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Monday, March 31, 2014

A World War of Community Organizers

War is what Obama does best.

The War on Women. War on Poverty. Class War. Race War.

Walk up to a union member snoozing on a bus, a Latino man crossing the street, a gay cowboy poet earning minimum wage, and community organize him along with a few hundred thousand others into the latest battle in the social justice war that never ends.

"Fight for card check, for birth control, for gay marriage and illegal alien amnesty." Every time a battle is won and an election ends, a new source of social conflict is dug up and deployed for war.

As a domestic radical, divisiveness is his natural weapon. Obama isn't out to unite Americans. He isn't even out for tolerance. His game is divide and conquer, playing on fragmented identities, assembling coalitions to wage war against some phantom white heteronormative patriarchy consisting of a middle class barely able to pay its bills. 

It's governing by terrorism. The bombs are ideological. The objective is a constant state of war.

The war that never ends has been good to Obama. Its various clashes have given him two terms and very little media scrutiny. They have given him a post-American army of identity groups with few mutual interests except radical politics and government dependency.

While Obama profits from stirring up conflicts at home, making it easy for him to light some fuses and walk away, he loses from conflicts abroad.

A Reaganesque president could have turned the Syrian Civil War or Russia's invasion of  Ukraine into an approval rating bonanza. Foreign conflicts pay off politically for presidents even when they aren't involved. But that's not true of Obama who is congenitally incapable of showing strength and reacts to a foreign crisis by playing for time while struggling to resolve the ideological betrayal of using American power abroad.

Internationally, it's the KGB agent, not the community organizer, who profits from conflict. Putin plays Obama's role in the world community, dividing and conquering, doing to America internationally what Obama does to it domestically.

Obama uses a phantom patriarchy, a phantom white privilege, a phantom 1 percent, to mobilize a coalition for his own agenda. Putin, like Bin Laden and many other enemies, uses the United States as a phantom enemy to organize a coalition of "oppressed" tyrants from Belarus to Venezuela to North Korea.

Administration officials scratch their heads wondering why Putin's won't cooperate with them. It's the same reason they don't cooperate with Republicans. Their coalition of black nationalists, gay rights activists, abortion-loving professors of feminism and fist-pumping La Raza nationalists, Muslim Brotherhood front men with trimmed beards and aging Stalinists urging single payer shares little in common internally except a furious resentment and a consuming sense of unfairness.

It needs an enemy to give it meaning. Without a common enemy it will tear itself apart and die.

The same is true of the anti-American coalition that Putin has cobbled together out of Marxist dictators in Latin America, Shiite fanatics in Iran, a North Korean prep school grad who starves his people to build nukes, Ron Paul supporters convinced that every war is a CIA conspiracy and radical leftists in the US who believe the same thing. Like allying the NAACP, AFL-CIO and GLAAD; it's an odd conclave, but as long as everyone focuses on a common foe, they can all be herded in the right direction.

Obama is an adequate national community organizer, but Putin is a global community organizer.

It's not just that Obama is weak and inept. The real problem is that he's using a rulebook that Moscow is entirely familiar with because its men helped write it. The Russian authorities have generations of experience dealing with Western lefties. They know that Obama wants domestic revolution, not international conflict, and that when in doubt he will assume that America caused the problem by wrongly throwing its weight around.

The Communist leadership in the USSR turned the Western left into its hand puppets in a short amount of time. Its people hosted them, brainwashed them and blackmailed them. The KGB vets running the show now understand Obama intimately because they understood his mentors. The tactics that Obama and his people imagine are clever and innovative are a minor example of the  tactics that the USSR was using abroad before he was even born.

Obama isn't isolating Putin. Putin is isolating Obama. He's doing it in the same way that Obama did it to Republicans.

What too many liberals have failed to understand is that anti-Americanism has nothing to with America. It's not American foreign policy that's the issue. Even individual resentments and conspiracy theories, the School of the Americas, the United Fruit Company and oil pipelines, are just a spice to give the dish flavor. Anti-Americanism creates and maintains a phantom enemy.

Osama bin Laden flew planes into the World Trade Center to increase the importance of Al Qaeda. Khrushchev's bellicose posturing was intended to increase his stature at home and to ensure that the USSR would be taken seriously as a world power by framing its presence on the world stage alone with America. For Putin, conflict with America wasn't a reason not to invade Crimea, but an incentive to do just that. Russia doesn't want an actual shooting war, but it isn't worried about one.

Putin is weakened, his popularity is shaky, the energy economy that he built up may collapse and the domestic opposition shows no fear of him despite all the beatings, arrests and suspicious suicides. Crimea polarizes his domestic debate on favorable terms, between nationalists and 'traitors', and increases his stature internationally as a world leader through the simple act of humiliating Obama.

This should be familiar territory for Obama who has reacted to bad economic news by finding targets to attack. The War on Women had a lot in common with the invasion of Crimea. Both were sham wars stirred up by corrupt political figures that exploited errors made by their opposition to polarize the political battleground while distracting everyone from their own misdeeds.

