Going Nowhere On Worldly Field Trip

Obama’s Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage.  Gabor Steingart at Der Spiegel.  Translation Christopher Sultan. 

Selected text that reinforces the point.  The hope and change prancing is not a foreign policy dance.

When he entered office, US President Barack Obama promised to inject US foreign policy with a new tone of respect and diplomacy. His recent trip to Asia, however, showed that it’s not working. A shift to Bush-style bluntness may be coming.

Not even a protocol-blundering bow by a President to Japanese royalty was sufficient. 

The “first Pacific president,” as Obama called himself, came as a friend and returned as a stranger. The Asians smiled but made no concessions.


“Obama bows to Prince Akihito in Japan.”
Image courtesy of http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/obama_bow_japan_akihito/2009/11/15/286394.html.

Worthless currency on the world stage.

Upon taking office, Obama said that he wanted to listen to the world, promising respect instead of arrogance. But Obama’s currency isn’t as strong as he had believed.


“Obama Funny Money”
 Image courtesy of http://www.catalogs.com/info/bestof/the-top-10-items-to-get-you-off-on-presidents-day. 

Israel maintains its priorities in the face of a sweet talking politician.

Obama’s new foreign policy has also been relatively unsuccessful elsewhere, with even friends like Israel leaving him high and dry.


“Hand wave.”
 Image courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall/extremesports/stories/thrusters_diary_archive/thrusters_diary_150305.shtml.

Talk softly and carry a big stick.  Or else, start running.

Even the president seems to have lost his faith in a genial foreign policy. The approach that was being used in Afghanistan this spring, with its strong emphasis on civilian reconstruction, is already being changed. “We’re searching for an exit strategy,” said a staff member with the National Security Council on the sidelines of the Asia trip.


“Scared chicken running.” 
Image courtesy of http://www.livingbeing.com/domesticanimals.htm.

Prescient observers note the “one term” foreboding moniker looms.

Obama’s advisors fear a comparison with former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, even more than with Bush. Prominent Republicans have already tried to liken Obama to the humanitarian from Georgia, who lost in his bid to win a second term, because voters felt that he was too soft.

“Jimmy Carter.  Barack Obama.” 
Image courtesy of http://www.exposeobama.com/2009/09/10/obamas-crisis-credibility/.

The sharks smell blood in the water.

Carter tried weakness and the world got tougher and tougher because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators, when they sense weakness, they all start pushing ahead,” Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker in the House of Representatives, recently said. And then he added: “This does look a lot like Jimmy Carter.”


“Sharks.  Blood in the water.”
Image courtesy of http://animal.discovery.com/convergence/safari/shark/photo/photo_zoom9.html.

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5 responses to “Going Nowhere On Worldly Field Trip

  1. Barack Obama — He’s like Jimmy Carter, only weaker and less decisive.

  2. M, precisely.

  3. Obama walked into this office thinking that he can delegate his work. Anyone with a brain could see that Obama had absolutely no idea how to handle the issues that were looming in this country…the economy, the war, trade, etc.

    If you go back to his debate in South Carolina where Hillary trounced him but he was given the “win” by the media, he couldn’t even explain what capital gains taxes were. He was stumbling and totally confused.

    The best exit strategy that I can think of is to vote this clown out of office. He’s worse than Jimmy Carter, IMO. As bad as Carter was, he actually thought he was doing the best for our country. He failed miserably, but he wasn’t thinking of his own power. In Obama’s case, it’s all about him and how he will stay in power. He cares nothing about how many soldiers die in Afghanistan or Iraq…he just wants his poll numbers to rise.

  4. The media is complicit in his failing reviews. The Manchurian Candidate was selected, and as such, will be pupeteered into his actions.

  5. I really liked the crappy Bam Bucks. Perfect. Will they take those at IHOP?