Lori Moreth – 4/16/10

Is it a lack of experience and ignorance? Or is there an ulterior motive to explain the actions of President Obama and his administration policies both foreign and domestic? Two days after he announced to the world that regardless of whether the U.S. is attacked with a weapon of mass destruction, biological or chemical, the U.S. would not use a nuke to retaliate against a country that doesn’t have nuclear weapons. Obama traveled to Prague to sign a proliferation treaty with Russia. Obama and Russian President Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II), where both powers agree to limit their nuclear arsenal by two-thirds more than the first treaty. However, Russia has an opt out clause that Obama has agreed to. If the Obama administration installs a missile defense shield against Russia, which former President Bush had planned to put in Poland, the treaty becomes null and void. The treaty, however, must be approved by the Senate with a two-thirds majority vote which Republicans plan on blocking.

After signing the treaty, Obama hosted a nuclear arms summit at the White House. Those who were invited to this summit were mainly dictators from not-so-friendly countries. Very few allies were there. One notable absence from the summit and an important ally to the U.S. was Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Since Obama took office, there has been a marked hostility toward Israel. Obama had ordered Israel to stop building in East Jerusalem. According to Washington officials, Obama became infuriated when Vice President Biden visited Israel at the exact time Israel announced that they would be expanding in East Jerusalem. Just over a week later, Netanyahu had a scheduled visit at the White House. The reception Netanyahu received from Obama was appalling: he was not treated as a friend or as an ally, and received treatment more fitting an enemy.

Never has a seated American president not have a photo-op with a visiting dignitary and a formal dinner honoring the guest until Obama. To show his anger at the Prime Minister’s approval of expanding the settlements, Obama refused to allow any photos taken with Netanyahu and abruptly walked out of the meeting, announcing he was going to eat dinner. It just goes to show the lack of maturity on the part of Obama as well as the lack of class that is befitting for someone who holds such a high position. Many Israelis view Obama as naïve, inexperienced and the architect of a U.S. policy of appeasement and rightly so. Many Americans have the same opinion.

Sarah Palin was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Obama’s "nukes off the table" policy. She responded by saying, "You know, that’s kind of like getting out there on the playground, a bunch of kids ready to fight and – and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate, go ahead and do what you want with me.’ No, it’s unacceptable."

What’s more surprising is the reply that Obama gave in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in which he had asked the president what he thought of Palin’s comment on his nuclear policies, "I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues." Obama went on to say, "That if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin." Palin’s response to Obama, "Now, the president, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer and as a part time senator, and as a full-time candidate, all that experience – still, no accomplishment to date with North Korea and Iran. Meanwhile, this administration alienates our friends. They treated the Afghan president Karzai poorly and then they feigned surprise when he reacted in kind. They escalated a minor zoning decision into a major breach with Israel, our friend, our closest ally in the Middle East. Let’s remind our president: Jerusalem is not a settlement, and Israel is our friend." Refresh my memory, who was the intelligent one?

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