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Sarkozy's Contempt for Obama
By Jack Kelly

The contempt with which the president of France regards the president of the United States was displayed in public last week.

Nicolas Sarkozy was furious with Barack Obama for his adolescent warbling about a world without nuclear weapons at a meeting Mr. Obama chaired of the United Nations Security Council last Thursday (9/24).

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"We must never stop until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of the earth," President Obama said.

What infuriated President Sarkozy was that at the time Mr. Obama said those words, Mr. Obama knew the mullahs in Iran had a secret nuclear weapons development site, and he didn't call them on it.

‘President Obama dreams of a world without weapons...but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite," Mr. Sarkozy said.

"Iran since 2005 has flouted five Security Council resolutions," Mr. Sarkozy said. "North Korea has been defying Council resolutions since 1993."

"What good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community?" he asked rhetorically. "More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe out a UN member state off the map."

If the Security Council had imposed serious sanctions on the regimes which are flouting UN resolutions, the resolution Mr. Obama proposed about working toward nuclear disarmament wouldn't have been so meaningless, Mr. Sarkozy implied.

"If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce or own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons," he said.

The extent of President Obama's naivete - or duplicity - was on display Friday at the G20 summit when the president, flanked by Mr. Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, revealed to the American public that Iran had a second nuclear weapons site on a military base near the holy city of Qom.

News reports indicated Mr. Obama had been briefed on the site before his inauguration. But he's been conducting his foreign policy as if the mullahs could be trusted.

"Iran has been put on notice," President Obama said in Pittsburgh.

Iran responded to being "put on notice" by testing Monday two ballistic missiles that could carry a nuclear warhead 1,200 miles.

It was to protect Europe from such missiles that the ABM system President Obama abruptly cancelled earlier this month was designed.

Obama administration officials said the ABM cancellation - regarded as a betrayal by Poland and the Czech Republic, where the missiles and radars were to be located - actually improved U.S. security, because it has made Russia more amenable to sanctions against Iran.

The UN Security Council has never passed strong sanctions against Iran because Russia and China have vetoed them. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he still doesn't like economic sanctions, but will support them if diplomacy fails. China remains opposed.

President Obama shouldn't count on Russian support, said Soviet expert David Satter.

"Words are cheap for the Kremlin and the Iranians are aware of this," he said. "The Russians, having endorsed sanctions, will now find hundreds of reasons why any specific sanctions package is unfair...The reason is that support for Iran is Russia's most important trump card in foreign relations and there is little likelihood they will give it up."

Iran has been put on notice before. At the G8 meeting in Italy in July, Mr. Obama and other leaders set a "firm deadline" of Sep. 10 for the Iranians to make a serious offer to negotiate about their nuclear program. When the mullahs blew him off, Mr. Obama quietly extended the deadline until December.

December could be too late. "Tehran soon could have humankind's most frightening weapon if substantial diplomatic progress is not made in the coming days," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Cal), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Saturday (9/26).

If severe economic sanctions are not imposed immediately, in months if not in weeks, only a military strike will b e able to prevent an Iranian bomb.

But after sternly lecturing Iran on its international obligations Friday, President Obama didn't call for sanctions. He called for more negotiations. And then, as the Iranians were spitting in his eye with the missile test, he jetted off to Copenhagen to lobby to have the 2016 Olympics held in Chicago.

No wonder Nicolas Sarkozy holds him in contempt.
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  • steve "Democrats have commi... 2009/09/30 02:58:09
    Bush without a doubt.
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +18
    Anyone who thinks The UNITED STATES has a better standing in the world under Barack Obama has blinders on. Several countries leaders including GB, France, Isreal and Iran think he is a laughing stock. I can find more articles, but I only have so much time in a day. He you want to say Obama.. that is fine... but find your own data. Thanks.

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  • Wayne 2009/10/14 04:29:13
    Bush without a doubt.
    Wayne
    Are you kidding? Obama and his failing foreign policy have embolden Russia Iran Venezuela. His perception of how to communicate subordination is seen as weakness.Weakness is not persuasive to strong willed tyrants. Obama has made our safety worse by far and garnered less respect world wide period. Obama is a guppy in a pool of sharks!
  • Pete 2009/10/04 01:30:47
    Bush without a doubt.
    Pete
    +1
    America have been deceived. Without a doubt the conspiracy of silence of obama is in his heart. His darkness heart, that is. . In advance to control America and our freedom we have fought for over these years. GB care about American, although he was not a perfect in all his doing, he was more patriot than pathetic obama...Peace be with you
  • steve "... Pete 2009/10/04 01:46:18
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    And also with you.
  • Twizzer 2009/10/04 00:52:21
    Bush without a doubt.
    Twizzer
    +1
    The world is starting to see who Obama really is...an arrogant novice.
  • steve "... Twizzer 2009/10/04 01:00:48
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +1
    And the Europeans seem to agree.

