Obama’s Foreign Policy _ The Irony of It!

One doesn’t have to be an expert in foreign affairs to conclude that the Obama administration has been a disaster. The way Obama has treated allies like Great Britain and Israel while showing favor to countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable. The way Obama didn’t respond to the uprising in Iran in 2009 and the way his State Department single handedly  disrupted the stability of the entire Middle-East by supporting the so-called Arab Spring are other examples of failed foreign policy.

Yet, in spite of our friends not being sure they can trust US and our enemies see US as weak, the Obama campaign will play up Obama as a foreign policy success story. He will be credited for ending the war in Iraq and for killing bin Laden and for winding down the war in Afghanistan. All good things to be sure. I am particularly glad to see our troops out of Iraq and I wish our troops were coming home sooner from Afghanistan. In case you missed it, you might want to read this Fox News story on our efforts to get out of Afghanistan.

The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention  center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the  insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The “strategic release” program of high-level detainees is designed to give  the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces  struggle to exercise control, the report said.

So, there you have it. We are going to play nice with the Taliban so that they will come to the peace table. Wasn’t the reason we prolonged our stay in Afghanistan  To rid the country of the Taliban so the Afghan government might have a chance for peace in a country that has never known peace? Maybe I got that wrong.  But, just so you know we didn’t just bend over for the Taliban:

Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence  and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them  resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops

Now don’t you feel better? You would think our Liar in Chief would know he can trust these people; but maybe he doesn’t care. Obama told the troops during his secret trip the other day:

“We have made it clear that they [the Taliban] can be a part of this future if  they break with Al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by Afghan laws. Many  members of the Taliban — from foot soldiers to leaders — have indicated an  interest in reconciliation. A path to peace is now set before them,” Obama said.

I’m sure the Taliban have something clear in their minds. So how many more of our brave men and women will die while our fearless leader is playing the charade of “peace talks”?

Related to today’s theme,  Paul Mirengoff has written a two-part series  at the Power Line blog titled  Obama’s foreign policy — good enough for government work?. These both short articles I think you will find interesting.

In Part I, the author is focused on Pakistan.

Obama is second to none when it comes to pronouncing Pakistan, but his policy towards that country has been misguided from the start.  As Shashank Joshi shows in the April 2001 issue of Current History, Obama came into office holding great hope that Pakistan would be a full-fledged partner in the war in Afghanistan.  Naturally, Pakistan played on this hope, and was rewarded with the Kerry-Lugar-Berman “Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act” of 2009, which conferred $7.5 billion in aid over five years.

Obama was willing to believe in Pakistan’s viability as a full-fledged partner despite statements from Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, that Pakistan regularly supplies weapons used to attack Afghan and coalition forces.  Indeed, the U.S. had a telephone intercept in which Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s chief of staff, described the head of the Haggani network in Afghanistan as a “strategic asset.”  The Haggani network is the Taliban’s partner in the war in Afghanistan.

You have to ask yourself how much of that $7.5 billion was/is used by pakistan to fund their friends the Taliban to continue killing Americans?

In Part II, Mr. Mirengoff is focused on India, which he refers to as the flip side of the same coin with Pakistan and rightly so. With a less than stable nuclear Pakistan and with China flexing its muscles, it would make sense to be building a strong relationship with India, right?

…But Obama seems to have burned too many bridges for that alliance to flourish while he’s in office.

Although the Obama campaign will be lauding his foreign policy expertise, this humble observer gives him an “F”. America will be paying for Obama’s mistakes and his mischief for years to come.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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27 thoughts on “Obama’s Foreign Policy _ The Irony of It!

  1. Obama is worse than Neville Chamberlain! Why? Because Obama is WILLFULLY attempting to establish a new world order.

    In a decade or less, how many deaths will be laid at Obama’s feet? Millions?

  2. I’d rate Obama higher than an “F”.

    Obama was smart enough to follow George W’s Iraq exit strategy to the day. He was also smart enough to use the George W “surge” strategy in Afghanistan. He was VERY smart to quadruple the drone war in Pakistan.

