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  • Morning Bell: Waiting for Crazy

    President Barack Obama’s second address to the United Nations General Assembly almost sounded as if he were speaking to voters on the campaign trail in Iowa, instead of fawning diplomats in Manhattan. He mentioned his financial reform, his commitment to fighting global warming, his efforts to withdrawal from Afghanistan and his new nuclear treaty with Russia. In classic Obama form, he mentioned the words “I,” “me” or “my” 34 times, including this line about his efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program: “Now let me be clear once more: The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it.” As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech just hours later would show, President Obama is gonna be waiting a long time.

    After kicking off with some brief remarks on the “failure” of “the system of Capitalism,” Ahmadinejad then turned to 9/11, which he said “has affected the whole world for almost a decade.” Ahmadinejad identified “those responsible for the attack” as “some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.” At that point, to their credit, President Obama’s U.N. delegation had the decency to walkout. But the Obama administration then turned right around and affirmed their engagement strategy: “We didn’t offer engagement with Iran because we agree with what Ahmadinejad says,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. “We have offered engagement with Iran because we think it’s in our national security interest.”

    But now even some former Obama administration officials are beginning to doubt their faith in Obama’s foreign policy vision. Last Sunday, former Obama State Department official Ray Takeyh wrote in The Washington Post: “The essence of Washington’s approach is that confronted with a choice of debilitating isolation or rejoining the community of nations, Iran will eventually make the ‘right’ decision. The Islamic Republic, however, is too wedded to its ideological verities and too subsumed by its rivalries to engage in such judicious determinations.”

    But the failure of President Obama’s nuclear disarmament strategy is not limited to Tehran. Heritage Foundation analyst Theodore Bromund explains:

    The underlying assumption of the President’s statement is that the General Assembly in particular, and the United Nations in general, plays a central role in arms control and disarmament. This is not true. The Security Council has an important, but qualified and limited, role to play in pursuit of international peace and security.

    The United Nations as a whole, as Heritage Foundation analyst Baker Spring points out, is profoundly handicapped by its assumption of moral equivalence between democracies and dictatorships, by its refusal to fully acknowledge the inherent right of self-defense, by its insistence on negotiating unverifiable and unenforceable treaties, and by its desire to supplant the authority of sovereign nation states with that of U.N. bureaucrats and unaccountable NGOs.

    President Obama’s devotion to international institutions like the United Nations is the core of the Obama Doctrine. But as Bromund alludes to above, the President’s failure to acknowledge both the limitations and shortcomings of the United Nations allows other countries to abuse his goodwill for their own purposes. The United Nations finds no moral conflict in having human rights abusers sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council; in having socialist countries sit on the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council; or having terrorism-sponsoring nations block the United Nations from defining an act of terrorism.

    President Obama did throw one sentence toward making “this institution more accountable,” but no specific agenda was broached or referenced, which is not surprising since Obama has failed to even nominate a U.S. Representative for Management and Reform to the United Nations. The President did call on other countries to “bring specific commitments to promote transparency; to fight corruption.” But if the U.S. administration isn’t willing to fight for those reforms in the United Nations, what are the odds that other governments will be willing to offer them up for their own countries? We’re not holding our breath.

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    40 Responses to Morning Bell: Waiting for Crazy

    1. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      "Waiting for Crazy"

      Hey, HF readers – THEY are WAITING FOR YOU.

    2. Bonnie, FL says:

      Who is Obama to comment on transparency.

    3. Len, Alexandria,KY says:

      It seems to me that once mote Obummer has extended the " friendly hand" to the Crazy Midget … a hand that the iranian has aready devoured up to the shoulder … and Walking out might be good Theater for MSM but Obummer needs to eat some iron pills to Straighten and discover a spine… Time to go to battle stations or accpt the " nuke attack" that Obummer seem to have alreday accepted????

    4. Turner, Massachusett says:

      There will be a peace treaty between Israel and Palestine. Obama and his handlers will toot his horn all over the world, however the treaty will mean absolutely nothing to the Islamic states. They are forbidden to enter a peace treaty without the counter party accepting Islam. Thus, the treaty will be simply a publicity stunt.

    5. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      But Obama is sending 50 million dollars of our money for "clean stoves" to third world countries. Doesn't that make you feel warm and cozy? This insanity must end soon.

    6. m powell lakeview, o says:

      Only the Lord is able to get us out of this, I pray that He is willing.

