It’s been one foreign policy blunder after another with this guy. Is this what people voted for? Did liberals really think that it would be a good idea to negotiate with terrorists? Because even the terrorists don’t think so:
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban on Tuesday turned down as illogical U.S. President Barack Obama’s bid to reach out to moderate elements of the insurgents, saying the exit of foreign troops was the only solution for ending the war.
Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there.
“This does not require any response or reaction for this is illogical,” Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a purported spokesman for the insurgent group, told Reuters when asked if its top leader Mullah Mohammad Omar would make any comment about Obama’s proposal.
“The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy…I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means?”
“If it means those who are not fighting and are sitting in their homes, then talking to them is meaningless. This really is surprising the Taliban.”
If you remember, Iran responded with similar contempt for Obama’s overtures in January:
US President Barack Obama’s offer to talk to Iran shows that America’s policy of “domination” has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.
“This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed,” Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
“Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change,” he added.
Obama’s attempts to deal with the Russians vis a vis the missile defense system, falls flat:
Medvedev is happy to talk about dismantling the missile defense system, but won’t “haggle” with Obama over Iran. Deutsche Welle.
Sounds like that’s one bad idea blowing up in the new guy’s face before it gets off the ground. I believe Ivan is dissing 44. To put it in more diplomatic terms, Ivan is signaling that from his perspective, 44 has diplomatically signalled a desire to be his bitch.
This, on top of the Obama’s mortifying faux pas during the Gordon Brown visit. Gad, I thought Obama was supposed to be repairing our damaged reputation throughout the world. Instead, he’s making us a laughingstock.
With Bush, the world may have hated us, but they respected us.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers