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Little Barack's Excellent G20 Adventure

By Gary Starr for The Neville Awards
Posted April 9, 2009

Related Article: Obama's Appeasement Tour In Europe and Asia

By now it should be obvious to anyone with cognizant tissue between the ears, that our Fraudinator-in-Chief has absolutely no love and no use for our country, other than to use it as an ATM machine for funding a leftist agenda and spiriting cash overseas (can anyone say bank heist?).

Instead, like all leftists, he trashes the United States. Like most leftist cowards he waited until he was overseas to do it ala Jimmy Carter and Sean Penn.

After dissing the Queen with an IPOD and fumbling his way through the Socialist G20 Summit Obama went over to Strasbourg France and said the following to 2000 starry-eyed and utopia-loving "students":

"In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."

Well, what do you expect from the rock star world citizen? To be fair Obama gently chided the Euro's for their kneejerk anti-Americanism, an activity that more resembles sport than ideology in Socialist Europe. After all, we pay for their defense so they can be a bunch of sloths and intellectual pacifists.

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Prior to that little display he bowed to the Saudi king (Queen Elizabeth didn't even rate that) and said to the racist President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva "This is my man, right here. I love this guy." Obama followed the comment by saying Silva is "the most popular politician on Earth" and that it is because of "his good looks." !!?Huh?!!

For those of you who missed it, several weeks earlier Da Silva blamed the world wide financial "crisis" on white people with blue eyes. We at Neville are absolved...we have brown eyes.

Mr. Da Silva's full comment:

"This is a crisis that was caused by people, white with blue eyes. And before the crisis they looked as if they knew everything about economics. Once again the great part of the poor in the world that were still not yet [getting] their share of development that was caused by globalisation, they were the first ones to suffer.

"Since I am not acquainted with any black bankers, I can only say that this part of humanity that is the major victim of the world crisis, these people should pay for the crisis? I cannot accept that. If the G20 becomes a meeting just to set another meeting, we'll be discredited and the crisis can deepen."

Obama genuflects to the Saudis:

Next Obama gave a speech about (our unilateral) nuclear disarmament and nuclear proliferation in Prague...we won't bore you with the details...just the usual recycled "no nukes" liberal bromides. In response to Obama's tough-guy act North Korea fired off it's promised test of a long range ballistic missile (claiming it was part of the N. Korea space program). This was really an Iranian/N. Korean missile test because both countries are sharing missile and nuclear technology.

Our response? We went running off to an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The meeting ended without any resolution (what a surprise!!). We suspect that the next time the N. Koreans or the Iranians test a missile the U.N. members will get really angry and have another meeting. Next time they'll REALLY mean it.

From the Wall St. Journal Op Ed page:

In 2006, Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice squandered the moment after the North's nuclear test when China was ready to apply serious pressure. Instead, they bought Kim's promise to give up his weapons, then let him delay and renegotiate the terms as he went, including agreeing to Kim's demand to take North Korea off the U.S. list of terror-sponsoring nations. Now he's playing the same brinksmanship with the Obama Administration.

This is Mr. Obama's chance to do better. But based on his comments during the campaign, as well as his statement yesterday urging renewed efforts through the Six Party Talks, the President seems unlikely to change course. Kim has every reason to expect that he will eventually get what he wants -- more recognition, more money and energy supplies from the U.S., China and South Korea, and a high likelihood that he'll get to keep his nukes and missiles too.

And this from John Bolton wrting in the Wall St. Journal:

So far, therefore, the missile launch is an unambiguous win for North Korea. (Although not orbiting a satellite, all three rocket stages apparently fired, achieving Pyongyang's longest missile flight yet.) But the negative repercussions will extend far beyond Northeast Asia.

Iran has carefully scrutinized the Obama administration's every action, and Tehran's only conclusion can be: It is past time to torque up the pressure on this new crowd in Washington. Not only is Iran's back now covered by its friends Russia, China and others on the U.N. Security Council, but it sees an American president so ready to bend his knee for public favor in Europe that the mullahs' wish list for U.S. concessions will grow by the minute.

Israel must also be carefully considering how the U.S. watched North Korea rip through "the international community." The most important lesson the new government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should draw is: Look out for No. 1. If Israel isn't prepared to protect itself, including using military force, against Iran's nuclear weapons program, it certainly shouldn't be holding its breath for Mr. Obama to do anything.

Russia and China must also be relishing this outcome. They will have faced down Mr. Obama in his first real crisis, having provided Security Council cover for a criminal regime, and emerged unscathed. They will conclude that achieving their large agendas with the new administration can't be too hard. That conclusion may be unfair to the new American president; but it will surely color how Moscow and Beijing structure their policies and their diplomacy until proven otherwise. That alone is bad news for Washington and its allies.

One can't help but wonder about Obama's loyalties what with his eagerness to:
  • surrender to the Iranians
  • send $900 million to Hamas
  • talk to the "moderate" Taliban
  • open up relations with Cuba
  • sell out our eastern European allies re: the missle shield
  • give the cold shoulder to Israel
  • insult our British friends at least 4 times since January
  • close Gitmo
  • appoint lawyers and judges who would subordinate the constitution to other country's legal norms (judicial transnationalism)
  • finally, to have the unmitigated gall to even suggest that our wounded soldiers pay for their own health care and rehab.
Finally there was Obama's call for Islamic Turkey to be allowed into the EU. From Ralph Peters writing in the NY Sun:

The Europeans don't want Turkey in their club. Because Turkey isn't a European state, nor is its culture European. And it isn't our business to press Europe to embrace a huge, truculent Muslim country suffering a creeping Islamist coup.

The Europeans were appalled by Turkey's neo-Taliban tantrum on-stage at last week's NATO summit. The Turks fought to derail the appointment of a great Dane, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as the new NATO secretary general. Why? Because he didn't stone to death the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed.

