FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The United States is threatening "targeted sanctions" against Syria in the wake of another bloody crackdown on protesters.
The National Security Council has accused Syria of "brutal violence" against its citizens, calling it "completely deplorable." It's tough talk - much tougher than what President Obama had to say on Friday. When he learned that 70 unarmed Syrian protesters were murdered by government security forces, the president issued a statement calling on "all sides to cease and desist." Huh?
President Obama isn't exactly getting high praise for his foreign policy these days. More than a month into a bloody civil war in Libya, the conflict appears to have reached a stalemate. After weeks of hemming and hawing and not saying a whole lot on the matter, Obama gave the OK for airstrikes against Libya, without consulting Congress first.
He said we would be involved in Libya for a "matter of days, not weeks." It's already approaching months. He said no American boots would ever be on the ground in Libya. Wrong again. We've been on the ground there for some time. Then last week, the president authorized the use of unmanned drone strikes in Libya in support of NATO airstrikes. Yet another expensive escalation. And violence continues to rage on throughout the region.
A piece on the Daily Beast calls Obama "a persuasive politician and diplomat who gets others to crawl out on limbs, has them take big risks to break through to a new future and then turns around and walks away from them when the political winds in the United States threaten to shift."
To think his critics had the temerity to suggest he didn't have the necessary experience to be president.
Here’s my question to you: Is President Obama’s foreign policy headed for disaster?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Yes. He was unprepared. Since he is not learning fast enough, he will remain unprepared. He is unqualified. When he took office in 2009, he had to think for months about what he was going to do in Afghanastan. A problem that was already 7 years old. He should have remembered his campaign promises. The only president that has been nearly as disappointing as Obama was Jimmy Carter.
Mike in New York:
Foreign policy? What foreign policy? You can't call the total inaction in nearly every foreign issue a policy.
Gregg in Carlsbad, California:
There'd be no "Arab Spring" without his leadership speech in Cairo. President Obama thinks strategically. This means beyond next year. I'll put my money on the President. We've all seen time and time again how he has out-maneuvered his critics.
Dennis in North Carolina:
He is too slow to react to world situations. His thought process is too slow. He has made great speeches on world policies but he has not committed to them.
Thom in Negaunee, Michigan:
As long as our foreign policy is to war with other countries to achieve economic goals, continue to force our way of life on others, and be governed by Corporate America, disaster is the only way it will end up. Too few controlling the many. Our governing body, from the White House on down, do not represent the wishes of the people. We are a government without representation and have been for many terms.
Patrick in Michigan:
It really doesn't matter who the president is. Our foreign policy has been a disaster for decades. We all know where this is heading, and it isn't going to be a happy outcome.
Jack, are you kidding me? Obama’s foreign policy is not headed for disaster! It arrived in Libya, Yemen and Syria. Soon to arrive in Iran and back in Afghanistan with the 500 Taliban who just escaped from prison.