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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Obama Makes Two Huge Foreign Policy Gaffes

"My facts are incontestable. I will them to be, and they are. So it is and so it shall ever be."

Smartest president evah...

From Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker at Breitbart:

President Obama has made two major gaffes so far during his Europe trip. After falsely claimed that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum on self-determination, he then wrongly said that Georgia was not being considered for NATO membership. 
Speaking on Kosovo yesterday, Obama said : "...Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organised not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbours. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea." 
But none of it came close to happening in Kosovo either, as Milos Subotic, the International Relations Officer of the University of Pristina, Kosovo told Breitbart London.  
"During his yesterday speech in Brussels, President Obama showed a lack of knowledge of the political situation in Kosovo. Kosovo never organised any kind of referendum, but the Assembly of Provisional Institutions of self-government of Kosovo made a unilateral declaration of independence on February 17th 2008. 
"The declaration of independence has been recognised by approximately one hundred states, however Serbia and many countries have also showed their opposition to declaration of independence, most notably China and Russia. What Kosovo did was not in line with United Nations and that’s confirmed by the fact that Kosovo is not member of UN."  [Duh. Oops.]
Dr. James Ker-Lindsay, a Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe at the London School of Economics took to Twitter to correct the U.S. President before telling Breitbart London: "I think one must assume that this was indeed an error. However, it really does seem to be an incredible mistake to have made. Surely there must have been someone at hand who would have known that there was no UN organised referendum in Kosovo. It really was not that long ago.  
If messing up on Kosovo wasn’t enough, Obama has now also potentially undermined Georgia’s application to join NATO. 
Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia "is not currently on a path to NATO membership". In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008. 
At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that they will become members of NATO." 
Former Georgian Ambassador to London Giorgi Badridze, told Breitbart London: "President Obama's remarks could hardly have come at a worse time – or have been formulated in a worse manner. 
"Firstly, it's wrong to link Georgia's aspirations for NATO membership with those of Ukraine. Georgia has been working hard to achieve more progress in that direction, while Ukraine formally withdrew from the process years ago. 
"The second – and most damaging - thing the President said is that Georgia and Ukraine are 'not currently on a path to NATO membership'. This ignores the fact NATO made a firm commitment to admitting Georgia at the Bucharest Summit back in 2008. 
"Thirdly, stating Russian opposition as a reason for halting Georgian progress towards NATO membership will only embolden Moscow and strengthen its view that it has a right to effectively veto enlargement – a dangerous precedent.  [The work of amatuer hour presidency. Obama's words are often his decisions are so ill-timed and so plain stupid that sometimes I wonder if he's not doing it on purpose. However, as someone( I can't remember who) once said when incompetence and a conspiracy are only two explanation, error on the side of incompetence.]
"Putin's tanks are positioned along the border with Eastern Ukraine, Crimea is under occupation and Putin has long been looking for a reason to finish the job he never had the chance to finish in 2008: terminating Georgia’s independence. Against that backdrop, Obama'’s comments were not only unfortunate but, in the context of regional security, dangerous." [empahsis mine]

Well, I'm sure that Obama really, really wishes that Kosovo had left Serbia in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbors. But if wishes were fishes, etc.

It is disconcerting, to say the least, to watch this guy blunder through Europe encouraging aggressive nations, demoralizing friendly nations, and letting everyone know that Obama and sycophants are lost, out of their depth, and totally incompetent. It's not just that they're policies aren't based in the real world, their factual information isn't based in the real world. I mean, Obama's gaffes weren't just breaches of protocol, or silly mis-statements (people speaking "Austrian" etc.). Obama's showing everyone that he's basing his policies upon untrue information.

These are actions in line with that of a deluded fool. And do you think that everyone in the world, ally and enemy, isn't picking up on this?

I suppose we should just be happy that Obama's not saying that Atlanta is Georgia's capitol...

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