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/a...
  • Kim 2009/10/02 02:19:33
    Bush without a doubt.
    Kim
    +2
    Obama is a laughing stock, but he does have a great tan....lol..
  • Michaelene 2009/10/01 16:04:07
    Bush without a doubt.
    Michaelene
    +1
    I remember how people laughed at the Axis of Evil Speech, February 2002, but this knowledge has been available or suspected ever since.

    [Our second goal] is to prevent regimes (terrorist) that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens. Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom. Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens—leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections—then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world. States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regim...



    I remember how people laughed at the Axis of Evil Speech, February 2002, but this knowledge has been available or suspected ever since.

    [Our second goal] is to prevent regimes (terrorist) that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens. Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom. Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens—leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections—then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world. States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

    – George W. Bush, 2002 State of Union Address

    I wonder the meant about the blackmail part?
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  • Janster 2009/10/01 13:31:07
    Bush without a doubt.
    Janster
    +2
    Obama is a weak president, full of apologies to killers and dictators. Bush didn't do everything right but he was good on foreign policy and keeping Americans safe.
  • xphile 2009/10/01 11:13:47
    Bush without a doubt.
    xphile
    +3
    Way better at securing a Nation!!
  • mach-1 BL-106 2009/10/01 04:13:51
    Bush without a doubt.
    mach-1  BL-106
    +9
    Okay! ...Bush cared for the military, the men and women..They have his respect... And I believe he loves this country...No one can respect Obama...I am sorry he is completely anti-American, it is in everything he does and says about this country.Even his wife said as much.

    He wants to change EVERYTHING...And he is obsessed with doing it.For HIS glory..not the people in which he is supposed to be serving.
    What a fraud!
  • mjaeu 2009/10/01 02:32:58
    Bush without a doubt.
    mjaeu
    +2
    We were safe and he actually ignored the ignorant media and talked to his Generals! Good greif!
  • Israelite 2009/10/01 01:41:32
    Bush without a doubt.
    Israelite
    +4
    obummer is a joke . the world is laughing. and our enemy's are emboldened because he has given them worth. and believe he will capitulate to them.
  • JOE 2009/09/30 23:52:46
    Bush without a doubt.
    JOE
    +2
    Obama would kiss any foreign leaders ass, just as he did in Arabia, Venezuela and with Iran's President. The liberal press will cover his ass on any mistake he makes.
  • ASPEN 2009/09/30 23:33:12
    Bush without a doubt.
    ASPEN
    +5
    Class:
    bush doubt class

    A**
    bush doubt class
  • Bill 2009/09/30 23:03:12
    Bush without a doubt.
    Bill
    +6
    with bush we looked like the bunch of great badasses we are with obama we look like a bunch of bush doubt bush looked bunch badasses obama bunch
  • Hazel 2009/09/30 22:37:13
    Bush without a doubt.
    Hazel
    +6
    You could see Sarkozy's contempt for Obama by his body language. We've allienated most all our allies but we've made some great friends, Castro, Gadahfi, almost had Iran's leader(can't spell his name) till we mentioned his newest nukes. Almost forgot BFF Chavez. Our standing in the world is so much worse now even our friends don't trust us. mentioned newest nukes forgot bff chavez standing world friends trust
  • steve "... Hazel 2009/09/30 22:49:19
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +3
    Well thought out patriot!
  • Michaelene Hazel 2009/10/01 16:10:05
    Michaelene
    +3
    terrifyingly true
  • bean 2009/09/30 22:21:13
    Bush without a doubt.
    bean
    +7
    I'm not saying either one of them is "good"... but Bush was better
  • '' Hammy '' 2009/09/30 21:48:38
    Bush without a doubt.
    '' Hammy ''
    +3
    We are seeing a false sense of hope..or atleast some naive people are! bush doubt false hope atleast naive people
  • Helo Chick 2009/09/30 21:08:30
    Bush without a doubt.
    Helo Chick
    +3
    Take a look at this website and you tell me......

    http://watchingamerica.com/Ne...

    It's news articles about America from other countries, all on the same site. A friend sent me the link today. Want to know what the French are saying about us?
  • steve "... Helo Chick 2009/09/30 22:13:39
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +3
    Obama: Hanging With the Wrong Crowd
    by Jonathan Schanzer
    New Majority
    September 30, 2009

    www.jewishpolicycenter.org/14...

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    At the United Nations last week, Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi showered U.S. President Barack Obama with unexpected praise, telling the heads of state and dignitaries assembled that he hoped Obama could "stay forever as the president."

    This was hardly a flattering endorsement for Obama. Qaddafi has been tied to countless acts of terrorism including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 and the bombing of a German nightclub packed with U.S. servicemen in 1986.

    The endorsement from the "mad clown of Tripoli," as President Ronald Reagan called him, is not an isolated incident. Scores of other dangerous despots, terrorists, and anti-American mouthpieces have come out in support of Obama's foreign policies, which include ambivalence about the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, wavering support for Israel, and a diminished sense of American exceptionalism.

    It began when candidate Obama ran on a foreign policy platform of what scholar Robert Satloff later described as "anti-Bushism." Whereas George W. Bush sought to confront rogue regimes and radical ideologies, Obama sought to find under...

















    Obama: Hanging With the Wrong Crowd
    by Jonathan Schanzer
    New Majority
    September 30, 2009

    www.jewishpolicycenter.org/14...

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    At the United Nations last week, Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi showered U.S. President Barack Obama with unexpected praise, telling the heads of state and dignitaries assembled that he hoped Obama could "stay forever as the president."

    This was hardly a flattering endorsement for Obama. Qaddafi has been tied to countless acts of terrorism including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 and the bombing of a German nightclub packed with U.S. servicemen in 1986.

    The endorsement from the "mad clown of Tripoli," as President Ronald Reagan called him, is not an isolated incident. Scores of other dangerous despots, terrorists, and anti-American mouthpieces have come out in support of Obama's foreign policies, which include ambivalence about the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, wavering support for Israel, and a diminished sense of American exceptionalism.

    It began when candidate Obama ran on a foreign policy platform of what scholar Robert Satloff later described as "anti-Bushism." Whereas George W. Bush sought to confront rogue regimes and radical ideologies, Obama sought to find understanding with them.

    Cuba, which earned sanctions and isolation for decades of support for terrorism, was heartened by Obama's campaign promises to ease restrictions on Cuban Americans traveling to Cuba that were imposed by the Bush administration. Accordingly, Raul Castro struck a conciliatory tone in January, saying that Obama "seems like a good man," and wished him luck.

    Similarly, Syria smiled when Daniel Kurtzer stated that peace with Syria, which has a long and incontrovertible record of aiding the Iraq insurgency and supporting anti-Israeli terrorist groups, would be a high priority. Syrian dictator Bashar Assad complimented Obama after his election, calling his election, "a positive sign" that U.S. foreign policy was changing. Over the summer, Assad even had the audacity to invite the president to meet him in Syria.

    Less than a week after Obama's inauguration, the Taliban terrorist group that had once given safe haven to Osama bin Laden, lauded the new president for his stated goal of closing the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "Obama's move to close Guantanamo detention center is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world," read a Taliban communiqué, which also asked Obama to " void all those evil projects established in the light of Bush's satanic perspective of instability in the world."

    Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez also found reason to celebrate the new U.S. president's non-confrontational foreign policies. In April, at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, after noting a more conciliatory U.S. policy towards his regime, he gave Obama a copy of the anti-American screed, The Open Veins of Latin America. Because Obama tolerated these antics, Chavez later said he would give Obama another book: What is to be Done? by Vladimir Lenin.

    Two months later, Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world in which he appeared to distance himself from Israel, exhorting the Jewish state to eschew policies that undermine "efforts to achieve peace." This earned the president praise from the enemies of Israel in the Middle East. Ahmed Yousef, a spokesman for the Hamas terrorist organization, told al-Jazeera television in Gaza that the President's speech was reminiscent of Martin Luther King Jr. in its vision. "What he said about Islam was great. What he said about Palestinian suffering and a Palestinian state is great."

    Most recently, Russia cheered when Obama declared his intention to cut missile defense by $1.2 billion in 2010, and to altogether scrap European missile defense. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, who attributed Russia's 2008 invasion of Georgia to the "arrogant course of the American administration," lauded Obama's decision to scrap missile defense a "responsible move."

