Hi everybody. Welcome to the Firewall; I’m Bill Whittle.
You know, there comes a point where – no matter how you try to offer the benefit of the doubt – evidence builds up to such a degree that you can no longer deny that the evidence is trying to tell you something. And halfway through his first term, the foreign policy decisions made by Barack Obama and his administration are so appalling, and so destructive in the long term; they no longer can be credited to inexperience or even incompetence. They are so consistent that they must be due to ideology.
Some of you are old enough to remember life during the cold war. Well, the final stroke that shattered the Soviet Union came from a steelworkers union in the Polish town of Gdansk – called Solidarity – the raw personal courage of its leader, Lech Walesa, and the immediate and unequivocal moral support given by two champions of human decency and freedom: Polish Pope John Paul II, and United States President Ronald Reagan.
Poland became the first and the greatest of former adversaries turned into ardent pro-west, pro-democracy countries, but after decades of research and billions of dollars – and not long after the Russian invasion of former soviet satellite Georgia — President Obama cancelled a working missile defense that was to have been based in Poland. He did it to appease the country which divided Poland with the Nazis in 1939 — Russia. And he did it on the 70th anniversary – to the day – of the German invasion. That is a mortal insult to a brave people and stalwart ally.
In Honduras, another American ally in sea of socialism and dictators, the ruling Honduran President tried extra-constitutional measures to extend his term, a move rejected by the Honduran courts and the Honduran people. But the Obama administration ignored this, and essentially said they would not do business again with Honduras unless the proto-dictator was re-seated.
Israel – the only western country in the most volatile region of the world. First, Vice President Biden starts an international incident by exploding over the fact that a developer in Jerusalem – Israel’s capitol city – simply wanted to build more units on existing property. Obama and his administration turned it into a crisis about “expanding settlements.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, being officially received at the White House, was not allowed to enter through the Front Door but rather through the rear, like a house servant. The President of the United States dictated his conditions to one of our closest allies, and when the Israeli Prime Minsiter began to discuss these ultimatums President Obama told him to work it out with his low-level advisors as he was off to have dinner with Mrs. Obama. That is ASTONISHING in the degree of studied, intentional diplomatic insult and humiliation. That is not an accident, or inexperience, or even incompetence. Wars have been fought over less than this.
And on, now, to Britain. We talk about a “special relationship” between Britain and America. We have had a special relationship since World War I, where American soldiers in their thousands went to their death to help their British Allies; where American and British troops bloodied the beaches of Normandy, where untold thousands of British soldiers fought and died under American command and vice versa, where Churchill and Roosevelt and later Truman had to balance their shared values to defeat not only Hitler, but also Japan, and their erstwhile ally in Josef Stalin and the aggressive communist monolith he would go on to lead.
The British gift to the first African-American American President was magnificent pen holder made from the timbers HMS Gannet, a Victorian-era anti-slavery ship. In exchange for this exquisitely sensitive and thoughtful token, President Obama gave the British Prime Minister a 25 disk DVD collection of Hollywood movies – unwatchable in the UK due to format differences. Queen Victoria gave to all American Presidents a magnificent desk made from the HMS Resolute – and the Narcissist in Chief provided Her Majesty, the Queen, with a $150 piece of consumer electronics – an iPod — made immortal and priceless, of course, by the inclusion of various speeches given by Barack Obama for the Queen to reflect upon and drawn wisdom from. Oh, and Queen Elizabeth already owned an iPod. Barack Obama did not previously own a Resolute desk.
At a session of the UN in New York, the British Prime minister pursued the President of the United States on a matter of pressing urgency, and the President hustled from room to room like a rock star avoiding an autograph request.
A spokesman for Obama’s State Department told a collection of British diplomats, quote: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.” We didn’t get the example of the Magna Carta from Ecuador, respect the Rule of Law from Uzbekistan… we didn’t get the idea of the Presumption of Innocence from Thailand or any of the other bedrock institutions and values that built America from Luxembourg or Chad or Portugal or Korea. We got them from Great Britain.
NONE OF THIS compares to the recent announcement that – in stark contrast to the help given Margaret Thatcher by Ronald Reagan in Britain’s 1982 defense of the Falkland Islands – America would remain “neutral” should Argentina try to give the invasion another go… Or, the fact that President of the United States of America gave to the Russians – over strenuous, almost incredulous British protests – the actual serial numbers of the US Trident missiles sold to Great Britain. KGB spies were presumably prepared to die to get this information, but Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, handed these secrets to the Russians over the protests of our closest ally so that he could get a Start Treaty with Russia to help his sagging poll numbers at home.
That is how he treats our Allies. How does he treat our enemies?
He shakes hands and smiles with brutal Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chaves. He sides with Venezuela and Cuba – another brutal dictatorship – against our allies Columbia and Honduras. He campaigned on having no-conditions, high-level meetings with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the rabid, barking-mad dictator of a country – Iran — that is responsible for virtually all of the ongoing acts of terror leveled against the US since they war on America in 1979 and grows day by day closer to deploying and using an atomic bomb. In Afghanistan he has made it clear to the Taliban that they will not be crushed as the Iraqi insurgents were under George Bush’s surge, but will rather simply have to hold out until some arbitrary date for our publically scheduled retreat in shame and defeat.
He bows to Saudi Princes, praises the Mullahs against the protestors giving their lives for freedom in the Streets of Tehran as they were shot dead trying to topple our mortal enemy, and instead of using the influence of his office to pressure Mubarak on freedom from day one, he instead mangles the situation in such a way that no Ally we have in the world has the slightest confidence in us whatsoever.
And finally, the boy who was raised in Indonesia can revisit the land of his childhood, where Israelis are not allowed to set foot in country, where in some provinces sharia courts allow stoning to death for adultery, where 100 lashes with a whip is meted out for the crime of homosexuality, female circumcision is practiced openly, where so-called “honor mutilations” go unpunished if not celebrated and where political and religious repression exist that would boggle the American mind, and say, with his megawatt smile, that Indonesia and America are bound together by “shared values.”
America does not share Indonesia’s values, Mr. President – America’s, and Britain’s, and Canada’s, and Australia’s, and Israel’s core values are antithetical to what Indonesia practices with impunity every single day. Iran, and Venezuela, and Cuba, and Russia, and China, and all the other enemies of freedom you get so cozy with do NOT share America’s core values either, and the tide of evidence lifts me – almost daily — to the disgraceful conclusion that while they do not share America’s core values… perhaps they share some of yours.
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