Obama Shows Weakness in Foreign Policy

Obama has made it clear, he thinks we should talk with Castro, al-Asad, Ahmadinejad and Kim il-sung. Heck, he’d meet with them personally and might even invite them to the White House for a sit down chat.

Obama has made this point over and over again.

“The American people aren’t looking for more of a do-nothing Cuba policy that has failed to secure the release of dissidents, failed to bring democracy to the island, and failed to advance freedom for fifty years, because they know we need to pursue new opportunities to achieve liberty for the Cuban people. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will offer the clearest contrast to John McCain’s call for four more years of George Bush’s policies, because I want to fundamentally change our foreign policy to secure the American people and restore our standing in the world.”

“Very early in this campaign, I said I would meet not just with our friends but also with our enemies, not just with leaders we like but leaders we don’t,” Obama said. “Washington, when I said this, they said, ‘Oh, you can’t do that.’ I said, ‘Watch me; I will.’”

Okay, isn’t that nice. The President of the United States needs to understand that you can not give these dictators R-E-S-P-E-C-T. You can’t chat with them since it elevates them to a position of higher power within their own repressed countries; the repressed population only sees what the dictator wants them to see.

President Bush responded.

“Sitting down at the table, having your picture taken with a tyrant such as Raul Castro, for example, lends the status of the office and the status of our country to him. He gains a lot from it by saying, ‘Look at me. I’m now recognized by the president of the United States.’”

If you think Obama’s position is off the mark, you’re not alone, but it gets worse. How do you think Obama would treat our allies when it comes to foreign policy? Well he’s flat out said that NAFTA is not working and that we should threaten to pull out of the agreement.

Not only should we threaten to pull out, we should use hammer diplomacy. Quoted from CBC News:

“I will make sure that we renegotiate in the same way that Senator Clinton talked about, and I think actually Senator Clinton’s answer on this one is right. I think we should use the hammer of a potential opt-out as leverage to ensure that we actually get labor and environmental standards that are enforced.

“And that is not what has been happening so far. That is something that I have been consistent about.”

Also note that Clinton thinks we need to ditch NAFTA. From CBC News:

Clinton was asked if she would notify Canada and Mexico that the U.S. would pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement within six months of her presidency.

“No. I will say, we will opt out of NAFTA unless we renegotiate it,” Clinton said. “And we renegotiate it on terms that are favourable to all of America.”

What’s wrong with Obama? It’s simple, he wants to invite dictators and terrorists to the Oval Office to chat but wants to use a hammer on one of our strongest allies in the war on terror.

Obama’s Entitlements for Everyone

Special thanks to Jim Vicevich for actually watching the full speech by Obama last night. I can’t even watch three minutes. Double thanks for sitting through it all again earlier today and editing down the message so we can get an idea of all the promises.

This is certainly not something new. Both Democrats and Republicans – including Bush 43 – create laundry lists of programs. It’s all about the entitlement agenda and the populist agenda – what can Congress do for you today?

Head over to Radio Vice Online to watch the video. Obama is speaking in Texas and specifically mentions that he supports the free market, understand that the people of Texas are independent and a self-reliant group that does not want government doing what we know we can do for ourselves.  Then of course, he goes into the list.

  • Reward teachers by giving them more money.
  • Raise the minimum wage every year to match inflation.
  • Provide a $4,000 tuition credit to those in college.
  • Ensure everyone has health insurance as good as his Senate program provides to him.
  • Roll back the Bush tax cuts since the rich people didn’t need them.
  • Give tax cuts to everyone who makes less than $75,000 per year.
  • Seniors who make less than $50,000 should pay no income tax at all.
  • Raise fuel efficiency standards to bring down gas prices.

I could barely keep up as I typed out the stuff, and it will not end any time soon. One thing that you’ll note is that his agenda – no matter how well it is delivered – is the exact same agenda that Democrat national candidates have been pushing for decades. There is nothing new here, every single item on the list above comes right from the standard playbook.

Thanks for the new ideas Barak.

For Conservatives – Race Not an Issue

But it certainly always is for liberals and most Democrats.

Rendell: Race Factor Could Hurt Obama
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most visible supporters, said some white Pennsylvanians are likely to vote against her rival Barack Obama because he is black.

“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” Rendell told the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in remarks that appeared in Tuesday’s paper.

Bill Clinton must have made a call: “Hey Ed, since I can’t attack Obama anymore, I’m going to need to to remind everyone that Obama is black. And while your doing that, why not let people know that whites probably won’t vote for him either.”

If that isn’t racism, I’m not sure what is.

I won’t vote for Obama specifically because he’s a liberal populist. I can list many reasons I do not think he is qualified to represent me as president, and not one of them has to do with race. The white folk in Pennsylvania should be outraged.

Attendees Fainting at Obama Rallies

We have not posted too much about the Democrat candidates for president, but something I heard near the end of Jim Vicevich’s Sound off Connecticut show on WTIC AM this morning made me laugh.

It seems as though the ladies are fainting as they cry and laugh with Obama at rallies across the country. Ladies are dropping in Seattle, Hartford, Kansas, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, and Dartmouth, N.H.

They seem to be fainting close enough to the stage for Obama to reach for some water and hand it to the crowd to provide some assistance. This is happening over and over. The faintee is always close to the stage and Obama seems to react the same way.

The phenomenon is not just limited to Obama rallies it seems. Clinton attendees are dropping in New York, St. Louis, Arizona, and Missouri. She’s ready with the water too.

I’m quite certain that folks are fainting at McCain and Huckabee events, but Google huckabee fainting and then mccain fainting and you don’t get too much other than references to the Democrat rallies above. I found the links above by searching for clinton fainting and obama fainting.

I’m not making light of these events, some of the attendees need to wait hours in line in the cold before they are crammed into auditoriums where it can get quite warm as they wait for the candidates. I just find the comparisons between R and D candidates pretty interesting. Maybe it’s global warming?