Have we become a turncoat nation under Obama’s foreign policy?

posted at 1:03 pm on May 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Has Barack Obama’s foreign policy led us to become a “turncoat nation”? First, as Bill Whittle carefully explains in his latest Firewall video, one has to understand what “turncoat” actually means. It doesn’t indicate treason, but switching sides — with a healthy inference of surrender, to boot. Certainly we see that in the sudden desire to cast Israel as the intransigent in the Middle East, as Whittle states, but it’s hardly the only example, and certainly not the first:

It seems like Obama is trying to establish the US as some sort of context-free arbiter of world issues, which might be a useful role for an academic or someone within the State Department. However, the US President should first look after US interests and nurture American alliances. As example after example shows, Obama keeps “resetting” relations with friends in order to build up some credibility with antagonists and enemies. The problem with this approach is that we end up losing our friends and scoring no points with nations inclined to oppose or attack us, and the example last week of Israel and the Palestinians is perfect in demonstrating this.

Bill references an excellent Broadside publication, Victor Davis Hanson’s How The Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security, a quick but comprehensive read at 44 pages and inexpensive at $5.99 (less via Kindle). I read it a while back, and even though it only covers the first year of Obama’s presidency, it is clear that little has changed in “smart power” diplomacy in this administration.


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Notice this is all happening because of the actions of one incompetent President.

Our relations with Israel are probably the worst they’ve been since at least the Jimmy Carter administration, if not longer.

I think the last time our relationship with England was this bad was the War Of 1812.

Much like Jimmy Carter I, I think Jimmy Carter II’s dumb decisions are going to haunt us for the next 30 years in one way or another.

teke184 on May 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

So, treason is a subset of turncoat?

tomg51 on May 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Wasn’t Obama gonna make EVERYONE love us? Hopenchange!

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM

What you mean “we,” Ed?

Every sane, thoughtful American knows Osama Obama’s policies are meant to destroy our allies and strengthen our enemies. It is almost an understatement to say what he is doing borders on treason, and the end result, if unchecked, has to be serious damage to our nation.

Of course the polite dissenters, those who rattle on about the “optics” of politics and search endlessly for “nuance” lest they be perceived as “racist” for opposing a near-criminal President, will keep using weasel words and sugercoating the truth until it can no longer be ignored.

By then, it may well be too late to reverse the Traitor-in-Chief’s course….

MrScribbler on May 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Holy crap, that was good. If I smoked, I’d need a ciggie.

Sad thing is, that’s probably better than any speech on Obama’s foreign policy you will ever hear from any of the GOP candidates.

L.N. Smithee on May 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

It seems like Obama is trying to establish the US as some sort of context-free arbiter of world issues, which might be a useful role for an academic or someone within the State Department.

sure, there’s a lot of that involved, but don’t rule out incompetency. He gets rolled every time he gets near the Russians.

a capella on May 27, 2011 at 1:19 PM

So, treason is a subset of turncoat?

Not exactly… I think that over time, the meaning of “turncoat” and the meaning of “treason,” both being despicable, have become conflated.

TSUGambler on May 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Good, point, A Capella… who was is that said, “Never attribute to malice what can be explained by mere incompetence”?

TSUGambler on May 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Read Krauthammer’s article about how Obama nullified a written agreement between Bush and Israel that was essential to Israel pulling out of the Golan Heights. Obama is destroying our credibility with our friends and making us look weak (because we are) before our enemies. On top of his destroying the American economy, he is turning us into a third-world nation, assuming we’re able to remain a nation for much longer.

Socratease on May 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

When it comes to this administration clown factory, “Smart Power” is the ultimate oxymoron.

CantCureStupid on May 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Bill Whittle carefully explains

isn’t it nice to have your business promoted weekly on hotair?

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Obama wants to be to Israel what Tonya Harding was to Nancy Kerrigan.

HalJordan on May 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

…don’t rule out incompetency.

It’s hard to make an argument for incompetency when he’s accomplishing exactly what he said he was going to, i.e. reducing the US from its former position as the leader of the free world with the strongest economy and military. It’s his stated goal to bring the US down to what he feels is our proper place: just one more nation among a host of others, no better and no worse than anyone else.

