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Is “Being Liked” the Goal Of Obama’s Foreign Policy?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:06 am - February 25, 2009.
Filed under: Obama Watch,Politics abroad,Post 9-11 America

Whenever I defend former President Bush’s foreign policy to his critics, they will invariably remind me how America’s image abroad suffered under his administration.  We weren’t, they claimed, as well liked when he left office as we were when he came to power.

Sometimes, however, when you do the right thing, you earn the enmity of those who would rather take a different approach. All too often, world opinion is shaped by those who see diplomacy as the be-all and end-all of foreign policy, even when that means negotiating with tyrants who responding to diplomatic niceties with polite palaver while developing weapons of mass destruction, oppressing their own populations and threatening their neighbors.

Last month during his nation’s attack on terrorist targets in Gaza, former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky recounted how his government learned that being liked often came at the cost of his people’s security.

After a variety of terrorist attacks in 2001-02, “Israel held its fire, and the world indeed condemned terrorism. But the attacks only increased.“  When “more than 130 Israelis were killed in a single month,” the government shifted tactics.  It launched a military offensive against terrorist targets in the West Bank.

Even as Israel took “unprecedented measures to minimize civilian casualties, including refraining from using either aerial or artillery bombardment, putting its own soldiers at unprecedented risk,” world leaders rushed to condemn the Jewish State.

Yet, as the world condemned Israel, terrorist attacks declined dramatically.  Life even improved for the Palestinians in the West Bank.  Doing the right thing increased the venom directed against the Jewish State.

Well, now, it seems that the Obama Administration seems to equate decreasing the volume of venom as doing the right thing.

As the United Nations plans its Durban II “anti-racism” conference, Administration officials would rather play go along get along than stand up to a world body eager to single out Israel for racism while ignoring real racial discrimination in other nations.  As Anne Bayefsky put it, “Obama’s Durban II team slipped easily into the U.N.’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish environs, taking the approach that ‘fitting in’ was best accomplished by staying silent.“  (Just read the whole thing.)

As the US “fits in” just to gain standing in world public opinion, we forfeit the opportunity to condemn the hijacking of an “anti-racism” conference by those hell-bent on maligning the Jewish State.

This is not learning from history, it’s repeating its mistakes.  Just ask the Israelis.

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46 Comments

  1. actually, the goal seems to be “Be liked by those who never like us”.
    So you get Hillary selling out Tibet, et al, to try to get her favored campaign contributors to buy more of our debt.

    Comment by JP — February 25, 2009 @ 4:35 am - February 25, 2009

  2. I’ve never understood why liberals tell us we should do more to be “liked” worldwide while at the same time telling Colombia, South Korea and Peru to fuck themselves sideways.

    Maybe the all knowing boob can explain.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 25, 2009 @ 5:50 am - February 25, 2009

  3. Looks like the Obama administration is going to do for human rights waht the Clinton adminsitration did for fidelity

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 6:51 am - February 25, 2009

  4. After reading this post, I am reminded of a quote I once heard attributed to Golda M. “They love us, ” she said of the world,”when we’re dead and hate us when we fight to stay alve.” How true.

    And, as for the popularity of the US, I would differ from those who suggest that people don’t like this country because of the previous Administration’s actions. I would say simply that the world does not hate America, the left does: the academic left, the emotional and angry left … these segments voice anti-American rhetoric. The rest of the world is trying to get here.

    Comment by Jack in Dallas — February 25, 2009 @ 6:59 am - February 25, 2009

  5. Sometimes, however, when you do the right thing, you earn the enmity of those who would rather take a different approach.

    The ‘right thing,’ presumably, was invading Iraq? You guys are the only constituency in the whole world that still considers that disaster to be ‘the right thing.’ How does that look to the rest of the world? The most powerful country in the world invaded an immeasurably weaker country unprovoked, President Bush burned through all of our credibility by virtually guaranteeing that there were terrorists and WMDs in Iraq that didn’t actually exist, and we implemented a torture regime while totally giving up the moral high ground.

    When I say that Republicans are all the same, this is what I’m talking about. Oh yeah, you opposed Harriet Miers. Big deal. If you’re still walking around pretending like the Iraq War was the right thing to do, you’re still in the George Bush cult.

