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In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right;
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    --Commodore Stephen Decatur

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Making the World Safe from Democracy

The BBC reports today that President Obama has secured a major agreement with diplomats from Iran and North Korea to halt all production of nuclear materials and surrender their existing stockpiles to the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Well, no.  Actually, Obama has secured agreements to save the world from the evil scourge of the Ukraine and Mexico.
Mexico will work with the US, Canada and the International Atomic Energy Agency to convert highly enriched uranium into lower-grade fuel, it said.  On Monday, the US welcomed a similar commitment by Ukraine.  President Barack Obama has warned world leaders of a growing risk of nuclear attack by terrorists.  He urged those attending the Washington summit not merely to talk, but to act to prevent nuclear material falling into the wrong hands.
Thus, Obama has succeeded not only in weakening the position of the United States against our enemies, but also in extracting painful concessions from our allies.  This ranks right up there with Obama's other top foreign policy achievements, although it is much more serious than the iPod which he sent to the Queen and certainly more damaging to our international standing than his fondness for bowing to kings and hugging dictators.

Despite Obama's preening, Iran and North Korea have been unmoved by this latest round of diplomatic theater and have only issued predictable statements condemning any effort by the United States to curtail their nuclear ambitions.  Only a fool would think we can intimidate the world's most opressive tyrants by demonstrating our own meekness, but Obama will stop at nothing to keep himself in the media spotlight.

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