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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 11:25 am
"Victor Hanson" wrote:
I do not think the word “reset” will be used much longer to characterize American foreign policy. Reset from what to what? After all, is Iran closer to getting a bomb or further away than it was a year and a half ago? Are terrorists more or less likely to attack and kill inside the United States? Is Syria now a more or a less helpful player in the Middle East? Is Israel safer or less safe, more or less a U.S. ally? Are Putin and Chávez now more helpful players on the world scene, in appreciation of Obama’s olive branches? Does a North Korea or an Iran feel more or less emboldened to run risks in testing the status quo? Is China more or less provocative in the Pacific?


http://article.nationalreview.com/434943/death-of-the-postmodernist-dream/victor-davis-hanson

And how about conditions in the Sudan, the Congo, Burma, Somalia, and closer to home, Haiti and Jamaica?

Where has Obama foreign policy produced positive results?

 
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 12:03 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
1. Pakistan: Obama pursuaded Islamabad to move troops from the Indian border so they could deploy more troops against the Taliban. This has resulted in impressive captures and kills among militants and combined with intensive drone attacks has put significant pressure on Al Qaeda

2. Iran: Washington has been quietly working with China and Russia towards putting pressure on Iran for their nuclear program. Just recently, Iran announced a deal with Turkey to exchange their enriched fuel for processed reactor fuel, a desperate effort to escape the slowly closing international fence being built around them (and right in line with want we want them to do). Obama also deftly stayed quiet when Tehran was looking for scapegoats after the elections last year. Ahmadinejad's efforts to pin post election protests on foreign intervention fell flat. Without all the rhetoric from the US, Ahmadinejad couldn't count on the reflexive nationalism of his people.

3. China: Besides getting some help with Iran and less with N. Korea, China is talking about allowing it's currency to rise. Obama has been beating this drum, but doing so in a way that only raises Beijing's hackles a hair and leaving them room to do what they need to do without losing face although they complain mightily when Obama mentions it.

4. Russia: Helping with Iran, not screaming about missles in Europe, not laughing about how the President as seen into their souls.

5. Europe: Quietly taking part in discussions over Greek debt.

Overall, our foreign policy currency seems a lot higher than when the previous administration was in office.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 12:03 pm
Quote:
Where has Obama foreign policy produced positive results?
Texas is still in the union, some people consider that a positive.
BillRM
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 04:25 pm
@dyslexia,
Well they do have oil however it would be fun to let the Mexico Army reconquest them and kick all the white people out as illegal aliens.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 04:29 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Hanson might well have written:

After all, is the USA closer to getting more WMDs or further away than it was a year and a half ago? Are American terrorists more or less likely to attack and kill innocents around the world? Is the USA now a more or a less helpful player in the Middle East? Are Putin and Chávez now more helpful players on the world scene, in appreciation of Obama’s olive branches? Does the USA feel more or less emboldened to run risks in testing the status quo? Is the USA more or less provocative in the Pacific, you know, around China's territory?
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 04:46 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

Quote:
Where has Obama foreign policy produced positive results?
Texas is still in the union, some people consider that a positive.


His domestic policy is driving it towards consideration of leaving the Union, and some people consider that a positive.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 04:49 pm
@BillRM,
BillRM wrote:

Well they do have oil however it would be fun to let the Mexico Army reconquest them and kick all the white people out as illegal aliens.



I doubt too many Texans or Mexicans, for that matter, believe Mexico can conquer Texas.

But surely you and Dys can come up with one success of the Obama foreign policy?
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 05:22 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Quote:
But surely you and Dys can come up with one success of the Obama foreign policy?


He and his administration are not George Bush and the neocon chickenhawks. The world and any American with a brain screams major success!
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 05:48 pm
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/05/142312.htm


http://www.brookings.edu/opinions/2010/0101_obama_foreign-_policy_ohanlon.aspx
panzade
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 06:46 pm
@Butrflynet,
enjoyed her speech. She's a remarkable woman.
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 27 May, 2010 11:24 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Quote:
I doubt too many Texans or Mexicans, for that matter, believe Mexico can conquer Texas.


By force, no, by numbers, it's not at all an impossibility.
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