Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

What Is Obama's Foreign Policy Goal?

So far, I've not been able to figure out exactly what Mr. Obama aims to do with his foreign policy.  So far, he has managed to alienate just about every ally we have, both  old and new.  He threw Poland and the Czech Republic under the bus to placate the Russians...and received nothing in return.  He has offended the President of France, our oldest ally (they are, even if they have been lukewarm for decades, after all, without the French, we would never have achieved independence).  His gift of an I-pod full of his speeches to the Queen of England as well as his gift of DVD (in American format...not British!) was a studied insult.  He has ignored the Indians, whom Mr. Bush assiduously cultivated  over his eight year term (something NONE of his predecessors had been able to do) has cooled our relations with the worlds largest democracy markedly.   Mark Steyn has an interesting post NRO,
The entire administration suffers, to put it at its mildest, from systemic indifference to American allies. It wasn’t Obama but a mere aide who sneered to Fleet Street reporters that Britain was merely one of 200 countries in the world and shouldn’t expect any better treatment than any of the others. It wasn’t Obama but the State Department that leaked Hillary Clinton’s dressing down of Prime Minister Netanyahu. Ally-belittling comes so reflexively to this administration that it’s now doing drive-by bird-flipping. I doubt Secretary Clinton intended to change American policy when she was down in Argentina the other day and out of the blue demanded negotiations on the Falkland Islands. I would imagine she is entirely ignorant and indifferent on the subject, and calling for negotiations seemed the easy option — works for Iran and North Korea, right?

Mr. Obama has certainly hit the reset button, but what he seeks to do now is...opaque to say the least.

1 comment:

MissTammy said...

It is painfully obvious that individual currently disgracing the Oval Office is intent on courting an entirely new set of allies....all of whom are spurning him left and right, as fast as they can.