Marine Gen. James Jones, Jr., suggests U.S. at best muddled foreign affairs in the Middle East?


For the sake of the country, PanAm has always wished the best for President Obama, but has always been more than just simply uneasy about his stewardship of the nation’s future. …  Now, …  although from this perch Marine Gen. James Jones, Jr., was not held in high esteem while he was a senior advisor to the President, the same general makes honest observations of how the Obama Administration at best has undermined our relationships with traditional allies in the Middle East and mismanaged  the Middle East’s “Arab Spring” — a suggestion that has been made here and elsewhere about America’s handling of the changes occurring there. …

Our foreign policy in further shambles?

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5 Responses

  1. I’ll take a representative republic over democracy any day. Pure democracy is nothing more than mob rule with a pretty name.

    That is why we have a Bill of Rights. To protect a minority from being destroyed by a majority.

    As for our foreign policy in the middle east? These sorts of mistakes can’t simply be laid in obama’s lap. They have been going on seemingly forever. Perhaps it’s something along the lines of that Arab saying; Enemy of my enemy is my friend… I have always wondered about that. As in are they truly our friend?

  2. The Obama administration has been supportive of many despotic governments throughout the world – Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, China, Argentina, to name a very few – and has treated strong democratic allies (such as England and Israel) with disdain. It is this topsy-turvey approach to foreign affairs, along with the cultivation of a weak national profile when it comes to world affairs, that has earned Obama and his assistants the distrust of both foreign leaders and domestic opponents. Respect must be earned, not demanded, and America is rapidly losing the respect of many other nations through its erratic and unsound foreign policies.

  3. There are problems in the Middle East as we all know but I find it ‘interesting’ that so many of the President’s political opponents who scream about how “he is a Marxist who’s going to take away our guns!” seem to be supportive of some rather nasty dictators in other nations.

    In Bahrain, this past week, the government sentenced doctors to prison for providing medical care to protesters who had been injured by government security forces.

    How can you claim you support democracy in this country but then not support it in other places?

    • Thank you for posting… I appreciate your concerns and respect your point of view, but wish to clarify that on this page nor any other, PanAm has never labeled the president a Marxist… As for democracy, of course most sensible people believe it is the best way for nations to advance in so many ways, and nothing herein has ever espoused anything different, with certain caveats…

      And, of course, totalitarian regimes must change, but when the U.S. foreign policy changes abruptly to the point that America’s “word” from one moment to the next becomes questionable by friends and foes alike, … that in itself creates unforeseen realities that in the long run are not beneficial to the U.S.A.’s best interests – and this writing begins and ends with that in mind…

      Could be that the upheavals in the Middle East will lead to more democratic governments, or worse ones or equally bad ones, but one main point here is that change must be managed, with ample considerations given to the ramifications those changes will bring, which might be worse than the original “disease” because of unintended consequences… And one view here is that regarding the “Arab Spring”, it seems America has lagged in giving “it” adequate considerations to the immediate and long range ramifications…

      HAMAS, for example, says it was elected to lead GAZA, and sees itself as a democratic governmental entity, but is it so, and was that actuality better or worse for the Palestinian-Israel matter and for peace in the Middle East overall? It’s open to a real realistic debate, especially considering that many majority elements in the Middle East that are striving to overthrow their governments would like to annihilate Israel – and to them, that is “democracy” at work…
      Additionally, because of America clearly being a world symbol for democracy and for human freedoms and all, “these” matters arising across the seas are not easy ones to solve, nor to even reach agreement on how to begin to solve them, but at least we can discuss from afar with the understanding that reality and the abstract are obviously different, though both are important…

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