Hands on Diplomacy: the foreign policy failure of America

American presidents can’t keep their hands off of other heads of state.  It has become embarrassing.  They touch their shoulders, their backs and hold their arms as they guide them to places to stand or sit.  It is as if their guests were little children or blind men who need the assistance of the almighty American president-father.  Kings, Queens or common dictators?  It doesn’t matter.   Our presidents manhandle them all, especially  the women.

Not since George H.W. Bush have we had a president who has enough foreign policy experience to know what most American tourists have learned from their own world travels, namely, that you should not touch other people without permission.  In some countries of Asia and Africa it is considered unsanitary and dirty, the ultimate offense.  You respect the body of the other person.  Shaking hands, a western habit, has only been recently accepted and even it is an offense to many of the masses. One can see the awkwardness in the faces of our visiting heads of state.   Except in rare political instances, such as Queen Elizabeth’s encounter with Michelle Obama, they don’t touch back.  They don’t say, “Thank you for helping me find my spot for the photo op, I was lost and couldn’t read my name on the floor of the stage.”  Or, “Say, thanks Mr. President, for the assist in getting into my chair.  Although I am younger than you I was afraid I was going to take a tumble.”

One can see when they are the host in their own country and our president is the guest, they are not hugging or manhandling him.  He isn’t required to kiss on both cheeks in France.  He is allowed to stand tall, with dignity, not inches but feet away from the French president.  The ushers, doormen and military aides in many foreign capitals (including  France) actually still wear white gloves.

My guess is that there are diplomats and analysts in the U.S. State Department who are horrified by this presidential behavior and have written eloquent, respectful memorandum, tediously explaining the toilet habits of masses of people from different cultures, offering excellent explanations for why and how these traditions have evolved.  And why no matter how close they feel to their leader counterpart, it is often an offense to the people to see their nation’s leader pawed over.   If so, such memorandum never made it past the White House sycophants who cannot stop telling the president-emperor how wonderful he looks in those clothes of his.

The fact is, the emperor is naked.  America’s ignorant presidents from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to Barack Obama make us look patronizing, rude and condescending.  Their obsessive manhandling of foreign leaders and their small gestures of touch and feel, meant to endear, have had their part to play in the collapse of America’s foreign policy.  It is not what the actions themselves have done as much as the contempt they express toward other nations and their cultures.  If an American president is so isolated that he can’t get this obvious memo from Foggy Bottom, then what else is he missing?  What other, more outrageous and idiotic mistakes are being made?  No wonder America has moved from a country that is hated to a country that is now ridiculed in jokes around the world.

In years past I have despised the soft on communism apparatchiks at the State Department.  Now, I admit that we need them to assert themselves.  Someone needs to blow the whistle.  American is losing its public relations battle worldwide out of ignorance and arrogance.  We can see it on television.  Yes, this touchy-feely tendency is only a symptom but it shows that the corruption is complete.  Even our recent secretaries of state have been too cowed by the all powerful American celebrity president.  Somebody needs to speak up.

George H.W. Bush, experienced as a diplomat and ambassador, a former head of the CIA, was America’s last respectable foreign policy president.  He accomplished something that history had never seen.  He united the world behind the effort to enforce the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait.  Yes, he didn’t finish off Saddam Hussein but that was part of the price for world unity and Saddam was clearly kept in check.  Today, having finished off Saddam Hussein and seeing the death of tens of thousands, Iraq has turned into an Islamic nation.  Christians who trace their  heritage back to the apostle Thomas have been tortured, murdered and burned out.   Being Gay or even looking gay has become a death sentence in Baghdad.  Al Qaeda now operates freely in Iraq. And the American economy, suffering from a $2 trillion war that was off the books, has fallen into its second worst depression in history.

Critics are now berating President Barack Obama for backing down from world leadership.  Maybe we should leave him alone.

33 Responses to Hands on Diplomacy: the foreign policy failure of America

  1. tex2 says:

    They want our money but they don’t want us to touch them? Pluuueeezzzeeee….LOL

    It isn’t the literal touchy-feely that’s the problem, it’s the stupid policies. For example, we may not be able to get to our own space station because we stopped the shuttle project.

  2. Rod Carew says:

    Wow and thank you for saying it as it looks.

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Surfisher says:

    Ron Paul said it best!