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 9:40 am - February 25, 2009

  6. You’re absolutely correct, Jack in Dallas. In the morning, Christiane Amanpour tapes a segment for CNN International about 38 delinquent Marxists firebombing cars and burning Bush in effigy in the Bois de Bologne, she calls her BFF Katie Couric and tells her about it, they chat about Grey’s Anatomy for 45 minutes, and by 6:30 p.m., Couric goes on the air with the lead story: riots break out in Paris protesting the U.S. occupation of Iraq; America’s standing in the “International Community” irrevocably damaged; can Obama restore U.S. reputation abroad?

    It’s all bullsh*t. The sentiments of a pocket of European elites or miscreants, filtered through the international press, then filtered through the liberal American press. Europeans don’t spend their entire workday at protests contributing to an international outcry against the evil, imperialist U.S. any more than average Americans get up every morning looking forward to a productive day persecuting Muslims. 99.999999% of us get up, go to work, go home, eat dinner, watch American Idol, go to bed. The “International Community” that so despises us is nothing more than a snotty book club of euro-trash socialites with nothing to do in the months between Spring and Fall fashion weeks. Useless and irrelevant.

    Comment by Sean A — February 25, 2009 @ 10:08 am - February 25, 2009

  7. Levi, please see below where there were justifications for invading Iraq, including WMD and terrorists.

    Sarin, Mustard Gas found seperately in Iraq
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,120137,00.html

    Sarin Gas bomb
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4997808/

    Saddam and terrorists
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/006/550kmbzd.asp

    And it’s a heck of a lot better than cuddling up to Syria, Iran and Hamas.

    but hey, if you can group anyone on the right in one big group, you should accept that you’re part of the terrorists who hate America and want all of us dead. After all they opposed us being in iraq too. and, to paraphrase someone you respect.

    If you’re still walking around pretending like the Iraq War was the right wrong thing to do, you’re still in the George Bush I heart terrorists and want to crush gays under a wall cult.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 10:09 am - February 25, 2009

  8. What I find amazing is that at the same time the world is busy vilifying Israel for existing, they also are expecting Israel to be the one to take out the Iranian nuclear program.

    Rewarding Hamas for shelling Israelis for 3 years, killing Fatah members and using the civilian population as human shields.
    Way to go Barack!!!

    Comment by Leah — February 25, 2009 @ 10:24 am - February 25, 2009

  9. Remember, the majority of the people in this country are immigrants from around the world. Their’s a reason so many people from every corner of the world wanted to get the hell out of it. Now a lot of us have been born here, without any actual experience seeing the rest of the world. This is just simply learning why our ancestors left.

    Comment by Charon — February 25, 2009 @ 10:56 am - February 25, 2009

  10. Save your links Livewire, I’ve seen them all before. A couple of rusted out shells corroding in the desert does not constitute ‘a grave and gathering threat.’

    Also, just because I think the Iraq war was one of the stupidest ideas anybody ever had, doesn’t mean my desired alternative course of action would have been to coddle Syria and Iran and the terrorists. That’s the difference — you guys are still throwing down with George Bush on the Iraq war after six years, whereas no liberals in this country have ever suggested that we need to kill the terrorists with kindness. I’m putting you in a group because you’ve put yourself in that group, you’re putting me in a group because that sort of ‘I am rubber and you are glue’ argument is what passes for enlightened discourse in the Republican Party these days, even when it clearly makes absolutely no sense.

    The difference is there and it’s glaring, can you see it?

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 11:00 am - February 25, 2009

  11. #8: “The difference is there and it’s glaring, can you see it?”

    Ummmm. Nope.

    Comment by Sean A — February 25, 2009 @ 11:03 am - February 25, 2009

  12. Ummmm. Nope.

    What are you not getting? I can explain it again if you’d like.

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 11:07 am - February 25, 2009

  13. #10: “I can explain it again if you’d like.”

    No need for that. Just give me a second to read the stickers on the back of your car again.

    Comment by Sean A — February 25, 2009 @ 11:24 am - February 25, 2009

  14. Levi, you said WMDs didn’t exist. I showed you where they did.

    Levi, you said terrorsts weren’t in Iraq prior to the invasion, I showed you where they did.

    Saddam’s regime was under obligation to prove they dismantled their WMD program, they didn’t.

    Now you keep moving the goal posts in a sad sad attempt to keep your reality intact.

    Again, using your own words, and standards, you’re part of the ‘I heart terrorists and want to crush gays under a wall’ cult. because you’re ‘Still walking around, thinking invading Iraq was the wrong thing to do.’

    Would you like some salt to go with that foot?

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 11:29 am - February 25, 2009

  15. 12: “Now you keep moving the goal posts in a sad sad attempt to keep your reality intact.”

    Last time I saw goal posts moved like that was the day Duke actually won a football game.

    Comment by Attmay — February 25, 2009 @ 11:34 am - February 25, 2009

  16. The most powerful country in the world invaded an immeasurably weaker country unprovoked

    Somehow, given what Saddam was able to do to so many people , it seems the height of foolishness to be pleading his “weakness”.

    The only weakness was in the Obama Party, who was more than willing to look the other way. After all, Iraqis aren’t black, they don’t vote for or make contributions to the Obama Party, and if the US interfered with the billions of dollars in bribes and weapons contracts that Saddam was handing out, the European leftists that the Obama Party panders to might get upset and not like us any more.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 25, 2009 @ 11:42 am - February 25, 2009

  17. Levi,

    Have you noticed that Obama has authorized multiple strikes on the sovereign country of Pakistan? He has done this without the permission of Pakistan. Are they preemptory or are they a prelude to invasion or an expansion of the theater?

    When Nixon bombed Cambodia, the press went nuts. When Bush smacked Hussein for repeated UN violations and creating a funding scheme for the families of suicide bombers who whacked Jews, the left went nuts.

    Jews in particular need to get their story straight. If Israel deserves to get crushed, then please stop waving the bloody holocaust flag. How so many liberal Jews can be so complacent with radical Islam is beyond my comprehension.

    As for the WMD part of the Iraq invasion, take it up with Clinton, Clark, Albright, Tenet, Holbrooke, Richardson, Cohen and all the other stalwarts of the previous administration that created and stood by the intelligence that the Bush administration picked up and acted upon.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 25, 2009 @ 11:42 am - February 25, 2009

  18. Have you noticed that Obama has authorized multiple strikes on the sovereign country of Pakistan? He has done this without the permission of Pakistan. Are they preemptory or are they a prelude to invasion or an expansion of the theater?

    BUSH INVADED A COUNTRY WITH NO PROVOCATION THAT WE HAVE OCCUPIED FOR GOING ON SEVEN YEARS TO NO STRATEGIC BENEFIT. Are you seriously comparing that to a few missile strikes in Pakistan? See my above post about you guys relying exclusively on the ‘I am Rubber, You are Glue’ arguments, even when it demonstrably makes absolutely no sense.

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 11:57 am - February 25, 2009

  19. This is exactly why we need to withdraw from the U.N. We’ve never moved beyond Wilson’s vision of a League of Nations and other member states aren’t about to allow it. “Do the right thing” depends upon the ethnic, racial, religious, or national origins of whoever says that stupid, undigested phrase and when someone suggests that perhaps the U.S. is better off simply looking out for itself, that someone is called racist or ‘isolationist’ (code for ‘racist’). If someone suggests it’s the duty of the U.S. to take a paternalist view of its allies (the Western Bloc), that someone is called ‘imperialist’ (code for ‘racist’).

    We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. I say let’s be damned and save our blood and money.

    Comment by Ignatius — February 25, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - February 25, 2009

  20. As for the WMD part of the Iraq invasion, take it up with Clinton, Clark, Albright, Tenet, Holbrooke, Richardson, Cohen and all the other stalwarts of the previous administration that created and stood by the intelligence that the Bush administration picked up and acted upon.

    Why would I take it up with them? Did they invade Iraq? Just for a laugh, since you seem to be at least in part blaming the Clinton administration for the Iraq war, could you represent that as a percentage? Are they responsible for 50% of the decision to invade Iraq? 75%? 100%? How much fault would you lay at their feet if you had to quantify it?

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 12:01 pm - February 25, 2009

  21. Levi, we’re used to you not making sense.

    But because we’re compassionate conservatives, we keep trying to educate you.

    Don’t forget the biggest provocation. “Regime change in Iraq is the offical policy of the United States.” Bill Clinton 1998.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 12:01 pm - February 25, 2009

  22. Levi, I did think liberating Iraq was the right thing to do given that Iraq had thumbed its nose at international law, refusing to follow numerous UN resolutions and a cease-fire it had signed.

