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Bolton Says Obama ‘Basically Doesn’t Care About’ Foreign Policy, Compares Him to Dukakis
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Posted on 01/31/2011 6:02:04 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Bolton Says Obama ‘Basically Doesn’t Care About’ Foreign Policy, Compares Him to Dukakis Monday, January 31, 2011 By Christopher Neefus

John Bolton

(CNSNews.com) - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Friday that President Barack Obama “basically doesn’t care about” foreign affairs, considering them ancillary to his domestic agenda. He said he thinks Obama’s view of the United States’ role in the world is comparable to that of failed presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

“I think the most significant aspect of the president’s approach to foreign and national security policy is that he basically doesn’t care about it,” Bolton said in a Capitol Hill speech organized by the Defense Forum Foundation.

He later added that he thought Obama could be compared to Gov. Michael Dukakis, in that both see the U.S. as “one of 192, nothing particularly special.”

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhoforeignpolicy; bolton

1 posted on 01/31/2011 6:02:05 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

So “Obama” is Kenyan for “Dukakis” which is Greek for “Mondale”? Got it. Thanks.


2 posted on 01/31/2011 6:04:10 AM PST by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Sub-Driver

BHO only is concerned about himself alone!


3 posted on 01/31/2011 6:04:40 AM PST by texson66 (Congress does not draw to its halls those who love liberty. It draws those who love power .)
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To: Sub-Driver
He only cares about "redistribution."

"Redistribution" means taking everything away from people he doesn't like.

4 posted on 01/31/2011 6:06:23 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"Redistribution" means taking everything away from people he doesn't like.

Exactly right.

5 posted on 01/31/2011 6:07:53 AM PST by paulycy (Liberals suck all the joy out of America. Let's make them stop.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I dont know if Obama cares about foreign policy or not , I am sure he doesn’t KNOW anything about it.


6 posted on 01/31/2011 6:07:58 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Sub-Driver

What did Dukakakis do to deserve being dehumanized in this way?


7 posted on 01/31/2011 6:10:35 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

That Snoopy tank ride was a start.


8 posted on 01/31/2011 6:13:20 AM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Eagleburger: This is More Than Just Egypt

Jan 28, 2011
Former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger weighs in on President Obama’s statement on Egypt and the implications of the unrest in the Middle East.
http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4515631/eagleburger-this-is-more-than-just-egypt/?playlist_id=87185

This is some of what I sent out to my email lists one day before the 2008 election:

On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 4:16 PM,[Matchett-PI] wrote:

Former Secretary of State, Lawrence Eagleburger: “Obama Is A Charlatan .. If he’s elected, God help us.”
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt0FrgAA0cw

[ Definition of Charlatan: A flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes. One who prates much in his own favor, and makes unwarrantable pretensions; a quack; an impostor; an empiric; a mountebank. Definition of Mountebank: One who mounts a bench or stage in the market or other public place, boasts of his skill in curing diseases, and vends medicines which he pretends are infallible remedies; a quack doctor. ]


9 posted on 01/31/2011 6:14:34 AM PST by Matchett-PI (Trent Lott on Tea Party candidates: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them" 7/19/10)
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To: Sub-Driver

yah...Premier Hussein defines “Foreign Policy Victory” as re-establishing diplomatic relations with Syria.

I’m not sure if he does not care about Foreign Policy, or if he so ignorant of how the world works that he is completely clueless. Probably both.


10 posted on 01/31/2011 6:14:45 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: lbryce

What did Dukakakis do to deserve being dehumanized in this way?


Further, Dukakis never usurped the highest office of the land through deceit, corruption and other misdeeds.


11 posted on 01/31/2011 6:14:51 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Sub-Driver
ALLHESGOT
12 posted on 01/31/2011 6:20:14 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver
Bolton Says Obama ‘Basically Doesn’t Care About’ Foreign Policy...

With all due respect, I believe that Ambassador Bolton is wrong about this. I think Obama cares greatly about foriegn policy and is doing everything in his power to ensure the enhancement of his radical Muslim brothers power!

13 posted on 01/31/2011 6:21:29 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama cares...he just has priorities.

Obama's priorities in order of importance are...

