Monday, June 23, 2014

Kissinger:Carter extraordinarily awful. Obama worse

Kissinger:Carter extraordinarily awful.  Obama worse

Steven Hayward)
Two old remarks come back to mind as we survey the fraying foreign policy of Barack Obama.  The first is Henry Kissinger’s description of the achievement of Jimmy Carter, circa 1980: “The Carter administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War.”  Obama has now topped Carter.  (I believe, but can’t find, that Kissinger added that when America becomes weak and uncertain, being an ally of America may actually be dangerous for your country.)
The second is Michael Kinsley’s famous axiom that a “gaffe” in Washington is when someone bluntly speaks the plain truth.  Kinsley’s remark comes to mind in connection with this AP story out of Poland today that Poland’s foreign minister Radek Sikorski was caught surreptitiously on tape saying that Poland’s alliance with the U.S. “isn’t worth anything” and is “even harmful because it creates a false sense of security.”

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