OBAMA'S WARM GREETING
FOR HUGO CHAVEZ
During the 2008 presidential primary campaign,
Hillary Clinton sharply criticized Barack Obama's pledge
to meet with leaders of rogue nations such as North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela
She warned that allowing the prestige of the U.S. presidency
to be "used for propaganda purposes" by such leaders
could easily produce results that "make matters worse" for U.S. interests.
She urged that the U.S. "test the waters" first with meetings with lower-level officials in which the sincerity and opportunity for genuine progress with such nations could be judged.
Perhaps it's because her warnings were so clear
that Secretary of State Clinton has offered no public comment
on the decision of her boss, President Obama,
to cross a room and shake the hand of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
The resulting photos and video of Mr. Obama's grip-and-grin meeting with Mr. Chavez were quickly distributed around the world. Many Latin leftists interpreted the gesture as a sign of weakness by an American president because he got nothing in exchange for it other than a statement from Mr. Chavez that he would consider sending his recalled ambassador back to Washington.
Mr. Obama defended the meeting by saying that Venezuela has a tiny military budget and so poses no strategic threat to the U.S. Whoa. Has he forgotten the computer files seized from FARC terrorists by Colombian forces last year and confirmed by Interpol? They showed that Mr. Chavez has openly supported, funded and harbored FARC in its effort to destabilize his neighbor Colombia, a key U.S. ally in the war on illegal drugs. You'd think before Mr. Obama showered a photo-op on a character like Mr. Chavez, he would have extracted some security concessions from him through lower-level meetings.
And what about his treatment of his own people? Mr. Chavez has been locking up most of the leaders of whatever political opposition he still faces, including the mayor of Caracas, Venezuela's capital. Save for a brief reference that political prisoners would be included on any list of topics brought up in future diplomatic talks with the Chavez regime, Mr. Obama was silent on the issue of human rights in both Venezuela and Cuba. It almost makes one yearn for the days of Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter also practiced a policy of naiveté in foreign affairs, but at least he never forgot that human rights had to be kept front and center in dealings with overseas adversaries.
-- John Fund
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
POLITICAL DIARY ONLINE
MONDAY, 19 APRIL 09
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama
because he is not eligible to be President of the United States
because he is not a Natural Born Citizen
as required by Article Two, Section One, Clause Five
of the United States Constitution.
This is a fact regardless of
where he was born (Mombassa, Hawaii, Chicago, or Mars).
He is not a Natural Born Citizen
because he was not born of
BOTH OF WHOM WERE UNITED STATES CITIZENS
at the time of his birth.
His father was a subject/ciitizen
of Kenya/Great Britain at the time of his birth and afterwards.
His mother was too young to pass on her US citizenship
according to the law in effect when he was born.
Check it out:
His usurpation cannot be corrected by Congress,
it can only be corrected by his resignation, his removal
by an amendment to the Constitution
which will never happen.