Betraying Every Ally

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The North Korean negotiations were a particularly senseless move after a long history of similar failures and yet when North Korea launched its missile, Obama only said, “They’ve been trying to launch missiles like this for over a decade now and they don’t seem to be real good at it.” The same might be said of Democrats and foreign policy, except it would be more like two decades.

Some pundits predicted a hard line attitude from the White House on Iran. Instead fresh off the farce of North Korea negotiations, Obama lurched into nuclear talks with Iran hosted by Islamist thugs who are some of the regime’s best Sunni friends. Netanyahu accused Obama of giving Iran a “freebie” while Obama retorted, just as he had on North Korea, that nothing was being given away. Not counting the extra time for Iran to continue developing its nuclear program.

Iran has had to make no concessions and its proposal to hold the next round of talks in Baghdad has been accepted. If the West wasn’t being run by men too dumb to put on their own pants without assistance, the lead players might realize that Iran was stating that it now controls Iraq and is inviting the former occupiers into its own turf. Instead the diplomats will dutifully troop from territory that they once controlled to territory now controlled by Prime Minister Maliki, Iran’s man in Baghdad, without understanding that simplest of messages.

While the press spins the talks as some sort of Iranian concession, on the Iranian side, the head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy described it as a defeat for the West. Either way the Iranian centrifuges keep spinning and that’s the real point. Anonymous sources keep suggesting to the press that Iran is prepared to accept some smaller number than 20 percent enrichment, but Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has already said at a press conference in Istanbul that his government has no intention of doing any such thing. But who are you going to believe, the anonymous sources who tell the press that Obama is on the right track or Iran’s chief negotiator?

All the participants have described the talks as “constructive”  and news articles trumpet a statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader that Obama had finally taken “an exit from delusion” in believing that he could defeat Iran. A Newsweek article praises this as “one of the most positive comments he had made about the United States since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.”

Left standing with a knife in his back, is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who didn’t expect Obama to sign on to a strike on Iran, but is recognizing that there is no level of interference too great for the White House. At least to his credit, he didn’t abase himself the way that Cameron did. Both Israel and the UK have been screwed by Washington D.C., but the Israeli Prime Minister at least retained his dignity.

If that is how traditionally close allies like the UK and Israel are being treated, there’s no hope for anyone else. Eastern European allies already knew they had been sold out before the “hot mic” incident and the message to Vladimir, that shameful moment just brought it home to them.

The Philippines-US war games have begun, but China isn’t impressed. Unlike China’s leaders, Obama has yet to make a definitive statement on the South China Sea, except to urge all parties in question to work it out peacefully. Not the sort of language that’s likely to warn China off bullying smaller countries.

Meanwhile shortly after Obama’s arrival, bombs went off near the US Embassy in Bogota. It would have been the perfect setting for Obama to make a strong statement about terrorism, but instead he once again ducked. After having betrayed so many allies, what was one more betrayal to add to the toll?

Having betrayed every ally, the foreign policy of this administration has not actually won any new friends. Obama may whisper sweet nothings to Medvedev or approve another round of talks with Kim Jr or the Supreme Leader, but gets nothing in return for it. And never gets held accountable for it by a press that is eager to forget his failures while looking forward to foreign policy triumphs that never come to pass.

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  • Spinoneone

    That Obama does not love the United States has been clear since we first heard of him back in 2004. His loathing of Britain is connected with his father and grand-father's treatment at the hands of the colonial and then national governments of Kenya back in the 1950's. He was raised as a Muslim until he was 10 years old; his conversion to Christianity, and to a particularly virulent and anti-Semitic form at that, may have been more for political reasons than as a matter of conviction. So, whether or not his action support Warren Buffett, directly or indirectly, is likely more a matter of happenstance than intent.

  • Dispozadaburka

    The answer to your question is "willfully destructive."

  • StephenD

    He has not "betrayed every ally" as you put it; No, quite the opposite. He is extremely loyal to his True Allies. He supports without hesitation, any country or regime that is Anti-American. Just take a look around. If he can't openly support them he'll run interference for them (I’m picturing him patting a Russian President on the arm reassuringly). If he can somehow get them our tax dollars (N. Sudan, Chad, Yemen and the Congo) even while they kidnap and enslave their own children into soldiers (guess what happens to the little girls in these places. And giving them our tax money essentially says Obama APPROVES of what they are doing). He is loyal alright. Just not to the people or principles we'd like him to be.

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama is a terrorist illegal alien homosexual!!! Need I say more?

    • fiddle

      and if the black population found out how light in the loafers he is, he'd lose the black vote, Van Jones notwithstanding…

  • Post*Tenebras*Lux

    Not only has he disgustingly mocked and brought down allies, look what he's done to the Navy Seals, Secret Service and the American Bald Eagle!!!! All were respected icons in the USA, once.

