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Obama foreign policy failures

Our presumptuous President convinced his court of Democrat and RINO clowns to ratify the START II treaty this month, just one of several left-wing agenda items pushed through in the days before Christmas that will long degrade United States national security and international influence. He and his left-wing cronies, both Democrat and RINO, marked ratification as a victory for the US. But the reality is, this move is just one of many foreign policy blunders that have made us a laughing stock around the world.

The treaty was ratified by the lame-duck US Senate last week and received initial approval from Russia’s lower house of parliament a few days later. Under the terms of the agreement, the US will drastically reduce the number of nuclear weapons in its arsenal. But debate in the Russian parliament reveals that country will give up almost to comply with the treaty. In defending the treaty to his country’s legislature, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said, “We will not have to make any cuts to our strategic offensive weapons. But the Americans — they will indeed have to make some cuts.”

In Obama’s haste to secure a “foreign relations victory” to feather his cap, he apparently forgot the United States was not supposed to be the only party giving something up. The President’s eagerness to see his autograph on a piece of paper resulted in the diplomatic checkmate. Our Ivy-League-educated President apparently didn’t take the time to learn that Russia’s ICBM’s were already out of date and ready to be retired. He also didn’t expend the effort to learn our old Cold War nemesis doesn’t have the money to upgrade their outdated weapon systems. So the treaty calls for them to scrap weapons that were already scheduled to be scrapped and that the Russians could not afford to replace. So we give up viable weapons systems in exchange for the Russians throwing out scrap iron.

But there’s more…

Earlier this month, President Obama’s primary propaganda website claimed we are making Significant Progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The piece quotes the President saying, “It’s harder for them [Al Quaeda] to recruit; it’s harder for them to travel; it’s harder for them to train; it’s harder for them to plot and launch attacks.” From his assessment, one might expect things are improving in the terrorist stronghold. But it’s all a lie.

The Wall Street Journal has gotten hold of some internal United Nations maps that don’t exactly jive with Obama’s upbeat assessment of progress in the region. In fact, they paint a picture that shows the situation in the war-torn country worsening instead of improving. The maps show violence escalating in several parts of the country that were considered relatively safe, and show almost no areas where violence is subsiding. “The country as a whole is dramatically worse off than a year ago, both in terms of the insurgency’s geographical spread and its rate of attacks,” said Nic Lee, director of the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office. Apparently, administration propaganda isn’t telling the whole story.

After North Korea launched an artillery attack against our ally on their southern border, President Obama called on China to step in and stop the rogue nation that has grown exponentially bolder since the current President took office. But that’s a lot of faith to place in a country that’s been building a military to challenge ours. Just yesterday, Admiral Robert F. Willard told a Japanese newspaper that China is deploying a missile system capable of sinking our aircraft carriers. Defense analysts have stated the new missile system could force US carrier groups to stay farther away from China in the Pacific Ocean, making it more difficult to provide protection for our allies in the region.

Iran continues to develop its nuclear program in spite of the international sanctions President Obama continues to tout, even as the country murders dissidents and flexes its muscle stamping out pro-freedom activism in the terror-sponsoring nation. The most vocal enemy of the United States in the Western hemisphere, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, recently seized temporary (yeah right!) dictatorial powers just before opponents of the devout Socialist leader were set to play a greater role in the country’s government.

If, in the face of all this, Obama still lays claim to a “successful” foreign policy, one must wonder what he truly desires for the United States of America.

Tags: Obama, United States, Russia, START II, Treaty, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Putin, Democrat, RINO, UN, United Nations

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December 28, 2010 Posted by | Foreign Policy | Leave a comment

Proof that prolonged benefits prolong unemployment

That’s the headline that caught my eye on Drudge this morning. I clicked through to the USA Today article almost expecting some new Democrat way of counting that would spin the high rate of Americans without jobs to favor Obama. Instead, the change is no big deal and doesn’t impact the way the unemployed are counted or how the rate is calculated. The change is nothing more than giving interviewers a new box to check off to track the elevated rate of protracted unemployment since Obamanomics burst onto the scene.

Apparently, so many people are staying unemployed for so long, the old forms just aren’t cutting it anymore. Before Obama, Democrat degenerates in Congress, and the RINOs who have joined forces to turn unemployment benefits into a permanent entitlement, folks could only collect a check for a limited time after losing their job. At that point, like it or not, they had to find another job and rejoin the ranks of productive citizens. When that was the case, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) only saw the need to ask respondents if they’d been unemployed for “99 weeks or over.”

But times have changed. Obama, Democrats, and RINOs, on a quest to ever expand the dependent class among the American citizenry, have virtually established the unemployment insurance program as a permanent entitlement. The result, as real conservative commentators, bloggers, and politicians predicted, has been an ever-increasing rate of the terminally unemployed. BLS cites an “unprecedented rise” in long-term unemployment as the reason it will add an option on its form for respondents to admit to being unemployed for “260 weeks or over.”

The chart above shows a doubling of the percentage of long-term unemployed since Obama took office. When Obama forced his big-government agenda on the American people against their will, he pompously proclaimed it would rejuvenate the ailing economy and result in a lower unemployment rate. Though he continues to claim the economy is recovering, this latest change from BLS gives evidence of the real results of his Socialist policies.

The BLS form change offers proof positive that prolonging unemployment benefits prolongs unemployment.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Jobs, Compromise, Tax Cuts, RINO, Democrat, Obama, Socialism, Obamanomics

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December 28, 2010 Posted by | Economy | 1 Comment