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How well has Obama done in the foreign policy arena?

Well it is much easier to list his abject failures than any success, that’s for sure.  But what about Syria?  Well, in term of incompetence, it is the tragic gift that keeps on giving:

One little boy in a red T-shirt, lying face down, drowned, on a Turkish beach, is a tragedy. More than 200,000 dead in Syria, 4 million fleeing refugees and 7.6 million displaced from their homes are statistics. But they represent a collective failure of massive proportions.

For four years, the Obama administration has engaged in what Frederic Hof, former special adviser for transition in Syria, calls a “pantomime of outrage.” Four years of strongly worded protests, and urgent meetings and calls for negotiation — the whole drama a sickening substitute for useful action. People talking and talking to drown out the voice of their own conscience. And blaming. In 2013, President Obama lectured the U.N. Security Council for having “demonstrated no inclination to act at all.” Psychological projection on a global stage. . . .

This was not some humanitarian problem distant from the center of U.S. interests. It was a crisis at the heart of the Middle East that produced a vacuum of sovereignty that has attracted and empowered some of the worst people in the world. Inaction was a conscious, determined choice on the part of the Obama White House.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and CIA Director David Petraeus advocated arming favorable proxies. Sunni friends and allies in the region asked, then begged, for U.S. leadership. All were overruled or ignored.

In the process, Syria has become the graveyard of U.S. credibility.

Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Russia, Iran, you name the country, it is pretty probable that the situation is worse there or our relationship with the country is worse.

Foreign policy is one of the exclusive jobs of the executive branch.  A crook and a clown have held the Secretary of State’s job now, and the disastrous results are in.

Now one of them wants to be President to carry on this “legacy”?

Oh, goodie.



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31 Responses to How well has Obama done in the foreign policy arena?

  • I’m told that you can’t blame President Obama because he has ‘done nothing’

  • Suddenly we’re responsible for our good friends the Assad Syrians killing and being killed by our other good friends the Islamic fundamentalist Syrians.
    Because as a country just had such a great relationship with this Soviet/Russian client state all these years. But according to the NYT, it’s a failure of ‘the west’ that brought all this on.
    Assad sucks, Communism sucks, dictatorships suck, and now Radical Islam sucks on top of all the other suck.

    Yet like so many other things “I” (as a western cultured white male) am responsible for. And clearly we must “DO SOMETHING!”

    I will grimly note that if we’re NOT going to crush the barbarians ourselves it would be better to let one group of barbarians quickly conquer the other group of barbarians, as it tends to minimize the slaughter. This rather than half assed helping that only prolongs the conflict on the premise that eventually peace will break out before the last two of them have bashed each others brains in in their endless battles over who stole who’s goats 5000 years ago.

  • Democratic Party Platform of 1996

    Today’s Democratic Party also believes we must remain a nation of laws. We cannot tolerate illegal immigration and we must stop it. For years before Bill Clinton became President, Washington talked tough but failed to act. In 1992, our borders might as well not have existed. The border was under-patrolled, and what patrols there were, were under-equipped. Drugs flowed freely. Illegal immigration was rampant. Criminal immigrants, deported after committing crimes in America, returned the very next day to commit crimes again.

    • Given the Progressives, in genreal, and Obama, in particular, seem to like all thing European …

      European leaders are preparing to create a powerful EU-wide border protection force to deal with the refugee crisis engulfing the continent, The Independent understands.

      Under plans being discussed by officials in Brussels, legal responsibility for deporting people deemed to be economic migrants would pass from the member states to the European Union.

      … the man needs to keep up with his European counterparts.

  • There are literally millions of people who have been killed, maimed or displaced as a result of Pres. ScamWOW and “Smart Dipolomacy(tm)”.

    Barracula, Hellary, and sKerry are directly to blame, and history will excoriate this era of Obamic Decline as one of the most tragic and needless EVAH!

    Now, Erp, you come and tell us how Obama will go down as “one of the greats”. You mow-ron.

    • History will be written by Obama and his ilk, so they will say that while he was good at killing people with drones, he really didn’t put any “boots on the ground” during his 8 years. The rest will be a footnote that won’t get covered before you graduate high school.

  • More than 200,000 dead in Syria, 4 million fleeing refugees and 7.6 million displaced from their homes are statistics.

    >>>> I can’t muster up the outrage. Most of them would be hating on America and/or Israel pretty hard otherwise.

    • What I said above.
      They drained all the “we can fix that” out of me somewhere between 1991 and September 12th 2001.

