• Presidential Embarrassment

    by  • September 28, 2012 • Uncategorized

    President Obama has always had a deferential relationship with China, but comments he made in the past few days are particularly disconcerting. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, President Obama explained that he has been unwilling to tackle China’s blatant currency manipulation and other foreign trade violations for fear of “embarrassing China.” That, he said, would lead to an “all-out trade war.”

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    If there’s a trait that has defined President Obama, it is timidity on the world stage. Time and again, he has refused to take a strong stand for fear of offending our adversaries. Whether it is his failed reset with Russia, his failure to prevent Iran’s march to a nuclear weapon, or his inability to stand up to China, this tendency has led to one setback after another.

    What the President fails to grasp is that American strength has done more to advance our interests in foreign policy than any other initiative, and American weakness only emboldens our competitors. A strong America is what the world needs, and it is what the American worker needs as well.

    The President can’t lead out of fear, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that this president knows no other way.

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    I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.