Sen. Bob Corker: Obama an Unreliable Ally

Image: Sen. Bob Corker: Obama an Unreliable Ally (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 10:17 AM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama's lack of leadership on the world stage has left America's allies without support and enabled instability to escalate, Sen. Bob Corker said.

In a commentary for The Washington Post, the Tennessee Republican and ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the president's rhetoric doesn't match his actions, and America's allies have suffered as a result.

Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance?

"Those around the world who are looking to the United States for support against intimidation, oppression, or outright massacres have learned a tough lesson in the past few years: This U.S. president, despite his bold pronouncements and moral posturing, cannot be counted on," he wrote.

In Syria, Corker said, the president made bold statements about ousting President Bashar al-Assad, but in the end did not help opposition groups defend themselves against the regime, or take action after Assad crossed the "red line" in using chemical weapons against his own people.

"The president asked Congress for the authorization to use military force against Syria. I worked with my colleagues to move that authorization out of the Foreign Relations Committee to the floor of the Senate. But when faced with the difficult challenge of persuading the rest of Congress to support his policy, Obama reversed course and said he no longer wanted the authority," Corker wrote.

As a direct result of the president's actions, Corker said, extremists have been able to thrive in Syria and Iraq, "threatening to completely undo the progress of years of U.S. sacrifice." The Islamic State group has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.

Meanwhile, Corker said the president's "empty promises" and "unreliability" have been most evident in Eastern Europe.

"Our tepid response to Russian aggression in Ukraine for nearly five months emboldened Putin, directly undermining U.S. interests and making Europe, and thus the United States, less secure," he wrote. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine earlier this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin is now supporting pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Corker wrote, "I support the president's desire to avoid 'stupid' wars, and to 'steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world,' but, time and again, this president proves that he is uncomfortable being commander-in-chief and implements policies unsteadily and at odds with his stated goals, further undermining our credibility with these very partners.

"More often than not, the president doesn't hit singles and doubles; he just balks."

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Report: NKorea Sent Commandos to Attack US Nuclear Plants in 1990s

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:34 PM

Five covert commando teams were sent to the United States by North Korea in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and . . .

Poynter Gives Rolling Stone Rape Story 'Error of the Year' Award

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:25 PM

The Poynter Institute has tagged Rolling Stone's article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia, a story th . . .

Michael Reagan: A Threat to Hollywood Launched Dad's Political Career

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 23:13 PM

Kim Jong-un isn't the only strongman to threaten Hollywood and win. He isn't even the most recent.
A new biography . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved