Winning the Nobel Peace Prize has become a joke, but so is the foreign policy of the man who won it this year — a U.S. president who seems to subscribe to the far-left thesis of the Nobel judges that the way to achieve harmony on the planet is to harass the good guys and sweet talk the bad ones.
The good guys President Barack Obama has treated badly include past leaders of his own country, the Dalai Lama, the constitution-abiding and principled leaders of Honduras, Israeli officials and Eastern European allies.
Then there are the bad guys, some of whom he has challenged in a tough way even as he has also held his tongue when he should have wagged it, sometimes taking steps that seem more an invitation to disaster than a likely hindrance.
Are we really putting enough pressure on Iran? And if we don’t, aren’t we paving the way someday for a possible Mideast war, nuclear proliferation once Iran gets its weapons and even a nuclear exchange? Why did we agree to hold back on developing a missile shield meant to protect Eastern Europe from Iranian missiles? A hint of what might be going on is a talk in which Obama as much as told Russian students that the Cold War was a kind of accident of history in which all sides shared blame.
When it comes to criticism, Obama is often more inclined to go after fellow Americans than the likes of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. He has endlessly criticized his predecessor, sometimes indirectly and sometimes directly. He has found fault with America in speeches abroad. Perhaps he thinks a mea culpa endears us to others and advances noble causes. Naive.
Meanwhile, to appease China, he despicably refused to meet with the Dalai Lama in support of Tibetan rights. And then there’s this ongoing puzzle: His administration has leveled sanctions on Honduras for acting democratically and constitutionally to depose a would-be socialist dictator who was clearly breaking the law.
Obama seems to believe the United Nations is a chief hope for the future. I guess he has failed to notice that at least half that body’s members are brutal dictatorships forever aiming to destroy democracies such as Israel.
The main thing he has done by way of trying to make the world more peaceful is give speeches such as the one proposing the world get rid of all nuclear weapons.
What I am saying is hardly new. There have been articles in a variety of places making these and similar points and sometimes underlining Obama’s perverse foreign policy predilection for considering us and our friends more a menace than those opposed to our interests. Nobel judges clearly think that grand. Many of us don’t.
Examiner columnist Jay Ambrose is a former Washington opinion writer and editor of two dailies. He can be reached at Speaktojay@aol.com.
Decades ago, I was a reporter in Albany, N.Y., working for a newspaper at the foot of a hill that could be ascended only with huffing, puffing, knee endangerment and sweat unless you employed a trick.