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ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE BEEN SNUBBED, ALIENATED AND THROWN UNDER THE BUS BY OBAMA
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 12, 2010) — In March of last year, Obama failed to give then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a proper welcome because he was “too tired.” The excuse given to Mr. Brown’s office was that White House officials had “voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest” due to the economic crisis.
Obama’s staff appeared to the British completely unprepared to deal with Prime Minister Brown’s visit and apparently observed none of the usual protocol for a foreign head-of-state visit. One Washington, DC-based official described as an “insider” to Obama’s “inner circle” was quoted as saying that Obama and his staff “had failed so far to ‘even fake an interest in foreign policy.'”
After receiving a pen holder “crafted from the timbers of the 19th century British warship HMS President,” from Gordon Brown, Obama gave the Prime Minister a set of 25 DVDs which were not playable in the UK. Brown is blind in one eye. Michelle Obama’s gifts to Brown’s sons were toy replicas of Marine One, while Mrs. Brown presented the Obama girls with dresses, necklaces and books written by British authors.
When a “State Department official” was questioned as to why the meeting between the two purported leaders was not recognized as a major event, the official reportedly “reacted with fury” and was quoted as having said, “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”
Obama may harbor animosity towards Great Britain because of its treatment of Kenyans while Kenya was one of its colonies.
In the early days of the regime, it was reported that Obama declined an offer from the British to retain a bust of Sir Winston Churchill, although Newsweek stated that a White House spokesperson had said that the bust had been removed during the transition period. That is not what the British claimed.
Regarding the incident, Katie Connolly of Newsweek opined:
Maybe it’s no surprise that Obama wouldn’t want Churchill watching over his shoulder. After all, it was Churchill who, in 1952, ordered a crackdown on the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, Obama’s ancestral homeland. Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was labeled a subversive during the uprising and spent months in detention.
The London Daily Telegraph also mentioned the Churchill bust incident, but described it thusly: “Barack Obama has sent Sir Winston Churchill packing and pulse rates soaring among anxious British diplomats.”
After a six-ship flotilla attempted on May 31 to defy a blockade of Gaza maintained by Israel and Egypt to prevent the smuggling-in of weapons which could be used against Israel, Obama met with Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority, and promised $400,000,000 in aid, even though Hamas, a terrorist organization, controls Gaza.
Israel is concerned that U.S. military personnel have been ordered to stop work on the Egyptian section of the Gaza blockade. It is reported that the U.S. has invested $500,000,000 in the building of the “joint Egyptian-Israeli siege project.” Obama also is pressuring Israel to accept an international investigation which could call Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak as witnesses. The U.S. is also reportedly seeking to question members of the Israeli military about the May 31 flotilla incident in which nine passengers were killed and weapons found on board “humanitiarian aid” ships attempting to break through a three-year-old blockade of Gaza.
The flotilla had been sponsored in part by the IHH, which “has close ties to Hamas and was revealed as playing an important role in Ahmed Ressem’s attempt to blow up the Los Angeles airport in 2000. French counterterrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Brugiere testified in 2001 that IHH was ‘basically helping al-Qaida when Osama bin Laden started to target U.S. soil.’”
Some in Israel view Obama’s stance on the flotilla incident as “salvaging its ties with Turkey by burning the Netanyahu government.” Meir Dagan, head of the Mossad external security detail, stated to a committee of the Knesset that “the progressive decline of American strength over the past decade and the perception of the Obama administration as ‘soft on military options for solving disputes’ have cut deep into Israel’s military and diplomatic maneuverability and made it fair game for its enemies.”
Last year, Obama angered Israel when he insisted that it stop building settlements after a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, a position that some Democrats in Congress oppose. Obama also refused a photo-op with Prime Minister Netanyahu after a meeting last fall. Earlier this year, Obama walked out on a meeting with Netanyahu after he had experienced “a warm public reception” on Capitol Hill.
During a trip to to Afghanistan, Obama allegedly “read (President Hamid) Karzai the proverbial riot act” and used “directive diplomacy” with India and Pakistan.
Several billion dollars in aid have been pledged by Congress to aid Pakistan, and Pakistani prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has now stated that “U.S. aid money goes through me.” However, following a meeting with Obama, Gilani refused U.S. access to “nuclear proliferator A.Q. Khan,” considered the “father” of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. The prime minister has also stated that “the US government has given up its ‘do more’ demand from Pakistan.”
About Obama’s foreign policy and approach to international diplomacy, blogger Daniel Greenfield wrote:
…Obama’s diplomacy has cravenly made enemies of friends, and yet failed to make friends of enemies. But then unlike even the Clinton Administration, the Obama Administration is not operating from the position of national interest. They will exploit the rhetoric of national interest, but their grounding is purely ideological. Obama and his minions don’t care what America’s national interests are, they’ll follow their ideological course and America and all her friends can be damned for it.
The regime has reversed its original stance on sanctions against Iran and is now working against a Congressional proposal which would “punish companies that sell refined petroleum products to Iran or help the country’s oil industry.” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) has been quoted as having said, “The administration doesn’t carry out the laws that are on the books, and they want the new law to be as weak and loophole-ridden as possible.”
John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the UN, stated that Obama mishandled communications with foreign leaders even before he was installed on January 20, 2009. Shortly after assuming office, Obama wrote a letter to the president of France, but mistakenly addressed it to the former president, Jacques Chirac, not the current one, Nicholas Sarkozy.
Obama has claimed that his undergraduate degree was in the field of international relations and that he “studied overseas.” Columbia University has stated that Obama majored in political science and graduated from there in 1983. When, then, did Obama study “overseas”? There is no way to determine whether or not the statements are accurate since he will not release his college records.
There were indications during the presidential campaign that Obama might have been unprepared in the area of foreign relations.
The London Daily Mail has called Obama’s account of his father’s life in his book Dreams From My Father “largely myth.” Could the other details he has given about his life also be fiction?
Tensions are reportedly rising between Obama and David Cameron, the UK’s new prime minister, over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which the British company BP has been charged with ameliorating. The two are scheduled to speak today about the disaster.
Obama has even angered President Kibaki of Kenya, his “home country.” In September of last year, U.S. ambassador to Kenya acknowledged that 15 letters had been sent to Kenyan officials “warning them about blocking reforms.” Obama had campaigned for Kibaki’s rival, Raila Odinga, in 2006 in Kenya in possible violation of the U.S. Logan Act. He has also inserted the U.S. into Kenya’s debate over a new constitution, over which several members of Congress have called for an investigation.
But is any of this surprising when Obama treated his own grandmother the same way?