June 9, 2011


The soft diplomacy espoused by the Obama administration isn't really much more than embracing the enemy and eschewing the friend, isn't it?  The latest example siding with Argentina (not an enemy, but not England) over Great Britain on the Falkland Islands, a question settled nearly 30 years ago in favor of the nation that Ronald Reagan sided with as a first among friends ally.  That is simply unbelievable in it's foolishness.  It's exceeded only by it's irrelevance. Of course, the reason is probably oil.  Nevertheless, is it worth throwing away the special relationship with the closest ally?  Of course not, but maybe the President is just embarrassed by all the diplomatic screw ups he's made with the Queen and the Prime Minister and this is his way of ending the relationship...

Via Hot Air;
In part of Barack Obama’s “smart power” diplomacy that he promised would restore our standing with American allies, the Obama administration sided with Argentina in demanding that the UK open negotiations over the status of the Falkland Islands, joining such stalwart American allies as Nicaragua and Venezuela. The OAS declaration even uses the Argentinian name for the islands, a particular insult, as Nile Gardiner notes:
President Obama was effusive in his praise for the Special Relationship when he visited London recently, but his administration continues to slap Britain in the face over the highly sensitive Falklands issue. Washington signed on to a “draft declaration on the question of the Malvinas Islands”passed by unanimous consent by the General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) at its meeting in San Salvador yesterday, an issue which had been heavily pushed by Argentina. In doing so, the United States sided not only with Buenos Aires, but also with a number of anti-American regimes including Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua. …
If you thought that was bad, on the heels of messing up on Syria, Libya, bombing Yemen, ignoring Iran messing up Egypt, backing down on the missile shields near Russia, and borrowing from China beyond redemption, it's not surprising.  What it is however, is utterly bad.  The President is not qualified to manage foreign affairs at all.  What's more, Hillary Clinton has been zero help.  The only one who has gotten it right has been Joe Biden who said Obama would be tested within hist first six months.  Yes, yes he was.  And he failed back then too.  He's been tested since and failed since. Worst diplomacy ever.   

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