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Published: Monday, April 28 2014 1:17 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

like when he said Russia was not a concern of ours and not a risk to world?

FT
salt lake city, UT

Most of those critics that want to use military force are the same ones whose children aren't going to be in harms way. The world and our country is in a much more peaceful place than it was 6 years ago, and much of that is due to our distinguished Presidents prudent foreign policy. Thank you sir and job well done!

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

Amen, FT. As a life long Republican, I have been put off by the saber ratling and war mongering of the radicals who have hijacked my GOP. wasting money on war diverts precious resources and American lives away from economic endeavors, and destroys global relationships necessary for strong world economic health. I may not agree with everything Obama has done, but I like his caution and prudence in foreign affairs. We can not afford to play the international babysitters and throw our weight around (the lives and futures of our youth) settling cultural and religious disputes overseas. It makes me sick when I hear radicals like Romney erroneously blaming the situation in Ukraine on Obama "because if we had a strong President..." - what bunk! Putin and the separatists in Ukraine must take responsibility for their contentions and historical disputes. Blaming Obama for that is just cowardly partisan rhetoric and nonsense.

Copacetic
Logan, UT

@ FT:

To write that the world is "a much more peaceful place than it was 6 years ago" is naive and uninformed. The U.S. is more peaceful relative to the wars it was involved in 6 years ago. But the world in general is more chaotic than ever with wars raging on in most continents of the world. You need to read world news with a more openness.

What Obama fails to understand is that the best approach in avoiding wars and discouraging regional conflicts is to both have and take a strong military position. It's only then that rogue countries respect you as a superpower and tow the line much better.

The USA has lost much influence in the eyes of the international community with its current passive stance and it's now smaller military. When Obama keeps drawing red-lines in the sand and never backs up any his threats, it emboldens countries which consider themselves to be our enemies. Syria, Iran and Russia are all quietly laughing.

It's Obama's current foreign policy record that will play a significant part in the democrat's loss of ground in Congress in the next elections.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

“The president and his advisers get particularly irked” – yep, the truth hurts

The fact that he even feels the need to respond indicates he knows he has performed poorly. What should we expect from the least prepared, most arrogant man to occupy the WH?

Red lines don’t really exist

Iran

North Korea

Russia

no one takes him seriously

And of course all he can talk about is “we didn’t go to war”. There are responses other than war that he has been totally ineffective using. But since he cannot defend his record there, he talks about war.

He could be a surgeon who botched an appendectomy and then comes out and says “I did not cut off the wrong leg” Maybe not, but you still botched the job you were supposed to do.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Foreign policy record?

* giving away billions of tax money to foreign aid while punishing ranchers over grazing rights here.
* sending billions of dollars worth of military weapons to other nations
* going to England and apologizing for Americas arrogance
* bowing to leaders of other countries
* developing oil drilling in South American countries while denying the same here.

Andy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

In foreign policy Obama is a bush league player in a major league game. Once again he is in way over his head.

Hey Obama, not just 1980, but all of US history called and it wants you to recognize the price already paid to hold the position and clout you so carelessly squander.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Obamas Foreign Policy Record Low Lights...

1. The Benghazi slaughter and White House cover up. Four murdered Americans and zero arrests.
2. The Syria Red Line embarasement. Lots of red lines drawn but zero action. Mean while the Syrian dictator goes unpunished for his war crimes while Obama backs down.
3. Iran snubs the US and goes forward with its nuclear bomb program.
4. Russian snubs the US and goes on a rampand land grab.
5. Iraq is back to taliban control for the most part and Afghanastan isn't far behind.
6. Relations with our only mid east friend Israel have never been worse.

Barack Obama == Jimmy Carter and is not respected on the global scene by friend or foe alike. Probably THE worse foreign policy record in the past 50 years no question.

So much for foreign policy. By the way - what exactly IS our foreign policy? Anyone ?? Other than cut and run and reduce and confuse.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

A foreign policy that avoids errors also avoids success. The only people that never step on anybodies toes are those that do not move their feet.

WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam all started with a Democrat in the White House. They all ended with a Republican in the White House. Our enemies feel safe with a Democrat in power.

With Obama in charge:

Iraq is now in the hands of Al Quaida, The Ukraine is a mess, we have four dead Americans including one ambassador in Libya; but that pesky cattle rancher in Nevada was almost put in his place, and conservatives groups are being harassed by the IRS.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The Rock,

"....WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam all started with a Democrat in the White House. They all ended with a Republican in the White House...."
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That's history of the imaginative variety rather than the factual. WWI and WWII began and ended under Democratic Presidents. The Vietnam War was lost under a Republican President.

FT
salt lake city, UT

@ Craig Clark
Your Jedi mind tricks are useless against right wing historians and their view of the world. 20% of the country has forgotten about two unpaid wars, 100,000 or more dead, thousands of maimed U.S. soldiers along with unprecedented dis-respect from our global friends and allies. Their "imagative U.S. history" you corrected is based on a blinded hatred of anything Obama.

worf
Mcallen, TX

@FT:

What's this blinded hatred stuff? Not an excuse for anything.

Our commander is just not doing the job. Period!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I see FT and Craig Clark cannot defend BO's abysmal record, so they focus instead on the Rock's mistatement. NICE OBFUSCATION guys, typical of liberals.

But since you continued the discussion on that path -

Vietnam was lost when LBJ was in office - it took tricky dick to recognize that and get us out.

Wilson was re-elected on the slogan "he kept us out of war" then four months later had us in war.

JFK and LBJ escalated the Vietnam conflict - Truman started it by backing De Gaule's imperialist claims in Vietnam right after WWII when Ho Chi Min approached him and asked for his support in Vietnamese indepedence. LBJ knew he had messed up so badly he chose not to run for re-election and coined the phrase "credibility gap" to describe the difference between the truth and what his misadministration said.

No, dems are not the all-wise peace-niks you'd have us believe.

And don't forget it was southern democrats who started the civil war so they could retain their "peculiar institution" of human slavery.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Conservatives -

Despite all your unfounded complaints, the facts remains the facts.

Obama's foreign and domestic policy is working reasonably well. The proof is in the pudding.

He has kept this nation safe.

How many sky scrapers have come crashing down since Obama took office?

That only happens during Republican administrations, doesn't it?

Get ready for a huge Democratic Presidential win in 2016.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey the Rock -

You're recounting of history is straight out of La La Land.

That did not happen in this universe.

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