Senate Republicans Rip Obama's 'Unsexy' Foreign Policy
Senate Republicans ripped President Obama for his remarks in the Philippines Monday regarding his record on foreign policy.
During his press conference, Obama insisted that although he wasn’t wielding military force to solve world problems, his foreign policy was largely successful.
“That may not always be sexy,” Obama explained. “That may not always attract a lot of attention, and it doesn’t make for good argument on Sunday morning shows. But it avoids errors.”
Obama chided his more hawkish critics, many of whom supported the war in Iraq.
“For some reason, many who were proponents of what I consider to be a disastrous decision to go into Iraq haven’t really learned the lesson of the last decade, and they keep on just playing the same note over and over again,” he said. “Why? I don’t know.”
Obama also boasted that after five years of his foreign policy, America’s alliances and partnerships were stronger.
“If you believe that pigs fly, fine,” McCain scoffed when asked by Breitbart News about Obama’s comments. “But the fact is that we are weaker around the world.”
McCain called Obama’s remarks in the Philippines “intellectually dishonest” and “offensive,” faulting the President for using a straw man argument with regards to the use of military forces.
McCain added that he had no intention of sending in troops, but he said that there were several other options available to the United States to help bolster freedom around the world.
“We have plenty of choices. He says we only have two: do nothing, as he does, or send in troops. There’s lots of things the most powerful nation in the world can do; look at Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. Maybe he ought to pay attention to that,” McCain said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that the United States has grown weaker under President Obama's foreign policy.
“For five years, we have seen the Obama foreign policy of weakness and leading from behind,” Cruz told Breitbart News. “America has receded from leadership in the world, and in that vacuum have stepped in nations like Russia, like Iran, like China, and as a direct result, the world is a much more dangerous place.”
Pointing to the Obama administration’s relationship with Israel and Iran, Cruz said that they had a consistent pattern of “antagonizing and alienating our allies and embracing our enemies.”
In an interview with Breitbart News, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called Obama's comments “out of touch” and said that Obama was clearly “overwhelmed by world events.”
“Mr. President, you’ve created foundations for future wars. Your lack of leadership--your weakness--is inciting and inviting aggression. You’re not making the world a more peaceful place by leading from behind; you’re making it a more dangerous place,” Graham said.