    But is is Amazing: The hatchet job the MSM media and the RNC “debates” did to the Last Honest Man in America — Ron Paul!

    Another wonderful example is at minute 15:01 — where the winner of the poll (Ron Paul) is shown last on the graph…priceless misdirection by CNN!

    And another at minute 15:12 — CBS shows for New Hampshire: Romney in 1st place at 43%, followed by Gingrich with 9%, Huntsman with 7% and Santorum with 6% — (missing in the picture is Ron Paul — who won 2nd place with 20%)! Kudos for CBS being the New Nazis to ERASE COMPLETELY FROM THE RECORD on National TV the Candidate that won 2nd place!

    (Someone once said that today’s Jews in Media BEST yesteryear’s Nazis in propaganda…could this be true…?!)

    Watch this at minute 15:14 — MSNBC with Rachel Maddow — showing a pic of ALL 5 left in the race (but Ron Paul’s FACE is replaced with someone else’s picture INSTEAD, Pawlenty, that was no longer running, but supporting Mitt Romney at the time)! So 4 real candidates were displayed in this picture, and the 5th, was a “mistake” by MSNBC with Rachel Maddow…LOL, so many mistakes concerning Ron Pal, one would think it a conspiracy (but, since it is said by the media that conspiracies do not exist…it has to be “true”). No matter — Ron Paul has been painted out of this picture, too!

    Gets even funnier at minute 15:29 — FOX News reports:
    1) (picture of Romney) — STATES Romney leads by 35%
    2) (picture of Ron Paul) — BUT … states ROMNEY at 19%
    3) (picture of Gingrich) — States … Gingrich is at 17%
    4) (picture of Huntsman) — States… Huntsman at 13%
    Fox is “better” than MSNBC — they’ll show a pic of Ron Paul, but give 2 wins to Mitt Romney! Just another “mistake” by our controlled media…LOL!

    And the MSM perfidy kept on going by making their bosses happy — TOTAL BLACK-OUT on Ron Paul in their news!

    If you are a Real American — make this video VIRAL!

    *How Ron Paul Was Cheated Out Of Presidency*:

    • tex2 says:

      Are you going to be promoting RP when he’s RIP? LOL

      • Jim says:

        It’s amazing how dedicated these nuts are to a 3 time loser who’s ‘delegate strategy’ was as failed as his policies.

      • tex2 says:

        At least RIP wouldn’t have upset anybody by shaking their hands, he would have sat in the Oval Office doing nothing except spouting his FREEDOM routine. LOL

    • Jim says:

      RP wasn’t ‘cheated’ out of anything. That’s just propaganda to keep the money bombs rolling in so RP can continue to pay his daughter and brother and other various family members for the last 2 years. Even Doug himself admitted he knew Romney had won back in April 2012.

  4. Antonio Guerra says:

    We shouldn’t be promoting RP, we should be promoting and/or regaining the ideology of freedom.The shear fact of being fathered by a Government sickens me, because it self portrays us as a person under daddy no matter what your age in this world. I will understand secrecy if I see Einstein was making decisions and I would still like to question his motives.

    • tex2 says:

      How about because he’s a loser? I think that’s a great reason why not to promote RP. I have no idea what your last sentence means, can you try it again, in non-RPtilian lingo? LOL

    • Surfisher says:

      Funny stuff — talking to a laconic friend of mine on Obama’s anti-American actions and his disregard for the Constitution, he said:

      Bush 2.0 with suntan….

      • Jim says:

        Funny stuff indeed. I remember showing a Jewish friend some of your old posts and he said:

        antisemite

      • tex2 says:

        Your friend is an idiot. But you probably knew that, and it’s why he’s your friend – similar people hang around each other. LOL

  5. Surfisher says:

    Doug — off topic — but hoping some can help me find the original interview on Public TV (late 70′s or early 80′s) may have been on one of the very first C-SPAN broadcasts from 1979…?

    Can’t remember where and when on TV, but recall the gist of it in full:

    George Bush stated that he wants a New World Order, where there will be eventually a One World Government with no national borders or currencies, but one Monetary World Unit for all nations, with the United Nations being the Law of the World (not the US Constitution being our Law of our Land). This video featured a much younger Bush than the one (less “obvious” NWO video when he was in power) below.

