Foreign Policy: Trump vs Obama

Yesterday, in the close aftermath of the Isis bombing in Pakistan, Donald Trump made one of the more incredibly grandiose claims of this incredibly bizarre campaign season:  that only he could solve the war with Isis.

“I alone,” he boasted.

In this regard, he is so much like the Obama of 2008 that it is downright scary.

trump-pakistanAlmost eight years ago to the date, at a San Francisco fundraiser, Obama said, “…foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.”

After belittling Mrs. Clinton’s experience as First Lady as being ceremonial fluff, Obama went on to say that among the three candidates for President, only he could pass the 3 a.m. Leadership Test. Indeed, he alone possessed “the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics.”  source

What a piece of work.

And as for the ultimate foreign policy test, the one John Kerry called, “passing the Global Test,” Obama proposed a diplomatic Manhattan Project of sorts, with Iran’s Mahmoud Amadinejad. The same Ahmadinejad who said his country’s objective was to destroy what he called corrupt western powers:  source

Our objective is to annihilate all corrupt powers that dominate our planet today,”

We  all know how that turned out.  Let me ask you, does anyone, other than the Obama administration, believe that the world is now safer place with the infamous “Iran Deal” in place?

Somehow, taking a college trip to Pakistan, living in Indonesia for four years as a child, and having poor relatives in Africa convinced Obama that he had the necessary gravitas to engage in foreign policy on behalf of the world’s only superpower.

Obama’s grandiosity surpasses mere cockiness and is unseemly, if not dangerous. That same grandiosity is exactly what I saw in Trump’s tweet about the Isis attacks on Christians in Pakistan.  Their rhetoric is different, but their over-confidence in their own unproven abilities is strikingly similar.

7 years after The Russian Reset

You remember the famous Russian Reset, don’t you?  It was an attempt of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration to improve relations between the United States and Russia in 2009.  Mrs. Clinton gave the Rooskies a big red button with the Russian word for “reset” on it, symbolic of the new and improved relationship between the two superpowers.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Clinton’s button used the Russian word for “overcharge” rather than “reset.”  IKR

Fast Forward 7 years. Mrs. Clinton is now running for President based largely on her experience and the historical nature of being the 1st female President.  So how would you evaluate her first big initiate as Secretary of State, the Reset?

russian-resetAnti-smoking posters in Moscow have used the image of U.S. President Barack Obama smoking to deter smokers — saying that both he and cigarettes are killers.

The poster has a photoshopped image of the U.S. president and the words: “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills a lot of people. Don’t smoke — don’t be like Obama.”

Russian State Duma opposition deputy Dmitry Gudkov published a photograph of the bus stop poster on Facebook, adding a Soviet joke about freedom of speech in the United States versus the Soviet Union — essentially, Soviet citizens were free to criticize U.S. presidents while standing in Red Square.  source

Helluva job Hillary.

 

Greta Reams, Steams, and Dry Cleans Susan Rice

I happened to be watching Greta Van Susteren tonight as she absolutely skewered Susan Rice’s petulant comments about Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress next week.  On the Charlie Rose Show, Rice had stated that Bibi’s visit is  “destructive” to the relationship between the US and Israel.  

Ah…maybe she ought to look at her boss’ conduct if she wants to talk ‘destructive’ to the relationship.

Consider this..

1/ Remember when her boss, President Obama, got caught on a hot mike ‘trash talking’ PM Netanyahu with then French President Sarkozy? Does she not think THAT was destructive to the relationship? Insulting another world leader like that?

or how about this?

2/ When the Jewish deli got hit by terrorism in Paris in January, and PM Netanyahu and all those world leaders showed up in solidarity — where was President Obama? A no show! Does she think THAT was not destructive to the relationship? A no show for terrorism on a Jewish deli ?

or how about this?

3/ In October an Administration official called PM Netanyahu in a magazine article “chicken shit” and “a coward.” Does she not think THAT was destructive to the relationship?

And how about the fact that President Obama did not followup with an apology to PM Netanyahu on behalf of his Administration? Does she not think THAT was destructive to the relationship?

And by the way, was SHE the “Administration official” who called PM Netanyahu ‘coward’ and ‘chicken shit?’

and want more?

how about this?

4/ PM Netanyahu is desperately trying to protect his country from Iran getting a nuclear weapon….and is speaking to Americans via Congress..

– a/ Democrats are going to be a ‘no show’ to insult him and have already made that known….and

-b/ the VP, as President of the Senate says he is not showing up…and

-c/ President Obama won’t find 5 minutes to meet with the Prime Minister when he is here in DC.

Does she think THAT might be destructive to the relationship?

The is all because the White House is upset because Speaker Boehner did not tell them first before inviting PM Netanyahu. Do you know how insane that is to be upset about ‘manners’ and ‘protocol’ when the topic is NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

What kool aid is Susan Rice drinking?

 

That’s gonna leave a mark!  source:  GretaWire

Hillary: definitely a smart feller

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Smart Power?  Is this anything like John Kerry’s Global Test?

“Smart” and “Hillary” simply don’t belong in the same sentence.  Unless you’re referring to her telephone.

Cronyism Kills

Remember 2009?

The Obama regime promised a miracle economic recovery if only Congress would pass their mammoth economic stimulus bill.  Shovel-ready jobs.  Green, renewable energy.  Smart Policies.  Yada, yada, yada.

ebola=nurseThis occurred to me as I saw some of the new Democrat ads blaming the GOP for Ebola.  “Cuts Kill,” or something.

Some $80 BILLION in the stimulus package was devoted to green energy, much of which was directed to campaign donors and other friends of the regime.

In short order, many of those same companies began to fail.  As Ashe Schow notes:

So far, 34 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy.

 

If you’re keeping score:  almost $8 Billion of the 2009 Obama stimulus bill went to campaign friendly green energy companies which are either failing, or in bankruptcy.

That’s enough to fund the CDC entirely for 15 months.

Cut’s Kill, my ass.

 

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Who is Ted Cruz?

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As we noted previously, the real loser after CPAC actually won the presidential straw poll.  So, who was the big winner?  The junior senator from the Lone Star Republic.

via the cube

– When Al Gore invented the Internet, his inbox already contained three unread emails from Ted Cruz.

– Ted Cruz has a quadruple citizenship in the U.S., Canada, Middle-earth and Westeros.

– If you superimpose Ted Cruz’s fingerprints, the resulting image will be the Seal of the President of the United States.

– When Ted Cruz got bit by a rattle snake, the snake had to sign up for Obamacare but couldn’t get through the login screen and died after a week of pain and agony in front of the computer.

– Ted Cruz has already won the presidential election in 2016 with a roundhouse kick in the polls; the pollsters just haven’t developed the technology to look that far into the future.

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update:  Mike sez, “The first rule of Ted Cruz is: You do not talk about Ted Cruz.”

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