Socratease on May 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

“Never attribute to malice what can be explained by mere incompetence”

I don’t think any of the things Obama has achieved in foreign policy – like alienating numerous foreign allies – have been the result of incompetence. The incompetence only comes in when considering whether he meant to be as bleeding obvious.

Like in the wrangle over the G-8 statement today. At AIPAC last week, Obama insisted that he had been “misunderstood” over his statements about the so-called 1967 borders as the baseline for Israeli-Palestinian negotitations. Yet today it was only because Canada’s Stephen Harper adamantly refused to be attached to such a statement that the G-8 omitted from their call for a resumption of negotiations.

His incompetence is in his ability to lie. But it doesn’t matter when he’s got the media on his side.

ProfessorMiao on May 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Bill references an excellent Broadside publication, Victor Davis Hanson’s How The Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security, a quick but comprehensive read at 44 pages and inexpensive at $5.99 (less via Kindle).

An even better booklet is Andrew C. McCarthy’s “How Obama Embraces Islam’s Shariah Agenda” 45 pages http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/159403558X/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1306517898&sr=1-1-spell&condition=new

HalJordan on May 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM

isn’t it nice to have your business promoted weekly on hotair?

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

What do you do?

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Not surprising, considering the empty suit we have as president – and no prior experience in anything of consequence.

GarandFan on May 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

D@mn!

WordsMatter on May 27, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Mr. Whittle is probably the only person I would mute Rush 7 1/2 minutes for. If Victor David Hanson’s book is available from the I-Book store I will purchase it. Obama fits the turncoat label as if it was taylor made for him.

fourdeucer on May 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Obama wants to be to Israel what Tonya Harding was to Nancy Kerrigan.

HalJordan on May 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Not surprising after listening to Jeremiah “Them Jews” Wright for 20 years.

KGB on May 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM

What do you do?

Fallon on May 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Fellates liberals.

Aviator on May 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Wow. I didn’t hear anything I hadn’t heard before… but it’s mind-blowing when it’s compressed into about 7 minutes or so.

I mean, I think anybody who was paying attention during the election knew it was gonna be bad, but it just keeps getting worse and worse, to the point where it’s outstripping just how bad we thought it could be.

Murf76 on May 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Obama is not a traitor, since that term implies that he was once loyal to our country and then switched to the other side. He has always been on the other side.

The traitors are the folks who voted for him–at least those socialists among them who knew what he was and still backed him in his quest to become, not our national leader, but our exalted ruler. They backed a man who “Hoped” to “Change” our country by undoing the American Revolution and making us submit to foreign law and global collectivism.

Stendec on May 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

However, the US President should first look after US interests and nurture American alliances.

It’s in the US’s interest to have no lasting alliances.

“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”

-Thomas Jefferson, first inaugural address

Nelsen on May 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Obama is not a traitor, since that term implies that he was once loyal to our country and then switched to the other side. He has always been on the other side.

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Short, to the point… and exactly correct.
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RalphyBoy on May 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

The weakest of your eternally weak attempts at deflection. Whittle appears on HotAir because his opinion is valid, and supported with quality research and unassailable facts. I ask you a matching question:

Isn’t it nice to still be allowed to comment at HotAir, even though you have nothing of value to say?

Freelancer on May 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Nelsen on May 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

You misuse Jefferson’s statement. The key qualifier of the quote is “entangling”. It is appropriate for us to have long-term alliances with everyone who shares a substantial agreement with our values. It is inappropriate for such an alliance to include conditions which might constrain us against retaining or expanding those values.

I smell a Paulbot.

Freelancer on May 27, 2011 at 2:24 PM

ObaMao’s roots as Palestinian-in-Chief are deep and wide.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/268159/pro-palestinian-chief-stanley-kurtz

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

In a commentary by Joan Swersky in the Canada Free Press, “Obama’s Malignant Obsession with Jews and Israel,” the author references a list she had prepared for another article, “Obama’s Jewish Problem,:

