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Reaping the consequences of “Smart Diplomacy”

Another day another foreign policy gaffe or disaster.

This time we’re in the gaffe department where, as usual, this administration is in the act of further alienating our friends.  In this case it is perhaps the worst Secretary of State we’ve yet had to suffer’s turn … again:

Secretary of State John F. Kerry has stepped in it again — with a gaffe that this time not only makes him look foolish but makes a mess of U.S. foreign policy and destroys any chance he had of realizing his legacy pipe dream of brokering Middle East peace.

In a private meeting with senior international officials Friday, Kerry said that if the Israelis and Palestinians can’t achieve a two-state solution, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state with second-class citizens.”

Israelis are aghast — especially with Kerry’s remarks being reported yesterday on Holocaust Remembrance Day — and have started issuing calls for his resignation. Foreign policy experts are stunned, saying Kerry’s racially charged statements are major setbacks to peace negotiations in the Middle East.

“No wonder our diplomacy in the Middle East is so wretched,” former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told the Herald, calling Kerry’s remarks “outrageous and defamatory.”

Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post said, “Kerry’s remark was openly anti-Semitic. Apartheid is a crime of intent. There is no Israeli politician that will ever be in a leadership position that harbors any such bigoted intention towards the Palestinians. On the other hand, there is no Palestinian leader or faction that does not demand the ethnic cleansing of Jews from every inch of any territory that will come under Palestinian control.”

How to explain someone as inept and useless as Kerry rising to this position of power is unfathomable until you see who resides in the White House.  It’s all about politics and paying political debts.

Meanwhile, David Brooks, one of the millions of reasons we’re suffering under this atrocious administration (ask him who he voted for in 2008) today complains that “all around, the fabric of peace and order is fraying.”  Well it likely didn’t have to be this way, but it certainly was predictable when you and others voted to hire clueless freshman Senator as President of the US, Mr. Brooks.  A man who has no respect among other leaders in the world and certainly isn’t feared by anyone.  “Leading from behind” may be a clever way of saying “abrogating leadership”, but it didn’t fool those who are actually playing international hardball out there, did it?  So, unsurprisingly (history … try it some time) we now see them acting.  The phone’s been constantly ringing at 3am and no one — no one — is answering it.

And since the thugs and thieves of the world know no one is home, they’re beginning to take full advantage of the situation.

Wow.  What a freakin’ surprise, no?

Brooks consults an expert for an explanation of what’s going on and he gets an answer – one we’ve been talking about for years:

“The ‘category error’ of our experts is to tell us that our system is doing just fine and proceeding on its eternal course toward ever-greater progress and global goodness. This is whistling past the graveyard.

“The lesson-category within grand strategic history is that when an established international system enters its phase of deterioration, many leaders nonetheless respond with insouciance, obliviousness, and self-congratulation. When the wolves of the world sense this, they, of course, will begin to make their moves to probe the ambiguities of the aging system and pick off choice pieces to devour at their leisure.

Consequences of this nonsense?

“This is what Putin is doing; this is what China has been moving toward doing in the maritime waters of Asia; this is what in the largest sense the upheavals of the Middle East are all about: i.e., who and what politico-ideological force will emerge as hegemon over the region in the new order to come. The old order, once known as ‘the American Century’ has been situated within ‘the modern era,’ an era which appears to be stalling out after some 300-plus years. The replacement era will not be modern and will not be a nice one.”

We’ve certainly gotten a full ration full of obliviousness.  And the world certainly is moving toward a less modern and much more deadly era.  But the obliviousness (or “whistling past the graveyard” as mentioned earlier) is what drives the absurd self-congratulation that this administration tries to heap on itself while they hasten the “the American Century” to a disastrous end.

Realty is a bitch and she keeps slapping these clueless backslappers over and over. But they pay no attention. These petulant fools continue to spin “success” when to anyone with the IQ of a pear, it is clear almost everything in the foreign policy field (and domestically as well) has been an utter failure or foul up.  Behold:  “Reset”, lead from behind, Arab spring, UN, sanctions, “Smart diplomacy”, R2P, blah, blah, blah. They blew Libya, gave Egypt to the Russians, are giving Iraq back to the terrorists along with Afghanistan, reducing the military to pre-WWII levels and have thus signaled our withdrawal to all around the globe.

