And here we go again on this rather pretty Thursday morning – just one day before Friday, might I add, which makes it even prettier! – with more “unexpected setbacks” in the Obama Administration’s international efforts.
Why, when he’s failed in so many other missions abroad, did we really think he was going to score anything big on this one? In fact, I can only think of one ploy he has successfully pushed on anybody outside of the U.S…. and that would be the Greek bailout package that he bullied Angela Merkel into supporting.
Not that she isn’t a big girl and shouldn’t have stood up for herself, but considering her initially vehement protests against the measure, I think it’s safe to say that she wouldn’t have caved if not for Obama’s bad influence.
But since then, Obama hasn’t really affected anybody else’s policy. His policies have been humiliatingly trounced just like they were humiliatingly denounced here at home just last week.
Can I hear a “Hallelujah!”?
As Politico describes, “President Barack Obama failed to reach agreement on two international deals to help spur the U.S. economy, unexpected setbacks on an Asia trip that was supposed to emphasize his stature abroad and change the subject from last week’s electoral drubbing.”
Give me a second to bask in those last two words: Electoral Drubbing. They sound so pretty together in this context. The next lines of the article don’t sound nearly as much, but they make sense all the same:
“Obama was unable to achieve a free trade agreement with South Korea, vowing to keep talking to get a better deal for U.S. auto makers. And after meeting with the leaders of Germany and China, he continued to meet resistance from two countries about reducing their trade surpluses with the U.S. to give a boost to American manufacturing, putting the best face on a compromise that only calls for the goal of lowering them.”
Considering everything I revealed in yesterday’s post, is it any wonder that he’s failing to get anything done abroad? Though in the case of this trade agreement with South Korea, that might be intentional, considering that Democrats are widely expected to oppose the measure, since the unions won’t like it.
One way or the other though, while our national news focuses on the lame duck session of Congress coming up, we’re already dealing with a lame duck president abroad. And with Russia still actively spying on us and North Korea supplying weapons to Iran, Syria and Myanmar, we need strong policies concerning our fellow nations… not an ineffective narcissist who only looks through the world through his own minute lens.
2012 can’t come soon enough.