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Obama snubs Britain, cozies up to the French: ‘Picking a best ally is like picking a ‘favorite’ daughter’

President Barack Obama tossed aside a long-standing 'special relationship' between the U.S. and Great Britain on Tuesday, telling reporters that choosing a 'best ally' between France and the UK would be like choosing his favorite daughter.

'I have two daughters,' the president said, referring to Sasha and Malia. 'And they are both gorgeous and wonderful, and I would never choose between them.'

'And that's how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways.'

Obama was speaking during a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande, on the occasion of the first State Visit by a French head of state since 1976...

 

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Fantasy Diplomacy

On November 20, negotiations over Iran’s nuclear weapons program recommence in Geneva. The last round two weeks ago ended with egg on the Obama administration’s face after Secretary of State John Kerry failed to clear “bracketed text” with his own side in the talks. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius is rightly credited with saving the day and stopping the White House from making a deal that would have given the Iranians virtually everything they wanted for nothing but empty promises. “The deal of the century,” Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu called it...

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Ineptitude at the Top

Notice the thread running through these episodes. In each one, Obama and his administration sought one thing and got another. They produced unintended consequences. In domestic policy, this would merely be unfortunate. In carrying out national security policy, unintended consequences are dangerous at best, catastrophic at worst...

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