Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling

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.


KerryIn 2004 and 2008, John Kerry and Barack Obama ran for office on a platform of repairing our diplomatic relations with Europe that they claimed George W. Bush had shattered with his unilateral cowboy antics.

Fast forward nine and five years respectively and the diplomatic dream team of Kerry and Obama, one of whom even speaks French, has assembled a Coalition of the Unwilling that mostly consists of France.

Obama and Kerry may have gained France, whose loss under Bush occasioned much agonizing from the Democrats, but they lost the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland the Ukraine and the Czech Republic; all members of Bush’s Coalition of the Willing in Iraq.

Prime Minister Cameron lost a vote in the House of Commons over Syria; a defeat that the British paper The Telegraph blamed directly on Obama’s failures of international leadership.

George W. Bush, that rogue cowboy, had gone to the United Nations and reached out to his European allies to encourage them to stand with the United States. Faced with the need to rally Europe, Obama went to play another few rounds of golf and counted on his ambassador to do the work for him. That ambassador, an obnoxious creature named Matthew Barzun whose only qualification for the posting was the amount of money he raised for Obama, was too busy offending the Brits to be of much help.

Obama and Kerry made it clear that they would not bother with the United Nations; dramatically reversing their old position. They assumed that Europe would follow them. They were wrong.

The European elements of Bush’s Iraq Coalition of the Willing appear to be unenthusiastic about Obama’s latest war and are holding out for United Nations approval.

Italy has not only stated that it will not join up without United Nations approval, but Foreign Minister Emma Bonino warned that the strikes were a bad idea. “From a dramatic and terrible conflict, we run the risk of even a global conflagration,” she said. “This is how it always begins. Limited strikes without a U.N. mandate.”

“If the United Nations doesn’t back it, Italy won’t participate,” Prime Minister Enrico Letta said.

Italy had joined Bush’s Coalition of the Willing and dispatched 3,200 troops to Iraq in response to a good faith effort from President Bush at the United Nation, who worked with American allies instead of deciding that he wanted to bomb a country at the last minute while expecting our allies to go along.

Norway had joined Bush’s Coalition of the Willing, but opted out of Obama and Kerry’s Coalition of the Unwilling. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg wants to give diplomacy a chance while Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide has said that he thinks the strikes will only destabilize Syria further.

The Netherlands has said that it will wait for a UN decision on Syria. Denmark has said that if the UN track fails, it may be willing to consider alternative options and that’s about as good as it gets for Obama. Bush’s Coalition of the Willing had included over 1,300 troops from the Netherlands.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland has said that he does not believe that a strike will stop the killings and that his country “does not plan to participate in any kind of intervention in Syria.” At its peak, there were 2,500 Polish soldiers in Iraq.

Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych had said that he opposes trying to solve problems in Syria using the military. Ukraine had contributed 1,650 troops in Iraq.

Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok said, “There are no legal grounds for an air strike against Syria; that is the beginning and the end of it for us.” The Czech Republic had been a member of the Coalition of the Willing.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said that the decision should be made at the level of the United Nations. After meeting with Obama, Estonia has shown some signs of wanting to get on board, but considering that it contributed 40 soldiers to the Iraq mission, Obama shouldn’t get too excited.

Obama appears to still be waiting for Hungary to even condemn the use of chemical weapons; a basic first step before moving on to more serious action. But he can hardly blame Eastern Europe for a lack of enthusiasm after he showed far too much flexibility to Vladimir Putin over the Missile Shield.

Whatever coalition will be scraped together out of Europe will be a poor shadow of the much-mocked Bush Coalition of the Willing. And its strongest partner will be the French, whose contribution will be somewhat limited by their lack of ship based missiles.

Beyond Europe the situation is not much better. South Korea and Japan are frightened enough of China to stick close to America. That’s not a triumph of diplomacy. If Obama announced tomorrow that he wanted to bomb Hawaii or Mars, Japan and South Korea would cheerfully nod along because the Yankees are the only thing standing between them and the People’s Republic of China.

New Zealand had been a part of Bush’s coalition in Iraq. But this time around, Prime Minister John Key said that the decision to intervene in Syria should be left to the United Nations.

Obama stabbed Britain in the back while pandering to Argentina. Despite that, Argentina’s treacherous Cristina Fernandez showed that she was still in the pocket of the Iranian-Venezuelan alliance by strongly condemning any military action. Not only did Obama not gain Argentina, but he also lost the UK.

El Salvador, which contributed 380 men in Iraq, has issued a statement also condemning any foreign intervention.

Senator John Kerry began his career aiding Communist Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega. Now as Kerry runs around trying to find a coalition for Syria, Ortega repaid Kerry’s favor by urging against further escalation of the conflict. Under Bush, Nicaragua had been a member of the Coalition of the Willing.

Meanwhile Honduras, a country that Obama alienated early on in his first term during the Zelaya Crisis by attempting and failing to impose a leftist leader on its government against the will of the country’s Supreme Court, signed on to a UNASUR declaration written by Venezuela  rejecting foreign intervention and calling for a peaceful solution in Syria.

Honduras had been a member of the Coalition of the Willing and had contributed 368 troops.

Obama and Kerry had both run for office promising to repair our diplomatic ties with Europe. Instead they shattered them as for the first time in a long time the United Kingdom chose to abandon the United States.

The media clamored that Obama and Kerry would achieve diplomatically what Bush could not. Instead they couldn’t even achieve a fraction of what Bush’s team did as the men of nuance proved to have less of it than the swaggering Texas cowboy.

Not only did Obama and Kerry lose the Middle East, but they also lost Europe and Latin America.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Hungary is ruled by one of the greatest leaders in the world today, Viktor Orban. (I just thought I’d mention that).

  • paulyards

    I don’t understand the policies of Obama to ruling his country.
    http://gkurl.us/9d4bi

    • ratloser

      If you you would think, you have an understanding, you would instead have an cognitive problem… ;-)

    • oandroplex700

      neither does obam

    • davarino

      Number one, its not his country. Number two, we yanks dont take kindly to being ruled. Number three, to understand Obama you have to know where his true loyalty lies.

      • paulyards

        You’re right it’s not his country but from the last 6 years he’s representing it into the world so I meant like that. Secondly my point is why the hell he’s not solving the America’s problem first instead of doing wars against others and spending billions of $$ in it.
        http://gkurl.us/9d4bi

      • lessthantolerant

        True watch 2016 it will tell you all you need to know about the boy.

    • EarlyBird

      No president of the United States “rules” the United States. That’s what makes it hard for people used to being ruled to understand what presidents do.

  • shoreen12

    Look at all the countries that declined to get involved and see how high the rate of the muslim population is…. plus if governments are encroached, it is any wonder? Lies upon lies upon lies…. the vultures are circling….

  • truebearing

    Funny how the language changes in just a few years. The Left, including Obama, used to consider “unilateral action” to be beneath contempt. Now it’s Obama’s preferred, or should I say only choice.

    • EarlyBird

      The reason the far Left is AWOL over Obama’s very aggressive foreign policy – from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia to Pakistan to Lybia to Syria – is that he is a Democrat. It’s pure partisanship.

      The reason the far Right is against Obama’s very aggressive foreign policy is pure partisanship. Consider that the moment we take action against Syria, Iran’s closest ally, we dramatically ramp up the chances of a confrontation with Iran, such as you mention, one of our ships being hit by an Iranian anti-ship missile. Any action against Syria makes you much dreamed-of war on Iran far more likely.

      You guys should be rooting for this action against Syria, but you’re so blinded by partisan hatred of all things Obama you can’t see this as the opportunity you’ve been dreaming of.

