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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Is Obama figuring out who our friends are?

By Jennifer Rubin

This administration has been roundly criticized for neglecting traditional allies in Europe, roughing up friends (like Israel, Honduras, Poland and the Czech Republic) and showing undue deference to despotic governments. But there is a ray of hope that it may be readjusting its approach.

The president and those who advised him deserve credit for building upon George W. Bush's efforts to nurture the U.S.-India relationship. By traveling to India, stressing the two democracies' common interests and suggesting UN Security Council status for India, Obama indicated a rare bit of recognition regarding the value of cementing critical alliances. The Wall Street Journal reports that this is paying off:

India has tightened the web of sanctions around Iran by barring Indian companies from a range of deals transacted through a key trade-finance clearinghouse.

India is Iran's biggest trading partner in business done through the Asian Clearing Union, originally set up by the United Nations in 1974 to help facilitate trade in South Asia and headquartered in Tehran.

We should not fool ourselves that sanctions are the solution to our Iran problem. (As the Journal reported,"Iran has offered no indication that it's willing to slow its nuclear program as a result of the sanctions. Some Middle East officials believe Tehran will find ways around the restrictions. Iran's abundant supplies of oil are a lure for traders around the region.") But the cooperation of India on this national security issue and the potential for further mutually beneficial strategic actions should be applauded.

Indeed, given the belligerent behavior of the Chinese of late and the ongoing corruption and unreliability of Pakistan, the administration would do well to redouble its efforts not only with India but with other pro-American Southeast Asian nations.

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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he seems a lot harder, generally, on Republicans and tea party people than our actual enemies.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 29, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Barry is definitely confused over who the American Peoples enemies are. The tea party isn't racist and republican are not enemies, this was not a smart move by the Pres poking his fingers into his fellow Americans eyes. Hanging and agreeing on most issues with fellow socialist Hugo doesn't buy him allot of support either. When Barry realizes that he is POTUS of all Americans and quits being president of the Dem's, maybe he will have an epiphany. I doubt it though.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | December 29, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

if you run as a hopeychangey, post partisan moderate, then spend 2 years scorching the earth and demonizing anyone who disagrees with your far left program, don't be shocked when indies cut and run.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 29, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are the enemy.. they've fought to derail any policy that will help the economy just so they can win re-election.. and their brain dead supporters just cheer them along.

Posted by: cmsatown | December 29, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

jmpickett wrote:

"if you run as a hopeychangey, post partisan moderate, then spend 2 years scorching the earth and demonizing anyone who disagrees with your far left program, don't be shocked when indies cut and run."

Oh, please! Republicans started attacking President Obama before he was even sworn in. And calling Romneycare a "far left program" is a real joke. The individual mandate that the R's are so upset about was a staple of the American Enterprise Institute's proposals as well as Bob Dole's plan in the mid-90s.

Posted by: joe37 | December 29, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

obama already called them out as ENEMIES.

he has no friends on the right.

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 29, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Poking his fingers into his fellow Americans eyes", "scorching the earth." What in hell are you people talking about? If you're going to do a better job of demonizing the president then you simply must rise above the level of schoolyard taunts.

Posted by: Southernwriter | December 29, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm demonizing no one, sir. I am stating the fact that the president and his staff have been pretty hostile to the GOP and people who don't agree with them. After running as a post partisan, hopeychangey moderate. There is no attack in these sentences. Sensitive, are we?

Take a look at Obama's losses among independent voters in many many polls over the last 18 months.

I'm a libertarian, I carry no water for the GOP.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 29, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

So some lefties above deny that the president has suffered losses among independent voters in the last 18-20 months? Really? Seriously?

Posted by: jmpickett | December 29, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Short answer: No.

Posted by: cavalier4 | December 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem at all with a party attacking the policies of a president. That's how our political system works. As long as it doesn't get personal and stays on policy. Neither side is perfect on that of course.

The GOP has stayed fairly united against the Obama agenda. And as long as it's stayed on policy and not personal, I'm glad. They believe it generally is harmful to the country, and I generally agree. Nothing wrong at all with that.

Posted by: jmpickett | December 29, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The sabotage of India's space program is but one part of the sabotage of India's defence and economy. I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy for India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, I have described who has been committing this sabotage and how. But for this sabotage, India at this moment will have nuclear supremacy over the United States and economic superiority over the United States on a per capita basis.

Since the C.I.A. has been committing the above sabotage directly as well as through RAW and the Tamil snakes such as K. Subrahmanyam, the Tamil snakes at Bharat-Rakshak have started a thread titled 'Saudi Arabia and Its Impact on Indian Security' to divert attention from the C.I.A. as the enemy and make Saudi Arabia the enemy instead.

Satish Chandra

Posted by: SatishChandra | December 30, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

He roughed up Honduras? Please stick to talking about parts of the world you understand.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 30, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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