"Not learning from mistakes is worse than committing mistakes. When you don't allow yourself to make mistakes, it is hard to be tolerant of others and it does not allow even God to be merciful."
from the nyt (op):
obama delivered "a stern lecture" to xi: if china is gonna be a world power, obama "scolded," then china needs to act like one
xi "punched back:" stop using the nsa to spy on your and our people
"a very blunt conversation," obama called it
nyt: "the informal 'shirt-sleeves summit' with mr xi was supposed to nurture a friendly rapport that white house aides acknowledge did not materialize"
then putin: obama offers to scuttle us nukes, the puppetmaster responds with arms for assad
you're arming people who eat body parts
nyt: the pair of "bruising encounters" underscore a "hard reality" for obama: "his main counterparts on the world stage are not his friends, and they make little attempt to cloak their disagreements in diplomatic niceties"
"even his friends are not always so friendly"
merkel invites him to the gate, there chastises him for the nsa
nyt: "for all of his effort to cultivate personal ties with foreign counterparts over the last four and a half years, mr obama has complicated relationships with some and has bet on others who came to disappoint him"
“in europe, especially"
it's drones, it's the nsa, it's gitmo
"for a naturally reserved president who has assiduously cultivated a handful of leaders, it has been a dispiriting stretch"
erdogan of turkey, "whom mr obama views as a new kind of muslim leader" sics the cops on thousands of western looking protesters
the brotherhood's morsi in egypt "granted himself unlimited powers"
obama "spent nearly four years befriending mr putin’s predecessor, dmitri medvedev, hoping to build him up as a counterweight to mr putin"
"that never happened, and mr obama now finds himself back at square one with a russian leader who appears less likely than ever to find common ground"
and then there's north korea
"even with friends, there is tension"
hollande of france was "initially thrilled with mr obama because he saw him as an ally against ms merkel on economic issues"
but by enniskillen, "the relationship had soured because france is frustrated that the united states did not do more to help with the war in mali and resisted a more robust response to syria"
"mr obama differs from his most recent predecessors, who made personal relationships with leaders the cornerstone of their foreign policies"
“that’s not president obama’s style”
but for the nyt, it all comes down to the puppetmaster
"for mr obama, no relationship is more prickly and yet more significant than that with mr putin"
"mr obama arrived in office determined to invest in mr medvedev, but he underestimated mr putin’s continuing power"
"their first meeting was marked by a nearly hourlong lecture by mr putin about all the ways the united states had offended moscow"
"at their second, mr putin kept mr obama waiting 30 minutes"
“obama doesn’t really take kindly to being harangued"
so he offers up our nukes
in return for what?
5 years later, obama is all amateur
5 years ago:
Amateur Hour at the White House - Council on Foreign Relations
US Foreign Policy: Obama's Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage - SPIEGEL
3 years ago:
Embarrassment in Seoul - WSJ.com
Obama's Economic Views Rejected on World Stage- The Boston Globe
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The US has a really deeply ingrained problem with racist hate in it's south and that has much to do with it. In fact, if you look at where the Obama hate is mostly coming from on this forum you will easily see that it's from their deep south. Look at people who refer to him as 'Obammy' for the obvious but look deeper into what the haters are saying too because they go to great lengths to hide it. It can't be hidden.
Look at the OP of this thread! The term 'the one' is used and it's unmistakably a term that is seething with hate toward him.
It all started well before he even had a chance too. That is a huge giveaway that they just weren't going to be able to accept a black man as their leader.
luv from Canada.
LOL!the case of Obama trying to close Guantanamo and being stopped by those who are only intent on destroying all his efforts
tell it harry reid, chuck schumer, john kerry...
Senate Votes 90-6 To Block Funds For Guantanamo Closure - HuffPo
like one armed war here daniel inouye, chair of powerful appropriations
obama's an amateurSen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, favors closing Guantanamo, and the legislation his panel originally sent to the floor provided money for that purpose once the administration submitted a plan for the shutdown.
In changing course and seeking to delete the funds, he said, "The fact that the administration has not offered a workable plan at this point made that decision rather easy."
daniel inouye?blinded by racist hate
ron fournier, career associated press dc bureau chief, editor of the elite national journal and regular msnbc contributor: "how far america's standing has fallen"
The Honeymoon is Over - NationalJournal
cfr: amateur hourPresident Obama's honeymoon with the world is over.
What was it, exactly, about Obama's controversy-marred trip to Germany and the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland that fell so flat? Ummm, how about … everything?
There were the snarky words from Vladimir Putin, who expressed an almost Soviet-esque distance from Washington in his views about Syria. "Of course our opinions do not coincide," the Russian leader said bluntly. There was the coded warning from Chancellor Angela Merkel about spying on friends, and her and Obama's continuing frostiness over the issue of economic stimulus versus austerity. Above all, there was Obama's vague attempt at the Brandenburg Gate to capture some wisp of his past glory by pledging vague plans to cut nuclear arms and an even vaguer concept of "peace with justice."
The "peace with justice" line was a quote from John F. Kennedy, Obama's attempt to steal just a little of JFK's thunder from 50 years before. He didn't come away with much, winning just a smattering of applause from a crowd that was one one-hundredth the size of JFK's. A crowd that, at about 4,500, was also much, much smaller than Obama drew as a candidate in 2008.
Not only is the honeymoon long over, folks. The marriage is becoming deeply troubled and, increasingly, loveless.
Some linguists later quibbled that Kennedy should have said "Ich bin Berliner," and that by adding the "ein" he was really saying, "I'm a jelly doughnut," since "Berliner" was the name of a pastry in some parts of Germany. In truth, the Germans didn't misunderstand JFK for a moment, and his speech instantly became one of the most famous and inspiring in modern history.
In contrast to JFK, and Ronald Reagan's almost-as-famous line 24 years later -- "Mr, Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" -- Obama came across as more of a jelly doughnut, a little soft and perhaps too sweet inside, especially compared to the hard-edged Putin. After their meeting, it was clear that Putin, right or wrong, was pursuing a set course on Syria and other issues, frankly backing the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while Obama was continuing to temporize over how much and what kind of aid he would give to the Syrian rebels.
"We cannot dictate the pace of change in places like the Arab world, but we must reject the excuse that we can do nothing to support it," the president declared in his Brandenburg Gate speech. It wasn't much of an applause line. Even after announcing that his "red line" had been crossed in Syria, Obama rejected air strikes and then told Charlie Rose that aid will be delivered "in a careful, calibrated way" because "it is very easy to slip slide your way into deeper and deeper commitments."
And even as he quoted Kennedy in his Brandenburg Gate speech Obama appeared to hop lightly from topic to topic, much as his foreign policy has. "The Russians know what they want. I think we've in a situation of strategic drift for several years," says John Arquilla of the Naval Postgraduate School.
der speigel: nice guy falls flat
the globe (owned by nyt): rejected on world stage
nj: jelly donut
the rodney dangerfield of international politics just can't get no respect
America's Rodney Dangerfield Moment - NationalJournal