US Foreign Policy In Shambles: Global Crises Worst Since 1970 As Obama Golfs

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If one were so inclined, one could imagine that the relentless barrage of domestic scandals plaguing Obama have been orchestrated with a simple reason: to divert attention from the worst US foreign policy in four decades. And sure enough, even a casual glimpse of all the raging international crises, in which the US is currently embroiled, is enough to make one wonder if the next global crisis will be fought not in the capital markets but in the actual battlefield. As the WSJ recounts, "a convergence of security crises is playing out around the globe, from the Palestinian territories and Iraq to Ukraine and the South China Sea, posing a serious challenge to President Barack Obama's foreign policy and reflecting a world in which U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous. The breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn't been seen since the late 1970s, U.S. security strategists say, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, revolutionary Islamists took power in Iran, and Southeast Asia was reeling in the wake of the U.S. exit from Vietnam."

The humiliation continues:

In the past month alone, the U.S. has faced twin civil wars in Iraq and Syria, renewed fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, an electoral crisis in Afghanistan and ethnic strife on the edge of Russia, in Ukraine.


Off center stage, but high on the minds of U.S. officials, are growing fears that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program could collapse this month, and that China is intensifying its territorial claims in East Asia.


Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), in a CNN interview Sunday, said the world is "in greater turmoil than at any time in my lifetime." Many of the seeds of instability in the Middle East have taken root since the upheaval that followed the Sept. 11 terror attacks. At the same time, post-Cold War shifts are continuing as superpower influence has receded.


The developments have fueled debate over the Obama foreign-policy doctrine, which the president said in a May speech at West Point would rely on U.S. leadership, but not troop deployments.

Some more pointing out the obvious:

The president's critics in Washington, as well as some diplomats abroad, believe Mr. Obama's policies have fueled today's conflicts. They cite his decision to pull back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his rejection of a more decisive U.S. and allied role in the Syrian civil war, and what they see as his reluctance to provide greater support to American allies in Asia and Europe as they face down the newly aggressive foreign polices of China, Iran and President Vladimir Putin's Russia.


"I think our country acting like such a paper tiger to the world on this and so many other fronts is doing incredible long-term damage to our nation," said Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) at a hearing last week on Ukraine. "And I do hope at some point the administration will actually follow through on the things that it continues to tout publicly."


The chaos has meant that the Obama administration finds itself in the middle of a second term reacting to rather than directing world events. Dangers for the president and for the U.S. are growing as militant groups gain greater control. The organization known as the Islamic State, which now holds parts of Iraq and Syria, poses a particular danger.


"If they are able to consolidate their gains in that area, I think it's just a matter of time before they start looking outward and start looking at the West and at the United States in particular," Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday in an ABC News interview. "So this is something that we have to get on top of and get on top of now."

The biggest culprit for Obama's ruinous outside reign: completely confusion.

Many Middle East leaders also have said Mr. Obama has been too reluctant to use force, which has emboldened terrorist groups and rogue states. They cite the president's failure last year to follow through on a threat to strike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime after it allegedly used chemical weapons on its political opponents.

Of course, with John Kerry in charge of policy, is anyone surprised? Still, he does report to Obama, and one would assume that despite the president "knowing nothing" about any of the domestic scandals he has faced in the past year, he can find the world on a map...

In some cases, U.S. allies are complicating matters. European countries have balked at imposing tough new sanctions on Russia, according to U.S. officials. And divisions between South Korea and Japan have undermined U.S. efforts to present a united front against China.


Some foreign diplomats believe the Middle East is weathering a historic intra-Islamic feud between its Sunni and Shiite sects that no outside power could significantly affect and that is undermining the very structure of the region's nation states.



There is a growing skepticism in Asia about whether the U.S. would abide by its commitment to defend Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries if their territorial disputes with China escalate into conflict, according to Asian diplomats. Messrs. Obama and Kerry have worked to assure Japan and South Korea that Washington remains wholly committed to its defense treaties. But even some security analysts who are close to the White House say the Obama administration's perceived hesitancy in responding to international threats is unnerving U.S. allies in the region.


"Our allies are looking for a quarterback to call some plays here, and our body language sometimes doesn't show that we're doing that," said Brian Katulis of the left-leaning Center for American Progress. "Obama's always been a look-before-you-leap guy. And I think that leads to some of the confusion here at home, but also abroad."

Although to be honest, not all is a disaster: Obama has shown that when it comes to spying on his closest European ally, he is indeed second to none. The only problem is that said information would have been better used outside the public domain.

