Finally a foreign policy doctrine emerges

Well, after countless attempts by media to describe Obama’s doctrine and many questions to the White House, it finally oozes out. Like anything this administration does when attempting to drive a message, they repeat it until it becomes part of the news cycle. Apparently it finally reached the saturation level. This report comes from Politico.

‘Don’t do stupid sh–‘ (stuff)

By MIKE ALLEN | 6/1/14 | Politico

Forget The New Yorker’s “leading from behind,” and even President Barack Obama’s own “singles … doubles.” The West Wing has a preferred, authorized distillation of the president’s foreign-policy doctrine: “Don’t do stupid shi*t.”

The phrase has appeared in The New York Times three times in the past four days. So, if the White House’s aim was to get the phrase in circulation, mission accomplished!

The phrase – as “Don’t do stupid stuff,” with a demure disclaimer that the actual wording was saltier and spicier than “stuff” — appeared in the Los Angeles Times at the end of Obama’s Asia trip this spring, was reprised in the lead story of Thursday’s New York Times.

But the West Wing hit the jackpot Sunday when it was used twice in The New York Times — once in the news columns, and once in a column by Thomas L. Friedman, who had been part of an off-the-record roundtable with Obama on Tuesday.

The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver, Washington, actually had the scoop, when it reported in February that it kept selling out of mugs that are emblazoned: “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff.” http://goo.gl/9oQ8d3

Here is a timeline of the phrase’s propagation in the press:

— Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey and Paul Richter in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune of April 29: “The president’s aides have scrambled to put things in simpler terms. ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is the polite-company version of a phrase they use to describe the president’s foreign policy.” http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-obama-military-20140429-story.html

— Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey in the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune on May 25: “Privately, White House officials have described the working label for Obama’s doctrine as ‘Don’t do stupid stuff.’ Within the tight circle of foreign policy aides in the White House, the shorthand captured Obama’s resistance to a rigid catch-all doctrine, as well as his aversion to what he once called the ‘dumb war’ in Iraq.” http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-obama-foreign-policy-20140525-story.html

— Mark Landler, in the lead story of Thursday’s New York Times: “In private conversations, the president has used a saltier variation of the phrase, ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ — brushing aside as reckless those who say the United States should consider enforcing a no-fly zone in Syria or supplying arms to Ukrainian troops.” http://goo.gl/WG20of […]

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/dont-do-stupid-shit-president-obama-white-house-107293.html#ixzz33p8jeIxX

Okay, so you see the pattern and the point with the examples. So now I ask if the trade of one deserter, potentially a traitor, for 5 top Taliban does not qualify under the “Don’t do stupid stuff” banner? Why not since he did it?. So if that is one’s foreign policy doctrine, doesn’t it open you to criticism? Doesn’t it just cry out for criticism, if that is the standard? That’s my theory why they didn’t put one out before, fear of criticism.

Hey, these are young idealist speechwriters and they didn’t come up with one before? I mean they create narratives out of thin air about terrorist attacks or statements that were not received well by the public. They’re creative if anything, i.e. “change you can believe in”? Wouldn’t they have come up with one? Not for lack of inspiration, certainly, but because they did not want their words to be judged, or held to them. It might open them to attack based on a doctrine.

I wonder why they see fit to put forth one now? Why so simplistic, you could even call it dumb? As many times as they repeat it, there must be reason. I have some theories. Is it the go to excuse when asked about a failure to act, or failure to react — that they don’t want to do “stupid stuff”?(something you’ll regret) It’s a catch-all answer to “why not?” Or when you got a bunch of yahoos in your ranks, maybe they need a constant reminder.

But I’ve said before, his real doctrine is denial. To those of us who thought we heard it all, apparently we’re not even close.

Exhibit A:
When visiting a Pennsylvania diner, a reporter asked a foreign policy question and Obama said, “Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

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Obama, the convenience of denial

On Wednesday, Obama travels to West Point to give his ballyhooed commencement — foreign policy address. That follows his Memorial eve visit to the troops in Afghanistan. Then he did place the wreath on Memorial Day at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

But he managed to completely ignore the traditional Armed Forces Day in speech and deed. He did, however, celebrate the international Anti-Homophobe Day. And so did the embassies. Are they starting a new tradition?

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.

In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense”.

Even the NY times said May 17, 1952: “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces … to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.”

Former Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson

“The heritage of freedom must be guarded as carefully in peace as it was in war. Faith, not suspicion, must be the key to our relationships. Sacrifice, not selfishness, must be the eternal price of liberty. Vigilance, not appeasement, is the byword of living freedoms. Our Armed Forces in 1950– protecting the peace, building for security with freedom–are “Teamed for Defense …”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

“Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he–the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine– who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail.”

Once again, from a New York Times article May 17, 1952: “It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.

Was the NYT speaking to Obama?
Lastly, this special note:

On the first Armed Forces Day, Soviet media Pravda denounced Armed Forces Day, calling it the militarization of the United States. “The hysterical speeches of the warmongers again show the timeliness of the appeal of the Permanent Committee of Peace Partisans that atomic weapons be forbidden.”

Alas, Pravda need not worry in 2014, no “hysterical speeches” were given by the Commander Comrade-in-Chief. But it might have taken note of the unified commemoration awarded the LGBTQ agenda.

Obama should hang his head that he let the anti-Homophobe agenda upstage the honor of Armed Forces Day. No, he has the arrogant pride instead. And that message should carry loud and clear to West Point, and echo through Eisenhower Hall.

God Bless the troops. May we always honor and remember their ultimate sacrifices.
NBC West Point
He lectured to West Point about “upholding standards that reflect our values”. Really, like the LGBTQ values? He also spoke about the need to “protect sources and methods” — after outing the station chief in Afghanistan just days before. A shout for “transparency”.

Well, the script Obama is reading from is in big conflict with its voice, his. It’s about priorities. A mention of climate change. He called Boko Haram an “extremist group”.

“Leadership”, Mr Obama? Surely you jest. But his real policy is the Denial Doctrine.
Straw Man Alert at West Point

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