Reuter’s news agency reports that the attack of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates is merely an “annoying distraction” for President Obama, a distraction that is turning attention away from his crucial domestic agenda.
Tell that to Andrea Phillips. She’s the wife of Richard Phillips, the ship Captain being held hostage off-shore from Kenya, who now has a price tag of $2 million on his life. Call me crazy, but I’m guessing that for Mr. and Mrs. Phillips and their friends and relatives, this situation amounts to more than an “annoying distraction.”
In fact, I’m guessing that Barack Obama’s important plans to seize more control over the energy, banking, healthcare, pharmaceutical and automotive industries, have more corporate CEO’s fired, raise taxes, make healthcare and college education “universal,” and convert America to a “green energy economy” are probably not even top-of-mind for Mr. Phillips and those who know and love him. Right now, they have no choice but to focus on surviving in a very dangerous world.
I don’t wish the Phillips’ troubles on any American, and I regret what is happening to them right now. But I do wish more of us had their focus.
In less than three full months of the Obama presidency, we’ve seen some sweeping changes made to our nation’s foreign policy, and during this same brief period we’ve seen a series of new foreign threats and challenges emerge. Of course, Mr. Obama promised changes in foreign policy during his campaign, which included a promise to meet with our nation’s enemies.
Since 1979, it has been the policy of the United States that the sitting U.S. President will not meet with the executive head of a nation that is a known “state sponsor” of terrorism, and because Iran has been known as such, no President in the last three decades has met with Iran’s leader (this would include President’s Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, if you’re keeping track).
But Senator Obama knew better. He made it clear in 2007 during a Democratic candidate’s debate that, as President, he would meet with the dictators of Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and other “enemy” nations. And what has this produced? After winning the election last November, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent President-elect Obama a note of congratulations, then before the inauguration in January demanded that Obama apologize for the many American “atrocities” committed against the Iranian people.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.