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    Obama’s “Where’s Waldo” Foreign Policy World

    Obama’s “Where’s Waldo” Foreign Policy World

    The Obama Administration puts up a forest of shiny objects that can make important developments hard to see.

    While  Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney stresses over who-did-what on the cancellation of White House tours, conservative firebrand Tammy Bruce has been sounding the alarm on some developments in Asia that may have far greater impact on Americans.

    For example, China and Japan are clashing over islands:

    Since 2010, either by mishap or design, Tokyo and Beijing have escalated a confrontation over ownership of the uninhabited Senkaku islands (known in China as the Diaoyu islands). What has largely been forgotten is that the two Asian giants were talking only a few years ago about joint exploration of potential oil wealth in the South China Sea. They played down the issue of sovereignty in favor of common economic goals.

    A newly enriched China is building up its military, filled with young men with few distractions in the wake of China’s “one child” policy that has left the country short of young women. Also, the last time Japan clashed with China, it really didn’t end well for either country.

    And that is just the tip of the ice-berg, in terms of chilling global news.

    San Diego pundit and military expert Barry Jacobsen weighs in on the noticeable absence of the President, in terms of meaningful participation in foreign policy: American Foreign Policy is Rudderless in Age of Obama.

    North Korea, at once the most heavily armed and least stable country in the world, tears up the 1953 Armistice with its democratic (American ally) to the south. This, following years of military and political provocations; including the sinking a South Korean naval vessel by a North Korean submarine in March of 2010.

    ….In Benghazi, Libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 last year,  militants with links to al Qaeda attacked the American Consulate. During an 8 hour siege, five Americans were killed; including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the first of our Ambassadors to be so murdered in decades.

    ….China routinely makes cyber attacks upon our military and civilian computers, hacking and stealing information; some of which has deep national security implications (such as our Top Secret military technology).

    …In February two Russian bombers, armed with nuclear weapons, flew into American airspace and over the Island of Guam. They withdrew before scrambled American jet fighters could intercept them. This is widely seen as another example of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin reasserting his countries global power and traditional confrontational stance toward the United States.

    …It seems that the Obama administration’s answer to difficult foreign policy challenges is to largely ignore them and hope they go unnoticed.  Its an ostrich strategy: burying ones head in the sand, refusing to look at a threat rather than dealing with it.

    As the Middle East burns and Asia smolders Americans wonder where is the President. Foreign policy in the Obama Age seems rudderless, as the President spends his time playing golf and politics rather than his job as Commander in Chief and Leader of the Free World. In his second term it is increasingly a “Where’s Waldo” presidency, with Obama nowhere to be seen on foreign policy.

    This is a truly staggering list of serious problems.

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    markrcca | March 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

    sure, China is building its military. So what are you suggesting, that we should invade China and destroy their weapons factories? Since you’ll probably agree that’s not a viable option, then – do you want to be the fodder for China’s “restless young men” ? If we don’t meddle in Japan/China affairs now, this will cause Japan to seek allies around her neighbors and they’ll be forced to build a coalition to defend against China’s potential aggression. If we meddle, it will reduce their reason to worry, and they’ll rely on us instead. Which means we would bear the brunt of that aggression, supported by only weak allies. Not a good strategy!


     
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    Doug Wright | March 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Well, Obama did state, several times, in fact, that he wanted to “radically transform” the United States. I do suspect that one of Obama’s approaches to his goal was to radically change our foreign policy towards the world. Of course, I doubt if many really expected how Obama’s efforts on foreign policy would be manifested yet the results indicated above might be exactly what he desired. Obama’s goal overseas could be expressed in just one word but I do not wish to so enflame the blogosphere just yet.

    OBTW: Yes, please return the up or down indicators for comments if at all possible.


     
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    Bitterlyclinging | March 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Not rudderless, doc, more appropraitely described as a policy that will eventually lead to the surrender of Christianity and Western Civilization to the WorldWide Islamic Caliphate.
    If its not intentional, no one alive could be doing a better job of achieving that end result through simple blind stupidity.

    I thought the O man was shifting our foreign policy emphasis to the Asian Pacific area? Maybe he’s putting together a SEATO revival Action Arm somewhat as he’s morphing his ongoing permanent campaign into a busybody corps to carry on in bedeviling us all. Foreign Policy? We don’t need no stinking foreign policy! Not when we got Barry the Magnificent !!


     
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    nordic_prince | March 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    The longer Comrade Zero is in office, the more I despise him for all the damage he’s inflicted on us Americans – damage which will ripple out to the rest of the world as it discovers after the fact that a weakened America results in the world becoming a more dangerous place.

    Meanwhile, Zero continues to assail us with his $#!+ eating grin and insult us with whopper after whopper. He is a contemptible worm.


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