    So, it’s not true to say that we invaded without provocation. Check the former president’s September 12, 2002 speech.

    And why is it that you choose to attack us a members of a “Bush cult” in a post which focuses not on his foreign policy but that of his successor. Does that make you a member of a Bush-hating cult?

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 25, 2009 @ 12:04 pm - February 25, 2009

  23. Levi, you said WMDs didn’t exist. I showed you where they did.

    Levi, you said terrorsts weren’t in Iraq prior to the invasion, I showed you where they did.

    Saddam’s regime was under obligation to prove they dismantled their WMD program, they didn’t.

    Now you keep moving the goal posts in a sad sad attempt to keep your reality intact.

    Again, using your own words, and standards, you’re part of the ‘I heart terrorists and want to crush gays under a wall’ cult. because you’re ‘Still walking around, thinking invading Iraq was the wrong thing to do.’

    Would you like some salt to go with that foot?

    Like I said, you didn’t show me anything. I’ve had those stories linked to me dozens of times over the years. I know full well that every Republican that supports the war absolutely believes that we found WMDs and disrupted a big terrorist network with the invasion of Iraq. I’ve heard the one about how they trucked all the weapons into Syria right before the invasion, too, if you were planning on going there.

    The vast majority of the country and the world recognizes that for what it is, a total joke. You’re lying to yourselves and you know it. If I told you that I was going to sell you a brand new Bentley for the low, low price of $50,000, and that all you had to do was pay up front and wait 3 weeks for delivery, wouldn’t you be a little disappointed if I showed up after 6 months with a Yugo? I think you would be. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you would have felt lied to.

    Bush sold the war with mushroom clouds and mobile anthrax factories, not a couple of shells buried in the sand that Saddam’s rag-tag, third-world army probably lost track of. Gullible much?

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 12:15 pm - February 25, 2009

  24. Once upon a time I was a Liberal Democrat in NYC. Even knew and is today, is still friends with high level democrats of NYC.

    back in 1990, when I was still a Lib Dem, I took part in a series of protests against Gulf War I. Why? Because HW Bush was not using the military to bring Democracy into the ME.

    I switched in ’92….and then comes Gulf war II. We have the democratic party, Code Pink, HuffPo, et. al. attacking W Bush for trying to bring Democracy into the ME.

    When W was re-elected in 2004, I do not remember any Democrat offer support to bringing Democracy to the ME.

    As a Jew, I always study the book of Exodus (and the mentions during Passover) — Did Pharoh free the jewws on his whim? No. It took the Ten Plaugues to affect the Eygptions to free the Jews.

    Modern democrats belive if you ask a Dictator to free their people, it will just happen. That is naive.

    And the Code Pinkers, HuffPo’s and Daily Kossacks do not support Democracy overseas. They had 8 years to prove that, and they chose to ally with Ahmadinijad and Chavez instead.

    Comment by JSF — February 25, 2009 @ 12:17 pm - February 25, 2009

  25. Levi,

    Do those goal posts come on wheels, or did you install them yourself.

    Of course this is what we’ve come to expect from the ‘I heart terrorists’ people.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 12:17 pm - February 25, 2009

  26. The hilarious part is that, if you had a regime out there that had starved to death over 500,000 children, was forcibly pressing children and teens into its armies, held hundreds of thousands of people in state prisons, sanctioned torture and rape as normal and regular governmental practice, fully endorsed the killing of millions of people and destruction of entire cities based solely on the religious beliefs of the inhabitants, and had committed ecocide on a grand scale, not to mention funding terrorist attacks against numerous of its neighbors, one would think that the UN and the Obama Party might even find that intolerable.

    Except Iraq, of course, who figured out the simple way to keep the world happy: bribe the European leftist governments with oil and weapons contracts. They wouldn’t stop the gravy train, and the Obama Party liberals are so desperate to be liked by the European leftists that they’ll do anything said leftists order them to do, even sabotaging their own country.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 25, 2009 @ 12:31 pm - February 25, 2009

  27. Levi, I did think liberating Iraq was the right thing to do given that Iraq had thumbed its nose at international law, refusing to follow numerous UN resolutions and a cease-fire it had signed.