    I need the text (or sound/video) of this early interview, for an article I’m writing on Trilatarist Bush, and the rotten apple GW that didn’t fall far from the family crabtree:

    Trilateralist George Bush Sr — wanted NWO (New World Order) in his own words:

    His son, GW, expended on his father’s anti-American designs — one must be blind not to see the freedoms we’ve lost from these creatures.

    Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2014/05/memorial-day-2014/#tAZ2KIcVgIG6ozdW.99

    • tex2 says:

      Using the words “new world order” and this being anywhere consistent with your drug-induced recollection are two VERY different things. LOL

    • Jim says:

      BREAKING NEWS: Rand Paul said he looks forward to going back to just being a doctor
      “We don’t argue…We figure out what the problem is and we try to fix it, which is a lot more effective way,” he said. “I wish politics was a little more like medicine.”

      This could be very bad news for Doug, who I’m sure is looking forward to once again fleecing the rubes out of their hard earned FRn’s in 2016 by spinning tall tales about ‘stealth delegates’ that never existed.

  6. Reclaim the Republic, Restore the Constitution says:

    Doug — I hope someone can locate this George Bush Sr interview in its entirety, and post it — would be much appreciated!

    Reconstructing the time table when I was in DC, it had to be 1983, or later.

    I clearly recall what Bush Sr said — because it was so shocking! He spoke of the need of a One World Government and One World Monetary Unit as the ultimate goal (in detail) in order to assure complete safety, total peace (under One World Gov where the United nations would police the world) and everlasting prosperity by a non-manipulative single monetary unit for the world.

    It was so incredulous to hear an US office holder state that his goal is to use the USA as a spring board to a New World Order under One World Gov and a Single Monetary Unit (the Euro springs to mind — European Union’s Monetary Unit that replaced the actual currencies of many sovereign European nations) that this interview still remains fresh in my mind.

    Here was an US official that instead of supporting the US Constitution he was sworn to do, actually wanted the opposite — no US sovereignty and no US dollars, but total globalism instead!

    This opened my eyes to what the Bushes were, and are, all about (and their actions are to be seen by how much they’ve managed to erode the US Constitution and limit our freedoms)!

  7. Surfisher says:

    Doug — I hope you, or someone else of merit, can locate this George Bush Sr interview in its entirety, and post it — would be much appreciated!

    Reconstructing the time table when I was in DC, it had to be 1983, or later.

    I clearly recall what Bush Sr said — because it was so shocking! He spoke of the need of a One World Government and One World Monetary Unit as the ultimate goal (in detail) in order to assure complete safety, total peace (under One World Gov where the United nations would police the world) and everlasting prosperity by a non-manipulative single monetary unit for the world.

    It was so incredulous to hear an US office holder state that his goal is to use the USA as a spring board to a New World Order under One World Gov and a Single Monetary Unit (the Euro springs to mind — European Union’s Monetary Unit that replaced the actual currencies of many sovereign European nations) that this interview still remains fresh in my mind.

    Here was an US official that instead of supporting the US Constitution he was sworn to do, actually wanted the opposite — no US sovereignty and no US dollars, but total globalism instead!

    This opened my eyes to what the Bushes were, and are, all about (and their actions are to be seen by how much they’ve managed to erode the US Constitution and limit our freedoms)!

  8. Surfisher says:

    *Obama plans Afghanistan troop withdrawal by 2016* — Report from
    HeraldOnline.com

    What Obama says and what Obama does, have always been two different things.

    It’s nothing but a word play to give a “boost” to the lagging Dems in the 2014 elections.

    The best way to deal with Obama: this abomination in the White House needs not be quoted, but impeached and put in jail for life!
    —————————————————————————————

    The sad part is all these lives lost have been for naught!

    When we are gone, the Taliban will rule Afghanistan, and even worse, AL-Qaeda (that did not exist previously in Iraq) will take eventual control of Iraq.

    But never fear, another war will soon be here — Russia is getting too uppity (according to warmonger John Kerry).

    Imagine how many more weapons the Military Industrial Complex could PROFIT by unleashing them on them pesky Russkies.

    Wouldn’t that be the final irony in US history — our Gov starting a war that everyone knows we cannot win….but WOW, the profits to be made by ending America in such a way would be the envy of any Jew…LOL!

