Obama’s Global Epic Fail

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


In the first presidential debate of the 2012 election, Republican challenger Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama handily in a takedown of the President’s devastating domestic policies. Foreign policy wasn’t addressed, but all Romney need do to brush up for a victory in that arena is study Bruce Herschensohn’s new book.

Herschensohn has a long and distinguished career in political analysis: senior fellow at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, former Distinguished Fellow at the Claremont Institute, Fellow at the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom,  and former Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. He has authored such books as An American Amnesia: How the US Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia, Above Empyrean: A Novel of the Final Days of the War on Islamic Terrorism, and now Obama’s Globe: A President’s Abandonment of US Allies Around the World, a concise and hard-hitting indictment of Obama’s disastrous foreign policy.

Obama was elected in large part on the promise that he would make the world “like us” again after the supposed “cowboy diplomacy” of the Bush era. Our allies would feel valued again, and our enemies would be pacified. This promise turned out to be as empty as his assurances that he would close America’s racial divide and heal the oceans.

Under previous administrations, Herschensohn reminds us, “people around the world assumed that Presidents of the United States would treat the U.S.A.’s friends as friends and adversaries as adversaries.” The “greatest accomplishment of the Jimmy Carter Presidency,” he writes, “was that he provided forthcoming Presidents with the evidence of what tremendous damage could be done by choosing to abandon the nation’s friends.”

Obama has made our allies long for the days of Carter. The newly-elected Obama immediately began alienating our closest friends, in ways both small and large: returning a bust of Churchill, for example, which had been a gift from Britain symbolizing “our strong transnational relationship”; presenting Prime Minister Gordon Brown with an insulting gift of a boxed set of DVDs that were unplayable in the UK; and, on a grander scale, retracting our support for England’s sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.

Obama’s disgraceful treatment of another close ally, Israel and its Prime Minister Netanyahu, has earned him FrontPage Magazine’s condemnation as “the Anti-Israel President,” and Herschensohn explains why. Regarding Obama’s unprecedented declaration that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” for example – Herschensohn describes it as “one of the worst, if not the very worst statement made by any U.S. President regarding a friendly nation that won a war.” Herschensohn then details the history behind that Six-Day War, and denounces Obama’s insistence on referring to Israel as an “occupier”: “It is apparent that the use of the word ‘occupation’ has recently been used to describe what friends of the United States do when they win wars, but not what enemies of the United States do when they win wars.”

Speaking of wars: Herschensohn points out Obama’s pathetic strategy for “ending” our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Wars are not ended,” Herschensohn states plainly. “Wars are won or lost. Historically and logically, one side walking away from a war that is being fought frees the path for the other side to win.” The Obama administration refuses even to name the enemy in this global war, much less defeat it. During World War II, by contrast,

there was no exit strategy given by President Roosevelt other than one word: Victory. That word meant the absolute and unconditional surrender of the enemies of the United States. No negotiations. No deals. No power-sharing. No acceptance of enemy-led political parties in governmental coalitions in their home countries. No compromises… Nation-building and winning hearts and minds were reserved for a later time after victory was achieved.

Herschensohn goes on to criticize Obama for not supporting Iran’s Green Revolutionaries during an uprising that could have meant the end of the theocratic regime there: “It took ten days for President Obama to make strong statements in defense of them. Too late. The protesters had been abandoned.” He points out that our ineffective attempts at “soft diplomacy” with Iran – “the continued preferred course taken by President Obama” – are simply perceived “as weakness and evidence that the U.S. is frightened.”

Herschensohn goes on in the book to identify foreign policy failure after failure under Obama across the globe, from the Czech Republic and Poland, to Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen, to Iran and Syria, to Afghanistan and Pakistan, to North Korea and China, even Honduras and Canada, and even above the globe – as Obama reverses Kennedy’s quest for supremacy in space. He finishes with a discussion of how Obama has downgraded our military capability, and what that means for America’s position of world power:

We know that every time any great power has given the perception of military reduction, some other power or powers immediately started to fill the vacuum. Always. Not sometimes, but always…

The U.S. does not need to use the power of every weapon it has, but the U.S. does need to prove that it is willing to use every weapon it has for survival – and mean it.

Obama’s Globe was published prior to the recent Libyan embassy debacle, which takes Bruce Herschensohn’s litany of foreign policy catastrophes on Obama’s watch to exponential new heights – or depths, more properly. Even so, Herschensohn makes an airtight case. At one point he quotes the inaugural words of President John F. Kennedy: “Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend and oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Herschensohn’s message is, Obama has let every nation know just the opposite.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The “greatest accomplishment of the Jimmy Carter Presidency,” he writes, “was that he provided forthcoming Presidents with the evidence of what tremendous damage could be done by choosing to abandon the nation’s friends.”

    That's the problem with lying about history. Forgetting lessons is one thing, but liberal revisionism is what led to the election of Barrack Obama. Without all of the lies about history, his success would have been impossible.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “It is apparent that the use of the word ‘occupation’ has recently been used to describe what friends of the United States do when they win wars, but not what enemies of the United States do when they win wars.”