In that article, I listed the people—more accurately, collaborators—who aid and abet what Mona Charen calls Obama’s “genocidal hostility toward Israel.” The following is the short list:
•Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who according to Dick Morris has had “relationships with terrorists [that] began in the mid-1980s when she served on the Board of the New World Foundation, which gave funds to the Palestine Liberation Organization [when] the PLO was officially recognized by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.”
•Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who has advocated ending all U.S. military aid to Israel and has inspired dozens of articles with titles like these in Commentary: Susan Rice Is Doing Something at the UN: Targeting Israel and What Was Susan Rice’s Embarrassing Anti-Israel Tirade Supposed to Accomplish?
•Lee Hamilton, who Ed Lasky calls the eminence grise of Obama’s Mideast policy and who has suggested that the U.S. should pressure Israel to surrender the Golan Heights and leave the West Bank—but not a word about dismantling Hamas or Hezbollah!
•Zbigniew Brzezinski, longtime Israel loather, who suggested that the Obama administration should tell Israel that the U.S. will attack Israeli jets if they try to attack Iran.
•John Brennan, Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security, suggests, among other egregious things, that Obama & Co. “reach out” to Hezbollah.
•Samantha Power, now on Obama’s National Security Council, has advocated ending all U.S. military aid to Israel and written of her willingness to “alienate a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import [American Jews]…” She has also advocated, Ed Lasky writes, “that America send armed military forces,” “a mammoth protection force” and an “external intervention” to” impose a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
•Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Senior Advisor. According to Ulsterman, the by-now infamous Washington Insider, “weeks after widespread Middle East chaos first erupted, and with a growing number of nations now poised to join the likes of Egypt and Libya into all out rebellion, some are finally questioning the role played by the Obama White House in helping to hasten these events. Of primary concern is the reasoning behind Barack Obama’s quick repudiation of Egypt’s Mubarak, and near silence regarding Libya’s Gaddafi. Why such a disparity in tone between one uprising vs another? …Perhaps the answer to this disparity can be found with President Obama’s closest and most powerful adviser—[Iranian-born Muslim] Valerie Jarrett

In addition, according to Ryan Mauro, founder of WorldThreats.com: “The “most influential Muslim” in the White House is Dalia MogahedShe is a close colleague of John Esposito, a staunch defender of the Muslim Brotherhood and a witness for the defense during the Holy Land Foundation trial. Officials from the Obama Administration, like the Bush Administration, have made a concerted effort to court these Brotherhood affiliates, including senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; chief counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough and many other lower-level government officials”

And that is not to omit the aforementioned George Soros, the man who is running not only Barack Obama but just about the entire American media. According to Dan Gainor, Soros “spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004 [and today] has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets—including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.”

I can’t think of one of Obama’s advisors, czars, even Court Jews who is not floridly anti-Israel, in both word and deed. The belief, indeed conviction, that all of these people have in common is that everything wrong with their lives and with the world would magically disappear if only those damned Jews and their damned country Israel were destroyed. Hence the salami tactics to whittle away territory until Israelis simply cannot defend themselves and so perish at the hands of neighbors who have been promising nothing less than annihilation for decades.

This is Obama’s malignant intention, as well. Hence the 1967 lines!

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Again I write about one a week, because I’m still amazed….40% approval rating…..It just blows my mind.

Oil Can on May 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Read Krauthammer’s article about how Obama nullified a written agreement between Bush and Israel that was essential to Israel pulling out of the Golan Heights. Obama is destroying our credibility with our friends and making us look weak (because we are) before our enemies. On top of his destroying the American economy, he is turning us into a third-world nation, assuming we’re able to remain a nation for much longer.

Socratease on May 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Yep, Krauthammer nails it: “The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.”

slickwillie2001 on May 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

isn’t it nice to have your business promoted weekly on hotair?

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Two highly suspect “polls” (the AP one, which sampled twice as many Democrats as Republicans, as well as one from DNC mouthpiece NBC) both show approval of how O’bama is handling foreign policy at just over 50%. Gallup’s most recent poll has him at only 47%.

Del Dolemonte on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Isn’t it nice to still be allowed to comment at HotAir, even though you have nothing of value to say?

Freelancer on May 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM

value is subjective. in any case, the comments section of hotair is not about accruing value. it generally serves as a safety valve for pent-up conservative frustration with your perpetual sense of inferiority.

every single video whittle creates appears on hotair, along with a link to his webpage that seeks to entice you to subscribe to the horse$hit he produces. that’s an obvious pattern of promoting a for-profit enterprise regardless of its actual value for readers. after all, wtf is whittle that we should find his opinion about every single political issue interesting enough to worth a post?

