It pains me to quote an uber conservative on this, but I totally agree about Obama’s vulnerability in foreign policy. The depth of his naivety scares me. This post is in follow up to my yesterday’s “Oy! Stop with the emails, already! that touched upon his flip floppery regarding negotiating with rogue nations, and what I see as pandering to FL voters and Jews now that he needs them. Obama is running with the strategy of being everything to all voters, which makes him likely to say anything. Charles Krauthammer puts Obama’s rogue nation negotiation statements under a historical microscope.
In his May 23, 2008 article on Real Clear Politics, Obama’s Growing Gaffe, he points out how the historical examples the candidate uses as basis for his policy statements are misinformed, inaccurate, and potentially dangerous. Perhaps he should have used the word guff instead.
Obama cited Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as presidents who met with enemies. Does he know no history? Neither Roosevelt nor Truman ever met with any of the leaders of the Axis powers. Obama must be referring to the pictures he’s seen of Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, and Truman and Stalin at Potsdam. Does he not know that at that time Stalin was a wartime ally?
During the subsequent Cold War, Truman never met with Stalin. Nor Mao. Nor Kim Il Sung. Truman was no fool.
Obama cites John Kennedy meeting Nikita Khrushchev as another example of what he wants to emulate. Really? That Vienna summit of a young, inexperienced, untested American president was disastrous, emboldening Khrushchev to push Kennedy on Berlin — and then near fatally in Cuba, leading almost directly to the Cuban missile crisis. Is that the precedent Obama aspires to follow?