The United States is considering airstrikes against Islamic rebels with our newest ally, um, Iran.
Joint action between the United States and Iran to help prop up the government of their mutual ally would be unprecedented since Iran's 1979 revolution, demonstrating the urgency of the alarm raised by the lightning insurgent advance.
As a courtesy to those readers who don't speak Obama, let me provide a translation:
"We've screwed up so badly that we have to have enemies like Russia, China, and Iran bail us out in foreign policy and war, over and over and over again."
This administration has gotten well beyond ridiculous.
It's breathtaking in its incompetence.
It's grandiose in its persistence.
It's perverted in its ignorance.
I'm wondering if Obama ever considered treating the GOP with half the deference that he seems to treat foreign powers that wish us harm.
It'll take us at least 50 years to undo the mess that Obama's created worldwide. That is if we can undo it at all. The real trick will be undoing all without a big, nasty war.
And here's a message from my libertarian and isolationist friends: I like Rand Paul very much, but he'll never be President of the United States acting like Obama on foreign policy.
I prefer a president who can open up a can of whoop ass on someone other than Catholic nuns.
Oops, It’s Getting Cold Inside
The IMF has revised downward their GDP numbers for the United States from 2.7% annual growth to 2% annual growth. It was just a few months ago that economists were ballyhooing the idea that the economy was finally gaining traction, with some economists predicting 4% GDP growth for 2014.
Now that their predictions have proven to be ridiculously optimistic, the IMF is providing them with figleaf cover that blames global warming for the brutal winter that we just had, thereby bringing down GDP.
From the Associated Press via Townhall Finance:
"Extreme weather occurrences have a serious effect on the economy," Christine Lagarde, the IMF's managing director, said at a news conference.
"Extreme weather occurrences have repeated much more frequently in the past 20 years than the previous century. That's a reason to wonder about climate change and how to deal with it."
They can't just admit that they were wrong.
And at this point they're getting Soviet in their attempt to revise history to fit their failed predictions.
The Five Year Plan must not fail! The will of the workers will not be foiled by weather!
Sequester, Fukushima, Libya, payroll tax increases, Obamacare have all been variously blamed for the economy not doing as commanded.
While each in its turn have had some effect on the economy-- especially Obamacare-- the larger lesson here is that Obamanomics just doesn’t work.
That said, the IMF's attempts to blame the shrinking economy on global warming is likely history's first attempt, and unfortunately not the last attempt, to blame their own economic mismanagement on the natural phenomena known as global warming.
Get ready for more excuses about how extreme weather is screwing up the economy.
It can’t be high taxes, over regulation, poor legislation, social engineering.
It’s gotta be the weather.
It's almost like they are coordinating these excuses.
What do you say, Ezra Klein, journolist extarordinaire?