Obama’s (and Hillary’s) terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in foreign policy

AP file photo

AP file photo

What a week it has been for President Obama’s foreign policy. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

From the Associated Press: “The Taliban’s warm-weather offensive has shown the insurgents to be bolder and better organized, holding more territory now than at any time since 2001, when their regime was overthrown by the U.S.-led invasion (of Afghanistan), according to recent U.N. estimates.”

From CIA chief John Brennan: “(O)ur efforts have not reduced (ISIS’s) terrorism capability and global reach. … (ISIS) has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West. And the group is probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the West, including refugee flows, smuggling routes, and legitimate methods of travel.”

From the New York Times: “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war. … While dissent cables (within State) are not that unusual, the number of signatures on this document, 51, is extremely large, if not unprecedented.”

So naturally, all anyone on the left wants to discuss is whether the Christians or the guns are to blame for an ISIS sympathizer’s murder of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend.

If I were them, watching the poisonous fruits of seven-plus years of naive foreign policy coming to bear all at once, I’d want to change the subject, too. Even more so if my goal were to elect one of the architects of these disasters, Hillary Clinton, as Obama’s successor.

And if I were them, I’d also want to make a firestorm out of Sen. John McCain’s perfectly clear comments about the consequences of all this failure. Democrats are tripping over themselves to link McCain’s comment that Obama is “directly responsible” for the Orlando shooting to Donald Trump’s conspiratorial blathering, but the context of McCain’s remark undermines that:

“‘Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq,’ a visibly angry McCain said as the Senate debated a spending bill. ‘So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.'”

Now, let’s consider what it takes for our friends on the left to get outraged by this — starting with their ignoring that they have been blaming everyone from Christians to the NRA to Congress for the attack.

And then let’s consider that this apparent hypocrisy actually represents complete consistency. For if one wants to divert attention from the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failures, what better way than to create a host of other scapegoats, including the man who outlined the administration’s foreign-policy failures so succinctly?

I am not a Trump fan, as should be abundantly clear by now. But if I were him, I would spend most of my time on two lines of attack on Hillary: The first is that she would represent a continuation, and even a doubling-down, of the economic policies that led to the weakest recovery in decades. The second is that she helped Obama design a foreign policy that has resulted in homegrown terrorism, a slow return to military engagement in the Middle East, and a stronger, bolder adversary in Russia which is only complicating matters in Syria and elsewhere. Not only will Hillary struggle to answer concerns about those satisfactorily, particularly on foreign policy, but jobs/economy and terrorism happened to be the top two concerns of Americans in a recent poll — surpassing 50 percent combined, and dwarfing everything else among all respondents, Republicans and independents.

Of course, voters will have concerns about how Trump would handle those issues, too. But at least he can promise something different from the morass we’re seeing unfold right now.

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lvg
lvg

Waiting to see how the GOP's new fascist leader plans to prevent any dissent or debate at GOP convention. Which members of the media will be excluded? Will  unfavorable signs and t-shirts be banned? Will Trump's thugs be patrolling the aisles while Prince Rebus cowers in the corner?Would be nice touch if Donald's people wear brown shirts.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@xxxzzz Another lie from people without either brain or shame.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

xxxzzz is right on the money.

Democrats are frantic to rewrite Our First Amendment and give politicians power to regulate political speech.

They call it "overturning Citizens United".

If you doubt me, read the various Constitutional amendments Democrats have proposed in the last few years toward that end. Most of them state that nothing in the proposed amendment shall infringe freedom of the press. None of them say the same thing about infringing freedom of speech. Now why would that be?

Keep your liberal fascism off our freedom of speech.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Which candidate expelled the media ( and minorities ) from his campaign rallies?

Which party in Georgia assaulted and prevented a female journalist from fiming a cmpaign rally?


Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Campaign rallies are private events. If you're rude to the host or other guests, or can't follow the rules, you may be invited to leave. Works like that for both parties.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Ha- journalist filming a rally at which the public is invited is being "rude" according to the local  defender of the first amendment- Same fascist attitude as Trump. Even Ga. attorney general was apalled and condemned the GOP thugs abusing the  journalist- Goebbels would be proud of Lil Barry and Georgia GOP.

lvg
lvg

@xxxzzz Very sad- confidential briefings of diplomats in Executive branch advocating military action in Syria are leaked out and cons want to use this to show there is dissent in Executive Branch and President is ignoring the war hawks.For that Kyle and the remnants of the GOP throw darts at Obama.


Kyle- awful and  terrible week of President Obama!



Anybody wish Cheney /Bush did the same thing as Obama  in 2003?????????????????????


What happened to the wife of the   top US diplomat in Iraq who called BS on W's yellow cake and wmd fantasy?


What happened to that US president in 1963 who said he was not getting mired down in Vietnam before he was killed?





bu22
bu22

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Which candidate never has press conferences or allows questions from the press (hint:  Its someone who used to live in the White House)?

MarkVV
MarkVV

In the history of this blog that I remember, it would be difficult for me to find one, in which some of the conservatives used a tragedy to such contemptible political response as in this one. It starts with Kyle article and his approval of the disgraceful and idiotic statement by Sen McCain “directly” blaming the President for the massacre,, and then mushrooms into Trumpish excrements like the following accusation of the President by RefeHollister’s

"’we are going to have to work together’ he said in the first line, as he blamed America first.

So a call for working together “ to do more to stop killers who want to terrorize us” is blaming America? What is wrong with you, Rafe, and others like you? Has your hate of the President turned your brains into a mush?

lvg
lvg

@MarkVV Welcome to the world of the GOP.

lvg
lvg

Trump just anounced he needs 100k fast to combat Hillary's ads. Apparently the billionaire's funds have run dry. I wonder how much Lil Barry is prepared to send him?

