The Ugly American

I was going to write about this VERY thing, but Bruce Walker at the American Thinker has done a much better job of it.  Here are excerpts from his great column on how Obama’s America seems to cultivate friends in low places:

…If we have a pure ally in the world today, it is Israel.  America, like Israel and like every sane leader of every free nation, does not want Iran to get nuclear weapons.  So when Israel suggests that it may undertake, alone, the burden of all free nations — taking out Iran’s nuclear capacity — Obama’s advisors warn that if the Israeli Defense Force flies over Iraq without our consent, our air forces will shoot down the Israeli warplanes.

When our largely toothless Secretary of State travels to India, the world’s largest democracy and a nation which, like us, looks with concern at the mad rulers of Iran, an unstable Pakistan, and a growing Chinese menace, she lectures the Indian government, which is trying to lift its people out of poverty, on the left’s risible Green agenda.

While Obama nods toward an Iranian government which denies the Holocaust, seeks nuclear weapons, and considers America the Great Satan, it gratuitously snubs a constitutional government in Honduras and trusts, instead, the Marxist law-breaker who sought an illegal plebiscite to extend his term of office.  Girls are not shot in the streets of Honduras.  Huge protests are not broken up by special gangs of thugs.  In fact, the whole of the constitutionally elected government of Honduras has concurred that former President Zelaya broke the Honduran Constitution.  No matter.  He hates America, and that counts most.  Now he is reported back in Honduras.  Does anyone wonder who America would support in a Honduran Civil War? 

The same is true in South America, where the boorish thug Chavez crushes opposition, including the media voices of the opposition, to loud yawns from Washington or even approving words from Obama czars.  Obama appears to respect the goon who runs Venezuela:  he shakes hands with the Venezuelan strongman after receiving a ghastly book from a man who describes our nation as the “most murderous empire that has existed in the history of the world.”  Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats offend Columbia, a close ally in South America, by putting the Columbia Free-Trade Agreement on indefinite hold.

Britain has been with America through thick and thin without political ideology of governments affecting that special relationship.  But Obama appears intent upon offending the prime minister and even the sovereign of this old and important ally.  Czar Putin of Russia, however, is given smiles and unearned concessions.  Even the timing of Obama’s offending our allies seems deliberate, as many have noted our decision not to defend new NATO allies like Poland was on the seventieth anniversary of the Russian invasion of Poland.

There are people around the world who will always hate or distrust us, like the mullahs of Iran or Kim Jong Il or Castro.  Obama seems determined to befriend these mortal enemies.  Then there are peoples, nations, and leaders which share natural interests with America, like Israel, Poland, India, Columbia, and Britain.   Toward these nations and their leaders, Obama seems bent on being the very ugliest Ugly American.

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