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    Obama foreign policy “is like the Brazilian national soccer squad”

    Obama foreign policy “is like the Brazilian national soccer squad”

    “like the Brazilians, they folded, they collapsed, they just absolutely capitulated”

    Greg Gutfeld sat in for Bill on the O’Reilly Factor last night and in one segment, he interviewed Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal.

    The focus of their discussion was the meltdown of the Obama presidency with an eye to foreign policy. Watch below:

    The column Stephens wrote for Commentary Magazine which is referenced in the interview is excerpted here:

    The Meltdown

    In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and restoring America’s good name abroad.

    Instead, he crumbled.

    As I write, the foreign policy of the United States is in a state of unprecedented disarray. In some cases, failed policy has given way to an absence of policy. So it is in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and, at least until recently, Ukraine. In other cases the president has doubled down on failed policy—extending nuclear negotiations with Iran; announcing the full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

    Sometimes the administration has been the victim of events, such as Edward Snowden’s espionage, it made worse through bureaucratic fumbling and feckless administrative fixes. At other times the wounds have been self-inflicted: the espionage scandal in Germany (when it was learned that the United States had continued to spy on our ally despite prior revelations of the NSA’s eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel); the repeated declaration that “core al-Qaeda” was “on a path to defeat”; the prisoner swap with the Taliban that obtained Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s release.

    It’s a long article but you should read the whole thing.

    [Featured image source: AP YouTube]


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    Bitterlyclinging | August 24, 2014 at 8:18 am

    All of Obama’s foreign policy testosterone went into Reggie Love’s rectum the night of 9/11/2012 while in the Lincoln Bedroom.
    CAIR bought and paid for the Democratic Party, lock, stock and barrel, then hired Barack Obama to lance that noxious suppurative MidEastern boil known as Israel. With everything else going to Hell, the Foley decapitation, the barbarians massed on the Southern border, fully loaded passenger planes being shot out of the air, willy-nilly, Al Sharpton in Ferguson, Mo behaving like the chimpanzees at the zoo who strangely attacked the male zoo goer in front of his family gouging out his eyeball, biting off his nose and testicles, lancing the Israeli boil has become job number one. The debt to CAIR isn’t something trivial that can be completely ignored and forgotten about like the $100,000 stipend from a certain Chicago University to teach, write and lecture on constitutional law or the millions from the Chicago Annenburg Foundation meant for the Chicago school kiddies that he and Bill ayers frittered away.

    Uncle Samuel | August 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

    American foreign policy over the last several decades has resembled a Borderline Personality Disordered patient with intermittent psychotic episodes.

    Every 4 to 8 years and sometimes less, there is a dramatic change of policy that does not relate to anything constant or substantive…just change of regimes, change of make up of congress, election year, etc.

    Look at this video by Andrew Klavan for an example.

    Then we have Obama denying it was his decision to withdraw from Iraq, when he bragged about doing it earlier during a campaign year.

    Obama’s foreign policy is most like the Clintons, in that it lacks logic, integrity and is more a matter of partisan political agenda and personal interests. Obama’s foreign policy reflects his personality, belief system and moral compass and is CONSISTENT with the tenor of his entire presidency. In both foreign and domestic policy, Obama always acts in a way that is entirely against the welfare and best interest of this nation and its citizens.

      janitor in reply to Uncle Samuel. | August 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Just watched the Klavan video. Thanks. Excellent.

      While watching it, and further to my comments above, note that Obama, like other pretenders, does his thing by imitating what he’s seen others do. It hit me that the “surge in Afghanistan” mimicked Bush’s surge in Iraq. There are numerous other examples.

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