23 October 2012

World Dictators to US Voters: We'd Prefer You Vote Obama

From Moscow to Caracas to Havana, something disturbing is happening: Dictators with long records of enmity toward the U.S. are endorsing Obama for president. What does that say about the Obama presidency?

Fresh from abusing Venezuela's opposition after his own rigged re-election, Chavez declared, "If I were American, I would vote for Obama. He is my candidate." It was his second direct endorsement of Obama in a week. After that, he spooled off his plans to impose socialism on his country.

Around the same time, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's ruling communist capo Raul Castro, Fidel's brother, told CNN: "As a citizen of the world, I would like for (Obama) to win."...

There was more of that appreciation of Obama's heartwarmingness from Russia's stoat-faced autocrat Vladimir Putin: "Obama is a genuine person who really wants to change much for the better," he said, in what The Moscow Times said was "widely viewed as his most direct endorsement of Obama."

...there have been de facto endorsements based on acts — from the evidence of Chinese cash coming into Obama's campaign coffers through the China-domiciled Web site Obama.com — to the sudden declaration by Iran's mullahs last weekend of "peace talks" soon to be held, but only if Americans vote for Obama. _Obama: The Dictator's Choice
Americans are accustomed to the more leftist candidate receiving endorsements and support from academics, foreign and domestic journalists, and media celebrities. But when a candidate receives endorsements from the world's dictators and most outspoken enemies of individual rights and freedoms, something odd is going on.
In the case of Chavez and the Castro oligarchs, it's obvious enough that Obama governs in a way that resembles their own — increasing state employees and state dependency, ruling by decree, singling out companies for punishment, and engaging in a cult of personality where the state is replaced by the leader.

But in the case of some of America's other dangerous foes — from Russia to China to Iran — the only answer to this odd phenomenon is a recognition that Obama is a weaker horse. He is therefore easier to corner or checkmate to achieve their own power ends — in the case of all — military and nuclear power. _IBD
America represents a threat to every imperialistic dictator-state in the world, by virtue of its economic, political, and military power. Any US president who promises to weaken the US in any of those areas, would be a godsend to such a dictator-state. In that sense, another Obama term is a bright and shining promise that these dictators cannot ignore.

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Blogger Matt M said...

I understand that leaders of the European Union would also like for Obama to get a second term.

I guess misery really does love company.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US is a leftist, revolutionary state, like the Soviet Union was. It is arguably worse in that respect than the Soviet Union was, since the Soviet Union took on a relatively more rightist orientation following Stalin and since the Iron Curtain shielded the Soviet Union from Cultural Marxism.

So it's not surprising that right-wing or authoritarian governments would prefer Obama to Romney, as Romney's foreign policy is more influenced by ardent revolutionary leftists i.e. neocons.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Matt: A weaker US benefits most authoritarian regimes who see themselves in competition with the global hegemon. Unfortunately for their wishful thinking, a weakened US would lead to an exponential rise in global instability -- with multiple catastrophic "tipping points."

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't understand the underlying evolutionary dynamic behind instability, which is horizontal transmission yielding the evolution of virulence -- in everything, from microbes to memes, genes, etc. As a global hegemon which promotes horizontal transmission in all sorts of dimensions and promotes laws and norms that punish exclusionary policies, the US dramatically speeds the evolution of virulence hence instability, the exact opposite of its public relations advertising. It is the leader in driving instability.

The solution is quite simple: policies that US hegemony will hate and revile as "anti-American" and "hateful": "isolationism", multipolarity, segregation, illiberalism, etc.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Charles: You may wish to hash a few of these issues out on your own blog... You may also wish to work on tossing that word salad.

Once you have accomplished that, the readership of your blog will no doubt grow accordingly.

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog. Wordpress automatically creates a blog address when you register an account. I registered an account for commenting.

I used clear, precise terms to operationally define and discuss a vague word like "instability". That's the opposite of a word salad. A word salad would be avoiding to provide clear operational definitions while using vague words like "instability" and "tipping points".

Friday, 26 October, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

From the freedictionary.com: word salad /word sal·ad/ (werd sal´ad) a meaningless mixture of words and phrases characteristic of advanced schizophrenia.

Single words cannot be word salad, just as a single leaf of lettuce is not considered a salad.

Tossing a word salad would be equivalent to tossing an actual salad -- it would give it a better consistency and flavour. Heh. Perhaps a hint of a sense of humour might do you a bit of good, eh?

In other words, in plain speech, your language could be a bit more precise and your writing more disciplined. That would facilitate the growth of your blog.

Consider reviving your blog. You could certainly use the practise in thinking and writing.

Friday, 26 October, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never had a blog. Like I mentioned before, Wordpress automatically creates a blog URL when you register an account for commenting purposes.

My comment was very precise, and I used very specific terms. But as I said before, you don't appear to understand the basic evolutionary dynamics behind things like instability, so you may not have grasped it.

If anyone needs a sense of humor, it's you. You apparently can't handle any disagreement with your views.

Sunday, 28 October, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Perhaps, Charles, you have not noticed that your disagreeable comments are displayed prominently on this page. Or perhaps the words "apparently can't handle any disagreement with your views" do not mean what you think they mean.

Any reader who wishes to know if Charles has a blog, may click on his name, which will lead you to his blog. Whether Charles takes advantage of his very real blog or not, is another story.

It does take a bit of time and chutzpah to put one's ideas out in the open, open to any and all to comment. Someone who cannot handle any disagreement with his views should probably avoid such risks.

Sunday, 28 October, 2012  

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