      • truebearing

        No doubt you’re excessively proud of your little exercise in cynicism, but you’re wrong, specifically, and in general.
        I don’t dream of a war with anyone. If a war with Iran is necessary to prevent them from achieving their openly stated genocidal, and completely insane, objectives, then war may be the only recourse. Considering that their bizarre Twelver beliefs stand out, even in the mob of collective insanity known as Islam, I’d say that war with Iran is inevitable. They need to start a world war and “bathe the world in blood” to trigger the return of their precious 12th Imam. Even you should be able to see that they are tyhe ones who want war, not us.
        The Right’s opposition to Obama’s hare-brained scheme is that it is stupid. Mind numbingly stupid. It accomplishes nothing other than, in his narcissistic mind, re-inflating his shrunken stature, but it doesn’t really do that, either. It is a strategic blunder and hopelessly bungled. If he wanted to actually accomplish something, he should have followed through on promises of arms for the moderate rebels. No, the Right knows all too well how alternately incompetent, yet treacherous, Obama will always be.
        The “partisan hatred” you rail against sounds like projection to me.

        • truebearing

          And it appears the only moderates are the Christians that Obama wouldn’t help.

    • lori

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      • tagalog

        Is she gonna take it to Syria? Does it need to be up-armored? Can she get that kind of thing on warranty?

  • RedStateVet

    Don’t worry folks, we have the support of “Our Oldest Ally”, France. You know France- withdrew from NATO, kicked the US out of its bases in France back in ’67, refused to allow our aircraft to transit French airspace when Reagan struck at Libya, refused to join the coalition to oust Saddam from Kuwait…. that France.

    A perfect fit for that clown Obama.

    • DenisInParis

      “refused to join the coalition to oust Saddam from Kuwait”…

      … Ridiculous. Not only did they actually join, they also provided the second largest European contingent (18,000 men, 8 ships, 40 planes, etc). The cooperation went so well that Gen Schwarzkopf was later decorated with the medal of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest distinction awarded to a foreign policy figure, and was even made an honorary member of the French Foreign Legion (a very rare honor).

      • RedStateVet

        I stand corrected.

      • EarlyBird

        Denis, understand that this is not a serious site.

        • defcon 4

          Gee unlike you RedStateVet owns up to his mistakes, then again, your mistakes may be deliberate lies or propaganda.

          • EarlyBird

            They are. I’m paid by the Muslim Brotherhood, you fool.

          • defcon 4

            Maybe your loyalties lie and lie and lie closer to Tehran.

      • mehercle

        Very true . The Syrians (under Assad’s father) were an important part of the coalition in Gulf War 1 , as well .

    • Howard

      I take it you’re one of the “Freedom Fries” crowd — like the protesters who bought French wine, then poured it down the sewers, leaving the French to laugh all the way to the bank.

      France getting out of NATO is not a problem. They just had this little thing about national sovereignty. We used to even have that here, back when presidents asked Congress for a declaration of war, not the U.N. And frankly, NATO is ***PRECISELY*** the kind of “entangling alliance” that George Washington warned about. When the Soviet Union collapsed, we should have withdrawn from NATO ourselves, but such is not the way of bureaucracies.

  • Howard

    A lot of this is the natural unfolding of history and not due to who’s in office. The reason most nations are unenthusiastic about more military adventures in the Middle East is as easy to understand as why economists would be unenthusiastic about making homes widely available to people with no visible means of affording them: been there, done that, it left a bad taste in the mouth.

    We would also be wise to stop trying to pick winners in these contests. Whoever wins today will inevitably lose in the future — maybe in a year (Muslim Brotherhood), maybe in 5, maybe in 25 (Shah of Iran). Then we’ll hear grousing about how we should have thought “long term” and picked the other guy, who was certainly the short term loser, only possibly a mid term winner, and once again will inevitably fall to someone else in the future. Nope, we need to be willing to deal with whoever is actually in power but always keep them at arm’s length — at closest.

    • EarlyBird

      Words of wisdom, Howard.

    • WW4

      Yes!