Obama needs a Republican enemy to keep his people in line. Putin needs an American enemy to keep his people in line. If Obama understood this, he would also understand that Putin is as likely to work with him to defuse the conflict, as Obama would with John Boehner.

Putin and Obama are both deeply corrupt men whose former popularity has waned and are badly in need of distractions. The soft distractions of photo ops with celebrities, impromptu musical performances and hunting expeditions, won't work. So they turn to the hard distractions of war.

The threat that both men face is the same. Their people are suffering and that suffering has been caused in no small part by the culture of corruption surrounding them. Obama and Putin's friends have robbed both countries blind and the American and Russian peoples are waking up to their crimes.

That's why Putin isn’t going to play nice. Unlike Obama, his domestic political opposition isn’t in a position where it can be blamed for anything involving his regime. He can't declare that his domestic political opposition is waging a War on Women or opposes raising the minimum wage. Too much power has been consolidated for too long for gimmicks like that to work in Russia.

Instead he has to seek his wars abroad.

Obama would like Putin to go away so he can focus on demonizing the domestic political opposition. Putin would like his domestic political opposition to go away so that he can focus on demonizing America. It's the same old game by two reds with law degrees on different political battlegrounds.

Obama thinks globally and acts locally. Putin thinks locally and acts globally.

Like Al Qaeda, the Taliban and even the current loony leader of Venezuela who sends soldiers to seize electronics stores in a desperate bid to stave off public outrage, Putin is determined to score points from the post-American transition. Reducing American power and influence worldwide was a move that the foreign policy left believed would defuse tensions. Instead it has turned into a gold rush for every petty tyrant and terrorist eager to count coup by humiliating the United States.

Obama wanted a peaceful post-American transition. Instead he's getting worldwide chaos and war.

Putin seeks out a conflict with the United States for the same reason that Obama seeks one out with Republicans; he wants an easy target to beat up on to distract from the economy and political corruption. United Russia, like the Democratic Party, is a party of crooks and thieves, which survives by fighting phantom enemies for phantom causes while robbing everyone blind.

For Obama and Putin, it's not really about Crimea or birth control, the Russian language or gay marriage.

It's about power.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Imagine a War Room versus a Faculty Lounge, Sun Tzu on steroids wins every time.

Anonymous said...

"
It's about power"..Agree, but power over what, exactly?
After the battles, be they idealistic or bloody, are over, what remains may be thin gruel indeed.
Long term thinking is apparently not part of narcissistic personality disorder.

sophie

Anonymous said...

Daniel you're wrong about Ukraine and I don't believe you're aware of the nature of the Nazis you are backing.

Their leaders have openly praised the far-right Pravy Sector whose leader stated:

"I will fight Russians and Jews till I die"

Rather than add more here I urge you to read this excellent blog from a Brit blogger living in the Ukraine who explains the nature of these Jew hating Nazis and why Putin HAD to act.

Insane Ukraine

Obama & corrupt, undemorcatic EU have blood on their hands and they are funding Nazis. Not pretend ones but real hardcore ones. They're even banning opposition parties and imprisoning opponents. And much more.

The duplicitous media are compicit in this murderous coup too. This is another shameful moment in our history just like Kosovo.

Proud Brit.

Anonymous said...

It's deeper than just 'needing an enemy'. Obama is cashing in on centuries of the ethics of altruism. The ethics of altruism is the ethics of self-sacrifice, and no one, especially not Republicans, is willing to oppose that. So Obama blithely goes about manufacturing and counting on "victims" (who must be sacrificed to) and "oppressors" (who are 'evil' because, so far, they've been refusing to sacrifice to the 'victims'). And no one comes along to assert the fundamentally egoistic principle of America's founding: that you have a *right* to your money; you have a *right* to your life; you have a *right* to pursue your happiness, as far as your rational ambition will take you, and no one's "need" or manufactured "victimhood" has any moral claim on your achievements.

That's the only way to answer Obama (and the Left more broadly): on fundamental moral terms. And that's the game Obama is playing: the sacrifice game.

The only thinker who's been willing to challenge the ethics of sacrifice, and to uphold the rational egoism that underlies America's founding principles, is Ayn Rand.

John Eichholtz said...

Nobody cuts to the point like the Sultan. I just donated another 10 spot to the cause. Don't stop, give it all you got Sultan.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Thanks John

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Thanks John

ProudBrit, the Ukrainians are as anti-semitic as the Russians. Putin is looking to conquer territory, not "protect" anyone.

Sophie, power over people. It's what tyrants truly care about.

SallyVee said...

I'm in for $60, arriving at that number by using all of my math skills to multiply 5 x 12 to equal a year's contribution. And I've entered a reminder to myself for March of 2015, should God keep us safe for that long, to donate again. Of course you are worth far more, Mr. Daniel G. Sultan of Knish. But it's what I can afford and it's roughly the amount I pay for other subscriptions of the same sort. I wish I had millions to lavish on you. And one day I would like to make you shrimp & grits and creme brulee with several pots of coffee along the way to keep you talking through the whole night long. Your ability – and more important your desire – to transmit vast distilled knowledge is a balm for the mind and soul, and very much appreciated.

tim henry said...

Daniel I think you're absolutely right if people would just look he studied under the radicals he claims his heroes the picture to be more clear for the general public

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Sally, thank you also. The most important support is still seeing that people like you care about what I write

tim henry said...

You are 100% right. This man study under Jeremiah Wright and bill ayers of the weather underground and he is a radical in every sense of the word thank you for your column

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

thank you Tim

Chris said...

Stunning, superb, spot-on synthesis. Reminds me of a reporter who returned from visiting the Cold War East Germany. A local citizen he had spent some time with noted that electricity to their homes was rather sporadic at times, "We're told, of course, that it's all because of the Americans." His smile and chuckle showed that he was "in" on the joke-from-on-high, aware of the need of The State to manufacture an external enemy to distract the populace from the insatiable tyranny that was slowing devouring them in its voracious maw.

Anonymous said...

Putin, the protector of Jews, and of Bashar al-Assad.

Anonymous said...

Anny said "Their leaders have openly praised the far-right Pravy Sector whose leader stated: "I will fight Russians and Jews till I die""

You forget he was backed by knot sea collaborator George Soros' money and now gun control has come to the EU side of the Ukraine. Everyone here should know that Soros hates religious, conservative, and/or pro self defense Jews.

Anonymous said...

I admire your equating Obama & Putin's tactics and agree with your analysis. With that said, I'm not on the same page with specific regard to Crimea et al. And while I don't know much about him, I'd be more willing to give Putin the benefit of the doubt when it comes to some form of patriotism. My sense is at least Putin seems more invested in Russia than Obama is in the US. Putin at least seems to live in the real world of history... Obama seems to reside in Ellen-Land.

Anonymous said...

I love when you delve into the world of political social psychology. You're a pro.

Keliata

Herbert Richmond said...

Power Politics vs Mega-Power Politics with the people in their countries as pawns and victims..You are an outstanding writer with keen insight.

Anonymous said...

Daniel

I don't care about Russian anti-semites because - and this is THE POINT - my country isn't funding them with British taxpayers money unlike the EU and in your case, the US.

Also, I don't see Russian Nazis banning all opposition after conducting a murderous coup d' etat to seize power. Nor do I hear Russian Nazis calling for an investigation into "the crimes of world Jewry" as Svoboda has and I don't see Russian political leaders marching down the street carrying pictures of a Nazi collaborator as Svoboda is with Stepan Bandera. And I don't see them wearing the wolfsangel at political meetings as Svoboda are doing.

Nor do I see the red and black flag flying outside Russian government buildings. "Blut und boden" remember that Daniel? And you as a Jew support them?

This is about NATO and EU expansion and when Marxist EU wraps its grubby tentacles around Ukraine it will rape and loot it, that's what it does.

Incredible that people here will forget about the Nazis and the holocaust to support the avaricious aims of elite traitors who are in bed with Ukrainian Nazis and deliberately destroying OUR nations. All while piling up mountains of debt and forcibly imposing austerity on us.

The Anny who commented on Soros is also on the money. It's ironic that it was you Daniel who exposed me to his vile collaboration with the Nazis at the expense of his own people.

It all absolutely stinks.

Proud Brit.

Anonymous said...

Daniel, well done. I appreciate your skill at cutting to the chase and capturing what is relevant. As Mr. Richmond above has stated, outstanding and undeniable keen insight. Thank you and please keep up the good work.

Jim F.

negi said...

Gah, come on. I voted for Obama because Paul Ryan's budget was totally insane.

That is also why the Republicans lost. As awful as Obama's economic policies are, Paul Ryan's budget would have thrown us into a depression. Romney's economic policies were actually pretty good in a lot of ways, but Ryan's plan was totally toxic waste. The problem is that the Tea Party grafted Ryan's budget onto a Romney Presidency. Remember, he wanted to slash the budget and cancel QE, in an environment where we have near-0 core inflation and seriously sagging expectations on it. Any benefits coming from Romney's proposed trade sanctions on "currency-manipulating countries" would be immediately wiped out by the irresponsible policies of Paul Ryan.

Of course, that was before I started to read about Israel all the time. I would have voted for Romney to prevent a second holocaust.

Anonymous said...

"It's not just that Obama is weak and inept. The real problem is that he's using a rulebook that Moscow is entirely familiar with because its men helped write it. The Russian authorities have generations of experience dealing with Western lefties."

Wow. This is the first time I've seen a description of who Obama is from Putin's perspective. Except in Putin's contemptuous NYT editorial, which was in his own words.And Putin is not wrong because turning people like Obama is what he did for a living as a KGB agent.Putin knows exactly what he's dealing with.

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