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  1. Obama is not simply an egotist – he has a mental disorder that long ago turned malignant – he is a full-fledged narcissist.

    Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

    1. TJ Avatarici

      Absolutely right on.

  2. Michael Cavallaro

    Right wing critics of the President constantly engage in chickenshit personality speculation because their so called facts aren’t very compelling. Makes them look sort of stupid and superficial. Know what I mean?

    Superficial: Concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious. Shallow; not profound or thorough.

  3. Michael P Stein

    I agree that Obama’s positions and statements have been inconsistent and incoherent, but I’m afraid this is more a difference of degree than kind. The US has always been inconsistent in its human rights policies. When we need nothing from the thugs, and have the military superiority or other leverage to punish them at little cost, we are much more likely to act forcefully than when we need something from them, or when we’d pay too high a price for taking forceful measures.

    The big inconsistency is between Lybia and Syria – Obama’s unilateral action in the former vs. his deference to Congress in the current matter. But Obama is hardly the only president to pay attention to political considerations. It’s not just that the public is getting tired of more than a decade of perpetual war, and according to the polls a majority of the public is against a US military strike. There’s also the impending battles over the budget and the debt ceiling; these factors may also have played a part in motivating him to show deference to Congress now when he did not in Lybia.

    I’m not sure even Ronald Reagan could have persuaded the public to support military action if he were somehow still alive and trying to lead the country to back it after the history of the current century (though I would concur that he’d have done a better job than this administration).

  4. Why would obama change now. Congress has enabled him to lie and delay repeatedly on any number of matters (obamacare, egypt, NSA, IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghazi) and there is no penalty.

  5. Michael Cavallaro

    …and lets not forget that Obama is a Marxist Muslim from Kenya who wants to impose Sharia Law.

    1. Have I read this horse-hockey anywhere or at anytime on this website? Not until now. I will however agree with Charles Koch who said this about Obama:

      “He’s a dedicated egalitarian. I’m not saying he’s a Marxist, but he’s internalized some Marxist models — that is, that business tends to be successful by exploiting its
      customers and workers.”

      1. Michael Cavallaro

        More of the same kind of speculation and horseshit.

  6. General smedley butler warned that rouge capitalist (too big to fail) were responsible for our squeezed wages and wars abroad (the occupy kids feel the same way), i guess now that the tea b ggrs are so isolationist now and the republicans are in lock step….things should be taking a turn domestically soon. they are all ON record isolationist now…bet the koch bros. realize this…progressives might wanna seize upon this flaw of the simple…..immediately.

    i would suggest you realize the significance of the last 2 weeks—-the characters just became unwitting isolationist The significance of that domestically… stunning. like a devastating combination to the body one should then….relax….back off let the punishment soak in, then move in and look for the easy stoppage. They just embraced the OCCUPY agenda,

  7. Tony Edwards

    Let’s all agree that Obama’s policies have been confused and inept for the past two years when it comes to this issue. He is in way, way over his head and his advisors are amateurs (to be charitable). The question is, what now?

    A snake like Putin doesn’t care about our partisan squabbles; he is setting up a new order in the Middle East that strips away our position of influence and is profoundly dangerous to Israel, among other allies. What are we as a country going to do about it?

    All we can do is support Obama in this. This is not a GOP/Dem issue–America first. Please Mr. President, show some backbone for a change and push back on Putin. The country and the world will fall in behind you but you have to LEAD!

  8. Michael Cavallaro

    Inept amateurs? Hilarious. When Obama became President Afghanistan was a stalemated quagmire with no end in sight. When he increased troop strength there Republicans acted as though they’d never even heard of Afghanistan. That’s because the idea of US military victory under Obama doesn’t fit the narrative.
    Republicans have lost all credibility on foreign affairs and defense issues because in their world everything is subordinate to petty politics, ideology, and rhetoric.

  9. Benjamin Cole

    You know, Obama does not seem to realize that our global reputation for rushing into long and bankrupting wars with no upside for the USA is hanging by a thread.

    I mean, Iraqistan was $6 trillion in folly (and still counting).

    What kind of measly track record has Obama, compared to the $6 trillion in outlays and incurred liabilities of Iraqistan?

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