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Does Obama Have Any Foreign Policy Successes?

by Keith Koffler on February 22, 2014, 1:16 pm

At all? Any? Just one?

President Obama hired a Secretary of State who had no relevant experience for the job because he wanted to avoid criticism from her – or even a 2012 challenge – and because he read in a book that Lincoln surrounded himself with rivals.

Then he hired someone who was qualified but who thinks global warming is a bigger threat than terrorists with airplanes or Mullahs with nuclear weapons.

And the results speak for themselves. Let’s take a short trip around the world to see if we can find any foreign policy successes.

Mexico: The country continues to deteriorate into a narcostate, and what’s more Mexicans are none too happy with us for fueling the problem with intentionally sent weapons.

South America: Leftism has been in the march throughout the continent during Obama’s presidency. No reversals to speak of. Venezuela remains in ruins, but people there may finally be taking matters into their own hands.

Cuba: Cuba still no libre.

Canada: Obama has actually created tensions in what is normally our most harmonious relationship by bowing to political influence and taking years to decide on the Keystone pipeline.

Europe: Obama does not seems to have developed friendships with any European leaders – the type of relationships that are needed for allies to operate seamlessly. Rather, there seems to be a kind of frostiness and some mistrust.

Great Britain: Nothing special anymore about the special relationship.

Russia: Reset button needs another press.

Turkey: Prime Minister Erdogan is said to be one of the few international leaders with whom Obama has some chemistry. The result? Increasing authoritarianism and Islamicization of a key NATO ally.

Syria: While Obama mulls his options, one of the great human disasters of the past 100 years – and that’s saying something – continues to unfold. Meanwhile, the bad guys remain in charge.

Israel: U.S.-Israeli relations probably at their worst since Israel’s founding in 1948.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Secretary of State Kerry on an unlikely mission to gain a peace deal and a peace prize.

Egypt: A disaster until the generals took matters into their own hands and threw out the Islamist regime Obama had backed.

Libya: After weeks of indecision, Obama orchestrated the ouster of Qadaffi. Now the place is teaming with Islamists, and probably needs . . . a new Qadaffi.

Iran: Obama failed to back a serious challenge to the regime, which is now on the cusp of gaining nuclear weapons.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia: Mortified at U.S. fecklessness and the prospect of a nuclear Iran

Iraq: Obama withdrew all U.S. troops, and the country is once again a killing field and a magnet for al Qaeda-linked extremists.

Afghanistan: An insufficient U.S. “surge” kept the Taliban from defeat and primed them to take over once most or all U.S. troops depart.

Pakistan: Anti-U.S. anger as we take out bad guys with drones. Not that this is a bad idea. But the relationship doesn’t seem to be getting managed very well. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban gains strength.

China: No significant improvement in relations. Highly publicized “pivot” to Asia seems to be antagonizing China into even more aggressive behavior with respect to its neighbors, which the United States is not forcefully enough opposing.

North Korea: Just as crazy as ever, just as repressive as ever, and more nuclear than ever.

Australia: Obama has cleverly navigated the difficult waters of this relationship and war with the militant Aussies no longer seems imminent.

Nope. No foreign policy successes that I can find, and I’ve reached the Pacific and I’m ready to sail home.

So Hillary will have to run on her lack of achievement. Don’t knock it. Worked in 2008 for Obama.

Maybe you’re aware of a success? Could it be? Or – it’s a big world out there – a screw up I left out? Let’s hear about it.

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srdem65 February 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

That is one depressing and dreadful account of the Obama foriegn policy. We are less safe and the world is more volatile than ever because of this President and his minions.
They stick the US nose in when they should hold back, and hold back when our help is called for to aid and help resolve a problem. They believe that “talks and conversation” will negate the will of some to kill all of us, or just someone else.

Star February 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

The only “hard men” we have over here now are Krauthammer, Will, Bolton, and a few others. I don’t count the droning as meaning we are still mean and lean–they do that bec they can’t house prisoners…and to heck with the info those prisoners might have.

Star February 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

And real men don’t tweet, darn it all.

Bonnie February 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

………or take “selfies”.

Star February 23, 2014 at 11:43 am


Star February 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

…Also that Col Ralph Peters and some other retired military at Fox–they are holding the line.

DeniseVB February 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Japan ? Sent over the American Princess Caroline of Kennedy as a thank you for her fundraising efforts, and because the people of Japan really liked JFK. Then:

Is some knowledge of a country’s culture required anymore or should our Ambassadors stay off twitter ? She’s no Shirley Temple Black.

Sadie February 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

“Set by example” comes to mind and wouldn’t we first need a president who is familiar with his own country’s culture.

srdem65 February 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Most excellent observation, @Sadie. He’s shown us time and time again that he doesn’t “get” the US that we know, nor does he understand our traditions.
It’s not surprising that he’s unaware of the importance we place on certain holidays, or days of remembrance since he was raised in Indonesia and then off the mainland in Hawaii

DeniseVB February 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Haiti ? Has it been 4 years since the American people opened their hearts and wallets and sent billions to help with their hurricane recovery? Obama says it’s going great, thank to “him”. Even had the Haitian President stop by and make it official, just recently:

I’ve seen recent photos, I see little differences, people still in squalor.

