Following the mid-term elections of 2010, and the landslide victories the GOP realized at the expense of the Dems, many political pundits questioned how President Obama could recover. Most premised that he would move to the center on domestic policy, but that foreign policy- an arena the Executive branch enjoys a significant amount of political advantage- would be his saving grace in constraining the gains of the Republicans and in showcasing his skills as a leader.

I must admit, when I heard this, I chuckled. Actually, I laughed my ass off. This Administration has been an epic failure when it comes to foreign policy, so to think that foreign policy was going to save him, well, that’s wishful thinking if I ever heard it.

It was in this vein while I pondered the implications of the Egyptian crisis that I came to the conclusion that this Administration is poised to damage our international standing in ways never before seen. But tangentially, the damages this man will cause our allies is something few have really considered before. Therefore, I present but three examples of this man’s treachery, and the implications it will have for our nation.

Great Britain

Everyone has a best friend, but rarely is that best friend a family member. When it is, that bond and friendship is something rarely, ever broken. At the end of the day, we are family with the British. Those limely bastards that we broke ranks with in the 1700’s have become the closest ally we could ever hope for. They’ve been with us through thick and thin, and likewise, we’ve been there for them. So, to cast sand in the face of the British, well, that was a sign of things to come.

First, there was the debacle of gifts. Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave Obama gifts worth some $16,500 and included a pen and holder made from the wood of the HMS Gannet, a Victorian warship that played a role in anti-slavery efforts. A truly thoughtful gift, especially for the Presidents who have used the Resolute desk. So, what did Obama give Prime Minister Brown? A boxset of movies. To add insult to injury, the DVD’s were for the wrong region and couldn’t be played on British DVD players. In addition to this, the President gave an iPod to Queen Elizabeth which was full of several of Obama’s speeches. What more could she ever hope for…

Next came the greatest ally gaff. At the beginning of this year, Obama called France America’s “greatest ally” and French President Nicolas Sarkozy a “stronger friend” than that of David Cameron. Really, the French are many things, but a reliable ally has never been one of them.

But this, this has got to be the creme de la creme, the straw on the proverbial camel’s back. Obama decided, when negotiaing with Russia the new SALT treaty, aggreed to divulge British nuclear secrets. British policy is to hide the number of nuclear weapons in its arsenal, so Obama’s aggreeing to divulge the number of Trident missiles provided to Great Britain, especially without their knowledge or consent, well, its not the kind of thing a friend does (unless, of course, you’re the kind of friend who bangs his buddies wife).

It is one thing to be a cheap friend, even a talk-shit-behind-your-back friend, but to divulge your friend’s national secrets associated with state survival, just so you can score some foreign policy “success” at home- that is a buddy fucker if there ever was one.

Egypt

Unfortunately, Great Britain hasn’t been the only ally we’ve thrown under the bus of late. As everyone knows, Egypt has caught the contagion of the Tunisian uprising, and it is having some major internal security issues. Now, Hosni Mubarak- who has been a solid ally of the U.S. for some 30 years- isn’t the nicest of guys. However, he has been an integral part of state-level peace in the Levant, and to ignore that, is very, very dangerous.

Obama’s betrayal came early in this crisis. While it appears that the early aspects of the protest were socioeconomically driven, and quite organic in nature, their current organization is in serious doubt. The Muslim Brotherhood has taken full advantage of the protests, and as the most organized opposition organization, it stands to gain the most from an immediate ouster of Mubarak. Mubarak has stated that he is going to not run for re-election and step down following elections in September. That gives ALL interested parties involved time to cool down, organize and move forward with rational, peaceful decisions. Apparently, Obama not interested in any of that.

First, there was Obama’s State Department holding secret meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood, with Obama going so far as to say that they could be legitimate actors in Egypt. Really? Obama’s going to suggest that a pan-Islamist organization that supports jihad and is adamantly opposed to both the United States and Israel is a good thing? Of course, this wasn’t the first time Obama reached out to the Muslim Brotherhood as he forced Mubarak to invite their leaders to his 2009 Cairo speech.

Frustrating the situation is Obama calling this an Egypt problem that will be solved by Egyptians, yet at every turn, he’s is injecting himself into the “Egyptian problem”. He’s even gone so far as to pull in other states, namely Turkey, into trying to force Mubarak out.

Considering the lack of knowledge anyone has on who could step into the power vacuum following Mubarak’s departure, rushing this seems more than a little foolish. It has significant implications for U.S. foreign policy, but it is having an enormous effect on our other allies. I can guarantee that every Arab ally the U.S. has in the region is reevaluating its relationship with the United States. The loss in trust in our support is something that could potentially take generations to regain. We rely on foreign leaders to address a whole host of issues that are of great concern to us. Do we really expect, especially after this, that they are going to be willing to do something in our interest when it conflicts with their own people? Case in point Pakistan: if you were the Pakistani’s, and you had been watching how well we treated a 30 year ally in trouble, would you stick your neck out to go after groups like al-Qaida or the Taliban, who happen to be viewed as less of a threat than  the U.S.?

Israel

But no ally has been thrown under the bus as far as the Israeli’s. They are watching the events unfold in Egypt with abject fear. They haven’t had to worry about their Southern border for three decades because they could rely on the Egyptian regime to keep the peace. They’ve also relied on the Egyptians to mitigate as much as possible the amount of arms and aid that could be sent to Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. To expect that to continue, is frankly delusional, especially since the group Obama thinks could be a legitimate actor in Egypt wants to end the Egypt-Israeli peace treaty.

From Obama telling the Israelis where they could build houses IN THEIR CAPITAL, to Obama encouraging foreign accelerates into the West Bank, this Administration has been outright hostile towards an ally that has been worth its weight in gold.

General George Keegan, former head of U.S. Air Force Intelligence has publicly declared that “Israel is worth five CIA’s.” He further stated that between 1974 and 1990, Israel received $18.3 billion in U.S. military grants. During the same period Israel provided the U.S. with $50-80 billion in intelligence, research and development savings, and Soviet weapons systems captured and transferred to the U.S.

Alexander Haig, a former Secretary of State and Supreme Commander of NATO, called Israel, “the largest, most battle-tested and cost-effective US aircraft carrier, which does not require a single US personnel, cannot be sunk and is located at a most critical area for US national security interests.” In early April of last year, 50 retired Generals and Admirals sent a letter to Obama highlighting the value of the U.S.-Israeli relationship, and that a departure from that would be a huge mistake. Yet that has not stopped this Administration from repeatedly undermining Israeli interests at their- and our own- expense.

This Administration has been an abject failure at foreign policy. It has failed because it is both unwilling and incapable of separating political ideology from pragmatic U.S. interests. Obama continuously demonstrates that he is not the leader of the American people, but rather the number one protagonist for a certain group of people, who happen to be the smallest political demographic.

Many have looked at the Carter Administration as the epitome of U.S. diplomatic failure, as Carter failed to address the formation of the oil cartel Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC (which cemented manufactured market manipulation of global energy), the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (which lead to the formation of organizations like al-Qaida), and of course, the fall of the Shah (which lead to the current Iranian regime and its persistent terrorist violence in the Levant, the region and the world).

When it comes to failure, it is really hard to imagine any President with the advantage of 20/20 hindsight to fail as dramatically. Yet here we are, on the cusp of seeing the Middle East potentially fall into the hands of extremists and the potential demise of the only real democracy in the region. Two words define this President: Epic Fail.

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