sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, September 9, 2013

The 2013 Summer of Recovery

It's been another (glorious) summer of recovery in America. Some economists and pundits viewed the 169,000 new jobs created in August as confirmation of a continuing modest rebound in job growth that's now underway.

Not only did the actual number of jobs come up short, but June and July totals were revised down by 74,000 according to Investor's Business Daily. (IBD)
• Some 90.5 million Americans are now out of the labor force, with almost a third of a million leaving in July alone and nearly 10 million workers departing since Obama took office. Meanwhile, 115,000 fewer Americans were employed in August than in July.
• The "good news" of a dip in unemployment from 7.4% in July to 7.3% in August turns out to be a mirage. It was due to a decline of 312,000 in the workforce. Without that, joblessness would have risen to 7.5%.
• Add the number of unemployed to part-timers who want full-time work and those who have given up looking, then the real unemployment rate is 13.7%.
• At 63.2%, the labor force participation rate is now at the lowest since 1978. And the 69.5% for men is an all-time low.
• Unemployment among blacks, Obama's most loyal supporters, rose to 13% from 12.6%.
• Job growth over the last six months has averaged 160,000 a month. At this rate, it'll take until mid-2024 to return to 2007's pre-recession level.
ObamaCare promises to damage more jobs as a hefty percentage of the American workforce transitions from a 40 hour work week and full medical benefits to a 29 hour work week and national healthcare. (James Hoffa - Teamster's Union)

The best solution that the Obama Administration seems to be able to bring us is a war with Syria. This should spur military spending and take the nation's eyes off the scandals and the dismal economy. How's that for Hope and Change? 

The Democratic Party has become the party of WAR. Since it seems to be the only thing that will distract the American people from a disastrous second term for the Obama regime.

Is Obama re-writing his speech?

In response to a reporter's question Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to imply that if Assad gave up his chemical weapons it would forestall a war between the US and Syria.
"He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting," Kerry told reporters during a press conference in London with his British counterpart.
The State Department later clarified Kerry's statement back, calling it an off-hand "rhetorical argument." The US wants to have a war to distract the public from the disastrous Obama Administration and its seemingly never-ending scandals.
"His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons. Otherwise, he would have done so long ago. That's why the world faces this moment," Kerry's spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
(Russia Today) The Russians called Secretary Kerry's bluff and deftly pulled his pants down around his ankles. 
(Russia Today - above) “We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control, but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,”Lavrov said. “We have passed our offer to [Syrian Foreign Minister] Walid al-Muallem and hope to receive a fast and positive answer,” he added.
The Syrians thought that it was a splendid idea and said:
(CNN) Syria "welcomes" Russia's proposal for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to put its chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow on Monday. While this was not an agreement it was certainly positive, and the fact that the discussion is taking place between Syria and Russia makes the possibility of an agreement even more likely. But no agreement has happened yet. I cannot however, believe that Obama would be crazy enough to turn down a deal like this if it is offered. It gives him the out to avoid the war that only those in his administration want.
President Obama was about to give a speech to America, stressing the need for immediate war against Syria in order to seize Bashir al-Assad's chemical weapons stores. Now, we hear that Assad is happy to put his chemical weapons under control of international observers and work toward having them destroyed.  

Will Obama still push for a war?

Village Idiot
Or maybe it was never about chemical weapons in the first place?
(CNN) But speaking at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Kerry described that as an impossible scenario. 
"He isn't about to do it and it can't be done obviously," Kerry said. 
The State Department later sought to clarify Kerry's comment as a "rhetorical argument" and one U.S. official called it a "major goof" and that America's top diplomat "clearly went off script."
Does John Kerry need to borrow Barack Obama's teleprompter?

John Kerry - Then and Now

How times change.  I wonder if Hanoi Jane is opposed to the war that the US intends to pursue in Syria? If so, she's silent on this. How interesting.

John Kerry - Begging the world to attack Syria -- and he's chopping but no chips are flying.

Hillary Clinton (the Bitch of Benghazi) feels that a war in Syria is a splendid idea - and thinks that making her daughter, Chelsea, Ambassador to Syria is a very BAD idea.

Syria: The New Iraq/Afghanistan

America's allies don't trust us. So can it be said that we have any allies?

There was a time that we did, but Obama has so poisoned the well that the remainder of his presidency will be a lonely one. 

What is Barack thinking? Maybe that a war is just the ticket to get people off of the hunt for the truth in Benghazi -- to distract them from cascading scandals that have plagued the Obama White House. 

Is Syria a wag the dog scenario? Wag the Dog (feature film) is described variously as a "black comedy". So it may be that President Obama, obsessed with his black half, has followed art --- with the nation in launching an attack on Syria...

We hear a number of stories from the Obama White House. (1) US will strike Syria with stand off munitions, doing precisely what the gas did by killing innocent people. Maybe we'll be finishing off what the gas missed? Who knows?
(2) There must be regime change, and that means a land invasion and a lot of Marines coming in from over the horizon while US Army paratroops secure the landing zones, snatching choke points, etc. THEN WHAT? The Syrian opposition is al Qaeda, sworn enemies of the US.
(3) The foreign press tells one story and the US mainstream media tells another. Foreign press reports show that al Qaeda used their stores of sarin gas against Syrian soldiers and the gas killed both civilians and soldiers. What is the truth? Who knows?

Who really calls the shots in the White House? Is it the teleprompter reading president or somebody else. What are THEIR motivations in regard the Syrian invasion.