    • tex2 says:

      Obama is doing exactly what he said he would do – fundamentally changing America – except his fundamental change is our destruction. You don’t know why we are in Afghanistan, do you? Have you ever heard of Hitler? If not, go read some history, and you’ll see the actions of Russia are eerily similar to how Hitler behaved when he first came to power.

  9. Surfisher says:

    Rand Paul’s call to arms!

    Heed this patriot’s message and do all you can to make it happen!!!
    Dethrone Harry Reid — this utter anti-American scumbag!!!

    “Imagine waking up on the morning of November 5 – the day after the smoke clears from the 2014 elections – only to find out that Harry Reid will still be calling the shots as the United States Senate’s Majority Leader for the next two years.

    I know many so-called “experts” claim the political environment is turning more toxic for Big Government Democrats by the day. I know the ObamaCare fiasco has many Senate Democrats scared stiff.

    In fact, one House Democrat recently admitted he’s worried the situation is about to “hit the fan!”

    But , I’m not taking anything for granted. With ObamaCare threatening every last shred of economic growth and our national debt skyrocketing to over $17.5 TRILLION, I think there’s just too much at stake.

    And without your IMMEDIATE action, two more years of President Obama armed with Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader could be exactly what we’ll get.

    After eight years of taxing-and-spending, I’m ready to bring Harry Reid’s reign as Senate Majority Leader to a hard-and-fast end. And I’m asking you to help me make it happen.

    Won’t you please complete your RANDPAC “Statement of Republican Principles” and return it to me IMMEDIATELY?

    I believe stopping President Obama’s Big Government, tax-and-spend agenda for the next two years depends on stripping Harry Reid of his position as Senate Majority Leader.

    Over the next few months, my plan is to use RANDPAC to do everything I can to help elect a rock-solid, pro-limited government Republican Majority in the U.S. Senate.

    Today, I need to know you’ll stand with me.

    Click to sign

    Probably like you, I want so badly to believe the political “experts” who point to President Obama’s dismal 41% approval rating in a recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll and say November 2014 could be another tidal wave election like you and I saw in 2010.

    But I’ve also seen a recent Rasmussen Poll that stated a clear majority of American citizens are disillusioned with members of both parties.

    The American people aren’t stupid.

    They understand it’s Big Government politicians in BOTH parties who have brought our nation to the brink.

    That means you and I have some work to do.

    I believe, as Ronald Reagan said, it’s time for our party to “raise a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues . . .”

    After all, Americans now understand where President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stand.

    They stand for ObamaCare – which is costing jobs, sending health insurance premiums skyrocketing and lowering the quality of American healthcare.

    They stand for misguided “environmental” policies that have DOUBLED the price of a gallon of gas from $1.79 back in early 2009 to more than $3.65 today – despite a blooming energy boom in the United States!

    They stand for collecting literally BILLIONS of phone and email records of American citizens every day.

    Now, it’s time for Americans to find out where you and I stand.

    I believe the way to victory in 2014 isn’t in mincing words and holding back.
    It’s not in charting out “pastel” positions cooked up by high-powered consultants in Washington, D.C.

    It’s by showing the American people that you and I are different by standing firm on Republican principles, including:

    >>>LOWERING TAXES AND SPENDING. High taxes and out-of-control spending aren’t solving our problems. They’re the root cause!

    >>>AUDITING THE FED. It’s time to expose the Federal Reserve’s secrecy and economic manipulation that lead to constant economic crises and dollar destruction;

    >>>PROTECTING CIVIL LIBERTIES. Americans will not allow our federal government to run roughshod over our remaining freedoms in the name of “security.” As Benjamin Franklin said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety;”

    >>>REPEALING OBAMACARE. This $2.6 trillion disaster stands to wreck our economy. The national Republican Party can and must stand by efforts to stop implementation at the state level;

    >>>PROTECTING THE TENTH AMENDMENT. The national Republican Party should loudly stand with any state efforts to take back control over their respective jurisdictions under the Constitution of the United States;

    >>>PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY. We must work to stop infringements on our Second Amendment rights like the Feinstein Gun Ban, protect the unborn and end the TSA.

    The American people are hungry for leadership.

    And one thing is crystal clear . . .

    They’re NOT getting that under this administration.

    Whether it’s the IRS targeting conservative organizations, ObamaCare or the growing Benghazi scandal, it seems all you and I ever get is blame-shifting, finger-pointing and excuses.

    Is it really any wonder the American people’s trust in their government continues to hover around record lows?

