Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Retro 4, Part 4, The Obama Presidency, The End Of An Error - Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs Failures and Disasters

We originally ran this post back in October at around the 100 day mark of the final days of the Obama Presidency. We ended up running about seven blog posts which did a deep dive into the activities, acomplishmentsand failures of this Presidency. We found very little in the way of accomplishments but dozens and dozens of cases of falures and disasters, from the economy to foreign affairs to the basic concept of integrity. We are going to rerun those post over the next week or so as we close in on an end of an error, the Obama Presidency.

Part 4, The Obama Presidency, The End Of An Error - Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs Failures and Disasters

As we near the end of the Obama Presidency, I thought it would be a good idea at the 100 day mark to review what he has done to and for this country over the past eight years. Before we do that, though, let me repeat my previous background statements on my past political actions:
  • I have never voted for a Republican Presidential candidate in my life and I have been voting since the the Nixon era.
  • Until 2010, I have never voted for a Republican for national office in my life.
  • I am not affiliated with nor do I associate myself with the Republican Party, conservatives or people like Donald Trump.
Okay, now that we understand where I am coming from, let me just say that in my opinion Barack Obama has been the most inept, most divisive, most narcissist and worst diplomat in my lifetime to reside in the White House. From the economy, to race relations, to the national debt, to foreign relations to government operations, to blatant disregard for existing laws and the Constitution, in just about any measure we are far worse off as a nation than prior to him coming into office.

We will breaking down the failures and disappointments of this administration into some broad categories that will take us a number of days to cover as we analyze “The Obama Presidency - The End Of An Error.” Three days ago we reviewed the dozens of lies and broken promises of this President and two days we talked about the dozens of times that the Obama administration violated laws, the Constitution, and judicial rulings. 

Yesterday, we focused on how Obama and his administration has actively and aggressively divided Americans along sexual, racial, economic, and political lines. Specifically, rather than bringing people together, Obama stood silent and watched his political allies slander, degrade, insult, and divide the country to suit his needs, not the needs of the country and its citizens.

Today, we will focus on the many,many failures of the Obama administration when it comes to international relations. I can think of now world area or even a single country where we are in better relations now than when Obama came into office. Instead, we have been graced with the following foreign relations disasters:

Massive Foreign Affairs Failures:

Remember when Obama failed to slow down the North Korean drive for nuclear weapons when that country conducted its second nuclear bomb test in 2016 which had the blast equivalent to the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.

Remember when North Korea claimed that it now had“a variety of smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power … standardized [to be] mounted on strategic ballistic rockets,” and successfully conducted tests of its intercontinental ballistic missile, a road-mobile intermediate-range missile, a submarine-launched ballistic missile, upgraded medium- and short-range missiles, re-entry vehicle technology, a new solid-fuel rocket engine, and an improved liquid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile engine,” all of which makes the world and our country less safe than it was eight years ago.

Remember when Obama butted into, criticized, and lectured the Philippines and its President on its effort to curb drug addiction and drug cartels in its country, ticking off the country and it’s President, Rodrigo Duterte, so much that he called Obama the “a son of a whore,” and promptly began distancing his country from the U.S. and making overtones to become more closely aligned with China, a U.S. competitor in many, many ways.

Remember when Obama gave Iran just about anything it wanted in its so-called nuclear weapons agreement and Iran turned around and showed its gratitude by threatening to shoot down US spy planes operating in the Persian Gulf and harassed U.S. Navy ships operating in international waters, showing that nothing says no respect for a US President than some piss ant little country harassing the most powerful armed forces in the world and the President and commander in chief of those armed forces doing nothing. 

Remember when the President of Brazil turned down the opportunity to have a state dinner at the White House sponsored by Obama because his administration had spied on the Brazilian President’s phone calls.

Remember when Obama called ISIS a JV terrorist organization and then the world watched as ISIS grew into the most terrifying, gruesome, and richest terror organization of all time?

Remember when Obama threatened the Syrian government and strongman Assad not to cross the “red line” of using chemical weapons on Syrian citizens and then did nothing when Assad ignored Obama’s warning and crossed that red line?

Remember when Putin and Russia invaded the Ukraine and Obama did relatively little to oppose that hostile move, a strategy that was so ineffective that Russia still controls vast swaths of the Ukraine?

Remember when Obama pulled off one of the lamest foreign affairs stunts of all time when he refused to join other world leaders when Paris and France suffered terrible terror attacks by ISIS but a week or so later sent John Kerry and singer James Taylor to France where he sang his four decade old hit song, “You’ve Got A Friend?”

Remember when Obama prematurely withdrew the last US troops from Iraq, against the advice of his diplomatic and military advisors, in order to make a trite political point in his reelection campaign, which directly led to the rise of ISIS, the terrorist implosion of the country, and the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of Iraqi citizens from terrorism?

Remember when Obama injected himself into the whole BREXIT discussion in Great Britain and not only was he told by any number of British politicians to butt out of their internal affairs but there is some evidence that his intrusion with his opinion that Britain should reject the BREXIT option resulted in a backlash that actually allowed the BREXIT option to win?

Remember when China decided to build artificial islands all over the Pacific Ocean, likely for military purposes, and faced no effective counter strategy or counter balance from the Obama administration

Remember when Obama tried to open diplomatic relations with Cuba and the Casto brothers, Fidel and Raul, and then had to sit by as the brothers then belittled and insulted the President in various ways and via various media outlets?

Remember when Obama became the first President to have U.S. armed forces actively involved in warfare during the entire length of his Presidency?

Remember when Obama’s lack of a cohesive Afghanistan military strategy resulted in the Taliban regaining much of the territory it had to give up over the past decade or so, endangering any and all progress that had been made by the U.S. and its allies over the same timeframe?

Remember how Obama incurred the highest percentage, by far, of Israeli citizens saying that Obama was the least friendly President ever towards Israel, one of our few allies in the Middle East region?

Remember when Obama illegally and un-Constitutionally entered U.S. armed forces in the Libyan military conflict, resulting in the spending of billions of taxpayer dollars on weapons and munitions and needlessly toppling a foreign government and society, causing it to morph into a terrorist haven and failed country?
This list is a lot of failures to remember. Intrusion to other country’s business, ticking off traditional allies, impotence to stop evil from spreading, failure to consolidate gains in Iraq and Afghanistan, failures on all fronts. A foreign affairs end of an error. More discussion tomorrow and subsequent days on the Obama Presidency.

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