      The problem in these countries has always been: you get a secular tyrant who brutally oppresses his people and does shady business with countries we don’t like. We want him out, the people want him out. The people rebel, dictator responds brutally. But “We can help you,” say the Islamist groups, who are already there, already organized, already armed, and ready with a rhetorical veneer of spiritual righteousness.

      Thus what could be a legit popular movement becomes another Islamist takeover almost by default.

      I’m not sure what policy we could or should adopt.

  • arishsahani

    IS Obama working for US or muslims brotherhood..

    • NSNZ

      the mb without a doubt

  • mehercle

    Watching the Democrats’ foreign policy antics from the other side of the Atlantic has been interesting .

    In 2004 the Kerry campaign derided the Iraq coalition as “countries you could buy from e-bay” . No coalition would be complete without the mighty , and trust-worthy , French .

    Obama threw Poland and other staunch East European allies under the bus to attempt to cosy up to Putin . How Putin laughed !

    British reporters were told by White House spokesmen that there was nothing special about our relationship with America and that we had no more significance than all the other countries of the world .

    The , then , British Prime Minister was humiliated and ignored by Obama on an official visit to Washington , even although he was a fellow ultra-liberal .

    The State Department has , more or less , openly supported Argentina in it’s aggressive stance over the Falklands , even when the late , unlamented Hugo Chavez of Venezuela was threatening to attack Britain . Now they look to be doing the same with Spain and Gibraltar .

    You can imagine how enamoured British patriots are by all this .

    It’s my belief that Obama has done this deliberately to destroy America’s closest alliances and weaken the Western World .
    He’s been caught out this time , but only because he has been blinded by his own arrogance . Determined to look decisive , he simply did not consider his previous conduct towards allies he had to rely on in a crisis . Now he is looking for someone else to blame for his folly .

  • tagalog

    Why would the President of the United States want to assist Islamist rebels against President Assad? Not only do we have no dog in this fight, but any dog we back is going to bite us when all is said and done.

    Why do John Boehner and Nancy (“‘Mimi’ that’s my name”) Pelosi BOTH want to endorse the President’s decision?

    Did I actually see on TV yesterday videos of U.S. troops holding signs saying they would refuse to obey orders to assist any groups affiliated with al-Qaeda or Hamas? Did I actually see that?

    What is going on in the republic?

    • Gee

      First Pelosi is not with the President for the 1st time. He is also losing the Democratic Party.

      Second that was not US Troops – but an Assad website

      • tagalog

        In the Congressional hearings held today, Fox News has reported that Nancy (‘”Mimi,” that’s my name”) Pelosi is supporting intervention in Syria. I also heard a quotation recorded from her in which she talked about her conversation on international relations with her five-year-old grandson (who calls her “Mimi”) and said she supported the Obama plan.

        • Major

          They’re probably on equal footing intellectually?

    • EarlyBird

      “Did I actually see on TV yesterday videos of U.S. troops holding signs saying they would refuse to obey orders to assist any groups affiliated with al-Qaeda or Hamas? Did I actually see that?”

      If that’s true these guys need to be court-martialed, ASAP.

      • AddisonDewitt

        right….they should just blindly follow the undercover muslim dictators orders which will destroy the United States….and get many American killed defending our sworn enemy.

        • EarlyBird

          Right. I keep forgetting that Obama is a “dictator” and an “undercover Muslim.” And that he commits satantic child sacrificies in the basement of the White House. And that he was born on Mars.

          • AddisonDewitt

            if you think otherwise you are a complete and fool and what other communists cal a ” useful idiot”

          • lessthantolerant

            Obama doesn’t do anything like that, on fact he is too busy on his knees giving Reggie BJs while Mooshelle is getting ridden by the secret service detail.
            I did hear she rents out Malia and Sasha for favors to democratic leadership. In fact I hear Harry Reid loves to bugger them.

          • laura rubin

            this site is getting really ugly. your comments are immature & say nothing. stay on topic, your ruining front page mag’s credibility.

