Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 2:25 a.m. MDT
Lesson one - if diplomacy doesn't work the first time, keep on trying!.
America's very expensive military interference in the Middle East
hasn't achieved success. The more we meddle in the Middle East, the worse
things get. The President has been wise to not get us further entangled
militarily in that part of the world. He's done as good or better than Bush
did, so give him some credit.
President Obama may be inconsistent on foreign policy, but that's a big
improvement over Bush Jr. who was quite consistently wrong. Different story with
Bush Sr., who was one of our best foreign policy Presidents.
"Rhetorical support"? The premise of this article that Obama gives
rhetorical support to various foreign policy issues and then he does nothing
substantial to help?So his (and the Democratic party's)
domestic policy style has leaked into his foreign policy and now people are
The end game is to get Syria's chemical weapons. I think all the talk of
military strikes was purposely to get Russia and Syria onboard to (1) ADMIT
Syria had chemical weapons and (2) get Syria to give them up. Perhaps it looks
messy on a day-to-day basis, especially with an apathetic public (more
interested in Miley's twerking than world events) and an anti-Obama GOP
(who under other circumstances would love to go to war). But history will look
at how it all ended -- Syria giving up its weapons in the face of American
threats and Russia doing America's bidding diplomacy.
Elections have consequences.We elected a community organizer who
promised low information voters "free stuff" and he picked Chicago
political pals and hard leftists as his top advisors, not people with serious
policy experience. Joe Biden's qualification seems to be that he makes the
President look like a genius.Our State Department was headed by
Hillary who did a mediocre job, but was not free to be a policy maker, so her
actions reflect Obama's decisions. Now, John ("served in Vietnam and
negotiated with the enemy") Kerry has the job and it is back to amateur
hour.The world is a big, dangerous place, with myriad complications
and nuances and possible consequences both intended and unintended, dealing with
shrewd and sometimes irrational people. We cannot afford to have amateurs
defending our interests. But, we do.Heaven, please help us get
through the remainder of Obama's term.
What I want out of the next President:Someone who doesn't
embarrass America on National security issues. Someone committed to reaching
across the aisles to help the nation. Someone who will find a way to reform the
trainwreck known as ObamaCare. He/she needs to promote small business growth and
stop enabling the poor by giving away welfare programs forever. They need to fix
the broken immigration system rewarding the hard working, law abiding, good
human beings an easier path to citizenship. We need someone who will take
ownership and not pass blame. I don't know who it will be, but
I can't wait for this President's retirement party!
Au contraire, Obama has been very consistent. He is a model of restraint,
keeping intervention as a last resort while using American power as a tool for
getting results. Syria is an example-- the mere threat of a strike brought an
end to chem weapons there. He is so unlike Bush, who laid about with shock and
awe like a brainless giant.
The article mentions "What is the common thread"?Iraq, Iran,
Syria, and others all were foes of which government?
Millsap.And Obama's done all of those. You are just to blinded
by tea party propaganda to see it;
What has been consistent is a reticence to intervene militarily and seek
peaceful solutions, at the expense of satisfying a need of some to feel tough.
For this I am grateful. I know of nothing done by the Administration which made
things worse over the long run, like overthrowing a democratic government in
Iran, invading Iraq, or otherwise throwing our weight around. Frankly, I think
this Administration has done quite well.
I agree with the premise.However, I have very little doubt that had
Romney won the election, we would currently be at war in Syria
@Bebyebe,I'm actually not part of the tea party and don't
believe in many of their ideals. I believe balance is important in politics, but
let's go through what Obama has really done.Foreign policy: He
made us look weak via the "Apology Tour" and yes that's what it
was. He hid what happened in Benghazi and said he watched it happen on the news
like the rest of America. So either he lied, or he's very uninformed,
either way it's pathetic. Syria is a joke and even his most faithful
supporters like Chris Matthews say he's handling it horribly. Reaching across the aisles: Please give me a single example of this.ObamaCare: Big companies like Walgreens are cutting health benefits for
employees. Hmm... Other companies like forever 21 and In And Out Burger are
forced to have no full time employees. Smaller companies are scared to hire new
employees. Meanwhile big companies get exemptions and exceptions.
@Bebyebe, Continued...Unemployement, Food Stamps, etc: A
record number of people are using these benefits on his watch. Everyone knows
someone who is on these benefits because they can be not because they need it.
Obama enables them.Immigration: In a speech to the Latinos he
promised to reform immigration. All he did was take shortcuts that will not help
them in the long run. It has not been something he has truly focused on
passing.Ownership vs Blame: He constantly blames Bush, Republicans,
and others for his lack of success. The truth: He Promised he'd cut the
debt in half, instead he doubled it. I can go on and on and on. I'm not ignorant enough to say he's a bad person, or not a US
citizen or any of the other crazy things Tea Party says, but he is a terrible
Sorry, Irony Guy, but model of restraint? Please! President Obama has shown
virtually NO restraint when it comes to droning wedding parties and other family
gatherings. Granted he looks restrained compared to GWB, but that's not
saying much. Obama pulled back from attacking Assad only after he saw what
happened to the British prime minister and then read polling data. He had his
finger on the trigger when all the negative repercussions persuaded him to hold
his fire. And don't be surprised when you find out how interventionist he
has been behind the scenes. Obama has been a lot of things, but restrained is
not one of them.
I would rather be inconstant and out of foreign wars, than consistently
starting and being in them.
"Later that year, when Syrians revolted, Obama gave the rebels more
rhetorical support and declared that Bashar Assad had to go. "The amazing thing is as shocking to some as it is, the US is not the only vote
on who gets to lead which country. We don't get to dictate to the rest of
the world how things should be. We don't always get our way. We may want
a certain outcome, but that doesn't mean we'll get it - regardless of
who is president.If getting our way, and being consistent in foreign
policy was not as hard as it is, we would not have Castro still leading a nation
that we feel we need to put an iron wall around, all the while, China is now our
most favored trading partner. You tell me which of these two countries is a
more credible threat to the US. But per US foreign policy, Cuba needs to be
isolated, China embraced.None of it makes any sense. This is just an
extension of the century of dysfunctional foreign policy.
It only proves he's not a one trick pony looking to inflate defense
contractor's profits.Republicans don't like to talk about
Bush for very good reasons. Clean up your own house.
Redshirt007,You might want to rethink your attacks on Obama's
military spending as long as you work for the industrial-military complex that
you pretend to hate. If you're serious with you posts, under all your
various names, you would either quit your job or stop attacking the hand that
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