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Obama, Biden Promoting a ‘New,’ ‘Changing Very Rapidly’ World Order

In the last 24 hours, both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden referred to a coming new world order with regard to the United States and its role abroad.

Wednesday while giving the commencement speech at the Air Force Academy, Biden told the cadets:

I believe we, and particularly you — your class — has an incredible window of opportunity to lead and shaping a new world order for the 21st century in a way consistent with American interests and a common interest.

Biden went on to argue that America should stay engaged in world affairs, but he likened the process of developing America’s role as it had at the end of World War II.

There was an overwhelming desire in your grandparents’ and my parents’ generation to bring home every single one of the 12 million forces that remained stationed in Europe and Asia. But the leaders of that day, they knew, that generation knew that America had to stay engaged. They knew that they had to lay the foundation for a new world order, a world order that brought the longest period of sustained peace in Europe and Asia and generated the most significant economic growth in the history of mankind.

Similarly, on Thursday President Barack Obama made a similar pitch. In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep he warned of a changing world order.

Obama, Biden Promoting a ‘New,’ ‘Changing Very Rapidly’ World Order

Will this transformation into a new world order, one not dominated by the US, go smoothly? When Russia grabbed Crimea there was quite a bit of talk about the possibility of escalation into World War III. Also, there is regular talk about conflict between China and some of its neighbors escalating into a another great-power war. Obama and Biden appear to be promoting a process that could have seriously negative consequences for the US – as in a great-power war.

Brinksmanship Makes a Comeback in the Kremlin | Foreign Affairs

One might conclude that Putin is motivated by anger or resentment. After speaking with him in early March, as the crisis in Ukraine was still in its early stages, German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to draw that conclusion, telling U.S. President Barack Obama that the Russian president was living in “another world.” But Putin’s actions are not irrational. Understanding them requires a close reading of the international relations theorist Thomas Schelling, whose classic work on brinkmanship, The Strategy of Conflict, seems — in its Russian translation, perhaps — to have found its way onto Putin’s desk.

As Schelling explains, brinkmanship “is the tactic of deliberately letting the situation get somewhat out of hand, just because its being out of hand may be intolerable to the other party and force his accommodation.” Schelling would describe the dynamic that Putin has imposed in Ukraine as the “rationality of irrationality”: Putin has been purposefully generating risk and “exploiting the danger that somebody may inadvertently go over the brink, dragging the other with him.”

Cynthia A. Roberts | Brinksmanship Makes a Comeback in the Kremlin | Foreign Affairs | Foreign Affairs

Is the CCP Regime Throwing Down the Gauntlet to the U.S. in the South China Sea? – New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD TV)

” It is analyzed that the CCP is warning U.S. President Barack Obama who recently visited Asian not to interfere in the South China Sea territorial dispute.”

Recently, China and Vietnam to dispute over oil exploration drilling platforms.

The Vietnamese Government demanded that the CCP immediately stop its operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying on Monday that Beijing’s decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal. It is analyzed that the CCP is warning U.S. President Barack Obama who recently visited Asian not to interfere in the South China Sea territorial dispute.

U.S. China Issue independent commentator Li Shanjian believes that the CCP is sending notice to the U.S. President Obama after his Asia trip.

U.S. China Issue independent commentator Li Shanjian: this operation is mainly aimed at Obama’s recent four Asian countries’ trip that did not include China. His trip obviously strengthened the bonds with the four Southeast Asian countries. His purpose is to contain China’s influence in Asia because he believes China is an unstable factor in Southeast Asia. The CCP did not want to see it and want to teach him a lesson with some trouble.”

Is the CCP Regime Throwing Down the Gauntlet to the U.S. in the South China Sea? – New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD TV)

Is Moldova Next on Putin’s Hit List? – Bloomberg View

The U.S., which has only recently woken to the threat facing Ukraine, has been even slower to appreciate Moldova’s equally precarious position. Barack Obama’s administration is moving now to bring Moldova into the Western fold. The EU is, in tentative and not entirely confidence-building ways, also trying to signal to Putin that Moldova is not his for the taking. After a week in Moldova and western Ukraine — more posts on that coming soon — it seemed unlikely to me that Putin had internalized the message.