Girly1 February 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

He still hasn’t been to Haiti yet, has he? Guess he doesn’t want to run into Sarah Palin or Billy Graham’s son, Franklin.

DeniseVB February 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm

I Bing’d Haiti recovery images and it still looks like the mess it was in then. Where’s that money going? I can’t help but think BO invited their Prezzy over for a PR/Photo-op visit to mention how wonderful the Obamas and Bidens were.

DeniseVB February 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm
veritaseequitas February 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Successful vacations and golf outings?

Bonnie February 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

No American is safe from the threat of kidnapping as the cartels move deeper into America looking for ransom. We have the gun walking
as well as unsecured borders that allow not only drug cartels but terrorists free and open access.
What ever happened to this:
Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012.[19][20] Earlier that month, President Barack Obama had invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency over the same documents.[21][22]

Girly1 February 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Just heard yesterday about the ‘express (ransom) kidnappings’ occurring on American soil. It was inevitable and predictable, considering the unfettered access granted to criminals and terrorists by Obama, Fox and Napolitano.
Obama is now considering a NA Trusted Traveler Program in conjunction with NAFTA – allowing business execs and ‘other’ trusted travelers to cross back and forth over the border.
We are all going to be sitting ducks for vigilantes.

“Kidnap and Ransom insurance’ is already a huge business for execs traveling back and forth to Mexico. Soon, it will be necessary for regular Americans to purchase ins. in light of recent events.
It should be included with Obamacare.

Lee February 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Instead of O and the crew using tax money for vacations, they could use it to pay military, or any U.S. citizens to stand 20 to 30 feet apart in a line across the southern border.
Yes my idea would have worked several years ago, with them holding a bat, broom, mop, but it is getting more and more dangerous by the day. If he would pay attention he would know how dangerous it is, and I bet he would never bring himself or family to vacation down there.

gracepmc February 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

If we had a President and a functioning State Department we could provide transitional assistance to those countries who fight to the death for freedom and their “democracy” — however representative government accountable to the people is defined there.

But we don’t. We have Obama and Kerry and a bunch of wanna bes who are “living the dream”.

nanette lynch February 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

That is the most depressing thing I have read all week!

Bonnie February 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

…….and we wonder why gun and ammo sales are through the roof.

Girly1 February 22, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Is there any ammo left? The govt. is hording it all to use against Americans in the coming revolution.

Bonnie February 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

There was two years ago and I have a supply……along with the concealed carry permit that I got last year. ……Granny with a gun…….and the know how to use it if ever pushed into that corner.
I am seriously contemplating the purchase of a year’s supply of food. Could anarchy happen in this country? I am guessing, if there is anything left in 2.5 years, we had better hope for some common sense, for-the-American-people governance.

Star February 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm

My brother in law has stockpiled rice and beans–even built more shelves in the pantry. He has enough, he says, for 2 mos. Then what–what do you think you are coming out TO? Where will the water come from for that rice? Do you have water stockpiled? I can see this–maybe–if it is a pandemic and people need to stay home apart from each other–for everything else, I don’t see it.

Guillermo Grande February 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Hiya Star. Reverse osmosis system piped for the house. And a while back in Nat Geo there was a blurb on using plastic bottles and UV /sunlight to purify. Went looking for the article an found this(OMG!!@!):

But as long as there is fuel, there is always boiling. To your point, if you need 2-6 months of food stores, chances of living long enough to eat it all seem slim…

Star February 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

The govt has an exhaustive site— More than you ever wanted to know.

Lee February 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm

A lot of places have been sold out most of the time for the last year!

gracepmc February 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

For anyone interested in Ukraine here is a good source.

Obama and Putin had a telecon. Nothing good coming to Ukraine.

Lee February 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Thanks for the link.
I saw on Drudge late yesterday, or early this morning, pictures taken in the Ukraine. They only show one picture most of the time on how media channels. They are not to gory, etc., but it gives you a better pictue of what is going on. Instead of us being sheltered from the reality.

Julie Brueckheimer February 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

The nutshell of Ukraine seems to be that half of the population wants to define itself as part of Western Europe and the other as part of Eastern Europe. In other words these are polar divisions just as there are in the United States. But have you ever noticed how leftist politicians and media here always like to identify with “the opposition” (except over here of course) as being not only in the right but somehow romantic as well. “Opposition” is a beautiful word to them (except, as I say, in our own country). This applies to many of other countries Keith mentions above (Egypt, Libya, Syria ). If it’s opposition, it is a beautiful and just thing.

gracepmc February 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

Just checked in the liveblog. Had a thought. Would be ironic if Ukraine joined the EU, if there was similar anti Russian sentiment in previous Soviet bloc countries, and if this traveled in spirit to the EU. In other words, if countries previously under Soviet rule could be a factor in redirecting EU socialist tendencies. Long term. Just a thought.

