Obama’s ‘Lame duck dynasty’

Jan 22, 2014


While seven brave members, and counting, of our military have died during Operation Enduring Freedom so far in 2014, the New Year already has become the same old-same old year in Afghanistan. It’s nice to know that President Obama has had John Kerry negotiating for peace the past three and a half months.

Make that, negotiating for peace just about everywhere but Afghanistan.

According to the Washington Post, Secretary of State Kerry has, as of last Friday, traveled to 39 countries over the last 144 days for 312,927 miles with a total flight time of 678.56 hours.

That’s 340 in-flight movies, or the latest Bill O’Reilly rant.

Just this year alone, Kerry has already been to Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Paris, Kuwait City, Ireland and Vatican city for a total of 26,000 miles.

So far, the Secretary of Mistake, err, State, has not negotiated a successful peace treaty. That could explain why he wasn’t invited to First Lady Michelle’s 50th birthday bash last Saturday at the White House. I don’t believe Beyonce, Smokey Robison, Magic Johnson, Samuel Jackson and Bo, one of the Obama’s White House dogs missed Mr. Kerry.

Truthfully, about the best chance President Obama had for Secretary Kerry to negotiate for peace was missed when the President failed to send him to the Middle East city of Hoboken.

Hoboken, New Jersey, that is.

Perhaps Secretary Kerry could have peacefully settled the dispute between the Mayor of Hoboken and the Governor of New Jersey as the mayor is claiming that a member of the governor’s administration shook her down for a political favor for a rich developer and threatened to hold back funding Hoboken badly needed after Hurricane Sandy, if the mayor didn’t play along.

Now that would’ve been a nice little start-up peace negotiation for Kerry. Because unlike the Middle East, where thousands could, and have, died from a failed peace treaty, hardly anybody dies from a failed peace treaty in New Jersey.

Hardly. Anybody seen Jimmy Hoffa lately?

With Kerry failing to get even a piece of a peace compromise completed, it’s sort of amazing that today’s scheduled United Nations backed Geneva II Middle East peace conference, all about the Syrian civil war peace efforts, is taking place.

Especially after Kerry, two days ago, told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to rescind the invitation to Iran, issued only 24 hours earlier citing Iran’s failure to dot its i’s and cross its t’s.

Amazingly Ban Ki-moon agreed. Why? Evidently the U.N. would rather have the U.S. at the table with their Hoboken Middle East expertise than have Iran participate with their actual residency in the Middle East because if these talks are delayed any longer the U.N. would be forced to help the Cleveland Browns find a head coach.

This much-delayed Geneva II will now go ahead today with foreign ministers of more than 30 nations and will continue later in the week with talks between negotiators representing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and representatives of the Syrian opposition.

Without representatives of Iran. Clearly the talks will not be successful without all the key players in attendance. Last time I checked, without getting into all the blah, blah, blahs, you already know, Iran is a key player.

You have to wonder if it has occurred to Secretary Kerry, or President Obama for that matter, what better excuse have they given Iran for retaliating against the U.S. by retaliating against a possible Geneva II treaty.

A treaty they didn’t participate in.

It could be Hoboken all over again.

Of course, John Kerry will not negotiate any peace treaties in Afghanistan for President Obama as during the five years of his presidency al-Qaeda has not only gotten stronger in Afghanistan, but has formed a stronghold across the Middle East.

After five years and two days as president, for anyone to say President Obama couldn’t find a peaceful solution in Afghanistan because he inherited Operation Enduring Freedom from President Bush is like saying President Obama inherited the immigration problem from President Andrew Jackson after the fall of the Alamo.

Fortunately, for the first time in 6,000 years peace will not break out in the Middle East. If it did, they might unite against the United States.

When you think about it, one Middle East country at war with another Middle East country without U.S. involvement could be a win-win for the rest of the world as well as it would, could, and should for the United States.

Is it possible that there is a method to President Obama and John Kerry’s lack of method? Or is it just a continuation of President Obama’s “Lame Duck Dynasty?”



There's a reason for the claims that President Obama is often "the smartest man in the room." When you hire idiots, it doesn't take all that much to prove to have the higher IQ!


Thats right Sam, You look so much smarter when surrounding yourself with complete idiots!


Obama is a former Constitutional Law Professor. He comes off best when compared to the semi-literate buffoon/drinking buddy who sat in the Oval Office just before he arrived in town. He also looks really, really smart in a side-by-side comparison of the recent 'clown car' of GOP presidential candidates. I have to chuckle when people who thought Palin, Trump, Cain, Perry, Bachmann were presidential material think Obama is lacking in smarts.

It used to be that you had to be dumb to vote Republican, but these days it helps to be dumb when you run as a GOP presidential candidate. Or, at least, pretend to be dumb, so conservatives will vote for you. You have to deny science, be anti-Education and suspicious of anyone who is an expert in those areas to run as a Republican.


Re: "Constitutional Law Professor,"

Why did he never produce any scholarly papers on the topic?


So, wait. Are you telling me you don't believe he was, indeed, a Constitutional Law Professor? I suppose you don't believe in Climate Change or Evolution, either, right?

If you're really interested, factcheck.org backed that up several years ago. Of course, Republicans are remarkably immune to debunking of their cherished myths, so I don't expect you to take my word for it.

Palin and Bush by comparison, cannot even spell the word "law".


Re: "Constitutional Law Professor?"

Most profs I knew wrote papers and often required their students to read them.

Just curious why if he was so (bleepin') smart on the topic that he never wrote any?


If he was a Constitutional Professor he obviously knows what he is doing and that makes it worse. What did he teach about the Constitution? That the government reserves the right to kill its own citizens as long as it goes through a secret court or that the president can become a king and disregard the document for political purposes?


Re: "Obama is lacking in smarts."

All his college records are sealed why?

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The Hero Zone

The prevailing theory, as I understand it, is that on his application he listed himself as a foreign-born student (probably a native Indonesian) in order to receive financial and/or enrollment assistance and priority.

But hey, what does anyone know? As you stated they are sealed and he isn't talking about how he went from just getting by in high school to be accepted to where he went for school. It can only lead us to wonder, among other blackout periods in his presidency.

Also Sam, as she points out below, is correct as far as his employment and title. But, as was pointed out above, even if he IS a Constitutional expert with no equal that means everything he is doing is purposeful which is far worse than him being a well-intentioned dodderer.


Re: "(probably a native Indonesian)"

Or Kenyan born.

"About the Book Agency Entry Saying Obama Was Born in Kenya..."


His paternal grandmother is on record of saying that she saw him being born, but she's obviously a conspiratorial "birther."


Obama isn't a former "Constitutional Law Professor." The school in Chicago where he worked went on record several years ago making it clear that he was a "fill-in" or "guest" teacher who was never full time and never considered a professor.

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As a former Constitutional senior lecturer, how could Obama cite the U.S. Constitution during a State of the Union Address with a quote that was from the Declaration of Independence?

One would think that this alleged expert on “Constitutional Law” would know better.

gulp gulp.




Missed THAT one!

“We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal…”



Re: "negotiating for peace just about everywhere but Afghanistan."

Ya wouldn't want Sec'y Kerry to spoil his attempt at a lackluster track record would ya?

He might wanna run for POTUS (again) like the last uninspiring but well-traveled Sec'y of State.

Stop It

Amen, brother. Well said.

Man of the Republic

I haven't the slightest idea why this guy continues to get column space in the SR. His attempt at humor (if that's what this is) is lackluster at best, and he presents the reader with a wandering and scattered train of thought.


Re: "this guy,"

Thought his reference to the "Alamo" was humorous.

Few Yankees know about the Battle of San Jacinto however.

I'd like it if they had Rufus Sanders back.


I see nothing humorous about this column or in fact any of his other columns.


Dont like it, dont read it. Simple as that. And thankfully rufus the dufus is gone.


Little history Chuck. Both McCain & Obama stated America is in for the long haul on Afghanistan.( Charlie Wilson's war) Obama did say we needed out of Iraq. On Hoffa you check on Frank Sheerhan's death-bed confession along with Santos Trafficante's last words too. Forgive my spelling, made the Prometheus Society but not the Triple 9.


Re: "Charlie Wilson's war"

MORE history kurtie.

Pres. Carter's "Operation Cyclone" pre-dates it.

"On 3 July 1979, Carter signed a presidential finding authorizing funding for anticommunist guerrillas in Afghanistan,"



Yes Charlie Wilson, a democrat started his "war" under another democrat Jimmy Carter, called Operation Cyclone, as linked by Contango.


As I have stated several times, both parties do stupid things. It is never just one party, unless you claim politicians as a party. They ARE a different breed, at least by the time they get to Congress or Presidency, and some start to go down that path in State offices and some, sadly even before.

The Big Dog's back

Yeah, yeah,yeah, Gov bad, pooh good. Same old, same old.


Contango has proven knowledgeable about many historical footnotes. It's unfortunate that his above-average grasp is run through a biased political filter. Just imagine what could happen if that knowledge were used for something positive, instead of constant griping and pointing out what he sees as everyone else's idiocy. It's hard to enjoy talking to someone who lives in a fantasy world of smug superiority, ya know?


Re: "many historical footnotes."

As stated numerous times: History is NOT your strong suit.

Continue to stick with your fact-less insipid ideology.

The Big Dog's back

pooh, remember, your opinion pieces are not facts.


Re: "As stated numerous times: History is NOT your strong suit."

You forgot the second half, facts and history are not his strong suits. He may start out with facts but after a few sentences strays into opinions, and then into provable untruths, especially when numbers are involved.

The Big Dog's back

The teatardigan comic section. Give it up chuck.

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See you came up with a intelligent comment. My wish would be to add your IQ to toasters IQ and see if it comes anywhere close to deercrappers IQ.


Glad some are looking. You also forgot how Reagan & Wilson agreed on Afghanistan. Again Hitler & Reagan both ruled by zodiac. (Reagan's seer was Joan Quimbly) History is cool.


Re: "You also forgot how Reagan & Wilson agreed on Afghanistan"

Nope, rather you forgot THE FACT that it was Pres. Carter who helped to get the ball rolling.

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

- John Adams