- Posted May 28, 2014 by
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Dud Foreign Policy Speech Lands with a Thud
What was dubbed as a major foreign policy speech today when President Barack Obama spoke to the graduating class at West Point Military Academy was greeted with but a smattering of applause.
Analysts and pundits were left scratching their heads trying to figure out the impact if any of the President's remarks.
Listening to the speech, I came away agreeing with Polish Nobel laureate and former Poland President Lech Walesa that the US is no longer the leader of the world, but under the watch of Obama abdicated the US role.
Even as Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week at an economic summit in Moscow, the US that once was to be considered and feared is no more.
As usual, the President delivered an excellent speech and filled with sound bytes. But what the President did not do was reassure our allies around the world that the US would stand with them and behind them.
He gave merely lip service to America's responsibility in the world and the idea that it was the US that other countries turn to for help in times of need.
Most likely our enemies loved the speech and took heart that America would not act when push comes to shove.
Perhaps this explains why Putin is continuing his push in Ukraine and eyeing other former Soviet Republics.
Perhaps this explains why Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad has only complied in the barest of means to the dismantling of chemical weapons.
While the President sounded strong, the teeth, the backbone, the resolve seemed to be missing when it comes to dealing with crises wherever they occur around the globe.
The polite, but barely audible positive response from the cadets who will be deployed as officers commanding our troops was thundering in its subdued tone.
To me, from the reaction, there appeared little that the soon-to-be officers found inspiring from the Commander-in-Chief.
The only real applause came when the President noted that the graduating class would be the first in 10+ years to not be sent right away into a war zone.
Sorry, Mr. President, I must disagree that your Administration has been the most effective in foreign policy of any administration.
Our status in the world has dimminished under your watch.
Our friends are unsure if we will be there or not.
Our enemies see nothing to give them pause in doing what they want.
And, no, I am not a partisan, but an independent.
You say, Mr. President, the US must lead, but looking back objectively over the years you have been in command, the US has not always done what you say we must do.
The US did not take the lead and still is waffling in some parts where action and leadership is called for - example: Syria. That country torn apart by a civil war looked to the US and has become instead a breeding and training ground for Al Qaeda.
Now you want to find, equip and train opposition fighters who are not tied with extremists, jihadists and Al Qaeda.
That time passed two years ago.
From the Cornfield, I am left with an empty feeling and a sense that our nation may be in the last seconds of our 15 minutes of fame on the world stage, if the President's idea of global leadership continues.