State Dept: You know, President Obama just doesn’t give himself enough credit on foreign policy
posted at 7:21 pm on May 29, 2014 by Erika Johnsen
President Obama’s foreign policy is rife with all kinds of problems, as his between-two-strawmen nothingburger of a speech before the noticeably unmoved West Point cadets yesterday so aptly demonstrated — but too much humility, dear readers, is not one of them.
JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world, and that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 plus one partners, certainly. Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process and supporting the government and supporting their efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done. The point is, we need to continue to stay at it. …
REPORTER: Credit for what? I’m sorry, credit for what?
An excellent question, for which I’m afraid Psaki cannot provide a convincingly complimentary answer — and she’s not the only one. Via the Free Beacon:
NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel acknowledged Thursday morning U.S. relations have not improved with a single nation under President Obama.
CNBC Squawk Box panelist and Home Depot founder Ken Langone pointedly asked Engel to name one country where relations have improved under President Obama’s leadership.
“I think you would be hard pressed to find that,” Engel said.
“Isn’t that a measure of foreign policy?” Langone interjected.
“Yeah,” Engel replied. “I think the reason is our allies have become confused.”