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Two highly suspect “polls” (the AP one, which sampled twice as many Democrats as Republicans, as well as one from DNC mouthpiece NBC) both show approval of how O’bama is handling foreign policy at just over 50%. Gallup’s most recent poll has him at only 47%.

Del Dolemonte on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

thanks for that information.

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Krauthammer nails it: “The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.”

I vote for the former. He knows he can’t vote for the UN resolution to give ‘Palestine’ a state on the 1949 armistice lines, but he has given his blessing to this as a border.

I noticed that he didn’t succeed in convincing other G-8 leaders to vote against the resolution (Harper didn’t need convincing). I’d wager he didn’t try very hard.

ProfessorMiao on May 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Again I write about one a week, because I’m still amazed….40% approval rating…..It just blows my mind.

Oil Can on May 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

If you’re talking about O’bama’s job approval, it’s actually higher than that-around 50% now.

But an interesting thing-a month after the bin Laden thing, a glance at Gallup’s Daily Tracking for job approval shows that he got absolutely NO bounce from that.

Del Dolemonte on May 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM

wtf is whittle that we should find his opinion about every single political issue interesting enough to worth a post?

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Huh? Are you part of HA’s editorial team?

ProfessorMiao on May 27, 2011 at 2:57 PM

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Do you care to indicate any points that Whittle makes as non-factual? He has drawn conclusions (opinions) and made judgments (opinions) substantiated in facts.

What facts do you have to support your opinions?

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Do you care to indicate any points that Whittle makes as non-factual?

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 2:57 PM

he does not make any points worth engaging with (apart from the occasional mockery). he’s merely distills current conservative dogma in order to make a profit on it.

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

and so it falls to Canada to block the 67 language from the g8 communique.

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/05/wow-canada-defends-israel-blocks-obamas-1967-line-from-g8/

r keller on May 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

value is subjective. in any case, the comments section of hotair is not about accruing value. it generally serves as a safety valve for pent-up conservative frustration with your perpetual sense of inferiority.

every single video whittle creates appears on hotair, along with a link to his webpage that seeks to entice you to subscribe to the horse$hit he produces. that’s an obvious pattern of promoting a for-profit enterprise regardless of its actual value for readers. after all, wtf is whittle that we should find his opinion about every single political issue interesting enough to worth a post?

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

You’re an idiot. The man speaks the truth in a calm, rational manner. Conservatives don’t require a special pedigree or copious books or self-congratulatory awards. The guy is smart, and makes the case for conservatism. Just because you don’t like doesn’t mean it’s “horse$hit.”

In summary: please go away.

Living4Him5534 on May 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

in order to make a profit on it.

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

There’s the problem. How dare he try to make money! It’s nice that you contribute to the evil Hot Air coffers by adding your intelligent commentary to the discussion.

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Conservatives don’t require a special pedigree or copious books or self-congratulatory awards. The guy is smart, and makes the case for conservatism. Just because you don’t like doesn’t mean it’s “horse$hit.”

Living4Him5534 on May 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

you’re right, insofar as “conservatism” as we know it today doesn’t require much in the way of intellect, but he’s not making the case for it. he picks up talking points that dominate conservative media an repackages them into videos, which he uses to promote his subscription-based service.

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 3:54 PM

he picks up talking points that dominate conservative media

Care to list some of those “talking points”?

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Obama keeps “resetting” relations with friends in order to build up some credibility with antagonists and enemies.

Somebody should take that “reset” button out of Obama’s hands.

Bill gives a history lesson on Obama’s foreign policy blunders. It’s one thing to keep your enemies close, it’s another to kick your friends under the bus. Obama’s views on how the world works is not naive, it’s deliberate and intentional. It goes with his Marxist philosophy.

Having Hillary as the State Department Secretary just adds more salt to the wound.

Kini on May 27, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Care to list some of those “talking points”?

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM

the one about obama throwing israel under the bus, for example, on which his entire “turncoat” thesis is based.

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

You obviously did not watch the video.

onlineanalyst on May 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

OK, you can’t get any more awesome than Bill Whittle spreading spreading 2nd Amendment philosophy with Portuguese subtitles. American Exceptionalism is moving across the world.

mizflame98 on May 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Can an empty coat be turned?

Wouldn’t that be a reversible opportunist?

profitsbeard on May 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

sesquipedalian on May 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM

You no likee?

You no clickee.

Simple.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 7:14 PM