The ‘next’ step???

China takes the Senkaku’s???

Iran goes nuclear in a couple of months???

North Korea takes another shot at South Korea???

Putin ‘takes’ another country back??? Poland? Belarus? Lithuania?

I think ‘something’ is going to happen in the next 90-180 days that will have serious international repercussions…  I hope I’m wrong, but way too many ‘dictators/State actors’ are starting to move in the belief that America is now a toothless dragon, and not willing to commit to any treaty support…

If China makes a move, ‘I’ believe Japan will fight back, and will probably draw South Korea in.  And 7th Fleet??? Probably sunk by the Chinese…

If Iran goes nuclear, ‘I’ believe Israel will strike, and there goes the middle east AGAIN!!!  And America?  Sidelined, and possibly a nuke response against 5th Fleet…

If North Korea goes after South Korea, they could well strike at the base concentrations (we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 29,000 US military in country) first.  And when that happens the ROKs will go full bore against the North and China will step in on the North’s side (again)… Except that this time they will probably win… Because we can’t support a fight over there…

Putin has a stated goal of ‘restoring’ Russia to it’s former glory (can you spell USSR), and he’s pretty much shown he doesn’t give a rats ass what America does… And the statement was made they could turn America into a nuclear wasteland… Well boys and girls, I hope you remember how to duck and cover, and bend over and kiss your asses goodbye…

I think the ONLY thing that may stop them is the 2014 elections and power turning around in this country…  I’m really too old to go strap an airplane to my ass and go work 18 hour days, but dammit if that’s what it takes, I’d be volunteering to back tomorrow.  Those P-3s may be being phased out, but us old farts KNOW how to use ’em, and we could get the job done..


The ‘next’ step??? — 28 Comments

  1. I pray that you are wrong. I fear that you are correct.
    Obama’s weakness has gone from being a joke to seriously damaging our world. Or perhaps he’s NOT being weak but highly successful.

  2. Right there with ya Jim . . . it’s pretty much a green light for all the bad actors to make there moves.

    I’ve tried to assign some type of purpose to Obama’s action – from deliberate acts to weaken the us and promote the dictators of the world to simply not caring. Lately, with his incredibly weak handed responses to Putin and his rapid dismantling of our military I have to believe it’s purposeful and not simply ignorance or stupidity.

    Which begs an even more disturbing question for me . . . why?

  3. Toothless dragon? Hell we would be lucky to be seen as one of those Galopogos vegitarian Marine Iguanas. How is that check ist going?
    Disenchant the military-check
    reduce force by removing veteran wariors-check
    destroy world standing-check

    I never realized Obummer was a veteranarian but he has neutered an entire nation.

  4. Well aren’t we a ray of sunshine this morning?
    I hope you’re wrong, but I fear you aren’t.
    Sigh. I’m going to go blow something up this weekend and pretend I haven’t a care in the world. Wish you could play along. And then it’s back to the real world…

  5. I believe you’re on the right track. And yeah, I also believe Obama has done all this on purpose, at the bidding of his masters. He’s not smart enough to do all this by himself, of course.

  6. I think you’re right as well. Obama’s cunning simultaneous display of weakness and petulance doesn’t bode well for international stability.

    Basically, he just arranged for the World’s Policeman to take his ball and go home, leaving the good stuff unguarded.

    May you live in interesting times was an ancient curse now wasn’t it?

  7. “And 7th Fleet??? Probably sunk by the Chinese…”

    I doubt that for two reasons.

    One, an attack on seventh fleet by China would mean immediate war with the US. (See Pearl Harbor – 1941.) Now, everyone might believe that the US president is a wuss. I do too, but an administration that allowed an outright attack on one of our fleets to go unanswered would fall post haste. And while our president might be a wuss, the USN most definitely is not. A naval war with the US at this time would have long range consequences with many casualties, but one of those consequences, I believe, would be the eventual destruction of the Chinese Navy.

    Two, the USA is China’s largest trading partner and they are heavily invested in us, more so than we are in them. War between us would assuredly destroy both of our economies, but it would be worse for them.

    The Chinese are not stupid. I believe they would do whatever they think they could get away with – short of war – but they would not go beyond that unless they were severely pushed.

