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The Incompetent Leadership Class in a World of Hurt

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It should be apparent to all by now that the Obama administration is fifth-rate at best. Perhaps any American administration in these days would be. It is stuffed with self-important folks with Ivy-league wallpaper, few competencies, and endless ambition.

Meanwhile the US was embarrassed (thankfully, for those of us fearing a world war) by Iran’s recent nuclear deal with Brazil and Turkey; frozen in the headlights by the No. Korean torpedoing of the So. Korean ship; tap dancing as fast as they can to do endless U turns in Afghanistan re: Karzai; and in a daze regarding the Gulf oil disaster. There isn’t a logistics expert in sight, no one with an organizing principle or maybe any principles at all. And the financial meltdown is far from over.

The signs of delusion and decay are everywhere.  Any self-respecting rat should be hunting for the nearest porthole.

–Claudia

Obama and the Oil Spill

By Thomas Friedman   May 18, 2010

President Obama’s handling of the gulf oil spill has been disappointing.

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The Iran nuclear deal and the new premier league of global powers By Simon Tisdall

Brazil and Turkey are determined to pursue diplomacy and compromise – even if it means upsetting Washington

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Newspaper ad calls for Israel to bomb Iran:

An advertisement on Israel’s Haaretz website is calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make good on his (alleged?) promise to bomb Iran in two weeks’ time. If he doesn’t, says Israel Uncensored News, “the entire Middle East will be up in arms. In nuclear arms.”

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Coast Guard: Despite BP efforts, Gulf oil spill is getting worse:

The Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, said that despite the siphoning, the spilled oil is spreading and now stretches from western Louisiana to Florida’s Key West. The extent of the spill was straining even the substantial resources deployed for one of the worst ecological disasters in recent history, he said.

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BP told feds it could handle oil spill 60 times larger than Deepwater Horizon:

In its 2009 exploration plan for the Deepwater Horizon well, BP PLC states that the company could handle a spill involving as much as 12.6 million gallons of oil per day, a number 60 times higher than its current estimate of the ongoing Gulf disaster.

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The Bailout of Big American Banks
Cost Trillions More Than We’ve Been Told

By Washington’s Blog

These are just a few of the secret bailouts programs the government is giving to the giant banks. There are many other bailout programs as well. If these bailouts and subsidies are added up, they amount to many tens – or perhaps even hundreds – of trillions of dollars.

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Can Brazil Save the World from War with Iran?

We are now at a new moment in international relations, in which countries outside of the permanent members of the Security Council and their handpicked allies are insisting on having some meaningful input into global issues of war and peace, and are starting to have some success in pressing their case for inclusion. Brazil has been a leader in these efforts.  A striking example of this shift is the recent willingness of Brazil and Turkey to challenge the leadership of the United States on the question of responding to Iran’s nuclear program.

Update:

This excerpt from Hillary in China; CSN blasts Obama, Clinton, Huntsman, and Posner together; more newsreally grabbed me.

There is something like a World’s Fair occurring at the Shanghai World Expo. This weekend, Hillary Clinton visited there. It’s been reported that the United States pavillion at the Expo is a drab, under-developed embarrassment. At the last minute, they threw together this pavillion with three movie theaters and a gift shop. Visitors will see three corporate sponsored movies and then be invited to “buy here.” Products in the gift shop are Made In China. On second thought, maybe the pavillion is accurately reflecting America these days.

The best statesmanship of the 21st century occurred on May 20, 2010, when a TV guest said, “There’s ash in the air, oil in the water, and blood in the streets.” Mother nature, and the private sector, and the government all seem unable to keep their act clean. At a time like this, where do we find Hillary Clinton, and what do we find her doing? –She was giving teddy bears to children at the Shanghai World Expo!

A report by Reuters did not specify whether those particular teddy bears were Made In China. Reuters said, “After the film, Clinton handed out teddy bears to children in the audience….The U.S. exhibit ends with a gift shop where a great many products — from teddy bears and stuffed bison to silver lapel pins and pink cowboy hats — were all marked ‘Made in China.’”

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  1. Hi….I’m particularly appalled by the lack of response of the administration to the oil spill. They are letting the fox, who is guarding the hen house, give first aid to the hen. Check out my original song and video called “DRILL BABY DRILL”. I’m going to send you one more called “STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE”…That is how I feel most days.

    Barry David Butler

    May 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

  2. Check out my original song and video called
    “STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE”…

    THANKS.
    BARRY
    863-385-5690

    Barry David Butler

    May 23, 2010 at 1:43 am


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