So what does Obama do to mitigate the disastrous image he portrays to global leaders everywhere?

... He golfs.

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:03 | 4954869 MFL8240
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He is a disgrace to the office he holds!  Get him out Palin was right!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:05 | 4954873 MeMadMax
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All going according to plan...

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:06 | 4954878 Sudden Debt
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the plan is to act like there's a plan. That's the plan.


Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:53 | 4955003 Agent P
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If that's true, I'd say they're failing. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4955102 Latina Lover
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We are all much better off with Obama Golfing.... God help us  if he was actually working!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:31 | 4955119 COSMOS
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He is working out just great for the people who funded his campaingns.

Corzine is free and  moving around.

The people Obummer appointed are running I mean stealing the show.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:34 | 4955133 Save_America1st
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I'm seeing more and more photos of that piece of shit flashing the 666 Illuminati hand signs lately.  He's 100% initiated now.  If his masters told him to nuke an American city he'd fucking do it.  And I won't be surprised if it happens before he's done.  Full speed ahead now.  2 years to go to complete as much total destruction of America as possible.  

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:39 | 4955144 RevRex
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but but but "Busch did it two and boath party's hour the same"


It's a shame how many stupid people believe that nonsense.....

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:43 | 4955156 NuckingFuts
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Yeah, Bush was great  He didn't fuck up any shit.  /sarc/

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:59 | 4955222 PAPA ROACH
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A rare clip of Obama playing golf-

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:29 | 4955534 eatthebanksters
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Isn't Barry O related to the peanut farmer, Jimmy C?  Btw, his plan is to destroy the middle class so when it gets real bad then everyone goes after the rich and then you have the fundamental change the commies want.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:36 | 4956522 TheRedScourge
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It was the Tea Party portion of the right wing who said the Obama Admin should not interfere in Syria, and they were right. It was the Tea Party portion of the right wing who said the Obama Admin should get the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan and they were right.

What is the prescription of whoever the hell wrote this article, to say he needs to be even more of an imperialistic fuck than he already is?


There's going to be chaos while the world learns that the US is broke and isn't always gonna come to their rescue, but when it stabilizes, it should be a whole lot more stable than it ever was before. US didn't become the richest country in the world by depending on the British Empire, did it? No, it pulled off something almost unprecedented in history, and said "No, we're not going down with the ship, we're building a new system here and now, based around our own freedom", and they had to fight for it, but they won. The rest of the world needs to achieve this same feat, or they will forever be trapped in the cycle of infinite power struggles.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 22:36 | 4957812 Seeing Red
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+1  IOW, there will be a painful transition from the fake stability of US intervention to real stability (and yes, the warmonger spin in this article is obvious and annoying).  I just hope there aren't too many deaths (that's code for "no nukes please").

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:00 | 4955235 Richardk888
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Bush opened the doors for much of what Obama is getting away with.

Banker bailouts, Patriot Act, and warantless spying on US citizens all under the Bush administartion.

Both parties are progressives in favor of more government control.

You are a tool if you do not recognize this.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:06 | 4955257 Urban Redneck
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Bush engaged in gun running and making straw arms purchases...

Barry engaged in gun running and making straw purchases,
and then he got caught,
and then he got caught again,
and then got cock slapped by Merkel

It takes a special kind of stupid for Germany to give up on exporting to you...

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:49 | 4955149 GetZeeGold
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that piece of shit flashing the 666 Illuminati hand


Oh wow......I'm back. I went into a momentary trance for a second there.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:53 | 4955191 Duffy Duck
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Nah the Israelis will just pop the nuke themselves but everyone will immediately know it was Iran.

Like Barak on BBC hours after 9/11.

He forgot to not act so rehearsed.  He forgot about microexpressions.

He was too thrilled that the plan worked.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:06 | 4955261 666
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Hmmm. Obummer gave money, weapons and training to "rebels" in Syria who then took over parts of Iraq and Syria as ISIS. Now they are considered to be a threat to the US. Could this be Obummer's plan to brainwash the sheeple into thinking the US will be attacked again and take away the last remaining freedoms they have under the guise of Homeland Security?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 15:39 | 4956535 TheRedScourge
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It's the "Rock On!" gesture, this NWO bullshit is pathetic. As if this guy will ever be closely involved in anything more sophisticated than a sand trap.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:08 | 4955262 PGR88
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He's got Holder and Jarrett doing the work for him.   They are his Goebbels and Himmler in that they are true believers, and they will be with him until the bitter end.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:12 | 4955273 Chief Kessler
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Oh fuck this shit, if Ron Paul had won there would be no foreign policy! Now you want a foreign policy? Which is it ?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:04 | 4955454 Overfed
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Ron Paul wouldn't be sending the CIA to stir up shit and topple legitimate governments.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:42 | 4955580 MFL8240
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But if Ron Paul would have won you would have had a sound dollar and a recovery on real terms not fiat money!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:58 | 4955015 SWRichmond
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US Foreign Policy In Shambles: Global Crises Worst Since 1970 As Obama Golfs

