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Passive Foreign Policy? Blame Lack of Carbon Taxes, Not Obama, Claims NYT's Thomas Friedman
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Posted on 05/04/2014 8:19:28 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Passive Foreign Policy? Blame Lack of Carbon Taxes, Not Obama, Claims NYT's Thomas Friedman By Clay Waters Created 05/04/2014 - 10:26am

While his New York Times columnist colleague Maureen Dowd made liberals nervous with some pungent punches at the Clintons (their "opprobrium and well-known taste for vengeance") in her Sunday Review piece, Thomas Friedman's "It's Not Just About Obama" was surely soothing, as he rose in "partial defense" of Obama's passive foreign policy, saying that the enemy is us and our collective failure to raise taxes to save the environment. And of course, President Bush.

There has been a festival of commentary of late bemoaning the pusillanimous foreign policy of President Obama. If only we had a president who rode horses shirtless, wrestled a tiger or took a bite out of a neighboring country, we’d all feel much safer. Your Honor, I rise in -- partial -- defense of Mr. Obama.

Let me start by asking a question I’ve asked about other countries: Is American foreign policy today the way it is because Obama is the way he is (cerebral, cautious, dispassionate) or is Obama the way Obama is on foreign policy because America is the way America is today (burned by two failed wars and weakened by a great recession) and because the world is the way the world is (increasingly full of failed states and enfeebled U.S. allies)?

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I’d argue that a lot of what makes America less active in the world today is a product first of all of our own diminished leverage because of actions taken by previous administrations. The decisions by the Bush I and Clinton teams to expand NATO laid the seeds of resentment that helped to create Putin and Putinism. The Bush II team not only presided over two unsuccessful wars, but totally broke with American tradition and cut taxes instead of raising them to pay for those wars, weakening our balance sheet. The planning for both wars was abysmal, their execution worse and too many of our “allies” proved to be corrupt or used our presence to prosecute old feuds.

Friedman's points about America's war exhaustion were drowned in his ridiculous ongoing obsession with raising taxes, specifically in the name of the environment. Friedman has proven his ability to shoehorn a call for a gas-tax hike into any issue under discussion, whether the federal deficit, the threat of global warming, or the uprisings in the Arab world. In an April 2013 column Friedman went beyond parody, sliding from the terror bombings in Boston to a carbon tax in just five paragraphs.

In today's piece Friedman began with Obama's passive foreign policy and made the leap to environmental taxes and energy efficiency.

Our biggest problem, though, is not Europe or Obama. Our biggest problem is us and our own political paralysis. The world takes America seriously when they see us doing big hard things together -- when we lead by example. If we want to do more nation-building abroad, then we have to come together on a plan to do more nation-building at home first -- including infrastructure investment, replacing income and corporate taxes with a carbon tax, a major new push for both energy efficiency and properly extracted natural gas, skill-building and immigration reform and gradual long-term fiscal rebalancing. That’s how we build our muscle and weaken Putin’s.


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And for this dribble one gets a Nobel prize.........

I think they are giving them away at the arcades at the Jersey shore this summer.........

1 posted on 05/04/2014 8:19:28 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Who knows, the old fart has cancer, he may have been in with the WH. He is a flaming leftie fool.


2 posted on 05/04/2014 8:21:43 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Sub-Driver

Remember Bubba’s BTU tax.

NO Thanks.


3 posted on 05/04/2014 8:22:07 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This guy is a drooling, blithering idiot. More taxes and BIG government IS NOT always the answer.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 8:24:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Friedman and A.S. Sowell, two useless idiots, working with the Dems and Rinos.


5 posted on 05/04/2014 8:26:31 AM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes indeed, their idiocy knows no bounds.


6 posted on 05/04/2014 8:31:24 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver

Friedman is a died in the wool Environmental Whacko. Almost everything he writes manages to have some environmental cause woven into it. I have said many times that the Environmental Lobby and the Politicians it buys is the greatest threat to the U.S. Economy and Security.


7 posted on 05/04/2014 8:33:30 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Sub-Driver

What an idiot. It must be easy to be that stupid. There are so many running around spouting nonsense today. Friedman is near the top of that list.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Sub-Driver
Passive Foreign Policy? Blame Lack of Carbon Taxes, Not Obama, Claims NYT's Thomas Friedman

Lack of Carbon Taxes?
WTF?

We are living the future, and it ain't no winner.
And getting worse.

From the Invisible Hand to the Heavy Boot on the Neck in seven short years...

Used to be called "wage and Price Controls"; and it has failed every time!

Could also fit the perfect definition of Fascism, but that's a whole other perspective.

9 posted on 05/04/2014 9:16:09 AM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
This guy is a drooling, blithering idiot. More taxes and BIG government IS NOT always ever the answer.

Pardon me.

10 posted on 05/04/2014 10:50:45 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

We’ve had immigration reform for a long time.....can’t these people read?


11 posted on 05/04/2014 8:29:38 PM PDT by oldtech
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