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In light of Obama’s Syria struggles,
Democrats Should Reassess Their Critiques of W’s Foreign Policy

Quite frequently it seems that if there is any principle guiding President Obama’s foreign policy, it is the desire not to do what  his predecessor did.  He and his national security advisors and officials, in public at least, have acted as if Mr. Bush’s foreign policy were an absolute disaster, needing, in their view, a “reset” in relations with Russia and requiring them to distinguish their policies from his.

They would exercise “smart power,” a term which implies that Bush’s team acted without consideration for the consequences of its actions.  Yet, much as Democrats  faulted that team for a supposed “go-it-alone” foreign policy, George W. Bush and his top national security advisors did take time to cultivate relationships with a great variety of world leaders.  And when they failed, the problem wasn’t entirely (and sometimes not even remotely) related to their efforts, but due instead the posturing of other nations.

In short, Obama and his team critiqued Bush’s foreign policy not as it was, but as it was depicted in the editorial pages of left-leaning newspapers and in their own party’s talking points.  Despite France and Germany’s refusal to join the coalition to liberate Iraq, Bush and his team did succeed in building a coalition of forty nations to enforce United Nations resolutions and to hold that then-rogue nation to account for violating the terms of the 1991 cease-fire ending the Gulf War.

Obama and his team may have “reset” relations with Russian and operated under the assumption that they were using “smart power,” but they have failed to build the kind of coalition in response to events in Syria than Bush’s team built in response to Iraq’s violation of international agreements.  And President Obama is now blaming the international community for his failure to muster a coalition to act against the Syrian regime:

Obama said Wednesday that “my credibility is not on the line — the international community’s credibility is on the line.”

He framed the question for the United Nations and the global community at large as: “Are we going to try to find a reason not to act? And if that’s the case, then I think the (world) community should admit it.”

Via Drudge.  He wants an international response to Syria, and yet, has not, as his predecessor did in responding to Iraq’s repeated violation of U.N. resolutions and the 1991 ceasefire agreement, assembled a broad-based international coalition.

Perhaps, now, he and his team — as well as their allies in the news media — will reconsider their critiques of Mr. Bush’s foreign policy, realizing it was based not on the actual record of that Republican, but their own partisan aversion to that good man.

RELATED:  Glenn Reynolds reports that Democratic National Committee Chairman ” Debbie Wasserman Schultz says ‘dozens’ of countries stand with US on Syria, can’t name them.

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24 Comments

  1. “Perhaps, now, he and his team — as well as their allies in the news media — will reconsider their critiques of Mr. Bush’s foreign policy…”

    Not a chance. That implies that they applied any thought to their original critiques, which has never been demonstrated.

    Liberals thinking? Yeah, right. Wanna buy a bridge?

    Comment by alanstorm — September 4, 2013 @ 1:03 pm - September 4, 2013

  2. In a 1984 commercial, President Reagan noted that “it takes a strong America to build a peace that lasts.”

    Is anyone really surprised by all this? Well, they are…

    Comment by BigJ — September 4, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - September 4, 2013

  3. Geez. These people aren’t really very smart.
    I think about the qualifications of some of these “leaders” of ours.
    I watched closely the reaction of the General sitting next to Kerry yesterday.
    What is it that makes Kerry, Hagel etc qualified to make decisions of life and death over the next two weeks? I know Obama is a boob. But he has surrounded himself with yes men and boobs too.
    Scary. Imagine if you were a soldier or a sailor.

    Comment by Genein Pennsylvania — September 4, 2013 @ 2:30 pm - September 4, 2013

  4. It’s interesting watching somebody with NPD implode. It’s scary when it’s the PotUS.

    Comment by Juan — September 4, 2013 @ 3:56 pm - September 4, 2013

  5. “My credibility is not on the line …”

    Bwahhahhahhahhahhh!
    He said, he owns it.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — September 4, 2013 @ 10:53 pm - September 4, 2013

  6. “My credibility is not on the line …”

    Technically correct. He has none.

    Comment by alanstorm — September 4, 2013 @ 11:14 pm - September 4, 2013

  7. Bush’s foreign policy? Does that include taking America into a war based solely on false/manufactured information? Or how about changing the reasons for going into a war – start off by going in on the manufactured information (nuclir weapons) and then change it to a better sounding reason (bringing freedom)?

    And just for fun, do damage to the country you’re supposed to be leading by engaging in 2 wars at the same time and having no way to pay for it. Build massive deficits by cutting incoming revenue while your expenses are going up.

    Yeah, that was a good, solid policy.

    Comment by Kevin — September 5, 2013 @ 5:52 am - September 5, 2013

  8. Bush’s foreign policy? Does that include taking America into a war based solely on false/manufactured information? Or how about changing the reasons for going into a war – start off by going in on the manufactured information (nuclir weapons) and then change it to a better sounding reason (bringing freedom)?

    And just for fun, do damage to the country you’re supposed to be leading by engaging in 2 wars at the same time and having no way to pay for it. Build massive deficits by cutting incoming revenue while your expenses are going up.

    Yeah, that was a good, solid policy.

    Comment by Kevin — September 5, 2013 @ 5:52 am - September 5, 2013

  9. Shorter Kevin,

    “Pay no attention to the damage Obama’s doing! I can’t get up from my knees to defend him!”

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 5, 2013 @ 6:20 am - September 5, 2013

  10. Scientologists got nothin’ on Obama’s devoted cultists.

    Comment by V the K — September 5, 2013 @ 8:15 am - September 5, 2013

  11. As usual, Kevin lies about deficits.

    And of course, Kevin demonstrates that Obama supporters like himself are hypocrites, given that Saddam Hussein gassed, bombed, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis with the Obama Party and Barack Obama screaming that there was nothing wrong with doing so and that military intervention was never justified.

    All while Kevin tries to shriek that Bush changed his rationale while ignoring Obama’s ridiculous claim that he never said anything about a “red line”.

    One wonders if Kevin actually recognizes that he’s lying any more. Obama has accelerated the mental breakdown and cognitive dissonance of many of his followers, and Kevin’s increasingly-desperate flailing may be a sign that his psyche is about to crack.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — September 5, 2013 @ 8:53 am - September 5, 2013

  12. Shorter Kevin: “Bush did it first!”

    By that logic, I am free to hold up a bank, drive while drunk, go on a killing spree, or whatever I please, since someone else has done it already.

    Not that I would compare Bush’s foreign policy to these, but the left sure as hell did. Apparently, that’s all OK now.

    Comment by alanstorm — September 5, 2013 @ 9:36 am - September 5, 2013

  13. Obama, the Democrats and his cohorts won’t reconsider anything. They don’t have to. The mainstream media may make a mention of it but they will not hold him accountable. Allowing Code Pink protesters into the Congressional hearings was just for show and appeasement of his base. Attacking Syria will be officially known as different from attacking Iraq.

    Comment by Stan Schulz — September 5, 2013 @ 10:05 am - September 5, 2013

  14. If “Bush’s Wars” caused the deficit, and Dear Leader Obama ended “Bush’s Wars” Then why are Dear Leader Obama’s deficits 4x larger than Bush’s?

    If Kevin had a brain, this paradox would make it explode.

    Comment by V the K — September 5, 2013 @ 10:41 am - September 5, 2013

  15. Kevin more than adequately demonstrates that Obama is crippled, hamstrung and rendered ineffectual because the cowboy idiot ChimpHitler ruined the United States beyond repair.

    Therefore, Kevin is correct that his brave bi-racial President has been left on the poop deck defending his black half against tea-baggers, rednecks and the KKK who all want to destroy The Won by any means possible.

    That, ladies and gentlemen is the state of the nation. It is all totally screwed by G. W. Bush and there is nothing that can be done about it.

    Obama has acted nobly in bringing top flight, free medical care to every man, woman and child in the United States without regard to previous medical conditions, reckless life style or citizenship. It will cost nothing to anyone, anyhow, anywhere, anymore.

    Obama took a world tour and asked the world to stay tuned to a fundamentally reformed and rehabilitated and reorganized and restructured and kinder and friendlier and more caring United States.

    Obama urged Mubarak to step down and let a thousand blossoms bloom in the Egyptian Arab Spring. Obama asked Qaddafi to move to Haiti or Antarctica or live in the well with the 13th Imam. Qadaffi didn’t listen and the Arab Spring choked him on a thousand blooming blossoms.