  1. Obama

  2. Obama

  3. Obama

  4. Golf/B-Ball

  5. Redistribution/Social Justice

  6. Islam

  7. Unions

    ...

  8. Wagyu Beef

  9. Reggie Love

  10. Foreign Affairs

14 posted on 01/31/2011 6:22:53 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: Bigun

Agreed.


15 posted on 01/31/2011 6:22:54 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Bigun

Ditto what you said. I don’t know why Amb. Bolton would say otherwise.


16 posted on 01/31/2011 6:24:35 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: Sub-Driver

Anyone know what Bolton is saying about Egypt?


17 posted on 01/31/2011 6:25:40 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama only cares about Obama..


18 posted on 01/31/2011 6:26:46 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Sub-Driver
“I think the most significant aspect of the president’s approach to foreign and national security policy is that he basically doesn’t care about it,” Bolton said in a Capitol Hill speech ...

I have to agree, as I defy anyone to explain to me Obama's overarching foreign policy. There is none!

19 posted on 01/31/2011 6:27:53 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: JPG

I don’t know. Some people said he evoked a certain Patton-esque stature navigating his tank across the illusionary battlefield he imagined himself to be in the few minutes in which a presidency might very well have been lost.


20 posted on 01/31/2011 6:30:13 AM PST by lbryce
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Exactly. Despite how you may feel about Dukakis, Bolton’s analogy IMO is off base.


21 posted on 01/31/2011 6:36:27 AM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce
If Patton had seen that display he would have confined Dukakis to his barracks...that is, when he wasn't fulfilling his permanent KP duties.
22 posted on 01/31/2011 6:38:52 AM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

You forgot to include football, dumping Michelle & getting onto the Bud Plane, monthly vacations, and endless Champagne Parties .... they all rank higher on Obama’s “priority” list.


23 posted on 01/31/2011 6:45:10 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Sub-Driver
Steely Speedy Transcript:

Neil Cavuto: Mr. Secretary, you're the expert, but I read into that: "it's over."

Lawrence Eagleburger: Ahh, I have to tell you in the eye, that I hope you're wrong, but I think you're right. And, ah, it's not the first time the United States has walked away from somebody they pledged support for when things got hot. And I've seen it happen before, Neil, and I suspected it, and I now very much suspect it. I suspect also that Mr. Mubarak must probably feel the same way. Now, my point here, is would seem to me that it would be nice if once, although every liberal in the country will scream bloody murder, it would be nice if once we carried forward with our promises, particularly since the region is so important to us. And I must add my friend that I think this whole issue is far more significant even than just Egypt because now you have to ask yourself the question, in future cases like this, and with our budget in the condition it's in, are we going to have any money to do anything with these people, are we going to have any money to intervene... when we...

NC: You know Larry, that's a brilliant point. I never thought of that; I mean, the basic "hey, we don't got no money" issue, you know? We were talking today that if he didn't clean up his act... in other words, if Mubarak, you know, didn't chill on the violence stuff, the one-and-one-half billion that was on the docket, you know, we could pull that from him. But I don't even know if we have that...

LE: No. I don't either. And by the way, whatever else you say about Mubarak, and 30 years of governing Egypt "the wrong way," the fact of the matter is, a great many lives were probably saved over that thirty years, because he did make a difference, particularly with regard to Israel, and I... and I'm not going to back away from saying there will be times, it seems to me, when the United States has to take a partnership with somebody who would otherwise be called an S.O.B., and I'm not going to apologize for it, but Hanging on to this thing, that every intervention... possible intervention in the future, must face this question of whether we can afford it, and I will tell you I don't think we're going to be able to.

NC: Well, can we afford to stay loyal when his own people are saying "you gotta go" ?

LE: Well, the answer to that is probably no, but I'm going to stick with it anyway, at least until we see whether it is possible to get him to do those reforms; that is assuming, by the way, that he can hang on, on his own...

NC: Yeah, what did you make... Larry, what did you make of that... is it a "buy time" maneuver, in other words, "I'm kicking my government out, I'm going to stay the air..." The rap against Tunesia imploding was that, you know, the guy's wife was outta there, he was outta there, and they had taken the crystal and the china and... and everything else. And they didn't have enough time... to say...

