President Obama Shreds Fox News For Their Bogus Criticisms Of His Foreign Policy

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During his press conference in the Philippines, President Obama took apart Fox News and the Republican Party’s claim that his foreign policy is weak.

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President Obama engaged in one of his favorite press conference hobbies. The president handed Ed Henry his head for asking yet another Fox News fueled stupid question that was entirely based on Republican talking points. As soon as Henry broke out the phrase red line, it was easy to see the utter BS question coming.

Obama went through and debunked point by point the right’s bogus criticisms of his foreign policy. The president got in an immediate jab at Fox News by suggesting that the network ignored the complimentary pieces about his foreign policy. Obama directly took on the Republican talking point that Fox News pushes on a daily basis that his foreign policy isn’t strong or manly enough.

The president hit Fox News and the Republicans hard by saying that haven’t learned the lessons of the decision to invade Iraq, and that they keep hitting the same note over and over again. He called out Fox and the GOP for being wrong about Syria, and for advocating military strikes that the American people want no part of. He made it clear that his foreign policy decisions aren’t made because some clown at a cable news network thinks that they will make him look strong.

President Obama ate Ed Henry and his talking points for breakfast, and demonstrated why Republicans don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to foreign policy. Military action and waving the flag is not foreign policy. The nation learned that painful lesson under George W. Bush.

Obama is showing Fox News what a strong president looks like by intelligently shoving their talking points right back in their face.

(I usually don’t include the whole lengthy transcript, but this one is worth reading in order to appreciate Obama’s foreign policy.)

Transcript:

Q Thank you to both Presidents. President Aquino, as a journalist, I’d like to ask you why 26 journalists have been killed since you took office. And I understand that there have only been suspects arrested in six of those cases. What are you doing to fix that?

President Obama, as you grappled here with all these national security challenges, I have two questions. One, back home we’ve learned that 40 military veterans died while they were waiting for health care, a very tragic situation. I know you don’t run the Phoenix Office of Veterans Affairs, but as Commander-in-Chief, what specifically will you pledge to fix that?

And, secondly, more broadly — big picture — as you end this trip, I don’t think I have to remind you there have been a lot of unflattering portraits of your foreign policy right now. And rather than get into all the details or red lines, et cetera, I’d like to give you a chance to lay out what your vision is more than five years into office, what you think the Obama doctrine is in terms of what your guiding principle is on all of these crises and how you answer those critics who say they think the doctrine is weakness.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, Ed, I doubt that I’m going to have time to lay out my entire foreign policy doctrine. And there are actually some complimentary pieces as well about my foreign policy, but I’m not sure you ran them.

Here’s I think the general takeaway from this trip. Our alliances in the Asia Pacific have never been stronger; I can say that unequivocally. Our relationship with ASEAN countries in Southeast Asia have never been stronger. I don’t think that’s subject to dispute. As recently as a decade ago, there were great tensions between us and Malaysia, for example. And I think you just witnessed the incredible warmth and strength of the relationship between those two countries.

We’re here in the Philippines signing a defense agreement. Ten years ago, fifteen years ago there was enormous tensions around our defense relationship with the Philippines. And so it’s hard to square whatever it is that the critics are saying with facts on the ground, events on the ground here in the Asia Pacific region. Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force. And the question I think I would have is, why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget? And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished?

My job as Commander-in-Chief is to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely. And, frankly, most of the foreign policy commentators that have questioned our policies would go headlong into a bunch of military adventures that the American people had no interest in participating in and would not advance our core security interests.

So if you look at Syria, for example, our interest is in helping the Syrian people, but nobody suggests that us being involved in a land war in Syria would necessarily accomplish this goal. And I would note that those who criticize our foreign policy with respect to Syria, they themselves say, no, no, no, we don’t mean sending in troops. Well, what do you mean? Well, you should be assisting the opposition — well, we’re assisting the opposition. What else do you mean? Well, perhaps you should have taken a strike in Syria to get chemical weapons out of Syria. Well, it turns out we’re getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike. So what else are you talking about? And at that point it kind of trails off.

In Ukraine, what we’ve done is mobilize the international community. Russia has never been more isolated. A country that used to be clearly in its orbit now is looking much more towards Europe and the West, because they’ve seen that the arrangements that have existed for the last 20 years weren’t working for them. And Russia is having to engage in activities that have been rejected uniformly around the world. And we’ve been able to mobilize the international community to not only put diplomatic pressure on Russia, but also we’ve been able to organize European countries who many were skeptical would do anything to work with us in applying sanctions to Russia. Well, what else should we be doing? Well, we shouldn’t be putting troops in, the critics will say. That’s not what we mean. Well, okay, what are you saying? Well, we should be arming the Ukrainians more. Do people actually think that somehow us sending some additional arms into Ukraine could potentially deter the Russian army? Or are we more likely to deter them by applying the sort of international pressure, diplomatic pressure and economic pressure that we’re applying?

The point is that 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. Why? I don’t know. But my job as Commander-in-Chief is to look at what is it that is going to advance our security interests over the long term, to keep our military in reserve for where we absolutely need it. There are going to be times where there are disasters and difficulties and challenges all around the world, and not all of those are going to be immediately solvable by us.

But we can continue to speak out clearly about what we believe. Where we can make a difference using all the tools we’ve got in the toolkit, well, we should do so. And if there are occasions where targeted, clear actions can be taken that would make a difference, then we should take them. We don’t do them because somebody sitting in an office in Washington or New York think it would look strong. That’s not how we make foreign policy. And if you look at the results of what we’ve done over the last five years, it is fair to say that our alliances are stronger, our partnerships are stronger, and in the Asia Pacific region, just to take one example, we are much better positioned to work with the peoples here on a whole range of issues of mutual interest.

And that may not always be sexy. 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. You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run. But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.

32 Replies to “President Obama Shreds Fox News For Their Bogus Criticisms Of His Foreign Policy”

  1. Notice how often Fox News uses this word, weak

    Hannity to guest

    Hannity; “how weak is Obama’s foreign policies?”

    Guest; “very weak”

    O’Reilly; “Obama’s foreign policies are very weakest since Jimmy Carter”

    Guest; “not just weak but historically worst one”

    Fox & Friends; “why Obama’s foreign policies are very weak?”

    Hosts; “it’s because nobody likes him, he’s weak person”

    It’s as if Hannity and O’Reilly are coaching their guests to say something they want to hear and when guests does, notice how often Hannity and O’Reilly nodded their head with satisfactory.

  2. Now that’s what I’m talking about

    He should have ended it with- now go play, the adults are trying to have a conversation…

  3. Love our President. The haters can say what they are want to do, but Obama will go down as an exceptional President, whose class, dignity and intelligence served our country well.

  4. I love the way President Obama can put reporters like Ed Henry in their place. Ed Henry lives to make the president look bad, but the president handles himself so well that Ed Henry ends up looking like the fool…

  5. Faux News Channel can actually form questions? I didn`t know that but maybe that`s because I took that channel off of my line up. I like real news not tainted news.

  6. And then dropped the mike and walked out…lol….. Love our President… so glad to see his patience is finally giving way to standing up for himself!!! <3

  7. Great post Jason! I love our President especially when he takes down the Fox faux news reporters who have the sole purpose to disrespect, dishonor, insult and humiliate our President. After 10 long years of war, trillion dollar deficits, and thousands of lives lost, thousands of wounded and disabled Vets, how could they possibly and constantly beat the drums for war in every region of the planet? President Obama has one of the best foreign policy records ever while ending our presence in certain regions at the same time. He did get bin Laden and many al Qaeda operatives, toppled Gadaffi, and strengthened many foreign relationships. He’s been dealing with Russia and Iran through sanctions and diplomacy. I would trust him any day over ANY of his GOP counterparts who simply want the private profits of war at all the deadly and vast economic costs involved to our nation. God bless America and God bless our President!

