This clip, from Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film “The Circus“, pretty much sums up Obama’s foreign policy, every major decision that he has made and how the world sees the once mighty United States Of America now. Keep all those in mind as you watch it.
The Tramp, unfairly accused of stealing, is chased into the middle of a circus performance, where he unintentionally wows the crowd and lands a job as a clown. Chaplin strings together several great set pieces, but two in particular really stand out. First, the Tramp, having swallowed a massive horse pill, is chased across the circus lot by a donkey and seeks refuge in what he thinks is an empty trailer. Turns out it’s the lion’s cage. He turns to leave, but the door locks behind him. At least the lion is sleeping, but a dog comes and starts barking frantically at the Tramp, threatening to wake the lion up. He tries to crawl into the next cage, but that one’s holding a very-awake tiger. When he crawl’s back into the lion’s cage, he nearly knocks over a steel tray, which surely would wake the beast. Then the ringmaster’s daughter stops by and he tries to get her to open the cage, but she faints from the very idea of where he’s trapped. Then she wakes up and opens the door, but, trying to impress her, he stays in the cage acting like he’s not scared….until the lion roars and the Tramp finally comes charging out.
Grammar YUNiversity takes a look at the differences between British and American spelling.
I can’t see how this plan could possibly go wrong.
From FrontPage Magazine:
The Obama administration asked Congress on Thursday to authorize $500 million in direct U.S. military training and equipment for Syrian opposition fighters
Obama didn’t ask Congress for authorization to invade Libya. He told Congress that he wouldn’t ask for permission to bomb Iraq.
The only reason Obama asks for something is to score political points or to cover his ass. In this case it’s the latter because even Obama knows this is a terrible idea.
That’s why he has been delaying for so long.
Within the OCO request, the Syria money is part of a $5 billion fund announced by Obama last month to help build a new counterterrorism infrastructure with partner countries “from South Asia to the Sahel.”
So Obama is going engage in counterterrorism… by arming and training terrorists. That’s like running guns to Mexican drug cartels to stop Mexican drug cartels from having guns…
… another brilliant Obama plan.
The request does not specify the type of military equipment that would be included. Under the existing covert program, the administration has sent limited quantities of small arms and ammunition and has allowed others to send U.S.-made antitank weapons.
So we’re going to be giving them unspecified weapons that could be used against American targets.
A US chopper in Afghanistan was already shot down by the Taliban using a Qatari shipment of Stinger missiles meant for Libya. That was another of Obama’s great plans.
Obama turned a blind eye to Qatar smuggling weapons to Jihadists in Syria.
The $500 million training and equipping mission would be aimed at helping “vetted elements” of the Syrian armed opposition to “defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control, facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”
What exactly are these “vetted elements”?
1. Last spring the New York Times wrote, “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”
2. The only opposition we supposedly backed was the Free Syrian Army.
A. The Free Syrian Army consisted of a coalition of mostly Islamist militias under Islamist commanders, some of whom carried out joint operations with Al Qaeda/Al Nusra Front, which has pledged alliance to ISIS/Al Qaeda in Iraq.
B. An Islamist coalition easily took on the FSA and stole all the stuff we gave them while their fighters ran away.
C. 4 out of 5 FSA front commanders demanded to work with Al Qaeda.
D. Its leader initially defended Al Qaeda/Al Nusra and claimed they weren’t terrorists.
3. There is no such thing as a “vetted opposition” because the weapons we give will go down to individual groups that can align with whoever they chose and trade weapons with anyone they choose.
The FSA fighter we train today may be an Al Qaeda fighter tomorrow or he may have been Al Qaeda last week.
4. ISIS got so big and dangerous because of the weapons and recruits pouring into the Syrian opposition. Trying to arm and train “moderate elements” just keeps the conflict going which makes Al Qaeda grow faster and bigger than ever.
You can’t beat Al Qaeda by helping Al Qaeda.
I see your peeled potatoes and raise you a peeled head of garlic in less than 10 seconds.
SAVEUR magazine’s Executive Food Editor, Todd Coleman, shows you how to peel garlic in less than ten seconds. (It’s kind of amazing.)
Leo Morten Lund shows us how we can peel a bag of potatoes quickly using a drill and a toilet brush.