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  • Morning Bell: How Obama's Foreign Policy Is Failing

    Libya. Egypt. Syria. Iran. Russia. China. America’s relations with the world aren’t looking too good.

    President Obama said that in his Administration, America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail.”

    His political approach to foreign policy—making decisions that appeal to a political base rather than making military sense—is putting American lives and American interests in danger. All the while, he is gutting the defense budget, supposedly to free up money for his domestic agenda. This is weakening defense and military readiness, which is a perilous strategy.

    The President defined his foreign policy doctrine early, and Heritage experts have carefully analyzed it. There are many examples of the Obama Doctrine in action, but here are just a few of the ways its four tenets have failed America and its allies.

    1. America will ratify more treaties and turn to international organizations more often to deal with global crises and security concerns like nuclear weapons, often before turning to our traditional friends and allies.

    The Obama Administration has distanced itself from Israel, even as Palestine seeks recognition as a state at the United Nations absent a peace treaty. President Obama has spoken out against this, but the Administration needs to take a harder line to support America’s ally.

    2. America will emphasize diplomacy and “soft power” instruments such as summits and foreign aid to promote its aims and downplay military might.

    The Obama Administration has held talks with the Taliban—the enemy U.S. and coalition forces originally routed in Afghanistan following 9/11. Those gains have eroded over the past few years, and the Taliban are simply waiting out the withdrawal of troops now to recapture their power.

    3. America will adopt a more humble attitude in state-to-state relations.

    The Administration had to abandon its engagement policy with Iran when it met with reality. More recently, the Administration has failed to provide clear leadership on the subject of a deteriorating Syria. As Heritage’s James Phillips and Luke Coffey wrote, “Now the Administration is reduced to pleading for Russian cooperation at the United Nations despite Vladimir Putin’s cynical efforts to prop up his Syrian ally with arms while denouncing foreign intervention.”

    4. America will play a more restrained role on the international stage.

    The Administration was slow to determine a position on the rebellion in Egypt and has stood on the sidelines while the new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a longtime member of the anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood, presses an anti-Western agenda. Phillips points out that Morsi “has set Egypt on a troubling new foreign policy course since coming to power in June. His government has distanced itself from Washington while cozying up to China, improving relations with Iran, and violating its peace treaty with Israel.”

    Has Obama had some successes? As Heritage’s Kim Holmes put it, “To the extent that there has been any success in the area of counterterrorism—killing Osama bin Laden, for example—it is mainly because Obama kept in place things that President Bush and his predecessors had implemented, not only in counterterrorism, but in detainee policy (for which he has gotten into trouble with his political base).”

    Appeasement has never worked. America must stand up for itself and its allies, regardless of political concerns or international opinion.

    Quick Hits:

    • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned the U.S. and Europe that a failure to right their economies will contribute to a worldwide slump.
    • A new survey indicates that one-third of American adults under 30 have no religious affiliation.
    • “The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments on whether colleges and universities can continue to favor minority candidates in admissions policies,” Reuters reports.
    • The small business optimism index continues to fall.
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    13 Responses to Morning Bell: How Obama's Foreign Policy Is Failing

    1. russell fulton says:

      The President's foreign policy (especially toward the Middle East) is predicated on the oft-stated assumption that the "war on terror is over". Thus, the reflexive presumption that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous event. Alas, Romney's campaign does not grab onto this in a meaningful way. "I will keep America strong" just won't cut it!

    2. Lloyd Scallan says:

      To suggest that Obama had "some success" on counterterrorism because he was dragged off of the golf course, given a jacket to cover his gulf shirt to hide the fact, then took enough time for a photo opt is absurd. Obama does not want a "foreign policy", because his agenda is to divert this nation's military protection expense to his vote buying welfare system.

    3. Paul Stone says:

      What's the big deal about killing Bin Laden and Obama's actually doing his job for once? We replace leaders that have moved elsewhere without missing a beat and Al-Quida has shown that they have replaced Bin Laden.

