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Monday, August 10, 2015

Obama International Leader, Iran Deal, GOP, False Mantra And Polling

Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, President François Hollande of France and others react emotionally while watching the overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final, in the Laurel Cabin conference room during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland, May 19, 2012. Cameron raises his arms triumphantly as the Chelsea team wins their first Champions League title in the overtime shootout.
G8 leaders watching the 2012
UEFA Champions League Final
   President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on Operation Neptune's Spear, a mission against Osama bin Laden, in one of the conference rooms of the Situation Room of the White House, on May 1, 2011. They are watching live feed from drones operating over the bin Laden complex. WIKI Images

President Barack Obama along with members of the national security team, receive an update on Operation Neptune's Spear, in the White House Situation Room
May 1, 2011. See also: The Situation Room 

As the GOP deploys strategy towards their quest to take the White House in 2016, you are being inundated with false mantra with no factual basis. How often do you hear Republicans rail about President Obama as a failed political and international leader?  You hear it as often as you see or hear comment from any Republican. GOP politics is about the business of disparaging a current president vs. offering real solutions to "problems" they often fabricate or embellish. And, as GOP politics go, so goes the nation (tragically). The strategy to win in 2016 via disparaging Barack Obama is a political reality and should insult your intellect.

We are going to spend a few screeds on false mantra from politicians on the Right. We will start with GOP rhetoric about Obama as a failed international leader. "We are not respected around the globe!"

Before we explore President Obama as an international leader ask yourself a few questions. 
Why haven't we heard one word of GOP politicking about the US economy?  
Why not railing about ObamaCare, beyond the standard we will repeal mantra?  
Have you heard any references to the world climate (environment) from the GOP candidates for 2016?  
Why do you think Donald Trump scored last Thursday night with his attack against Megyn Kelly regarding "If I were not here you would not be talking about immigration?"  
Anyone capture any sound or video about cop abuse across the nation from anyone in the Republican Party?
What we do hear are: Christianity (GOD), abortion, nascent judicial activist on the SCOTUS, and the horrors of Obama (domestic and international). Moreover, we hear that our president is not highly regarded overseas.

We  offer a few Tight-wing headlines (and links) from a quick Obama as "disastrous president" Google search.

Let's explore.....

The United States Around the World

We so often hear how the US is an object international laughing with no respect across the globe. Republican assertions and claims are as ridiculous as the performance of the ten presidential hopefuls who stumbled through a debate last Thursday.

Pew Research Global (July 2015)
Mostly Favorable Ratings for U.S.

Russia, China ad Pakistan? We realize conservatives favor Vladimir Putin over the 44th President of the United States, but the Pew data doesn't support GOP rhetoric.

World leaders (who actually count)
MSNBC's Steve Benen June 2015

In this handout provided by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a working dinner in Laurel Cabin, seated clockwise from the president are: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia,...
In this handout provided by The White House, President Barack Obama hosts a working dinner in Laurel Cabin, seated clockwise from the President are: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Josw Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan, Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and President Francois Hollande of France during the G8 Summit on May 18, 2012 at Camp David, Maryland.
Photo by Pete Souza / The White House / Getty Images
More specifically, though, President Obama is an especially popular figure in many parts of the world.
Half or more in 29 of 40 countries surveyed say they have confidence in President Obama to do the right thing in world affairs. Throughout his terms in office, Obama has received particularly strong ratings in Europe and Africa, and that continues to be the case this year. Majorities in every EU and sub-Saharan African nation surveyed give him positive marks. […]

Overall, Obama’s image has improved in the last year. In 14 countries of the 36 countries where trends from 2014 are available, more people now say they have confidence in the U.S. president. The largest gain occurred in India, which Obama visited in January. Almost three-in-four Indians express confidence in Obama, up from 48% a year ago. Double digit gains are also found in Ghana (+22 points), Turkey (+21), Nigeria (+20), Uganda (+11) and Brazil (+11).
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The following June 2015 Pew Research article refutes GOP claims of Obama as a failed and non-aligned world leader with an exception guessed it.... Israel.

Global attitudes simply do not match the GOP rhetoric.

Pew Research Fact Tank

JUNE 24, 2015
7 charts on how the world views President Obama

Is it possible the GOP gauges Obama's international influence and effectiveness solely based on Israel and the president's obvious slack of interest in war in the middle East? Let's be frank, Israel wants to attack Iranian nuclear facilities thus ensuring war that will draw the US. Unfortunately, GOP politicians and certain Democrats seem to want same. 

We certainly are aware of GOP and conservative affinity for Russians Putin. Could right-wing love of Putin have a basis beyond Putin's race? Could his penchant for armed invasion of former satellite countries provide a form of war libido satiation on the Right?

Lest we forget Republicans accept significant contributions for defense contractors. Defense contractors are not producing armaments, weapons and military equipment to simply fill their, nor government, storage facilities. Armaments are meant to be used. One of the nation's most productive and prolific industries must sell armaments to exist as an ongoing business concern. In many cases the US military is the only customer for some defense contractors. If you understand producers/supplier and markets relationships, you know the rest. Military conflict isn't to be avoided. 

