President Obama’s Foreign Policy Working no better than George W. Bush’s

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 23rd, 2013

Week in Review

Candidate Barack Obama called George W. Bush a cowboy.  Whose swaggering foreign policy inflamed our enemies.  And distanced our allies from us.  That was no way to conduct foreign policy, said then candidate Obama.  When he got into office he would engage in diplomacy.  Talk to our allies.  And even to our enemies.  Instead of dictating our policy to them.  By doing this he was going to make the world a safer and friendlier place.  Because it would be a Bush-free world.  But things haven’t been working so well for President Obama as Candidate Obama thought they would (see Analysis: For Obama, a world of Snowden troubles by Warren Strobel and Paul Eckert posted 6/23/2013 on Reuters).

Since his first day in office, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has rested on outreach: resetting ties with Russia, building a partnership with China and offering a fresh start with antagonistic leaders from Iran to Venezuela.

But the global travels on Sunday of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden highlight the limits of that approach. Leaders Obama has wooed – and met recently – were willing to snub the American president.

The cocky defiance by so-called “non-state actors” – Snowden himself and the anti-secrecy group, WikiLeaks, completes the picture of a world less willing than ever to bend to U.S. prescriptions of right and wrong…

If Russia allows Snowden to continue on his journey toward Ecuador, it could wipe out what is left of Obama’s policy, dating from 2009, of trying to “reset” relations with Moscow after they turned chilly under his predecessor.

Wow.  With friends like Russia and China President Obama doesn’t need any enemies.

So the love-fest didn’t last.  Candidate Obama had traveled the world where people received him as if he was the second coming of Christ.  He read soaring speeches from his teleprompters.  And promised to be nicer to both friend and enemy than George W. Bush.  But all he got from it was learning the meaning of the old adage that nice guys finish last.  Because those who only respect strength don’t respect nice guys.

President Obama finally joined the Europeans in Libya.  And what thanks did he get from the newly freed Libyans?  On the anniversary of 9/11 they killed our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi.

Americans continue to die in Afghanistan.  Power in Egypt went to the Muslim Brotherhood.  Who has deep ties to Iran.  Our mortal enemy.  The Arab spring movement President Obama endorsed by throwing our longtime ally Hosni Mubarak under the bus was more of an Israeli-American winter.  The democracy that was spreading in these predominantly Muslim countries was a move towards a very conservative Islam.  Becoming more like Iran.  Who, once again, is our mortal enemy.  And less like the democracy enjoyed in Western countries.

And now this Edward Snowden matter.  Where all of that ‘soft-love’ of the Obama foreign policy not only distanced our friends from us.  But it made them jab their finger in our eye.  To use the words of New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  Something that didn’t happen that often in the Bush presidency.  For he projected strength.  And though our enemies may have hated him for it.  They did respect him.  As did our friends.

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