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On Foreign Policy, Obama Treads Carefully

By Ben Pershing
President Obama came to office promising bold change on a variety of fronts, but he has often conducted his foreign policy in shades of gray. Whether in Iran or China or North Korea, when is the Obama administration not "moving cautiously" or "treading carefully" abroad?

The latest example is Honduras, where the White House yesterday criticized the coup that toppled Manuel Zelaya yet didn't signal complete disapproval. "But while condemning the overthrow, U.S. officials did not demand the reinstatement of Zelaya,' the Los Angeles Times writes. "The administration left its ambassador to Honduras in place, while several governments in the region recalled theirs." Conservatives believe the Honduran military is doing the right thing and want the U.S. to say so, while liberals want Obama to take a firmer stance against the coup and cut of military aid to the country. So far, Obama isn't huddling with either camp.

Obama is walking a similar tightrope in Iraq, where U.S. troops are today withdrawing from major cities and handing over most security responsibilities to Iraqi forces. Initial reports this morning portray Iraqis celebrating the move. Still, Tom Ricks calls it a "faith-based" policy. He explains: "Will the Iraqis be able to keep the population relatively secure? To be honest, I don't know, and no one else does. It's a matter of faith." (A sidenote: Remember when a shift like this in Iraq would have been atop the front page, rather than at the bottom or inside the paper somewhere?)

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By Ben Pershing  |  June 30, 2009; 9:07 AM ET
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I am not sure if the President was aware of the actual situation in Honduras before he made his statement. Either that or he was getting poor advice from advisors. At any rate he seems to have gotten up to speed and is now backpedaling on his initial statement on Honduras.

For awhile, the President was making the right choice in not criticizing or making threats against nations that he had no control over. That was one of the most maddening things about Jimmy Carter as president. He would criticize and threaten but everyone knew he was bluffing because he was weak.

Obama at first left doubt by not making threats but now he is drifting towards Carterism and not in a good way.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 1, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

US lacks a comprehensive strategy which requires probing Pyongyang's intentions constantly. Sporadic reactions to the North are not enough to deal with this country. Trying to bring the North back to the negotiation table is important, but we should be ready for any plausible scenarios like North Korea's collapse or its long-term existence as a nuclear state as an author of Asia Chronicle (www.asiachroniclenews.com) argues. I found a very good analysis: "Comprehensive Strategy Needed to Solve N. Korea Problem" http://www.asiachroniclenews.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=88&twindow=Default&mad=No&sdetail=258&wpage=&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2970&hn=asiachroniclenews&he=.com=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2970&hn=asiachroniclenews&he=.com

Posted by: Miffy123 | June 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama threads carefully?! He's openly siding with the most despicable dictators, dictators like Castro and Chavez! But I guess it was to be expected from Obama. As his parents, relatives, friends and mentors, Obama is a U.S. hating Marxist. As such, he sides with the oppressors in Iran and with the Marxist dictators and would-be dictators in Latin America.

Zelaya behaved illegally (like Obama) and the Honduras military acted under the orders of the country's Supreme Court to remove that president, and to elevate the person next in line under the Honduras Constitution. This is Constitutional Democracy in action combating illegal behavior by a sitting President. That's why Obama does not like it!

Zelaya was implementing in Honduras the strategy devised by Castro and implemented by Chavez and the rest of the Marxist thugs to gain absolute power. That’s why all of them are complaining about it. They would like Zelaya to be reinstated so he can continue with his plans to enslave Honduras while pretending to act democratically. That's why Obama wants Zelaya reinstated!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | June 30, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION: POTUS, WH STAFF, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

The extrajudicial targeting and punishment "matrix" spawned or expanded by Bush-Cheny remains in place, making a mockery of the rule of law and democracy at the grassroots -- under YOUR radar -- as POTUS becomes its enabler and public service ad pitchman.

This, FYI:

***

EYES ONLY. TO: U.S. multi-agency intel section/unit chiefs, operatives
FROM: Target
RE: Multi-agency coordinated action program, a/k/a "The Program"


FIVE-YEAR PSY/EMF 'OP' AGAINST TARGETED JOURNALIST BECOMES SECURITY/INTEL COMMUNITY INTERNET EMBARRASSMENT

BLOWBACK AFFECTS PUBLIC, POLITICAL PERCEPTION OF DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPON PROLIFERATION, GOVT-FUNDED EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING VIA GPS-ENABLED CITIZEN VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY POLICING

WEAPONIZATION OF ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM, DOMESTIC TORTURE MATRIX EXPOSED

DOJ CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION AWARE -- CONSEQUENCES PREDICTED


See linked article, psy ops responses to target internet postings, below:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 30, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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