Which brings us to the even bigger problem: Obama has no idea what's going on in Turkey. By going to Ankara on his knees, he gave his seal of approval to a pungently anti-American Islamist government bent on overturning Mustapha Kemal's legacy of the separation of mosque and state.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP, means headscarves, Korans, censorship and stacked elections. The country's alarmed middle class opposes the effort to turn the country into an Islamic state. Obama's gushing praise for the AKP's bosses left them aghast.

Obama's embrace of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (now orchestrating show trials of his opponents) was one step short of going to Tehran and smooching President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Obama is a disgrace bordering on traitor. He has violated his oath of office. We at Neville are the first to call for his impeachment.

Obama is so in love with the EU and his leftist despot buddies he seems to have ignored the fact that Europe is the birthplace of socialism, communism, fascism and nazism...all leftist and progressive movements.

Obama is one of them, not one of us.

And after trashing the U.S. Obama moved on to a NATO Summit where he asked for a little help in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

For all of Obama's razzle-dazzle and charm our stalwart NATO allies gave him the big NYET finger in the eye.

Per the Times UK online edition:

Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America's allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities.

But though he continued to dazzle Europeans on his debut international tour, the Continent's leaders turned their backs on the US President.

Gordon Brown was the only one to offer substantial help. He offered to send several hundred extra British soldiers to provide security during the August election, but even that fell short of the thousands of combat troops that the US was hoping to prise from the Prime Minister.

Just two other allies made firm offers of troops. Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. Mr Obama's host, Nicolas Sarkozy, refused his request.

Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada and Denmark said that they were considering their positions. After a meeting with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Mr Obama tried to apply further moral pressure. "I am sure that Germany, as one of the most important leaders in Europe, will be stepping up to the plate and helping us to get the job done."

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Nato Secretary-General, warned that new laws proposed by President Karzai in Afghanistan sanctioning child marriage and marital rape had made it harder to raise more soldiers.

"We are there to defend universal values and when I see, at the moment, a law threatening to come into effect which fundamentally violates women's rights and human rights, that worries me," he said.

Gee thanks guys. We can certainly count on you. We'll try to be there for you (again) when your continent is finally overrun by the Muslim hordes in 15-20 years...after you realize that appeasing the Muslims didn't work, just like appeasing Hitler didn't work.

And this from the DC Examiner:

Little to hail from President's first economic summit
By Irwin M. Stelzer

It is 60 years to the day since President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan into law to give much needed aid to a prostrate Europe.

It is one day since the Europeans told President Barack H. Obama that they have no intention of helping him to stimulate the world economy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, presiding over an economy that was saved by America 60 years ago, and that has been supported by American consumers ever since, wouldn’t play.

Neither would French President Nikolas Sarkozy, whose nation’s memory of the liberation of the Paris they so easily surrendered has, er, dimmed with time.

Fortunately, none of this mattered very much, as no knowledgeable observer expected much of the G-20 meeting. The action was off-stage, where Obama tried to accomplish three things.

The first was to make up for his rude treatment of Gordon Brown when Britain’s Prime Minister visited the United States last month.

By denying Brown the full-blown press conference to which Tony Blair was always treated -- twin podia, flags of both nations, cameras whirring -- and then presenting the PM with a thoughtless gift of some DVDs that don’t work on the UK system, Obama handed the anti-Brown British media a gift. Obama then sought to press the “reset” button in U.S.-Russian relations in a private meeting with Russian President Dimitriy Medvedev.

So intent is our President on heaping blame on George W. Bush that he apologized for America’s part in allowing our relations with Russia to “drift.”

Never mind that Russia had cut off natural gas supplies to our European allies, invaded Georgia, threatened Poland by placing missiles on its border, and bribed Kyrgzstan to deprive us of our last military airbase in central Asia. Seems more like revanchism than “drift” to this observer.

Not to worry. All will be sorted out when the President visits Moscow this summer, and exposes Vladimir Putin and the Russian people to his star power.

Obama then had his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao. Although this was billed as merely a get-acquainted meeting, Obama immediately agreed to two Chinese requests: That he visit Beijing, and that China be given a larger voice at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other institutions.

The small matters of human rights, North Korea’s missile launch, and China’ recent proposal to have the dollar replaced as the world’s reserve currency did not come up.

And today the President is at a NATO meeting, where he will be told by our allies that they are unwilling to send more fighting men and women to help us in Afghanistan.

That refusal will be papered over with talk of “trainers” for the Afghan army, logistics support, and perhaps even a bit of money, but a refusal it will be nevertheless.

No surprise to this writer: Immediately after Obama’s inauguration, I attended a meeting at which top foreign diplomats said that their main goal was to persuade the Obama team not to make any request they would have to refuse. You don’t ask, and we won’t say “no.”

All in all, a rather strange first trip for our new President:
  • A visit to the Queen of England, at which Obama presented her with an iPod, further proof that he has no ability to select a gift that reflects the rich history of Anglo-American relations.
  • Attendance at a G-20 meeting in which his allies reject his call to supplement his efforts to stimulate the world economy.
  • On to a meeting with the Russians, in which the President of the United States accepts responsibility for the “drift” in relations with that country, and with the Chinese, in which he concedes them the added international clout they crave, with no discernable quid pro quo.
Top that off with a refusal of our allies to offer meaningful help in combating the terrorists that thrive in Afghanistan and threaten them as well as us, and only someone with the supreme self-regard of Barack Obama can regard the trip as a success.

If he had any sense of history, he might have called the Europeans’ attention to the anniversary of the Marshall Plan. But he doesn’t, and so he didn’t.

Examiner columnist Irwin M. Stelzer is a senior fellow and director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Economic Studies.

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