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So far, the great partial government shutdown of 2013 looks like a full bust. Like that Y2K apocalypse that didn’t happen. Or President Obama’s dire sequester warnings that went Poof!  The sky didn’t fall.

This faux crisis really has little to do with spending. Or even the train wreck called ObamaCare, which continues today too. It has to do with Obama trying to thwart history and win the 2014 midterm elections 13 months from now. And that non-strategy is based on him keeping most Americans fighting with each other so much that they don’t notice the only thing that this “president” is doing is talking.

Talk himself into trouble on Syria. Talk himself into trouble on attacking Syria. Talk himself into trouble on ObamaCare. Talk himself into trouble on the deficit. According to this guy, the country’s budget deficits are falling faster than in decades. Of course, after four unprecedented years of $1 trillion-plus deficits, they can’t go much higher and have farther to fall.

And he’s mute on the national debt. Jack Lew warns the country will run out of money later this month. The country ran out of money $17 trillion ago. It’s all borrowed since then, much of it by this administration.

Obama is off on another expensive Asian trip in a few days. That’s how much of a “crisis” this fiscal year showdown is. … Obama, who has been negotiating with Russia and Iran of all places, has refused to negotiate with the U.S. Congress like the true leader he isn’t. Instead of pulling people together as he promised in 2007-08, Obama went golfing last weekend.

And most of the media covers for him. Remember how Obama’s two most recent Defense secretaries — Panetta and Gates — lambasted him just the other day for showing weakness to the world and having no strategy on Syria?

You probably don’t remember, unless you read it here at Investors.com. … Think the decision to ignore would have been the same if the president was George W.

[A summary of an article that appeared in Investor’s Business Daily by Andrew Malcolm.]