Cheney: This is just the “logical outcome of three-and-a-half years of Obama foreign policy”

posted at 11:21 am on September 13, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I just wanted to take a moment to draw your attention to this particular op-ed, because… dang. Former Bush-administration State Department official Liz Cheney is going straight for the jugular with this one, and it is as damning an account of President Obama’s foreign policy failures as I’ve read.

In March 2009, at an Americas summit meeting in Mexico City, President Obama listened as Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega delivered a venomous diatribe against America. Mr. Obama stood to speak and accepted Mr. Ortega’s version of history. “I’m very grateful,” Mr. Obama said, “that President Ortega didn’t blame me for things that happened when I was three months old.”

In April 2009, in France, Mr. Obama proclaimed that America must make deep cuts in its nuclear arsenal because only then would the country have “the moral authority to say to Iran, don’t develop a nuclear weapon, to say to North Korea, don’t proliferate nuclear weapons.” Embracing the leftist fallacy that the key to world peace is for the U.S. to pre-emptively disarm, the president has reportedly begun reviewing options to take our nuclear stockpile to levels not seen since 1950. These are steps you take only if you believe that America—not her enemies—is the threat. …

If you really want to know whether our adversaries fear us, ask the Russians, whose thuggish President Putin essentially endorsed Mr. Obama recently. Perhaps Mr. Putin is banking on the missile defense “flexibility” Mr. Obama promised he would have after the election.

The president says he “ended the war in Iraq” and is “ending the war in Afghanistan.” If only wishing made it so. A better description of what Mr. Obama is doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is rushing for the exits. … He is so busy retreating that we are likely to leave in a our wake a failed state where the Taliban and terrorist organizations like al Qaeda can once again operate.

As Cheney points out, most of President Obama’s dealings on the international stage have been nothing short of a string of groveling apologies and attempts to weaken America and fall back to everybody else’s impuissant level, instead of us telling them what’s up, because apparently we don’t have to “moral authority” to do so. Wow. There are real and growing existential threats in this world, but the president has targeted military cuts before entitlement reform, appeased hostile foreign bodies, and willfully diminished America’s authority — and while we (rightfully) tend to be more preoccupied with more insular concerns, it’s important not to forget that this president’s policies abroad haven’t been any better for America than his domestic ones.

As Larry Sabato tweeted this morning,

 

 

While chaos reigns in the Middle East at the moment, a lot of this is likely to settle into the background again before long, and we’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled presidential campaign program. But if the Obama campaign is so bent on producing distractions, and if this does happen to escalate into something bigger, there is really no good reason why a foreign-policy related issue at the forefront should be of any help whatsoever to President Obama (or at least, in theory, there shouldn’t be any good reason, but when the mainstream media has already made up their minds… ugh). The majority of Obama’s foreign-policy ‘strategy’ has been absolutely awful, and Romney was right to capitalize on the moment to point that out. The economy may be Obama’s greatest weakness, but it couldn’t hurt to remind America that his commander-in-chiefdom has been nothing short of embarrassing and endangering, too. Again, if only the media hadn’t already decided which direction this is going to go. Blergh.


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Unemployment adjusted up by 20,000 2,00 from last week – no one covers, due to int’l events…assuming this is good for the Welcome Black Carter dude.

USG – United States Gypsum just announced the layoff of 4000…no building…good state of the union, Obama, you thug.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Still, no coverage…

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Hey, I’m glad you’re here. I missed your response to my question yesterday:

Could you contrast CONSERVATIVE PM Harper’s removal of his Iranian embassy staff to Obama diddling along and letting four of his die in Libya?

If you could answer it here for me it’d be appreciated. Thanks!

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 1:36 PM

For the love of Christopher Hitchens somebody please call an Whambulance, I think Drywall just stroked out or had a heart attack trying to formulate an answer to that question.

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Yack – s/b 2,000 more unemployed.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Well at that point you ca change your name, right?
How about ‘Nihilism Giggles’?

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

No. I love my nom.

Plus, no one is a bigger nihilist than you, and all yours.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Was a foreign policy distraction useful to Carter? I don’t think so.

Terrye on September 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Fine, it was Liz who said it. It still applies.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

LMAO. You clown.

MadisonConservative on September 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Nice try Sabato. No, I don’t think this so-called foreign policy situation is going to be useful to the incumbent. It’s pointing out more than ever that Obama is way in over his head.

Angstlee on September 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

ROTFLMAO… You guy ascribe to these feces gargling trolls a level of intelligence for which no actual evidence exists.

SWalker on September 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I will admit I tend to have more faith in the intelligence of my fellow man than leftists seem to hold.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Fine, it was Liz who said it. It still applies.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

You remind me of my cat. She’ll try to jump somewhere, miss completely, fall and then lean over and lick her butt as if to say “I meant to do that”.

She also likes to hide her head in a paper bag thinking that she’s completely hidden. Do you have a bag with you to put over your head so we don’t see you?

