Thomas Sowell writes:
There is no sign that President Obama has impressed the Russians, the Iranians or the North Koreans, except by his rookie mistakes– and that is a dangerous way to impress dangerous people.
What did his televised overture to the Iranians accomplish, except to reassure them that he was not going to do a damn thing to stop them from getting a nuclear bomb? It is a mistake that can go ringing down the corridors of history.
Future generations who live in the shadow of that nuclear threat may wonder what we were thinking about, putting our lives– and theirs– in the hands of a rookie because we liked his style and symbolism?
Seeking deals with our adversaries, behind the backs of our allies? France did that at Munich back in 1938. They threw Czechoslovakia to the wolves and, less than two years later, Hitler gobbled up France anyway.
This year, President Obama’s attempt to make a backdoor deal with the Russians, behind the backs of the NATO countries, was not only rejected but made public by the Russians– a sign of contempt and a warning to our allies not to put too much trust in the United States.
Charles Krauthammer pulls no punches.
President Obama bobs and weaves all over the ring, but punches keep coming. Putin’s in rare form. If only Krauthammer were in the ring with Putin. But no, it’s Putin and Obama.
The Russian is landing his punches left and right straight to the mid-section. Obama is taking it on the ropes. Weak response as Putin slams:
Putin puts the gloves to Kyrgyzstan and shuts down a US air base.
Putin forms a “rapid reaction force” to keep the muscle on muslim areas north of Afghanistan.
Putin flaunts plans to establish a naval base in recently conquered Abkhazia.
Putin, Putin, Putin!
Obama is dazed.. He doesn’t seem to know he’s in the ring. He’s smiling, waving. Campaigning!?
I can’t watch!
Krauthammer calls it “Supine Diplomacy.”