It's not just foreign policy.  Domestic policy is also in shambles.  Domestic resistance to US dot gov is reaching all time highs as well.  Why?  We are broke, and US dot gov refuses to act like anything has changed in that regard.  The middle class is all but destroyed.  The people are realizing that the government is in place not to serve them and protect their rights, but instead to oppress and loot them.  Globally, nations realize that US economic power is waning and will not return, and that with it US military power is waning.  Nations look out for their own interests and pursue better deals, both for defense and trade.

Just 13 short years after 9/11, is it too soon to say "Bin Laden FTW"?  And if Bin Laden truly was a creature of the CIA, then...?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:54 | 4955197 onewayticket2
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the guy LAUNCHED his political career in the livingroom of a convicted and self described "domestic terrorist".....



Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:26 | 4955100 Dubaibanker
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Obama's situation is same as that in Japan or EU or in India. any nation who has so much debt that their only solution is to create more debt and sometimes war (in the case of USA) in order to limp ahead....means that no matter who is in charge (Obama or not), the situation will keep getting worse just because of one reason: BECAUSE THERE IS NO MONEY.

There is no money for building infra, creating jobs, new healthcare, new schools, support world 'democracy', give aid to other nations, behave like a global police force, fight the Swiss Govt etc.

Once the money is finished, then no matter what, the situation keeps spinning out of control. (Rather play golf instead :) )

We all love to make fun of Obama, but the quesiton is: If any of us, would be in place of Obama, as POTUS, what would we do, if there would be the same constraints - being no money - then how would we manage the global capitalism crisis that America started and is going through?

How would we handle Saudi, China, Russia, Iran, Snowden, Iraq and Afghan wars, drone killings in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, banking crisis, terror attacks in Libya or elsewhere, housing crisis, food stamp crisis, immigration crisis and health care crisis, NASA slowdown etc when we would have the constraint of having no more money?

Spying on fellow nations is not a good answer to stay ahead..../s

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:35 | 4955136 COSMOS
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As an example of the huge problem we are facing.  A guy posted a video once that said in Palestine there used do be 500,000 people living in Palestine in 1900, between the Jewis and Palis there must now be about 15 million people.  That is freaking insane number of mouths to feed.  Last time I checked it the petri dish I mean Earth has not gotten several times bigger in size.

Same thing around the world.  Does anyone expect this will end well, why do you think all the hollow points ordered by the govt.  What is that saying, I see dead people.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:54 | 4955195 conscious being
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You could walk into any bar on the Copacabana, throw a steak and hit someone who could do a better job of playing at president than the current Manchurian Candidate Oval Office Occupant.  Paraphrasing Barry Glendenny.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:03 | 4954998 Smegley Wanxalot
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Once we get Hillary's dead-broke fat ass in office, all will be well. 

The world will be one big Benghazi.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:55 | 4955199 conscious being
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What will it matter??

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:07 | 4955239 Gazooks
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"All going according to plan..."

However literally unintended, Max, the statment's stands correct. Managing orchestrated chaos is what US foreign policy is all about.

'..the Obama administration finds itself in the middle of a second term reacting to rather than directing world events. Dangers for the president and for the U.S. are growing as militant groups gain greater control. The organization known as the Islamic State, which now holds parts of Iraq and Syria, poses a particular danger.'

ISIS, like its preceding phantom organ, a CIA construct trained in Jordan. Playing 'enemies' off 'enemies' merely seems chaotic when that's the promoted narrative, as above. 

Covert proxy war, our forte. Chaos, bread and butter means to control. Encircle Russia, thwart China. Neo-con/lib NWO nirvanna.


Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:10 | 4955478 Quinvarius
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I really don't think ISIS ass raping Iraq was the plan.  Maybe I am wrong.  But, ISIS in Iraq is the biggest clusterFk PR disaster since Obama's Gas Attack false flag in Syria. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:05 | 4955921 Gazooks
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chronic Islamic civil war, very useful 


reference Israel for PR irrelevance

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:13 | 4954874 GetZeeGold
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Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Unseen Since '70s


I'd take the 70's running right now....cause the 60's radical crap doesn't seem to be working. Who could have seen it coming really?


