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Liz Cheney: Obama should stop 'dressing down' Karzai

NEW ORLEANS -- I've got an early look at the speech Liz Cheney will deliver tonight, here at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Red meat doesn't come any redder -- the Obama administration is accused of "arrogance and incompetence" and "self-serving lectures" that win Nobel prizes while weakening America. And Cheney cuts against some conventional wisdom, lumping Hamid Karzai in with Benjamin Netanyahu as world leaders who have been unfairly minimized by the Obama administration.

Afghan President Karzai, whose support we need if we are going to succeed in Afghanistan, is being treated to an especially dangerous and juvenile display from this White House. They dress him down publicly almost daily and refuse to even say that he is an ally. There is a saying in the Arab world: “It is more dangerous to be America’s friend than to be her enemy.” In the age of Obama, that is proving true.


Below the fold, more excerpts from Cheney's speech.

When it comes to foreign policy, it looks increasingly like there are three pillars to the “Obama Doctrine” – (1)Apologize for America, (2)Abandon our allies, and (3)Appease our enemies.

In the era of Obama, American allies have their loyalty met with humiliation, arrogance and incompetence. The shabby reception Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu received in Washington a few weeks ago – being treated as an uninvited guest at the White House -- was disgraceful. President Obama must not understand the most fundamental point about US-Israeli relations – the world is safer when there is no daylight between America and the state of Israel.

Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and one of our strongest and most important allies in the world. Barack Obama is playing a reckless game that could have deadly consequences if he continues on the path of diminishing America’s ties to Israel.
Israel is not the only ally to have felt Obama’s wrath – last year the Obama Administration pulled the rug out from under leaders in Poland and the Czech Republic by abruptly canceling a missile defense system they had committed to host. We did so because the Russians complained.

Afghan President Karzai, whose support we need if we are going to succeed in Afghanistan, is being treated to an especially dangerous and juvenile display from this White House. They dress him down publicly almost daily and refuse to even say that he is an ally. There is a saying in the Arab world: “It is more dangerous to be America’s friend than to be her enemy.” In the age of Obama, that is proving true.

And the president’s approach toward nuclear disarmament—unveiled this week-- confirms the naiveté of his views of America’s enemies. Until this week, any enemy of our country that might be contemplating a chemical, biological or large-scale conventional attack knew they might face the worst in return: a nuclear response. We have now surrendered that powerful deterrent. The new strategy also prevents America from building any new nuclear weapons or using nuclear deterrence to defend our allies from massive conventional attack. Apparently the President believes that if we disarm and limit America’s options, Iran and North Korea will be inspired to follow suit.

And while the President works to limit America’s freedom of action, the Iranian mullahs are making daily, steady progress toward acquiring a nuclear weapon. The President likes to say he is doing everything possible to prevent that from happening. That is just about as convincing as all of those deadlines that have been put on the Iranian regime, and ignored again and again and again. In this administration’s dealings with Iran, the deadlines are meaningless, the sanctions worthless, the speeches pointless.

Our best hope surely lies with the Iranian people themselves, who have courageously demonstrated and faced down their oppressors. Yet even then, during the mass protests in Iran, President Obama offered almost no support or solidarity. He seemed far more concerned with the feelings of the mullahs than with the desire of the Iranian people to live in freedom. And as always with policies of appeasement, the administration lost the respect of all concerned – both the oppressors and the oppressed.

Ultimately, the only way diplomacy will succeed in halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions is if the mullahs understand, beyond a doubt, that America will take military action if they don’t comply peacefully. No enticements can work – there is nothing the international community can offer Iran that is worth more to them than a nuclear weapon. And watered down sanctions carry their own danger – they buy time for Iran while imposing no cost. The dangers grow to us and our allies with every hour we waste.

Iran watches as the administration answers their threats with weakness, confusion and self-serving lectures that put down America and diminish our achievements. That kind of talk can win you a Nobel Prize these days, but it dishonors this nation, and the brave men and women who have fought and died for our freedom.

Here, with America’s security in the balance, Republicans, Democrats and Independents should speak as one to the administration: President Obama, stop apologizing for this great nation and start defending her.

By David Weigel  |  April 8, 2010; 7:50 PM ET
Categories:  SRLC , The Cheneys  
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