    Something related to G. W. Bush went terribly wrong (naturally: it was related to G. W. Bush) and Benghazi was attacked by YouTube enraged blooming blossoms and only four Americans got killed, but that was a tragedy and Obama said so. However, Obama killed bin Laden and named the Seal Team so the blooming blossoms would know who to fear or something beyond the comprehension of mere mortals.

    Then, it came time for Assad to step aside and now Obama is engaged in a great Syrian civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure if it uses chemical weapons. (This, of course, has nothing to do with the March 16, 1988 Halabja murder of thousands of Kurds in Iraq when Saddam unleashed mustard gas, sarin, tabun, VX and cyanide on them through the capable hands of his cousin “Chemical-Ali.)

    Kevin has got this thing nailed down to its core essentials and there is no argument left in us. We must concede that it is all, all of the problems, the fault of the diabolically, evil, ignoramus G. W. Bush.

    The fault, dear GayPatriots, is not in the stars, but in G. W. Bush, that we and our noble Obama are underlings.

    Poor Obama. He is mired in the G. W. Bush swamp of doom and gloom and muses: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time; and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. But they will have free healthcare.”

    Alas, GayPatriots, It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    Listen to Kevin. Obama is an honorable man.

    Comment by heliotrope — September 5, 2013 @ 11:19 am - September 5, 2013

  16. “So are they all, all honourable men–”

    Comment by Juan — September 5, 2013 @ 11:44 am - September 5, 2013

  17. Kevin, you posted the same thing dumb crap twice. That only makes you twice as dumb as the average Obama worshipper.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — September 5, 2013 @ 11:45 am - September 5, 2013

  18. I am getting to be cynical in my older years, very cynical. Nothing really surprises me. I thought it might be the right thing for America to respond to the Syrian use of chemical weapons, because Obama set the redline. America’s credibility was on the line. Yesterday, Obama said that he did not set the redline, but the international community set the redline ………. which is pure baloney. Long ago, I came to the conclusion that Obama had no integrity. But his statement yesterday was just off the damn scale. Now I think that we should stand down and let Obama hang.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — September 5, 2013 @ 11:56 am - September 5, 2013

  19. SC.Swampfox,

    There is no difference between Anthony Weiner and The Won Obama, except Weiner cuts to the chase and Obama’s pretense that he thinks past himself is easier swallowed by the sycophant, ideologically willing handmaidens.

    Comment by heliotrope — September 5, 2013 @ 12:56 pm - September 5, 2013

  20. heliotrope: That … that was pure poetry. Loved every word :)

    Comment by Acethepug — September 5, 2013 @ 4:45 pm - September 5, 2013

  21. Acethepug,

    Glad to be of service. I guess you have not signed on with Kevin. Oh, well. He’ll be back. Cowards die a thousand deaths and he has a few hundred left to go.

    Comment by heliotrope — September 5, 2013 @ 8:45 pm - September 5, 2013

  22. Kevin, you posted the same thing dumb crap twice. That only makes you twice as dumb as the average Obama worshipper.

    +1000!!

    No more calls, we have a winner!

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — September 5, 2013 @ 9:20 pm - September 5, 2013

  23. I watched Obamas presser from Russia.
    Geez, when he is in the middle of a failure, it’s written all over the guys face. When people don’t go along with the almighty one, it’s written all over his face.
    5 years of ignoring Congress, 5 years of never building any relationships with Congress, 5 years of playing politics every day of his administration. Now he needs Congress to have his back, and they have no admiration, no respect, for his little, small, Harvard self. He’s really a very small man, who is way over his head. Putin had him measured from the start. Putin is a thug, Obama is a little boy.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — September 6, 2013 @ 10:31 pm - September 6, 2013

  24. #23 it makes me sad to say what I did. I think the USA is a great standard for good in the world. No we aren’t perfect. Mistakes are made sometimes. But without leadership from the USA, the world is going to go from big crisis to crisis. Look at the futility of a weak US President. It makes me sad. Last time we were laughed at like this was the Carter years. I guess it is true. History repeats itself. 40 years later, another weak Democrat failure. It’ll be up to another strong conservative “Reagan” to rescue the nation. Just like after Carter, America will have to hit bottom, before liberalism is unmasked again.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — September 6, 2013 @ 10:35 pm - September 6, 2013

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