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“I Can’t Speak Austrian,” Says President Obama

I am unsure how his other language skills are but his American is much better than his English.


04/07/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

Thanking the Wrong Italians, Obama Fails Basic Diplomacytalians

Obama reaches out to Italian politicians…but to the wrong party and politicians in power (NOTE – It is the Communist Party that he is reaching out to)

He also sent a letter to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (a member of the now defunct Communist Party), expressing confidence that the United States and Italy would work together “to overcome the current global political and economic hardships and build a safer world.” The only problem with the letter was that the Italian president does not make policy; that power resides with the prime minister and his cabinet. Perhaps the White House czars have issued an ukaz stipulating that the American president writes only to his peers, and thus instead of addressing himself to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, President Obama wrote to a man who holds an almost entirely ceremonial position.

03/28/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

BO vs. World: Who’s Winning the Foreign Policy Test?

People are noticing that President Obama’s hope-and-change isn’t doing much for the world outside the US borders (assuming it did anything within the US to begin with)

03/26/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

Looking Forward w/ Former (not current) French President

Another way in which Obama demonstrates awesomeness in foreign policy.
It’s amusing, though, considering the French who were rooting for him during the 2008 Election Season.

US President Barack Obama has indirectly praised former French president Jacques Chirac’s fierce opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq, the online edition of the daily Le Figaro reported on Thursday.

In a letter described by Chirac as ‘very nice,’ Obama wrote, ‘I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world.’

The use of the word ‘peace’ was taken to be an indirect reference to Chirac’s stance against the US intervention in Iraq, which Obama had also opposed as senator.

03/25/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | , | Leave a comment

South of the Border – Obama Headed to Mexico

Obama is heading off to Mexico to talk to the Mexican government about violence, the drug trade, and a possible trade war between the two countries. Hmm…I bet he probably could’ve avoided the last problem if he avoided caving into the unions and/or not killing the pilot program that allowed Mexican drivers onto US roads.

03/18/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | , | Leave a comment

Mexico Imposes Taxes on US Exports, Business Hurt

The Obama Administration is certainly making its fair share of friends today. I’m glad to see they’re doing a better job than Bush when it came to keeping costs low regarding US exports among trading allies…

A long-simmering trade dispute boiled over into sanctions on Monday after Mexico said it would raise tariffs on $2.4bn of US exports in retaliation for ending a pilot programme to allow Mexican trucks on American roads.

The announcement marks one of the first big tests for trade policy under President Barack Obama, who has sought to tread a fine line between assuaging his domestic constituencies and upholding the US’s international obligations.

Mexico said it would increase tariffs on 90 industrial and agricultural goods, likely to include politically sensitive farm products, after Congress last week killed a pilot programme allowing a limited number of Mexican trucks on American highways. Mexico obtained a judicial ruling in 2001 under the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) allowing it to impose such sanctions, but has held off since the US introduced the pilot scheme.

UPDATE: HotAir has suggested that the reason for the move is because those truckers are not unions. Only God knows how much unions manage to screw everything economically…Another reason to be against the EFCA a/k/a the union measure to kill the secret ballot.

03/17/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Insulting Brazil, Obama Skips Foreign Policy Protocol

So how exactly was Obama going to change the way the world perceives us?

Brazil has become a major U.S. trading partner, with cautious economic policies that have helped it weather the crisis better than almost all other major economies. With huge new offshore oil finds and abundant ethanol, Brazil could be key to helping wean the U.S. off Venezuelan crude and shift to cleaner energies.

Still, the White House made several moves interpreted as snubs by the Brazilian media.

Silva aides said the trip was pushed forward from Tuesday because of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday – making Latin America once again look like an afterthought. Then, the White House announcement misspelled his name as “Luis Ignacio” and put “Lula” – a nickname that decades ago became a legal part of the Brazilian leader’s name – in quotes.

The White House quickly corrected the mistake.

03/14/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

What the British Think About Obama

On this page last week I argued that Barack Obama’s first budget showed him to be more of a left-leaning liberal than I and many others – sceptics and admirers alike – had previously supposed. People I respect have accused me of going off the deep end about this, or of neglecting Mr Obama’s tactical finesse, or both.

Mr Obama is calling for little that he did not promise in the campaign, I am reminded, so he cannot be accused of springing a surprise. I welcome many of the budget’s main elements, notably healthcare reform and the cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, and the president made it clear all along that he wished to reverse the Bush tax cuts for the high paid. So the revelation that Mr Obama is a progressive liberal must arise from the proposal to curb high earners’ income-tax deductions. That was a surprise, but a small matter: hence the charge that I am getting carried away.

03/10/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment

Obama Fumbles Brown Visit, Says Sorry

After insulting Gordon Brown during the British prime minister’s visit this week by ignoring protocol and cheaping out on the traditional gift exchange, the UK media has erupted in outrage. The Obama White House has now started to recognize the firestorm the new President created with our closest ally, and wants to assure the Brits that he meant no disrespect. Instead, Obama apparently wants to assure them that he’s simply in over his head and floundering (via Radio Equalizer):

03/10/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | 1 Comment

Obama Moving on Foreign Policy

Lost in the cacophony of the economic crisis is the issue on which the candidate Barack Obama promised to effect some of the most change: foreign policy.

And yet, as Obama’s presidential term has buzzed with bailouts, stimulus, the budget and now healthcare reform, his administration has been steadily pressing forward with its plans to “reboot” relationships and distance itself from goals and tactics of the Bush years.

03/10/2009 Posted by | Obama - Foreign Policy | | Leave a comment