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Bolton: Obama's Foreign Policy 'Feeble'

Monday, 09 Nov 2009 02:05 PM

By Dan Weil

Former UN Representative John Bolton says President Obama has a feeble foreign policy, creating dangers for the United State overseas.

“The adversaries we have around the world watch what the president does every day,” Bolton said in a speech to the New York Conservative Party.

“And they draw conclusions about America’s strength, about the decisiveness of its president. If they conclude that the president is weak and indecisive, the conclusion they draw is that America is more vulnerable.”

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Any weakness is dangerous, says Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “It’s American weakness that’s provocative. It’s weakness that says to the adversaries they can take advantage of us and get away with it.”

And what image is the president projecting?

“The signal that’s being sent over and over again is a signal that the administration is weak and indecisive,” Bolton argues.

“The president himself qualifies as the first post-American president . . . , because he is after all above all that patriotism stuff. He’s really moved beyond that.”

Bolton said Obama demonstrated that clearly a few months ago when he was asked by a reporter if he believes in American exceptionalism.

That notion, Bolton says, is “a basic understanding that everybody in this room has that our country is founded on a different basis and has different objectives and different values than other countries.”

He wasn’t too pleased with Obama’s response.

“He said, yes I believe in American exceptionalism. . . . But then in the same sentence he goes on to say, just as the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

Obama thus “makes it sound as though people who actually believe in American exceptionalism are pretty parochial, not sophisticated like he is,” Bolton said. “That’s the kind of post-Americanism I think we need to worry about.”

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