          • lessthantolerant

            You people have wanted to “get along to go along’ for too long and have allowed this a=holes to gain the upper hand.

            Everyone is so afraid of being called a bigot or racist we allow deviates to rule.

            too bad.

          • laura rubin

            no one here (especially here) is afraid to be a bigot, just dont act ingnorant. image is really important. i object to the term “we”. i am not included in the “we”. i never voted in my life, its beneath me.

          • Major

            And here I though you were “rational”?

          • laura rubin

            most politicians are crooked. liked some aspects of ron paul, but not all. obama was not elected he was selected. right now there is little difference between parties. a horse of a different color, different delivery, different packaging. its all show biz circus pony act. both obama & mc cain give me the creeps.

          • lessthantolerant

            Tour last sentence disqualifies you for submitting an opinion. Not voting was the same as voting for the enemy.

          • laura rubin

            they are all in bed together, you are living in the past. mc cain bush hillary obama same. the elections are fixed.

          • lessthantolerant

            yes which is why we need a revolution.

          • Major

            Yes…that was pretty ugly. But then again..it’s pretty ugly what this fraud has done to the country in 5 years too.

          • laura rubin

            you dont have to bring his children into it. theres enough there in reality, no need for tasteless joe college jokes.

        • WW4

          Earlybird, Addison, here, just meant to say “they should dutifully follow the orders of the duly-elected President of the United States even though those orders may be just as ill-conceived as those of the last duly-elected POTUS…though someone like me really has no idea what the plan is or how many will be killed, just like last time when I went along with it.”

          • AddisonDewitt

            this President is an internal enemy who has the intent on destroying this nation—

          • Lanna

            He has definitely been giving it his all hasn’t he! Keeps hoping our fall is in sight!

      • defcon 4

        I’ll bet you had no problems w/Nazis who followed orders either.

        • EarlyBird

          Right. I’m a pro-Nazi, pro-Islamist anti-Semite who hates God and America and Israel. Now shoo, bug!

          • defcon 4

            You want US troops to fight for AL Qaida, so does the zero.

          • Lanna

            Please add Traitor to the list!

        • tagalog

          The U.S. armed forces OKs resistance to orders that are UNLAWFUL, but an order from Obama to engage in military actions in Syria is at least arguably lawful. Also, the policy is for troops to obey an order, unlawful or lawful, and complain after the fact.

          That policy is fully consistent with the policy on obeying orders as it pertains to soldiers on the tactical and operational levels worked out at Nuremberg.

          • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

            A soldier can always ask for an order put into written form if he believes the order is illegal. That gives the soldier a permanent personal record of the order for his own file.
            Marvin Fox

    • Major

      We’re coming to our senses and realize that Obutthead needs to be deposed? Or maybe we’ll allow the Egyptians to do it since they can see failure, fraud and corruption very easily?

  • EarlyBird

    The primary reason the Euros and American people are so reluctant to go to war with Obama, is because Bush’s Iraq War was such an epic disaster and we got into it on the basis of fudged intelligence. Nobody trusts the American president and CIA any more. This is the Bush Legacy.

    ADD to this the fact that Obama has stupidly put himself into a corner for having laid down “red lines” that were traversed by Assad, and so now he’s trying to put together some kinda war but not really a war “policy” on the fly so that he and the US can save face. Clearly not a good reason to go to war or risk a much wider conflict.

    • Gislef

      Except Candidate Obama was supposed to reverse that.

      If he failed, and it was a preordained failure, what was the point on voting for him on the basis of his repairing foreign relations?

  • Lanna

    Kerry was such good friends with Assad, now this administration wants to bomb his regime. What a quagmire….Most leaders who are not on board with the US know it is a loosing mission to bomb Syria, it is only a minor wound on the Snake. Please take note who votes for more War Games and make sure they get voted out of office! We could see our gas, oil, and food prices skyrocket, be prepared.