  • kasandra

    In a further effort to insult the Brits, when The Chosen One was in Bogata last week he attempted to refer to the Falklands as the Malvinas – the name Argentina gives them. Although you would never know it from our "news media" he instead referred to them as the Maldives which, if I recall, are a group of islands off the west coast of Africa some 8,100 miles from the Falklands. Oh, and on his watch, Iran's stockpile of low enriched uranium has grown from a little over one ton three years ago to five and a half tons. It is most dangerous to be one of our traditional allies under this disaster of a president.

    • kasandra

      Oops. My bad. The Maldives are off the east coast of Africa.

      • akreynin

        Actually, the Maldives are near Asia, not far from India and Sri Lanka. They are a Muslim country.

        I heard someone on Jeopardy once confusing Maldives and Malvines.

        • akreynin

          According to Wikipedia, the Maldives are a republic, with an elected president and legislature. Its language is Dhivehi, which is related to the languages of India and Sri Lanka. The flag of the Maldives depicts a crescent, another reference to he country being Muslim.

  • Juddea

    "But who are you going to believe, the anonymous sources who tell the press that Obama is on the right track or Iran’s chief negotiator?"

    What a depressing point; who ever thought that an Islamsit extremeist would be more trustworthy that Federal Government officials in the US.?

  • Schlomotion

    I don't know what's funnier, Greenfield referring to Israel as "every ally of the United States" or the fact that he is still trying to fight the Iran Contra War 26 years later.

    • Stern

      I don't know what's funnier, Schlokmeister giving each of his posts a "thumbs up" because he knows that's the only positive response he'll get, or Schlokmeister thinking that we care what he thinks.

      • Schlomotion

        Oh you care. If a guy blew a kazoo at the back of the Nuremberg Rally, people would care. You care the same way.

        • reader

          We know that you miss being on the podium in the midst of the Nuremberg Rally. You just don't remember where the organizers would end up.

    • reader

      Iran Contra War? How bout Watergate War or Caribbean Crisis War? Poor troll is short on medications – obviously suffering from the Medicare cuts already.

    • Western Canadian

      I don’t know which is funnier, schlothinker commenting on an article that opens with commentary on obamas antics regarding the UK, and thinking the article is defending israel, or the fact that the moron didn’t even bother to read the article before posting.

  • Moshe Pupick

    W., 04/18/12 common era

    I have a hunch that Barak Husein Obama had his undergraduate and law school education paid for by the Saudis. Instead of purporting to be the leader of the U.S. and the free world, Obama is more suited to be President of a small chain of coin laundromats. People running for the office of Dogcatcher in Podunk
    Corners, U.S.A. have had to reveal more about their background than Obama has revealed. The Electorate
    lacks critical thinking skils (thank you, NEA), hence his election.

  • Bob

    It is clear to see that kingO has made an impression on all of you. From his not knowing wear the Falkland Islands are to his being an agent of the Saudis. Has it occurred to anyone that this whole family is a front, that the marriage is a fake, the children belong to someone else and we are being controlled by a Marxist/Communist, set up by the Soviets.
    His main man is Soros, a once supporter of Nazi's giving away Jewish property owners so that the Nazis could take it from the owner. Our votes are going to a company in Spain(a socialist country), to be counted and certified by a company owned and operated by Soros.He is a puppet for the New World Order.

  • qsome

    calling Falklands- Malvinas reminds you of the time someone in his administration called Jerusalem-Al Qud. he likes to play those games.

  • Ghostwriter

    I think Obama's acting foolish. The world knows he's a naive fool who gets himself into idiotic situations. I've got a feeling that the rest of the world is waiting to see if Obama gets thrown out of office this November.

  • bob

    The only thing to say that my last comment was satire, a premise, nothing more. We have indeed lost our allies, and will continue to lose them. Our enemies are welcomed with open arms, our allies with deaf ears. The king has gone to great lengths to make sure of that.

  • johnnywoods

    How is that "Hope and Change" working out for everyone? November is getting closer and I can hardly wait.

  • Fred Dawes

    Well yes obama will betray us all to his real ideals it is ordinary and common to do evil he is after all a child of ham.

  • Linda Rivera

    Our allies are treated as enemies. Our enemies are treated as friends. What a sad day for America.

  • Linda Rivera

    Why should British military continue fighting and dying for America when Obama spits on the graves of Brits WHO DIED FOR AMERICA?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The hope Obama refers to is hope against hope, hoping by that which is baseless, change from Obama
    is structure to destruction. Our developed hope is to get rid of him in the election and undo the
    evil he has caused and where applicable work the wonders of special prosecution. It may be noted
    that dictionaries would not be out of line by making Obama synonymous with betrayal and hoplesness.
    William

  • akreynin

    In his both economic and foreign policies Obama reminds me of another Jimmy Carter. Now we need another Ronald Reagan.

  • akreynin

    It's time to get that moron President of ours out of the White House.

  • Sethbullock

    Please, people, the best way to handle Schlomotion is to ignore him.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fundimental change=changing sides.