Unsurprisingly, the wolves of the world are beginning to feed on the sheep because the former shepherd has withdrawn while telling those that want to believe it that everything is just fine.  Just fine.  Peachy.  Trust them.  They’ve got it all figured out.  Nothing to see here. Nothing to worry about.  Move along citizen.  War is so … 20th century. And besides, we’ve blocked their Netflix account!

With all that nonsense circulating, why shouldn’t the wolves feel free to feed?

~McQ

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20 Responses to Reaping the consequences of “Smart Diplomacy”

  • It’s all about politics and paying political debts.
     
    I suggest it is also..and more-so…about IDEOLOGY.
     
    Israel is the American analog in the Mid-East.  Pres. ScamWOW detests America.  Hence, Israel is the oppressor and aggressor that “can do better”.  It is Israel who must concede.
     
    At least much of her time at State, Hill-larry had the Muslim Brotherhoodlems whispering in her ear in the person of Huma Mahmood Abedin, and it is apparentt that was very beneficial for Islamists.

    • THE POWER OF THE HASHTAG!!!!!!!

      • Like State Dept. “star” “Jen” Psaki, I expect Erp to show up here referencing Thunk Progressive and the Kos-sacks (o’shit).
         
        What an embarrassment…

  • And in my local rag, Mr Kerry’s comments on apartheid today warranted 1 short paragraph. The following item was on Sarah Palin saying mean things about terrorists at a NRA meeting and that apparently warranted a full article with quite a few paragraphs, historical commentary (including Tina Fey) and definitions of water-boarding among other newsworthy items. It would be nice if some of the local papers could at least try and not just copy-and-paste US editorial policy.

  • http://freebeacon.com/national-security/benghazi-emails-show-white-house-effort-to-protect-obama/
     
    And NOBODY but a Collectivist bung-sucker who read the emails months ago ever doubted that the talking-points from the Obami were tailored to cover-up the reality of the Benghazi debacle.
     
    Right, Erp…???
     

    • Hillary Clinton was just a rogue low-level staffer! We don’t even know how she got that job or who her boss was! Ambassador Stevens shouldn’t have worn such a short skirt!

  • all around, the fabric of peace and order is fraying.”

    >>> Not just abroad.  It’s fraying here too. Or maybe “fraying” is the wrong description – it’s been fraying here for quite a long time, the difference now is that it is no longer one-sided.

  • I quit listening to Kerry a long time ago, but what’s happened to his face? Botox addiction?

  • The comments are sickening.  They’re composed of equal parts of:
    1) We should abandon the Pax Americana and just live with all the other nations in peace and harmony!
    2) It’s all Bush’s fault, because WAR!
    NYT readers appear to be some of the most pathetic creatures on the planet.

    • Well, lots of them live in one of the most insulated bubbles on the planet. They mostly think they’re better than other people, so it hurts their psyche to admit they were wrong about anything.
       
      But you have to admit – if you want to live your life as a leftist and you lack the cognitive firepower and psychic strength to face the fact that you might be wrong, the NYT is a terrific way to maintain your inner fictions. There’s clearly a market demand for that.

      • Between Pax Americana and Pax Britinica, the world has been living in a bubble for over 200 years.

        • I associate the “bubble” Billy references with profound delusion.  Neither of the “Paxs” was delusion.  They were very real, and won by the hard work of a lot of very fine people.  Many of them in uniform.
          The “Paxs”, and market economics, gave us the greatest expansion in the standard of living world-wide in all human history.

          • Done by White Europeans, lots of them males – clearly a colossal screw-up that needs to be corrected.
             
            The argument being that whatever system was NOT used for 200 years WOULD have been better if those damned arrogant men hadn’t interfered and imposed their imperialist thinking on the world.
             
             

  • Remember, this guy could have been president.   /shudder

  • “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone….including Israel”.

  • Maybe NOW would be a good time for a LOT of popular pressure to be focused on the LA Times.
     
    RELEASE THE KHALIDI TAPES.  

  • Rags-
    The Khalidi tapes will be released once Obama is safely in his palace in HI (or his Chicago compound) and Hillary is in office.
     
    And only then will they be released, along with a “who cares, this is old news why are you wingnuts beating this horse to death let it go” narrative.
     
    Don’t worry- you think the LAT is getting off unscathed when the burning times start?