History is always in motion.

Robin H February 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm

He hosted the Dali Lama the other day. Did he make him leave by the back door again?

Bonnie February 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

…… about when he left Netanyahu sitting in the Whitehouse/Obamahouse entry while he went upstairs for dinner.
We are so stupid in the eyes of the world for putting these grifters (community organizers) as head of state. We were the most powerful nation in the world.

Sadie February 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Keith: Finally, a compilation of his foreign policy. No doubt he has it confused with auto insurance for some fancy foreign sports car.

Many of us have a “to do” list. Obama has a “to screw” list.

mo1 February 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

But Keith, you forgot his one success. The Nobel Peach Prize! (sarc.)

DeniseVB February 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Can those things be recalled ? I don’t remember the reason he was awarded that, but has the committee looked at the world since then?

ImNoDhimmi February 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

We don’t remember the reason he was given the Nobel prize, because he received it for no reason!

AFVet February 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Obama’s agenda is proceeding quite nicely as planned.
The fundamental transformation of America is in progress, and if you try to deter it, you will be taken down. as long as I have the power.

Lee February 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I appreciate your article as well. I read this morning. I can’t figure out still how to post. I will get my son to try. Promise.

Lee February 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Keith, Thanks for putting it all down in one spot. I will make a copy, and tell some people to do the same.

I heard on the news this morning on Fox, that the are several terrorist camps here in America. Nothing is being done about them.

Artcat February 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

This is very sad, but an accurate and concise picture. This should be re-posted before elections in 2014 and 2016. Of course, by 2016, who knows how much worse it will be. (Also, they need a copy of this at the state department.)

At least all is still well in Dossierland (for now). No coup so far.

Proof (@ProofBlog) February 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

” taking years to decide on the Keystone pipeline”

Did you hear Obama in Mexico? “But these are how we make these decisions”, even though this is an extension of the Keystone pipeline that was approved by the Bush administration in 2008 and construction was completed by June 2010. It didn’t take the admittedly more competent Bush administration five and a half years just to approve the project.

gracepmc February 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

This are how we make decisions? No, Obama makes decisions with pen and phone. He only defers to the legal and constitutional avenues to lay blame or seek cover.

apr_47 February 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Obama’s failure in so many aread during his tenure in the presidency if stacked up would be higher than Mt. McKinley. His dereliction of duty is not taken into account by the media in general. Can we wonder why China now is pushing her way to dominate the sphere of influence controlled by the U.S. for over 50 years?
Then we have his former Sec. of State who is as machiavellian as one can get. Lord helps us if she’s elected.

Julie Brueckheimer February 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

So far, Hillary doesn’t seem to be running on her record. She wants us to forget about it. In fact, Hillary herself is not doing much running: she has all sorts of surrogates out in public saying how inevitable she is while she makes a token appearance once in a while at NYU and other friendly audiences and never comments on any of the big issues, not foreign policy and not domestic ones either. Given how the country has been dumbed down into ‘knuckleheads’, I think you could be right and it will not make a bit of difference whether she has a record or not.

Dan February 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Absolutely. Clinton will win and we descend further into the abyss. That is what will happen in 2016. Prepare.

gracepmc February 23, 2014 at 12:20 am

Keith, This made the ONT on AOS tonight.

gracepmc February 23, 2014 at 12:21 am

You and CarIn — one week.

Bonnie February 23, 2014 at 12:55 am

I hate to be the only dumb one here……what is ONT and AOS? Hopefully Keith knows.

gracepmc February 23, 2014 at 1:58 am

ONT is an overnight thread discussion held at the Ace of Spades site.

Parsons, MoT February 23, 2014 at 7:32 am

Not True!

Relations with Oceania have never been better.
In truth, they’ve always been better.

ImNoDhimmi February 23, 2014 at 8:12 am

As noted above, this summation is so depressing. One can’t help but believe that these foreign policy disasters are all part of a larger plan to somehow destroy Western civilization as we know it.

MerryCarol February 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

You’re right on, Keith. In 2008, it worked for Obama to run on his lack of foreign policy achievement. Thank you, MSM. But Obama’s lack of foreign policy “gravitas” was indeed a campaign issue. Recall that Obama’s very first foreign policy decision was to pick Uncle Joe as his running mate. The reason? To counterbalance Obama’s inexperience with Joe’s “gravitas” as it applied to his foreign policy experience. Yes, that Crazy Uncle Joe, the Gravitas Man, who has been wrong on nearly every major national security and foreign policy issue in the last 40 years. ‘Nuff said.

Dan February 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Yet the left toots the hildebeest as one of the greatest SOSUS there ever was. Of course without the aid of MSM none of that trash would be possible right?

Slack February 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I believe he is accomplishing exactly the change he mentioned so often while campaigning.

Jefferson February 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm

“Australia: Obama has cleverly navigated the difficult waters of this relationship and war with the militant Aussies no longer seems imminent.”


Little purple people February 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm

You guys are too hard on Obama. He has great foreign relations with with the planet liberals live on.

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