    The good news is, I believe that America’s realization that Washington, D.C. can’t solve all our problems is the first step toward a reawakening toward freedom.

    For months now, I’ve been spreading a message of liberty and limited government. I even received a standing ovation at the notoriously liberal University of California-Berkeley!

    Now, with your help, I believe we can dethrone Harry Reid as Majority Leader in 2014.

    If you agree, I simply must be able to count on your signed “Statement of Republican Principles”.

    Click to sign

    If I can generate a flood of these petitions, they will help ensure candidates don’t shrink away from the ugly lies and SMEARS you and I know will be coming from Big Government Democrats and their special interest pals.

    There must be no waving the white flag this election year. PERIOD.

    The American people have had enough surrendering.

    They’re ready for a Republican Party that will boldly and unashamedly FIGHT for the principles they hold so dear.

    If you agree, won’t you please complete it right away?

    And secondly, I hope you’ll chip in a contribution to RANDPAC to help me mobilize even more Americans from all over the country.

    Your generous support will help me:

    ***Ensure the best pro-liberty candidates out there get the funds they need to fight back against attacks;

    ***Pay for hard-hitting emails and a flood of letters calling Big Government Democrats to the carpet for every one of the failed schemes we’ve seen them ram through Washington, D.C. over the past few years;

    *** “Take-no-prisoners” style TV ads, to ensure Big Government Democrats have nowhere to run from all the damage they’ve inflicted on our country.

    But I must be able to count on your generosity.

    After all, there are so many races that could decide the balance of power this election year.

    As I write you, there are vulnerable Democrat incumbents in states like Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Hampshire and North Carolina who are in the reelection fights of their lives.

    Not only that, but there are a massive number of open seats up for grabs as well.

    These contests are always notoriously hard-fought.

    With so many this election year – including in Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia – you and I must do everything we can to ensure pro-limited government Republicans come out on top.

    Any one of these races could decide whether or not Harry Reid holds onto his Senate Majority Leader position.

    And I haven’t even mentioned defensive races featuring Republicans in tough reelection fights!

    As I mentioned, I’m more ready than ever to bring Senator Harry Reid’s eight-year reign as Majority Leader to a hard-and-fast end this November.

    With your help, I want RANDPAC to play a BIG role in all of these races.

    Click to sign

    But I’m afraid that can’t happen without your most generous support today.

    Mail, emails and hard-hitting TV ads all cost money.

    Depending on the size of the state, the kind of program I’m envisioning can be very expensive.

    Sure, I could just write some of it off. I could decide it just costs too much money to warrant getting involved.

    But I don’t want to take anything for granted.

    So in addition to signing your “Statement of Republican Principles”, won’t you chip in a contribution of $10 or $20 to help kick Harry Reid out of the Senate Majority Leader position?

    I know that’s much more than you’ve done in the past.

    But the November elections are right around the corner.

    I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure victory. Today, I’m asking you to stand with me.

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    , please let me hear from you right away.

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    So please act at once.

    In Liberty,

    Senator Rand Paul (R – Kentucky)

    P.S. After eight years of taxing-and-spending, I’m ready to bring Harry Reid’s reign as Senate Majority Leader to a hard-and-fast end.

    If you agree, won’t you please complete your “Statement of Republican Principles” IMMEDIATELY?

    Secondly, if you possibly can, please chip in a contribution of $10 or at least $20 TODAY!

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  10. Surfisher says:

    Newsworthy:

    Hiltlery Clinton says she will decide ‘when it feels right’ — to run for President.

    She should run…run out of USA for her killings in Benghazi, and never come back!

    Look at her now — all the botox and facelifts didn’t help, she still looks like the wicked witch of the West!

    http://news.msn.com/us/clinton-says-she-will-decide-when-it-feels-right

    • Surfisher says:

      Read the last paragraph — and be amazed how nonchalant Hitlery Clinton feels in her role of the Four American Deaths in Benghazi under her watch!

      This is truly chilling (to her it’s a “travesty” to be held accountable by upcoming Congressional hearings!!!):

      H. Clinton said. “We’ll see what they decide to do, how they conduct themselves: Whether this is one more travesty about the loss of four Americans or whether this is in the best tradition of the Congress….”

      What a sicko Hitlery Clinton is…and how sick are the American-haters that want her to win?!?!

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