American diplomacy and foreign policy - are the u.s. interests being served well?

Should American diplomacy and foreign policy be of concern to Americans in light of the about face of the Obama Administration? In all honesty, the American people are not very knowledgeable of how foreign policy is crafted and and the actual components that an administration has to work with.

In it's simplest form, American diplomacy and foreign policy is the way in which the United States interacts with the world and sets the standards for that interaction by which organizations, corporations and individual citizens can operate.

The Constitution divides foreign policy powers evenly between the executive and legislative branch of the government which creates a complicated process by which the nation decides how it relates to the world outside its borders.

This shared policy concept is designed to provide checks and balances which often creates quite a bit of tension between the two branches.

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This tension has been on display throughout the tenure of the Obama Administration. There have been critics from both sides of the aisle regarding Obama's American foreign policy and its handling of the Middle East conflict, particularly as it relates to Israel as well as Iran and it's nuclear ambitions.

The administrations motives have not always been clear to all parties. We have heard one constant message from the oval office and yet have seen actions that do not support what we are hearing. For example, we hear Obama reiterate unwavering support for our long time and only middle east ally Israel, and yet, members of his re-election team took part in recent elections in Israel by advising the main opponent to Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

This action certainly sent mixed signals to many who were watching things unfold in this critical middle east scenario. My reason for addressing American diplomacy and foreign policy is because its a critical part of my analysis of how America is collapsing from its once revered position on the world stage.

In this section I want to review how the American diplomacy and foreign policy has drastically been changing, especially since the arrival of Barack Obama. Lets start with what I believe has been how Obama truly sees America and the role he wants it play going forward and what he has gone about to make that a reality.

There seems to be two major camps that people belong to regarding American diplomacy and foreign policy. The first camp would agree with the advice that George Washington gave the nation during his farewell address in 1789. That advice was regarding relations with other nations: "avoid entangling alliances".

I am convinced that many Americans would prefer that the United States withdraw from world affairs. I believe that the motivation behind this thinking has more to do with "keeping things simple". These Americans would prefer to live more of an isolationists life and let the rest of the world handle its problems without our help.

I don't have a problem with that. Except for one thing. That's no longer realistic. Nations are very much impacted by other nations. Even if they're all the way on the other side of the world. So its important that we interact with them as much as needed with the intent of assuring that their actions will bring us no harm.

Having said that, it's important to consider how Obama's philosophy fits along this line of thinking. I don't believe that Obama is an isolationist even though one of his first acts was to get the United States out of Iraq as soon as he took office.

I truly believe that the Obama American diplomacy and foreign policy is actually more interested in destroying as much of the United States influence outside of its own borders and his American foreign policy reflects that. 

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obama - the man who broke the middle east

Here is a review of what has transpired so far under the Obama administration:

