Obama Snubs NATO Chief as Crisis Rages – Bloomberg View

President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

The leaders of almost all the other 28 NATO member countries have made time for Stoltenberg since he took over the world’s largest military alliance in October. Stoltenberg, twice the prime minister of Norway, met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the crisis in Ukraine, two issues near the top of Obama’s agenda.

via Obama Snubs NATO Chief as Crisis Rages – Bloomberg View.

Apparently, part of fundamentally transforming America includes deliberately shunning our allies, while appeasing our foes.

For all the times people tell me how smart Obama is, I see incidents like this where the administration shoots itself in the foot, in terms of optics. How hard would it have been to have a cup of coffee, a quick couple of photos, exchange some pleasantries, and move on. No one genuinely expects matters of true substance to be decided, or even likely discussed, but simply letting our allies know we as a nation are listening to them goes a long ways.

7 thoughts on “Obama Snubs NATO Chief as Crisis Rages – Bloomberg View”

  1. He wants to send a message that we are NOT listening to our allies. Our adversaries are reading it loud and clear.

  2. I believe the only reason Obama went to Wrights church is that being with Farrakhan would have been too obvious…Caucasians being the total evil and all. How else can there be an explanation of this snub??? First the chasm in Israel-US relationships, now this. Hand palm face plant.

  3. Corpsemen. 57 states. President Karzai. Alex de Tocqueville. The stumbling, uh, uh, uh, in extemporaneous speech. The list is endless. The guy’s an affirmative action idiot. His skill set is winning popularity contests, corruption, and a deeply rooted hatred for Western civilization and America in particular.

    Anyone with a brain could see all that in 2006.

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

  4. The SCOAMF didn’t make time for Stoltenberg because NATO has nothing to do with his domestic agenda: more free stuff for the FSA.

  5. How long before somebody steps into the leadership role we have vacated?
    Is there a country or leader with the capability or cahones?

  6. Rick,

    Leader – Czar Vladimir I of Russia.

    Unfortunately for him, Russia is still a drunken hell-hole wth average life expectancies in the 40’s, and more abortions than children.

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