Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Obama - the guest from Hell

Mathew Fisher:
There are ominous parallels in how U.S. President Barack Obama deliberately humiliated Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ... and how the American leader has kept Prime Minister Stephen Harper waiting at the altar for several years by withholding approval of the XL Keystone pipeline.

... Obama has cavalierly threatened close ties with two of the few countries the U.S. has always counted on when the world has gone berserk.

... Obama ignored the advice of his own embassy in Canberra that such a commentary would badly damage relations. Moreover, Obama failed to mention to Abbott his desire to deliver a speech in Australia during several long conversations that the two men had at the APEC leaders’ summit two weeks ago in Beijing.

...  Ignoring diplomatic protocol when visiting a friendly country, the White House refused to give its hosts a copy of the president’s speech or even a summary of what was in it.

... What Obama did at the University of Queensland was intervene in this country’s often intense internal debate about climate change.

... the Abbott government was left fuming about their visitor’s insults

... Obama’s comments in Brisbane made a total nonsense of the White House’s stated intention ...

... the preaching and disloyalty ... is immensely unhelpful at a time when China and India are ascendant, the Russian bear is marauding through Ukraine and threatening Georgia, Moldova, the Baltic states and Poland, and the Middle East is becoming an increasingly unpredictable cauldron of dysfunctional states.
Talk about guests from Hell!  Let's face it, the man is a complete a**h*le, and a dangerous one at that.  Two more years is a long time to have a rogue American president on the loose.


Martin said...

On the foreign affairs file, President Obama has actually achieved all the boorish diplomatic gaffes that George W Bush was supposedly prone to. It cannot be over stated on foreign relations, this is the worst US President in memory.

Anonymous said...

oldwhiteguy says..... a very stupid electorate getting exactly what stupid people deserve.

Wayne Pratt said...

I've only seen it mentioned in a couple of places, and I don't believe it was done in retaliation of anything, but I read that during the last trip to China, Canada and the Chinese government agreed to set up a financial clearing house in Hong Kong or Shanghai that would trade Canadian Dollars directly for Yuan and vice versa. This has the potential to eliminate the US dollar as a common exchange medium between the two countries. Other countries are no doubt doing the same. This will have a significant effect on US trade relations and balance of trade. It also shuts out the US dollar traders who typically pick up .5% - 2.5% in fees and exchange on international trade between most countries.

Not a big deal, but it's a start.