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Thoughts on ‘Smart Diplomacy™’

August 7th, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Here are some names to think about: Libya. Iran. Gaza. Syria. Ukraine. Russia.

What do you think about when you ponder those places?

I think about what a disaster Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been. Obama came to office promising to hit the “reset button” with respect to Russia and now he is Putin’s fool. Libya, poor Libya: Obama went in and removed the world’s only transvestite dictator, and now what? Gadaffi was a comic if malevolent madman, but he was, at the end, a U.S. ally. Barack Obama has trouble distinguishing between allies and enemies.  So he engineered Gaddafi’s ouster.  What then?  The outrage of Benghazi and, now, chaos in Libya. Good going, Barack.

Everyone is waiting for Iran to acquire the nuclear weapons Obama campaigned to prevent. While waiting for that feature presentation, we have another preview in a country I didn’t mention: Iraq.  Whatever you think about our invasion in Iraq under George Bush, at least he left the country with a recognizable form of government under the watchful eye of the U.S. military.

Obama withdrew our forces and, as could have been predicted, the country promptly fell prey to those Muslim fanatics that Obama went to Cairo to court shortly after he was elected.

When Obama left Iraq, he assured the world that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.” Yes, he really said that.

How are things looking in Iraq now? Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Muslim fanatics (my word: the Times preferred “rebels”) captured the country’s largest dam. ISIS, Iraq’s lovable Islamic thugs, have captured the country’s largest Christian town and are busy exterminating Christians. “Even Ghengis Khan didn’t do this,” said one observer.

Women, she said, were being sold as sexual slaves. Children, she said, were dying. Someone, she said, must take notice. “We are being slaughtered!” she sobbed, her voice raw and worn out, as seen on this parliamentary video. “We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the Earth. In the name of humanity, save us!”

Not to worry. Barack Obama has inaugurated a “new beginning” with Islam, which is not our enemy. He has “decimated” al Qaeda, remember?

Meanwhile, Russian bombers penetrated U.S. airspace “at least” 16 times in 10 days. Yes, there’s lots of “Smart Diplomacy™” around today.  The only question is how the U.S. and the rest of the world will fare until we can get rid of the malevolent clown in the White House.

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Gadaffi was never a US ally, but he was mostly behaving himself recently and the oil companies were happy with him.

You should add Egypt to your list and y'know Iraq. Turkey may be bucking to be added. Not to mention all this stuff in the South China Sea. And Venezuela. And Guatemala. And South Texas.
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... and I just saw this highly related and excellent column by Michael Widlanski:
http://pjmedia.com/blog/to-be-liked-or-to-be-feared
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What were seeing in action is lefty hollywood elite diplomacy. I'm sure they will come up with some excuse as to why it doesn't work.
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Roger,
National airspace is different than an Air Defense Interdiction Zone (ADIZ). National airspace extends 12 miles off the coastline. Anyone is allowed to fly beyond 12 miles. An ADIZ is 200 miles off, and is simply a line that marks where U.S. aviation aircraft may elect to meet and escort a foreign aircraft. Normally, if you don’t want a country sending a fighter to “interdict” you, you contact the country (i.e. its ATC) over the radio and ensure you are reporting your position either electronically or by voice.

Increased activity inside the ADIZ of another country is notable only for the increased readiness posture and aggressiveness, but it is in no way “illegal” or a violation of national sovereignty. For example, I once was part of a carrier air wing launch where the entire event flew directly at Vladivostok at high speed. We turned at 15 miles (turning at high speed still involved about 2 additional miles of downrange travel, so our closest point of approach was 13 miles). It sent a message, but it was in no way a violation of territorial airspace. FYI
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Smart diplomacy?

Sometimes dumb - or what is disguised as dumb - can be smart. All successful embezzlers and similar criminals know this. Then again criminal depends on who does what, when and how to whom.

Depends on the motive of the particular diplomacy. After all diplomats are paid to lie. Sorry that's members of the Uniited Nations and legacy Media pundits.

IF the motive is to further the aim of fundamental transformation of the nation, then bringing the generally on the standards of international respect respected - yes envy is a part of respect - nation into disrespect and mockery by the entire world then dumb comes out in the wash as pretty damned smart.
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Hope you enjoyed Australia. You know it was by giving leftism a free hand for so long that caused the people to turn against it as they have come to realize the t-rd it is. Even our Muslim population didn't like immigrants coming in and taking all their goodies. They did everything they could do destroy Tony Abott but the carbon tax showed where loyalties lay. I think it was America that kept the conservative flag flying that gave Abott something tangible to refer to. I wonder how the world would be if America had buckled like the rest of the west? Would the west have waken up sooner, would we be arising to Mr. Obamas favorite morning call, or would we have simply starved? There may not have even been an internet, y'know.
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"Smart" can also mean to experience pain.
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