Rich Galen

I know nothing about the nature of the threat. Remember I had to look up Antananarivo. But I do know that this is the logical result of one of the most inept foreign policy presidents since Jimmy Carter. Maybe even worse than Carter -- Obama still has three years to go.

Not only are our diplomats hiding under the beds in places like Bujumbura, but Secretary of State John Kerry was forced, the other day, to say the military is not in charge of Egypt. "The military did not take over, to the best of our judgment … to run the country. There's a civilian government," he said from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Gerry Ford claimed in a 1976 debate against Jimmy Carter that neither the Polish nor the Rumanian people were under the thumb of the Soviet Union. Perhaps because of that obviously irrational remark, Ford lost.

Kerry, as of this writing, is still Secretary of State.

While all that is swirling around, Vladimir Putin has granted Edward Snowden -- who claims that the NSA operations to find terror plots are illegal and spilled the beans about them -- asylum.

According to Time's Michael Crowley, that is just the latest in a series of thumbs to the Obama's eye. Among the others:

"Putin has backed Syria's embattled dictator, Bashar al Assad, long past the time Barack Obama declared that Assad has to go. He has cut off American adoptions of Russian children. He has expelled an alleged American CIA officer after an unusually public humiliation of the man."

If anyone is on the run, it is Barack Obama chased by his own foreign policy.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at