The title is short for Foreign Policy, but is pronounced Faux Pas. Which is the only way to describe Obama’s missteps overseas.
I understand Foreign Policy will be the subject of the third debate, which Obama thinks is his specialty. (What doesn’t he think is his specialty?) Even though I won’t watch (Bloodthirsty Puppy’s ears don’t clean themselves!), I can’t wait.
Libya, which was supposed to take “days not weeks”, nineteen months later is Obama’s Somalia.
How ’bout Iran?
On September 25, 2012, at the U.N. General Assembly the president’s double-speak on Iran included this: “Iran . . . has failed to take the opportunity to demonstrate that its nuclear program is peaceful . . . time is not unlimited.”
Here is a timeline of the Obama administration’s Iran policy, as the world’s most dangerous nation and leading state sponsor of terrorism moves inexorably towards acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapon.
“My expectation would be that if we can begin discussions soon, shortly after the Iranian elections, we should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right direction.” President Obama, May 18, 2009, Washington, D.C.
“The opportunity will not remain open indefinitely.” Secretary Clinton, July 15, 2009, Washington, D.C.
“We are not going to keep the window open forever.” Secretary Clinton, July 22, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand.
“The Iranians may simply try to run out the clock.” Defense Secretary Robert Gates, July 27, 2009.
“Our patience is not infinite. We’re not willing to let this go on forever.” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly, September 14, 2009, Washington, D.C.
“To resolve this issue will require Iran to come to the table and discuss in a clear and forthright way how to prove to the international community that the intentions of their nuclear program are peaceful. . . . The question is going to be whether in these discussions they show themselves moving clearly in that direction.” President Obama, March 6, 2012, Washington, D.C.
“That window is closing.” President Obama, March 25, 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
“Time is short.” President Obama, March 26, 2102, Seoul, Republic of Korea,
”That window is closing. . . . Now, the clock is ticking. . . . We’re not going to have these talks just drag out in a stalling process. . . . We haven’t given away anything — other than the opportunity for us to negotiate ” President Obama, April 15, 2012, Cartagena, Columbia.
“We will not engage in an endless process of negotiations.” U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, September 20, 2012, New York.
“Iran . . . has failed to take the opportunity to demonstrate that its nuclear program is peaceful . . . time is not unlimited.” President Obama, September 25, 2012, New York.
What? Huh? I must have nodded off. Believe it or not, I cut that short.
No wonder Ahmadinejad is so happy. We elected a eunuch as our president. Much as he boasts about it—and much as that boasting helped hasten the demise of Chris Stevens—Navy Seals killed Osama, not Ramb-Obama.
Thank God, Obama (not to be redundant) has Egypt and Afghanistan to point to:
CBS’ Lara Logan, a 60 Minutes correspondent who was sexually assaulted while reporting on the protests in Tahrir Square in February 2011, told a Chicago audience over the weekend that not only is AQ not “on its heels,” it’s making a comeback, along with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan — and that those saying otherwise are propagating a “major lie”:
“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.
The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. …
“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”
Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.
She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”
Logan hopes that America will “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”
Obama is all about revenge, you’ll see. Touch a feather on Big Bird’s head, for example, and ElmObama will come after you like Cookie Monster on a restricted calorie regimen.
But what does Lara Logan know about the thoughts and habits of radicalized Muslims?
Is the Taliban tamed? Let’s ask someone who knows:
Concerns intensified Thursday over the condition of a Pakistani teen activist shot by the Taliban after a doctor said she was in “critical” condition and officials planned to move her to a different hospital.
Authorities said they will transport Malala Yousufzai, 14, from the military hospital in Peshawar to one in Rawalpindi.
Malala is in “critical” condition, said Lt. Col. Junaid Khan, the head of neurosurgery at the Peshawar hospital. A day before, surgeons removed a bullet lodged in her neck.
And we haven’t even gotten around to the subject of Israel yet. But the day is young.