Barack Obama has managed to insult three close allies – all in one week

Macduff

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Barack Obama has managed to insult three close allies – all in one week

By James Corum



Last week was a really bad week for nations that are friends and allies of America. Three nations that have long been close friends and allies of America received humiliating treatment from the Obama administration.



Israel sensibly boycotted Obama’s nuclear summit in Washington. Israel has recently been treated with such hostility by President Obama, the Israeli prime minister avoided what looked like a set up for some Islamic nations dictatorships to turn the occasion into an anti-Israel forum. Thanks to Obama, we have a nuclear proliferation summit in which Israel, a nuclear power, is pushed away – but where Liberia shows up.



It is hard to imagine how Poland’s treatment by Obama could have been worse. It was a week of shock and grief for the Poles – a close NATO ally that has sent large forces to fight alongside America in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama used the Iceland eruption as an excuse to cancel his trip to the funeral of Poland’s president and top leaders killed in the air crash. But those of us who live in Eastern Europe know that Cracow Airport was open and Obama could have flown in there. A president who respected true friends and sacrifices in blood would have made a serious gesture. Not Obama – he took off to play golf and did not bother to take a few minutes to sign the consolation book at the Polish Embassy on the way to the course.



Finally, the US Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, insulted America’s closest ally in Central America by called the Honduran Congress’ removal of President Zelaya last year a “coup d’etat.†(Llorens’ letter to Wall Street Journal, April 14). Now Honduras is a genuine democracy and the removal of Zelaya was done lawfully and with the support of the majority of the Honduran Congress. The removal was no coup – it was an appropriate act to stop an out of control president who tried to overthrow the constitution by grabbing an illegal second term. America should thank the Honduran Congress for preventing an ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez from turning Honduras into a Venezuela-light dictatorship.



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[quote name='freckles' date='23 April 2010 - 02:07 PM' timestamp='1272060452' post='142844']

Screw Israel. They aren't doing us any favors.

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It's not about favors.



Israel is a useful ally, mostly for the intelligence they provide.
 
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But, but, we have new allies now. Hugo Chavez, Castro, Ortega, Hamas. President Obama is dumping our allies because they aren't his.
 
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[quote name='Macduff' date='23 April 2010 - 02:35 PM' timestamp='1272058545' post='142840']

Barack Obama has managed to insult three close allies – all in one week

By James Corum



Last week was a really bad week for nations that are friends and allies of America. Three nations that have long been close friends and allies of America received humiliating treatment from the Obama administration.



Israel sensibly boycotted Obama’s nuclear summit in Washington. Israel has recently been treated with such hostility by President Obama, the Israeli prime minister avoided what looked like a set up for some Islamic nations dictatorships to turn the occasion into an anti-Israel forum. Thanks to Obama, we have a nuclear proliferation summit in which Israel, a nuclear power, is pushed away – but where Liberia shows up.



It is hard to imagine how Poland’s treatment by Obama could have been worse. It was a week of shock and grief for the Poles – a close NATO ally that has sent large forces to fight alongside America in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama used the Iceland eruption as an excuse to cancel his trip to the funeral of Poland’s president and top leaders killed in the air crash. But those of us who live in Eastern Europe know that Cracow Airport was open and Obama could have flown in there. A president who respected true friends and sacrifices in blood would have made a serious gesture. Not Obama – he took off to play golf and did not bother to take a few minutes to sign the consolation book at the Polish Embassy on the way to the course.



Finally, the US Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, insulted America’s closest ally in Central America by called the Honduran Congress’ removal of President Zelaya last year a “coup d’etat.†(Llorens’ letter to Wall Street Journal, April 14). Now Honduras is a genuine democracy and the removal of Zelaya was done lawfully and with the support of the majority of the Honduran Congress. The removal was no coup – it was an appropriate act to stop an out of control president who tried to overthrow the constitution by grabbing an illegal second term. America should thank the Honduran Congress for preventing an ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez from turning Honduras into a Venezuela-light dictatorship.



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From your article, this is a small example of how biased the author is:



Alienating three close allies in one week is quite a trick, even for a president as inept in foreign policy as Barack Obama. However, it fits a pattern. President Obama has never shown any understanding for the basic rules of foreign policy which include cultivating allies, avoiding unnecessary friction, and doing one’s homework. These things happen because Obama is fundamentally uninterested in foreign policy


I would be embarrassed to drag that kind of road kill onto this forum. Whats next, American Thinker? Breitbart? Stormfront?
 
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[quote name='Goldwater' date='23 April 2010 - 05:53 PM' timestamp='1272074032' post='142887']

From your article, this is a small example of how biased the author is:







I would be embarrassed to drag that kind of road kill onto this forum. Whats next, American Thinker? Breitbart? Stormfront?

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It's called an "opinion".



I know you leftists hate those, though. It requires free thought.
 
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[quote name='Feslin' date='23 April 2010 - 09:03 PM' timestamp='1272081829' post='142921']

It's called an "opinion".



I know you leftists hate those, though. It requires free thought.

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I don't hate opinions. Free thought is neccessary for the critical reasoning skills one uses in detecting a hopelessly biased opinion.
 

boontito

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Remember the good ol' days when George W. Bush would follow his "compassionate conservative" heart and do what he wanted with no regard for what other countries thought? Remember how some saw that as a good thing? Afterall, why be hamstrung by the desires of other nations, right? It won't be long and Obama detractors will be spouting off about how much they love the United Nations.
 
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[quote name='Macduff' date='23 April 2010 - 05:35 PM' timestamp='1272058545' post='142840']







Israel sensibly boycotted Obama’s nuclear summit in Washington. Israel has recently been treated with such hostility by President Obama, the Israeli prime minister avoided what looked like a set up for some Islamic nations dictatorships to turn the occasion into an anti-Israel forum. Thanks to Obama, we have a nuclear proliferation summit in which Israel, a nuclear power, is pushed away – but where Liberia shows up.


After all the money we have given them they should ask how high when we say jump.



It is hard to imagine how Poland’s treatment by Obama could have been worse. It was a week of shock and grief for the Poles – a close NATO ally that has sent large forces to fight alongside America in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama used the Iceland eruption as an excuse to cancel his trip to the funeral of Poland’s president and top leaders killed in the air crash. But those of us who live in Eastern Europe know that Cracow Airport was open and Obama could have flown in there. A president who respected true friends and sacrifices in blood would have made a serious gesture. Not Obama – he took off to play golf and did not bother to take a few minutes to sign the consolation book at the Polish Embassy on the way to the course.


This is laughable. Europe is closed down because of the ash but our President was expected to somehow make it through the ash. Fuck, our military jets were grounded overseas.



Finally, the US Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, insulted America’s closest ally in Central America by called the Honduran Congress’ removal of President Zelaya last year a “coup d’etat.†(Llorens’ letter to Wall Street Journal, April 14). Now Honduras is a genuine democracy and the removal of Zelaya was done lawfully and with the support of the majority of the Honduran Congress. The removal was no coup – it was an appropriate act to stop an out of control president who tried to overthrow the constitution by grabbing an illegal second term. America should thank the Honduran Congress for preventing an ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez from turning Honduras into a Venezuela-light dictatorship.


Not my area. TR is the expert on this region. However, how is it Obama's fault that an Ambassador said something?
 

Macduff

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[quote name='Goldwater' date='24 April 2010 - 12:28 AM' timestamp='1272083283' post='142940']

I don't hate opinions. Free thought is neccessary for the critical reasoning skills one uses in detecting a hopelessly biased opinion.

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I can't help but notice that you aren't challenging any of the facts in the article.