Kneeling Foreign Policy

The Obama administration, so desperate to preserve the Administration’s surrender deal on Iranian nukes, ignored Iranian mistreatment of American sailors who got lost and wandered into Iranian territorial waters last week.  Jerry Hendrix, a retired USN Captain, explains what this means at National Review Online:
Two thousand years ago, a Roman could wander the known world confident that he would be unmolested by local unruly elements, protected only by the statement “Civis romanus sum,” I am a Roman citizen. His confidence stemmed from a demonstrated assurance that any group that dared attack a Roman would trigger a response in the form of a Roman legion, which would deal swift and brutal justice. Juxtapose this image of a previous world-spanning hegemon with the image of ten American Sailors kneeling on the deck of their own vessel with their hands clasped together over their heads. It is an image of indignity and failure that is accompanied by the smell of rotting power.







President Obama entered office riding a wave that rejected American exceptionalism and aggressive military operations. After eight years in Afghanistan and Iraq, many on the left felt that it was the United States itself, with its aggressive, us-versus-them foreign policies, that presented the strongest threat to world peace, and the Obama foreign policy, from its earliest bows to foreign leaders to its “reset” with Russia and opening of Iran and Cuba, has been all about presenting a more modest America. The seriously flawed negotiations with Iran to cease the development of nuclear weapons is just the latest and perhaps most egregious example of the effort to “normalize” the United States’ role in the world.
This is where we find ourselves today, kneeling on the world’s stage, with our hands clasped over our heads, all the while trying to convince ourselves that this new position demonstrates our strength and earns respect. Civis americanus sum, I am an American citizen. Let the molesting begin.

Go here to read the rest. Kipling saw long ago the fruits of weakness as championed by the Obama administration:
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”


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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. I would suggest that “giving” billions to our self-acknowledged executioner (Iran/radical Islam) is merely another form of paying “Tribute Money”. There are many ways to kneel in compliance with the wishes of your conqueror.

  2. President Nina-Burleigh’s-Knee-Pads. Truth be told, Obama’s attitudes are bog standard among metropolitan bourgeois in verbalizing occupations. The problem is that people in such occupations influence policy and the broad mass of Democratic voters put up with them in cud chewing indifference.

    got lost and wandered into Iranian territorial waters last week.

    Non ci credo. Self-identified Navy veterans who have appeared in fora I participate in insist that the portfolio of technologies and Navy practice make that claim unbelievable. I would not put it past this Administration to concoct a cover story to avoid having to respond to a kidnapping of our sailors by the Iranian military. The whole fan dance with Iran is treason in a functional sense (if not according to the legal term-of-art). The sheer accumulation of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance engaged in by this Administration has been so severe that it would be perfectly appropriate to make Obama’s retirement as uncomfortable as possible in justified retaliation.

  3. It is possible that they got lost while the Iranians were jamming their GPS and other tech. However, I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Iranians plucked them out of international waters, a clear act of war. If we had a media worth anything they would find out what happened from the released sailors.

  4. “War is peace. Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery.” Orwell

    Unbelievable as this is: the cover-up is worse than the Navy fiasco and the massive slap to the US’s prestige. This is why the tangos don’t think twice about massacring Americans.
    This is world-class dishonesty and stupidity. The narcissistic nihilists ruining America show their utter contempt for we the people and the nation with their asinine lies. To them, we serfs have no right to know what happened; or what they are doing to us and to our country

  5. Trust is a horrible trait to lose, for it then causes one to see conspiracy and deceit in all things untrustworthy. I wouldn’t put it past the Obama’s and Kerry’s to have helped manufacture all this.

  6. If we had a media worth anything they would find out what happened from the released sailors.

    Oh, I’m sure the entire incident has been classified and that they’re under orders not to disclose anything.

  7. It does seem incredibly unlikely that they “got lost.”
    The secret-not-secret suggestion that they were spying is also improbable– unless they were “spying” on someone Iran isn’t supposed to be helping, but was.
    Russia has been doing a lot of pissing contest stuff; guess Iran decided to join.

  8. If we had a media worth anything they would find out what happened from the released sailors.

    Some of them could just ask the administration officials to which they are married. The rest of them are devoting their time to whatever is this year’s equivalent of Sarah Palin’s e-mails and Mitt Romney’s long-haired high-school classmates.

  9. ‘Cud chewing indifference’ is the stock in trade for headline and news casters due to upper on to upper mgmt., each with its own flyswatter. This week’s pick is that today is going to feel ‘more colder’, the ongoing channel changer is the use ‘if’ in place of ‘whether’.

    Life and death? – vehicle pile-ups and house fires with video.

  10. Patricia.

    Agreed on the non essential news networks.

    Jan. 22nd blurb; “and today a handful of bigots marched in Washington to harass and discourage the right to women’s health.”

    That’s IF they even mention the 42nd Right To Life March…
    The evil will be overcome.
    As the media prepares its slants and spins, I’m reminded of the hymn of old. The one that fits perfectly for the souls braving the cold……”Oh when the Saints…come marching in….oh when the Saints come marching in …”

  11. The Why and How of the Navy-Iran incident probably is classified.
    My conspiracy theory: A manufactured situation for propaganda purposes which gave Kerry a chance to shine because of his “personal relationship” with Zarif and superb negotiating skills. It also proved that good things are happening because of the Nuclear Deal with Iran. Something for the Obama legacy and for Kerry to look presidential in case Hilary tanks in the polls or goes to jail.
    In my mind there is nothing those two could do to rehabilitate themselves.

  12. “Can you imagine…..”

    The rise of a loudmouth billionaire is due to the fact that MANY can’t imagine another four years of larceny on a grand scale.

    Remember ACORN! “I’ve voted five times fur dat black president.”


  13. Actually, I was considering the parallels in executive response between the Ben-Ghazi affair and with the (aptly-named) Farsi Island capture; if the latter is not actually a complicated, set-up (hat-tip to CAM) to make Obama, Kerry, and the new-found relationship with the Iranians look good, then:

    1. In both situations, a robust anti-US military operation catches the Great Leader and his Secretary of State flat-footed.
    2. In both situations, The Great Leader avoids any involvement, and lets the Secretary of State skillfully manage the matter.
    3. In both situations, American lives are exposed to imminent and serious threat of capture or far worse. Our enemies are allowed to do as they please with our personnel.
    4. Both in Ben-Ghazi and Farsi Island, there is absolutely no US military response, but complete abandonment of our personnel to foreign powers, and we look like a paper-tiger.
    5. In both, the respective Secretaries of State pretend to pretensious management of matters but in fact look like total baboons.
    6. After each incident, utterly unbelievable stories are floated about how others are to blame for heated rhetoric, but the Great Leader’s administration handled matters with self-acclaimed aplomb.
    7. And, again, in both, the Great Leader emerges without a scratch.

    In fact, where was the Great Leader, in both situations? Sleeping again, in prep for his next fund-raiser?

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