A Foreign Affair

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No one can blame you if you have missed reports of some of the more distasteful characters on the geopolitical stage huddling together in some of the darker corners of the globe. After all, President Barack Obama and his Democratic accomplices have swamped the Nation in a socialist tsunami that rivals even the splash made by Ed Schultz when he jumps into the White House pool. And the corporate media would rather cover Big Fat Eddie’s cannonball technique than alert you to the fact that Obama’s domestic incompetence is nothing compared to the mess he’s made abroad.

Putting aside the fact that the man who won a Nobel Prize on spec has infuriated our allies (Mr. President, the Nazis were the bad guys in World War II — not the Poles), Obama is twiddling his thumbs while a couple of the bigger villains on the world stage twirl their mustaches.

Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin — on a good day, just a Nehru jacket and bowler-hatted henchman away from being the next James Bond film villain — enjoyed some downtime in Beijing. Among those who also made the trip behind the Great Wall was Iranian President and evil oompa loompa Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The neighborhood drunk visited with the neighborhood psycho at the neighborhood bully’s house — what could possibly go wrong? What they discussed is far less important than what Obama and the corporate media are not discussing: Under the direction of our Nobel Laureate President, the United States has gone from hero to just above zero.

Obama has hardly earned his Nobel Prize. Following the guns-blazing diplomatic approach of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton (at markedly different targets: Bush aimed for center mass, whereas Clinton tended to shoot at the ground nearby), Obama promised more carrot and less stick in response to what the Democrats assured us all was an American image tarnished by years of American-led warfare.

Instead, the global audience has borne witness to a superpower that has remained just as powerful, but far less super. Under Obama’s leadership, the United States has morphed from the free world’s protective big brother to the crazy uncle seen only on major holidays. While checking off the names on his unbelievably creepy personal kill list, Obama has made time to quietly extend our involvement in the empire’s graveyard of Afghanistan for at least another decade, proving he needs a refresher on not only basic economics, but also history (as if his “Polish death camp” gaffe left any doubt about that).

The U.K. is consumed by inner turmoil, largely born by its Pollyanna-ish approach to violent splinter groups and Islamofascists residing within its own borders. The rest of Europe — trying to right a badly listing regional economy — has essentially told Obama to butt out. Even the French, who normally agree with the biggest army in the room, have told Obama to lose their number.

And now, Russia has returned to the dark side, with Putin openly canoodling with the always-spooky ChiComs and the always-crazy Iranians at the same moment he issues none-too-subtle threats about the fallout from potential U.S. intervention into Syria. The bright spots in this triumvirate’s get-together: Putin and Ahmadinejad can’t imprison or kill as many of their own people while they’re in another country, and Obama won’t have to mouth half-hearted condemnations of such in between campaign fundraising stops.

The Russians have stopped pretending they like us. The Iranians are building nukes, which is the geopolitical equivalent of a methhead getting his mitts on a tank. The Israelis are shaking their fists in response. The rest of the Mideast is wobbling on the edge of an Islamofascist blackout. Europe won’t return our calls. And the ChiComs are as inscrutably sinister as ever — and wealthier by the minute.

Perhaps Obama thought that world peace would magically spring forth in response to his Nobel honor. I suppose no one ever told him that the Nobel just ain’t what it used to be (they gave one to Yasser Arafat, for chrissake). But the world is an angrier place than it has been in decades, and Obama — who has delivered nothing but failure at home — has turned a bad image into an unforgivable one.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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