Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
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Obama failed to boost global respect of U.S.


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So much for restoring the respect for the United States around the world, as the presidential contender stated, as he now has found himself embarrassed by world leaders who have turned a deaf ear to America's request for the return of Edward Snowden.

Snowden, who disclosed information about America's spying programs, is on the run, which began with a trip to Hong Kong then to Russia and next by way of Cuba and Venezuela to Ecuador. At least that is what the current speculation is as facts are hard to nail down.

While it has become a media circus it also has been very damaging to the prestige and reputation of the United States.

For the president it has been particularly damaging as he claimed he would restore respect for the U.S. around the world and restore the damage he claimed his predecessor did to our worldwide standing.

That claim has failed as the United States is seen by many as weak and with a foreign policy that is one of no leadership but retreat at its core. While we have expended billions in the Middle East and lost thousands of our brave soldiers in years of war we are now exiting that area of conflict and the Chinese are already involved in oil purchases and the extracting of valuable minerals from Iraq in particular.

We are allegedly moving our forces to the Pacific Rim to stand as a bulwark against China's aggressive intentions in that part of the world. That could prove to be even more disastrous than our Middle East involvement.

However, back to the present where the government of Hong Kong (China) and now our good friend, Vladimir Putin, ruler of Russia, has, as one senator stated, stuck his finger in the eye of the United States as Russia has refused to hold Snowden for return to the United States.

This is the same Putin that our leader wants to negotiate a new nuclear arms treaty to further weaken the U.S. Obama is not capable to deal with people like Putin, who are at best untrustworthy and at worst deceitful and devious.

Putin the KGB official is still Putin the KGB official as we have seen how he has treated his own countrymen during the past 12 years.

He does not want to relinquish the power of ruler, and he will not do so willingly. But our president, who was overheard by an open microphone, saying to Medvedev; tell Vladimir I will have more latitude after I am re-elected.

While he may think he has more latitude, President Obama has been put in a box by China and Russia and made to look weak and ineffective. We can only wait to see how this whole incident with Snowden plays out and hope for the best as far as the United States is concerned.

Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.

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