The Obama Follies

It is safe to say Obama’s foreign policy has so far been an unmitigated disaster.

  • He scolded the United States for being “arrogant, dismissive”, and “derisive” toward Europe.
  • During his European Celebrity Tour, he was greeted by adoring fans and leaders alike, only to be snubbed by our “Allies” regarding his proposal for more combat troops to Afghanistan and more money to help fight a global depression.
  • Though Obama has a new “comrade” in Prime Minister Medvedev, the communist will do nothing to assist with the current North Korean nuclear stand off.
  • The Chinese, as well, refuse to do anything to punish the North Koreans, even going so far as congratulating Kim Jong Ill on his victorious election (I believe he obtained 99.9% of the vote).
  • Obama bowed to the Saudi King, and our oil prices have rose ever since.
  • Spoke heatedly about how North Korea “broke the rules” after their much publicized and anticipated missile launch, relying on the UN Security Council to pass a resolution condemning the action. That action did not come until a full two weeks after the missile was launched. They have now resumed the operation of their nuclear facilities which are capable of producing weapons grade nuclear material.
  • Dropped a key demand that Iran shut down its nuclear facilities prior to engaging in talks concerning its nuclear ambitions. It would also allow Iran to continue enriching uranium during any talks.
  • Chastised us for our treatment of Native Americans centuries ago. Also scolded us for our past history of slavery.
  • Pointed out that we have been the only nation to ever use a nuclear weapon, allowing for no context, of course.
  • Has no coherent plan to deal with ” pirates”, or as some more appropriately call them, Islamic terrorists.
  • At the start of the 5th Summit of the Americas, Obama gave a friendly “Yo, that’s my dog” handshake to Hugo Chavez, American hating “leader” of Venezuela, and personal friend to Fidel Castro.
  • He has lifted restrictions on Cuba, long an enemy of the United States, and purveyor of human rights atrocities.

So, with all of these misguided and dovish overtures aimed to paint the United States as a world thug who, under Obama the Savior, needs to repent for it’s eeeeevil ways, how does he see fit to treat our strongest, staunchest democratic ally in the middle east, Israel?

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Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu

In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution.

The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
In recent weeks, American officials have briefed senior Democratic congressmen and prepared the ground for the possibility of disagreements with Israel over the peace process, according to information recently received. The administration’s efforts are focused on President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party, which now holds a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The preemptive briefing is meant to foil the possibility that Netanyahu may try to bypass the administration by rallying support in Congress.
The message that administration officials have relayed to the congressmen is that President Obama is committed to the security of Israel and intends to continue the military assistance agreement that was signed by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

However, Obama considers the two-state solution central to his Middle East policy, as he reiterated during a speech in Turkey on Monday, and he intends to ask that Netanyahu fulfill all the commitments made by previous governments in Israel: accepting the principle of a Palestinian state; freezing settlement activity; evacuating illegal outposts; and providing economic and security assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

Administration officials made it clear to congressmen that the Palestinians will also be required to fulfill their obligations in line with the road map and the Annapolis process.

According to the reports received in Israel, the U.S. administration is not concerned about recent statements by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman calling for a rejection of the Annapolis process or overtures made by Netanyahu during the election campaign.

U.S. officials say they will wait and hear Netanyahu’s position from the prime minister himself when he meets Obama in Washington next month.

No hurry to play mediator

The Obama administration is also not opposed to the resumption of negotiations between Israel and Syria but will insist that the Syrian track not be used in Jerusalem as a way of evading obligations undertaken by Israel as part of the Annapolis process.

Obama is in no hurry to bring the U.S. in as lead mediator between Israel and Syria. American involvement, which both Israel and Syria consider essential for substantive progress, will remain conditional on progress in the dialog between Washington and Damascus.

Regarding Iran, the Obama administration is preparing the ground for a policy distinguishing between Iran’s right to have nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment done under international supervision, and the actual building of a nuclear weapon.

Obama is making a huge mistake alienating our closest democratic ally in an otherwise democratically devoid region.

His idea of a successful foreign policy is to capitulate to rogue regimes like that of Venezuela and Cuba, while isolating countries which we have come to rely on both as an ally and a tremendous source of mid-east intelligence.

As he bows down before and shakes hands with every America-hating thug who comes along and then laughs at Obama behind his back, he readies his administration for an all out diplomatic war with one of our most valued allies in one of the most dangerous areas of the world.

Whether this is a course built upon naiveté, ambivalence, or self-loathing, it is dangerous, and should be viewed as such.

The alienation of Israel by the United States on the world stage would be a folly of such magnitude, that it could very well propagate anti-semitic thoughts and actions among peoples who already have a leaning toward hatred of the Jewish state, thereby fostering an atmosphere where the threat of Israeli destruction could become not just a rallying cry for militant groups, but a breeding ground for true action.

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