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Do tyrants fear America anymore? President Obama’s timid foreign policy is an embarrassment
Telegraph UK ^ | February 28, 2011 | Nile Gardiner

Posted on 02/28/2011 11:09:18 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

.....Just a few years ago the United States was genuinely feared on the world stage, and dictatorial regimes, strategic adversaries and state sponsors of terror treaded carefully in the face of the world’s most powerful nation. Now Washington appears weak, rudderless and frequently confused in its approach. From Tehran to Tripoli, the Obama administration has been pathetically slow to lead, and afraid to condemn acts of state-sponsored repression and violence. When protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the Islamist dictatorship in Iran in 2009, the brutal repression that greeted them was hardly a blip on Barack Obama’s teleprompter screen,...

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It has also become abundantly clear that the Obama team attaches little importance to human rights issues, and in contrast to the previous administration has not pursued a freedom agenda in the Middle East and elsewhere. It places far greater value upon engagement with hostile regimes, even if they are carrying out gross human rights abuses, in the mistaken belief that appeasement enhances security. This has been the case with Iran, Russia and North Korea for example. This administration has also been all too willing to sacrifice US leadership in deference to supranational institutions such as the United Nations, whose track record in standing up to dictatorships has been virtually non-existent.

The White House’s painful navel-gazing on Libya last week, with even the French adopting a far tougher stance, is cause for grave concern. The Obama administration’s timid approach to foreign policy is the last thing the world needs at a time of mounting turmoil in the Middle East, including the growing threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, and Islamist militancy on the rise from Egypt to Yemen. US leadership is now needed more than ever, but has embarrassingly gone AWOL on the world stage.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foreignpolicy; peace; strength; superpower

1 posted on 02/28/2011 11:09:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No.


2 posted on 02/28/2011 11:12:07 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
...but....but....but... he's so CLEAN, and ARTICULATE....

3 posted on 02/28/2011 11:13:33 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What’s to “fear”?

Meekly worded citations?


4 posted on 02/28/2011 11:14:33 AM PST by G Larry
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To: samtheman

The picture of obama bowing to the saudi king projected a very powerful message.


5 posted on 02/28/2011 11:16:46 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You know how when you were a kid, and someone tickled you until you had trouble breathing. Panic would set in. That’s how our enemies fear us. They are laughing so hard they can’t breath.


6 posted on 02/28/2011 11:18:51 AM PST by pallis
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now instead of being an empty suit he’s an empty tuxedo.


7 posted on 02/28/2011 11:20:54 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now instead of being an empty suit he’s an empty tuxedo.


8 posted on 02/28/2011 11:21:06 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Look at that AA Carnival Side show,Shaved wookie and the worlds dumbest man,How does this garner respect? when it produces Laughter.


9 posted on 02/28/2011 11:21:23 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The simple answer is NO.

There is an old saying that there is no such thing as a dangerous weapon, only dangerous men. Well it turns out that the opposite is also true. If the man at the controls isn't dangerous it doesn't matter the military power that backs him up. Obama is only dangerous to the American people. Foreign tyrants have nothing to fear from him.
10 posted on 02/28/2011 11:22:22 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

When Obama’s took over, the MSM praised Michelle’s arms. She took the cue and forever bares her biceps.
Warning! Warning! Do not praise her big butt, or we will never see the end of it.


11 posted on 02/28/2011 11:23:48 AM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Republicans who ran in 2008 did not do a good enough job of informing the public about the cost of Obama’s complete lack of accomplishment, and the NEED for us to be respected and, let’s be blunt, feared by the world.

We can put all the blame for Obama’s failure and worthlessness on Obama, but the Republicans simply didn’t figure out a way to run against Obama without being seen as ‘divisive’ or ‘racist’.

I fear they’ll have no idea how to do it in 2012, either, except this time the media will be even more rabid—as will a desperate Obama—to throw down the race card at a moment’s notice.


12 posted on 02/28/2011 11:27:30 AM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: Texas resident

Mao is finally right. America is a paper tiger.


13 posted on 02/28/2011 11:27:34 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

BTTT


14 posted on 02/28/2011 11:28:29 AM PST by kitkat ( Obama: Hype and Chains.)
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To: WestwardHo

>Do not praise her big butt, or we will never see the end of it.

