World Sees Obama As Incompetent And Amateur

President Obama came into office as the heir to a great foreign policy legacy enjoyed by every recent U.S. president. Why? Because the United States stands on top of the power ladder, not necessarily as the dominant power, but certainly as the leading one. As such we are the sole nation capable of exercising global leadership on a whole range of international issues from security, trade, and climate to counterterrorism. We also benefit from the fact that most countries distrust the United States far less than they distrust one another, so we uniquely have the power to build coalitions. As a result, most of the world still looks to Washington for help in their region and protection against potential regional threats.
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Yet, the Iraq war lingers; Afghanistan continues to be immersed in an endless cycle of tribalism, corruption, and Islamist resurgence; Guantánamo remains open; Iran sees how North Korea toys with Obama and continues its programs to develop nuclear weapons and missiles; Cuba spurns America's offers of a greater opening; and the Palestinians and Israelis find that it is U.S. policy positions that defer serious negotiations, the direct opposite of what the Obama administration hoped for.

The reviews of Obama's performance have been disappointing. He has seemed uncomfortable in the role of leading other nations, and often seems to suggest there is nothing special about America's role in the world. The global community was puzzled over the pictures of Obama bowing to some of the world's leaders and surprised by his gratuitous criticisms of and apologies for America's foreign policy under the previous administration of George W. Bush. One Middle East authority, Fouad Ajami, pointed out that Obama seems unaware that it is bad form and even a great moral lapse to speak ill of one's own tribe while in the lands of others.

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The end result is that a critical mass of influential people in world affairs who once held high hopes for the president have begun to wonder whether they misjudged the man.
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That's because he is incompetent and amateurish.

[quote="gilliam, post:1, topic:202496"]
President Obama came into office as the heir to a great foreign policy legacy enjoyed by every recent U.S. president. Why? Because the United States stands on top of the power ladder, not necessarily as the dominant power, but certainly as the leading one. As such we are the sole nation capable of exercising global leadership on a whole range of international issues from security, trade, and climate to counterterrorism. We also benefit from the fact that most countries distrust the United States far less than they distrust one another, so we uniquely have the power to build coalitions. As a result, most of the world still looks to Washington for help in their region and protection against potential regional threats.
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Yet, the Iraq war lingers; Afghanistan continues to be immersed in an endless cycle of tribalism, corruption, and Islamist resurgence; Guantánamo remains open; Iran sees how North Korea toys with Obama and continues its programs to develop nuclear weapons and missiles; Cuba spurns America's offers of a greater opening; and the Palestinians and Israelis find that it is U.S. policy positions that defer serious negotiations, the direct opposite of what the Obama administration hoped for.

The reviews of Obama's performance have been disappointing. He has seemed uncomfortable in the role of leading other nations, and often seems to suggest there is nothing special about America's role in the world. The global community was puzzled over the pictures of Obama bowing to some of the world's leaders and surprised by his gratuitous criticisms of and apologies for America's foreign policy under the previous administration of George W. Bush. One Middle East authority, Fouad Ajami, pointed out that Obama seems unaware that it is bad form and even a great moral lapse to speak ill of one's own tribe while in the lands of others.

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The end result is that a critical mass of influential people in world affairs who once held high hopes for the president have begun to wonder whether they misjudged the man.
usnews.com/articles/opinion/2010/06/18/mort-zuckerman-world-sees-obama-as-incompetent-and-amateur.html

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And these are just now coming out?

But will Americans vote for him again, ultimately that is all that really matters.

Obama is a just punishment for our country. The moral demise of a nation always precedes its ultimate demise. Abortion. Birth control Same-sex "marriage." Euthanasia. Pornography. And on and on. God chastises those He loves. We are only getting set up for what we rightly deserve. And it's only the very beginning. The tip of the iceberg.

He is doing his best…like a one legged man in a butt kicking contest…:rolleyes:

It’s as if America were a jetliner, and Americans were passengers who didn’t like the direction the plane was going so they elected the smooth-talking community organizer in seat 11C to take over as pilot. Only he doesn’t know what all those dials and lights mean, and what the switches and other doohickeys do. And that little steering wheel thingy in the middle, hey guess what, you can push it all the way in.

