Obama Continues To Set Himself Up
April 6, 2009 • 9:44AM

Within days of the disastrous G20 summit at which President Obama prided himself as having been responsible for forging a consensus, the President has already succeeded in alienating several allies, in particular, France and Germany, as well as Russia, undoubtedly to the delight of the British, who so successfully played his ego in London.

To begin with, for no apparent reason, other than his upcoming visit to Turkey, Obama on Sunday publicly urged the European Union to accept Turkey as a full member. Lecturing the Europeans, Obama said: "The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbors, and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance, and violence, forging a relationship based on mutual respect and mutual interests. Moving forward toward Turkish membership in the EU would be an important signal of your (EU) commitment to this agenda and ensure that we continue to anchor Turkey firmly in Europe."

French President Sarkozy responded that it was up to the EU member states to decide on Turkish entry and reiterated his opposition. "I have always been opposed to this entry," he told France's TF1 television. "I still am and I think I can say that the immense majority of member states shares the position of France."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated: "It's clear there are different opinions."

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who is backed by the British, on the other hand, welcomed Obama's comments.

In addition, on Sunday following the North Korean rocket launch, Obama announced that he would continue the commitment of George W. Bush (Change you can believe in?) to place radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor rockets in Poland allegedly to shoot down missiles fired by countries like Iran or North Korea. "As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with the missile system," Obama said. Earlier, Gary Samore, White House coordinator for arms control, said the North Korean launch meant missile defense would remain a priority. "The North Korean test illustrates the importance of continuing to develop missile defense in order to protect ... both the country and our allies in Asia," Samore said.

Lyndon LaRouche commented that Obama is setting himself up for the chopping block. With his stated commitment to going ahead with the anti-missile defense system placement in the Czech Republic and Poland, Obama blew any agreement he may have thought he had made with the Russians.