    • lessthantolerant

      Lurch has lots of friends in the Middle East, they belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, AQ and other terrorist groups.

      • Lanna

        Yep, and Lurch has delighted in changing regimes in Egypt and Libya to worse dictators. Too bad we have a President who is sooooo obsessed with helping Radical muslims gain control to destabilize the Middle East, but then that means war for Israel doesn’t it!

        • lessthantolerant

          PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me unpack the question. First of all, I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent and passed a treaty forbidding their use even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red line when it indicated that in a piece of legislation titled the Syria Accountability Act that some of the horrendous thing that are happening on the ground there need to be answered for. And so, when I said, in a press conference, that my calculus about what’s happening in Syria would be altered by the use of chemical weapons, which the overwhelming consensus of humanity says is wrong, that wasn’t something I just kind of made up. I didn’t pluck it out of thin air. There was a reason for it. That’s point number one. Point number two, my credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important

          It is great now none of this was his idea. Kerry crying that chemical weapons were outlawed nearly a century ago and we must not allow their use.

          Funny old Lurch had nothing to say about the gassing of nearly a million Kurds.

          • defcon 4

            Lurch never said anything about the slaughter of some 2.5 million Hindus in Bangladesh by muslimes in the 1970′s either. Or the ongoing slaughter of Christians in the here and now.

          • lessthantolerant

            That couldn’t benefit Lurch!

          • Lanna

            Yes, and wasn’t it dramatic grandstanding by Kerry! Of course it is humane when it allows them to go into another regime, and change the leadership and direction of the Middle East. There were so many other atrocities in Darfur, Sudan, Kenya, etc that went unnoticed by this administration. We also perform 50 million abortions a year and that is never brought up by the regime either. We are not supposed to be the police of the World, we should respond with aid, but another war is unacceptable..Now MCCain says the plan doesn’t go far( enough) …We need people in Washington who have keen minds with strategies that look ahead at consequences…

          • lessthantolerant

            We have to mobilize the right people and get them elected to turn the liberals and moderate out.

          • Lanna

            For Sure….Determination and Resolve…we will not give up or Give in to Commies and Islamists!

          • lessthantolerant

            We had better get candidates who want to save America because Parasite nation is growing.

          • Lanna

            I agree, Parasites that suck the nation dry, and live off those that work hard for a day’s wage!

          • lessthantolerant

            It grows everyday. I fear we are doomed.

          • Lanna

            As we see from the news clips before and after, this is a total and complete lie. Obama said it and gave lip service saying if Syria crossed the Red Line!

          • lessthantolerant

            You know how you know Obama’s lying? His lips are moving.

      • Lanna

        (Good name for him!) duh, uh uh uh pause to think, duh uh, where is my tele prompter?

        • lessthantolerant

          His speech in Sweden was embarrassing on so many levels.
          The boy king is not very bright.

          • Lanna

            I always get the feeling he is not of this earth, something very unusual and diabolical, sinister, and sardonic. The abomination of Desolation? Remember the Omen verse from the priest that was doomed, When the Jews return to Zion, and a comet rips the sky, And the Holy Roman Empire rises, then you and I must die. From the eternal sea he rises, Creating armies on either shore, Turning man against his brother, Til man exists no more.” Very Eerie, there is a sense of doom since he has been in office.

          • lessthantolerant

            While I do not believe Obama is the anti-Christ, I di believe he is a POS!

            http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/obamas-presidential-library-is-an-outhouse/

            Check it out!

          • Lanna

            There will be many false prophets before the anti-Christ comes on the scene…who will be but a shadow of what the anti-Christ will be like. They are all Evil!

          • lessthantolerant

            I could agree Obie is a forerunner.

