Obama Foreign Policy

Obama’s parting shot at Israel [UPDATED]

Featured image Donald Trump’s success in blocking a U.N. resolution condemning Israel was short-lived. Yesterday, as we discussed here, Egypt pulled the resolution in response to Trump’s expression of disapproval. Today, however, four Security Council members revived it for consideration. They were New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela, a failed socialist state. President Obama opted not to block resolution. The U.S. abstained. Therefore, it passed. Scott has more about this here. Obama’s »

Trump goes to bat for Israel, thwarts Obama [With Comment by John]

Featured image Today, the U.N. Security Council was poised to pass a resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements. Proposed by Egypt, the resolution called settlements “a flagrant violation under international law” and “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution.” It called on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the occupied West Bank. The U.S. has a veto in the Security Council. It could have »

Obama to Putin: Cut It Out!

Featured image Barack Obama has spent the last eight years resisting the idea that Russia is an adversary of the United States. First we had the “reset”; next the cancellation of the Eastern European missile shield; then we had Obama assuring President Medvedev that he would be able to give away the store, but the Russians would need to wait for his second term; and then the presidential debate where Obama mocked »

WaPo: Aleppo bloodbath will indelibly stain Obama’s legacy

Featured image The Washington Post’s board of editors rip into President Obama for his failed Syria policy that helped produce the horrors of Aleppo. Here is how the Post describes the situation on the ground: The battle for Aleppo is ending in catastrophe, both for the tens of thousands of people who have been besieged there and for the future of Syria. On Wednesday, Syrian government and Iranian-led Shiite militia forces renewed »

Asian dominoes in the Age of Obama

Featured image Under Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the U.S. “pivoted” to Asia. Unfortunately, Asia seems now to be pivoting away from the U.S. As noted here, the Philippines, under its president Rodrigo Duterte, has turned away from America and towards to China. Duterte explained: America has lost now. I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow. And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that »

Smith reviews Sciolino

Featured image President Obama’s signal foreign policy “achievement,” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, guarantees and finances the Iranian regime’s development of a nuclear arsenal. It also enhances their regional power until that time. All in all, from the perspective of the national security of the United States and its allies, it must be the stupidest deal of all time. Some Americans nevertheless see it as a brilliant stroke. Take, for example, »

Philippine tilt towards China is latest fruit of Obama’s foreign policy

Featured image It hasn’t gotten much attention, but the embrace of China by the Philippines, and its renunciation of the United States, is the latest in the long, sorry series of major foreign policy setbacks we have suffered under President Obama. In a state visit to China, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte announced his country’s military and economic “separation” from the United States. He stated: America has lost now. I’ve realigned myself in »

When Houthis attack

Featured image Like so many other regimes around the world, that of the Islamic Republic of Iran has President Obama sized up as a patsy. Its Houthi minions in Yemen fired on the United States Navy destroyer USS Mason twice while the ship was patrolling the Red Sea. After the second attack we fired off an ever so proportionate response last week. According to this NBC News report, the Mason was fired »

Our man in Hezbollah

Featured image The outrages continue to mount as we approach the end of the Obama administration. President Obama adds degradation to insult and injury. In a very recent example, Adam Kredo reports that former Hezbollah co-conspirator is slated to speak at a conference in Washington, D.C. He is Azmi Bishara. Bishara was an Israeli Arab serving in Israel’s parliament when he fled Israel in 2007. Bishara fled Israel to set up shop »

Jerusalem? Where’s That?

Featured image Earlier today, the White House released a transcript of President Obama’s remarks at the memorial service for Shimon Peres, which took place at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem. Later, the White House sent out a “corrected” transcript that struck out the word “Israel” after “Jerusalem.” Here it is, courtesy of McClatchey: McClatchey regards the “correction” as proper: The White House forgot its own policy on Jerusalem Friday — at »

John Kerry threatens the Russians

Featured image Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened to stop talking with the Russians if they and their Syrian ally don’t quit bombing Aleppo. So New York Times reporter Michael Gordon lets on at the top of his story “Syria talks will end if Aleppo bombing continues, U.S. tells Russia.” Adam Entous and Felicia Schwartz add some details in their Wall Street Journal story “Obama administration threatens to suspend talks with »

Obama’s Syria policy explained

Featured image In writing about the pathetic efforts of John Kerry to arrange a cease fire in Syria, I’ve referred to the Secretary of State as the village idiot. But what about President Obama? Though his intellect may be overrated, he’s anything but an idiot. Obama is, instead, a clever operator who often thinks several moves ahead of his domestic, though not his foreign, adversaries. Why, then, has U.S. policy paved the »

Statesmanship: Obama versus Bibi

Featured image Walter Russell Mead assesses the statesmanship of Barack Obama versus that of Benjamin Netanyahu in the American Interest post “The real Middle East.” The subhead provides this précis: “Precisely because he has a colder view of international affairs than Obama, Netanyahu’s leadership has made Israel stronger than ever.” In the heart of this post he writes: There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than »

Aleppo hammered, Kerry’s “cease-fire” agreement notwithstanding

Featured image John Kerry’s Syria “cease fire” agreement was a farce from its inception. Even optimists of ordinary intelligence realized it was dead when a Russian (or conceivably a Syrian) jet attacked a U.N. convoy near Aleppo earlier this week and Syria declared the agreement over. But John Kerry insisted otherwise. He declared that the agreement is “not dead,” and called for more talks with Russia. Kerry got more talks; Aleppo got »

More Obama-Kerry disgrace in Syria

Featured image John Kerry’s latest “cease fire” agreement in Syria was a farce from its inception. Farce turned to tragedy on Monday when a Russian (or conceivably a Syrian) jet attacked a U.N. convoy near Aleppo. Aid workers say that trucks carrying desperately needed aid to the rebel-held side of the city were repeatedly bombed, as was a warehouse. At least 20 people were killed. Pursuant to the “cease fire” arrangement, notification »

The wheedle and the damage done: Hillary edition

Featured image Professor Robert Kaufman traces the connection between the monumental foreign policy disasters and misjudgments of the Obama administration in the Wall Street Journal column “What’s a Reagan internationalist to do?” (accessible via Google here. Professor Kaufman observes: “As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton served loyally as President Obama’s first mate on his foreign-policy Titanic.” Professor Kaufman draws a contrast between Clinton and Trump in this respect: “[U]nlike Mr. Trump, Mrs. »

The wheedle and the damage done: Cheney edition

Featured image The impetus for my post “The wheedle and the damage done” was the September 10 Wall Street Journal column by Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney that expressly set forth the theme of that post: “Dangers rise as America retreats” (accessible via Google here), yet I forgot to include it in my round-up. They put it this way: Defeating our enemies has been made significantly more difficult by the policies of »