WILL FOREIGN LEADERS BE ABLE TO TRUST AMERICA AFTER OBAMA?

International credibility is to foreign affairs what political capital is to domestic matters. Without it, an American president can exert little influence and thus can get little done.

President Obama has used up nearly all of his political capital. He began his administration with 69 percent approval and 12 percent disapproval. Today, he is underwater at 40-54 according to the latest Gallup poll.

This presents a problem for Obama, but not for his successor. The next president will begin his or term with a strong approval rating, though almost certainly not as strong as Obama’s historically high mark.

Obama has also used up nearly all of his international credibility. Michael Rubinwrites:

In 1994, the United States (and the United Kingdom and Russia) signed an agreement with Ukraine as part of its forfeiture of nuclear weaponry: Russia promised to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the United States and Great Britain agreed to help protect it. That Budapest Memorandum, it turns out, has become meaningless.

So too were American promises to Georgia in 2008. And American promises to Poland and the Czech Republic with regard to missile defense.

The Obama administration’s decision to slash American assistance to Israel’s missile defense—while at the same time enabling between $7 billion and $20 billion in sanctions relief and new investment into Iran—likewise undercuts any lingering hope in Israel or among Israel’s defenders in the United States that Obama would lift a finger if Iranian leaders act on their promise to annihilate the Jewish state.

The world could hardly fail to notice:

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are furious with Obama. And Kuwaiti and Emirati leaders suggest that they can no longer trust American commitments.

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The American people have many allies...and they will be just as happy to see Obama go as we are.

You hit one thing right on the head in your first sentence with the word "credibility". The other is "respect". I do not care if both are earned through fear. All three could be earned if we can elect a president and enough congressmen that love this country as founded. Such a combination of legislative and executive powers could rebuild our military, roll back, much of the scorge of socialism that has infected the body politic since Woodrow Wilson, and begin paying down our debts.

Part of that process is choosing our alliances more carefully and asking those that we keep to hold up their end of the bargain. The U. N. is an expensive nuisence. The IMF has become inmical to our interests (if it was ever worth a damn).

Domestically, reduction of the welfare and regulatory costs would stimulate the economy, cut the expense of government and the "benefits" enough to pay for the defense building and begin paying down our debts.

It is also extremely important that we keep the House and win the Senate. It would be even better to be able to this while dispatching Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan from the "leadership" of the House and McConnell, Graham in the Senate. That would enable us to halt the erosion of our great Country. Yes, still great, despite the depredations and error that all of us to some degree have allowed to occur.

This Obamanation that we have in the presidency is exactly what the extremist muslims wanted and even told us that they would do. To destroy our country from within. This extremist muslim Obama (Osama) and Biden (Bin Laden) need to be captured tried as treasonous criminals and executed by military firing squad. We WILL verify that he is Not  qualified to be president and every law and executive order will be null and void. I see the new TEA PARTY President and Vice-President being sworn in front of obama, and the first thing they say will be "We have survived Obama and I will sign and executive order to give exemptions to all 50 states from obamacare, and I hereby fire and put under arrest... Eric Holder, hillary clinton, Pelosi, Boehner, Dodd, Frank where they will be charged with treasonous acts against the American people.  I hereby ground all flights from American airspace, and deploy the military to the mexican border. Any foreign adversarial military ship within 1,000 miles from American waters will be sent away or destroyed within 12 hours. I will Notify Putin, that if he sends any arms, ships, planes into south america...they will be eliminated immediately. I hereby place Barrack Hussein Obama and his cabinet under arrest and Imprisoned in GITMO for interrogation....WE WILL GET THE TRUTH!!!   AMERICA...AND WORLD....WE ARE BACK!!!!"

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Former Vice President and 2020 Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden is vowing to give Obamacare, funded by American taxpayers, to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

During an interview with Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Biden forgot that Obamacare technically bans illegal aliens from enrolling in healthcare plans — although illegal aliens are still able to obtain subsidized and free healthcare at Americans’ expense — and promised that under his plan, all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens would be able to get Obamacare.

The exchange went as follows:

DIAZ-BALART: When I … NBC moderated that first debate with you, I didn’t … I don’t recall a clear answer, under your plan should … would the 11, 12 million undocumented immigrants that live in the United States, that have been here many for generations, would they have access …

BIDEN: Yes.

DIAZ-BALART: — to health insurance.

BIDEN: Yes, they … if they can buy into the system like everybody else.

DIAZ-BALART: Because you know, in [Obamacare] they can’t.

BIDEN: Yeah. Yeah, I know. Well they can, that’s my point. They continue to be able to do that.

DIAN-BALART: They cannot under the ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Well and that’s my point, they will though. They will be able to buy into … [illegal aliens] would be able to buy in, just like anyone else could.

Biden joins Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — among other 2020 Democrats — in committing to forcing American taxpayers to pay for healthcare for illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S.

Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized healthcare, emergency room visits, and other health services.

Under the 2020 Democrats’ plan to provide taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens living in the U.S., Americans would be billed potentially $660 billion every decade just to cover the costs. Other research has found that the plan would cost Americans at least $23 billion every year.

As Breitbart News has reported, experts have said that giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to effectively all foreign nationals who can make it to America’s borders would drive “strong incentives for people with serious health problems to enter the country or remain longer than their visas allow in order to get government-funded care.”

Despite 2020 Democrats’ continued push for taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey revealed that the healthcare-for-illegal-aliens plan is the least popular policy position, with opposition from 62 percent of U.S. voters.

Similarly, a CNN poll from July discovered that 63 percent of likely swing voters oppose providing healthcare to illegal aliens, along with nearly 6-in-10 of all likely U.S. voters and 61 percent of moderates. A Rasmussen Reports survey also found that likely voters, by a majority of 55 percent, oppose giving healthcare to even the most low-income illegal aliens.

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