Skip to comments.Obama needs to work on his foreign policy, not his golf game (L.A. Times)
Posted on 07/30/2014 12:38:23 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally.
Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Only three years ago, Obama helped NATO allies overthrow Moammar Kadafi as part of his lead from behind doctrine, but he has done little to help the resulting democratic government secure its authority.
Not only did the U.S. not support sending international peacekeepers, it didn't mount a serious program to train a new Libyan army. The predictable result has been utter chaos. In September 2012, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. In recent days, much of Tripoli's main airport has been destroyed in militia fighting. The embassy staff had to be evacuated overland as thick black smoke from the fighting hung over the Tripoli skyline.
In any other circumstances and especially if the chief executive were a Republican this would have been a scandal blared across the media. But at a time when we are witnessing the near-total collapse of American foreign policy, it barely registers.
It is hard, after all, for events in Libya to compete with the far greater catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine, where Russian President Vladimir Putin first annexed Crimea and now appears intent on detaching the eastern part of the country. When Ukraine mounted a sustained offensive against Russian-backed separatist militias, Putin upped the ante, providing his proxies with heavy weapons ranging from artillery and tanks to antiaircraft missiles. . .
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We’re better off when Obama golfs. If anything he should golf more.
LA Times is clueless.
The Obama doctrine is “on the green in two”
Too late for that.The buffoon-in -chief has burned all the bridges.
No he needs to work on his golf game.
Don’t forget that the only other Commander in Chief to create a COLD WAR was Truman., both Democrats.
Agreed. He has Valerie Jarrett in Washington to take care of things while he is away as she does while he is there.
It's a start.
Boot was all for supporting Syrian 'rebels'[terrorist] in the past. He seldom lacks a place in the world where he wouldn't want the US to 'intervene'.
Yikes, even Pravda on the Pacific can stand only so much.
Someone will be fired for this...
"Don't think of it as work. The whole point is just to enjoy yourself."
King Putt has no time for foreign policy.
Let him golf. World’s problems are tough crap. War mongers continually want more of America’s blood and treasure. Protect our borders. Screw the world. Build America.
I’m gonna take a wild guess here. Max Boot is the LAT’s token conservative or token Republican, right?
If his golf game is anything like his foreign policy, he must be a four putter.................
Actually it is possible that Obama is a foreign policy Wiz. If the goal is Middle East chaos, removing dictators and abandoning friendly governments to make way for the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS and the like then surely Obama gets an A+.
It all depends on your perspective. Or Valerie Jarrett’s.
You can bet he cheats on his score. Probably takes within 30 feet of the hole as a “gimme.”
It’s easier to cheat at golf.
“I believe silence will be met with silence”
I believe that oil products are still the number one (only?) income for Russia.
Just turn U.S. oil companies loose and see what happens.
Screw 'im and all the aged 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radical, psycho spoiled brats and their ideological litters in the Administration.
From the Chambers to the chamber pot..
Void the bowels of Washington, D.C. 2014 - 2016
First of all... someone is going to have to define ‘foreign policy’ for “O”
Kind of what I thought. Surprising really.
Obama’s foreign policy goals are so on track and ahead of schedule, Obama has plenty of time for golf.
It's all been just so easy for him
0bama’s goal is for his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, to go up in smoke. Literally.
One can not work on what he does not have.
The Department of State has been pretty much rendered obsolete.
I'd rather have Truman.
“...create a COLD WAR was Truman.,..”
Well... I’d say the Russians CREATED it... Truman’s fault was in not putting them in their place while he had the chance to.
And then going timid and tepid about finishing it.
Max Boot is a Neoconservative or NeoCon and he doesn't work for LAT, its an editorial.
Does anyone remember the last big NeoCon event? Just a few weeks ago. Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Paul Bremmer, and others making the rounds wanting to re-invade Iraq.
The NeoCons don't like Obama's foreign policy, except for Libya. Back there in 2011 when Obama made the decision to intervene the NeoCons were very pleased. At that time Bill Kristol proclaimed Obama to be a "Born Again NeoCon"
“..its an editorial “
I’d say it’s more a commentary than editorial. It doesn’t seem to reflect anything close to the LAT editorial policy. That’s why I assumed Boot was its token “conservative” or “Republican” contributor.
That’s why headlines posted here about contributor commentaries cast in any way as being reflective of the paper/magazine/network are misleading. Reading the headline here, with the LA Times reference, would lead one to believe it was an LAT column or editorial vs the commentary of an individual who in no way reflects that paper’s actual position.
For me Libya was just too confused a situation to be involved in. Both sides were unworthy.
As much as I had loathed Khadaffy, at least his nation was stable and he had reined himself in.
He was a known quantity.
I saw sure destabilization in the aftermath. That’s what has resulted.
Having Muslim brotherhood advisers, for the president has been very corruptive IMO.
He's well versed in foreign policy and worked for McCain's and Romney's campaign.
Beginning with George W. Bush, the NeoCons have become very influential in the GOP. Now there is the big battle going on between the NeoCons and the isolationist Rand Paul.
truman could pass as a republican in 2014...
I didnt Know Truman...But I know he wasnt a Barack Obama..
I remember Truman. President Truman was not aloof. He never forgot that he was one of the people. He communicated with us just as we communicate among ourselves. Example (part of a letter sent to a local D.C. neighbor):
Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below! Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you'll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.
[ Max Boot is the LATs token conservative or token Republican, right?]
It’s an Op-Ed or “guest editorial.”
Yes, I was trying to make the point that the headline (L.A. Times) would have one believe it was the position of the LAT, rather than that of a commentary article. Happens here all all the time. When a random conservative/Republican/libertarian/whatever has a column printed it is NOT speaking for the publication, so the headline adjustments tend to be misleading.