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How Bad Is Obama’s Foreign Policy? Let Us Count the Ways

A quick overview of the president's gaffe-prone, inexplicably weak, and dangerously naive foreign policy.

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May 21, 2010 - 11:15 am
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When even the pages of the Huffington Post are excoriating Barack Obama’s foreign policy, you know the commander in chief is in some pretty serious trouble.

Writing for the HuffPo, Ken Blackwell, a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and the Family Research Council, pulls no punches:

It would be hard to say which specific foreign policy of the Obama administration is worst. Iran sanctions? Russian relations? Attacks on Israel for Jewish settlements in Jerusalem? Trashing the special relationship with Britain? Insulting the Canadians in their own capital? Failure to secure the border with Mexico? We have an entire menu of foreign policy disasters to consider.

Blackwell points out that despite Obama’s claim to the contrary, there is no sign that Russia will assist the West in imposing sanctions on Iran. Just the opposite, in fact. Russia has just announced a massive new offensive weapons arms deal with Syria, a country that serves as a direct pipeline to the Hezbollah terrorists who are also favored by Iran.

If that’s what the august pages of the Huffington Post are saying, it isn’t hard to imagine how the right is starting to see Obama’s craven conduct. But for those who remain unclear, former Bushie David Kramer, now with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, spelled it out in no uncertain terms in the Washington Post.

Focusing on another festival of Obamanian failure, Kramer blasts Obama for selling out our Eastern European and Central Asian allies in order to get the Iran deal that never was. He believes the administration has signaled that Russia has a free hand to gobble up Georgia: “The administration is essentially abandoning the Georgians and giving Russia a green light to continue to engage in provocative behavior along its borders.” He continues:

Obama and other senior U.S. officials have repeatedly said they do not recognize a Russian “sphere of influence,” but actions, or non-actions, speak louder than those words. Through its neglect of countries in the region except for Russia, the administration is ceding to Moscow exactly such a sphere.

As Professor Ethan Burger of Georgetown University argued recently on my blog La Russophobe, yet another sign of Obama’s capitulation to Russia is his willingness to allow Russia into the World Trade Organization without first embracing any of the core principles that support the WTO. Why should Russia think it needs to make any fundamental changes if it can get what it wants without making any?

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