    7. E B Shields says:

      The Islamic Republic, however, is too wedded to its ideological verities and too subsumed by its rivalries to engage in such judicious determinations." Replace "The Islamic Republic" with "Barack Hussein Obama" and the same can be said. The president's "my way or the highway" approach backed by his use of derision and intimidation is sickening.

    8. Mary.... WI says:

      The United Nations is the most corrupt organization in the world and extortion is their game. It should be dissolved! It figures BO would like the UN because he likes corruption.

    9. NeoConVet says:

      Weak words from a weak national leader, meaning nothing and accomplishing less. His reason for coming to NYC must have therefore been a shopping trip for the wife and her 26 assistants.

    10. Winston says:

      regime change in Iran will solve the issue

    11. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results.

      Albert Einstein. Yesterday we had Barack Obama vs. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Obama's still under the delusion that if he says "pretty please with a cherry on top"

      that Iran will see the error of its ways. Ain't gonna happen, folks. Then yesterday afternoon at three o'clock, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the podium and declared

      everything that the 9/11 Truthers, and those on the Arab and Persian street, hold near

      and dear to their hearts——that 9/11 was an inside job.True? FALSE! It wasn't an inside job. You can talk to these conspiracy theorists until you're blue in the face and

      you can't convince them otherwise.

    12. Norm Klevens says:

      I for one really do not see the difference between the two tyrants. One would like to have the power of the other. "Withdrawal from Afghanistan" – that must make the war fighters feel good about what their doing. Its not freeing a people from oppression of the Taliban; its withdrawal. The audience is as bad as the oppressors in the land our brave Marines are fighting and the leader of the USA only wants to please the audience. I am for regime change in America.

    13. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      That's it! That's it! The easiest way to destroy the United Nations is to have Obama and his team "Reform" it.

    14. Doug Whaley, Lake Ha says:

      Obama keeps proving he is our worst enemy. Until he is removed from office, the liberals who inhabit the state department are fired along with many of the carrer government policy makers in D. C. the U.S. will continue to destroy it's credibility (what there is left) around the world and we will live in a more dangerous place than we should have to. We are quickly losing our grip on being a world power, not because we we don't have a strong military but, because we don't have the intestinal fortitude to do anything about the cancer growing in the world like Iran and North Korea. In other words the country is rotting from within. This is all do to politicians who think more of their political futures than the country and citizens who think more of their daily wants than their children and grandchildren's futures

    15. Bill Dana NC says:

      Who is Obama to comment on anything. He is destroying this great country of ours and it is sad that he really believes he can straighten out the world.

    16. Alan says:

      Paradoxically, it is the commitment to the U.N. which got the UNited States into the situations called Iraq. So, how does one square Obama's opposition to Iraq and his commitment to this organization? Moreover, will Obama truly demonstrate his commitment to the U.N. at the expense of having to be what he has criticized since being in the U.S. senate since 2007?

    17. Brian says:

      Devotion to international institutions like the United Nations is the core our involvement in Iraq not to mention Korea.

    18. Danforth Field, Fres says:

      It is time to get out of the Phony United Nations! They do NOTHING that is to our good!

    19. toledofan says:

      Well, it's clear, at least to me, that, it's time to defund the UN and walk away. The corruption has gotten so out of hand and the diplomats have made themselves so very rich while simply ignoring the global problems that face them. I mean come on, you have a group of dictators, despots, and, basically, murderers as members and we have to buy stoves for them so they can cook clean. Does anybody see the irony in all of this? I guess all of this would be laughable if it wasn't so serious, but, it is and it's time that we got serious about who we are, how we got to where we're at continue to be the strongest, safest, and most profitable country on the planet. I hope everyones memory stays sharp for the next couple of years and we end the madness with a vote of you're outta there.

    20. Jill-Maine says:

      regime change in America will help also.

    21. Lee-White Tanks AZ says:

      It is interesting that the Obama Delegation to the UN had the good sense and tetesterone needed to get up and walk out on Ahmadinejad.

      IIt's really to bad that our Congress was unable to get up the nerve to walk out on our southern neighbor's President when he was "dissing" the United States while being a guest of our Congress and President.

      Oh Well, we can only hope. I can see Nov. from my porch.

    22. Jan Telman, Grand Ra says:

      The fact that only a few walked out with Ahmadinejad's remarks, tells us that the world has been brainwashed. Why didn't every member walk out and leave him standing–alone– with his own words. Was it about respect? Well he is not respectable, so we should not respect him. What was that about? This is truely a point of concern.

