"Nutty Barry" (1)

Over Easter, I wrote a post at this space entitled “President Weirdo,” which got a fair amount of attention pro and con. In essence, I proposed that President Barack Obama was psychologically unfit to govern. Only a day later, we have received evidence that, if anything, I understated my case. Like some looney member of Code Pink, our president is abandoning the nuclear deterrent adhered to by every American president since Truman. And he is doing it in a manner that makes absolutely no sense.

The New York Times explains it this way:

[Obama] ended up with a document that differed considerably from the one President George W. Bush published in early 2002, just three months after the Sept. 11 attacks. Mr. Bush, too, argued for a post-cold-war rethinking of nuclear deterrence, reducing American reliance on those weapons.

But Mr. Bush’s document also reserved the right to use nuclear weapons “to deter a wide range of threats,” including banned chemical and biological weapons and large-scale conventional attacks. Mr. Obama’s strategy abandons that option — except if the attack is by a nuclear state, or a nonsignatory or violator of the nonproliferation treaty.

This is indeed astonishing. The President of the United States — whose most important duty is to protect the citizens of this country — is publicly abjuring the use of nuclear weapons if we are attacked by chemical or biological weapons — both of which are known to all of us as Weapons of Mass Destruction, the dreaded WMDs.



Many years ago Bob Newhart did a sketch on Sir Walter Raleigh and the discovery of tobacco on international TV. It was hilarious and I nearly pissed myself laughing. Here it is by someone else.

My point: “Nutty Barry” is just as funny and late night comedians are going to be in a horse race on this one although there is not one thing funny about what he is doing. I also feel that if you want to destroy a politician “real quick” turn him (or her) into a national joke.

“Nutty Barry” is Ground Zero in my view.

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  • beentheredonethat

    Obama, a naive little boy playing in a dangerous adult world.

    “For instance, while we’re planning to shrink our nuke holdings — our most potent deterrent force — there’s been no progress on rolling back North Korea’s nuclear program or halting Iran’s efforts. Sorry: The notion that if we do the “right” thing, these rogues will follow suit is a joke. If nothing else, they know that having nukes is one way to end-run our vast superiority in conventional forces.”


  • beentheredonethat

    Re: #2. That observation definately has merit and it would be foolhardy to dismiss it. I wouldn’t trust that useless POS as far as I could throw him.

  • Jean

    Mike interesting point and there is some merit in not over estimating the power of ridicule or humour to hurt a politician but at the same time if the ridicule hits a cord of disapproval, anger of fear in the public it certainly doesn’t help the politician.

    If you mean that the ridicule might serve to make a stubborn, proud and narcissistic borderline personality person more apt to dig in his heels and try to push his agenda, then I agree.

    Does it hurt his status and gravitas to convince others that his ideas are good, probably !

    As to using Nukes: If the attack on the U.S.A. is devastating enough all bets are off as anger from the people and by the politicians themselves means that whatever is needed will be done and possibly much more than is needed to turn the offending party, or whoever gets the blame, into a sheet of molten glass !

    But there are options that are as powerful as a small Nuke like fuel air bomb or FOAB http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOAB

    No radiation and for smaller targets just as effective.

    In any case nobody can guaranty that nuclear weapons would not be used if the provocation and emotions are high enough.

  • Pat

    That means that he can not retaliate on a Muslim country, as none are signatores to the Treaty. In this case it’s not incompetence, it’s deliberate.

  • mike

    IIRC the late night nutters, led by Letterman & Leno were merciless in their attacks on both Bubba Clinton & Dubya Bush. I didn’t see it having any effect on their ability to push their agendas through. I think national laughing at the narcissist will only help him push his agenda, It will give him the steel he doesn’t have and will bring marginal Dem’s & Republicans to him in sympathy.


    mid island mike