FOREIGN AFFAIRS

11949843562058740961world_map_saint__svg_medObama has a real problem when dealing with foreign governments.  I will look at our relations around the world and evaluate where we stand with the international community.  Let’s take them one at a time.

Syria is a major trouble spot.  The Assad government has been engaged in a civil war for some time now, stretching over two years.  The army has been bombing towns and killing civilians in massive amounts.  The “rebels” have asked for U.S. help from the beginning.  We have supplied some arms, but have stayed away from any heavy lifting.  Assad has been brutal in his treatment of the rebels and the areas they show strength.  The U.S. has stayed arms length from this Muslim trouble spot.

Egypt has a new government that’s run by the Muslim Brotherhood.  Mohammed Morsi was elected last summer to replace Hosni Mubarak.  Mubarak signed an agreement with Obama in 2010 for 16 F-16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks.  Morsi has said the children of Egypt must continue to be taught hatred for all Jews.  He verbally attacks the U.S. for our relations with Israel.  Even though the Muslim Brotherhood is considered a terrorist group, Obama continued with the sale, even though the weapons may be used against Israel.  The U.S. has refused to get tough with this Muslim nation.

Great Britain, supposedly our best ally, but contact between Obama and England have been limited.  Maybe the problem started when Obama was first sworn into office.  He returned a bust of Churchill that was there when Obama assumed office.  He also gave Queen Elizabeth a recording of his favorite speeches.  This arrogance has been received by mostly silence since then.

North Korea has joined the nuclear world.  We declared they would never get nuclear weapons but they have.  Now they are working on developing a delivery system.  Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the U.S. and our allies if we tighten the sanctions that have been in force for several years.  China voted for the latest sanctions but I think they continue to supply the North Koreans with military support.  Kim Jong Un has been accused of cyber attacks against South Korea and the United States.  In conjunction with china, they have caused havoc with the U.S. banking system.  I’m sure the U.S. has responded in kink, but we have taken no public action against these attacks.

Iran continues to develop their nuclear weapons.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been very vocal about continuing his country’s development.  He has also stated Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth.  Ahmadinejad has also said his drive for nuclear is for peaceful energy needs, and not for weapons.  Iran has refused to allow inspectors to view their nuclear sites for inspection.  The U.N. has imposed sanctions on Iran to no avail.  Their population suffers and the nuclear programs goes on.  The U.S. has refused to engage this Muslim nation.

China has been buying our debt.  They have also been greatly expanding their military and manufacturing.  The chinese have been buying technology whenever and wherever they can.  That is what they can’t steal.  They have become a world leader.  They have become the major force in the world.  Right now, we have a hard time competing economically with them because they don’t have the environmental, regulatory, and health and safety requirements that the industrial world faces.  China continues to support our enemies with military and economic aid.  They are a bigger threat to us than the Russians.

Dr. Shakil Afridi has been in prison for helping the U.S. locate Osama bin Laden.  Dr. Afridi is serving a 33 year sentence in Pakistan for helping the U.S. identify bin Laden before we took him down.  The U.S. has not done anything publicly to free the Dr.  Our relations with Pakistan is not very good.  President Asif Ali Zardari is strengthening ties with President Morsi of Egypt.

America’s standing in the world is deteriorating.  We are no longer feared or respected.  The decay in our influence will be felt in the future.

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