  • The Rise of ISIS - under Mr. Obama's watch a jihadist caliphate has been established and there is still no strategy to deal with it appropirately
  • A Middle East Nuclear Arms Race - a retired Saudi colonel has already said "our leaders will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon while we don't. If Iran declares a nuclear weapon, we can't afford to wait 30 years more for our own - we should be able to declare ours within a week". The recently brokered deal by Secretary of State Kerry has not reassured anyone that Iran will be deterred from pursuing its nuclear ambitions.
  • The "Red Line" in Syria - in 2012 President Obama said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should step down and that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against rebel forces would constitute crossing a "red line". Well, Assad did and Obama did nothing about it. Now, we have an extremely unstable country and the presence of Russia in the middle east.
  • Failing to Provide Aid to Iran's "Green Revolution" - in the summer of 2009 Obama had the opportunity to assist the leaders of the so-called "Green Revolution" in toppling the Mullahs. They pleaded for support. Instead of providing the help they requested Obama said he "wanted to avoid the United States being the issue inside Iran" and did nothing to help the pro-democracy elements inside Iran. What we have now in Iran is indicative of what doing nothing when the opportunity affords itself will lead to for the United States.
  • Losing the War in Iraq - on December 14, 2011 while welcoming troops home at Fort Bragg as he was ending the American presence in Iraq the President declared "we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable, self-reliant Iraq". By withdrawing all American troops, which is what he was determined to do no matter what, he created a power vacuum in which Iraq is collapsing and Iran has rushed in to assume greater power and influence. None of which has turned out to anyone's benefit other than Iran. American lives and money have been utterly wasted.
  • Failing to Arm the Libyan Rebels - despite a well constructed plan created by CIA Director Patraeus and Secretary of State Clinton to train and supply Syrian rebels Obama vetoed the plan. According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Obama was worried about becoming deeply involved in Syria. Would the plan have worked? We'll never know. What we do know is that with Obama's hands-off approach to the middle east a) Syria has become a humanitarian and geopolitical catastrophe, b) we have been drawn into the conflict anyway.
  • The Collapse of Libya - funny how things work out. Once civil war broke out in Syria Obama decided to take unilateral action on March 19, 2011 to supposedly protect American interests and Libyan civilians. He then stated on September 21, 2011 in a speech to the United Nations ,"forty-two years of tyranny has ended in six months". Because of a lack of follow-through we have now closed our embassy and Libya has now been declared a terrorist safe haven by the state department. Let's not forget the presence of Putin and the Russian military.
  • Isolating Isreal - regardless of your political leaning there is no denying that this President has done more damage to a traditionally valuable relationship than any president before him. Political analyst Charles Krauthammer commented that Obama had undermined Israel as a result of either his "genuine antipathy" toward the Jewish state  or "the arrogance of a blundering amateur". Why such indifference towards Israel? Start by studying his long time relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright who Obama described as his "spiritual leader".

In all fairness to Obama there is only so much an American President can do to influence world events. In some of the examples I've listed here President Obama is more responsible for the failures that have occurred than in others. But I will insist that Obama has made things worse when he could have made things better. His failures have caused extraordinary damage to America and the world.

If you think I'm being biased in what I've listed here than I suggest you take an honest look at Obama's relationships and how he has indeed acted towards persons that are known to be anything but supportive of Israel. Compare this with the manner he has treated any member of the Jewish government and see for yourself. I believe that you'll see that I have been nothing short of objective in my reporting.

Overall, the President has implemented the American diplomacy and foreign policy he's wanted, regardless of what his best advisers have recommended. He has stated privately to reporters, "we don't do stupid sh*t". Really? I believe a lot of government officials would describe his policies much differently.

The evolution of american foreign policy post 9/11

post 9/11 foreign policy

It's safe to say that worldwide terrorism has played a larger role than in any time previous in American foreign policy. President Bush addressing a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001 changed the direction of American diplomacy and foreign policy. He made terrorism his focus.

A week before this session his national security adviser, Condoleeza Rice, was to give a policy speech regarding the "missile shield" over parts of Europe.  In theory, the shield would have given added protection if North Korea or Iran ever launched a missile strike. 

Our American diplomacy and foreign policy focus has evolved from one with preemptive measures to one with preventive measures. Preemptive strikes have been used in the past when the U.S. had knowledge that a known enemy attack was imminent.

Again, are U.S.interests, long and short-term at jeopardy? If so, what are the appropriate and immediate actions that should be taken? Each administration will evaluate this differently based on the information available at the time. In any case, the interest of the U.S. should always be the primary focus of any President. His number one priority is the security of the American people regardless of what other nations may think.

I recall the difficult decision President Truman made when he had to choose between a long drawn out land invasion of the island of Japan and a quick a decisive victory. A land invasion would have cost in terms of lives of American soldiers in the tens of thousands. Rather than have so many men die on foreign soil he chose to put an end to the war as quickly as possible with the use of the atomic bomb. For those of us who had fathers or grand-fathers who were stationed in the far east at the time we are thankful for his decision.

Was it a popular one? No. There were many critics. However it was in the  the best interest of America to seal the victory as quickly as possible. Imagine what route Obama would have taken knowing what we do about this President. Your guess is as good as anyone's. One thing I am confident of - he would not have been willing to inflict any pain on the civilians of Japan. I'm pretty sure that some sort of a win-win negotiation would have been pursued.

In summary, the execution of any American diplomacy and foreign policy should seek to preserve the stature, security and future of the United States of America here and abroad. If we ever falter to maintain our position as leaders of the free world we will definitely not like who replaces us. 

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