    That was all on the advise of the military, of course, but the President still has to call the ball and it went counter to his campaign promises to bring everyone home in 18 months.

    Obama deserves great credit for finally putting an end to bin Laden. George W and Bill Clinton both tried and failed before him.

    Though it didn’t work, I thought the “talk with your enemies without preconditions” idea was worth a shot.

    His treatment of Israel is abysmal. He has a naive view of North Korea, but so does the rest of the world. China is still outmaneuvering the U.S. economically.

    Obama bungled things with Iran’s nuclear program. He failed to support people suffering brutal crackdowns in both Iran and Syria. But being spread thin and with their geographic difficulties, it’s doubtful we could do much militarily anyway in either country and diplomacy and sanctions are doomed to failure.

    Obama’s handling of Libya has both positives and negatives.

    Overall, I’d rate Obama a low “B” in foreign policy… but an “F” in job creation and the economy.

    1. I could take issue with several points in your post but I don’t have time. I will say this: Bill Clinton had 3 chances at bin Laden and blew everyone of them. Do not tell anyone here that Clinton “couldn’t do it.” He chose NOT to do it!

      And Obama deserves no credit for bin Laden. He arranged it so that the military would take the heat if it failed and when it didn’t fail, it was all thanks to our navy SEAL HEROS. Not Obama.

      1. Mine is just opinion… I’d be disappointed if folks didn’t take issue with at least part of what I say.

        However, it can hardly be said that Bill Clinton chose not to get Osama bin Laden…

        On August 20th 1998, President Clinton fired 66 cruise missiles at targets in Afghanistan in an attempt to kill Osama bin Laden in retaliation for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings.

        The only reason Clinton failed is because Osama was lucky enough to have just left his targeted camp shortly before the missiles arrived.

      2. I believe it was the Saudi’s who offered up bin Laden and he passed on it!!!

      3. If you want to place blame for bin Laden not being killed or captured before 9/11 you can blame Time Magazine.

        They are the morons who leaked to bin Laden that he could be tracked via GPS through his satellite phone every time he turned it on. After that, he stopped using it.

      4. I’m not placing blame as much as you are trying to exonerate Clinton for blowing 3 chances at getting bin Laden. You can’t argue that he was served up to Clinton and Clinton took a pass. End of story. End of discussion.

      5. I’m not exonerating anyone for anything… I’m just correcting the suggestion that Clinton had chances to get bin Laden and “He chose NOT to do it”… 66 cruise missiles say otherwise.

      6. I’m done arguing with you. You and everyone else here knows that he was offered to Clinton and how that went down. Good bye.

  3. And we are giving the Taliban billions. Not directly in most cases, but US funds are keeping them alive. Afghanistan is a corrupt sinkhole run by bandits and pirates, and Karzai is the worst of them all. We need to get out now.

  4. Obama is only strong on foreign policy by comparison, because he is weak on domestic issues. The decision to run a foreign policy campaign might blow up in his face if something happens to which he doesn’t have a proper response. Ironically, foreign policy issues are only going to be important if a difficult situation develops. Otherwise, it’s the economy and we are not stupid.

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  6. I wrote about this issue today as well and I can’t even begin to express my disgust with the fact Obama is freeing Taliban fighters in the hopes that it will help the negotiations with the Taliban, I would give Obama an F, but even that is too high a grade for this man.

  7. The key is in the phrasing — “Obama’s Foreign Policy” — not “U.S.” foreign policy. Every one of Obama’s actions, domestically and internationally, has been inimical to the interests of the United States. That’s about as “accidental” as Jimmy Hoffa’s “mishap.”

  8. I’ve just finished up the book Operation Dark Heart by Lt. Col. Schaffer, and I’ll do a post on it as soon as I can. But to do a very brief summary, we average on-lookers have NO CLUE what going on over there or how our great defense department works to knee-cap anybody who actually tries to achieve a victory on any level.

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