    Real quick before I got to go to work, but the Bush administration has violated all sorts of international laws and treaties that we’re signatories to by implementing these widespread arcane torture policies. If you really gave two squirts about international law, you’d be calling for Bush’s imprisonment, at a minimum.

    And why is it that you choose to attack us a members of a “Bush cult” in a post which focuses not on his foreign policy but that of his successor. Does that make you a member of a Bush-hating cult?

    You’ve just confirmed that you were reffering to George Bush’s foreign policy when you invoked ‘the right thing to do,’ so don’t pretend like you weren’t talking about him. That might be an established orthodoxy around here and in conservative circles, but it’s an assertion that I will always take issue with.

    And yeah, the Iraq war is the line in the sand for me. You can talk all you want about how much you were disappointed by Bush or how much you criticized him, but I consider you a Bush-person if you’re still with him on his moronic war.

    Comment by Levi — February 25, 2009 @ 12:33 pm - February 25, 2009

  28. It seems Levi does not support Democracy Overseas.

    Levi, if you do support Democracy Overseas, how do you deal with folks like Mugabe or Assad? I’d like to hear how you spread democracy without using President Bush’s method.

    Or do you not care about the populations living within those countries?

    Comment by JSF — February 25, 2009 @ 12:37 pm - February 25, 2009

  29. Levi, can’t, of course, site his claims to having ‘broken international laws’

    For those just joining us, here’s the recap.

    Levi: There were no WMD or Terrorists in Iraq, none, zip, zero nada.

    Me: Kindly points Levi to links showing that, yes there were.

    Levi: What? You expect me to read?

    Me: Yes

    Levi: Well I’m not gonna! Besides there weren’t enough! And and and, that evil Bush lied us into war!

    Me: Bill Clinton stated and signed that regime change was the stated goal of the US. No matter what you believe, he was just following the directives of the previous adminstration.

    Levi: LALALALAALAICAN’THEARYOULALALALALALALALALA!

    And in the bonus round…
    Levi: Because you supported invading Iraq, you’re all Bushbot zombies.
    Me: Using that logic, you must be a terrorist supporter who advocates the hanging of gays. After all, Iraq and the Taliban have also condemned the liberation of Iraq.
    Levi: I can’t refute that, it would undermind my own arguement, so I’ll ignore it.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 12:44 pm - February 25, 2009

  30. Levi,

    Take your time when you get back from work.

    Real quick before I got to go to work, but the Bush administration has violated all sorts of international laws and treaties that we’re signatories to by implementing these widespread arcane torture policies. If you really gave two squirts about international law, you’d be calling for Bush’s imprisonment, at a minimum.

    Please list just one international law and/or treaty to which we are “signatories” (sic) which we have violated in regard to “arcane torture policies.”

    Forget the “policy” part. What arcane torture have we engaged in and what international law and or/treaty have we violated? Since you are talking legalese and International Court stuff here, I suspect you have enough in the way of specifics of getting the ball rolling.

    I will be particularly interested in your understanding of “rendition” and “terrorists” or unaligned enemy combatants vis a vis the Geneva Accords.

    You make a mighty charge about arcane torture policies, now back it up, please.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 25, 2009 @ 2:03 pm - February 25, 2009

  31. Furthermore, since Levi insists that Bush should be arrested and imprisoned for implementing the policies Levi is squealing about, perhaps Levi will be good enough to demand Barack Obama’s imprisonment for doing the same things.

    Short answer: no, he won’t. He’ll go on and on and on about how Obama can’t be held responsible, how Obama’s decision to support and endorse these means nothing, anything to defend the fact that he’s a complete and total hypocrite.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 25, 2009 @ 2:29 pm - February 25, 2009

  32. Already cvoered NDT. I beleive he said somewhere he’d give President Obama time to reverse himself.

    I’ve got to stop at Home Depot and get a baby fridge. I’ll see if they sell goalpost wheels.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 25, 2009 @ 3:02 pm - February 25, 2009

  33. # 19 Levi loudcaps my comments in #18 thusly:

    BUSH INVADED A COUNTRY WITH NO PROVOCATION THAT WE HAVE OCCUPIED FOR GOING ON SEVEN YEARS TO NO STRATEGIC BENEFIT.

    H-m-m-m-m. Wasn’t there a lot of UN appearance and palaver before Congress voted to authorize the Bush invasion of Iraq? It appears that Levi is damning the UN and the Congress for authorizing Bush to do what he said he would do.

