such a bad president! Why doesn't he just memorize speeches, or use notes, or write sharpie on his hand like....hmmmm,Bush?....Clinton? Nope . Reagan used it too? Ummm, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy??? They ALL took advantage of technology? Eisenhower? Nope.

Wow, talk about a desperate attempt at degrading the president.

9/21/12, 12:15 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

What does Osama think about Obama's pop gun?

President Obama had to be dragged into making that "gutsy" decision after being overruled three times by Valerie Jarret. If Leon Panetta hadn't gone ahead with it, our pop-gun-in-chief would still be dithering.

Only those who lack sack - like Obama - try to convince people how tough they are.

9/21/12, 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...


So desperate to put down Obama that you grap onto an unnamed source and run with it like it mattered.

Bottom line: the final decision of IF and WHEN to make the hugely critical call was Obama's. There is no arguing that the time turned out to be the right time and the operation went off without a hitch.

Are you really so burned up that your Spit-Ball kid was a failure at this mission?

9/21/12, 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

"They do not fear the United States with him as its commander-in-chief."

Yeah, too bad we can't go back to the days when Muslims cowered from a strong American president and his policies... like Bush.

Oooops....Muslims waited until an incompetent was in the White House before launching their attack. And it payed off for them....the bumbling fool didn't even attack the right country in retaliation. No, Bush was too busy walking around holding hands with Saudi Arabians, the country from where the terrorists were from.

You are a joke, Tom. lol

9/21/12, 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it actually is true that Obama cancelled the mission 3 times before the final authorization, then I have even MORE respect and admiration for the gutsy call. He didn't just rush gung-ho into a hasty decision, but waited for the perfect moment. He nailed it!

Hard to argue with the results.

9/21/12, 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A media bias? Well, losers need scapegoats, even if it is not true. (Fact Checkers? We don't need no stinkin' Fact Checkers!)


A media watchdog organization, 4th Estate Project, released a new infographic showing that coverage of the 2012 presidential election is biased toward Republicans, even in outlets traditionally considered part of the “liberal media.”

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/is-there-a-liberal-media-bias-in-election-2012-campaign-coverage-165253546.html

9/21/12, 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberal media? Ha! Which of the following are considered liberal? Fox? GE, er I mean NBC? Disney/abc? CBS/ Westinghouse? These are big corporations with major military contracts/ ties. Do the math. Liberal? Only to the sheep.

Maybe think for yourselves? Ever consider, ah, just maybe, you're being lied to?

9/23/12, 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Tom is right. Any media that allow themselves to be dictated by facts and fact checkers is obviously biased against those of us who like our news to reinforce the way we pretend things to be,

9/23/12, 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Tom is getting his ass handed to him on a silver platter on this one. Kinda like Myth Romney, or Mitt Antoinette, or Mitt Rmoney, or whatever that etch-a-sketch guy is named.

9/23/12, 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Ol Hickory said...



By Chris Hedges

"We will all swallow our cup of corporate poison. We can take it from nurse Romney, who will tell us not to whine and play the victim, or we can take it from nurse Obama, who will assure us that this hurts him even more than it hurts us, but one way or another the corporate hemlock will be shoved down our throats. The choice before us is how it will be administered. Corporate power, no matter who is running the ward after January 2013, is poised to carry out U.S. history’s most savage assault against the poor and the working class, not to mention the Earth’s ecosystem. And no one in power, no matter what the bedside manner, has any intention or ability to stop it.

If you insist on participating in the cash-drenched charade of a two-party democratic election at least be clear about what you are doing. You are, by playing your assigned role as the Democratic or Republican voter in this political theater, giving legitimacy to a corporate agenda that means your own impoverishment and disempowerment. All the things that stand between us and utter destitution—Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants, Head Start, Social Security, public education, federal grants-in-aid to America’s states and cities, the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and home-delivered meals for seniors—are about to be shredded by the corporate state. Our corporate oligarchs are harvesting the nation, grabbing as much as they can, as fast as they can, in the inevitable descent.

We will be assaulted this January when automatic spending reductions, referred to as “the fiscal cliff,” begin to dismantle and defund some of our most important government programs. Mitt Romney will not stop it. Barack Obama will not stop it."

....."..con't at truthdig.com

9/24/12, 9:25 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

I'm much more afraid of government poison than corporate poison. Government can tax me and arrest me.

9/24/12, 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Ol Hickory said...

I'm not sure what planet your on, but the one I inhabit is controlled and run by corporations. Governments? Merely an extension of the corporate state. By the way, now that corprpations can be considered citizens, well, you can kiss 'democracy' good bye. Its long over.

"You get the point. Obama is not in charge. Romney would not be in charge. Politicians are the public face of corporate power. They are corporate employees. Their personal narratives, their promises, their rhetoric and their idiosyncrasies are meaningless. And that, perhaps, is why the cost of the two presidential campaigns is estimated to reach an obscene $2.5 billion. The corporate state does not produce a product that is different. It produces brands that are different. And brands cost a lot of money to sell.

You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.

9/24/12, 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Ol Hickory. I do not think Obama is doing anywhere near enough to fight the power of corporations, but look what he is up against. A supreme court that rules them "people", and politicians that are bought off and are nothing more than corporations little bitches. The entire right wing seems to pray at the alter of Big Business. Obama may be powereless to make any real changes but at least he is not a walking caricature of how bad big business can be, like Mitt Rmoney.
Yes, I would prefer a third party, but let's get real. The powers that be ain't gonna let it happen. Easier to control 2 puppets than having to worry about others.

9/24/12, 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Government can tax me and arrest me."

A big chunk of your taxes are BECAUSE of corporate welfare and subsidies - over 100 billion a year. I wonder how close that number is to the total $ amount of bonus packages to CEOs? Sounds like income distribution to me.

Yes, an evil government can imprison you without reason, but corporations KILL millions of people a year due to their pollution.

9/24/12, 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Pollution largely due to right wing lobbyists who fight for corporations not to be regulated with regards to polluting. Screw your grandchildren for a buck, huh?

9/24/12, 12:19 PM  

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