    However, having said that, one of the greatest dangers of an idiot president like O’stupid, is that our enemies tend to see all the rest of us Americans as just like him. That might lead people like the Nork or Iranian leadership to miscalculate. (again… see Pearl Harbor 1941.) Well we’re not all like him. Indeed, when our collective dander is up, we are one of the most bloodthirsty peoples on the planet.

  8. Hopefully we won’t be fighting here at home among ourselves.

  9. 13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.

    17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

  10. Roger- I don’t know, but EITHER way we’re screwed… sigh

    Bill- Concur, this simply cannot be ‘accidental’

    CP- Welcome aboard!

    45 ACP- Agreed!

    Jenn- Sorry… And I’m sorry I can’t make the fun shoot!

    LL/PH/WSF- Concur dammit…

    Rev- I hope not, but can’t disagree…

    Tim- And it’s ONLY going to get worse.

    Aaron- Supposedly, but it’s baaccckkkk… dammit

    Roy- I’m hoping YOU are right and I’m not… I personally know both CPF and C7F, but they do have to obey ‘orders’…

    Jack- China’s already taken them…

    Gerry- That may be coming too!

    Ed- Yep…

    • FF- You’re right… I’m stupid… 290K is the TOTAL count in theater… And it IS getting scary over there…

  11. I agree with your analysis. So many rising hot spots!! A new COLD WAR, (lets hope it remains cold). Putin has BRASS BALLS, & our leaders have no balls!

  12. From elsewhere on the web:

    By M. Northrup Buechner

    [This article was originally published on line by on November 18, 2013, with the title “Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic.” This version is slightly revised.]

    Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, he has changed it six times. Most notably, he suspended the employer mandate last summer, and last week he changed the provision that cancelled individual insurance policies.

    The New York Times (11/15/13) described this last change as “a sweeping assertion of presidential authority to delay enforcement of certain provisions of federal law.” That is the narrowest possible interpretation, but still, where did Mr. Obama get that authority? From the premise that he is not bound by the Constitution.

    The Constitution authorizes the President to propose and veto legislation. It does not authorize him to change existing laws. The changes Mr. Obama has ordered in Obamacare, therefore, are unconstitutional.

    Why is he doing this? For the worst possible reason. “[T]o avoid opening the measure to legislative attack in Congress,” The Times says. In other words, to keep it out of the hands of the people’s representatives because the Constitution gives them, and only them, the power to write laws.
    By changing the law based solely on his wish, Mr. Obama has acted on the principle that the President can rewrite federal laws and—since this is a principle—not just this law, but any law. It is appalling that Mr. Obama has taken this power at the behest of Congressmen who, like Mr. Obama, have sworn to defend the Constitution—to whom their oath evidently meant, and means, nothing.

    What is the effect of vitiating the Constitution, of establishing the principle that the President can change laws when he wants to?

    The time will come when Congress passes a law and the President ignores it. Or he may choose to enforce some parts and ignore others (as Mr. Obama is doing now). Or he may not wait for Congress and issue a decree (something Mr. Obama has done and has threatened to do again).

    Mr. Obama has not been shy about pointing out his path. He has repeatedly made clear that he intends to act on his own authority. “I have the power and I will use it in defense of the middle class,” he has said. “We’re going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress.” There are a number of names for the system Mr. Obama envisions, but representative government is not one of them.

    If the President can ignore the laws passed by Congress, of what use is Congress? The President can do whatever he chooses. Congress can stand by and observe. Perhaps they might applaud or jeer. But in terms of political power, Congress will be irrelevant. Probably, it will become a kind of rubber-stamp or debating society. There are many such faux congresses in tyrannies throughout history and around the globe.

    Mr. Obama has equal contempt for the Supreme Court. In an act of overbearing hubris, he excoriated Supreme Court Justices sitting helplessly before him during the 2010 State of the Union address—Justices who had not expected to be denounced and who were prevented by the occasion from defending themselves. Mr. Obama condemned them for restoring freedom of speech to corporations and unions.

    Again in defiance of the Constitution, President Obama made four recess appointments in January 2012, when the Senate was not in recess. Three courts have found that his appointments were unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case. If the Supreme Court finds against him, what will Mr. Obama do?
    We can get a hint by looking at how other parts of his Administration have dealt with Court decisions they did not like.