          • Lanna

            Obama changes times and laws by executive orders and with the help of his allies who all lie and sit at one table…he makes himself the law, its in Daniel 7:25. Laws and Constitution will be put aside and ignored. He will divide people, the bretheren, Daniel 2:40-45, Will be Corrupt Daniel 11:32. Will be a deceiver Matthew 24:24 and deceive the very elect. Look how many people in high positions are deceived while the people and true believers see every scheme he has pulled. Very Very similar to the real beast. Will push for diversity, mixing, and assimilation of the races, cultures and religions. Daniel 2:43. He will be a political leader Daniel 8:25. He will come as the Messiah, Savior of the World, Louis Farakhan called him the Messiah as well as other black leaders. Very Eerie.

          • lessthantolerant

            Obama is just an affirmative action pick gone bad, he is not the anti Christ, that position requires more brains than he would ever have.

          • Lanna

            Yes, I agree, the big O is not very popular right now, the antichrist will be and will be more cunning! Too bad so many good people have to pay for the evil of others!

  • kevy99

    Obama’s original strategy during his first election was to use diplomacy to “tame the Mideast”. Obviously, it is a failed strategy.

  • AddisonDewitt

    Once this Muslim half rican in the White House starts WWIII they will ALL have to get involved like it or not. Once the oil spigots are turned off and muslim sleeper cells and those loyal to Islam start mayhem across the hemisphere it will involve everyone.

    • defcon 4

      SHouldn’t “across the hemisphere” be across the globe?

  • Philo Vaihinger

    Even the Israelis don’t want this to happen. Too risky. Obama should just not do it. As for Kerry, I didn’t trust that careerist bastard when he denounced allegedly routine US war crimes in Vietnam to the senate.

  • tagalog

    Given that Obama has managed to alienate so many European nations, I find this commentary fascinating when I compare its contentions with Secretary Kerry’s assertion in Congress this afternoon that if we don’t intervene in Syria we will lose allies.

    That comparison gains in interest when one further considers that the argument Kerry raised for our intervention in Syria was supported by his claim that President Obama’s “red line” is not in question, but instead the “red line” is the “red line” of the entire world. Given that the entire world seems to be retreating as fast as they can from intervention in Syria (or support therefor), the issue becomes even more piquant.

  • Zerway

    At the end of the day, there is no comparison between guilt tripping the rest of the west after 9/11, and getting involved in a civil war that doesnt concern the rest of the world. There is no comparing Bush and Obama here, the circumstances are completely different. The conclusions of this article are completely meaningless.

  • WW4

    “Lost” Europe–but he’s got Congress! God help us.

  • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    I suppose Obama & Co. can still blame Bush for the Obama/Kerry failure.
    Bush spent all of the American political capital on Iraq, and Afghanistan. Poor feckless Obama & Co. have nothing left to spend and nowhere to borrow.
    Darn that Bush, he was into everything.
    Marvin Fox

  • lessthantolerant

    The boy king does not understand no one trusts him. They have seen him in action for five years and realize what a buffoon he is. Now we have Kerry running around with his French Aristocratic flair and the whole world realized Obama has surrounded himself with fools.
    Amusing to watch these idiots.

  • mtnhikerdude

    Take a lesson from Israel , Muslims kill their own and blame Israel They use women and children as shields. It would not surprise me if the Muslim Brotherhood was responsible for the gas attack.
    The MB has read the Alinsky Playbook . They fight down and dirty just like the Demoncrats .

  • edgineer

    Hey Democrats. You spent 8 years sniveling about how Bush ruined our image in Europe. So what is your explanation for Europe telling BO and Kerry to get lost? You sure know how to pick them.

  • lessthantolerant

    Watching Obie babble for the last hour was amazing. The boy king meandered all over the place and said nothing. Why in the world did the media not laugh out loud at this bubbling buffoon?
    We have three more years of this idiot and will watch every country challenge him on ever issue.
    Putin will b*tch slap him every chance he gets. Britain will stay as far from him as they can. The Middle east may yet erupt into flames and it will be fun to watch this clown talk about “International Responsibility”. Europe will laugh and bemoan the fact America has no leader.
    Fun time ahead with the Kenyan Clown Circus!