During Obama's 10-day trip to China and in his 10th month in the office the highest leader in our land, Obama, is beginning to bump into road blocks in his goal to change the world. He is finding out that it takes more than just charm and a teleprompter to make changes. Even as he bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia last April and to the emperor of Japan last week this is not how it was supposed to be. He said on the night he secured the Democratic presidential nomination in June 2008, "I am absolutely certain that generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last best hope on earth." Guess what, We're still working on all of that.
The Democrats are having a problem passing a health care bill in the Senate (though somehow a lot of sick people are still being cared for), and those good jobs will have to wait, for the December "jobs summit" to think of ways to stop the rise of unemployment. Whether the rise of the oceans has begun to slow is unclear to me because they look the same; we had a cool summer and a warm fall here on the Eastern Shore. It was great! As for the planet beginning to heal, well, that's not clear to me either. Obama evidently expected that his election would change not only America's image in the world but the policies of nations both friendly and unfriendly. In addressing the fall of the Berlin Wall, on videotape, he made no mention of Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa or John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev or Vaclav Havel, but cited as a world-changing event his own election in the United States 19 years later.
Obama has said, more than once, that all the world's nations have common interests, (there is that one world government thing again) and during his campaign he made very plain and obvious his was willing to meet with leaders of enemy countries in order to reach agreements. His idea seemed to be that his own eloquence, his training as a community organizer, his talent and skills using a teleprompter and his own pattern would make the blinded eyes of our enemies to see the light and make possible for them to see that it was in their interest to do what he would like. So far, not so good. He needs a new speech. The mullahs of Iran have consented to some kind of negotiations and discussions on their disagreements with the United States, but like many of their agreements of the past, they turned out to be no agreement or settlement of the issues at all.
Ahmadinejad ( the nut cake in Iran) and the mullahs have proved no more moveable by Obama's Soothing soft talk and polite tones than by George W. Bush's Texas twang. Nor have we made any visible or apparent progress on settling problems between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama's wants and insist on a stop to the natural growth of Israeli settlements. There will be no new spare rooms for grandma or the new baby . No wonder the Israelis are so distrustful of Obama. Everything with Obama is one sided. Why would anybody want to call fighting people who want to kill and behead us a overseas contingency operation. Call it what it is: Terrorism against this country!
Look at Obama's one-sided and unilateral concession to the Russians, the leaving behind and doing away with the missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic and for what? For the promise from The Russian President that sanctions against Iran may someday be necessary. What a bargain! What a winner! Despite Obama's refusal to meet the Dalai Lama, The Chinese and the leaders of India, have shown no willingness to damage or harm their growing economy by raising energy prices to stop the global warming that will supposedly bring a disaster 50 years from now. So what now?
Obama's election was indeed a major event, as the election of every American president is, and the election of our first African-American president was a landmark and a ground-breaking marker in our history, But it didn't change the world nor will it. He still is a man.
All nations may have the same interests in some sense or fashion. But all the nations' leaders don't. Bush did not cause all our foreign policy problems, and Obama's ascending to the throne and his policy of appeasement and pacification don't seem to be solving the overseas problems either. A weak president and a liberal congress spell "TROUBLE".
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