    The Attorney General’s Office is the branch of government charged with enforcing federal laws. After the Supreme Court struck down the key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Attorney General Holder announced that he would use other provisions of the act to get around the Court’s decision.

    The Supreme Court has defined the standard for sexual harassment as “severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive” behavior to a “reasonable person.” In open defiance of that ruling, the Obama Department of Education has declared a new definition of sexual harassment for colleges, that is, “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct,” even if it is not objectively offensive—thus reinforcing the reign of terror over sex on college campuses. If a young man’s request for a date turns out to be unwelcome, he is guilty of sexual harassment by definition.

    The lack of respect for the Supreme Court by the Obama administration is manifest. They feel bound by the Court’s decisions only if they agree with them. If they disagree, it is deuces wild; they will embrace any fiction to nullify the Court’s decision.

    The direction in which Mr. Obama is taking us would make possible the following scenario. A Republican Congress is elected and repeals Obamacare over a Democratic President’s veto. The President refuses to enforce the repeal. The Supreme Court rules that the President’s refusal is unconstitutional. The President denounces that ruling and refuses to be bound by it.

    If the President persists in rejecting all authority other than his own, the denouement would depend on the side taken by the Armed Forces. Whatever side that was, our national self-esteem would be unlikely to recover from the blow of finding that we are living in a banana republic.

    The shocking fact is that our whole system of representative government depends on it being led by an individual who believes in it; who thinks it is valuable; who believes that a government dedicated to the protection of individual rights is a noble ideal. What if he does not?

    Mr. Obama is moving us away from our traditional system of checks and balances and toward the one-man-rule that dominates third world countries. He has said that he wants a fair country—implying that, as it stands, the United States is not a fair country—an unprecedented calumny committed against a country by its own leader.

    What country does he think is more fair than the United States? He has three long years left in which to turn us into a fair country. Where does he intend to take us?
    Mr. Obama got his conception of a fair country from his teachers. Their ideal was and is egalitarianism, the notion that no one should be any better, higher, or richer than anyone else. A fair country is an unfree country because it is regimented to prevent anyone from rising too high. Combined with a dollop of totalitarianism, egalitarianism has replaced communism as the dominant ideal in our most prestigious universities. Mr. Obama and his colleagues are the product of those universities, and they have their marching orders.

    The most important point is that Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution. He could not have made that more clear. He has drawn a line in the sand and we cannot ignore it.

    Those who currently hold political office, and who meant their oath to defend the Constitution, need to act now. Surely, violation of the Constitution is grounds for impeachment and charges should be filed. In addition, there are many other actions that Congressmen can and should take (Congressional hearings, for example)—actions that will tell Mr. Obama that we have seen where he is going and we will not let our country go without a fight.
    At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government had been created. “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”
    We are losing it. If Mr. Obama’s reach for unprecedented power is not stopped, that will be the end. Everyone who values his life and liberty should find some way to say “No!” “Not now!” “Not yet!” “Not ever!”

    M. Northrup Buechner is Associate Professor of Economics at St. John’s University, New York.

  13. Well, Poland and Lithuania are members of the EU. I really can’t see Putin as being quite that bold. At least, not yet.

  14. RHT- Point well made, and we DO need to say No, often and loudly!!!

    JMI- Good point! But who knows, he’s striking while he ‘knows’ the US won’t respond.

  15. Putin has been putting this together for at least the last few years. He invaded Georgia when everyone was distracted by the Beijing Olympics. He’s used the oil and gas wealth that Russia has been making from Europe to re-equip and somewhat modernize the Russian armed forces. He’s also figured out how to use those same pipelines to blackmail Europe.

    Add to that how he’s starting to sniff around Estonia over their (admittedly semi-abused) Russian minority, and we have our war causing crisis starting to get into motion. Estonia is a NATO member. If Putin does to Estonia what he’s done to Ukraine, then we are bound by treaty to treat it as an attack on the United States.

    Think President Obama is that kind of president? If he is, then there ought to be a brigade of infantry and a couple wings of aircraft, along with naval backup, sitting around Tallinn right about now.

  16. Maybe it will not turn out to be the worst apocalypse ever.