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Obama and Foreign Policy: Donkey See, Donkey Doo September 26, 2009

0Jimmy_JrSooner or later, every political leader has his Waterloo.

For America’s fearless leaders who happen to be Democrats -with the exception of Bill Clinton whose Waterloo was a size 12 navy blue Gap dress) – foreign policy seems to be a common weak spot.  John F. Kennedy and Cuba,  Lyndon B. Johnson and Vietnam, Jimmy Carter and Iran. Could President Obama possibly follow in his donkey party predecessors footsteps???

From National Review Online:

Dog-Feces Ice Cream

America and Libya are defined by their differences.

By Mark Steyn

September 26, 2009

Half a decade or so back, I wrote: “It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog feces and mix ’em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That’s the problem with the U.N.”

Absolutely right, if I do say so myself. When you make the free nations and the thug states members of the same club, the danger isn’t that they’ll meet each other half-way but that the free world winds up going three-quarters, seven-eighths of the way. That’s what happened in New York last week. Barack Obama is not to blame for whichever vagary of United Nations protocol resulted in the president of the United States being the warm-up act for the Lunatic-for-Life in charge of Libya. But it is a pitiful reflection upon the state of the last superpower that, when it comes to the transnational mush drooled by the leader of the free world or the conspiracist ramblings of a terrorist pseudo-Bedouin running a one-man psycho-cult of a basket-case state, it’s more or less a toss-up as to which of them is more unreal. To be sure, Colonel Qaddafi peddled his thoughts on the laboratory origins of “swine flu” and the Zionist plot behind the Kennedy assassination. But, on the other hand, President Obama said: “No nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”

Pardon me? Did a professional speechwriter write that? Or did you outsource it to a starry-eyed runner-up in the Miss America pageant? Whether or not any nation “should try” to dominate another, they certainly “can,” and do so with effortless ease, all over the planet and throughout human history.

And how about this passage?

“I have been in office for just nine months — though some days it seems a lot longer. I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted, I believe, in a discontent with a status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences . . . ”

Forget the first part: That’s just his usual narcissistic “But enough about me, let’s talk about what the world thinks of me” shtick. But the second is dangerous in its cowardly evasiveness: For better or worse, we are defined by our differences — and, if Barack Obama doesn’t understand that when he’s at the podium addressing a room filled with representatives of Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Venezuela, and other unlovely polities, the TV audience certainly did when Colonel Qaddafi took to the podium immediately afterwards. They’re both heads of state of sovereign nations. But, if you’re on an Indian Ocean island when the next tsunami hits, try calling Libya instead of the United States and sees where it gets you.

This isn’t a quirk of fate. The global reach that enables America and a handful of others to get to a devastated backwater on the other side of the planet and save lives and restore the water supply isn’t a happy accident but something that derives explicitly from our political systems, economic liberty, traditions of scientific and cultural innovation, and a general understanding that societies advance when their people are able to fulfill their potential in freedom. In other words, America and Libya are defined by their differences.

What happens when you pretend those differences don’t exist? Well, you end up with the distinctively flavored ice cream I mentioned at the beginning…

carter on timeThe conservative Canadian Mark Steyn is right on target.

Foreign relations necessitate a close examination of differences as well as similarities. Parallels are great…for ice breakers. However, the failure to acknowledge differences can prove to be disastrous. Not only for you Mr. Obama, but our country. Remember America did you a favor by electing you to the highest office in the land. It should be an honor for you to serve us- not the other way around.


Of all the political science courses I took in college for my bachelor’s degree, comparative politics and political theory was paramount to my understanding of the world dynamic.

Obama’s UN speech offered nothing more than his usual apologetic chow. Unity, peace, shake hands, bow, kiss and give an iPod Kumbaya speak which does nothing to really strengthen our country during a time when our enemies are poised to strike. Iran has lied to us once again, Russia is in a political position that would make Ronald Reagan roll in his grave, our troops in Afghanistan are dwindling in resources and manpower, and worst of all we owe our financial security as insecure as it is to China.

carter bamaTo Barack Obama this is all inconsequential, it is far more important that America is the kewl likable kid on the UN block. Any sacrifice to our national security and political dignity is well worth the Noble Peace Prize he will receive for making America the world’s friend with benefits whose doesn’t mind getting slapped around a bit.

9 months is several months shy of one year. 9 months and babies have been conceived and  born, promises to our nation broken, partisan temperatures have risen. 9 months of Barack Obama as our president already feels like 4 years. I have already suffered through one terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. I do not want to add a world war to my collection of experiences. I did not live it , but I saw what the effects of World War II did to my family and our nation. My mother promised me that there would not be a World War III and I am going to hold her to that promise.

