WSJ's Henninger: Obama's Foreign Policy Bears the Mark of Carter

Friday, 07 Mar 2014 08:13 PM

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President Barack Obama has been "Carter-ized," with his policies as ineffectual as those of President Jimmy Carter, according to Daniel Henninger, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and deputy editorial page director of the Wall Street Journal.

"Jimmy Carter is, among other things, known for becoming totally engulfed and entrapped in the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 and in the 1980 presidential campaign," Henninger told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Ronald Reagan [who defeated Carter] gave a long speech, a very substantive speech, after he had gotten the presidential nomination to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chicago, in which he described at considerable length what he described as Jimmy Carter's failed foreign policy.

"What he said was that Carter's foreign policy was inconsistent, it was full of vacillation and bluff, that it was confusing our allies and you read through this speech of Reagan's and you say, gosh, this is an extremely apt description of where we are now."

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Henninger said Reagan's remark that, "Our allies are losing confidence in us and our adversaries no longer respect us," rings very similarly to what is happening with Russia.

"Does this sound like Ukraine?" he asked.

During that same speech, Henninger says Reagan noted that the purpose of U.S. military strength and its willingness to use it was to preserve.

"He said this in terms of preserving the peace, what he called a vital margin of safety. A margin of safety means that, at the margin, the United States in dealing with people like Vladimir Putin has a sort of margin of strength that conveys to our adversaries that we're serious," he said.

"And, beyond that, in the case of Reagan, it was also a matter of the president of the United States being willing to lead. One of our difficulties now dealing with Putin is the reluctance of [Angela] Merkel in Germany and some of the other Western European leaders to aggravate him.

"But if they're going to join with us in protecting Ukraine and, indeed, the rest of the Eastern European nations, they're going to have to be led actively by the president of the United States. That's what's not happening."


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