Obama: I don’t have time to explain my “doctrine,” but let me explain Bush’s

posted at 10:41 am on April 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The only thing missing from Barack Obama’s defense of his stumbling foreign policy was the word “inherited.” Fox’s Ed Henry asked Obama earlier today to explain the “Obama Doctrine” that drives foreign policy in the wake of the disarray in Ukraine, Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, among other flops. Obama responded that he didn’t have the time in the presser to detail an “Obama Doctrine,” but he took the time to declare that his predecessor’s was all about military intervention:

CNN’s Jake Tapper was among the few who picked up the exchange, and his panel scoffed at the strawman argument from Obama. No one’s arguing for military intervention in Ukraine, Maeve Reston points out, laughing at Obama’a accusation. His critics want a stronger response on sanctions and diplomacy, and aren’t getting it:

“It’s interesting that he would take it that far to deflect the criticism,” Reston says. Er … not really. Obama has made a habit of building phony straw-man arguments about his critics in order to ridicule them without addressing the actual criticisms themselves. Reston rightly recognizes that in this instance. Jonathan Martin does note that this is a long-standing pattern for the White House — declaring that the issue is a form of “Sydney or the Bush,” with the latter term a little more literal.

And oh, by the way — which President used military force to decapitate a dictator without having boots on the ground to control the outcome, and did so without Congressional approval? I don’t think the last name was Bush, and the outcome turned out worse than the one Obama’s complaining about in this presser.

Six years later, Obama’s still blaming everything on Bush. But it wasn’t Bush that gave Sergei Lavrov a reset button and then canceled the missile-shield program in eastern Europe, and it wasn’t Bush who asked Dmitri Medvedev to transmit a promise to Vladimir Putin of “more flexibility” after his next election. It seems the only people Obama will challenge are Republicans and straw men.

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Maybe Obama was offering “flexibility” offering up Ukraine to Russia. Maybe he knew this was Russia’s intent all along. Maybe there is a quid pro quo here.

jawbone on April 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The Obama Doctrine from past performance:


No matter what lies come out of King Barky the Incompetent or any of his merry band of idiots, there is but one result. DESTRUCTION. Destruction is entropy it can only be stopped with energy and intelligence, both at record lows in the Obama Regime.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Obama has no foreign policy. He needs to talk about something or someone else to deflect from the real issues confronting this country because he has no answers. I notice in a recent poll his approval is 41% – think that is high and certainly includes the “racist” voter who voted for this man not because of credentials (which include foreign policy expertise) but because of “free stuff” and the color of his skin.

apeks on April 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Maybe it’s time to start pressing Obama with the standard Hillary accomplishment question… Can you name one major foreign policy achievement of your administration?

jedifinance on April 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

“It seems the only people Obama will challenge are Republicans and straw men.”

The true measure of the man…

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Typical bullshit liberal evasive answer. “I don’t have time to explain to you Neanderthals about my brilliant, genius policy…Just know I’m the smartest guy in the room, and admire the crease in my pants.” “Oh, and …Bush”

…obama and all the liberal trolls on this site, are indistinguishable in print.

This guy’s clueless, and even the media can’t hide it anymore. Even though CNN is STILL running 24-hour non-stop coverage of that missing MH370 flight. So I give them that much for denial.

a5minmajor on April 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

CNN’s Jake Tapper was among the few who picked up the exchange

There was another writer reporting on it, before Tapper, in this very blog:


…but it’s not about me. :)

itsnotaboutme on April 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Here is why Obama cannot explain the Obama Doctrine:

#1 – Destroy the U.S. economy
#2 – Destroy the family by redefining marriage and making abortion even more mainstream
#3 – Destroy society by making drugs legal and more available
#4 – Destroy the traditional relationship between the U.S, and its allies
#5 – Destroy the rule of law

Who would want to come up before the American people to explain these points?

HiJack on April 28, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I thought the link would take you down the page to the second comment. It was all set. :P
Anyway, it’s the second comment, at 4:32am. :)

itsnotaboutme on April 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM



avagreen on April 28, 2014 at 5:42 PM


woody66 on April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Obama makes it difficult to give him even the minimal respect due anyone who holds the presidency. He just does.

Sheerq on April 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM

What else would you expect from a community organizer. He has no leadership skills and continues to believe in his own failed diplomacy steps. The man is incapable of realizing how out of touch his reasoning is. Can you say loser and not get a picture of this President.

regmgr on April 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM