Thank You Captain Obvious ……. Romney Speaks About US’ Declining “Respect” Abroad

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Romney: It’s Hard to Name a Country That Has More Respect For Us Under Obama

That’s because there isn’t one. 

Appearing Tuesday night on with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney analyzed the current stand-off with Russia and America’s standing in the world under President Obama’s leadership.

“It’s hard to name a single country that holds America in more esteem and respect than when the President took office five years ago. It has not been a time of building America’s respect and admiration and esteem and frankly our soft power or our hard power around the world and the President has to account for that. I think ultimately the historians will,” Romney said. “We need a President that understands that not everybody around the world has the same interests. Some people around the world want to oppress other people and expand territory and take from the resources of other people, that’s what’s happening. The Jihadists want to do that, clearly Russia is intent on doing that and there are others as well.”

It’s not as simple as Romney puts it.  But, it is an obvious statement of fact.   “Hard Power” is what I believe the Prince referred to as fear.   Zero has managed neither. 

Many (but not all) of Zero’s failures are caused by ignorance.  Romney touches on this, but, he oversimplifies.  I often preach on this in relation to economic subjects, but, it holds true with all thoughts when regarding different nations and people.  No two nations have entirely the same interests.  If they did, they would be one nation and not two.  All world leaders need to understand this.  Zero clearly doesn’t.  Of course, he’s not the only one. 

Globalists don’t understand this.  All globalist notions will ultimately lead to failure, oppression, and strife.  It must, because none of us have completely common interests.  That doesn’t mean we have to be enemies or even antagonists towards each other.  It simply means we have to understand that the interests of different people are different.  In a world not so long ago, I had thought people were awakening to this thought.  I was sorely disappointed.  We, as a world, seem to be regressing from such a notion.  The trouble in the Ukraine is a great example of the ignorance and lack of understanding of this notion.  Each nation and their leaders should act in accordance to the interests of the people of their respective nations.  Not necessarily their expressed desires at the moment, for those change as quickly as day changes to night.  But, act in the interests of the people. 

Clearly, this is a foreign concept to the leaders of the EU.  Their existence is predicated upon such ignorance.  Why, in the name of all that’s holy, were they so damned eager for the Ukraine to push for acceptance into such a failed notion as the EU?  And why didn’t they anticipate at least the possibility of Russia’s reaction?

Personally, I think there were people trying to manipulate Russia and the US into a confrontation.  Given Zero’s stupidity, bravado, and ignorance, I suppose there was a fair chance at that.  Of course, there’s no appetite for a military confrontation in the US.  Simply put, the Ukraine doesn’t hold enough of the people’s interest.  Even if all the propaganda is true, (which is never is) it still doesn’t hold the interests of the US. 

Now, it would be nice if every nation played by the rules of our agreements and the UN.  But, we’ll never get to that point, because no two nations have the same interests.  Sometimes, the interests are competitive.  Then, the rules and agreements go out the window. 

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21 Responses to Thank You Captain Obvious ……. Romney Speaks About US’ Declining “Respect” Abroad

  1. philjourdan says:

    It is interesting to read Stefan’s comments. Dirk has almost become too “Americanized”, and Kelly is in another Anglo country. But each serves to give voice to the disaster of Obama.

    • suyts says:

      There’s nothing to respect or like about his foreign policies. The only fear people have is from his stupidity.

      And, yes, it’s interesting that we all have different views, but, I think on this, we all agree, Obama is a total failure in the foreign relations dept. Weird … turns out it doesn’t matter in which order one gets the Peace prize …. before or after failure.

    • DirkH says:

      philjourdan says:
      March 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm
      “It is interesting to read Stefan’s comments. Dirk has almost become too “Americanized”, and Kelly is in another Anglo country. ”

      You know, 20 years ago I argued with a fellow student about the role of the state. He was a typical German social democrat, my answer was “Defense and police and that’s it.”. I didn’t even know back then but I was pretty much for a minimal government.

      So, all the contacts I made on the Internet never changed that. I abhor the state; I know too much of history for a long time now.

      • Jim Masterson says:

        >>
        DirkH says:
        March 28, 2014 at 10:40 am

        . . . the role of the state.
        <<

        It’s to protect everyone’s stuff. Unfortunately, they usually evolve to the point where they start taking away everyone’s stuff.

        Jim

      • philjourdan says:

        IN that, you share a common abhorrence with most of us. As a young man, I had socialistic leanings (I wrote a constitution for an imaginary nation in which I was head of the Socialist party). As I have aged and seen the inexorable growing of the state, I have come to fear it more than anything. A perfect case in point is the imperial presidency of Obama. Where he no longer follows the law, and the cretins in congress are too timid to confront him. And we are supposed to “like” these cowards and vote for them?

        Sorry went off on a tangent. You are somewhat of an enigma, in that you have arrived at the same place as some Americans, without the benefit of being an American. Stefan seems to be starting the climb out of the socialist mindset, but he is still fiercely patriotic. Which we all are to a degree.

  2. Latitude says:

    My biggest fear is this….we made a deal to protect Ukraine’s borders and sovereignty “join us, do what we want…and we’ll protect you”…….that’s now out the window and gone forever

    ..once you loose trust…and that’s exactly what the democrats have done

    They have taken everything off the table…you can’t trust us
    More countries are going to go the other way now….it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see them vote to go back and join Russia…at least Russia will protect them

  3. leftinflagstaff says:

    It’s the Mother of All Unicorns. The globalists hope no countries means no wars. But of course it would just mean global civil war. That’s preferable?

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Perhaps he can also talk about declining in general:

    A March 25 article in The Washington Times was titled “Obama to Kill Navy’s Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs in Budget Decimation” and on March 21, The Wall Street Journal published a commentary, “America’s Incredible Shrinking Navy.” When you add those to The New York Times February 23 article, “Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level”, you’ve got sufficient reason to begin to realize something very ominous is occurring.

    Cutting the Army is extremely dangerous and cutting Hellfire and Tomahawk capacity is just totally insane. Obama is mad as squirrel on LSD.

    • suyts says:

      It’s worse than that. Typically our wars are started after a significant Reduction In Forces.

    • DirkH says:

      Ahem Bruce; when the media report that Tomahawks will be phased out, the first thing you should do is look around what will replace it. I mean this thing is from the 80ies; no match for the Russian ONIKS 800-P.

      So, it’ll be the Cruise Missile XR. (extended range)

      Hellfire, I don’t know what they have to replace that one, but it’s also old as a dinosaur so I’m pretty sure they have an improved replacement in the dev labs.

  5. Braking news, excerpt: ”Private military company will be in charge of ”suppressing” protest movements in Eastern Ukraine, said a source in the country’s Security Service. According to him, the name of the company is Greystone Limited”

    that’s where the billion of US$$$ will to to…. to ”suppress” normal protest… new American exporting democracy – and they call Putin a despot, dictator, he is Hitler and so on.. ….

  6. phodges says:

    This is just priceless. Neonazis we paid to storm parliament the first time back for more….

    I can hear them laughing in the Kremlin from here.

    I suppose the NY Times will approve of the “government” shooting them down this time.

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