Skip to comments.GOP’s bizarro foreign policy: Alienate America’s closest allies on “day one”
Posted on 04/06/2015 5:38:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
When Republicans criticize Barack Obamas foreign policy, their critiques usually break down into two broad themes: Americas enemies no longer fear us, and Americas allies no longer trust us. The part about our enemies fearing us is usually a reference to Russia conservatives believe quite earnestly that Russias military expansionism over the last few years is a consequence of Vladimir Putin sizing up the president and determining that hes a weakling. No less an authority than Peggy Noonan made this very argument just last Friday, lamenting a Russian president who took the Americans measure and made a move, upsetting a hard-built order that had maintained for a quarter-century since the fall of the Soviet Unionwhat a mess.
As for our allies, the claim that they can no longer trust us is typically a reference to Israel and the ongoing spat between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran policy and the two-state solution with the Palestinians. Republicans and conservatives arent shy about their preference for Netanyahus foreign policy vision and even do kooky things like invite him to speak before Congress while hes in the final stages of a tough reelection fight.
But regardless of whom theyre referring to, Republicans are clear on one point: Because of Obama, Americas friends across the world just cant take us at our word anymore. And the GOP candidates for 2016 have a plan for how to fix that: On their first day as president, theyll break our word to our allies.
Im referring, of course, to the multilateral negotiations on Irans nuclear program, in which the United States is partnered with France, Germany, Britain, Russia, and China. Even before the outline of the agreement was unveiled last week, Republicans with ambitions for the White House promised that they would withdraw from whatever arrangement the allied world powers came to with Iran, and that they would do so on literally their first day as president. Assuming that a deal does come together, it will be the product of decades of international pressure and many long months of delicate negotiating. Everyone from Marco Rubio to Ted Cruz to Scott Walker has said theyll obliterate all that work in less than a day.
I want to focus on Walker here, since hes been a bit stumbly on foreign policy, and also because hes gone further than anyone else in attacking the deal. As Greg Sargent noted at the Washington Post, after the framework was released last week Walker renewed his promise to scuttle the deal as president, and was asked by a radio host if hed still go through with it even if it meant that our trading partners would abandon the international sanctions regime that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. His answer? Yes, of course:
WALKER: Absolutely. If I ultimately choose to run, and if Im honored to be elected by the people of this country, I will pull back on that on January 20, 2017, because the last thing not just for the region but for this world we need is a nuclear-armed Iran. It leaves not only problems for Israel, because they want to annihilate Israel, it leaves the problems in the sense that the Saudis, the Jordanians and others are gonna want to have access to their own nuclear weapons
Thats about as vacant a response as you can offer, and it makes clear that Walkers grasp of the issue doesnt extend too far beyond Iran is bad. If an agreement is reached and President Walker does back out of it, then all hell have done is make it more likely that Iran obtains a nuclear weapon. Hes already acknowledged that whatever sanctions might be imposed will lack the backing of the international community, which hell have alienated with his unilateral action to demolish the diplomatic framework in place. So, as Jim Newell points out, that would leave Walker with two options: pray that nothing bad happens until the Iranian regime collapses, or drop a bunch of bombs.
Would dropping those bombs deprive Iran of a nuke? Well, John Bolton who places more faith than anyone in the power of bombs to solve problems says that an enthusiastic application of explosives to Iranian nuclear sites could set the program back a whopping three to five years. The framework under discussion would freeze things in place for at least 10 years. So wed be putting Americans in harms way and pissing off all our friends, all for less than what wed get than if we stick to our commitments.
But thats the big plan for renewing the worlds trust in America and getting our enemies to fear us again. On day one of the next Republican administration, well start behaving like erratic and irresponsible fools who renege on our obligations and pursue policies that tip us towards yet another protracted war in the Middle East. And all this will get the world believing in American exceptionalism again.
Projection. The progtards do it every time.
The only way you could be sicker than the folks at Salon would be if if you somehow wanted to use Salon for your toilet paper.
new abbreviation NEWAW.
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I swear these leftists are becoming more deranged by the day. This essay makes no sense whatsoever.
This guy is so naive and stupid to believe Iran will honor any agreement with anyone.
The Obamadoctrine has been to take America down several pegs on the world stage.
He’s repeatedly rejected our allies and provided aid and comfort to the Communists (former Soviets, Castro, Chavez, et al) and Islamists (Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Iran, et al).
The rabid Left can’t be logical or honest. The lie is all the Left has. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so dangerous. They will defend Obama’s “failed” [fill in the blank] because they like watching America being diminished at home and abroad.
Stalinists lie. ALWAYS
And millions always die.
Given how absolutely terrible the “agreement” with (aka appeasement-based capitulation to) Iran is, I imagine our allies will breath a sigh of relief when a conservative President and Congress wipe away any traces of the “agreement.”
That is a completely lame article...doesn’t state the Republican side fairly at all and is a one dimensional view of a three dimensional issue.
For example, it is not just Russia that has lost it’s fear of the US...let’s add North Korea, Iran, China, Syria, etc. etc.
Let’s also add to the list of allies who can not trust this administration...Australia, England, Israel, Saudi Arabia, etc. etc. etc.
Very poorly written article.
The No Nukes Hollywood Left is certainly silent about this deal. They were angry in the 60s, 70s, 80, and in 2012 after the Japanese disaster.
But there is no global call for using alternative energies in Iran or protesting their move towards nuclear power.
“The lie is all the Left has.”
But it works.
Remember that when Salon says something, its George Soros talking. You know, the Nazi collaborator from occupied Hungary?
Is this article about Obama?
It’s one of those perpetual questions that defy an easy answer:
Is Simon Maloy merely a credulous fool and a dupe, or is Simon Maloy an evil SOB?
While I believe that strong arguments can be made for either proposition, the most reasonable conclusion is that he is both.
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