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Obama’s Second-Term Agenda and His Foreign-Policy Failures

October 19, 2012

In 236 years of U.S. history, second presidential terms have been dismal failures if the first terms weren’t successful.  Remember George W. Bush?

There are now fewer options and less room for error than in 2009, because we have far more debt ($16.2 trillion), the world still hasn’t forgiven us for the global Great Recession, and the Middle East, Africa, and Asia are more dangerous because of the foreign-policy failures by the Obama Administration.


  • President Obama’s new regulations on home mortgages in 2013 will kill 3.9 million jobs, 600,000 home sales, and 1 million new housing starts (see CNBC report, 10/26/2012: ).
  • President Obama promises to create the one million manufacturing jobs.  But our economy lost 39,000 manufacturing jobs in August-October 2012 and has created no new new manufacturing jobs since April (see Bureau of Labor statistics, September 2012: and today’s ADP jobs report).  Obama complained for four years how hard his job has been to deal with an economy that came of recession in June 2009, less than six months after he entered office.  Therefore, how will he handle an economy that’s heading into the recession caused by his new taxes and regulations in 2013 if he’s re-elected?  I speculate, he won’t.
  • New taxes related to Obamacare will kill at least 700,000 jobs (e.g., ).
  • Obamacare will hike healthcare insurance premium costs by as much as 19% in 2013 and end the employer-provided healthcare insurance for at least 50 million Americans (see ).  Furthermore, employer-provided healthcare insurance will be taxed as income of employees, hiking the taxes of families by thousands annually.
  • He plans to let private-equity firms use our pension funds and college endowments to invest in his infrastructure bank and high-leveraged infrastructure projects.  His plan risks bankrupting personal retirement accounts, pension funds, universities, and charities.  Its failure would be far more costly than his investing in bankrupt green companies to bail out his buddies and foreigners and sell those assets cheap to his buddies and to foreigners.
  • President Obama plans to increase the number of high-risk business loans to poor people–similar to the Democrats’ high-risk home-mortgage plan for high-risk borrowers, which ultimately collapsed our housing market and led to the financial crisis of 2008 and our recession of December 2007 to June 2009.  The failure rate of new businesses is 90%. That failure rate likely will be higher if the borrowers aren’t using any of their own money and if they’re not well-prepared to be successful.
  • President Obama will continue to use massive debt to juice our economy and quietly bailout Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA via the Federal Reserve’s buying our debt and mortgage-backed securities that others won’t buy because the Obama Administration has bullied and sued lenders out of the secondary-mortgage market.
  • He’ll continue adding at least $1 trillion in new debt every year–without a plan to balance the budget and pay down our more than $16.2 trillion debt. His promising to use savings from two unpaid-for wars to rebuild America and pay down the debt is like my saying I’ll pay off my debt by using my Visa credit card to pay off what I owe MasterCard, Pay Pal, Home Depot, and Macy’s. Note: Nine days before the election, Obama quit promising to pay down the debt by using the savings from the two unpaid-for wars–reversing his earlier, absurd position.
  • President Obama will continue to redistribute America’s wealth, power, and influence to the world, especially social engineering and nation building in the Middle East and Africa (e.g., Americans were appointed as prime minister to Libya and to Mali after the overthrow of their governments).
