He promised a new, “smart” diplomacy, but he didn’t say when

From whence legends (and myths) are born

From whence legends (and myths) are born

Iran spurns Obama’s offer to meet with its president. At breakfast yesterday a friend of mine insisted that Obama was brilliant. Pressed to list a single brilliant accomplishment Barry has brought to pass, he couldn’t.

Neither could I.

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27 responses to “He promised a new, “smart” diplomacy, but he didn’t say when

  1. Publius

    We now have President Empty Pinata representing our interests abroad.

  2. Publius

    http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4111/20130923/eagle-vs-deer-rare-images-caught-camera.htm

    On an unrelated note, you need to get one of these new fangled AR-15 Golden Eagles. Apparently they are great for deer hunting…….

  3. Send Kerry, if it turns out to be a trap, well no great loss.

  4. Anonymous

    The Republicans biggest nightmare, that Obamacare actually works ……

    Imagine that scenario, maybe then it will be called a brilliant achievement.

    In the meantime the Koch brothers are spending some money to persuade young people to opt out. http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/09/21/watch-funny-anti-obamacare-ads-generation-opportunity

    • Publius

      I am a little confused; if the ACA is potentially brilliant why then is the President suspending/postponing parts of that law? ( the Employer Mandate for example). He needs some brilliance right now.

      As for the young “folks” they get the short end of the stick under ACA because they are subsidizing the heavier users of health care in the insurance pools. This comes on top of the fact that SS and Medicare that they currently fund will most likely produce a negative returns.

    • AJ

      Put your crack pipe down, and read this:

      ‘One man’s ObamaCare nightmare’

      “Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky. and their two boys are just the kind of people who should be helped by ObamaCare. But they recently got a nasty surprise in the mail.

      “When I saw the letter when I came home from work,” Andy said, describing the large red wording on the envelope from his insurance carrier, “(it said) ‘your action required, benefit changes, act now.’ Of course I opened it immediately.”

      It had stunning news. Insurance for the Mangiones and their two boys, which they bought on the individual market, was going to almost triple in 2014 — from $333 a month to $965.

      The insurance carrier made it clear the increase was in order to be compliant with the new health care law.

      “This isn’t a Cadillac plan, this isn’t even a silver plan,” Mangione said, referring to higher levels of coverage under ObamaCare.

      “This is a high deductible plan where I’m assuming a lot of risk for my health insurance for my family. And nothing has changed ….”

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/24/one-man-obamacare-nightmare/

      • EOSredux

        AJ: Twitchy’s Michelle Malkin has been asking readers to send in their letters of just this sort – from increasing premiums to in many cases, their current policies cancelled. Period. It’s astonishing, and not in a good way, how many people sent in screen shots of their cancellation letters.

        And to answer Anonymous @4:54, if its so great, why on earth would Obama sit down for a one-on-one interview with Bill Clinton today? The purpose is to talk up ObamaCare. The more people Obama begs to sing its praises (think Hollywood), the stinkier the entire plan is.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think it will work either, but I do believe it is a scenario that still gives elements of the GOP leadership some sleepless nights. After all, it does not even have to truly work, just give the impression of working to 51% of the electorate, and probably not the people who end out funding it.

    • AJ

      Congress, not having read the Obamacare bill before passing it, had no idea that they would be forced to buy it too. Upon finding out they just rewrote the law (can the do that?) to exclude themselves. If it’s so wonderful, why do they not want any part of it? Apparently they’ve never heard the old maxim that you should own what you sell.

    • Aww, DB, you’re so cute! Greatest hope Democrats have is that the Republicans WILL kill OB Kate and save the Dems from the voters’ wrath. Families are just now discovering that, say, their $300 per month policy will now cost $1.000. That can’t be good.

    • Cos Cobber

      Let me know when federal employees and elected officials are subject to Obamacare.

  5. Al Dente

    This guy picks nothing but losers – Personnel – Regimes – Companies.

  6. Anonymous

    Actually the one brilliant thing Obama has done is win the Presidency. You have to give credit to this man – he is so unqualified and incompetent yet he achieved this. Extraordinary.

    • t

      Give you and your neighbors a hand, Without you dumb shits he;d still be giving blow jobs in the vestibule of Trinity Church

  7. TheWizard

    I think Obama’s brilliant accomplishment was to get elected twice to the highest office despite showing little in the way of qualification for it.
    I’m truly stunned to this day that it could happen.
    Perhaps this isn’t reality, but some sort of illusion, and we’ll all wake up from it eventually.

  8. Peg

    For roughly the last year of the real estate bubble, I kept on telling clients that the current situation literally could not continue. It was mathematically impossible for housing prices to increase 15-20% a year (or more) while incomes rose roughly 3% a year. I wasn’t sure when the pattern would stop – only that by sheer logic, it had to do so. And – as we all know, stop it did.

    Obamacare is similar; it is designed such that eventually, it will simply come to a halt. Doctors won’t work for peanuts; some will retire early or simply find new careers (yes, really). Add in many NEW patients and hello; months of waits like Canada. People who are struggling to make $350 or $500 a month payments simply will be unable to make $1000 or $1500 payments. Younger people won’t pay the premiums; the penalty is cheaper. Yet, since they can “opt in” at any point necessary, then they’ll go that route. Think of someone not insuring their house for years, then upon finding out that it’s burned to the ground, call their insurance agent and say “hey ya; sign me up for a $3500 annual policy and while you’re at it, please send a check for $1.2 million for my home that’s gone. Because the law forces you to do this.”

    How many insurers do you think are going to stick around for this – because this is the law now?

    I don’t know how the debacle is going to end. And, I’m not sure how rapidly it will all fall apart. All I know is that it is a ludicrous plan, and – it ain’t gonna work.

    What cannot continue will not continue.

    • Cos Cobber

      Peg, I think Obamacare will begin a 20 year shift in the federal budget exchanging our defense spending for healthcare, like much of Europe has done. I’m not disagreeing with your point, just pointing out that through a slow wind down of defense spending and higher taxes we will keep the Obamacare system going for a while.

      • What I think will happen is a combination: ObamaKare will fail, as it was designed to do, and the government will impose what liberals have demanded all along: a one-payer system, a la Europe. This will be whooped through by the lotus eaters as a system that will provide the same, (“even better!”) health care system than we have now but when the doctors quit, when medical technology advances cease, and new drugs stop appearing, the deterioration in the quality of care will be applauded as an advance for fairness – better we all suffer equally than some have advanced care while the poor do without.

        The liberals will deny that this is their goal and many, perhaps, believe that, now. Magic and good intentions are the glue that holds their world together, so facts aren’t part of their thinking. But again, when it becomes obvious that even our wealthy country can’t afford to provide the best, most expensive medical care to all 300 million of us and that standards have to drop, they’ll cheer that on.

        In the meantime, you’re right, CC: first to go will be the defense budget, and that will allow all this to continue for another decade or two. Good thing I’ll have shuffled off this mortal coil by then; tough luck for my kids, though.