    That sums up Muslim appeasement right there. You've got to accept and repeat the lies they feed you. It never ends before wars of annihilation. The new crusades will be here soon if we don't defeat Islamic ideology completely.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "there was no exit strategy given by President Roosevelt other than one word: Victory. That word meant the absolute and unconditional surrender of the enemies of the United States. No negotiations. No deals. No power-sharing. No acceptance of enemy-led political parties in governmental coalitions in their home countries. No compromises… Nation-building and winning hearts and minds were reserved for a later time after victory was achieved."

    Every sane person knows this.

    • tagalog

      I know it's been fashionable for many years to have nothing but contempt for this fellow, but it's still true that "In war, there is no substitute for victory," as Gen. Douglas MacArthur said. He's the man who saved untold thousands of American lives and avoided a mulititude of bloodbaths by bypassing enemy strongpoints in World War II, when butchers like Patton, Clark, and Montgomery were winning all the laurels.

      As an aside, when he was fired by President Truman, in his famous farewell address to Congress, MacArthur advised them in the strongest possible terms not to get bogged down in a land war in Asia. Too bad Kennedy didn't pay attention to what he said a few years later when it came to Vietnam.

  • waldemar

    Imagine what the DIC (Destroyer In Chief) will do during his second term during term? And could anybody explain to us why the Repubics always agree to debate their opponents under the tutelage of leftist "moderators?"

  • waldemar

    Imagine what the DIC (Destroyer In Chief) will do during his second term? And could anybody explain to us why the Repubics always agree to debate their opponents under the tutelage of leftist "moderators?"

    • Choi

      You're RIGHT.
      I WANT Sean Hannity to moderate the NEXT Debate instead of whomever is.

  • Schlomotion

    It's a good thing that none of Mr. Herschensohn's books are polemical in any way.

    • Pontotoc Bill

      More of your "shoot the messenger" instead of showing any faults with the article.

      Typical liberal/progressive mindset.

      • Schlomotion

        I bet people wish they could have shot the messenger in the anthrax attacks.

        • Pontotoc Bill

          And what does this comment have to do with your original diatribe?

          You yammer on about things in an illogical manner.

          You are proof of the statement "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing". You use limited knowledge to make wild and incoherent statements, SchloMo.

          • Schlomotion

            I know. I am playing with the sensitivity of initial conditions in a chaos system. Taking the limitations of the original articles and writers as initial conditions, their wild permutations in the absence of complete thought control is one of the amusing aspects of Hasbara publication.

          • Pontotoc Bill

            And you then whine about Jews, support IslamoFascists, and denigrate the United States.

            Are you sure that you are not subject to complete thought control yourself, schloMo?

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Re: "Obama’s Global Epic Fail…..

    "MISTER OBAMA'S "GLOBE" REVOLVES AROUND HIS EPIC A-HOLE ……..jus sayin'.

    WHOOPS! There it is.

  • kasandra

    Didn't our Glorious Leader once declare that he was uncomfortable with notions of "victory" in terms of the enemy signing surrender terms on the deck of the "U.S.S. New Jersey" (sic)?

    • kasandra

      Oops, my bad. His error wasn't that the surrender was signed on the New Jersey. It was that the Emperor of Japan came to the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay and signed the surrender.

      • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.whitehead.5243 Andrew Whitehead

        Actually, the Emperor did not sign the surrender document. Foreign Minister Shigemitsu and General Umezu signed for the Japanese government and military.

        The Emperor was permitted to remain on the throne because the Japanese demanded so as a condition of surrender. This was not in the surrender documents, it was a side issue decided on a gentleman's agreement. The US, by this point in the war, was running out of money and was facing an invasion it could not afford, either in men, money, or material.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "The Emperor was permitted to remain on the throne because the Japanese demanded so as a condition of surrender."

          He also was compelled to read a speech and accept the new constitution as part of the terms.

  • LEE

    If we do not VOTE OUT the current admministration we have no one to blame but American voters. Out with Obama…in wth sanity…

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm afraid that President Obama's foreign policy isn't based on reality,it's based on fantasy. The sooner we realize that,the sooner we elect people who live in the real world,not a fantasy one.

  • reddawn89a

    Obama supported the Arab Spring because it was a model for Andrew Stern's "Occupy" movement, which was to fulfill the marxist prophecy of the "inevitable" overthrow of "capitalism".

    Folks tend to forget that Andrew Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House in 2010.

  • DilloTank

    The fact that the U.S. won the Korean War is proof that the Vietnam War was a just and winnable cause. We lost in Vietnam because Democrats threw away the military victory that we achieved and allowed the Communists take over South Vietnam unopposed. They slaughtered 3 million civilians. Most Americans are completely ignorant of these facts.

    Bruce Hershensohn write about this in his excellent book 'An American Amnesia'.

  • PermReader

    TВВАИТЬБЮБnter text right here!

  • george

    the reason this nation elected this man has more to do with this nations relationship with the "CREATOR" than people understand !!! , when this nation turned it's back on who gave us this nation ""HE" said go ahead try to do it without "ME" !!! , when humanity thinks it can govern it self without it's "CREATOR" this is what you get !!! . this turmoil that is happening today in this country is "cause and effect" sowing the seeds of our own destruction by our own arrogance !!! , this country is about to be overthrown , invaded, and thrown into death and slavery and then we will finally understand that "GOD" runs the show not us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! , fools leading fools over the proverbial cliff !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jon_Babtist

    In every strand of his DNA Obama is an enemy of America.