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EDITORIAL: Obama's failed freshman year--America hasn't been this weak since the Carter years
The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2009 | Editorial

Posted on 01/04/2010 9:15:30 AM PST by jazusamo

President Obama's freshman-year foreign policy was the worst in living memory. At the dawn of 2010, the United States finds itself noticeably weaker in international affairs than it was when Mr. Obama took office, and there are no signs of improvement in the year ahead.

Mr. Obama was elected with almost no national security experience, but he counted on two principle sources of leverage on the world stage: his personal charisma and the fact that he was not George W. Bush. The year began with much swagger and self-assurance, but the result was a foreign policy with the naive enthusiasm of someone who once may have taken a graduate seminar in international relations.

Mr. Obama's first-week pledge to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay within a year set the tone for 2009. It was a victory of symbolism over substance that proved to be more difficult to implement than he expected, and Mr. Obama soon found that it was easier to make lofty promises than to deliver prudent policies.

Other failures followed. Efforts to regionalize a peace process in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India foundered on the rocks of entrenched national interests. The president announced a "stronger and smarter" strategy for Afghanistan in March, and another in November that contained a deadline which is not quite a deadline, for a pullout that is not really a pullout.

Mr. Obama's unprecedented, fawning outreach to the Muslim world has produced no tangible results, no dramatic shifts in public opinion regarding U.S. policies, and certainly no reduction of the terror threat. This was brought home by the attempted Christmas Day bombing that literally almost ended the year with a bang. Al Qaeda views Mr. Obama with outright contempt, offensively declaring him to be a "house Negro" in contrast to purportedly "honorable black Americans"...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2009review; bho44; bhofascism; bhotyranny; democrats; foreignpolicy; miserablefailure; nationalinsecurity; nationalsecurityfail; obama
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Excellent editorial by The Washington Times regarding our boy president.
1 posted on 01/04/2010 9:15:35 AM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 01/04/2010 9:17:54 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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3 posted on 01/04/2010 9:18:56 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: jazusamo
Excellent editorial - Agreed!
4 posted on 01/04/2010 9:22:56 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (A country can survive its fools, but it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Free_at_last_-2001
The best we can hope for is a neutering of Obamnomics in 2010 followed by 2 years of gridlock.
5 posted on 01/04/2010 9:28:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: jazusamo

A good article indeed.


6 posted on 01/04/2010 9:29:57 AM PST by sniper63 ("Ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country,)
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To: jazusamo

I thought I would never see a day when another American president would actually make the Carter administration look GOOD by comparison. Carter, up until Obummer, was the worst American president in our history. Obummer can now claim that title.


7 posted on 01/04/2010 9:30:05 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: jazusamo

The best part of this entire article is the last paragraph. Bush was not loved, but he was FEARED, and America was in a much more secure footing. Obama ‘only wants to be loved’ and as a result most Americans consider him a weakling and foreign nations consider him a joke.


8 posted on 01/04/2010 9:31:01 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: jazusamo

The best part of this entire article is the last paragraph. Bush was not loved, but he was FEARED, and America was in a much more secure footing. Obama ‘only wants to be loved’ and as a result most Americans consider him a weakling and foreign nations consider him a joke.


9 posted on 01/04/2010 9:31:33 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: jazusamo

Yes, indeed, an excellent editorial. Personally, I never thought I’d see a worse president than Jimmuh. But, the anointed one has far surpassed the peanut farmer. On top of incompetence, he has drooled a healthy dollop of arrogance, and it’s the American people who are paying the price for his mad march to marxism.

It’s time to take back the country. You can help by forwarding this editorial to others, including the fawning libtards you may know.


10 posted on 01/04/2010 9:32:40 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: jazusamo

Very much on point. All of us who lived through the 70’s spotted this guy early on as the Second Coming of Jimmah.
(too many Gen X’ers, Gen Y’ers and Text/Twitterers who don’t remember those days)


11 posted on 01/04/2010 9:34:03 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo

Yep, this editorial just about covers it. He’s back from Hawaii and rested and ready to pick up where he left off...Carter II.


12 posted on 01/04/2010 9:36:16 AM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: jazusamo

“Unless he shows a stronger hand, Mr. Obama will continue to increasingly follow global events rather than lead them.”

I ask the group seriously to explain to me, how this man can, “show a stronger hand.” Inquiring minds want to know.


13 posted on 01/04/2010 9:36:16 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for minus 24 today....at least minus 23...)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Irony, when I was complaining about Barry a couple months ago, my father told me about ‘surviving’ through Carter. Seriously, he turned and looked me straight in the eyes and said that Barry is my generation’s Carter (ie. Carter II).


14 posted on 01/04/2010 9:41:03 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
All of us who lived through the 70’s spotted this guy early on as the Second Coming of Jimmah.

Precisely! I didn't think he could be much worse but I was dead wrong.

15 posted on 01/04/2010 9:41:24 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
The only bright side to this is...

Takes a Carter to get a Reagan Pictures, Images and Photos

16 posted on 01/04/2010 9:42:50 AM PST by Semper Mark ("Brevity is the soul of wit." Besides, I only have so much tagline space.)
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To: nikos1121
You've hit on the biggest problem.

Economically, we have nothing new to offer. The toolbox is empty. Federal, state, local governments are in debt. Indidividuals are in debt. We've mortgaged our entire future. So, economically, we must follow events and hope for the best. We are no longer in a situation where we can steer that ship.

In foreign affairs, could we assemble an international coalition to achieve some great thing? We lost the Olympics. Copenhagen was a bust. Our talks with China failed. The UK doesn't trust us. Israel doesn't trust us. Putin doesn't trust us. In terms of political (and military) influence, we are a paper tiger.

We will drift for three years and the forces of the world will run rampant. We have no role to play, we shall merely suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

17 posted on 01/04/2010 9:43:01 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We have the 1st so that we can call on people to rebel. We have 2nd so that they can.)
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To: Ev Reeman
Carter, up until Obummer, was the worst American president in our history.
As much as I despise Carter, I have to disagree.
Like Ford and Nixon before him, Carter was stuck paying the tab for LBJ's "Great Society" and his Vietnam War. LBJ was responsible for the deaths of almost 60,000 men and the war ripped this country apart internally.
Meanwhile, the Civil Rights Act destroyed "black America" and created the greatest crime wave the country has ever seen.
In my opinion, LBJ did more harm to this country than anyone in the communist party ever did. Although Obama is already a closing that gap.
18 posted on 01/04/2010 9:43:16 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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Love this banner! A definite keeper.


19 posted on 01/04/2010 9:43:49 AM PST by ezfindit (ConservativeDatingSite.com - The Right Place for Conservative Singles)
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To: jazusamo
"...Mr. Obama's unprecedented, fawning outreach to the Muslim world has produced no tangible results, no dramatic shifts in public opinion regarding U.S. policies...,"

Waitaminnit...O has turned around Sarkozy.

;)

20 posted on 01/04/2010 9:54:31 AM PST by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans?)
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