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Soft Foreign Policy

July 19, 2009

Say what you want about former president George W. Bush. True, he did not have a knack for communication. He held far fewer press briefings than many of his predecessors. But he never shook the hands of Chavez and Ortega, unlike Obama, who did so in April of this year.

The Obama administration has lifted travel restrictions for Americans to go to Cuba. I think that was a serious mistake that will be regretted. Here is a statement from Wikipedia regarding the Obama’s decision to lift the restrictions.

On April 13, 2009, President Barack Obama loosened the travel ban, now allowing Cuban-Americans to travel freely to the country. The President has outlined a series of steps that Cuba could do to demonstrate a willingness to open its closed society, including releasing political prisoners, allowing United States telecommunications companies to operate on the island and ending government fees on money sent to Cubans by relatives living abroad. Many see this as opportunity for Cubans and Americans to engage in viable businesses together.

The conditions are that Cuba needs to 1. demonstrate a willingness to open its closed society, including releasing political prisoners. 2. allowing United States telecommunications companies to operate on the island and ending government fees on money sent to Cubans by relatives living abroad. So where are the reports of this “open society” and telecommunications companies abounding? They don’t exist. The administration is simply — and unwisely — appeasing the far-left of his own party.

Leading up to the Iraq war George W. Bush named the “Axis of Evil,” which we know are Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Take a look at the serious problems the would currently faces with Iran and North Korea. Iran, with recent murders of protesters, has shown what an evil regime it is. Meanwhile, Obama took a very long time during the violent protests to take a strong stance against the regime. North Korea, with its recent missile tests (in April and July) continues to defy the world. And yet Obama is ready for “talks” with this evil regime. North Korea, for years now, has danced around, held “talks” and made promises, only to drop out. My opinion is that the administration needs to take a hard-line approach. The regime is bent on becoming a nuclear state and talks will not stop them. But I don’t think Obama will do that. And that is precisely why countries like Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Iran, etc, feel no real threat from America right now.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2009 2:41 pm

    When GWB entered office, China held a plane crew hostage after being knocked out of the sky. He responded and go them freed with no egg on our face. Right now, we are the joke and the world is laughing at our bumbling gestures to be “nice guys”.
    We will be at war because we don’t have a clue that diplomacy includes the “big stick” of Teddy Roosevelt. Whining about global warming, and not knowing how to talk to North Korea while lobbing missiles everywhere has zero effect. We are doomed to war, because nobody can show diplomatic strength.

    • Roderick Breem permalink*
      July 21, 2009 12:57 am

      Thank you hoboduke. Yes, the “big stick” is needed. I just know that many now wish they never voted for Obama.

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