At least you could get a 40 hr/wk job in the 70's. Now everyone has health insurance...but can't afford to go the doctor because of the high deductable. We call that progress(ism).

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:54 | 4954997 Croesus
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FORE!! (An average, working-class American's head, smacked off its base, directly into a wall).

Disclaimer: Not saying AT ALL, that it's what I want, but reality's a bitch.  

P.S. I live in America too. No plans or intentions of going "Simon Black" on any of you. Fact is, as long as we've got the guns, we've got numerical superiority. They can't kill us all, or lock all of us up. 

Bring it on. 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:27 | 4955106 Croesus
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P.S.> Have you ever stopped long enough to realize how utterly incompetent the average "system" employee is? 

It's all about "duty". It's all about finding "who gets to deal with this mess"...'just 'gimme my paycheck'. 

The people you fear, are a bunch of fucking weaklings. 

Don't believe me? Visit your 'esteemed officials' sometime. Take a good, hard look at WHO, and WHAT "most of society" depends on. 

It's the sickest joke out there. 

They all have this fat, "I eat 'canned-cheese' for every meal" look about them.

You can tell they've probably NEVER worked hard, a day in their parasitic lives. 


Mon, 07/14/2014 - 18:30 | 4957201 Monty Burns
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Great. But that calls for organization. And 'they' are listening into every conversation in whatever form.  Right now some drone is checking out your IP address. This will go on as long as they can provide the bread and circuses. Only then will the middle class unass themselves from the lobotomy tube and actually do something.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:20 | 4954909 aleph0
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My guess is Obama was the 1$ bet  .... >>>  TRADING PLACES, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Ayroyd.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 09:01 | 4955023 Agent P
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"Say man, when I was growing up, if we wanted jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub." 

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4955249 onewayticket2
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"sounds like ya'll jus a bunch a bookies"

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:24 | 4954924 WTFUD
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Would that be Monty Pythons' Palin?

No bigger critic of Barry on here than myself; check comments over 2 sorry years,

Always said Amurika missed it's best chance with Al Nusra Front Treasurer McStain and Palin running circles around Putin.

So help us. . . .

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:27 | 4954929 AccreditedEYE
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While I am no fan of Obama I'm also no fan of the far Right's need to police the world. Honestly can't believe ZH posted something so partisan.. thoght this was an equal opportunity political bashing site? As far as I can see, this article flies in the Face of Ron Paul and instead of minding our own knitting and letting the world figure out their own issues, it embraces the U.S. as Global Cop. I'm glad this is the worst McCain has seen in all his years but not our job to enforce the laws of foreign governments or territorial disputes. We need to wake up.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:46 | 4954985 kridkrid
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This site has grown increasingly partisan for the last year+. I think it's been co-opted, unfortunately. Divide and conquer... keep people in one camp or another... doesn't matter which camp, but we can't have them outside the system. The site was acquired, yes? Keep enough of it the same, but gradually nudge people back into the fold.

You're going to quote John McCain? The fonz is on water skis and is fast approaching the ramp.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:18 | 4955296 Chief Kessler
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I feel a lot of love in this room tonight y'all.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:15 | 4955492 Quinvarius
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Have you considered Obama is just a fucking dumbass and deserves to be called out for a being a dumbass?  The only partisan actors are the people defending him.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:32 | 4954935 doctor10
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So 10 years of sending women to the MidEast as our Secretaries of State had nothing to do with why we get no respect there anymore?


hillary owns Benghazi

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:02 | 4955247 conscious being
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You don't get it.  Until further notice, there is no "we" that can be identified with US foreign policy.  Hence you cannot root for, or bemoan the recent set backs for "our" team.  George Carlin - Its a big club and you ain't in it.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:39 | 4954958 rtalcott
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Disgrace?  oh come as usual.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 08:47 | 4954987 Bokkenrijder
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Ironic (yet not surprisingly) that McCain suddenly sees himself as the Great Foreseer. Wasn't he the one that hummed "Bomb bomb, bomb bomb-Iraaaaan" to that Beach Boys tune?

Yeah riiiight, a clown like him in charge of US foreign policy would really be the panacea to all of the Middle East's problems...NOT!

The biggest problem in the Middle East is simple: too many interventions and wars from warmongering Republicans, alternated by a naive Democratic 'laissez-faire' policy of looking away and appeasement which sow the seeds for the next Islamic extremists or nationalistic uprising.

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:04 | 4955254 conscious being
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Good cop / bad cop or they're both part of team bankster??

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