The Wuss Speech at West Point

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If you don’t think that Obama has a problem with this country, you need to listen to that speech again.  Here he is, the president, POTUS, commander-in-chief speaking at West Point, and it’s the Limbaugh Theorem.  He’s speaking as though he’s not even the president. All these other people are screwing around and that’s why things are all messed up.  Just amazing.  It’s really stunning to me that we’ve actually elected somebody that has this many grievances. 

I know we have people with grievances out there, but that we’ve elected one is what’s stunning. – Rush Limbaugh


 But to say that we have an interest in pursuing peace and freedom beyond our borders is not to say that every problem has a military solution.  Since World War II, some of our most costly mistakes came not from our restraint, but from our willingness to rush into military adventures without thinking through the consequences — without building international support and legitimacy for our action; without leveling with the American people about the sacrifices required.  Tough talk often draws headlines, but war rarely conforms to slogans.  – Barrack Obama


So, Mr. President, we are back again knocking America and those who have gone before you. It would not surprise me for you to say that Bang, Bang Cowboy George W. is a good example of what you are talking about. Isn’t all that goes wrong in your administration the fault of George Bush? And why is your discourse on any subject always all about you? And why must we court international opinion before taking action? What is wrong with unilateral American action? What you are saying is that all international action should go through the United Nations. The UN is a joke.


But U.S. military action cannot be the only — or even primary — component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.  And because the costs associated with military action are so high, you should expect every civilian leader — and especially your Commander-in-Chief — to be clear about how that awesome power should be used.
- Barrack Obama


It is painfully obvious that you hate the military, Mr. President. You are the exact opposite of Ronald Reagan, not only in economic matters, but also in foreign policy. Peace through strength is not something you have signed onto, in fact just the opposite. Why would you say something like this to West Point graduates?

 On the other hand, when issues of global concern do not pose a direct threat to the United States, when such issues are at stake — when crises arise that stir our conscience or push the world in a more dangerous direction but do not directly threaten us — then the threshold for military action must be higher.  In such circumstances, we should not go it alone.  Instead, we must mobilize allies and partners to take collective action.  We have to broaden our tools to include diplomacy and development; sanctions and isolation; appeals to international law; and, if just, necessary and effective, multilateral military action.  In such circumstances, we have to work with others because collective action in these circumstances is more likely to succeed, more likely to be sustained, less likely to lead to costly mistakes.
- Barrack Obama


There you go again, as Ronald Reagan would often say. Back to courting international favor before taking any action. We don’t have to work with others, Mr. President. The interests of the United Sates come first; everybody else is in second place. What you are spouting is just One World clap trap and like most on the far Left you are a Socialist idealist who believes that a Nirvana can be instituted, a One World Order.


But as I said last year, in taking direct action we must uphold standards that reflect our values.  That means taking strikes only when we face a continuing, imminent threat, and only where there is no certainty — there is near certainty of no civilian casualties.  For our actions should meet a simple test:  We must not create more enemies than we take off the battlefield.
 – Barrack Obama


We do not make enemies when we fight for truth, justice and freedom, Mr. President. You talk like those who say that it was our fault that the World Trade Towers were struck and 3000 Americans killed in 9/11. This line of thought says that we create enemies when we stick our nose in where it does not belong. But in most cases it does belong and if the interests of the United States are being threatened then we must act. You can’t obtain respect through appeasement. Isolationism will back us into a corner where down the line we will be in serious danger. There is nothing wrong with being Pro Active in the world if it furthers American interests.


 I also believe we must be more transparent about both the basis of our counterterrorism actions and the manner in which they are carried out.  We have to be able to explain them publicly, whether it is drone strikes or training partners. – Barrack Obama


That’s why you announce to the Taliban when we will withdraw from Afghanistan. What good does it do us to play our cards face up on the table? What kind of military strategy telepaths our actions in advance? When was the last time you explained our drone strikes to the American people, Mr. President? Where we need the transparency is on the domestic front where you promised it in 2008. You have been the most secretive, uninformative and nontransparent President in the history of this nation.


Now, there are a lot of folks, a lot of skeptics, who often downplay the effectiveness of multilateral action.  For them, working through international institutions like the U.N. or respecting international law is a sign of weakness. I think they’re wrong.  – Barack Obama


We understand that you think that the America before you operated as an unlawful, imperialistic world tyrant. That’s why you went on a world tour apologizing for America. But why is this an important declaration for West Point Graduates.