    Where is the War Powers Resolution Act in all of this? Congress has had the power to pull the troops out of Iraq since after the first six months point following the invasion. Levi credits Bush with a dictator’s power.

    I asked Levi to enlighten us about Obama’s decision to bomb the sovereign territory of Pakistan without the permission of Pakistan. Levi responds with a non sequitur about rubber and glue. Shall the Obama people bomb Mexico to kill the growing drug cartel? Is there any “(Obama) administration…. violat(ion) all sorts of international laws and treaties that we’re signatories to by implementing these widespread arcane…(bombing)… policies(?)”

    Levi asks me in #21 what weight I give to the Clinton administration for the responsibility of the invasion of Iraq. The relevant point is probably best seen by how Obama has proceeded in Afghanistan. Using the Bush Secretary of Defense and the CIA, NSA, NSC, foreign intelligence services, etc. that have been advising Bush for the past eight years, Obama has been “brought up to speed” in the infancy of his administration. It will be several years before Obama will have “his people” in place. But even then, he will rely on an intelligence community and assessment team that will not differ much from what the Bush administration knew and acted on.

    This idea that a rogue George Bush overcame the checks and balances of government and duped Congress and the world into a war of revenge and ego boosterism is juvenile at best.

    Levi, you appear to care not a whit about the state of Israel. Shall Iran nuke the Jews or otherwise destroy them with impunity? Radical Islam has a particularly fundamental view of Jews. Ask Daniel Pearl’s widow.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 25, 2009 @ 4:05 pm - February 25, 2009

  34. Oh lord,

    I cant believe libtards are still arguing about Iraq. The war is won, Iraq has just re-emphasized their commitment to democracy and nationalism over sectarianism, and Barack Obama has adopted ALL the policies leftists have been demanding Bush’s head over.

    In other words Bush won, you lost. Eat it.

    Comment by American Elephant — February 25, 2009 @ 6:35 pm - February 25, 2009

  35. filtered

    Comment by American Elephant — February 25, 2009 @ 6:36 pm - February 25, 2009

  36. So Levi runs out of bumper sticker slogans and then suddenly has to go to “work”?

    How sad.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 25, 2009 @ 7:00 pm - February 25, 2009

  37. BUSH INVADED A COUNTRY WITH NO PROVOCATION THAT WE HAVE OCCUPIED FOR GOING ON SEVEN YEARS TO NO STRATEGIC BENEFIT.

    What a pathetic misstatement of reality. Yes, I’ll swat it once more. Why not? Our troops deserve no less.

    - Bush didn’t invade, Congress did. That is: yes, Congress authorized the invasion.
    - There was plenty of provocation. Tons of it. Saddam committed numerous acts of aggression against his neighbors, the U.S. specifically, and the United Nations (when he wasn’t bribing them).
    - There was/is enormous strategic benefit to removing Saddam Hussein and to establishing a functioning democracy in the heart of the Arab world. Obama and the Democrats can always throw it away, of course. They probably want to throw it away, in their hearts. Maybe they will. But that won’t be Bush’s fault.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 25, 2009 @ 7:09 pm - February 25, 2009

  38. Heliotrope, I don’t know about Daniel Pearls widow, it is very interesting an sad to hear his father Judea these days. Right after the murder he was all About Daniel’s death not being in vain. Setting up a peace foundation.
    He has changed his toon completely. Aside from what we’ve all seen in the Islamic world, he is seeing radical Islam take over his university UCLA. I’m sorry his wake up came at such a high cost.

    Comment by leah — February 25, 2009 @ 7:32 pm - February 25, 2009

  39. Watch!
    You can see the credibility of the right finially dissolve into nothingness!

    …wait for it…

    Here it is:

    ” Bush didn’t invade, Congress did”

    high-lair-EE-ous

    Comment by gillie — February 25, 2009 @ 8:55 pm - February 25, 2009

  40. And all the Democrats would rather Saddam Hussain would keep the rape Rooms and mass graves.

    Thanks to michael More and Jimmy carter, Democrats can claim they want to “Free Tibet,” but given some of the commenters here: They will do nothing to actually, you know, Free Tibet.