If President Obama's reticence regarding military combat is the root denominator of GOP international malcontent and criticism, the nation suffers.

Last June one GOP presidential hopeful, who lives and operates from a platform of less intellectual acuity, spoke an overt lie about The United Kingdom's Cameron perceptions and inner thoughts bout President Obama.

MSNBC's Steve Benen
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) actually got specific on this point on Friday, saying that British Prime Minister David Cameron told the far-right governor directly that he’s unsatisfied with American leadership. Time reported:
Walker, who has taken several trips overseas in recent months to study up on foreign policy in preparation for an all-but-certain presidential bid, told a roomful of Republican donors Friday that world leaders, including Cameron, are worried about the U.S. stepping back in the world. […]  
“I heard that from David Cameron back in February earlier when we were over at 10 Downing,” Walker said. “I heard it from other leaders around the world. They’re looking around realizing this lead from behind mentality just doesn’t work. It’s just not working.”
Benen reported a  response from a Cameron spokesperson:
The problem, not surprisingly, is that Cameron quickly pushed back, suggesting the Wisconsinite, who’s repeatedly struggled with foreign policy, has no idea what he’s talking about.
“The Prime Minister did not say that and does not think that,” a Cameron spokesperson told Time.
Criticism aside, we at the TPI laud GOP strategist. The party manages its members with tight strategy and effective lock-step talking-points. All GOP elected representatives and pundits need only state mis-representations, falsehoods and outright lies for GOP supporters to assimilate each word like life-sustaining oxygen.

The incessant drum of our "disastrous president" as a weak and ineffective international leader coupled with unsubstantiated oratory about "this nation is in trouble" seems to work. It works because conservatives and many independents assimilate the rhetoric without seeking specificity.

The Iran Nuclear "deal" is a classic example of the effectiveness of GOP strategy and rhetoric. First, the deal goes against the Israeli majority opinion and want for war. Second, such a deal will further advance the Obama legacy while placing yet another nail in the coffin of Paleozoic American republicanism. As Obama now doesn't hesitate to state: " When have they been right on any issue?"

Support for the nuclear deal is polling along political lines with a dangerous showing of non-support from Independent voters. CNN/ARC poll July 2015.
The new poll finds a sharp partisan gap on whether Congress should approve the deal, with 66% of Republicans and 55% of independents saying Congress ought to reject it and 61% of Democrats saying it should be approved. Younger adults, who tend to lean more Democratic, are more apt to favor the deal: 53% of those age 18-34 say approve it, while 56% of those age 35 or older say reject it. There is also an education divide on the deal, with 53% of college graduates saying the deal should be approved, while just 37% of those with a high school degree or less formal education saying they think it should be approved.
Independent Americans are in some cases Libertarian and potential voters who will not hesitate to vote Republican. I posit the so-called Libertarian is a conservative who some some reason abhors the word "conservative." Thus current support for the nuclear deal precariously hinges on people easily flipped by GOP rhetoric. 

In March of 2015, the Washington Post posted poll results that indicated GOP commitment to scuttle the pending deal hadn't taken form.

The July CNN/ARC poll results show the impact of GOP strategy to scuttle the deal simply based on the existential reality of the deal itself. No deal would find acceptance with Israel and no deal will find acceptance with powerful interest in the US.

The Deal

While some media are reporting questions about unresolved deal details/issues, Talking Points Memo and are reporting worthwhile deal considerations.

Talking Points Memo

“Used with permission from the TPM websites, a service of TPM Media LLC.”

Instead of enriching uranium to the 20 percent purity Iran had previously—way too close for comfort to weapons-grade—for the next 15 years they’ll be prohibited from enriching higher than 3.75 percent. Meanwhile, their maximum allowable stockpile will be a token 300 kilograms, requiring them to give up 98 percent of what they now have. 
The enrichment process runs uranium through huge cascades of centrifuges (imagine your laundry in the spin cycle, getting passed from one washing machine to the next). Iran currently operates nearly 20,000 centrifuges, yet for the next decade they’ll have to mothball all but 6,104 of their least modern centrifuges—with strict R&D limits that will constrain their ability to modernize afterwards. 
To keep Iran from amassing plutonium as another route to a bomb, they will be prohibited for the next 15 years from reprocessing plutonium from its nuclear reactor waste; plus, the Iranians went even further by declaring they have no intention of reprocessing in the longer term. And the U.S. and the nuclear deal’s other international parties will know Iran’s reactors quite intimately as they work with Iranians on redesigning their main reactor and demolishing a new plant that was under construction.
The Haaretz link navigates credible backing from 29 highly respected Nuclear scientist. 

Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Republicans are playing politics with international stability. They are playing while you, me and the world sit as hapless pawns.  

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