In Ukraine, Russia’s recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe.  But this isn’t the Cold War.  Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away.  Because of American leadership, the world immediately condemned Russian actions; Europe and the G7 joined us to impose sanctions; NATO reinforced our commitment to Eastern European allies; the IMF is helping to stabilize Ukraine’s economy; OSCE monitors brought the eyes of the world to unstable parts of Ukraine.  And this mobilization of world opinion and international institutions served as a counterweight to Russian propaganda and Russian troops on the border and armed militias in ski masks.
 – Barrack Obama


This is all smoke and mirrors. Putin is running circles around you Mr. President. And your so called peaceful counteractions and sanctions don’t amount to a hill of beans. If Putin wants to move in on Ukraine he will do it and you will do nothing to stop him. What you think you have done to stop him leads me to believe that you are operating in a make believe world.


Similarly, despite frequent warnings from the United States and Israel and others, the Iranian nuclear program steadily advanced for years.  But at the beginning of my presidency, we built a coalition that imposed sanctions on the Iranian economy, while extending the hand of diplomacy to the Iranian government.  And now we have an opportunity to resolve our differences peacefully. 
- Barrack Obama

 The odds of success are still long, and we reserve all options to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  But for the first time in a decade, we have a very real chance of achieving a breakthrough agreement — one that is more effective and durable than what we could have achieved through the use of force.  And throughout these negotiations, it has been our willingness to work through multilateral channels that kept the world on our side.
- Barrack Obama 


You are dreaming once more, Mr. President. What you negotiated with Iran allowed them to continue their nuclear development. You have negotiated with thieves and liars who have no intention of abiding by what they have agreed to. You are naïve, Mr. President. And you and the rest of the Left operate in the never, never world of this is the 21st century and people don’t act like Huns anymore. So all we need to do is sit down and talk reason with them and they will see the light. Baloney, Mr. President – baloney!
And why is the talk all about me, me me?


That spirit of cooperation needs to energize the global effort to combat climate change — a creeping national security crisis that will help shape your time in uniform, as we are called on to respond to refugee flows and natural disasters and conflicts over water and food, which is why next year I intend to make sure America is out front in putting together a global framework to preserve our planet.  – Barrack Obama


Climate Change is a proper topic when addressing West Point cadets?

“We can’t call on others to make commitments to combat climate change if a whole lot of our political leaders deny that it’s taking place.”  This is foreign policy?  This is foreign policy, ripping into your political opponents at home ’cause they don’t agree with you on the hoax of climate change?  “We can’t try to resolve problems in the South China Sea when we’ve refused to make sure that the –” See?  America sucks.  When you boil all this down, we can’t lead anybody because we’re not up to snuff ourselves.  We got no business telling people what the right thing to do is because we’re not doing the right thing. – Rush Limbaugh


We can’t try to resolve problems in the South China Sea when we have refused to make sure that the Law of the Sea Convention is ratified by our United States Senate, despite the fact that our top military leaders say the treaty advances our national security. That’s not leadership.  That’s retreat.  That’s not strength.  That’s weakness. – Barrack Obama


Only when we behave properly, like when we don’t behave like a superpower, are we good.  When do we flout international law?  You know this Law of the Sea Treaty? Do you know when it was open for signature? It was 1982.  It was 32 years ago, and they still can’t get any signatures on it because it’s so bad.  It’s a huge penalty for the United States.  The Law of the Sea Treaty is an absolute disaster. – Rush Limbaugh

 Maybe the Senate hasn’t signed a Law of the Sea Treaty because it does not help the United States. Maybe it’s an absolute debacle for the United States, but even if it was good and they haven’t signed it, it means you’re having trouble persuading them.  It means there must be some leadership absent here.  But, I mean, “We can’t exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everybody else.”  You do every day.  You devise rules for all of us to live by that you exempt yourselves from.  Every liberal in power does that.  – Rush Limbaugh



I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.  But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions. And that’s why I will continue to push to close Gitmo — because American values and legal traditions do not permit the indefinite detention of people beyond our borders. That’s why we’re putting in place new restrictions on how America collects and uses intelligence — because we will have fewer partners and be less effective if a perception takes hold that we’re conducting surveillance against ordinary citizens.  – Barrack Obama


You want to strangle and limit the military and intelligence communities of the United States. You want to place the mercy of the United States to negotiation and arbitration by World Courts and adherence to law that is not United States law but foreign law. Again for the umpteenth time its all about you. That’s who you talk about the most – yourself.

That is pathetic.  Folks, that’s embarrassing.  “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being, but what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law but our…” So we suck again.  There’s nothing special about us.  We don’t obey the law.  We don’t abide by the law.  We flout international norms and the rule of law. – Rush Limbaugh


We the American people are governed by a weak President who apologizes for America. He talks about ending a war but never winning it. He hates the military and believes in subjugating the United States to International rule. He is the leader of a nation that he thinks has been oppressive and unfair.

Well, we can’t lead, because we’re deficient ourselves.  We can’t tell these people the right thing to do because we’re not doing the right thing.  Who are we?  And that’s exactly the way this bunch looks at this country:  flawed, guilty, immoral and unjust, and so we don’t have any moral authority because we aren’t any good ourselves – Rush Limbaugh


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