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Clearly Obama has proven to be a complete incompetent when it comes to foreign policy. He as shown naivete in dealing with our enemies and signaled weakness with every communication! I hope he's at least improved his golf game he'll be playing a lot of it after 2012!
Funny, he seems to go down pretty well in Europe!
QUICKKKKKKKKKKKK! Edit Edit. Don't say the President goes down on Europe!!!!
I did wonder before I posted it but thought at least it gets away from Obama being totally incompetent or something!
It will be all over Faux News tomorrow, with graphics and comparisons to Hitler.
We'll that depends on where in Europe... still his ratings are down slightly from last year and they are abysmal in Turkey!
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In any case who cares what Europe thinks... we're the ones that have to deal with his dopey ideas!
You do realize that 95% of Americans fail to understand anything on a global level, right?
Okay, let's close ALL military bases worldwide, bring home every American citizen, put all the military people to work(so we have some type of workforce that is skilled in some manner) and destroy all schools, except that can turn out military students, and funnel all the money into the Star Wars(Reagan plan), so we can defend ourselves without ever having to leave the North American soil.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
Well if it's that or military bases on foreign soil without the host nations having any say in the matter, then so be it.
If America's government has to threaten another Nation, because it refuses to allow a US military base, then the American government needs to take a different tact with regards to relations with other countries.
No one wants America to be policing the world, yet American politicians continue to stick their nose in places where it does not belong to begin with.
Foreign policy in America is through threats and intimidation, which isn't productive. It's always said calmly and conservatively, but still conveys the tyrant message.
Yes indeed, policing by consent might be acceptable, but this isn't policing by consent.
Lady love's attitude that it doesn't matter what the world thinks of the USs intervention in its affairs is typically tyrannical and does you no good and does the rest of the world no good either!
It's not a patch on the embarassment caused by the last one.
From our perspective in Europe we just spent hours laughing at the Bush regime and its foreign attitudes!
"The French don't even have a word for entrepreneur" is my particular favourite from the Texan tool, but this is also excellent;
"My trip to Asia begins here in Japan for an important reason. It begins here because for a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific." -George W. Bush, Tokyo, 2002
At least Bush led when it came to foreign policy decision. He lobbied world leaders to build consensus to act quickly... Obama sits back and waits for the UN to tell him what he should do... no check that he plays golf and waits! He gas shown a clear lack in leadership both in dealing with crisis around the world and with his own budget! Even democrat senator Manchin criticised him for his lack of leadership on the budget. Obama seems happy to sit back and let congress do all his work! Pathetic!
Actually, he takes vacations, not plays golf. But I really think that the best foreign policy is to make sure Americans are taken care of and then worry what the rest of the world is ruining.
No he actually plays golf... not that there's anything wrong with that...
...I just wonder with Libya at war with its own people the middle east uprising every where Iran on the move the tragedy in Japan and the budget battle in need of leadership ... perhaps it sends the wrong message.
Why again is it the President's job to "make sure Americans are taken care of"?
Whatever happened to the notion of taking care of ourselves?
Of course we try to. But someone in the position of power and influence such as the President has access to resources and monies which few others do.
So it is the President's duty to give us money and resources? Really?
No, no - it is his duty to see what is best for the country, but the citizens are part of the country. Allocating federal resources APPROPRIATELY is crucial and I think that effectively helping Americans is a far better use of federal dollars than some of their pork pet projects.
So how much in these Federal funds do you believe each American is entitled to?
(This is usually where folks stop answering questions....)
Actually, I do not have a hard dollar amount. There are so many factors to take into consideration, such as regional cost of living and the numbers of those on assistance within any given market. But if I had more time, I could probably come up with a better answer.
First of all, I do not believe that anyone deserves an entitlement. Second, the amount of federal funds that are spent on bailouts, if handed out to each US citizen, would only make a difference for some. That is why they do it in the form of a bail out, because they figure that the employment rate affects all. However, bail outs have been proven to not be too effective either. What I am trying to say is, the President's job is not to give all of us money, but rather to enact legislation that encourages better circumstances. If Obama and Bush were really listening to this, maybe they would have tried to stop all our facotry jobs, etc. being outsourced and shipped to China, India, etc. while OUR unemployment rate began to skyrocket. Perhaps they would have considered enacting legislation to encourage states to raise the minimum wage. Maybe they would have put forth more pro-small business legislation. That is what I am saying the President's job is. We're not supposed to eat out of his palm - he's just supposed to make sure that WE do not get thrown under the bus!
Your statement sounds like nothing more than an excuse for entitlements.
Look, it just ticks me off when I hear about how much money is thrown around and wasted and there are people that I (and you!) see that don't have enough and could use the money. I have never taken free money from the government and don't intend to ever, but there are those who would sink big time if they do not get a little help and there just are not enough resources privately to do the job.
The "status quo" rules America, which a good portion of Americans fail to realize. It's called "Corporate Protectionism". Government protects corporations. The problem with that is that the corporations continue to not do what is necessary to help people. Not to mention, people have been programmed to depend on government, for things such as SS and medicaid/medicare. These entitlement programs have only perpetuated the myth that government is needed for more than domestic and foreign threat protection.
Edit: However, let's not get too far off the topic at hand, which is about "foreign policy" and not domestic policy.
Foreign policy? Ok, where does a 500 pound gorilla sit? The EU is highly ineffective in managing their own, China is the real place to be worried about, but how much "brown-nosing" can you do when we owe them trillions?
Yes, foreign policy is the TITLE of the thread.
With the TOP 1% of wealth creators.
And, that specifically is why things need to change HERE in America, before things are beyond repair.
You are correct that it sends the wrong message, however, I have come to the point where the different actions of the individuals within the government (and the government as a whole) have become so ridiculous and short-sighted (can you say self-serving?), that I follow the news occasionally, but take it all with a grain of salt. I know someone who is so idealistic that he would like to run for local office with an eye towards bigger things because he wants to find a way to change the corruption and ignorance. But what can I say - if I ever see an upper level government official who is trying to use their position to attempt to stop the corruption and help all Americans (as opposed to themselves)then perhaps I will actually register to vote!
Quote from the OP:
"For the first time in my life, I'm embarrassed to be an American.
Last weekend, as tens of thousands of Japanese were fighting for their lives after an 8.9 earthquake devastated their nation, our President, after giving a generic "We're with you" statement, remained noticeably absent.
Not really absent -- Obama could be found on the golf course Saturday afternoon.
As a Japanese nuclear reactor melted down and threatened a catastrophe of biblical proportions, Obama was otherwise engaged Saturday night, having a rollicking good time at Washington D.C.'s annual Gridiron Dinner. Joking with journalists.
There is something quite shameful about watching our President attending a dress-up dinner, trolling for laughs, as one of America's allies struggles for life. I'm embarrassed for America, and I send my personal apologies to the Japanese people for the insensitivity of our President."
Yes, why wasn't he there in his little boiler suit digging people out of the wreckage and pouring water on the power station?
And, what precisely would you like him to do? Stop living his life and go interfere in Japan, when Japan was already taking care of the problem.
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