  • Obama will sign several United Nations treaties that will give the UN more control over our sovereignty (e.g., give the UN the right to tax our internet usage and financial transactions, determine our gun rights, laws of the sea).
  • He’ll continue to increase arms exports while working with the United Nations to disarm America and Americans.
  • He’ll continue to decommission and sell our warships cheap to foreign militaries, even to China’s nonallies, which antagonizes China.
  • He’ll use more and more of our military budget to pay for newly labeled national security “risks” such as obesity, nutrition, drug addiction, criminals in need of better legal defense funds, counseling, and retraining.
  • President Obama will continue to let consortiums and foreign-owned companies in America export our commodities (e.g.,  gasoline, oil, liquified natural gas, diesel, kerosene, coal, fertilizer, iron ore, copper, etc.–reminiscent of what happens in third-world countries as their corrupt governments relinquish control of their natural resources; cf  and ).  Refineries and thousands of gas stations in the United States are now foreign-owned (e.g., Russia’s Lukoil which this summer hiked gas prices to $9.99/gallon; Saudi Arabia’s Motiva Enterprises (cf ) which operates under the brand name of  its Netherland’s partner Royal Dutch Shell, the only company Obama is allowing to drill off Alaska’s Arctic coast).  While your gas prices were going up, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, for example, were getting three to four tankers of gasoline per month that had been refined here in America (cf ).  Even Japan has cut out the middle man (e.g., Morgan Stanley) by buying at least one natural gas company in America.  What will Obama do when foreign governments ship our energy to their countries for free or well-below market price in order to avoid paying us taxes on our commodities?  What’ll Obama do when foreign governments bring in their own workers rather than hire Americans?  What’ll Obama do when he realizes that foreign governments have 10-year contracts to buy our energy cheap from even American-owned companies, because his anti-fossil fuel agenda has created so much uncertainty in the industry that he’s bankrupted or financially damaged every American-owned natural gas and coal company in the United States since he took office?  Ask yourself, if President Obama is so anti-Wall Street and anti-private equity firms, why’s he letting them take over our energy sectors  (e.g., ( and ).
  • President Obama will hike taxes on the middle class, the wealthy, and on businesses, thereby following the playbook of the collapse of the U.S.S.R.–except Russia had oil and natural gas to revive its economy. We won’t, because President Obama has allowed more and more of our energy assets to be owned and controlled by Russia, China, their partners, and consortiums whose investors include Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds.  He’s risked far more than our energy independence. He’s risking our sovereignty.
  • He’ll risk losing or, more likely, lose the reserve-currency status of the U.S. dollar so that countries no longer must use U.S. dollars to buy OPEC oil.  Overnight we will be awash in a tsunami of liquidity as countries dump our dollars and debt.  In other words, a loaf of bread might cost you $2.39 one day, $1,000 the next, and $1 million days later.  (In Bosnia, hyperinflation hiked bread prices to $1 trillion per loaf.)  Such hyperinflation theoretically would let our government inflate its way out of debt.  But millions of Americans would starve, the middle class would be destroyed, and the rich would flee to other countries.  Foreign governments that hold our debt also own land and companies here, so they’re likely to demand debt repayment in hard assets, such as land, companies, energy and mining rights.


  • President Obama was dishonest about the reemergence of terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali, etc., repeatedly telling us instead that al Qaeda was “on the run,” “decimated,” “on its heels” (e.g., see CNN Erin Burnett’s report ; see Obama’s campaign speeches, DNC speech on 9/6/2012, his David Letterman interview on 9/18/2012, 60 Minutes interview filmed on 9/12/2012 and aired on 9/23/2012).
  • President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have repeatedly lied about their failures to protect and to save four American heroes in Benghazi, Libya (see report about memo warning State about al Qaeda training camps in Benghazi and their risk to consulate’s security: During the >7-hour attack against Americans in Benghazi, President Obama failed as commander-in-chief:  He didn’t send any help; he let them die.  Then he lied about his failures.
  • President Obama brags about ending the Iraq War, but he failed to get a status-of-forces agreement, so Iraq’s government is now unstable, and Iraq has become a safe-haven for terrorists.
  • During the Obama presidency, al Qaeda-linked terrorists “successfully” placed a bomb on an American plane (Northwest Airlines flight 253 in December 2009) and murdered at least 17 Americans on U.S. soil (i.e., the Fort Hood massacre, November 5, 2009, which wounded 32 and killed 13; the murders of our U.S. ambassador and three other Americans at our consulate and its annex in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012).
  • President Obama released 1,000 prisoners to the Iraqi government–even murderers of Americans.  The Iraqi government released all of those prisoners.
  • If re-elected, he’s promised to share critical defense and communications technology with nonallies such as China and Russia–believing if we’re as weak as everyone else, then no one will ever want to attack us.
  • He’s the first U.S. President to let China buy our natural gas assets, let Russia buy one of our uranium mines, and to have an 82-year-old nun breach a  nuclear facility (see and and unlike the Bush Administration which blocked the sale of the California oil company Unocal to China for several years until China gave up (see ).
  • President Obama has accidentally droned so many civilians that he’s increased anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East. He legitimized the Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood, thereby emboldening radical Muslims and weakening secular governments in the Middle East.
  • A holy war was declared against America and Israel in mid-October 2012 by al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahri in response to the bash-Muhammad video (see )–thanks to President Obama and his surrogates who became the video’s MadMen ad-men. Their two weeks of free advertising for the video ensured that millions rather than just thousands of people saw or hear about it.  Otherwise, the vast majority of  the Muslim world wouldn’t even know which video al Zawahri was talking about.
  • He failed to protect our diplomats, embassies, and outposts, partly because he appeased Middle Eastern governments by agreeing to use their armed guards and our unarmed security-guard contractors.
  • President Obama is considering negotiating directly with Iran which hopes to impact our presidential election because its leaders believe President Obama will let Iran become nuclearized-–just as he let Iran avoid the Arab spring and get our drone technology.  Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently described in a UN speech how perfect the world would have been if the West and Israel had never existed and how that perfect utopia can still be possible if the world will unite against us.
  • President Obama let Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon et al. get our drone technology by not retrieving or destroying our lost drones.
  • By leading from behind, he inadvertently armed radical Islamists while helping rebels overthrow the secular governments, ultimately destabilizing the entire Middle East and northern Africa.  For example, he failed to ensure that NATO troops secured Muammar Gaddafi’s caches of weapons, which were then stolen by militias and al Qaeda-linked terrorists–reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s mistake in Iraq. This spring, Gaddafi’s weapons were used by al Qaeda-linked terrorists to invade northern Mali, killing hundreds if not thousands of Malians, creating a humanitarian crisis for 1.6 million people, and overthrowing a government that had been northern Africa’s shining light of a stable country with a democratically elected government.  There are even questions as to whether some of Gaddafi’s weapons were used to murder four Americans in Benghazi, Libya; to arm the rebels who began Syria’s civil war; and to arm radical Islamists who’re now destabilizing Nigeria and other areas of northern Africa.
  • President Obama needed eight months to make for what should have been the easiest decision of his presidency:  to kill or capture Osama bin Laden.  Because it’s common for terrorist leaders to move periodically to new locations to avoid capture or being killed, we’re fortunate that bin Laden wasn’t long gone by the time Obama decided to give the kill order. The vast majority of Americans would have needed a split second to make that decision.  And at least one Seal Team 6 member has said, our Seals didn’t even need a week to prepare for the assault.
  • The Obama White House leaked critical national security secrets, or President Obama prematurely declassified intel.  Such recklessness with our intel will hurt us for decades and result in countless deaths of Americans and our allies.  The leaks from the Church hearings in 1973 got an Athens station chief murdered and prevented us from having the intel to stop the several terrorist attacks from the 1993 WTC bombing to the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, 9/11.  Obama’s leaks already make Watergate look like a silly prank.

Here are some of the Obama White House’s national security leaks, or his prematurely declassifying secrets:

  • the details of sting operations targeting terrorists and terrorist wannabes so that only morons will fall for the sting tactics;
  • the details that led to the arrest and conviction of the Pakistani  doctor who helped us get Osama bin Laden;
  • the tactics and Special Operations team used to kill Osama bin Laden;
  • details about his kill list and tactics;
  • details about the informant who prevented the assassination of a Saudi diplomat in Washington, D.C.;
  • details about our two virus attacks on Iran and who’d perpetrated them; and
  • revealing the Azerbaijan airstrip location and timeline for Israel’s first plan of attack on Iran if it continued its nuclear program.

President Obama and too-many Americans believe that a weak military can protect us and preserve our freedoms. They deny the reality that radical Islamists hate us and will do anything to kill us.  They deny how deeply divided the Bush and Obama presidencies have made America.  They deny that a weak military would only increase the risk of attacks from the outside or from within America.  They deny that there are Americans and foreigners inside our borders who want our cities to look like Aleppo and Homs, Syria.

Well before the terrorist attack in Benghazi,  President Obama showed his disregard or disdain for our safety:



August 15, 2012, memo warned State Department that al Qaeda and al Qaeda-linked terrorists had training camps in Benghazi, and our consulate needed more security, because it couldn’t withstand a coordinated attack by terrorists:

The memo is the smoking gun:  If President Obama had been attending all of his intel briefings–rather than just 44% of them–he would have known Benghazi had become too dangerous for our ambassador and his staff.

CNN OutFront Erin Burnett’s report on President Obama’s and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s misleading us about al Qaeda and Gaddafi’s weapons:

House Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers discusses the terrorist attack on our Benghazi consulate and the expansion of al Qaeda terrorists in Middle East

Timeline of Benghazi terrorist attack, part 1:

Timeline of Benghazi terrorist attack,  part 2: ).

House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Oversight and Reform’s hearing on security failures in Benghazi, Libya, October 10, 2012:

Timeline of White House’s changing story on Benghazi attack:

State Department documents showing that requests for more security in Benghazi were repeatedly ignored:

How President Obama misled us about labeling Benghazi “an act of terror”:

During the second presidential debate, President Obama incorrectly said, he’d called Benghazi ”an act of terror” in his September 12, 2012, speech after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya  (see video clip ).

Instead, Obama said, ”acts of terror.”  It was 4:17 minutes into the speech, it was the only time he used the word “terror” in his speech, and it was in relation to what he’d said about September 11, 2011 (see video clip ).

I believe, Obama intentionally misled us, because the use of “acts of terror” was near the end of his speech, and for the next two weeks, President Obama and his surrogates failed to mention “terror” and instead blamed protesters and the video for the Benghazi attack.

Because President Obama misled us, many Americans still don’t know that September 11, 2012, was the second “successful” terrorist attack on U.S. soil since he took office:  The first was the Fort Hood massacre in which 13 Americans were killed and 32 were wounded by an al Qaeda-linked terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, on November 5, 2009–although the Obama Administration has chosen to label it “workplace violence”  (see ).

By labeling the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence, President Obama has been able to keep his record on terrorist attacks against Americans on U.S. soil unblemished (that is, until the Benghazi terrorist attack although he tried very hard to hide its being a terrorist attack).

But in the process of protecting his record, the President has hurt the victims and their  families, because the “workplace violence” designation means they can’t receive the benefits they’d be entitled to if the massacre had been labeled what it was:  a terrorist attack.

Here’s what President Obama said in his press conference on September 12, 2012, the day after the terrorist attack on our Benghazi consulate.  He uses the word “terror” only once, it’s in reference to 9/11/11, and it’s 4:17 minutes into the speech:

“Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi….. Since our founding, America has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject, all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to these types of senseless violence… …brutal acts…

“Of course yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 911 attacks…. No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation…”


President Obama didn’t secure the crime scene, so how can he say that he wants justice for the victims of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya?  Rather than sending in the Marines to secure the Benghazi crime scene, President Obama chose instead to wait 23 days for the FBI to arrive and collect evidence for only 12 hours. Because he didn’t bother to secure the crime scene, I speculate, his version of justice will be the deaths of radical Islamists he’d already planned to drone in northern Mali or elsewhere.


Some questions that President Obama should answer before Americans decide whether to vote for him:

Why did Ambassador Chris Stevens meet with an”‘embassyless” Turkish diplomat in Benghazi on the night of 9/11/12?  Who was that Turkish diplomat?  Because Libya is so dangerous, the United States had “the last flag flying” in Benghazi, according to Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, October 10, 2012, in testimony before the House’s Committee on Government Oversight & Reform.

Was the meeting with the Turkish diplomat the reason why Ambassador Stevens and his staff had remained in Benghazi rather than returning to Tripoli before the 9/11 anniversary?  Obama Administration has repeatedly asked us to believe that Ambassador Stevens was in Libya for diplomatic reasons and to attend the opening a cultural center in the middle of a kill-Westerners war zone with heavily armed militias and terrorists–which defies logic.

The White House has said, our government didn’t directly supply arms to Syrian rebels.  Did our government indirectly supply weapons to Turkey, which gave them to Syrian rebels and, inadvertently, to radical Islamists?

Has our government directly, indirectly, or accidentally supplied weapons to radical Islamists in Syria, Libya, Mali, Afghanistan, Iraq, or anywhere else in the Middle East and/or Africa?  Who, how, why, and when?                                                                                                                                  

Was the Turkish diplomat at the consulate when Sean Smith saw a Libyan guard or police officer taking photographs of the consulate (see )?  Who was that Libyan guard or police officer?

Did terrorists attack the consulate in response to an intel leak about the Turkish diplomat and/or Gaddafi’s or our weapons?

The White House that has been mum on details has leaked a story about security-guard contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods being in Benghazi to track down Gaddafi’s weapons.  Another White House story has placed blame on Qatar and Saudi Arabia in case radical Islamists ever use air-to-missile anti-aircraft weapons to shoot down a passenger plane.  The White House had earlier said, it wouldn’t risk arming Syrian rebels (e.g., see ) and, more recently, has said that they wouldn’t risk  arming Syrian rebels with MANPADS.

FoxNews has reported that a Libyan ship, al Entisar,  loaded with weapons (including Samm 7s,  RPGs, Russian-made surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles (i.e., man-portable air defense systems or MANPADS)) and some humanitarian supplies, traveled from Libya to the Turkish port of Iskenderun, where the cargo was off-loaded on September 6, 2012 (see ).  Likely the weapons and humanitarian supplies were then transported overland through the porous border between Turkey and Syria.

Whoever leaked the information originally to The Times of London seems to want us to believe that the weapons, particularly the MANPADS, are from Gaddafi’s caches that were stolen during the Libyan civil war.

Knowing Libya is rife with roving bands of armed criminal groups and terrorists, why did President Obama accept the current Libyan government’s terms that require security-guard contractors, such as Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods, to be unarmed  (see testimony of Eric Nordstrom on October 10, 2012, House of Congress, Committee on Government Oversight & Reform).  During the same committee hearing, Nordstrom indicated that higher walls and another six-man team of diplomatic security or contractors would not have made the difference.  But Lt. Col. Andrew Wood said, his 16-member Special Operations team would have saved lives.  Wood repeated the claim during an interview with FoxNews’ Brett Baier that was aired on October 19, 2012.

Are those terms President Obama would’ve accepted for protection of his own daughters?  Given all of the help the Libyan government has received during and after the civil war, surely Gaddafi’s requirement of unarmed American security-guard contractors should have been renegotiated by the Obama Administration.

With the escalating anti-Americanism in the Middle East and the rise of green-on blue-attacks in Afghanistan, why did President Obama risk having armed Middle Eastern guards protect American civilians, such as Ambassador Chris Stephens and Sean Smith, particularly on the anniversary of September 11, 2011.

Is it contradictory to have Americans protected by unarmed Americans and by armed Middle Easterners?  Would President Obama  risk his daughters in such a situation?

Why didn’t President Obama ask for the resignation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she said, she’s responsible for her security officials’ failures to protect our Benghazi outpost and the lives Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods?

Why didn’t President Obama ask for the resignation of National Intelligence Director James Clapper who said, he’s responsible for you and your White House, Administration and campaign lying to Americans for two weeks about the terrorist attack in Benghazi?

Why did President Obama even select James Clapper as  National Intelligence Director, knowing Clapper’s numerous intelligence failures in the past (see for examples )?

Considering the intelligence failures by the National Security Council, shouldn’t the CIA Director, David Patraeus, attend the security council’s meetings?

Considering the myriad intel leaks and intel failures in the past two years, has the CIA Director’s health affected his ability to oversee the CIA (see Health Section in )?

How can President Obama trust the intel on Iran’s progress for a nuclear weapon is accurate since his White House and Administration have blamed failed intel for the deaths of four American heroes in Benghazi?

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