Is Moldova Next on Putin’s Hit List?  – Bloomberg View

Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube – World Tribune | World Tribune

The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying.

Diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama relayed a photograph that showed Abdullah with a breathing tube, Middle East Newsline reported.

“The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube,” a source said. “But there was a White House photographer that took the picture for what he said was history.”

The photograph was said to have been relayed to members of the White House press corps. Within a day, an image of the Saudi king with the breathing tube was sent to the Saudi opposition.

Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube – World Tribune | World Tribune

A Sign of the Mahdi’s Return: Comet ISON in 2013? | 1913 Intel

 

A sign before the return of the Mahdi: “a star will appear in the East giving out as much light as the moon.”


Some Shia prophecies foretelling the arrival of the 12th imam – the Mahdi.

1. One tells of the ruler of Egypt being overthrown, resulting in many conflicts.

2. One points to an uprising in Yemen.

3. One refers to the death of the ruler of Saudi Arabia. (The Iranians are reporting that King Abdullah is either dead or on his deathbed.)

4. “Before the return of Mahdi, a tall black man will rule the West and the largest army on Earth. He will carry a ‘clear sign’ from my son, Hussein Ibn Ali (the third Shiite imam), do not fear him!” The tradition concludes: “Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us.” Obama’s first and second names—Barack Hussein—mean “the blessing of Hussein” in Arabic and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means “he is with us,” the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition.

A Sign of the Mahdi’s Return: Comet ISON in 2013? | 1913 Intel

 

World War 3: Russia Could Invade Ukraine, Says Obama Aide, But Are Nuclear Weapons A Threat?

The article below mentions that World War 3 is now coming off the lips of some world leaders. Not too long ago the mere mention of World War 3 meant that something was wrong with you. Of course, it is always dismissed but note the change. Now one is not insane for merely mentioning the possibility of World War 3.

World War 3 is on the lips of many, even a White House aide to President Barack Obama, because of the threat Russia poses to Ukraine. But, as one Kremlin-backed journalist recently said, should we be worried about Russia’s nuclear weapons reducing the “United States into radioactive ash”?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin had a nuclear ICBM test-fired just as he confronted President Obama publicly via the media. After a Russian Black Sea fleet commander issued an ultimatum for war, the Ukrainian military base in the Crimea was surrounded, and the Russians even sunk a ship in order to block the Ukrainian navy from escaping. The Crimiean crisis reached a head when this navy base was invaded. Ever since then, the United States has responded by putting economic pressure on Russia, but others are worried events may escalate out of control.

The first major political figure to mention World War 3 was former Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk:

World War 3: Russia Could Invade Ukraine, Says Obama Aide, But Are Nuclear Weapons A Threat?

The decline of the US was suggested by 9/11. It was clearly marked by the financial crisis of 2008. At that point we entered the age of upheaval:

“Economic volatility, plus ethnic disintegration, plus an empire in decline: That combination is about the most lethal in geopolitics. We now have all three. The age of upheaval starts now.”

The above quote comes from the current edition (March/April 2009) of Foreign Policy magazine on page 58. The author had earlier explained how the three E’s described the reason for conflict in the 20th century. The three E’s being: economic volatility, ethnic conflict or disintegration, and empires in decline.

Geopolitics: The Three E’s of War | 1913 Intel

Upheaval means the international order that you have known will no longer exist. Additionally, it suggests a great-power war. So the sign started flashing yellow at the end of 2008: Warning, big problems are coming. Now big problems are near with both Russia and China. If you pay attention then you will note talk of a great-power war with both Russia and China separately. Experts are discussing the possibility of a US war with Russia and with China. They think the probability an actual war occurs is quite low, but nevertheless it is not zero.

Maybe it would be a good idea to be prepared for a great-power war. What if the experts are wrong? It’s not like they have never been wrong before. Please note that in general experts have a terrible track record in the prediction of tail events – low frequency, high impact events. Most were pretty shocked at Russia’s actions concerning the Crimea.

