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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
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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To: All
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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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To: jazusamo

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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To: Markos33

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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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...

Excellent editorial ping!


21 posted on 01/04/2010 9:55:00 AM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: jazusamo

Sorry! But the Obuma’s first year in office was, in reality George Bush’s 9th year. The only thing that worked during Obuma’s first years was the stimulus program (that I am against) that saved the banking industry and was put into effect by, you guessed it, GW. Everything that failed, and there was many failures, were programs and policies that were put into place by GW and grossly mis-managed by Obuma and company. With each failure, they blamed GW. Well, I guess they were able to blame GW because they had not done anything different, change any policy, changed any procedure. so it was no different than if GW had still been in office, except that it would have been better managed.

The one bold initiative that Obuma tried was the circumvention of Constitutional law in Honduras; and guess what? Obuma got his ass handed to him by that really tiny country.

So again, Sorry but 2009 was George W. Bush’s 9th year as POTUS.


22 posted on 01/04/2010 9:59:02 AM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: oh8eleven

LBJ’s main problem was fear. He was too afraid to do the things necessary to win a war in spite of all the war protestors. As the war protests grew so too did LBJ’s fear. That fear was palpable and that fear was evident in the complete political assassination of Goldwater’s character. But that fear resolved itself when LBJ refused to run for a second term which led to Richard Nixon’s election. Nixon, while having a multitude of personal problems, has far less fear than LBJ.


23 posted on 01/04/2010 9:59:07 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: jazusamo

And this only covers foreign policy. Think of the nightmare Obama’s domestic agenda has become.


24 posted on 01/04/2010 9:59:24 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: Ev Reeman
LBJ’s main problem was fear.
LBJ’s main problem was his ego. He was mad for power.
25 posted on 01/04/2010 10:06:11 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: jazusamo

Probably FAILED his Freshman Year at Occidental College, too.

He probably wants someone to bail him out and move him up to, say, Secretary General of the United Nations.

Wanna bet that he lasts as US President for as long as he lasted in Occidental College? [2 years] Bails so that he can be Secretary General of the UN before anyone REALLY understands all the damage he’s doing the the USofA. And when he’s in control of the UN, he’ll suddenly locate that missing Kenyan/Canadian/non-American birth certificate.


26 posted on 01/04/2010 10:09:09 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (The left have become lawless. Every strangling edict they issue carries an exemption for themselves.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
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)

The small silver lining in your statement is that by and large these oBoz0 supporters have the attention span of gnats. In 2010 most of them won't realize there's a congressional election, much less show up for it. With that being said, the stupid party better get its Shiite together and not depend on anti Zer0 sentiment carrying them through. If they want the help of the Tea Party movement, then they need to step up and start naming names and calling specific policies and individuals out.

27 posted on 01/04/2010 10:12:06 AM PST by YankeeReb (Pray for 0bama Psalm 109:8 ; May his days be short. May another take his office.)
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To: oh8eleven
"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."

Yeah, LBJ did some bad things, but no one ever claimed that he was ineffectual as president. His agenda might have been bad, but he "got it done". Carter and Obama are worse because they were/are both ineffectual bumbling boobs.

28 posted on 01/04/2010 10:13:05 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: jazusamo

He does not have the intellect and character to be President. The American people rejected Bush and during the process of rejection were deceived by glibness and cunning into voting for “The Divine One.” As an aside, the political malpractice by the idiot that ran as a Republican materially assisted his opponents election. America may have lost its political acumen and from now on we will be presented with nothing but imbeciles as candidates-providing “The Divine One” is not elevated to President for life.


29 posted on 01/04/2010 10:14:05 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: jazusamo

Cheer up! Obamao has three more years to continue fixing things.

No wonder Carter has that stupid grin on his face.


30 posted on 01/04/2010 10:16:49 AM PST by pallis
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To: LoneStarGI

Carter ushered in Reagan, but I don’t really see anyone Reagonesque other than Palin. I’m listening to her audio biography. I cringe every time she talks about the Mccain people, and what they did to her, and about her home life. I assume however, that she will get this off her chest, and then move on to the more important issues.

In three years anything can happen. If she can help other candidates win election, she will be a formidable opponent.

I look, for another hostage crisis. Obama, has no backbone, and no clue how to deal with a hostage crisis. The smartest thing for the Muslims to do right now, would be to hold a dozen or so Americans hostage world wide, and ask for huge ransoms. Obama would have no alternative but to pay.


31 posted on 01/04/2010 10:27:18 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for minus 24 today....at least minus 23...)
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To: PubliusMM

I can’t see how his poll numbers are going to improve unless there’s some kind of man made crisis.

His lowest strongly approved was 23, and highest strongly disapprove 46. So he could easily hit a -23.


32 posted on 01/04/2010 10:30:18 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for minus 24 today....at least minus 23...)
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To: Diogenesis

THAT is one funny cartoon! Thanks for sharing.


33 posted on 01/04/2010 10:30:54 AM PST by GOPJ (Success is cast as evil and punished while failure is blamed on others and rewarded.-Rand)
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To: oh8eleven
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.

LBJ was a consummate politician; he used his contacts on the Hill to ram through a legislative agenda which is still giving us ulcers 45 years later. His "magic" didn't survive 1967, but while he had it, he did a lot of damage.

Carter was bad because of his complete ineptitude, a quality LBJ did not have. He also radiated a smug self-righteousness, whereas the Johnson administration was all realpolitik.

34 posted on 01/04/2010 11:29:51 AM PST by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: jazusamo

35 posted on 01/04/2010 12:44:46 PM PST by freespirited (People talk about "too big to fail." Our government is too big to succeed. --Chris Chocola)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
The American people rejected Bush and during the process of rejection were deceived by glibness and cunning...

That's exactly what trial lawyers do.
36 posted on 01/04/2010 1:11:33 PM PST by Canedawg (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


37 posted on 01/04/2010 2:09:54 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Umm, I called him Carter Redux. Born in ‘81, sir!


38 posted on 01/04/2010 2:14:47 PM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: jazusamo

That definitely Nailed the Rascal!


39 posted on 01/05/2010 1:54:53 PM PST by diji (IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE, FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM !)
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