American Elephants

Does Anyone Understand U.S. Foreign Policy? (Can We Please Have the Cowboy back?) by The Elephant's Child

Here is an excerpt from Liz Cheney’s speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. She went on to say:

In the era of Obama, American allies have their loyalty met with humiliation, arrogance and incompetence. The shabby reception Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu received in Washington a few weeks ago — being treated as an uninvited guest at the White House — was disgraceful. President Obama must not understand the most fundamental point about US-Israeli relations — the world is safer when there is no daylight between America and the state of Israel.

Afghan President Karzai, whose support we need if we are going to succeed in Afghanistan, is being treated to an especially dangerous and juvenile display from this White House. They dress him down publicly almost daily and refuse to even say that he is an ally. There is a saying in the Arab world: “It is more dangerous to be America’s friend than to be her enemy.” In the age of Obama, that is proving true.

Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and one of our strongest and most important allies in the world. Barack Obama is playing a reckless game that could have deadly consequences if he continues on the path of diminishing America’s ties to Israel. Israel is not the only ally to have felt Obama’s wrath — last year the Obama Administration pulled the rug out from under leaders in Poland and the Czech Republic by abruptly canceling a missile defense system they had committed to host. We did so because the Russians complained.

Presidents of both parties have tried to maintain strong alliances with other democracies.  It is very strange to have a president who tries so hard to distance himself from our most loyal allies to demonstrate — what? He made great effort during the campaign to sneer at Bush’s relations with other countries, suggesting that he was going to vastly improve our relationship with the world.  Cheney’s critique of Obama’s Iran policy is hard to dispute, given the mullahs’ actions over the last year.

Ultimately, the only way diplomacy will succeed in halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions is if the mullahs understand, beyond a doubt, that America will take military action if they don’t comply peacefully. No enticements can work — there is nothing the international community can offer Iran that is worth more to them than a nuclear weapon. And watered down sanctions carry their own danger — they buy time for Iran while imposing no cost. The dangers grow to us and our allies with every hour we waste.

It’s hard to figure out just what the Obama administration conceives of as the ideal American foreign policy.  The Obama campaign argued that the Bush administration was damaging our stature in the world, and with new sensitivity, Obama would forge new ties around the world.  So the damaged relationships were apparently with those deemed by the Bush people as belligerents, like Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria, Venezuela and the Palestinian refugees.

Victor Davis Hanson today offers four possible alternative explanations for Obama’s foreign policy — and more importantly, points out the consequences that await.  It’s not a pretty picture.  I hope we can turn it around before it is too late. This is today’s must read. Don’t miss it.

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Comment by Ron spins

Israel is the problem of the Middle East. Jews have no more claim to the land then Native Americans do to your land now.

“beyond a doubt, that America will take military action if they don’t comply peacefully.

Like we can afford another war? It is always easier to say things when you are outside looking in.

“Cheney’s critique of Obama’s Iran policy is hard to dispute”

No it is not. It all depends on what side of the fence one sits on and how big your ego is.

I can guarantee that if this was her father doing the exact same thing she would be talking about how tough her daddy was.

Some people like to self-indoctrinate themselves about life. It makes life a little more easier to live and less confusing.

Problem with dogmatic beliefs is it take great cognitive dissonance to maintain those dogmatic beliefs.


Comment by Mark Baird

Liz had a great speech. Enjoyed reading these excerpts.


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