    4. I'm not worried because I know that the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 will punish u.s. & not Obama! Just saying what's written…

    5. faye krause says:

      I would ask—what foreign policy? Apparently the persons who cleaned Obama up and got him elected president, failed to think about having a competant foreign policy advisor appointed to his staff. Without going too far back in his past 3+ years, I call your attention to the recent attack on the Ambassador to
      Libya and the other americans involved. Apparently the bright lights of LasVegas were more enticing to Obama than the deaths of Americans on foreign soil. And Las Vegas was followed up by a visit to The View. Now there's a class act. Heaven help us if we have 4 more years of his incompetency and total disdain for the American people, both here and abroad.

      • auhunter says:

        "what foreign policy" is right, now not only does the so-called President bow to Islamic leaders, the whole country now bows to the world and "Davis" pleads with Russia to help him out with the problem in the middle east., while 2+ thousand of our dead troops roll in their graves, knowing under "Davis" come '14 their deaths were for naught.

    6. Wayne Peterkin says:

      Good article. I have been asking various people for some time now to make a list of the places in the world where the U.S. has more respect and more influence today than we did four years ago. Then list those places where we have less of both. In any honest assessment, we know which will be the longer list; much longer!

    7. John Fellie says:

      Can anyone point out ONE thing that ovomit has succeeded in besides spending this Country into Oblivion.
      The guy has failed in EVERYTHING he has touched and is pathological about everything else.The guy is so far in over his head it would take a month of Sundays to get day light to him.

    8. Carol, AZ says:

      "Soft power, humble attitude, and restrained role" by our Coward in Chief, in military terms is_ dereliction for duty. Through his "paper tiger" approach we've watched this empty chair pacify, appease_ bow to foreign leaderships looking like a comical Court jester to the rest of the world.
      Our Joint Military Chiefs' forewarnings_ on the above policies_ are further threatened through EX Fait by the fearful one. He willfully has allowed putting us in certain danger here and around the world for national security and as we have witness recently_ international security.
      Our yellow belly press corps refuse to report it accurately as/ a "act of War" and a coordinated attacks on our embassies _9/11 /12 that also included England. These recent murders of our foreign personnel broke all international laws. Another puppet master Sec Of – State, Clinton refuses to discuss it clearly to America. I read most of the accountability on the BBC website .
      Appeasement America.. I don't think so.
      Replace it with reprisal and retaliation. If we don't protect ourselves here and around the world who will?.

    9. Ron W. Smith says:

      Being SuperPower on Call;, a position strongly supported by countries which save big dollars of their own as long as we are, has cost us so much in dollars and lives.that we're now $2-3 trillion behind in infrastructure repairs and renewal, are trying to figure out ways we can cut programs folks have co,me to rely on, and have regularly been "borrowing" money from China. The status of borrower and cutter of domestic programs not unlike those found elsewhere in the civilized world is incompatible with extravagant spending on voluntarily being SuperPower on Call. We're more than $16,000,000,000,000 in debt, for Pete's sake.
      It's time for national discussion and debate of the Foreign Policy decisions that have put us at the brink of fiscal insolvency, decisions begun in flush times following WWII and continued over the years until these much leaner ones. Remember–discussion and debate. Let those begin pronto.

    10. Glen says:

      Whenever anything of importance (a problem or incident) came up, Obama jumped on Airforce One and got out of town. Run from a problem, it might go away, or let someone else handle it. This shows true leadership Ha! The MSM will not report ANY of his short comings. It has been proven many times over that he has lacked any experience to be President.

    11. Bobbie says:

      Maybe it would be a good question to ask the President who HIS allies are in contrast to America's?
      "humble, soft power, restrained" all code words saying this President is going to force America to give into the weak instead of holding the world responsible to their actions. Hasn't he lowered America's character enough?

      This man takes no responsibility as a man, how can he hold other leaders responsible? Hopefully his fun time as president teaches him to be a man of honor with human qualities, a conscience and words he'll live up to without deceiving the world/America when he's living outside the white house. America needs serious leaders with morals and principles to face the world and run this country. Obama proves himself, otherwise.

    12. Mr. Derp says:

      Don't worry. All we need to do is re-elect Obama so he can be more "flexible" with Vladimir Putin and the Russians.

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