Given President Obama's ordered withdrawal from corrupt Afghanistan and U.S. public opinion mostly opposed to additional "foreign entanglements," it falls to the President to lead. Leading is not something Obama has done well. Consider his failed "outreach" to the Muslim world and his equally ineffective "reset" with Russia. In 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton produced a red button, which she and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, pressed. The Russian word for "reset" was wrongly translated as "overloaded." Was that prophetic symbolism?
Can anyone articulate this president's foreign policy and point to where it is working?
In a column for the Sunday Telegraph titled, "Obama's not to be trusted on foreign policy," Janet Daley writes, "But there must be at least a glimmering of doubt even in Europe -- where the Obama presidency has been given an absurdly easy ride -- that America, too, is adrift in the post-Cold War landscape: that it no longer has any clear conception of its global role."
Endless speeches by the President are not a policy.
It bears restating that the Ayatollah Khomeini believed in the strength and resolve of Ronald Reagan. That is why on the day of Reagan's 1981 inauguration he released 52 American hostages held for 444 days. Strong individuals deter bullies. Strong nations deter enemies and keep the peace.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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