A rare glimmer of hope this morning (hope these days being defined as “Any sign that Barack Obama’s inexorable destruction of the United States might be impeded”):
A story with an Associated Press byline (a normally Liberal slanting source of news) is openly critical of mr. Obama’s disastrous foreign policy:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there’s deep skepticism about Washington’s government surveillance programs.
In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House’s control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts, including some who worked for the Obama administration. <source>
This is a good start down the path of making an unemotional list of Barack Obama’s failures, not from the point of view of Conservatism or Liberalism, but from the point of view of the rational human brain: the man is a disaster.
The article offers some nice elaborations.
I enjoyed this reminder of Obama’s 2008 demagoguery, which was lapped up by willing Liberals the world over:
The president saw great promise in the region when he first took office and pledged “a new beginning” with the Arab world when he traveled to Cairo in 2009.
So many “new beginnings” promised by the Manchurian, and yet he has instead served up a willful demolition of American power and influence. If you are surprised by this, then it is incumbent on you to catch up to reality.
But he also has served up a Middle East that is dramatically more Islamist and violent. If you think this is by accident, then it is incumbent on you to catch up to reality.
The article contains a quote from mr. Obama that I find to be quite fascinating.
“We remain the one indispensable nation,” Obama said in a CNN interview broadcast Friday. “There’s a reason why, when you listen to what’s happened around Egypt and Syria, that everybody asks what the U.S. is doing. It’s because the United States continues to be the one country that people expect can do more than just simply protect their borders.”
So the man who believes that all nations are exceptional (and that therefore America is no more exceptional than any other nation) now refers to the United States as the “one indispensable nation”? Hmmm.
And then he acknowledges that “everybody asks what the U.S. is doing…” and offers his own reason for this as being that people expect that the United States can “do more than just simply protect their borders.”
These statements are actually quite confusing until you realize that Barack Obama is an expert in Orwellian political speech (i.e., gibberish) designed to lull people into believing that he is exercising effective leadership (he’s smart, he’s thinking it through, etc.) when in fact he is actively promoting the decline and fall of the Western world. He often speaks nonsense, on purpose, and this is a great example of it.
But the perception of a president lacking in international influence extends beyond the Arab world, particularly to Russia. Since reassuming the presidency last year, Vladimir Putin has blocked U.S. efforts to seek action against Syria at the United Nations and has balked at Obama’s efforts to seek new agreements on arms control.
Putin’s hard-line approach stands in stark contrast to the relationship Obama cultivated in his first term with Putin’s predecessor, Dmitri Medvedev. The two held friendly meetings in Moscow and Washington (Obama even took Medvedev out to lunch at a local burger joint) and achieved policy breakthroughs.
First of all, mr. Obama’s so-called “policy breakthroughs” with Medvedev are not legitimate and in fact constitute several incidences of Obama’s lawless presidency, as was powerfully summarized in an article in National Review (“Treaty by Decree“).
Second of all, it disgusts me to read about Obama’s friendly lunch with Medvedev when he showed such open disdain for Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister, during his visit to the White House.
The president previously declined to meet with former prime minister Gordon Brown, removed the bust of Winston Churchill from his office, and famously gave Queen Elizabeth an iPod with photos of himself on it as a gift. <“Obama Snubs Britain Yet Again“>
Dinesh D’Souza’s movie last year called “Obama’s America: 2016” presents an overwhelming case for how Barack Obama came to hate (yes, hate) the United Kingdom and the West.
So we have a president who actively and repeatedly snubs the UK, our country’s greatest ally, while sidling up to Russia in ways that have completely backfired on him (hello, Mr. Snowden, where are you, and how are you?)…and yet he won a second term in office.
These are dark and terrible days indeed, but today’s AP article is a welcome crumb on the road to a human re-awakening as to the dangers of this man.