Anyone else see this? The Obama administration declared neutrality on the issue of the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands!
Go ahead and click on that last link. The author of the op-ed, James Corum, seems to think that the Obama administration is lacking a coherent foreign policy. Adding to the chaos is a clueless President, and a Sec. of State that does not have the intellectual resources necessary to do the job.
I think Mr. Corum is wrong on all counts, but I can certainly see why he would form such opinions.
This essay by Walter Russell Mead makes the case that Obama is pursuing a Jeffersonian foreign policy. This is where the US would limit alliances and foreign entanglements, and dismantle our military as much as possible.
It is in this light that the actions of the Obama administration makes perfect sense. Refusing to support Great Britain’s claims to the Falklands weakens our greatest commitment we have to a foreign government, while at the same time reduces the chance that our Navy will actually be called upon for action.
In fact, all of the President’s actions concerning foreign policy in the past year suddenly becomes absolutely crystal.
Kowtowing, bowing, and apologizing to every tinpot despot and king provides a basis for the claim that Obama’s charm and diplomatic skills have won over governments that have proven troublesome in the past. Why continue to pay for the ability to project military force around the world when the chance that relations will turn hostile is reduced?
At the same time, it also convinces our allies that reliance on America is a fool’s wager. Better reduce their commitments, as the US won’t commit to help them when needed.
One of Obama’s earliest diplomatic gaffes, where he gifted UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown with 25 cheap DVD’s that cannot be viewed on standard British equipment, could be seen as a deliberate snub. I disagree, as it seems that Obama is so interested in making a good impression that he wouldn’t have made such a blunder if he had given it any thought.
But the fact that he didn’t bother to give it any thought, and no one working in the White House thought to check on such an obvious and simple detail, does prove that the current administration is supremely disinterested in our most important alliance. They might not be going out of their way to cheese off the Brits, but they don’t give a fig if that is how it turns out.
(Cheese and figs? Yech!)