Our Pushover President

"This state visit is … a terrible
said Rep. Eliot
Engel, chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western

"He is illegitimate with his own
people, and Brazil is now going to give him the air of
legitimacy at a time when the world is trying to figure
out how to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons." [
New Standing Threatened by Ahmadinejad Visit
, By
John Lyons, WSJ, November 23, 2009]

Engel was
speaking of the state visit of

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
that began Monday, at
the invitation of President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva

Extending such
an honor to the

who hosted a conference of Holocaust skeptics
and deniers, often predicts Israel will disappear from
the map, stole his last election and is stiffing the
West on Iran`s nuclear program is clearly a poke in the
eye of Barack Obama.

Nor is this the
only dissing of Obama and America by Lula.

The Brazilian
embassy in Tegucigalpa has, for two months, been host to
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, a Chavista, who was
ousted by his own Supreme Court and booted out of the
country by the army.

America will
survive such irritants. But they are symptomatic of
something larger: the mounting disrespect Obama and
America are receiving from friend and adversary alike.

Under the new
center-left government that broke a 50-year hold on
power by the LDP, Japan will cease refueling U.S.
warships off Afghanistan, is demanding renegotiation of
a U.S. troop deployment deal already agreed to and is
moving out of Washington`s orbit—and closer to Beijing.
Pyongyang, having tested a second nuclear device,
continues to dismiss all U.S. demands.

China just
backhanded Obama`s request to revalue its currency to
stanch the steady hemorrhaging of U.S. jobs, technology
and factories to the mainland, and treated Obama`s call
for openness and better treatment for dissidents and
minorities with dismissive contempt.

Yet, had it not
been for U.S. magnanimity in throwing open its market to
Chinese goods, Beijing would never have registered the
double-digit growth rates it has seen for the past two

Some gratitude
China is showing.


U.S. warnings,
President Hamid Karzai has stolen the
Afghan election in a fashion so brazen as to make a
mockery of U.S. claims of his legitimacy. Corruption
remains pandemic, and ignored, including in Karzai`s own
family. He knows we have no other option.

Iran continues
to slap away Obama`s open hand, secure in the knowledge
that China or Russia will veto any serious U.N.

Israel, too, has
taken the measure of Obama.


Netanyahu, elected on a platform of no negotiation with
Hamas, no Palestinian enclave in Jerusalem and no
withdrawal from the West Bank, a la Gaza, has defied
Obama`s demand for an immediate halt to any and all
expansion of settlements. Not only has Bibi gone
unpunished, his poll ratings have soared in Israel, and
Obama has capitulated completely, leaving Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas so disillusioned and demoralized
he is considering not running again.

The hopes raised
by Obama`s Cairo speech have disappeared, as our
traditional Arab friends like the Egyptians and Saudis
have been hung out to dry.

Hillary Clinton
may have pressed the reset button on

relations with Russia
—but there has been precious
little reciprocity for the U.S. decision to scrap the
ballistic missile defense in Poland and the Czech

Moscow has
recognized Georgia`s breakaway provinces of South
Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent republics and is now
busy meddling in Ukraine to inflict a humiliating defeat
on our man in Kiev, President Viktor Yushchenko, in
January`s election.


none of the above
represents a grave threat to any
vital U.S. interest. Nevertheless, this lack of
reciprocity, this lack of respect, this indifference to
what the president is demanding or even asking is
revealing about the era we have now entered—and about
Barack Obama.

All that
bloviation we heard for two decades—about the
"Second American
"End of History,"
"New World
America as
"indispensable nation,"
"New Rome"
seizing its "unipolar
to impose
global hegemony"
on mankind and
"ending tyranny
in our world"
—it was, all of it, bullhockey.

Second, though
Obama may be liked and admired by people all over the
world, this counts for next to nothing in global power

Brazil, Japan,
China, Russia and Israel are all countries with their
own national interests that do not necessarily comport
with those of the United States. All have come to see
Obama as a diffident, dithering, doubting dilettante who
can be dissed with impunity. And none of these nations
is going to sacrifice what it considers critical to win
a smile from Barack Obama.

and globalism are on the way out. Unilateralism and
nationalism are on the way in.

As other
countries look out for their national interests first,
why do we not do the same?

If we Americans
will not put America first, who will?



Patrick J. Buchanan


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