Skip to comments.Rudderless U.S. foreign policy - Obama stands by as tyranny spreads
Posted on 07/29/2014 7:29:45 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
From the Middle East to Eurasia, it often seems that President Obama is reacting to events instead of trying to shape them. Americans have begun to see his collective failures as an indictment on his presidency, and they long for clarity and purpose from their president.
The clear foreign policy that is grounded in American ideas of promoting liberty abroad and preserving our security at home is what is needed now. That is how we became a superpower. Reversing these ideas allows our adversaries to become stronger and impairs our ability to respond to present-day threats.
While Mr. Obamas foreign-policy adventures have waxed and waned in the eyes of the American public, his indecisiveness in places such as Iraq and Syria has presented an image of weakness on the global stage. We have failed to adequately deal with Russian aggression in Georgia and Ukraine. Recognizing that the United States would soon be changing administrations, Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. ....Russias Vladimir Putin sensed our weakness and saw opportunity. Six years later, he annexed Crimea and now pro-Russian forces are trying to take over more land in Ukraine.
What has the Obama administration done in response to this aggression by Russia? Not really much, other than impose toothless sanctions on Russian businessmen close to Mr. Putin (but not the Russian president himself) that have done little to make Russia change course. Is this what Ronald Reagan would have done? Or would he have helped pro-democracy Ukrainians and pressed Europe to look for alternatives to Russian natural gas to preclude being held hostage by Russian energy? Additionally, we need to reinforce our commitments to NATO and get the former components of the Soviet Union involved. Otherwise, Mr. Putin will do this again.
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Well, he’s a tyrant himself, so...
Obama’s too busy spreading tyranny at home.
Not too concerned with the rest of the world...we have enough within our own borders.
- 0bama helping Central America invade the United States
- ISIS overtaking Iraq
- Hamas attacking Israel
..and that's just for starters
0bama is like a deer in the headlights.
Caron’s a good guy and I’m sure that it feels great to vent at both 0bama and our old Cold War foe at the same time, but poor Ben is terrible at geopolitics.
If you are unfamiliar with the chess term “stabilizing the board” then you might not realize that Carson’s advice to 0bama on Russia/Ukraine is out of sequence.
That means that it is now bad advice, whereas if that advice had been given *before* Putin seized the Crimea the same advice would have been spot on.
Timing matters. You don’t send in your ground troops and *then* shell your artillery onto the enemies’ trenches. The sequence in which you make geopolitical moves is important.
Sequence matters. You shell the enemy’s trenches first, and *then* send in your troops, for example.
Carson is advising the opposite sequence.
Bad idea...yet few people will understand why “bad advice” today would have been “good advice” to do in January.
Most people do not grasp that sequence matters.
Hence my tag line.
“Deer in the headlights”?? Hardly. All this is architected by the bastard.
Let's say you have amazing intestinal fortitude. Could you have secured MH17 site with the 173rd Airborne and the Royal Dutch Marines? If yes, how? If not, why? Just very curious.
And that's just in the US.....
He’s not standing by he’s fanning the flames.
It is clear that Ø's purpose is to advance a global Caliphate.
You can do lots of things, but the *cost* in labor, money, time, equipment, and lives increases based upon (among other things) the length of your supply lines versus the length of your opponent’s.
MH17 was quite close to Russian supply bases, and quite far from U.S. supply bases...and with only 1 American on board, MH17 was a minor U.S. “interest” compared to those of Russia.
Which is to point out that volunteering to over-extend your military for a trivial national interest is generally considered to be unwise.
Carson correctly points out that if we don’t act now, Putin will take even more territory. We need to take the initiative and force Putin to react to our moves.
> Hes not standing by hes fanning the flames.
Hell he started the fire then threw gasoline on it...
Life doesn’t work like that. IF it mattered to stop Putin from taking more territory, you would have needed to act *prior* to Putin taking Crimea.
Instead, acting *after* Putin took the Crimea puts the U.S. “behind the curve” in military terms. Being behind the curve means that you have to make predictable, costly, or desperate moves...and your likelihood of success is small.
Right now, it is too late for Ukraine/Crimea. However, we could act now to shore up Poland and Germany.
Acting now for Ukraine/Crimea *instead* of shoring up Poland/Germany means that you could lose far more than (parts of) the Ukraine.
You have to stabilize the board at this point. Ground is lost because we got behind the curve. Getting more behind the curve will cost us more countries.
You’ll lose Poland and Germany if you waste efforts on the Ukraine at this point.
Putin took Crimea, but it’s not too late to stop him from taking the rest of Eastern Ukraine. If we fail to act now, it will be too late.
What you are saying is like saying in the 1950’s it’s too late to save West Berlin, we should just let the Soviets have it. It’s like saying in the 1940’s, it’s too late to save France, just let Hitler keep it.
Nobel Laurette B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, has achieved what only Harry Truman had achieved: ANOTHER COLD WAR.
THE OBAMA COLD WAR will be a lot safer, as no boots will be issued to Soldiers, Jet Fuel will be rationed to all but Air Force One, and there will be safe usage of Obamadrones, painted Putting-Green, (TM), of course.
Barry’s directors and writers have done one bang up job to this point...
when it all crumbles around him.....we shall see who gets the last laugh.
I think stunned like the Norwegian parrot.
Obama is an STD to Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty..
Ø is but a symptom of the disease that killed this republic.
WE can not survive an illiterate electorate that has the power to vote. Until that changes, we swirl down the drain.
This is Dr Ben Carson. maybe a presidential candidate weighing in on world affairs. he seems to have national issues well in hand.
Very good PBS Frontline program this week on the history of the Iraqi war - Bush and the crew take their lumps, but Obama looks totally incompetent - for instance Bush worked closely with Al Maliki, even holding regular TV “tutorials” with him to help guide his policies while heading Iraq - although Maliki showed tendencies to want to purge sunnis during that period, they were held in check - from the time Obama took over he never met with Maliki, even insisting that the Iraq ruling council formalize an informal understanding that no Americans remaining in country would be held criminally responsible for actions attributable to war, something Obama knew was unlikely - this gave Obama the rationalization to pull all our troops out of the country at the end of 2011 as per agreement reached by Bush and thus treating Iraq as a “normal” and “sovereign” nation, something commentators on the program all agreed was far from actuality. The day after our troops left, Maliki had the sunni vice-premier arrested and began a major purge of sunni influence in the country, including even the “Sons of Iraq”, the sunni militia which Petraeus had bought off to help pacify the country during the “Surge” - so out of touch was our government with the Iraq government that we had no idea that the Iraq army would collapse when ISIS invaded in the spring - Obama threw away what had been gained in the country because of what the program makes evident was his dislike for the war and Bush’s policy and his desire to simply walk away and be done with it....
1. The Netherlands, Britain and Germany are NATO members.
2. The downing of a commercial plane by Russia i.e. Ukrainian Rebels/Terrorists is not a trivial matter especially if it sets a precedence.
3. It is America who stands for human decency, human dignity and we did nothing. Period. Very sad. (See and hear speech at 1:40-1:50; 2:30-4:43; and finally 5:45-6:43 minutes into Mr. Timmerman's speech)
4. Below is the Dutch Foreign Minister Timmerman's address to the UN Security Council. It is Churchillian and only 6:43 minutes long. It is worth a listen just to hear a Statesman in action. You will appreciate his ability to persuade. It is quite moving.
We lost Poland when Obama rescinded missile defense. Hopefully we will elect a POTUS who understand the world as it is not as interpreted by a rabid left wing ideologue.
When someone mentions Hitler, they’ve already lost the debate.
I was talking about the West Berlin Airlift for heaven's sake. Forget it. No need to listen to Timmerman or respond to me. You are not worthy of such a statesman. You are too puny to appreciate his speech.
Eff you and good bye A$$hole. I am pissed so stay far away from me.
he wants it to spread, crises to exploit. it’s deliberate.
Obamas too busy spreading tranny at home.
Well, that and other things...
E erything Clow Prince nobama does is intentional. For many, this is difficult accept.
How is this the U.S. of A's problem? Isn't this what the U.N is for?
Why do we allow ourselves to get dragged into every other country's problems? We worry about them, but no one/media/talking heads pushes the government to do something about our country being overtaken.
Name of show= PBS Frontline - “Losing Iraq”.....