With Friends Like These

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.


When Barack Obama first ascended to the presidency, his American supporters exulted: now that the hated Dubya Bush was out of the picture, the world would finally “like” us again! It’s as if they were all in junior high school and considered the United States a Facebook page, and nothing was more important than having the whole world click our “like” button. Now that the end of Obama’s tenure approaches, it is abundantly clear exactly which world leaders “like” him and why they want him to have a second term.

After four years of apologizing for American arrogance, alternately either bowing to or embracing Islamic fundamentalists, insulting our oldest and closest allies like England and Israel, and driving other allies out of power altogether, Obama has indeed won over a certain sector of the world – the sector comprised of the most America-hating dictators on the planet. And they “like” Obama because he has diminished, if not crippled, American economic and military might, and because his goal conforms with theirs – to move us into a post-American world in which we are no longer the lead actor on the world stage. In short, he has alienated our allies and embraced our enemies.

Case in point: Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, who at the end of September publicly announced his support for our Saboteur-in-Chief’s reelection bid. “If I were American, I’d vote for Obama,” Chavez said in a television interview. Of course he would – Chavez is a power-mad socialist. He’s certainly not going to get behind capitalist Romney and his Ayn Rand-inspired running mate Paul Ryan. The America-bashing, Hezbollah-supporting thug also pronounced Obama to be “a good guy” and speculated correctly that if Obama were Venezuelan, “I think… he’d vote for Chavez.”

Another example: Mariela Castro, the government-official daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, younger brother of the brutal Fidel, proclaimed in June her support for Obama during a visit to the U.S. “I believe that Obama is a fair man… As a citizen of the world, I would like him to win,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. She didn’t explain what a citizen of the world is, but it sounds like a typical Obama supporter’s grandiose fantasy. “Given the choices, I prefer Obama,” because he might be inclined to lift the trade embargo against the oppressive Castro regime.

She felt that Obama has been hampered in his efforts to effect change. “He wants to do much more than what he’s been able to do,” she said. Oh, there’s no question about that. But given a second term, Obama will certainly pull out all the stops to implement his radical agenda as thoroughly as possible.

“I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” Castro said. Actually, his projects and ideas come more from a lifelong indoctrination by radical ideologues like Marx, Alinsky, Muhammad, Bill Ayers, and Rev. Wright.

Then there is Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has eliminated most elections in his country, monopolized all major media and destroyed the political party system. Now the dictator has extended his endorsement, pointing out that Obama is “a genuine person” who “really wants to change much for the better.”

Speaking to Russia’s state-run RT television channel, he said a second Obama term could help solve disputes over missile defense, whereas Mitt Romney has said that Russia was America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Putin said such talk was merely “mistaken” election rhetoric. He warned that a Romney victory could complicate efforts to resolve Russia’s opposition to a missile defense shield. “Our American partners tell us, ‘It’s not [aimed] against you.’ But what if the president of the United States will be Mr. Romney, who considers us enemy No. 1?”

It was only a few months earlier that Obama was caught on camera reassuring Putin’s predecessor Dmitry Medvedev that he would “have more flexibility” to deal with such contentious issues after he wins his last election. “I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” said Putin’s number two.

Then of course, there is the United Nations. Its Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, has warned Americans not to elect Mitt Romney president; doing so would be “a democratic mandate for torture,” because Romney has refused to rule out the use of waterboarding in enhanced interrogations of terrorism detainees, a practice Obama ended (which didn’t stop him from taking advantage of the technique’s success, under Bush, in obtaining information that ultimately enabled Obama to claim his lone foreign policy achievement – the elimination of Osama bin Laden).

“The reintroduction of torture under a Romney administration would significantly increase the threat levels to [Americans] at home and abroad,” Emmerson said. “Such a policy, if adopted, would expose the American people to risks the Obama administration is not currently exposing them to.” So the UN supports Obama because Romney is less likely to appease international bullies. No wonder that organization has been so ineffective for decades.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood has not issued an official public statement of support for one candidate or the other, Obama has made his support for Islam and the Brotherhood crystal clear from day one of his presidency, so it’s difficult to imagine that that support will not be reciprocated.

As my screenwriter friend Robert Avrech points out on his Seraphic Secret blog, Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also has weighed in on the election, issuing a warning that Romney might steal the election through voting machines that “manufacture election outcomes.” Ahmadinejad also claimed that polls favoring Romney or even showing him neck-and-neck with Obama are fraudulent, and predicts black Americans will riot if Obama loses.

When some of the world’s worst current dictators openly get behind your campaign, it should be a very clear red flag for American voters about your character and your policies. With friends like these, America doesn’t need any more enemies – certainly not in the White House itself.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    "It’s as if they were all in junior high school and considered the United States a Facebook page, and nothing was more important than having the whole world click our “like” button."

    That's as accurate an illustration as I can think of for the mindset of some idiots I have to listen to. Now what is really sad is that guys like Zbigniew Brezninski lead the pack with this child-like attitude and use straightforward policy analysis to promote the "USA facebook page" plan to gauge foreign policy success…but only because those who fund him pay him to say so.

    Who did he work for again?

    • Choi

      And THAT answer would be Jimmah-Boy Carter,MIDWIFE of the" Islamic Republic of Iran".
      The Jew-Hating Brezninski has advised Obama to intercept any Israeli planes headed towards Iran on a mission of SELF-DEFENSE.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "And THAT answer would be Jimmah-Boy Carter,MIDWIFE of the" Islamic Republic of Iran".

        Precisely!

        "The Jew-Hating Brezninski has advised Obama to intercept any Israeli planes headed towards Iran on a mission of SELF-DEFENSE."

        Bonus points too. I hate both of those traitors. They are not Americans.

  • posse101

    Just hang on until after the election Vladimir. hopefully Romney will appoint Allen West to read you the riot act.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      That makes me smile.

      Count me as a fan of Allen West.

      • posse101

        i am too, as i think he'd be the perfect guy to shape up the State Dept. the first thing he'd have to do is kick out all the socialists and Muslim infiltrators who are now regularly privy to security secrets and key classified intelligence on a daily basis. he'd be perfect for the job as he would not be afraid to kick ass and take names. and he would have the blessings of the military, and of course… you and me. good luck to us. get the vote out in Nov. cheers.

    • Zionista

      add John Bolton and vlad will really get his a$$ kicked

      • posse101

        good point! John Bolton would definitely kick his rear. and Putin really needs his ass kicked too. so does that gookster from China, Egg Foo Young i think his name is.

    • mlcblog

      I so hope your dream comes true. Our dream.

      • posse101

        Keep a good thought. get the vote out in November and it'll happen.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Ahmadinejad should know all about machines that manufacture election outcomes. He's stolen a few elections himself.

  • davarino

    Since when did presidents seek the endorsement of foriegn leaders? Its a shame that the media arent helping Obama to tout these supporters. Whats to be afraid of? Go ahead you spineless media shills, go ahead and tout all of your saviours awsome characteristics, or are you afraid that the American people cant stomach what they really need, a president that will "fundamentally" change America.

  • Schlomotion

    "When some of the world’s worst current dictators openly get behind your campaign, it should be a very clear red flag for American voters about your character and your policies. With friends like these, America doesn’t need any more enemies – certainly not in the White House itself."

    Not necessarily. Lunatics from other countries weigh in on our elections all the time. Netanyahu is for Romney, for example. Vladimir Putin is a bad example since he has been President of Russia since George Herbert Walker Bush, and the United States and its media like to restrict the elections to two candidates every election year. It's almost always a 50-50 choice and world dictators are just as dumb as the general populace in choosing one over the other.

    Also, consider that Qadhafi was behind Obama, and expected him to liberate the Middle East, and instead Obama had him shot in the head.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Our enemies want a president that will leave us more vulnerable to their machinations.

      And they are united behind that president who thinks we're too powerful.
      You don't have a problem with that?

    • Omar

      Schlomotion, When our current president has the endorsement of some of the most-known despots in the world, there is a problem. Besides, Gorbachev and Yeltsin led the USSR/Russia when the first Bush was president. The American people need to be aware of the facts and vote wisely. Of course, you wouldn't care much about how endorsed the candidates because you support totalitarianism and tyranny.
      Flipside, keep your ignorance to yourself.

      • Schlomotion

        Your pat defenses of this article overlook the fact that the head of the KGB became President of the USSR and head of the CIA became the President of the USA right after the Cold War ended. You overlook key aspects of global politics. The facts are that neither candidate for President would be amazingly good for the American people.

        • Omar

          And you happen to support tyranny and totalitarianism. The KGB was a monster organization which caused chaos in the world throughout the Cold War years. Of course, the left has been in an alliance with the Islamists for a while now (an alliance which you support, Flipside). It is the duty of the free world to combat and defeat the unholy alliance of the far-left and radical Islamists.

          • Schlomotion

            "And you happen to support tyranny and totalitarianism."

            That is simply a lie that you repeat from the comfort of your anonymity. If I am a totalitarian, then you are a Klansman under a white sheet.

          • Omar

            How dare you compare me to a Klansman, Schlomotion. You went too far. That right there is libel. I want an apology from you, Flipside.

          • Schlomotion

            It is a fair comparison. You have been anonymously calling me a totalitarian and a supporter of tyranny for days, also a compatriot to OWS and ANSWER and ISO. When I lived in a town that had Klansmen, they used to do the very same thing. They would hide behind a veil and and accuse citizens in good standing of being affiliated with some evil, violent, brown menace. They even had the temerity to do it at town meetings. They would try to psych people out with false association and the false pretense that they are part of a team of red blooded American nativists. My comparison stands.