I expect it extends into an event horizon where it would take infinity+1 to find the end of it....and then you would wind up in a black hole.


15 posted on 02/28/2011 11:29:20 AM PST by soycd
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why would our enemies fear us right now? They figure they have one of their own ruling over us now. They probably also figure that there’s no way America will ever rid itself of Barry Soetero.

And much like they’re wrong that they will have nothing to fear from America in the future... they’re wrong about that, too.

All we need is a little ‘regime change’.


16 posted on 02/28/2011 11:30:15 AM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Considering that we have Tyrants in the White House, the House of the Senate, the house of Representatives, AND the Supreme Court I have to say 'NO.'
17 posted on 02/28/2011 11:30:59 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s NOT just an embarrassment, IT’S TREASON!


18 posted on 02/28/2011 11:34:12 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: samtheman
Mao is finally right. America is a paper tiger.

....and China is holding the (debt) paper.....

19 posted on 02/28/2011 11:34:28 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

His handling of the Somali pirates holding the captain of a US ship, Maersk Alabama in April 2009, was the first indication of his incompetence. A handful of young Somali thugs held the US Navy at bay while Obama dithered. It was only the naval officers taking of the initiative on scene that prevented that from becoming another murder. Trying the captured pirate in US Courts was a waste of time and despite the lone pirate getting a 34 year sentence has done nothing to deter the pirates from seizing other US ships and murdering their crew.


20 posted on 02/28/2011 11:34:28 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: samtheman
Mao is finally right. America is a paper tiger.

America is a muzzled tiger. There is a difference.

21 posted on 02/28/2011 11:40:14 AM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

True. Muzzled, not paper.

But to the dictators, muzzled appears the same as paper.


22 posted on 02/28/2011 11:45:51 AM PST by samtheman
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To: G Larry
What’s to “fear”?

Meekly worded citations?

Their greatest fear is a sternly worded press release in all caps.

23 posted on 02/28/2011 11:47:43 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Articulate? LOL! Ask the teleprompter what it things about that.

Clean? Does that mean he has no past therefore no record which to attack/defend?


24 posted on 02/28/2011 11:49:55 AM PST by 556x45
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We are now a Paper-Tiger

FOX News running with two new Pirate Highjackings

http://www.foxnews.com/

Somali Pirates Seize Danish Tacht With 7 Aboard (including children)

And Greek-Owned Vessel With 23 on board


25 posted on 02/28/2011 11:53:17 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama is a punk, there is no doubt of that.

But after seeing the way Bush was treated when he stood up for America and the way liberals attacked him for it, I can halfway understand how those who follow him would feel.

Liberal and Educated Americans haven’t the stomach for war./

They feel they can talk to dictators.They may be educated,but they are stupid. The only thing Muslims and dictators understand is force.


26 posted on 02/28/2011 11:54:34 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Texas resident

It told me all I need to know.


27 posted on 02/28/2011 11:59:41 AM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: WestwardHo

CheezLouise look at those guns! Apparently the msm kudos led to her continuing to pump them up because those gunboats look bigger than 90% of the men out there.


28 posted on 02/28/2011 12:02:17 PM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

To take a tough stand against evil-doers would mean Bush was right. That Obama cannot abide.


29 posted on 02/28/2011 12:06:43 PM PST by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The only ones who fear Obama are Americans.


30 posted on 02/28/2011 12:20:56 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Venturer

Does it never occur to them that there’s a fine line between talking to dictators and collaborating with them?


31 posted on 02/28/2011 2:22:34 PM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: samtheman

One guy, Rove ,made a prediction last Nov. He said, believe it or not, foreign policy could also be a huge reason voters fear putting the faux CIC-CEO back in office. As the weeks, months roll on by, that predictions looks pretty good. He may be the weakest foreign policy Prez we have had since....Carter. He was not respected either. What is bothersome is Obama is so alien to our own values and security interests. Yet, the libs will still vote for him and we know so many, too many, minority lemmings will without even realizing how horrid his security policies or lack thereof, are for all Americans. Even dumbed down liberals.


32 posted on 02/28/2011 2:32:13 PM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Short answer? ONLY if they are besieged by Muslims who want to overthrow them.


33 posted on 02/28/2011 2:33:48 PM PST by Gaffer
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