Summing up U.S. foreign policy in four sentences

President Obama's foreign policy seems to get worse with each passing day. He instills no confidence to the American people. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEMay 6, 2013 – All you need to know about the current state of U.S. foreign policy can be summed up in four sentences.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says, “Benghazi was a long time ago.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouts, “What difference does it make?”

Vice President Joe Biden announces that, “General Motors is alive and bin Laden is dead.”

President Barack Obama waffles about his actions in the Middle East saying, “If Syria uses chemical weapons, then that’s a game changer.”

Given the threat of increased global terrorism, the apathy during the attack in Benghazi followed by the excuses of the Obama administration about what really happened is unnerving. Consider Obama’s ambivalence to most things involving international politics and the fact that Clinton is contemplating a run for president in 2016. The clouds of global uncertainty are a gathering storm.

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From the moment the president heard the news from Libya, he told Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to handle it and get back to him. For the next several hours, while four Americans were being killed in Benghazi, Obama was AWOL and has yet to explain his involvement. Or, better yet, his lack of involvement.

For Clinton’s role in the incident, the former first lady built a highly overrated image of being a diplomatic rock-star by logging an infinite number of frequent flyer miles as Secretary of State. Though her actual achievements were lackluster at best, until Benghazi erupted in the final days of her tenure, Clinton had wrapped herself within the cocoon of being an ambassador extraordinaire.

Benghazi may indeed be old news by the time the next election rolls around, but Hillary’s actions combined with Obama’s phony concern about the attack only serve to highlight the international problems we face in Washington.

Hearings scheduled for Wednesday are supposed to shed new light on Benghazi, when at least three whistleblowers will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While anticipation runs high that we will finally have some much-awaited answers, it is incumbent upon Republicans to ask probing questions rather than making flowery speeches.

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It is a given that the democrats will have little to offer in the way of gathering information, choosing instead to protect Hillary Clinton, their potential presidential candidate in 2016.

Over the weekend some democrats criticized the Obama administration during the Sunday shows about several aspects of the Benghazi attacks. With Obama already in office and hearings now on the horizon, it is probably a good strategy to attempt to be pre-emptive by implicating the president regarding any new revelations that may arise. In so doing they provide cover for Clinton.

Meanwhile, the larger, more important problem is not being addressed. Since Benghazi we have had a terrorist attack on our own soil in Boston and the aftermath of both events is unsettling in their similarities.

In each case Obama assured the nation the perpetrators would be brought to justice. Not so in Benghazi. Not even close. Now Jay Carney says, “Benghazi was a long time ago.”

In Boston at least one terrorist was killed, but at this stage of the investigation it is more important to gather as much information as possible to prevent future strikes. It didn’t take long to botch the interrogation aspect of the bombings to the extent that we may never see justice carried out to its fullest.

Some say Obama is being blamed for things that reach far beyond his control. Perhaps. But the reality is that when the president of the United States turns his back on events that should be a priority by doing fund raisers in Las Vegas, or disappearing for hours during the most critical moments of a terrorist attack, or refusing to acknowledge that terrorism exists, or that there is a global problem with radical Islam, we have a crisis in foreign policy that directly affects our economy and our global image.

The truth is that nobody in Washington seems to know what is happening and how to deal with it. The poison spills from the top down. The statesmen and diplomats who do know how to deal with such situations, have no power to act.

The frightening aspect is that we have three more years of failed foreign policy before we are able to elect someone else, and the someone else we may elect, is equally as inept as the person who is currently in charge.

For those reasons alone, standing firm about flip off-the-cuff statements like a red line in the sand really does matter. Al-Qaeda is not dead, even if good ole Joe claims it is. And though Benghzi was “a long time ago” it does, indeed, matter when we consider how the Libyan situation was handled.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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