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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Responding to Complaints of a Weak Foreign Policy Obama Set to Give More Speeches

Five years into his presidency and Obama doesn't understand that actions speak louder than words?

Among Democrats there is the feeling that if only Obama had explained ObamaCare better, it might not be that big an albatross around their necks as the 2014 midterm election approaches. Obama gave one speech after another trying to explain ObamaCare. He got so desperate that late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel remarked "did you know that the number of speeches Obama has made about affordable health care is greater than the number of people who have actually signed up for affordable healthcare?" Despite Obama's rhetorical gifts, speech after speech wasn't enough to convince people to disbelieve their lying eyes when it came to Obamacare.

Will it be any different when it comes to foreign policy? From the Wall Street Journal:
President Barack Obama, in a commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday, will launch a new attempt to define a foreign-policy doctrine that he believes is misunderstood and that his critics say lacks definition.
Mr. Obama's speech kicks off a monthslong effort by the White House to publicly explain his approach on the world stage and to actively seek to reclaim the narrative on his foreign-policy legacy, with just two and a half years left in office.
Wednesday's speech is expected to counter criticism that American power is on the decline under Mr. Obama, with the White House official describing America as "the only nation capable of galvanizing action." Because of that, the official said, Mr. Obama will make the case for a foreign-policy approach that is "sustainable and enduring" and addresses traditional challenges, such as trade, but also rising ones such as climate change.
Another speech? Yeah, that will do it. So far, speeches haven't deterred Syria from using chemical weapons. They continue to do so. Iran is still intent on building nuclear weapons and Russia is still carving off pieces of Ukraine. America's allies don't trust us and our enemies no longer fear us. So naturally, Obama thinks another speech is the answer.

Obama and fellow travelers might be the only people who think another speech will solve foreign policy problems. Apparently, it's too difficult for Obama to understand that empty words mean little when confronted with the painful reality presented by the world's bad guys. Obama's actions, or the lack of them, are the problem!

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