      Another point to consider. Without a doubt Ahmadinejad took the stage, BUT only because our MEDIA allowed it. If there was reasonable protests to the Media, to ignore him, he could not control the event. MEDIA what about it??

    23. bill davis says:

      Thank you for all you do!

    24. bill davis says:

      Thank you, Heritage Foundation, for all you do.

    25. KLIMAX Baltimore, Ma says:

      I'm Surprised that NObama did not trash Arizona again in front of all the Member Nations !!! The United States should withdraw from the UN it would save us a lot of wasted tax payer money on their lost cause issues !!!!!

    26. Suzanne-Florida says:

      Third world ambassadors sit through speeches hearing nothing, thinking only of a superb lunch on their countries expense account. Obama reinforces all this illusion of grand international ideas by continually offering the olive branch to mad men in hopes that his brilliance will turn the tide. That the state department's Crowley can come out offering the excuse of national security at this late date is upsurd.

      This man is the weakest president in our history. Even Carter gave a try at least to a failed attempt to rescue our hostages.


    27. Dexter60, San Franci says:

      Thanks for the update, but …

      it's sort of like peeking into the bathroom every once and a while to see if the toilet is still overflowing;

      time to put the sick puppy down.

      We are very close to the time when talk is only attempts at delay and distraction — the crest of the wave will follow the ripple in November, prepare for heavy rolls.

    28. Drew Page, IL says:

      Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Ronald Reagan. I'll be that when Barack was a kid in grade school he would voluntarily offer his lunch money to the school bully to avoid being threatened to give it up.

    29. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      In “Waiting for Crazy”, in Heritage’s “The Foundry”/”The Morning Bell”, we, the people, are faced with evidence of how Obama, the UN, and their favorite fellow rulers and would-be rulers striving for any form of “One World” rule, such as Obama and his fellow Statist “Presidents” and other government leaders and their accomplices, are at it again, demonstrating how willing they are to say and do anything to prevail and rule, no matter how destructive, dishonest, false, misleading, and so also no matter how they have to risk and even destroy any of their own credibility, same as all of their predecessors and contemporaries…That means same as such similar politicians and rulers since before the worst of the Caesars of Rome, to the Marxist Communists/Socialists Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin (neither one of which was courageous, forthright, genuine, and honest enough to use their real names), to a Socialist (a.k.a. NAZI [which means and translates to National Worker’s Socialist Party]) named Hitler, to Mao, to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Caesar Chavez, Fidel and Raul Castro, Kim Jong Il, Vladimir Putin, and others today who seek and grab for ever more power to overrule and rule over the people…All of which of course, like a circle of thieves, brings us back to and includes those dominating the UN and certain people currently in leadership positions at all levels of government in the U.S.

      In other words, the UN, Obama, and others such as they who seek to prevail and rule no matter what, are at it again, making it evident how those so corruptly determined to rule (or prevail) will say and do anything to do so, and so also prove themselves as bad or worse than any ills and ill-doers they claim to be against.

    30. DAVE, NAPA CA says:





    31. john koss Tennessee, says:

      Was it Will Rogers who said: "Give a Politician enough rope and he'll hang himself!" Well that is exactly what 'Akmadinnerjad' did. How any rational, thinking, somewhat educated, man or woman would even listen to this person. It is beyond me, but it does tell us that the average mental acuity of an Iranian citizen is about equal to: Cartman, Stan, Kyle & Kennie on South Park. I pity that nation, They have to listen to this guy constantly. Does Larry the Cable guy speak their language? They could use a break. The real difficult and serious element to this is; the fact that Israel has to really be considering an all out attack and I for one am right there with them. I know it isn't Politically correct to say that but we really should consider the threat of a nation with the real ruling class running around in long tunics and wanting to live in the 13th Century. And Of course they didn't have toilet paper then and they still don't (use it).

    32. MN J says:

      Obama does not understand the word "work" and b/c he was given free rides so many times, he has no clue of what it takes to make anything happen. He would get "bored" and go play basketball. This is pathetic in a leader. The fact that his two closest Chicago buddies are bailing (I think Axelrod "working for teh 2012 campaign" is a ruse) may mean they have given up hope for O. Unfortunately he's over his head, can't deal with it (b/c of never really having to work), has no where to turn for help (his academics sure can't do anything practical) and will withdraw.

      This is a very sad, sad case for the entire planet.

    33. Bobbie says:

      Showy! Both of them!