Classic example of be careful what you wish for. I hate to admit it, but a large proportion of our population is clearly incapable of critical assessment. I can understand someone being politically liberal, but I can’t understand how anyone could believe that Mr. Obama in particular could actually deliver on any of his utopian promises, given his lack of experience and actual comprehension of any of the major issues, from economics to energy to Israel to Afghanistan. People didn’t know how he was going to get us from “A” to “B”, but they actually believed he could do it. All without a lick of experience and no track record of accomplishment. People have obviously been watching way too much TV.

[quote="timotheos, post:7, topic:202496"]
It's as if America were a jetliner, and Americans were passengers who didn't like the direction the plane was going so they elected the smooth-talking community organizer in seat 11C to take over as pilot. Only he doesn't know what all those dials and lights mean, and what the switches and other doohickeys do. And that little steering wheel thingy in the middle, hey guess what, you can push it all the way in.

Classic example of be careful what you wish for. I hate to admit it, but a large proportion of our population is clearly incapable of critical assessment. I can understand someone being politically liberal, but I can't understand how anyone could believe that Mr. Obama in particular could actually deliver on any of his utopian promises, given his lack of experience and actual comprehension of any of the major issues, from economics to energy to Israel to Afghanistan. People didn't know how he was going to get us from "A" to "B", but they actually believed he could do it. All without a lick of experience and no track record of accomplishment. People have obviously been watching way too much TV.

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When I voted for Obama, I clearly understood he was not going to deliver on his "promises" and was under no delusions. However, I am not disappointed in him because I did not have high expectations for him to actually pursue a real left-wing agenda. I have no regrets for what I have done and I do not feel the need to apology for my actions to anyone since I made my decision on a careful consideration of the evidence from an ex ante perspective. But if I were to have any ex post facto regrets, I would need to know how John McCain would have been a better president and administrator, primarily defined by his ability to attenuate unemployment and the economic insecurity of the people within his political constraints as President, instead of hearing about the conservative ideals of "the constitution" and "personal responsibility". One can compare Obama to a hypothetically competent president, but it is unclear where such a President will be more effect under the political and economical constraints he faces.

But, ideologically, I do not see how classically liberal (the economic viewpoint of US conservatism) economic policies will help, although anti-immigration policies is the only right-wing and inherently "conservative" (but not classically liberal) policy that I could recall that would actually help the most vulnerable citizens by protecting them from competition in the labor market. Other than being anti-immigration, I see no other reason to support "right-wing" economic policies (and I doubt that McCain would do anything about this.)

…The United States for 60 years has met its responsibilities as the leader and the defender of the democracies of the free world. We have policed the sea lanes, protected the air and space domains, countered terrorism, responded to genocide, and been the bulwark against rogue states engaging in aggression. The world now senses, in the context of the erosion of America’s economic power and the pressures of our budget deficits, that we will compress our commitments. But the world needs the vision, idealism, and strong leadership that America brings to international affairs. This can be done and must be done. But we are the only ones who can do it.

What kind of world will it be without American power being exerted. When Britian faded from her role of world power, America was around to take over where Britain left off.

But even if this is not about the incompetence of Obama, it is increasingly likely that America no longer has the resources to carry on its role. Who will take over that role? Who is even interested in that role.

Certainly not Europe. Without American leadership, the Balkans in their own back yard would have descended into genocides and ethnic cleansings.

Certainly not the UN. In Africa, the zone that is about as far away from American interests as any region can be, the UN has not been able to step up to the plate in any way in Rwanda, or the Congo, or Zimbabwe, or anywhere really.

Not China either. Junior Bush found this out the hard way, when China would not take any role of leadership with North Korea over the development of nuclear weapons. One would think that this is something that China would have been especially interested in, but here even China had no intention of being anything other than a resentful voice against the powers that be, rather than a world leader in its own right.

The election of Obama seemed to me to be a clear signal that Americans themselves did not really want that thankless task anymore. The whole world has the cradle-to-grave health care. So why not in America too then? The trillions spent in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for the freedoms of others— and being hated for it— could just as easily be spent in America; follow the European and Canadian examples, and let others do the heavy lifting of world leadership.

Obama himself is presented in the article as having one foot on the station, one on the train when it comes to assuming the traditional American role. Still in Guatanamo, still in Iraq, still spending the dollars on the worlds defense, but only doing so halfheartedly now, really wanting to be somewhere else, anywhere else now really.

The world may well see Obama as incompetent and amatuerish when it comes to the job of world leadership, but that really only scratches the surface. At the most basic level, he does not even want the job. Americans who voted for him do not want the job.

when will a lot of the people who voted for obama wake up and realize the same thing? :confused:

[quote="7_Sorrows, post:10, topic:202496"]
when will a lot of the people who voted for obama wake up and realize the same thing? :confused:

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What should I realized? I still believe I voted for the best candidate based on the circumstances with the knowledge and choices I had available. I have no regrets.

How would the situation be any better if John McCain was voted President? What would he have done differently? Pointing out Obama's flaws is extremely easy, but how could John McCain deliver the political goods (or mitigate harmful outcomes)?

Maybe you will if Kenya passes their constitution and we start paying for their abortions like we do Mexico’s? I know I’d have a hard time sleeping at night after he overturned the Mexico City policy, dunno about you. And I’m not even Catholic. Now we will start paying Kenya to kill off their children, what a world.

How would the situation be any better if John McCain was voted President? What would he have done differently? Pointing out Obama’s flaws is extremely easy, but how could John McCain deliver the political goods (or mitigate harmful outcomes)?

We’ll never know.

But, I can tell you this.

Abortion is obviously not the only issue that is above Obama’s pay grade.

Black Rose:

Here's one example of how McCain would have been better than Obama: McCain is better at building consensus. The extreme partisanship of Obama is killing the economic recovery. He passed a monstrous healthcare bill that totally disregarded Republican suggestions, now he wants to do the same with the Cap and Trade bill. There will be no recovery, businesses will not start hiring, and the unemployment rate will not decrease, as long as Obama and the Democrats keep passing these bills. McCain would have been better for the economic recovery.

Amen. (I believe).

If we do not get down on our knees-we will be driven to our knees.

One way-or the other. By Our Loving Father. He is allowing us to wallow in the Filth we have made for ourselves. Because He loves us, He will bring us back to Himself.

The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

…as promised…

Pray! And, like the Angel at Fatima said, "Penance! Penance! Penance!"
Christ dictated to St. Faustina we are currently in the time of His Mercy-before the time of His Justice.

Help from God is coming.
Pope John Paul II stated, “Be Not Afraid!”

God Bless.
+Jesus, I Trust In You!
Love, Dawn

[quote="Joseph_L_Varga, post:13, topic:202496"]
Black Rose:

Here's one example of how McCain would have been better than Obama: McCain is better at building consensus. The extreme partisanship of Obama is killing the economic recovery. He passed a monstrous healthcare bill that totally disregarded Republican suggestions, now he wants to do the same with the Cap and Trade bill. There will be no recovery, businesses will not start hiring, and the unemployment rate will not decrease, as long as Obama and the Democrats keep passing these bills. McCain would have been better for the economic recovery.

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:thumbsup: thank you for your response. i also think that mccain could have faced the challenges better than obama has. obama has gone out so far in left field and doesn't even seem to have a firm grasp on what he needs to do or what the priorities are.

[quote="7_Sorrows, post:15, topic:202496"]
:thumbsup: thank you for your response. i also think that mccain could have faced the challenges better than obama has. obama has gone out so far in left field and doesn't even seem to have a firm grasp on what he needs to do or what the priorities are.

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Gosh, you are so right about this! I could give a million examples.

With the oil spill, he doesn't get it that he is more than a lawyer now, he is the Boss now, he is over the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, and he can make things happen! He is not aggressive enough in mobilizing the federal resources to help BP cap the well, and take charge of cleaning up the oil spill. He is not a real "executive". Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, John McCain, Sarah Palin, or Mike Huckabee, would all do a better job right now than Barack Obama.

Foreign policy: before the elections in August 2008, when Georgia clamped down on the separatists of South Ossetia, and Russia invaded Georgia, Barack Obama DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE. We were lucky that Bush was still in charge, and applied diplomatic pressure to stop the Russians from going all the way into Tbilisi, deposing the democratically elected President and Government of Georgia, and installing a puppet regime. John McCain got it. George W. Bush got it. Barack Obama didn't have a clue.

Forward to the Iranian people's street protests, when Ahmadinejad's thugs started murdering unarmed women in broad daylight, in the streets of Tehran. Barack Obama, instead of condemning the regime in the strongest terms and assuring the people of Iran of our moral support, was praising "the process of dialogue" in Iran! :banghead: Was this dude, erm, I mean our President, smoking something??? :eek: :rolleyes: :mad:

But hey, we had our warning during the Russia-Georgia crisis BEFORE the elections, we saw that Barack Obama was clueless as to foreign policy, now did all those Obama voters expect him to suddenly wisen up, AFTER the elections? The Iranian people were desperate for change, they bravely risked their lives with those massive protests, and they came really close to overthrowing Ahmadinejad's regime. It is quite possible that with John McCain as our President, or with George W. Bush still in charge, Ahmadinejad would be history now, the Iranian people having managed to overthrow him. But alas, we are stuck with Barack Obama, and with Ahmadinejad. Congratulations, Obama voters! :rolleyes:

I’m still waiting for him to pay my Mortgage, and put gas in my car.

<-After all, those who voted for him said he would.

Click Here: Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!

God Bless.
+Jesus, I Trust In You!
Love, Dawn

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[quote="Scoobyshme, post:5, topic:202496"]
Obama is a just punishment for our country. The moral demise of a nation always precedes its ultimate demise. Abortion. Birth control Same-sex "marriage." Euthanasia. Pornography. And on and on. God chastises those He loves. We are only getting set up for what we rightly deserve. And it's only the very beginning. The tip of the iceberg.

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I think you're probably right, that Obama is a punishment for the moral cesspool that has become the USA. But at the same time, I hope you're not just rooting and hoping for the day when our country is finally destroyed. There are literally millions of people in this country praying everyday for a spiritual awakening, and I do believe that God is showing his mercy and patience with us. The failed terrorist plots earlier this year- the Christmas Day bombing, the Times Square bombing, and the lesser known planned subway bombing in NYC last year all tell me that God is still watching over this country.

The fact that so much of the country is seeing through Obama and what he stands for and is rejecting it gives me great hope. The USA is the light of the world. We are the only country where Christianity is still strong and thriving, we are the light of the world. If this light goes out, the darkness that will descend upon the world will be devastating and possibly irreversible.

Remember, our God is a God of great mercy and love. Please pray for our country.

[quote="Brooklyn, post:19, topic:202496"]
I think you're probably right, that Obama is a punishment for the moral cesspool that has become the USA. But at the same time, I hope you're not just rooting and hoping for the day when our country is finally destroyed. There are literally millions of people in this country praying everyday for a spiritual awakening, and I do believe that God is showing his mercy and patience with us. The failed terrorist plots earlier this year- the Christmas Day bombing, the Times Square bombing, and the lesser known planned subway bombing in NYC last year all tell me that God is still watching over this country.

The fact that so much of the country is seeing through Obama and what he stands for and is rejecting it gives me great hope. The USA is the light of the world. We are the only country where Christianity is still strong and thriving, we are the light of the world. If this light goes out, the darkness that will descend upon the world will be devastating and possibly irreversible.

Remember, our God is a God of great mercy and love. Please pray for our country.

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Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.”
Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

In Part:

Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Call to Family, Community, and Participation
The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

Rights and Responsibilities
The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities--to one another, to our families, and to the larger society...

Question: Is our Country moving toward or away from this?

My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy;
(Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul Diary, 1588)

One day, Our Lord will say, "Enough!"

God Bless.
+Jesus, I Trust In You!
Love, Dawn

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