"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
*In recent comments at the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry said this:
“I’m working hard to ensure that by the end of my tenure, we will have lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors in our ranks….”
Kerry went on to say:
“...we now have hundreds of LGBT individuals in our bureaus at State, USAID, and at posts all around the world.”
“...We have instructed our posts to report on and perform outreach to transgender communities in countries. In addition, we have instructed our human rights and health officers to raise transgender issues in their host countries, and we have encouraged our public affairs officers to include the needs of transgender groups in their programming, so that we are showing that this is something that we’re going to engage in..”
Undoubtedly, those on the far left will think this is great. However, in my personal experience overseas and having studied the culture and mores of our allies for more than 40 years, I am certain that these actions do little to enhance our (official) foreign relations. I suspect that the vast majority of our allies privately view the above “advancements” touted by Kerry with horror and some even with contempt.
*While not directly connected to the above, an Associated Press news release dated yesterday quoted the Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski as saying this:
“The Polish-American alliance isn’t worth anything. It is even harmful because it creates a false sense of security for Poland…(We are) suckers, total suckers….”
This quote came from a Polish magazine which has obtained recordings of private conversations involving the Polish foreign minister. According to the Associated Press:
“Using vulgar language and expletives, Sikorski argued that the Polish-U.S. alliance could alienate two key neighbors of Poland, Russia and Germany.”
The context of Sikorski’s comments probably didn’t take into account Kerry’s remarks above. However, considering the highly religious nature of the Polish population and the large Islamic populations in Russia and Germany, Kerry’s remarks certainly won’t help the situation.
*Meanwhile, the French press is reporting that Syrian jihadists are now using American-made Humvees seized by them earlier this month in Iraq.
That’s right – by direct result of the Obama administration’s foreign policy - our enemies are now using our own weapon systems against our own international interests. And they didn’t even have to BUY them from us.
*Considering all of the above, the results of a Gallup poll released the day before yesterday aren’t too surprising:
“A new poll from Gallup indicates former U.S. President George W. Bush is six points higher in favorability than U.S. President Barack Obama.
The poll, the findings of which were released Saturday, show former President Bill Clinton has the highest favorability of all living former and current U.S. presidents, with 64 percent favorable opinion and 34 percent unfavorable.
Next up was the senior George Bush with a 63 percent favorable opinion and 31 percent unfavorable opinion. The younger Bush had 53 percent favorable and 44 percent unfavorable, Jimmy Carter was at 52 percent favorable and 32 percent unfavorable and finally Obama had 47 percent favorable and 52 percent unfavorable.
Obama was the only president that had a more unfavorable than favorable opinion.”
Repeat: Obama was the only president that had a more unfavorable than favorable opinion.
If you ask people on the left who they think was the worst U.S. president in the past 70 years, the consensus will probably be Dubya. If you ask people on the right who they think was the worst U.S. president in the past 70 years (excluding Obama), the consensus will probably be Carter. So – incredibly – your current Commander-in-Chief is now polling LOWER than the two U.S. presidents who by political orientation consensus are the worst presidents people have known in their lifetimes.
It looks like the American people have gotten the memo.
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