    34. Gerri Harkin Tyler H says:

      Fact: People with eyes that close together are retarded. This is the classic Napolean complex. What he lacks in stature he tries to make up in Bravado. What I think is the press in this country give him to much time to spout his nonsense. The president of the USA wants to stop talk radio but will offer a olive branch to a fool who wants to wipe us and Israel off the map. You figure…… I refuse to listen to him or the president

      when they talk. Heard it all before. Actions speak louder than words. The next two years will seem like ten until we can get him out of the Whitehouse. Hope he doesn't

      do anything impeachable,,, We will have our own idiot take over. Mr. Biden

    35. ogie,Lewes,DE says:

      "Let me be clear"~when I hear those words from Obama's mouth; I know an untruth will follow to finish the sentence. But I will be clear and sincere~his administration is in turmoil and his agenda to change America into a country that none of us want will fail. God help us and give us the strength to stand firm and keep our Republic strong and safe.

    36. Don DeHoff Boone, Co says:

      The President is "bad mouthing" the U.S. and capitalism again. Both, our free enterprise/capitalistic system and the Communist Manifesto are workable philosophies—it is the greed and power exploiters within each that is (or has) destroying(ed them. The main difference is, our system is and was intended to "provide control from the bottom, up" and Communism was designed to be controlled, by but a few, "from the top, down". I believe our President has now commited several acts and ommissions that easily qualify him for impeachment. There are many new books "out there" that fully document dozens (yes, dozens) of impeachable offenses that he has commited—one such book, Andrew C. McCarthy's, "The Grand Jihad" is jock full of revelations and 60 pages of, fully documented sources. Another is, Dr. Stephen's M. Kirby's "Islam and Barrack Hussein Obama—a Handbook on Islam" which also is quite revealing. The Democrats and other liberals had better get on board soon or there is a distinct possibility that the Democratic Party will cease to exist—and the Parties do "need each other".Democrats, yes. Republicans and Independents, yes, but first, Americans!

    37. Lil, San Diego says:

      It is patently clear that this person masquerading as President of the United States hasn't a single clue regarding international politics and Iran in particular. The pipsqueak, A-jad, slammed the "door" closed and the fool continues to think his "charisma" is going to sway and persuade A-jad into normalcy. A-jad then spits in the idiot's face with the nonsense about the "inside job" that 9/11 was! Both men are fools!

    38. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      We decided after WWI, that we didn't want to be part of the leaque of Nations, now is time for us to leave the United Nations. Most of these countries have great disdain for us while taking our money. BHO really hates this country, he wants a World orag. with him at head. I want him out of the WH and in jail along with every one of his GANG. There are those who will argue that the Gov't. did all the damage on 9/11, when you ask them where all the passengers and crew of these planes are, they cannot answer, one of the studies say it was the owner, who collected miliions in Ins. money. All these stories are false and should be discounted.

    39. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      In “Waiting for Crazy”, in Heritage’s “The Foundry”/”The Morning Bell”, we, the people, are faced with evidence of how Obama, the UN, and company are at it are at it again, demonstrating how willing they are to say and do anything to prevail and rule at any cost, no matter how dishonest, false, hypocritical, misleading, and even destructive to anybody and anything, including any of their own credibility, same as all of their similar predecessors and contemporaries…That means same as such similar politicians and rulers since before the worst of the Caesars of Rome, to the Marxist Communists/Socialists Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin (neither one of which was courageous, forthright, genuine, and honest enough to use their real names), to a Socialist (a.k.a. NAZI [which means and translates to National Worker’s SOCIALIST Party]) named Hitler, to Mao, to others today who so grab for ever more power with which to overrule and rule over the people…Which, like “a circle of thieves repeating history”, brings us back to and includes such people in the UN and those who are currently in leadership positions at all levels of government in the U.S and elsewhere.

      In other words, the UN, Obama, and others such as they who will say and do anything to prevail and rule at any cost, even at the cost of any of their own credibility, are at it again, demonstrating how such determination, and those so determined, always have been, are, and always will be the greatest threat to, and most destructive of, freedom, prosperity, and peace in the world.

    40. Palm Bay, FL says:

      Whether dealing with Iran, Saudi Arabia or Syria al Taqiyya is in play. NEVER believe what they say, Shi' a or Sunni you can only believe after visually verifying their actions, and then check again. When Mr. Crowley says that they agree with Ahmananutjob Iran, you know we're in deep doo doo.


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