I like to think of the current situation in the following manner:

Let’s say you live deep in the middle of a forest. And this forest has not had a big fire in 100 years. You feel pretty safe, right? Then one day someone comes along and points out all the problems in the forest and the possibility of a massive fire. You can see that they are right. You can see the problems too. But there has never been a big forest fire. Should you wait to move until after a big fire has started? Or should you get out before an actual fire starts?

If you are concerned about the present situation with Russia and China, then just maybe having a plan B would be a good idea. Either start preparing for a great-power war, or get out of the US. If you wish to do nothing, then you just might have to pay a heavy price.

EU moves toward sanctions on Russians: Reuters

EU agreed on a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the drive to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea, Reuters reports.

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia it faced costs from the West unless it changed course in Ukraine, and pledged to “stand with Ukraine” as he met with the country’s new prime minister in Washington.

EU moves toward sanctions on Russians: Reuters

It’s Obama v Putin on Crimea – Yahoo News

Now it’s personal.

By upping the ante with his threat to isolate Russia with sanctions over Crimea, Barack Obama risks setting off a cycle of confrontation with Vladimir Putin.

And despite his reluctance to play Cold War-style chess with the Russian president, a degeneration into a new great power rivalry cannot be ruled out.

Since Russia’s move into Ukraine, President Obama has steadily upped pressure, while offering Putin a diplomatic “off ramp” to defuse the crisis.

Indefatigable Secretary of State John Kerry has spent hours bartering ideas with Russia’s tough foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Europe.

It’s Obama v Putin on Crimea – Yahoo News

Nothing accidental about Obama’s foreign-policy blunders

‘Does Barack Obama have a strategy? He is often criticized for being adrift.’

Well, yes he does. Victor Davis Hanson lays out that strategy in this article. But really it is very simple. It follows from the founding principles of modern liberalism. These ideas apply to individuals, groups and countries as follows:

  1. The outcome for an individual or nation can be no better or worse than any other.
  2. If an outcome is found to be better, then they cheated.
  3. If an outcome is found to be worse, then they are victims.
  4. The amount a victim lashes out is directly proportional to the victimization.
  5. It is the cheater who does the victimizing.

So better off countries (areas) like the US, Europe and Israel are cheaters and trouble makers. It is these groups who are primarily responsible for world’s problems. So Obama’s strategy is to disengage from the world in order to make it a better place.

For Obama, America abroad is analogous to the 1 percent at home. We need not squabble over the reasons why the wealthiest Americans enjoy unequal access to the things money can buy, or why America, of all nations, finds itself with unmatched global clout and influence. The concern is only that such privilege exists; that it is unfair; that it has led to injustice for the majority; and that it must be changed.

Obama, of course, cannot issue a global tax aimed at the United States. He cannot easily expand U.S. foreign aid as a sort of reparations. And he cannot craft the international equivalent of Obamacare. But he does seek the same sort of redistributive readjustment to America’s presence abroad that he does to some Americans at home — in the interests of fairness, equality, and social justice.

Just as the United States would be a lot better place if a few million were not so rich, so too the world would be better off if the United States — and to a lesser extent Europe — were not so powerful and interventionist.

Obama’s Recessional | National Review Online

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Four Flashpoints to Watch in 2014 | The Diplomat

3. U.S.-China Tensions Continue to Grow: The rise of China is certainly a global story with worldwide ramifications. In 2014, look for China’s rise to take a new twist, sparking greater competitive tensions with the United States that are much more out in the open than in years past. From more incidents at sea like the near collision with the USS Cowpens, trade disputes and new trade blocs (perhaps the TTP?), allegations of more spying but from both sides (calling Edward Snowden?), there is no easier prediction to make than that 2014 will not be an easy one for U.S.-China ties.  While China talks of creating a new type of great power relations and seeking win-win ties and U.S. President Barack Obama is eager to foster a peaceful relationship, tensions seem to be too great to allow for wishful thinking.

My prediction for 2014 when it comes to Washington and Beijing: Look for the tone of this relationship to get much more competitive, tense, and filled with franks statements of intent from both sides, who will be less eager to please and more confrontational.

Four Flashpoints to Watch in 2014 | The Diplomat