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Obama’s Foreign Policy: Oklahoma Crimes, Deforestation And L.A. Clippers
The Daily Caller ^ | May 14 2014 | Neil Munro

Posted on 05/14/2014 8:43:26 PM PDT by PoloSec

President Barack Obama casually ignited a small political fire as he passed through Malaysia last month, when he spent a few minutes criticizing the nation’s huge palm-oil sector.

The little-noticed remarks earned him plaudits from his vital environmental constituency, but they also ticked off a large and politically influential constituency in the fast-growing country.

In “Malaysia, what you’ve seen is huge portions of tropical forests… just being shredded because of primarily the palm oil industry… there are large business interests behind that industry,” he instructed Malaysian students and graduates at a town-hall meeting in university.

“You have to be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” he said as he directed them to organize against their own nation’s economic sector. “You have to say, this is important… You can educate your parents, friends, coworkers… [and] you can potentially change policy,” he told the Malaysians, none of whom showed enthusiasm for his agenda.

The country’s government-backed palm-oil producers have pushed back with op-eds and a new video offering stories of Malaysian small-holders who cultivate their palm forests to provide natural oil for use as fuel, in food processing and in cosmetics.

“President Obamaa’s comments are inaccurate, misleading and offensive. We think he owes us an apology,” says the video, which is highlighted on a website run by the nation’s palm-oil industry.

Obama’s foray into palm-oil politics was one of several occasions in recent months where the president’s domestic priorities have played a walk-on role in his foreign policy pitches.

On the same Malaysian trip — which officials said was intended to cement diplomatic and trade ties between the two countries — Obama also used a question at a press conference to jump into the controversy over race-related remarks by the owner of the L.A. Clippers.

“The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and slavery and segregation that’s still there… we constantly have to be on guard against racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength,” he said in the middle of his April 27 press conference with Prime Minister Najib Razak.

A few days later, Obama used a question at a May 2 Rose Garden press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to dive into long-standing dispute over capital punishment for African-American murderers. Those comments veered far from the top-level topic of the press event — the U.S. and German response to the slow-motion Russian invasion of Ukraine — and colored the media’s coverage of Obama’s calculated ambivalence towards Ukraine.

“What happened in Oklahoma is deeply troubling,” Obama began. “In the application of the death penalty in this country, we have seen significant problems — racial bias [and] uneven application of the death penalty,” he said, in what was likely another effort to spur African-American support prior to the November election.


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1 posted on 05/14/2014 8:43:26 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

What a jerk to not only throw racism into the story about the botched Oklahoma execution, but to actually try and evoke some sympathy for the murderer. I wonder if he even bothered to research why he was being given the death penalty, before he opened his mouth?


2 posted on 05/14/2014 9:07:15 PM PDT by binge_drinking
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To: binge_drinking

I wonder if his writers are as fed up with him as we are. Does he review all his speeches before he holds a reading session with his teleprompters? The idiot is all over the place subject wise.

I’d love to be the one who programs his teleprompter. /evil smirk


3 posted on 05/14/2014 9:27:18 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: PoloSec

I wonder if Zero realizes that half the world laughs at him when he talks about our ‘legacy of slavery’. Our legacy of slavery is, we eliminated it from the face of our nation about 250 years ago and paid a million lives bounty. These countries don’t care what happened 250 years ago and most countries would rather forget their own history and move on too. Maybe he should save the slavery speech for his Muslim Brother-hoods, who still practice it.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 9:48:22 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: PoloSec

I hate this man. I know life is short and I shouldn’t. But he is a disgusting evil little man.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 1:11:33 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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Apparently the only good industries for this clown would be solar, wind and the construction of temples to Himself.


6 posted on 05/15/2014 4:07:11 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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