          • Omar

            Your comparison is ridiculous, stupid and defamation. The difference between you and I is that I present facts, while you lie about almost every issue. You fail to acknowledge that Israel has had to defend itself against genocidal Islamist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. I will not let you smear me with awful insults, Flipside. You are not only a propagandist for totalitarianism, but you are like to smear people with lies and libels.

          • Schlomotion

            You aren't even a person. How can I defame you? You are a persona, crafted to spread the lie that critics of Israel are soci.alists. On the other hand, you seek out various aspects of my identity and repeatedly append the blatant lie that I am teamed up with OWS, ANSWER and ISO, even though I corrected you on that already. It must be hard for you, going through daily life unable to say these things to real people. I pity you.

          • Omar

            And you are a persona non grata.

          • Omar

            Also, OWS, ANSWER and the ISO all condemn Israel's right to defend itself, so the similarity in agenda between you and those groups is quite identical regarding Israel.

          • Schlomotion

            I am sure they all eat food, just like Hitler did. They must be Nazis!

    • maher

      Blah, blah, blah as usual… Obana understands the Islamic obscurantism, bows to it, finance it! How great is this country with such a chief! The arabo-islamic world is a huge cesspool which is overflowing over here. I realize this when I meet people like you, Slowcomotion!

    • Mo Schlotion

      How much does a lunatic weigh in at? How much do you weigh in at?

    • https://www.facebook.com/sheryl.denny1 Sheryl Denny

      Obama is ENEMY #1..He must be take down of his perch…the 1 he thinks he's on !!!!

  • Omar

    Mr. Tapson, good article, but why do you keep calling the United Kingdom "England"? England is not a country. England is one of four main internal divisions (along with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) of the country called the United Kingdom (or Britain) Calling the whole UK "England" is offensive to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Bottom line: The UK is one country, not four. Also, one internal division does not cover the whole country. For more information, read Matt Rosenberg's Geography articles on About.com: http://geography.about.com/cs/politicalgeog/a/sta… , http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/… and http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/… . You should also read the Acts of Union between England and Scotland that formed the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The former kingdoms gave up their sovereignty with the Acts of Union: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Act_of_Union_1707

    • nina

      Ridiculous. Do you mean the prime minister seeks advice from Wales, for instance, on foreign, or even domestic policy? This is a kingdom which was united by force, which is England.

      • Omar

        No, but the point I'm trying to make is that the country is called the United Kingdom (or Britain), not England. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are internal divisions of the UK. To call the UK "England" is like calling the United States "Maryland", or calling Canada "Ontario". Since that is not the case with either the U.S. or Canada, then the UK should be called by its proper name, the UK.

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  • mlcblog

    Obama has cheapened the office.

  • Ghostwriter

    I tend to agree with the article. I doubt even President Obama wants endorsements from the worst dictators on planet Earth.

  • pierce

    Obama has cheapened the office, he has totally and unequivocally denigrated it. That is as bas as it gets.

    And some one should shut Schlo up. Every time he blogs he looks dumber than before. I just can't believe some of his positions. In a way I am surprised he has not been zapped by you know who.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Considering the ability of those Nations and the dark side of their leaders, Chavez, Castro etc.,
    would it not be fitting for their constituents to vacation in America during the election to
    sight see, shop, dine out and vote?……………..If it can happen, it can be found in the evil
    bag of tricks labeled Obamination……………..William

  • watsa46

    Apparently the Europeans are also in favor of Obama. They have decided to handle Russia on their own. Now Romney can remove the US troops stationed in the EU and save mega-box against the debt.

  • Sunbeam

    Nobody knows Obama's true color until he shows it gradually, because he can't hides it no longer. Blood is always thicker than water as the saying goes. It will definitely be dangerous if he were to be elected the second term. By then its work would have completed and foundation laid. This is not about fiction but an impending real thing. The danger will be there. He had lied about himself to the American people, of what he is, and of who he is. There's lack of trustworthiness on his part as an important leader of a nation, protecting and defending it from the hands of its enemies that seems ever increasingly wish to exercise its influence not only on society alone but also the American Congress as well. Doesn't this seem dangerous enough? Or rather the American people would choose to remain adamant or indifferent to what's going on or prevailing? The choice is in your hands.

  • tagalog

    A man is known by the company he keeps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    "With Friends Like These" is a very good article. The America haters and users are in the tank for Obama. It is past the time we should have gotten a very good look at our President.
    Obama's college performance, his real birth certificate, his past associations, why he favors Islamic nations over Israel, why he favors American union workers over non-union workers, Why he hasn't made the Benghazi information available after he said he would as soon as it is available. Obama seems to be one of the enigmas wrapped in a puzzle. to see what he is we must elect Romney to unwrap Obama. Perhaps then we will know what he was all about.
    Marvin Fox

  • John Seet

    The mess that Obama has created will only be discovered when Romney assumes the presidency. It is not for the faint-hearted.