Barack Obama's Pardon, Prostrate, and Plead Foreign Policy

For example, Obama told the world he'd be closing  Guantanamo Bay before he figured out what to do with the prisoners being held there. As a result, we will have terrorists set free because the American justice system isn't capable of effectively dealing with them. Some of them may be released on U.S. soil.

Moreover, despite all the huffing and puffing about how terrible Gitmo was  from nations that didn't have the courage to get their hands dirty in the fight against terrorism, very few European nations stepped up to the plate and agreed to take prisoners off our hands. So the president may be drawing applause in Europe and South America for disgracefully slandering his own country, but that's not leading to any sort of real cooperation.

This shouldn't come as a surprise; most of the world is not rooting for America. There are hundreds of millions of people in the world who want to see the United States humbled for no other reason than petty jealousy. There are others who want to see the United States weakened because they think we stand in the way of their dreams of genocide, subjugation of their neighbors, and the ascendancy of their religion. Or they just don't like how we make freedom, capitalism, and democracy seem appealing. The attitude of these nations towards us can be summed up with that classic line in 300: "Give them nothing, but take from them everything." To believe that we can throw the stick away and dangle enough carrots in front of these nations to create a win-win situation is hopelessly naive.

As yourself the following question. If the law still required us to pay taxes but there was no legal penalty for not paying them, how many Americans would continue to pay? Probably only a small percentage at first and then that number would quickly approach zero. The same principle works with speeding tickets. What if it were still illegal to speed, but you weren't required to stop for the police or pay tickets? How many Americans would still drive 55 mph if they were inclined to go faster? Almost none. So if even our fellow Americans can't be made to pay taxes or drive under the speed limit without the threat of punishment, how can we expect Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, or Russia to act responsibly if they believe they have nothing to fear from us?

This is why Barack Obama's pardon, prostrate, and plead foreign policy is so misguided and dangerous. It disheartens our friends, who can no longer count on the U.S. being strong. It emboldens our enemies, who realize they have nothing to fear from America and view it as an opportunity to commit mischief. It even encourages nations that are neither friend nor foe to try to take advantage of us while we have a naive leader in the White House who doesn't look out for his own country's interests.

As P.T. Barnum once said, "There's a sucker born every minute." Unfortunately, the United States has one as its president. The American people are going to pay a heavy price on the foreign policy front.