    Judging by the overwhelming approval of these nations which often challenge the United States, Obama's foreign policies are failing to serve American interests. A Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll released on September 24 confirmed this, noting that Obama now "faces significant doubts from the American public" about his "handling of foreign policy."

    When Americans begin to signal their support and terrorist groups and authoritarians begin to howl with disapproval, we can be assured that U.S. foreign policy is serving U.S. interests. For now, however, the President is dangerously off-track.

    Jonathan Schanzer, a former Treasury intelligence analyst, is deputy executive director of the Jewish Policy Center and author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan 2008).
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  • Helo Chick steve "... 2009/10/01 14:07:19
    Helo Chick
    +2
    EXACTLY! The man lies with the enemy and people praise and worship him! What's happeneing to America?
  • Alexander 2009/09/30 20:47:02
    Bush without a doubt.
    Alexander
    +6
    At least Bush did not bash his own country in front of foreign leaders in front of the United Nations
  • Kim Jackson 2009/09/30 20:17:54
    Obama for sure.
    Kim Jackson
    Better with Obama, what a crazy question! Kim
  • steve "... Kim Jac... 2009/09/30 20:31:12
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +7
    What a crazy answer that makes no sense.
  • Helo Chick Kim Jac... 2009/09/30 21:09:33
    Helo Chick
    +4
    At least give a reason. Since 93% of the votes are for Bush.
  • steve "... Helo Chick 2009/09/30 22:14:29
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +3
    No use debating a TROLL!
  • Helo Chick steve "... 2009/10/01 14:34:31
    Helo Chick
    +1
    Where did that term come from? Someone called me a troll when I first came to SH. I know what an actual troll is, but what is it in relation to politics?
  • steve "... Helo Chick 2009/10/02 00:18:07
    steve "Democrats have committed Treason on their country"
    +1
    Troll is like a SOCK Puppet....
  • Helo Chick steve "... 2009/10/02 13:50:19
    Helo Chick
    +1
    OHHHHHH, ok. Got it. Thanks...
  • steve "... Kim Jac... 2009/10/04 00:37:08
  • itoldyouso 2009/09/30 19:55:57 (edited)
    Bush without a doubt.
    itoldyouso
    +3
    Well since Hussein spends most of his time bad mouthin the US, and kissing the rest of the worlds ass who really does'nt give a shit about us. Of course it's dumbshit... well Obama, both were dumbshits. The U.S. would be a better place if we would deport the 12 million or so illegals and get rid of those who came here legal but give us no allegance (would include 99.999% of those who came to this country in the last 100 years) Build a nuke shield around us, and wack the rest of the world.
  • dogs voice 2009/09/30 19:31:51
    Bush without a doubt.
    dogs voice
    +5
    No bowing going on with George.
  • Bronar 2009/09/30 19:10:43
    Bush without a doubt.
    Bronar
    +3
    Better standing with Obama! He gave the Russians what they wanted, no consessions. The dollar is rapidly loosing it's footing as the world standard. Hopefully the next three years damage he does can be reversed.
  • justice f 2009/09/30 18:45:55
    Bush without a doubt.
    justice f
    +5
    Bush was a strong pro-America, pro-freedom on the world seen. Obama is giving legitimicy to thug dictators. The U.N. is a joke we should not give another dime.
  • ducdodger 2009/09/30 18:05:45
    Bush without a doubt.
    ducdodger
    +3
    obama is a weakling and the world knows it why else would Iran say they had a new plant for enriching uranium. It was a direct slap in Obamas face and they knew what his response would be, nothing. Not only our are enemys laughing at him he is pushing our allies father and farther away from us, before long we will be standing alone. Thats when the real problems will start.
  • belle 2009/09/30 18:05:38
    Bush without a doubt.
    belle
    +8
    Obama has acted like such a snob with some of them, you know like he has with the America people that elected him president. Obama is so two faced.

    bush doubt obama acted snob america people elected president obama
  • Chunky-D 2009/09/30 17:58:11
    Bush without a doubt.
    Chunky-D
    +7
    They hated Bush because he would not tolerate them. They feared him and the United States military power. Now under Obama they love him because he allows them to get away with whatever they want. And they no longer fear The United States anymore, now they mock us. Because they know we are weak under Obama and soon will be broke too. We can all thank good ole Barry for this one.
  • Billyk75 Chunky-D 2009/09/30 18:39:30
    Billyk75
    +2
    The media made Bush a doormat during his tenure and now Obama made this country into a doormat with all of the apologizing and the radicals that he has appointed.

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