    • I’m really a bit surprised, that an Administration that is so quick to domestically call for gun control, has no stomach for something akin to an arms embargo of the region.

  • Do not forget Obama and Hillary walked into office and tried to give Honduras to Venezuela.

    • That one happened so fast, and Obama has had so many monumental f*ckups since then, that the Honduras debacle has faded from most people’s memory.

      I have a Honduran friend who sent me pics, and I posted them on QandO at the time. They belied the coverage of the NYT/Post/CBC/NBC/ABC/CNN axis, and showed huge crowds of people opposed to the power grab. The power grab was clearly and obviously illegal by the country’s law, their high court did exactly the right thing – and yet because the law-breaker was left-leaning, of course Obama and his disciples in the media just could not see it.

      Now that I look back, that was an early part of the Obama Alinskite pattern: leftists get to break the law with impunity and should never be held to account, while anyone not on the left should be held, not just to the strictest standards of the law with no possibility of defense of their actions, but in some cases held to laws that don’t even exist and given zero due process. Think men on college campuses in the current sexual assault hysteria, where it’s not even “guilty until proven innocent”, it’s “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” from the moment the charge is raised until the end of their life.

      • All that’s going to do is move people to solve things in extra-legal fashion.

        Which is probably the point.

        • I dread the day some falsely accused college male whose life was ruined goes off the rails and kills his false accuser. She will become a martyr despite being a lying, dishonest bitch who attempted to ruin a man’s life for pure spite.

          • Not pure spite in the case of mattress chick. That was spite, a good grade, and an opportunity to parlay her reputation up to a marketable name.

            Such a name reputation should want.

  • You can always identify an impotent organization because they start to rename things for no apparent reason.

    Like say .. renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali.

    • There was a reason, it’s one less thing named after a President other than Obama.

      And there’s the good news, with the exception of elementary schools in Democratic controlled urban areas it’s unlikely there’ll be a”Mount Obama”s showing up any time….ever……

  • For many the warts of the last two republican presidents, our enemies feared us and our allies didn’t…

    • Yeeeeeeup. And millions of people were at least in some sort of stability. Not to say always GOOD stability, but at least not under an existential threat day-to-day.

      Smart Diplomacy(tm), indeed…

      • Barack has been highly successful at US destabilization, which I do think he intended. $40.00 for 4 lbs of flank steak at Costco last night (not that I bought it….). Now if he can get gas prices up and under control.

        If it weren’t for the fact I think he’s a lazy boob who’s in way over his head foreign policy wise, I’d say the whole Syrian/Libyan thing has been positively brilliant at giving Europe the same problem we have with rampant illegal immigration.
        I think it’s unintended consequences because I don’t think his goal was European destabilization, but maybe…still, I’m sure someone is paying attention to the cause/effect mechanisms for inspiring nation shattering activities with only a couple brushfire wars.

        On Friday evenings in a little club in Moscow there’s a clique of (former) Soviet agitprop experts (probably about our ages) grumbling over vodkas that if they’d squashed Solidarnosc properly, and Gorbachov hadn’t been such a disappointing weenie, and they’d only held out a little longer….but they had Gorbachev, we had Reagan.

        But they toast after a few minutes of grumbling and smile – because now they have Putin and we have Obama.

      • Smart Diplomacy(tm) has been upgraded to the gender neutral, “Azzhole Diplomacy(tm)”

    • The American Century is over. The world will be free from this anomaly and return to its natural state of global strife.

      Of course the solutions is for the US to lifeboat the planet. Just think of all that cheap labor., there will be no one to stop it in time. We missed our chance to throw out the Pretend Conservatives & the rest of the Pretend Americans.

  • So we are warning the Russians not to “destabilize” Syria.
    And yet we’re clearly involved in some kind of plan to drag the war out to last as long as there are combatants because it’s pretty clear none of the things we’re doing are going to end it, either favorably, or unfavorably.

    But WE’RE not destabilizing things.
    The basic planning for training the ‘Free Syrians’ over three years tells you all you need to know about how worried we are about creating an ongoing war zone and the refugee problem that will result.

  • I’ve heard over the last week of so that Iran built up their capacity under Bush, but remember …

    December 3, 2007: The U.S. Intelligence Community released a National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran “halted its nuclear weapons program” in 2003, but “is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons.”

  • He has almost been everything you could expect of someone full of malice toward the U.S., but he’s not done yet. And even if he has no plan to replace Hillary with his candidate for 2016 (he does plan that of course), the effects of the things he has done so far will be killing us for decades. At home and abroad.