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AP: World Not Turning Out As Obama Envisioned

From a suddenly concerned Associated Press:

For Obama, world looks far different than expected

By JULIE PACE | August 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly Europe, there’s deep skepticism about Washington’s government surveillance programs.

Either Mr. Obama is the most inept President we have ever had in our nation’s history. Or this is what Obama secretly envisioned, but dared not tell us about. Our money is on the latter.

In some cases, the current climate has been driven by factors outside the White House’s control. But missteps by the president also are to blame, say foreign policy analysts, including some who worked for the Obama administration.

Things are finally so bad that the AP is even starting to blame Obama. And never mind that, compared to what he has done to the US economy, foreign policy is still his ‘strong suit.’

Among them: miscalculating the fallout from the Arab Spring uprisings, publicly setting unrealistic expectations for improved ties with Russia and a reactive decision-making process that can leave the White House appearing to veer from crisis to crisis without a broader strategy…

Once again, it’s very hard to believe that Obama could not foresee the consequences of these things. Everyone else could.

Obama, faced most urgently with escalating crises in Egypt and Syria, has defended his measured approach, saying America’s ability to solve the world’s problems on its own has been "overstated."

Unless it comes to changing the world’s climate. Or ending world poverty. Or any of Obama’s other pipe dreams.

"Sometimes what we’ve seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff, that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations," he said. "We have to think through strategically what’s going to be in our long-term national interests."

And yet Obama does exactly the opposite of his own advice. (Which, again, suggests that it’s no accident.)

The strongest challenge to Obama’s philosophy on intervention has come from the deepening tumult in the Middle East and North Africa. The president saw great promise in the region when he first took office and pledged "a new beginning" with the Arab world when he traveled to Cairo in 2009.

But the democracy protests that spread across the region quickly scrambled Obama’s efforts.

Hilarious. So now the AP is blaming the ‘Arab Spring’ for hurting Obama’s efforts to reshape the Middle East? When the AP used to tell us that Obama inspired the Arab Spring, and that it was proof of his powers of persuasion, his vision.

While the U.S. has consistently backed the rights of people seeking democracy, the violence that followed has often left the Obama administration unsure of its next move or taking tentative steps that do little to change the situation on the ground…

Obama wasn’t tentative when he demanded that Hosni Mubarak step down. He wasn’t tentative when he helped the Libyan rebels (who are mostly Al Qaeda) overthrow Gadhafi.

He wasn’t tentative when he blamed the attack in Benghazi on a video. He wasn’t tentative when he bragged that he had Al Qaeda on the run.

Few foreign policy experts predicted the Arab uprisings, and it’s unlikely the U.S. could have – or should have – done anything to prevent the protests.

BS. And, once again, Obama tried to take credit for the Arab Spring. And our news media tried to give him the credit at every turn.

But analysts say Obama misjudged the movements’ next stages, including Assad’s ability to cling to power and the strength of Islamist political parties in Egypt…

Again, is Obama really this inept, or is he just very deeply anti-American?

"The president has not had a long-term strategic vision," said Vali Nasr, who advised the Obama administration on foreign policy in the first term and now serves as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. "They’re moving issue to issue and reacting as situations come up."

Unless this is Obama’s long-term strategic vision. And he just can’t admit it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 26th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP: World Not Turning Out As Obama Envisioned”

  1. Obama’s Death To America Plan: Right on schedule

  2. JohnMG

    From the perspective of an American patriot, Obama is an unmitigated disaster. From Obama’s perspective, the plan is running a little ahead of schedule.

  3. Either Mr. Obama is the most inept President we have ever had in our nation’s history. Or this is what Obama secretly envisioned, but dared not tell us about. Our money is on the latter.

    I don’t think these two things are mutually exclusive. I think Obama’s plan was to shift the muslim brotherhood into power. So that part was his plan, but his unmatched ineptitude didn’t let him see how really complicated the world is. Maybe ineptitude isn’t the right word. Oh it describes the result, but the reason for it is that Obama has bought wholesale into his own press.

    Obama truly believes that he is some magical being with the power to change the world by simply speaking. We’ve heard him say in reference to the whole Snowden/Russia clusterf**k that “I shouldn’t HAVE to call Putin”. That one talking point shows just how much faith Obama has in the sound of his own voice. He does live to hear himself read a teleprompter. It’s not his fault if people don’t hear the truth of his proclamations. It’s not his fault that some refuse to worship him. It’s not his fault if some crazy faction of the Egyptian populace doesn’t want to live under an oppressive tyrannical theocracy the way they (in his mind) should.

    I guess if people don’t listen to him, he can’ be held responsible for the result. (Limbaugh theorem postulate 51) You know, like when the evil Jews refused to go back to their old borders. If they had just listened to him, I’m sure everything would be fine by now.

    • “You know, like when the evil Jews refused to go back to their old borders.”

      Don’t worry, The “Son of Perdition” and his side kick Sec. of Sate Lurch will see to that.

  4. mr_bill

    “While the U.S. has consistently backed the rights of people seeking democracy…” Right…just ask the citizens of Iran or anybody living in the middle east who is not a radical islamo-fascist.

    The short story is that nerobama has come down on the wrong side of nearly every foreign policy decision he and his administration have made.

    Other heads of state see him for the duplicitous snake that he is. None of them, even the worst, want anything to do with him. Even Mugabe probably doesn’t want his name thrown around in the same circles as nerobama, for fear of getting a reputation for consorting with unsavory characters. I doubt that there is even one leader of an industrialized nation who nerobama could call and ask for a favor, if he needed to do so. It’s not them, it’s him. We all remember that Bush got along very well with Tony Blair and that they were considered to be best friends. nerobama doesn’t have a personal relationship like that with a single foreign leader. That’s why his state dinners always feature the 2nd cousin of the 3rd Deputy Prime Minister of Backwardistan or some other anti-American third world nation, rather than the influential world leaders: he knows he would be embarrassed when they turn him down.

    • “The short story is that nerobama has come down on the wrong side of nearly every foreign policy decision he and his administration have made.”

      I’ve heard Rush say for years that Joe Biden has been of the wrong side of every foreign policy decision that this nation has faced in over thirty years. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Surely nerobama isn’t listening to Biden…….God help us.




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