Rubio: Obama’s foreign policy is failing pretty much everywhere

posted at 3:21 pm on April 9, 2014 by Guy Benson

McCain had his say earlier, here’s Rubio piling on.  Foreign policy hawks are teeing off on the administration’s incoherent “smart power” approach, which the Florida Senator lays bare as a failure of global proportions.  Rubio’s assessment isn’t nearly as granular as his recent impassioned floor speeches, but he articulates a pretty devastating critique in less than one minute (skip ahead to 1:50):

“I think on the issues of national security around the world, we are less safe today than we were when President Obama took office. In Asia, our allies are increasingly unsure about our ability to counter both North Korea and Chinese expansionism. In Europe, you’ve begun to see real tests of the NATO alliance given Russia’s aggressiveness. In Latin America, you’ve seen the retreat of democratic order. Obviously Iran is closer today than they’ve ever been to being a nuclear weapons power. In fact, the U.S. has apparently agreed to allow them the capability to enrich. And Al Qaeda has now spread to 14 different countries and has actively continued to plot attacks against U.S. interest around the world and here in homeland. Other than that, things are going well, I suppose.”

Oof.  Though the American electorate is unquestionably focused on domestic concerns (these numbers may be just as problematic for Democrats as these ones), they’ve heard enough to draw negative conclusions about Obama’s handling of foreign affairs.  Our embarrassing, accidental Syria policy has collapsed, a reality that even John Kerry has conceded.  Our “Russian reset” — memorably forged in a gaffe — quite manifestly has not improved our standing with the Kremlin’s autocrats.  And the Obama administration’s long-sought nuclear deal with Iran isn’t fooling anyone, except perhaps our top policymakers.  American negotiators agreed to loosen sanctions against the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism, in exchange for which Tehran magnanimously hit a temporary, reversible “pause button” on their enrichment process.  In Tehran’s view, the US has now tacitly endorsed Iran’s “right” to enrich, prodding a top regime official to remind CNN that Iran “did not agree to dismantle anything.”  If you don’t believe that, he smirked, just ask the White House to release the text of the interim agreement, which remains hidden from the public eye.  As further gestures of their good faith, our would-be peace partners have secretly continued to pursue banned nuclear components, and have nominated as their UN ambassador one of the revolutionary hostage-takers who held American diplomats captive for more than a year during the Carter administration.  And yet the Obama administration continues to work behind the scenes to undermine Congress’ bipartisan sanctions bill, designed to strengthen American negotiators’ hand as they sit across the table from profoundly disreputable actors.  Indeed, the White House vigorously opposed the very sanctions they now credit with getting Iran to (theoretically) play ball in the first place:

Senate insiders say that senior Treasury Department officials have been lying for years about their backroom efforts to oppose and dismantle Iran sanctions legislation that ultimately forced Tehran to the bargaining table over its illicit nuclear program. Top officials in the Treasury and State Departments are said to have staunchly opposed the 2011 passage of the sanctions legislation authored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), and even worked to dismantle key pieces of the bill after it was passed by the Senate in a 100-0 vote, according to senior Senate insiders who worked on the legislation. Treasury’s role in the backroom negotiations over the bill were thrust into the spotlight earlier this month when Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen entered a heated exchange with Kirk over the administration’s opposition to sanctions.

It’s almost as if the Obama brain trust is making things up as they go along.


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Name one free/freer people-around-the-world, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare all of you.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Name one free/freer people-around-the-world, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare all of you.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The Cartels they armed up are freer to kill people…

Of course some Mexicans are defying the law to arm up in response to protect their neighborhoods. Militias and all that. They aren’t freer, just ready to fight back against those that Obama, Hillary and Holder have ‘helped’.

ajacksonian on April 9, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Hey Sen Rubio,
learn to distinguish between Hussein and the USA.
Hussein’s foreign policy has been a success for him, and that is all that matters. Stop bringing up the issues of our national interests into everything the poor lil black boy tries to do.

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

It’s almost as if the Obama brain trust is making things up as they go along.

