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Another victory for “smart power”

Even the Huffington Post is taking note of the failures of Obama’s foreign policy:

Russia threatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage Moscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to “reset” relations with the Kremlin.

Seems the more we watch this president and his team stumble, the greater appreciation we have for his predecessor and his team.  It looks like the challenges we faced abroad were not so much due to that man’s alleged incompetence, but instead to the particular nature of those very challenges, the complex situations and the particular players.

We face, as one blogger noted, a world of trouble out there, problems that a purportedly tongued-tied Republican did not create, problems that a supposedly smart silver-tongued Democrat cannot fix.

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  1. The Kremlin saw the reset button as appeasement. That was always apparent. It was never going to work.

    What the dimcrats have not figured out is that there needs to be that element of toughness with these foreign powers. Anything else is perceived as a weakness that can be exploited. I have been watching as the Kremlin has been stringing Odumbo along. Now they are ready to pounce just like a sleep leopard.

    Comment by Straightaussie — November 26, 2011 @ 3:07 pm - November 26, 2011

  2. First thing he did was piss on the Special Relationship with Britain. Second thing he did was show a weak spine.

    Compare and contrast Kennedy – “I am prepared to go to war over this; you really don’t want an all-out exchange for the right to deploy MRBMs in Cuba, do you?”

    Comment by perturbed — November 26, 2011 @ 8:12 pm - November 26, 2011

  3. […] Another victory for “smart power” […]

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  4. An Easy button fixes everything. A bow merely seals the deal. An iPod shows you care whereas a collection of DVDs merely points out how very American you are…to presume that US DVDs play in European DVD players. Hell, I am just a low brow aircrew dog and know that my version of So I Married An Axe Murderer will not play in the Bird in Hand in merry ole England. But, the Easy button fixes that right up, too.

    Comment by Cat A — November 27, 2011 @ 1:08 am - November 27, 2011

  5. I believe everyone associated with the Obama Administration will have a tough time finding work since they are as radioactive as Obama. Going to work in the Obama Administration is a step down–not a step up. Smart power!

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 27, 2011 @ 9:46 am - November 27, 2011

  6. Obama has disdain for the chaos he has enabled. Forget why that is so. If we have another term of him, the chaos will grow more critical and the disdain will not subside.

    Cain and Romney both present strong cases for their ability to attack chaos and manage solutions. Bachmann is particularly adept at applying and sticking to principles.

    Newt is still plagued with never letting an idea go unspoken and then having to flesh it out on the run. Perhaps he could benefit by a bit more self management and learn to organize something more than a one man band. I rather doubt it.

    Russia sits on top of gold, natural gas, oil and sees the European Union in critical condition and smells a very real power vacuum around the corner. Russia and China are experts at capitalizing on weakness. Obama is undoubtedly just their man. They have plenty of experience with playing narcissists for all they are worth as long as they are useful.

    Isolation is in the wind to a greater degree than I think most realize. While we once had an undertone of swagger in our international relations, we now realize that our ability to respond has been marginalized by crushing debt and the inability to finance our foreign affairs efforts.

    Frankly, I do not think the “average” person who will actually vote in 2012 is looking for much more than how the candidate plans to help the voter save his bacon.

    Which brings me back to Obama. I think he knows that he has successfully focused the attention on the kitchen table of the voter. Which do you place your greater trust in: government aid in keeping the wolf from the door or Republicans protecting the wealthy?

    That is the sum total of the game he is playing. The TEA Party will either out vote him or the tipping point has been reached and the socialists are triumphant. So he campaigns to divide and conquer. And he has plenty of time to jet around, golf, play basketball and ignore the vast number of people in and out of government who he really does not like.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 27, 2011 @ 10:23 am - November 27, 2011

  7. Hi Dan,
    Happy Thanksgiving–I hope it was peaceful and filled with good cheer..
    I read the link. I am unsure why you are so quick to label this situation as a

    failure[s] of Obama’s foreign policy.

    I guess if the Russians withdraw from START, you could make the claim, but just because they threaten to do so–isn’t that just part of a current bargaining position, right now? As far as I can tell, they are horse-trading. Why do you think this will result in a follow-through on the Russian threat? If it does, won’t that make many on the right wing happy since it would enable us to “get tough with the Russians…” and abrogate a treaty that many on the right see as “bad for America’s security” in the first place? Or do you think the Administration will cave and roll over (in the future) to stop the Russians from leaving?

    Comment by Cas — November 27, 2011 @ 3:24 pm - November 27, 2011

  8. Russia got the range of President Obama when he abandoned our eastern European allies and let Russia carve off part of Georgia (once he felt safe that Atlanta and Savanah would remain part of the US).

    Now they’re just using the upcoming elections to flex their muscle and get some additional concessions before the elections. If President Obama’s defeated, then they’ll consolidate their holdings. If not, they’ll ask for more. Either way they’re showing Europe that they no longer have the US to rely on for defense.

    (Aside: I laughed bitterly at the Georgia thing, as the Russians learned from Serbia. NATO went in and carved out part of a soverign nation in the cause of ‘protecting the innocent’ who weren’t, and now, despite assurances at the time to the contrary, that chunk is a soverign nation. Russia did the same thing to Georgia.)

    Comment by The Livewire — November 28, 2011 @ 8:19 am - November 28, 2011

  9. I wouldn’t necessarily mind if Obama couldn’t fix the problems, it’s that he’s making things exponentially worse by his support of islamists and his attacks on US allies. Carter only gave support to one islamist regime, Iran, in his four years in office, Obama has given support for to islamists in Iran,
    Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria. By the time he’s done, there will be an antiamerican ring of fire that will last for generations in the Mideast. He will make Jimmy Carter look like a saint.

    Comment by eaglewingz08 — November 29, 2011 @ 5:59 pm - November 29, 2011

  10. I’m confused….how is the Bush administration’s plan to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe being twisted to make Obama look bad?

    He is spineless. He is a liar. But come on… everyone seems to forget that the mess we’re in STARTED before he came to office and took EIGHT YEARS to “accomplish” (ahhh, Mission Accomplished indeed, Mr. Bush, Your Excellency).

    Obama is a dimwit…but failing to look at the bigger picture of corruption from BOTH PARTIES is a far greater crime to ourselves than anything these people do.

    Comment by Concerned Citizen — December 4, 2011 @ 4:29 pm - December 4, 2011

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