Liberals reading this may wonder why Afrocity is taking the line of advocating a tougher Obama while being fearful of war… My answer….Because straw dogs and paper tigers are good for one thing…fires and ex presidents with Nobel Peace Prizes.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

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17 Responses to “Obama and Foreign Policy: Donkey See, Donkey Doo”

  1. We are still suffering from the damage of 4 years of Carter 3 decades later, the damage from 4 years of Obama might take centuries to correct. If it ever can be corrected.

  2. bob Says:

    The first thing he did was send the bust of Winston Churchill back to England. You certainly wouldn’t want a reminder of a fellow like that around D.C. Then the apology tour. Chumming up with Chavez, undermining Honduras (we might arguably be so lucky as to have parts of the Honduran Constituion), throwing Israel under the bus, chumming up with the Palestinians, throwing Poland under the bus, cutting defense….what am I forgetting? Old Guy above may be right, talking about centuries, but will we last that long? Israel is alone, they are all that can stop Iran from nuking up now, if they haven’t already, because O is never going to do it, and sanctions are a mirage. I notice Chavez is getting into the nuclear game, and the Brazilian V.P. says they need nukes too.

    Everything is slipping beyond control. I’m really worried.

  3. bob Says:

    Here’s where we’re at with Iran–

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/appease_does_apocalypse_for_weak_9HzomoUqSd9gZJINIwtJlL

    W should have done the job when he had the chance and most Americans behind him. Alas, he didn’t.

    Remember that National Intelligence Estimate? Iran has suspended their nuclear program? Yessiree. W was undercut by some of our own folks.

    This is all going to end very badly.

  4. gs Says:

    An all-out world conflagration with WMD is not yet probable. It’s not yet possible…but the realm of possibility is coming into view.

    When? While sophisticated observers reassure each other that things are under control, events can drift and drift–and abruptly plunge past a point of no return.

    The only thing I’d add to your post–we may disagree, Afrocity–is that Bush’s failed Presidency facilitated the way for what may be a disastrous one. Electing an Obama would have been unthinkable had Bush been up to his historical occasion.

    If Obama learns to acknowledge reality, the sooner the better. If he stays in denial despite repeated muggings by reality, the sooner that becomes incontrovertible to the voters, the better.

    • “An all-out world conflagration with WMD is not yet probable. It’s not yet possible…but the realm of possibility is coming into view.”

      I am sure as hell glad that you were never on the disaster planning teams that I served on…

  5. IslandLibertarian Says:

    In 1962 I was eleven years old and remember watching John F. Kennedy on television explaining the actions of the Soviet Union and the missiles in Cuba. He also told Americans to stock up on two weeks of food, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. I was never so scared in my life. There was a real physical center to this fear in my stomach. I was so relieved when the crisis ended. I’d never felt that kind of fear again, until this week. For just a brief moment, when I realized we have a novice, a player as Commander in Chief dealing with madmen that want to KILL US, I felt a twinge of that fear. Now, I am a grown man, and I know that feelings are real but not facts. But the facts about our President are enough to let me know that my fears are not those of a child. We are in serious danger.

    • I remember that only too well. Getting home from school, and seeing my step father and Mother running around getting his seabag together. The transport ships off the coast of Oceanside. The M14 standing on the wall, with loaded magazines next to it…

      It was only too real for me then, and now as well. Only now, we have some damned “community organizer” running things instead of a Commander in Chief!

  6. ARESAY Says:

    Here’s what goes on at Chicago Public School dismissals. Maybe the community organizer can come back and bring the army with him. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/video_derrion_albert

  7. mainenowandthen Says:

    Nice post.

    There is such an obvious parallel between Carter and Obama – except that Jimmy Carter so quickly demonstrated his weakness and incompetency that his popularity failure was immense. Obama, unfortunately still has the support of most of those who voted for him.

    I firmly believe that up until now, Jimmy Carter was (and still is) the most damaging President that this country has ever known. Obama is close to taking that top spot. At least he has yet to approach the pinnacle of mean-spirited divisiveness that is Carter’s trademark.

    Keep up the good work.

  8. bob Says:

    It won’t be long before that Dalmation will be driving the fire truck.

  9. angelina03 Says:

    ALSO:

    Tom Marr was related an interview he had with former MD Gov Marvin Mandel. At a Governor’s conference in the early 70’s Mandel was considered for the chair of the group. Carter made a comment to someone referring to not wanting “..that little Jew bastard..” as the chairman.

    Mandel is 90 years old and well and will attest to it.

    http://www.marklevinshow.com/sectional.asp?id=32930

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