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President Obama and the World
New York Times ^ | May 3, 2014 | Editorial Board

Posted on 05/04/2014 7:28:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Two years after winning an election in which foreign policy was barely mentioned, President Obama is being pummeled at home and abroad for his international leadership. The world sometimes seems as if it is flying apart, with Mr. Obama unable to fix it. Through a combination of a few significant missteps, circumstances beyond his control, unreasonable expectations and his maddeningly bland demeanor, Mr. Obama has opened himself to criticism that he is not articulating a strong, overarching blueprint for the exercise of American power and has not been able to bend authoritarian leaders to his will.

Still, too often, Mr. Obama’s ambitions seem in question. It does not feel as if he is exercising sufficient American leadership and power, even if he is in fact working to solve a problem. Some analysts have suggested he lacks a passion for foreign policy. Others say he has no inspiring ideological prism through which the world can understand his choices. Others say he is too resigned to the obstacles that prevent the United States from being able to control world events as easily as it may once have done. These criticisms have some truth to them, and Mr. Obama sometimes makes things worse when he deigns to explain himself.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bias; failure; journalism; media
The NYT editorial board admits their chosen one is a FAILURE.
1 posted on 05/04/2014 7:28:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“These criticisms have some truth to them, and Mr. Obama sometimes makes things worse when he deigns to explain himself.”

SOMETIMES???


2 posted on 05/04/2014 7:30:53 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

We sent a boy to do a man’s job.


3 posted on 05/04/2014 7:31:26 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The world sometimes seems as if it is flying apart, with Mr. Obama unable to fix it.

Unable to fix it? He's the main cause for its flying apart.

4 posted on 05/04/2014 7:32:56 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: MeshugeMikey

a combination of a few significant missteps, circumstances beyond his control, unreasonable expectations and his maddeningly bland demeanor

Oh yeah and he’s a islamophile,Marxian, from god knows
where who hates everything America stands for.

An almost critique from the old gray whore.


5 posted on 05/04/2014 7:36:10 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: Oldeconomybuyer

0baMao’s in the job strictly for his ego, the perks, his ego, his “place in history”, and his ego...


6 posted on 05/04/2014 7:37:49 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
he is not articulating a strong, overarching blueprint for the exercise of American power and has not been able to bend authoritarian leaders to his will.

LOL..bend authoritarian leaders to his will...snort...

Yeah, that chicago political thuggery doesn't work so well on the international stage...

Putin, Assad, Iranian Mullahs, China just don't understand... how brilliant and transformatic he is...

Obama is used to pushing Americans and his friends around....our enemies he has no idea what to do...

When you lose the NYT's you are lameduck...

7 posted on 05/04/2014 7:39:58 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Mr. Obama has opened himself to criticism that he is not articulating a strong, overarching blueprint for the exercise of American power

This IS the Obama blueprint - We are living The Plan.

For all those limp-wristed Euro-weenies who wanted to end America's global influence, Obama is making their dreams come true.

Hope they like it because the milk has already been spilt.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 7:41:21 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Others say he has no inspiring ideological prism through which the world can understand his choices.”

Interesting statement. Sending Churchill’s bust back to England in his first month in office seems a pretty clear statement of ideology. Enthusiastic support of the MB in Egypt, tacit support of Al Quaeda in Libya, refusal to side with students in Iran during the green revolt, actively attempting to subvert constitutional processes in Honduras so that a Marxist could take power. The list could go on and on. Anyone who cannot see a clear ideological basis for his foreign policy decisions isn’t looking very hard.


9 posted on 05/04/2014 7:42:39 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Popman

Alinskites do not know how to fight those who actually studied and use Communism or communist tactics in their governing.


10 posted on 05/04/2014 7:43:10 AM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: ModelBreaker

And it seems like now that Obama is trying everything to make this situation go away as fast as possible. The fastest way to do that is to goad Russia into taking Ukraine, then start negotiating with Russia to lift the sanctions (Possible that Russia pays off Ukraine’s IMF/World bank debt in exchange for taking the state and making it a puppet).


11 posted on 05/04/2014 7:45:20 AM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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Alinskites do not know how to fight those who actually studied and use Communism or communist tactics in their governing.

Pretty obvious since the Obama administration is normally two or three steps behind in strategy...and tactics...

One would think the Obama administration gigantic arrogance would get tapped down after 5 years of complete foreign policy failures...

12 posted on 05/04/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Friedman write this too?


13 posted on 05/04/2014 7:54:47 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The NYT editorial board admits their chosen one is a FAILURE.

But still wants to grade him on a curve to maintain his "perfect 4.0 average"...

14 posted on 05/04/2014 7:55:45 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

DUDES He won the election. What are you complaining about?


15 posted on 05/04/2014 7:58:55 AM PDT by az wildkitten (8 years 'til I retire)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The sun was in his eyes. The refs were against him. The hoops were loose. If you can’t do the job, don’t beg for it.....twice.


16 posted on 05/04/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Conclusion: the world is RACIST!


17 posted on 05/04/2014 8:06:07 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is how slooooow the progs are, they believe that he HAS leadership skills. He wants nothing to do with leading anyone anywhere at anytime, at least not the way we have known leadership to be.
He’s more like a character at a haunted house, leaping out of the shadows screaming and howling,trying to create fear and chaos, only to slip back into the darkness, laughing, watching the scared sheep run, waiting for the next group to come along


18 posted on 05/04/2014 8:27:07 AM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"a combination of a few significant missteps, circumstances beyond his control, unreasonable expectations and his maddeningly bland demeanor"

"a few significant missteps"

Libya, Syria, Israel, China, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, Germany, the Koreas, and Japan is "a few"?

"circumstances beyond his control"

A real leader controls "circumstances beyond his control". Bush, Reagan, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington, to name a few.

"unreasonable expectations"

I thought he was "the One we all were waiting for?"

"his maddeningly bland demeanor"

This used to be called "cool".

19 posted on 05/04/2014 9:12:09 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones)
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To: Huskrrrr

I was just about to say ... he reminds me of a college sophomore running for student body president ...


20 posted on 05/04/2014 9:25:45 AM PDT by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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