Obama’s brain ?
Reggie Love services Obama’s brain ;-)

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

We ain’t seen nuthin’, yet. Osama has at least two more years to completely destroy this nation. He’s well on his way, aided and abetted by a host Bureaucratic minions, military midgets more concerned with hiring transgender Quislings than protecting this nation and fellow Dumbocraps in Kongress tripping over themselves to see who can pass the most destructive laws. Hang on, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride to Hell.

vnvet on April 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Name one free/freer people-around-the-world, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare all of you.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Al Qaeda. They are freer to operate around the globe. You owe me a beer.

dreadnought62 on April 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Oh, you meant people and parties not hostile to the American interest? Hmmmm. Ummmm. Well….Hold on. I got to take this call.

dreadnought62 on April 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

It’s almost as if the Obama brain trust is making things up as they go along.

Or else selling out America.

rbj on April 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Failing everywhere…including at a ranch in Nevada…

PatriotRider on April 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Name one free/freer people-around-the-world, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare all of you.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Left-wing bureaucrats and Democratic party politicians have also had significantly more freedom to revel in their corruption thanks to an increasingly complicit media and DoJ over these last five years.

Gingotts on April 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Name one free/freer people-around-the-world, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare all of you.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Muslims are pretty free to do what they want, course that’s true under the right as well. Illegals are doing OK. Teh gheys are doing fabulously almost out hustling Islam. So there is that I suppose.

BL@KBIRD on April 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

My paranoid friends, for the second time in our history, an American President has brought us peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time…

Go home and have a nice cold beer.

Frank Lib on April 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

My paranoid friends, for the second time in our history, an American President has brought us peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time…

Go home and have a nice cold beer.

Frank Lib on April 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I loled.

GOPRanknFile on April 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

So is his domestic policy.

But I guess the compensation is the improvements in his golf game.

Socratease on April 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Obama’s foreign policy is failing pretty much everywhere

but his bank balance is a huge success !

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

As bad as Obama is (and he is horrid), McCain may have been worse. Romney definitely would have been far better.

bw222 on April 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

My paranoid friends, for the second time in our history, an American President has brought us peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time…

Go home and have a nice cold beer.

Frank Lib on April 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

With “peace” like this, I might need to have a whole keg.

Or two.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Rubio: Obama’s foreign policy is failing pretty much everywhere

There’s no failure involved. This is exactly what he set out to do. Weaken us uppity Americans.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

My paranoid friends, for the second time in our history, an American President has brought us peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time…

Our selfish peace, bought by selling out our allies and giving in to our enemies. And that peace will have to be paid for in our children’s future, just as Carter’s peace led to 9/11.

Socratease on April 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Oh but I have been told by the wildly tolerant and reasoned PrimordialOrderedPair that Rubio is a treasonous worm.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I think it’s time we stop listening to what the betrayer on amnesty has to say about other issues. Everything about Rubio says Trojan Horse to get amnesty through the gates. He double promised he wasn’t follow the Dems on amnesty. Triple promised. And when Rubio is discussing other issues other than amnesty he looks kind of like a baby-faced high schooler trying to debate. The man needs to be primaried out of office. If we don’t succeed in getting him out of there he will fall to the Democrats. No one like a snitch or double timer.

anotherJoe on April 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I was going to object that Guam hasn’t tipped over yet – but then I recalled it is a US territory, so it doesn’t count as “foreign policy.”

But at least our relations with Zimbabwe have never been better!

Adjoran on April 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Oh I forgot to give the link on the google on Rubio’s Chief of Staff Cesar Conda. Cesar Conda is an immigration laywer and long time amnesty pusher. That Rubio made him his Chief of Staff no less shows that he had, from the beginning, the idea of forcing amnesty on us. But that was when he was saying to everyone that he was “read my lips” totally against amnesty. Then he teams up with the Dems to get amnesty passed. That’s why I say he was a Trojan Horse, saying the opposite from what he did after being elected.

anotherJoe on April 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

It’s almost as if the Obama brain trust is making things up as they go along.

Should be, ‘The Obama “brain trust” is making things up as they go along.’

JeffPBlues on April 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I think Obama would say it is succeeding. He wants to show America that America is not exceptional.

albill on April 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM