It’s a curse…..my interest in international situations….but Hell someone has to have an opinion other than the ‘approved’ ones we get daily from our slumbering media….
I have been a critic of Obama and his foreign policy….in short, from my perspective, it SUCKS!
Other critics will fixate on the Syrian line in the sand thing but that would be short sighted and requires no thought what so ever. After all his back up from the line is not new…..even Bush1 drew a line in the sand in the Balkans and never acted it took a new president, Clinton, to move to more aggression. I guess selective memory is a contagious disease.-
Let’s look at few situations…….Obama will bring the troops home this year….not new that was the plan all along….but some of the usual suspects will try to make political hay out of the withdrawal and it will be nothing more than political posturing. His, Obama’s, team got Egypt wrong….all wrong. They have done NOTHING creative in dealing with Russia. And their ME plan sucks! Not all of it will be their fault, Israel needs to man up and accept that they do not want a peaceful conclusion to the conflict.
I can little that I would consider a successful foreign policy…..wait! There is China. They have called China out on their cyber attacks, help maintain calm in any of their disputes and of course they were handled with kid gloves….would not want to piss them off, eh? And then there is the Iranian deal………..I think that this deal would have eventually happen regardless who was prez….but I will give them a passing grade for the deal. That is about it….other than a couple of pretty good speeches but that is NOT a foreign policy.
While the prez and his posse have not been what I would call successful it is not their fault completely……The Congress has tied their hands on numerous occasions and after they attacked the deficit with a meat clever no one’s policies can work without the support of the nation and the Congress
The US top diplomat, John Kerry, has been talking……..
Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“There’s a new isolationism,” Kerry said during a nearly one-hour discussion with a small group of reporters.
“We are beginning to behave like a poor nation,” he added, saying some Americans do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests.
In speaking of what he called the “new isolationism,” Kerry cited the limited support in the US Congress to back Obama’s plan to launch an air strike against Syria last year because of its suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Obama, in a decision criticised by some allies in the Gulf and elsewhere, asked Congress to vote on a strike. With limited congressional backing, he ultimately abandoned a strike and pursued a deal to get Syria to give up its chemical weapons.
I realize that foreign policy is a game of juggling relationships to achieve an overall peaceful existence……some where some one has dropped one of the pins….we can blame Congress or the Prez…..it matters not….a lousy foreign policy helps NO ONE!
And now with the Ukrainian crisis we are back to some thinking big spending on the M-IC is the only answer to this situation……all politics and lame talking points……..that is where our foreign policy is at this time in history.
Clowns, asshats and morons……..but they say we get the foreign policy we deserve……Merry Christmas…a little early.