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

No, not supporting any corrupt, incompetent, America-hating communists either.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Okay lets hear all the "communist" accomplishments and programs of that Black guy in the White  House you despise.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Haven't heard one communist executive order of the president that compares to action of GOP presidents-farm subsidies,  EPA, ADA, EMTALA, Medicare part D

HDB0329
HDB0329

....interesting that the genesis of the problems can be traced to the nation's getting BUSHwhacked...and the SOFA Agreement that Bush negotiated was the reason that the Iraqis wanted the US out!!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@HDB0329 The SOFA was incomplete when Dubyah left.  It was Obama's job to finish the negotiation, which he had no interest in, he had no intention of leaving any forces there anyway, so he never made much effort.  Kinda like the rest of his foreign policy efforts, half hearted!

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@RafeHollister @HDB0329 the Libs find comfort in believing W is the reason no troops were left in Iraq.

Never mind during the debate with Romney their champion stated he did not want to leave any troops there.

They put a whole new meaning on gullible.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Real American: Obama and Clinton failed miserably in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan.

Democrat: Will that affect my EBT card?

Real American: Probably not.

Democrat: Anyone seen my People magazine?

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Which country is LIl Barry signing up to fight in once the fascist wins the election?

MarkVV
MarkVV

Kyle: “So naturally, all anyone on the left wants to discuss is whether the Christians or the guns are to blame for an ISIS sympathizer’s murder of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend.”

This statement by Kyle is as intellectually dishonest as can be, “ALL ANYONE ON THE LEFT” wants to discuss? Such generalization is insulting and irresponsible.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Here is what the communist from Kenya had to say about the Orlando shootings:

"""Now, if we’re honest with ourselves, if, in fact, we want to show the best of our humanity, then we're all going to have to work together at every level of government, across political lines, to do more to stop killers who want to terrorize us.  We will continue to be relentless against terrorist groups like ISIL and al Qaeda.  We are going to destroy them.  We are going to disrupt their networks, and their financing, and the flow of fighters in and out of war theaters.  We're going to disrupt their propaganda that poisons so many minds around the world. 

We're going to do all that.  Our resolve is clear.  But given the fact that the last two terrorist attacks on our soil -- Orlando and San Bernardino -- were homegrown, carried out it appears not by external plotters, not by vast networks or sophisticated cells, but by deranged individuals warped by the hateful propaganda that they had seen over the Internet, then we’re going to have to do more to prevent these kinds of events from occurring.  It's going to take more than just our military. It's going to require more than just our intelligence teams.  As good as they are, as dedicated as they are, as focused as they are, if you have lone wolf attacks like this, hatched in the minds of a disturbed person, then we're going to have to take different kinds of steps in order to prevent something like this from happening.    ""



Yeah all he talked about is Christians, gays and guns being the cause of the killings. Keep listening to Trump, McCain,Lil Barry and Kyle if you want to hear why GOP is called the stupid party.


MarkVV
MarkVV

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Usually I ignore your puerile excretions, but I will make an exception: Before you start calling anybody a liar, first you would have tom learn to read.

Kyle: “So naturally, all anyone on the left wants to discuss …”

You see the word “all,” you pathetic illiterate?”

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MarkVV @RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout Can't you read?   He effectively said it is our fault for not working hard enough to stop these killers. So, it is not their fault, we should have worked together to stop them.  That sounds like blame to me.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout "your messiah" is the president of the United States properly addressing a national crisis.


What did Trump say to convince voters he was up to the job?

-I told you this would happen;

-Take away constitutional rights of Muslims;

-torture them and their families;

-The shooter was an immigrant

-His parents should never have been given asylum and 

-GOP leaders need to shut up and listen to him

Very Presidential??????????

lvg
lvg

@RafeHollister @Lil_Barry_Bailout Cons have refused to work with President for common good and national security since he took office. He was just  stating an obvious fact. Kyle and Lil Barry's childish and partisan comments are a prime example

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Oh boo-freaking-hoo.

Kyle was correct, except he left out homophobia.

MarkVV
MarkVV

“More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war. …”

Let us recall now the conservatives’ attacks against President Obama and Secretary Clinton for supporting our allies with military strikes in the civil war in Libya – where Gaddafi acted with brutality against the population. 

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Conservative criticism of Obama's and Hillary's actions in Libya was because they half-assed it there, too.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout assisting our NATO partners and the Arab League with no ground troops or loss of life by US during a war and doing so to  avoid genocide is half assed according to spokesman o f the stupid party

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

The results in Syria and Libya speak for themselves. Both are humanitarian and strategic disasters.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Obama's prosecution of his war on the JV team is so pathetic and half-hearted that he didn't even think to take out their main source of revenue--oil facilities--until he was embarrassed into doing it by international press reports.

What a weak, pathetic loser!

lvg
lvg

50 US diplomats say US should have been nore agressive in fighting Assad.This is a policy failure of Obama according to Kyle. 


What is terribly wrong with that statement?


Who decides if we should get involved in a foreign civil war and go toe to toe with Russia- 50 diplomats??

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Obama decided, and he's losing to Assad, the JV team and to Russia.

lvg
lvg

@Lil_Barry_Bailout Decided what? to strike if chemical weapons were not removed  after being used in violation of international law?

Were they removed?

Where did US decide as a matter of US policy to attack and remove Assad and get tangled up in a civil war with Assad, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah on the other side?


Congress still asleep on that one- who controls Congress?

Another Trump like childish response as is typical of the  stupid party.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Were they removed? Some of them; they were carried away on the USS Fig Leaf. The rest are being used on Assad's rebel enemies.

Everything we're doing in Syria was decided by Obama. And it's a mess.

Ooh, look, the JV team just took another victory lap!