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Posted on 06/09/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT by Starman417
When it comes to foreign policy, the Obama Doctrine seems to be guided by one theme- failure.
President Obamas hemorrhaging foreign policy is creating an increasingly embarrassing mess at the United Nations. A four-week session of the U.N.s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, ended in Geneva on March 28, 2014, with a series of humiliating defeats for the presidents calling card of indiscriminate engagement.
Joining, and legitimizing, a U.N. Human Rights Council with no human rights conditions for membership was one of President Obamas first foreign policy moves. Hence, the United States was elected to the Council in 2009, re-elected in 2013, and currently sits alongside such human rights luminaries as Russia, China and Saudi Arabia.
This session took place against the backdrop of Russias aggressive takeover of parts of a sovereign country, in gross violation of the human rights of Ukrainians. And yet the Council itself couldnt manage a peep.
A U.S.-backed resolution at the U.N. General Assembly adopted on March 27, 2014, criticized Russia, but failed to take what would have been the truly isolating step of removing Russia from the Council.
So what did the Council do while it was in session?
For the first time, the Council adopted a resolution on remotely piloted aircraft or drones including those which are unarmed. Creatively, the resolution expresses concern that such aircraft undermine religious and cultural practices, thus transforming perpetrators into victims.
The Obama administration overwhelmingly lost the vote on this resolution, 27 in favor to 6 against.
The European Union was split, with Germany insulting President Obama by merely abstaining.
Under Obama, the United States has suffered some real reputational damage. I say that as someone who sympathizes with many of Obamas foreign policy goals. This damage, unfortunately, has largely been self-inflicted by an administration that focuses too much on short-term messaging. At key turning points in Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring, in Syria, in Ukraine and, yes, in Benghazi the administration was driven by messaging priorities rather than sound, interests-based policy.
SECOND terms are often a time when presidents, balked by domestic opposition, turn to the world stage to secure their legacy opening doors to China, closing out the Cold War, chasing Middle Eastern peace.
But the global stage hasnt been a second-term refuge for President Obama; its been an arena of setbacks, crises and defeats. His foreign policy looked modestly successful when he was running for re-election. Now it stinks of failure.
We can toss another failure shrimp on the Barbie.
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