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Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'sexy,' but they avoid 'errors'
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Posted on 04/28/2014 6:24:59 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'sexy,' but they avoid 'errors'

By Justin Sink - 04/28/14 07:35 AM EDT

President Obama offered a full-throated defense of his foreign policy on Monday, accusing critics who argue that he has not been aggressive enough on the world stage of failing to learn the lessons of the Iraq war.

During a press conference in Manila, Obama said that while his foreign policy efforts “may not always be sexy,” he had strengthened partnerships and allegiances around the world that would pay dividends for years to come.

“If you look at the results of what we've done over the last five years, it is fair to say that our alliances are stronger, our partnerships are stronger, and in the Asia Pacific region, just to take one example, we are much better positioned to work with the peoples here on a whole range of issues of mutual interest,” Obama said.

“And that may not always be sexy,” he continued. “That may not always attract a lot of attention, and it doesn’t make for good argument on Sunday morning shows. But it avoids errors. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run. But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.”

The comments appeared a direct rebuke to Republican lawmakers like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has repeatedly criticized the president over his handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

Last Tuesday, McCain said it was “insane” for the U.S. not to provide the Ukrainian military with lethal assistance amid fears Russia could be mounting an invasion.

“This administration, I never have seen anything like it in my life,” McCain told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s passive.”

McCain and other Republican lawmakers have also called for more aggressive U.S. intervention in hotbeds like Syria, which is engaged in a brutal civil war.

But Obama rejected the argument that additional arms would have an impact on the situation in Ukraine.

“Do people actually think that somehow us sending some additional arms into Ukraine could potentially deter the Russian army?” Obama said. “Or are we more likely to deter them by applying the sort of international pressure, diplomatic pressure and economic pressure that we’re applying?”

In some of his most expansive comments on his foreign policy views in recent months, Obama argued that his job as commander-in-chief was “to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely.”

“Frankly, most of the foreign policy commentators that have questioned our policies would go headlong into a bunch of military adventures that the American people had no interest in participating in and would not advance our core security interests,” Obama said.

And the president looked to push back against critics who have suggested his measured approach of imposing targeted sanctions in Ukraine has done little to deter Russian president Vladimir Putin. On Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told CBS News that “all we’re doing is tweaking folks” in Moscow.

"I think these targeted sanctions against individuals just are not affecting Putin's behavior enough," Corker said. "I think we need to put sectoral sanctions in place. I think we need to move those troops away from the border, change the behavior. And I'm very concerned that, as we've seen from this administration on so many tough issues, their policy's always late, after the point in time when we could have made a difference in the outcome."

But Obama said that proponents of more military intervention kept “on just playing the same note over and over again.”

“For some reason many who were proponents of what I consider to be a disastrous decision to go into Iraq haven’t really learned the lesson of the last decade,” Obama said.

“The question I think I would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget?” the president asked “And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished?”


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1 posted on 04/28/2014 6:24:59 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

GAG!


2 posted on 04/28/2014 6:27:03 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Sub-Driver

To the headline: Hahahahah


3 posted on 04/28/2014 6:29:47 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL! Funny stuff.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 6:30:16 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama is so humble and modest....


5 posted on 04/28/2014 6:30:18 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Sub-Driver
He avoids errors in his goal of transforming America. Other than that, then by definition they are one colossal error.

Add to that the fact that he is a pathological, consummate liar...and well, you can believe a thing he says...and our allies and enemies know this:

OBAMA'S SCANDALS
6 posted on 04/28/2014 6:30:30 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Sub-Driver
Not 'sexy'?

How about non existent?

7 posted on 04/28/2014 6:32:05 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sub-Driver

Then Little Petulant blames FoxNews for not reporting good-news stories about the successes of his foreign policy.


8 posted on 04/28/2014 6:32:06 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

BS


9 posted on 04/28/2014 6:32:25 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Sub-Driver

They avoid decisions and tough choices.


10 posted on 04/28/2014 6:34:18 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Sub-Driver

He is nothing BUT one bigass error. Right down to the condom his daddy didn’t wear to his entire fictional existence as a US Citizen, continuing on to his Elmer Gantry election as pResident.


11 posted on 04/28/2014 6:34:43 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Sub-Driver

:: Obama says his foreign policy views are not always ‘sexy,’ but they avoid ‘errors’ ::

In sports, that is know as “playing not to lose”.

In politics, it is known as “leading from behind”.


12 posted on 04/28/2014 6:35:08 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, first to have a credible foreign policy, you need to be trusted. No one believes what President Obama says. They deem him a lame duck already. (Especially Putin who smells blood in the water and could become very dangerous.) His only hope is a dominate Democratic Congress this election.


13 posted on 04/28/2014 6:38:48 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Sub-Driver
Dost thou FOLKS have trouble understanding my Proclamation??