LE: I think that it's more than buying... well, it's certainly buying time, but...

NC: Yeah...

LE: But, I think, I think he means it, now; he has to. The question is going to be whether he's going to be able to stay in power, hang on, and do some very brutal things in the process, for a few weeks, at least, if he can do it, and if in fact he wins out and is still President, say a month from now... Again, every liberal in the country is going to be arguing that we should leave him, anyway, and I think that probably, given the President's penchant for these sorts of things he will decide that's what we have to do as well. I doubt that he'll be returning to give Egypt any aid for a while, and (unintelligable) to money. I'm very pessimistic about the whole process. Mubarak may be able to hang on, and if he does he's doing it on his own, and if he doesn't I think we're in for a very, very, very unpleasant time in the Middle East, at least in the Middle East... and, as I say, it's likely to lead to the need for a real need for some U.S. help financially and in terms of perhaps some military intervention. You tell me if you think we can afford it, and if we do spend the money on it, ah... I think that our committment to cutting the budget back substantially...

NC: Well, forget it. All that's all there, if that ever comes to pass. Well, Larry Eagleburger, thank you very very much. I think you hit on it, be careful what you wish for...

LE: Ha ha... Thank you Mr. Secretary.


24 posted on 01/31/2011 6:51:21 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oblunder doesn’t care about foreign policy just as he doesn’t care about America as we know it.

His puppet masters seek the collapse of as many countries as they can get. Oblunder is responsible for collasping the US.

The Cloward and Piven doctine is a global plan, not just for the US.

The globalists are wringing their collective hands knowing their dream of a NWO is within sight.


25 posted on 01/31/2011 6:59:17 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: diverteach

The globalists are wringing their collective hands knowing their dream of a NWO is within sight.

Then they are very badly deluded.

The sort of people who are planning a new Caliphate have absolutely no interest in playing ball with athiests like
George Soros in their vision of world order.


26 posted on 01/31/2011 7:03:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: VRWCmember

Didn’t Bolton say something crazy the other day to the effect that we “might have to send troops to Egypt?” if so, why does anyone want to listen to this man?


27 posted on 01/31/2011 7:08:01 AM PST by Captain Kirk (Q)
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To: Sub-Driver
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Top 11 Obama Foreign Policy Initiatives:

1. Hide the birth certificate.

2. Make Muslims feel good about their contributions to science.

3. Give 44 million to Kenya to 'encourage youth leaders'.

4. Bow to the the Saudi overlords.

5. Send birthday e-card to Kim Jong Il.

6. Give Israel back to the Arabs.

7. Promise the Russians not build defensive missiles in Europe.

8. Suck up to the Chinese.

9. Reduce American nuclear arsenal.

10. Read the book Chavez so graciously gave me.

11. Hide the birth certificate.

28 posted on 01/31/2011 7:09:22 AM PST by newheart (The trouble ain't too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -Mark Twain)
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To: SoFloFreeper
He is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has written on the subject and you will find it there.
29 posted on 01/31/2011 7:18:22 AM PST by Excellence (Buy Progresso, take off the label, write "not halal," mail to Campbell's soup company.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

But they see them as tools. Insane socialists who think they are using the Islamists will be the first to be eliminated.


30 posted on 01/31/2011 7:27:44 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama is a community organizer. He has not grown up from that position. He only doing what he knows how to do. Punish his enemies and reward his friends. That was one of the few times that he told the truth. He acts like a dictator because he can and because he doesn’t know anything else. Back in ‘08 the national level demonrat party saw no problem putting a guy on the ticket with zero experience with foreign affairs or even with American business. He was cool.
Foreign governments have figured out that he is just a paper tiger more intent on destroying his internal enemies then what happens outside of this country.


31 posted on 01/31/2011 7:39:17 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Don’t forget the Beer Summit.....


32 posted on 01/31/2011 7:59:08 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Captain Kirk
I watched a video of his speech from last Fri. He said the US should lay low as far as Egypt is concerned.

Also called Zer0 'the first post-American president'.

33 posted on 01/31/2011 9:31:11 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Sub-Driver

Ouch! That’s what I like about Bolton, he never holds anything back.


34 posted on 02/01/2011 6:09:01 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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