Obama is not on the side of freedom and liberty

Excerpts from NRO's The Week - During Bush’s time in office, the U.S. Interests Section in Havana was a very interesting place. We erected a mockup of political prisoner Oscar Biscet’s cell — to dramatize his plight, and that of his fellows. We had Lech Walesa speak to dissidents by video hookup. And so on. We were engaged with the population, not merely the dictatorship. We also had — another of our gestures or gambits — a news ticker. This flashed information to Cuban passersby: information that the dictatorship was not keen for them to see. In Cuba, there is only one news source: the dictatorship. Well, the Obama administration has now turned the ticker off. Cuba turns out to be the one place where liberals aren’t for a Fairness Doctrine.

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez was already upset that Washington and Bogotá are negotiating a military pact that would enlarge the U.S. presence in Colombia. Then, on July 27, Colombian vice president Francisco Santos announced that Colombian troops had recovered Venezuelan anti-tank rocket launchers (originally made in Sweden) from the FARC, the leftist narcoterrorists who have waged a guerrilla war in Colombia for decades. Chávez responded by freezing diplomatic relations with Bogotá. His government continues to deny that it has aided the FARC, but those denials are now risible. A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report confirms that American officials believe Venezuela has provided the FARC with “safe haven” and “material support.” In a May 2008 speech, Barack Obama pledged that his administration would “shine a light on any support for the FARC that comes from neighboring governments. This behavior must be exposed to international condemnation, regional isolation, and — if need be — strong sanctions.” Tough talk. But will he back it up?

The elder statesmen of Central and Eastern Europe have got together to write an open letter to President Obama, and an extraordinary document it is. The 22 signatories include former dissidents who became heads of state, including Lech Walesa and Václav Havel, plus other presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers from the years after the fall of Communism. These men and women are representative of the gratitude, indeed outright love, that their countrymen feel for the United States because it freed them from the Soviet grip. But now America’s popularity and influence are declining. “All is not well either in our region or in the transatlantic relationship.” They see Russia intimidating its neighbors, “pursuing a 19th-century agenda with 21st-century tactics.” A stronger NATO would make them feel more secure. Nor should Russia be allowed to undermine America’s planned missile-defense installations or disrupt energy supplies in Europe. Expressing themselves with unmistakable sorrow, they feel neglected, taken for granted. Given that the Obama administration is busy promising an open hand to many other countries — and many of these unfriendly — they are quite right to be anxious.

These are yet more examples of him coming down on the side of tyrants or doing things that aid them as opposed to aiding the cause of freedom and liberty. As such, I don't believe that he is fit to be the leader of the free world.

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