14 posted on 04/28/2014 6:39:41 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Sub-Driver

Not sexy, nor does it avoid errors. “Sexy” foreign policy that focuses on avoiding errors: lowered expectations defined. He failed them.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 6:39:46 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Sub-Driver
Huh? The U.S. foreign policy toward Egypt in 2010-2012 was nothing but grievous yet comically stupid error on the part of the President. Obama the Lesser backed a bunch of Muslim radicals (whether he knew he was doing so or not), a group which was tossed out on its collective ear the following year, much to the confused dismay of Obama himself. Events left Obama in a laughable lurch, penned in by his own utter foreign policy incompetence, while the remainder of the world roared with amused mirth at his ham-fisted fecklessness.

If this is "avoiding foreign policy error," then we shudder to think what damage he could have inflicted had he actually been trying.
16 posted on 04/28/2014 6:42:21 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: PowderMonkey

I think he means it’s sexy to lead from behind. RME


17 posted on 04/28/2014 6:42:36 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Sub-Driver

More meaningless drivel, full of sound bytes and flurry, signifying nothing from the Idiot-in-Chief.


18 posted on 04/28/2014 6:43:00 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Sub-Driver

Huh?


19 posted on 04/28/2014 6:51:01 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

No kidding. I almost spewed DP all over my laptop when I read the headline.


20 posted on 04/28/2014 6:56:29 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'sexy,' but they avoid 'errors'

If, by "avoiding errors", he means never making a decision, I suppose he could make that argument.

21 posted on 04/28/2014 6:58:07 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'sexy,' but they avoid 'errors'

He can throw lines like that around knowing that he's armed with a nuclear option. Yes, the Race Card.

Headline coming soon: "European and Asian Leaders Are Racists" NY Times, Wash. Post, LA Times, ABCNNBCBS . . . .

22 posted on 04/28/2014 6:58:25 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Jeff Head

> During a press conference in Manila, Obama said that while his foreign policy efforts “may not always be sexy,” he had strengthened partnerships and allegiances around the world that would pay dividends for years to come.

Yeah for George Soros...


23 posted on 04/28/2014 6:58:53 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Sub-Driver

If he weren’t so dangerous he’d be laughable.


24 posted on 04/28/2014 7:00:44 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Sub-Driver

Error avoided.

25 posted on 04/28/2014 7:00:57 AM PDT by Slyfox (When progressives ignore moral parameters, they also lose the natural gift of common sense.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes, he has strengthened his partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda .


26 posted on 04/28/2014 7:04:09 AM PDT by Eva
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To: GreenHornet

> “This administration, I never have seen anything like it in my life,” McCain told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s passive.”

Yeah we KNOW. Boot the traitor from office already. You’re must be pissed at a president who won’t act faster to jumpstart a war for your military contractor donors.


27 posted on 04/28/2014 7:04:42 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Sub-Driver

28 posted on 04/28/2014 7:14:36 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'sexy,' but they avoid 'errors'

Can't he try to sound more presidential or at the very least more grown up? Sheesh... this is the smartest president ever?

29 posted on 04/28/2014 7:32:43 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Irenic
"Sheesh... this is the smartest president ever?"

For the many that are total IDIOTS...he is the smartest president ever!

30 posted on 04/28/2014 7:39:44 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Sub-Driver


Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'effective,' but they avoid 'backbone'


31 posted on 04/28/2014 8:04:55 AM PDT by caligatrux (...some animals are more equal than others.)
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To: John Semmens
John, reality has passed your semi-news. You better catch up.

Obama says his foreign policy views are not always 'sexy,' but they avoid 'errors'

32 posted on 04/28/2014 8:33:17 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s sure working in Africa, not even Christians and Ambassadors can deny that.. where attacks are as vicious or even more so under Obama.

Delusional? to say the least.

Obama. not me. ;-]


33 posted on 04/28/2014 8:53:06 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: tioga

I think he means it’s sexy to lead WITH your behind.


34 posted on 04/28/2014 8:55:36 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Sub-Driver

To themselves islamists are error free.


35 posted on 04/28/2014 8:57:17 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Sub-Driver

First what foreign poicy and second it’s mac daddies way of justifying himself as a weak, whining girly pu***.


36 posted on 04/28/2014 10:45:31 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Sub-Driver

After Libya and Egypt and Syria, after his antimissile policies in Poland and the Czech Republic, after seating the two most feckless and unqualified Secretaries of State in the country’s history this colossal incompetent has the nerve to bring up foreign policy? If anyone in the press ever challenged him on this howler he’d fall apart, but they never will.


37 posted on 04/28/2014 10:54:01 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Sub-Driver

Like the difference between doing things right and doing the right thing. Sadly for the US, he does neither.


38 posted on 04/28/2014 11:14:27 AM PDT by DPMD
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