Palin Blasts Obama Foreign Policy as Enemy Centric

July 2, 2010 by Post Team 

Palin Blasts Obama Foreign Policy as Enemy Centric:Sarah Palin’s critics poke fun at times his regular messaging platform of Facebook for a supposed lack of depth and weight. His overall view of the military and foreign policy yesterday provides a rebuttal to criticism, as well as a direct challenge to Barack Obama claims of “smart power.” Palin blasts Obama for his “enemy-centric” foreign policy and criticized Democrats looking for points in the tax liability at the expense of the military:

Meanwhile, the Obama administration comes to some of the worst regimes in the world. They shake hands with dictators like Hugo Chavez, send letters to the Iranian mullahs and sent to North Korea to ease sanctions on Cuba and talk about doing the same with Burma. That’s when not in one of his tours around the world an apology.

We have nothing to change this with a bow and apologize? No, we do not. Yes, Russia voted in favor of a sanctions resolution against Iran weak, but immediately said it would sell advanced antiaircraft missiles to Iran anyway, and would end its nuclear cooperation. In response to North Korea’s unprovoked sinking of a South Korean ship Navy, warned that China will not participate in military exercises with our ally.

And while President Obama leaves on getting pushed by the likes of Russia and China, our allies are wondering about the value of an alliance with the U.S. They must be wondering if it’s worth. …

It has been a prominent official of Czech foreign policy calling Obama “enemy-centric.” And this “enemy-centric” has real consequences. Not only confuses our allies who are concerned. When combined with less defense spending, tells the world that perhaps we can not tell, and we have other priorities to be the world leader keeps the peace and provide security in Europe, Asia and around the world .

Along with this foreign policy centered on an enemy, there is a decrease in the bipartisan tradition of talking about human rights and democracy. The Secretary of State said that it would raise human rights with China because “you know what to say.” Programs for the Promotion of democracy have been cut. Support brave Iranians who were protesting their government failed because President Obama would rather try to reach agreement with their oppressors.

When the dictators of the world see the United States without concern for human rights and political freedom, they breathe a sigh of relief because they know they have a free hand to repress its own people.

This goes against the ideals that founded our republic. There is a long bipartisan tradition of speaking in favor of freedom – from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan. America loses something very important when your President relegates human rights and freedom to the background of its international priorities.

Ironically, this is a charge usually aimed at the Republican presidents. The left regularly criticized Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush by his alliance with countries that oppose Soviet and Cuban expansionism, especially in the Western Hemisphere. His defense of the socialist revolutions are almost always based on human rights violations of the anti-communist governments that the U.S. supported, or in some cases, anti-communist insurgents, like the contras in Nicaragua. George W. Bush really changed that dynamic, making it much more Scowcroftian left in their opposition to his foreign policy, and Obama is that, even beyond Brent Scowcroft would go.

Palin sees this as an indication that Obama sees America very different from most of his fellow citizens:

When asked if he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama replied: “I believe in American exceptionalism, as I suspect that the British believe in the exceptional British and the Greeks believe Greek exceptionalism.” Amazing. Amazing.

I think this statement says a lot about his worldview. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founder, and our founding fathers and mothers? Really? And our history over the past two centuries and a half?

Really? He sees nothing unique in an America that fought and won two world wars and the victory does not look an inch of territory nor a dollar of plunder? He sees nothing unique in an America that, although exhausted by conflict, even laid the foundation for security in Europe and Asia after World War II? He sees nothing unique in an America that prevailed against evil in an ideology of the Cold War? Do you just see a country that has to apologize for all the world, especially to dictators?

President Obama actually seems reluctant to accept even the American power. Earlier this year when asked about his faltering Middle East peace process, said “we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.” Like it or not?! Really? Mr President, this can be a novelty for you, but most Americans are really like. And so do our allies. They know that it was our military power that freed countless millions from tyranny, slavery and oppression in the past 234 years. Yes, we like. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won the hot and cold wars, our military has promoted the cause of liberty and held in check authoritarian powers.

Most of this relates back to the main topic of Palin, spending on defense. The Democrats have done a lot of noise in recent years on reducing the military budget to demonstrate fiscal discipline, but Palin reminds his readers that the defense is the main federal constitutional law. There is certainly room for improvement in efficiency and procurement, which is a labyrinth in the best, but the reduction of forces is a bad idea for a nation at war. The Navy appears to be its main objective, but our Navy remains the protector of trade routes and expanding base of American power around the world. The problem with the withdrawal from that position will be the question of who fills the vacuum – and the answer to that question is almost certainly China.

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