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

No. I love my nom.

Plus, no one is a bigger nihilist than you, and all yours.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

You love your nom du jour.
‘Nihilism Giggles’ will indeed be your nom demain…

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

He said “god willing” in Arabic.
I said “there is no god” in Arabic.

MadisonConservative on September 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Thanks. Strange trolls on this thread.

bluefox on September 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

You remind me of my cat. She’ll try to jump somewhere, miss completely, fall and then lean over and lick her butt as if to say “I meant to do that”.

She also likes to hide her head in a paper bag thinking that she’s completely hidden. Do you have a bag with you to put over your head so we don’t see you?

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

The point is what we are seeing today is not the”logical outcome of three-and-a-half years of Obama foreign policy,” but the logical outcome of 60+ years of an interventionist foreign policy. Obama has carried on the same foreign policy of his predecessors.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The point is what we are seeing today is not the”logical outcome of three-and-a-half years of Obama foreign policy,” but the logical outcome of 60+ years of an interventionist foreign policy. Obama has carried on the same foreign policy of his predecessors.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

But didn’t he sell himself as being “different” and going to heal the earth and all that other BS?

However to your point: You could also look upon it that those 60+ years of intervention kept the peace. We have NO idea what would have happened without the intervention(s) and whether things would be even worse.

When you get your time machine and alternate realities set up, get back to us and we’ll check it out. Otherwise, your opinion is no more or less correct than anyone else’s.

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Oh-oh, democratics have wheeled out the big guns. John F’n Kerry is speaking out today on what Governor Romney said about Lybia.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This is sadly reminiscent of how the press crucified Joe the Plumber because Obumbler finally answered a question honestly. I think I’m going to barf!!

Deano1952 on September 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

However to your point: You could also look upon it that those 60+ years of intervention kept the peace. We have NO idea what would have happened without the intervention(s) and whether things would be even worse.

When you get your time machine and alternate realities set up, get back to us and we’ll check it out. Otherwise, your opinion is no more or less correct than anyone else’s.

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Kept the peace??? You have a funny definition of peace.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Kept the peace??? You have a funny definition of peace.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You said 60+ years. That would be approximately 1950+. Have you seen another world war?

Define peace then. On second thought, never mind. I’m not into picking nits to death today.

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Cheney was 100% correct.

tom daschle concerned on September 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

MC, he thinks that by implying Liz is Dick’s mouthpiece he is being clever. Woefully inept however.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM

In the world that dante and verbaluce inhabit, women are not allowed to express their own thoughts. It’s only natural that they would express that.

Solaratov on September 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I wonder, if Obama gets reelected, will this embolden Lichtenstein or the Duchy of Grand Fenwick attack us? We we have to grovel at the feet of Tully Bascomb or Duchess Glorianna?

Having watched the shipwreck of the HMS Obama slowly drift from one policy shoal to another, I expect Lichtenstein to get the apology.

Silvergoat on September 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Oh, for crum’s sake. You can not possibly be this stupid.

GrannyDee on September 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The little sugarplum has been told all of his life that he can be anything he wants to be….’cause he’s “special”.
Unfortunately, dante has chosen to be an incredibly stupid buffoon.

Solaratov on September 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You said 60+ years. That would be approximately 1950+. Have you seen another world war?

Define peace then. On second thought, never mind. I’m not into picking nits to death today.

kim roy on September 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Oh, so only “World Wars” count? Get out of here with that nonsense.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

verbaluce on September 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Idiot. I decide for myself. You are a brainless gnat.

Schadenfreude on September 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM

The point is what we are seeing today is not the”logical outcome of three-and-a-half years of Obama foreign policy,” but the logical outcome of 60+ years of an interventionist foreign policy. Obama has carried on the same foreign policy of his predecessors.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

And without that “60+ years” of U.S. intervention, what would be the state of things in Europe now? You seriously cannot be that ignorant.

zoyclem on September 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Obama has carried on the same foreign policy of his predecessors.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The 800 lb. gorilla in the room is that there are only a few believably possible reasons for this:

1. He secretly agrees with Neocon foreign policy.

This would require him lying his face off and covering up his true motives, neither of which are tinfoil-hat material. And the press will give him a pass on ‘collateral damage’, AKA women and children blown to chunky salsa in the course of the occupations. But this all leaves the question of why he agrees. A question I readily admit I don’t have an answer to.

2. He is carrying on the same foreign policies because he’s too lazy and/or stupid to come up with something better, possibly fearing causing a disaster if he tries anything else.

Self-explanatory, I should think.

3. The military-industrial lobby has to some degree strongarmed him into continuing Bush’s policies.

There’s various arguments for and against this, and I’ll admit this dips a toe into Tinfoil-hat Lake. Frankly we may not ever know how legit this idea is. The MIL is not to be trifled with, but neither are Obama and his minions.

MelonCollie on September 15, 2012 at 1:51 PM

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