Obama’s Foreign Policy: ‘Callous’ and ‘Ineffective’

In The New Republic, Martin Peretz takes Obama’s amateurish foreign policy to task. Here is an excerpt:

Almost no one in America cares about foreign affairs, especially not for Barack Obama’s foreign affairs. For he has made of almost his entire conduct of peace and war an amateurish mess, crude, provincial, impetuous, peaceably high-minded but stupid—and full of peril to the world, to its democracies, to the United States itself. If only he had the consistency of George McGovern, we would know that Obama is not really interested in other countries and movements friendly to us and our political ideas; actually, he has some sympathies for enemy states, as the 1972 Democratic candidate for president did for both the Soviet Union and North Vietnam. This is not Obama. He believes—or at least believed—that he can change the world by earnest talk with foreign leaders who share not a single philosophical tenet of egalitarian individualism or representative constitutionalism. Of course, it was not only flabby, earnest talk that he brought to the table. It was also a certain haughty sycophancy before alien potentates and despots whom he thought persuadable through blandishments and obsequy about just how central they were to world peace. Or to whatever.

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3 thoughts on “Obama’s Foreign Policy: ‘Callous’ and ‘Ineffective’”

  1. Only one more example of how the hate Bush crowd inconsistently sees no evil or stupidity in this administration which has not put one foot right.

  2. It’s a combination of things: ludicrously high self-regard (no doubt augmented by massive ass-kissing from the usual suspects), delusions of irresistibly persuasive oratory and of killer charm, and a callous disregard for potentially bad, even disastrous consequences to the US (never forget he sat through Wright’s poisonously anti-American vitriol for 20 years and obviously had no problem with it, or he would have bailed PRONTO). It’s like, “I’ll see what I can do, but don’t crowd me, and no matter how it turns out, I’m still the shit, and the US can kiss my ass.” Great job, America.

  3. That plane with Navy Seals shot down, it seems they were those involved in the Bin Laden kill.
    If that is true I want an investigation. I wouldn’t put it past these guys to have done the deed themselves because perhaps the Seals knew too much about Obama’s reluctance to go along with the mission. I have never been a conspiracy theorist, but Obama and company make it easy to be one. If it is the very Seals, then how did our enemies get this information? Who gave them this info?

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