    Comment by JSF — February 25, 2009 @ 10:35 pm - February 25, 2009

  41. Speaking of foreign policy, barely one week after Eric Holder proved that he’s an ignorant fool with his “nation of cowards” speech, he decided to confirm that yes, it’s true, he really is an ignorant fool:

    “Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday the Guantanamo detention center is a well-run, professional facility that will be difficult to close — but he’s still going to do it. Holder visited the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday and spoke to reporters about his trip during a news conference Wednesday. Closing Guantanamo, he said, ‘will not be an easy process. It’s one we will do in a way that ensures that people are treated fairly and that the American people are kept safe.’”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090225/ap_on_go_ot/holder_guantanamo

    There it is in a nut shell folks. The liberal mindset. Close “well-run, professional facilities” to make room for dozens of new, poorly-run, unprofessional bureaucracies. Destroy, demonize, and burn-down what works. Promote, praise, and subsidize what doesn’t. Well-run, professional Gitmo–GONE. Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac–HERE TO STAY.

    Comment by Sean A — February 25, 2009 @ 10:39 pm - February 25, 2009

  42. #40: “Thanks to michael More and Jimmy carter, Democrats can claim they want to “Free Tibet,” but given some of the commenters here: They will do nothing to actually, you know, Free Tibet.”

    Mark Steyn has a great story about his wife related to that. They were at a BBQ and some loser there had one of those bumper stickers on his car that said “Free Tibet.” Steyn’s wife actually asked the guy, “So, what exactly are you doing to free Tibet?” Awkward silence. “Seriously. What are you doing for Tibet? I understand they’re not free.” As the guy is trying to mingle and get away from her, she says, “You’re not really doing ANYTHING for Tibet, are you!?” She sounds hilarious, just like her husband.

    Comment by Sean A — February 25, 2009 @ 10:49 pm - February 25, 2009

  43. #40

    Don’t forget, the official policy of the Obama administration is now ‘Who cares about Tibet?’

    Comment by The Livewire — February 26, 2009 @ 6:54 am - February 26, 2009

  44. littleletterpeoplegillie in #39 taxes his wit with this jewel of misapplication:

    ” Bush didn’t invade, Congress did”

    No, littleletterpeoplegillie, as CinC, President Bush lead the invasion of Iraq which was carefully authorized by Congress. You can look it up. And while you are there, check out how many Democrat Senators voted for the authorization. (John Kerry, however, voted against the war before he voted for it or vice versa or some such clear as mud, convoluted psychobabble.)

    littleletterpeoplegillie, you are the one trying to foist off the rogue president and his dictator’s grip on the military. You sure sell your team of Congressmen short if they let ChimpHitlerBushMonkeyTooStupidToBreathe walk all over them in plain daylight.

    How well I remember Clinton and Senator Clinton and Albright and Tenent and Holbrooke and all the MSM and the Democrat lions of the Senate screaming to stop the invasion. “Don’t do it!” Wow, it will ring in my ears forever.

    Of course, Senator Obama did vote against the war. He was a Senator in the Senate of the State of Illinois, which never had a vote on the Iraq War, but, hey, he would have voted against it if he had been in the US Senate.

    You can look his vote up. It is filed right next to his birth certificate.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 26, 2009 @ 11:38 am - February 26, 2009

  45. Speaking of Israel – yes, I’m trying to direct this thread back to Dan’s original piece – has anyone noticed that Netanyahu is set to fight off his nation’s current inflation by (get this) repeat tax cuts?

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a6f9TlJgBdUU&refer=worldwide

    Makes you wonder how stupid and ineffectual our own CIC is when a nation that is threatened with Iranian extermination is taking care of its business in a tried-and-true way while bolstering its own defense of freedom.

    Libtards, you OWN this president. Everything that happens from now on is squarely on your heads.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 26, 2009 @ 5:08 pm - February 26, 2009

  46. Watch!
    You can see gillie prove he’s the America hating, team killing fucktard we know he is!

    Well, you don’t even have to wait for it. He proves how miserable he is with every comment.

    Watch!
    You can see the credibility of the right finially dissolve into nothingness!

    …wait for it…

    Here it is:

    ” Bush didn’t invade, Congress did”

    high-lair-EE-ous

    There it is! A shining example of colossal ignorance, hatred for his own country and excusing Washington liberals wrapped up in a nice turd wasting space on the GP blog.

    PUH-thetic!

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 27, 2009 @ 1:43 am - February 27, 2009

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