Day By Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cluster of Clowns Update -- Foreign Policy Blunders

Things just aren't working out the way they were supposed to. When the Young Messiah ascended to the Oval Office people around the world were supposed to love us. And Hillary was supposed to be an iconic figure of achievement for women everywhere. So why are women in Indonesia protesting Hillary's Asian tour? Why is she not welcome there? Could it be that Bush was not the reason for anti-American sentiment?

And how are things going on the foreign policy front? Our Dear Leader decides to go on Arab TV doing a dead perfect imitation of a weak horse. Then our allies in Pakistan, who had an effective working relationship with the Bush administration, decide to make nice with Islamic radicals in Waziristan. And we get kicked out of Kyrgyzstan, our major supply point in Central Asia. And we insult our allies in India. And the Kid in the Oval Office decides to open relations with Uzbekistan, one of the most despicable regimes on the planet, and so it goes, and so it goes.

It may well be that the incompetence of this administration, already so evident in Obama's choice of appointments to high positions and his terrible mismanagement of the stimulus bill, will be exceeded by his conduct of foreign policy.

Usually incompetence in an administration is restricted to one or maybe two areas, the ones to which the President pays the least attention, but here it is an across-the-board phenomenon with each department and agency seeming to try to outdo the clownishness of the others.

What is it Dukakis said? Oh yes..., "The fish rots from the head."