  8. It was amusing when Ed Henry stormed out of a press conference because Jay Carney didn’t call on him fast enough. Fox News thinks they are special little snowflakes. That the WH should fear them. Henry’s job is to chase Obama around, lie in wait then “pounce” on the president to embarrass him. The snotty troll got schooled today. Fat boy deserves to be slapped upside the head. But a televised dressing down by the president is OK too.

  9. The same thing happened in Japan the other day with different questions. Obama spanked him then. Maybe Ed is a masochist.

  10. I love it when these clowns try so hard to make this President look like he is not capable of doing his job.

  11. Interesting twist, Politico. Ed Henry spanked, taken apart, and handed his head? Hardly. No mention of the president dodging Mr. Henry’s first question? This is selective journalism at its best.

    With respect, it can easily be said that the president spoke on and on and on in response to the second question, but totally dodged the initial question about U.S. military veterans dying while waiting for service from the VA hospital in Arizona making it appears that he has nothing of substance to say about the alleged shabby- to non-treatment of veterans.

    Politico, please cover the entire story, not just the part you think you can use to prop the president up. Shouldn’t you also be reporting on the allegations that the VA “cooked the books” on veterans who seemingly were denied care, or at least put off and hidden from view on official reports while they died? After all, these are the American soldiers who willingly fought to protect your First Amendment rights to report selectivel…

  12. All FOX NOISE is about is disrespecting the president and trying to come up with a reason to make him look bad. All they succeeded in doing this time, as they have many times before, is to expose themselves as a bunch of reality-denying, intellectually stunted, and senselessly bigoted morons. On top of it all, they have a distorted view of masculinity that translates into advocating military force as the only option for dealing with foreign crises. I’m glad he made them look stupid without stooping to their level.

  13. I can imagine Faux using “weak” as it relates to President Obama…that is their simple Simon mantra. I don’t really know, as I would rather be dead than watch them. I get my Faux from Politicus.

  14. Fox News doesn’t ask questions, they make rhetorically inaccurate statements to twist the direction of the news conference and make the President look bad no matter what positive things he has accomplished or is currently accomplishing. It it was a Republican doing many of the good things that Obama has done they would be gushing at how great it is. Bunch of sore losers and deniers who apparently thing going back to war is the only way to appear to be strong. Kudos to President Obama for calmly and accurately reiterating the truth despite Fox’s attempt to discredit our President at a successful international conference.

  15. First off, get your website right. This isn’t Politico, that little bar at the top would have told you that. Second, the first question was a waste of time. It had absolutely nothing to do with what was going on in the Asian Pacific alliances.

  16. For a party with a strong Libertarian component, it’s amazing how often the gop/teabirchers spout neocon platitudes. It’s an indication that they have no ability to think of any new approaches to foreign policy. Do they really think that a majority of Americans will support their 1950s trope “project American power”? Kristol,Cheney,Wolfowitz and others spell trouble and until the gop/teabirchers take them behind the barn & kill their voices,Americans will have no reason to question what Obama’s doing!

  17. When we heard ED HENRY VOICE, and LISTENING TO THE THINGS HE WAS SAYING, WE WAS SAYING OH SH#$ ED HENRY DON’T GO THERE, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE A WAY OF HOLDING HIS HEAD and FOCUSING THOSE BEADED EYES ON YOU,YOU KNOW YOU HAVE STEPPED IN IT, THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN TO ED HENRY YESTERDAY, HE GOT HIS HEAD SERVED ON A PLATTER, ED HENRY WAS PANDERING FOR FOX AND THE REPUBLICANS HE TRIED TO EMBARRASS THE PRESIDENT ON FOREIGN SOIL, LAST WEEK JIM FROM CNN TRIED THE SAME THING PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK HIM TO SCHOOL AND EDUCATED HIM, THESE GUYS ARE NOT AMERICANS, You DON’T DO THIS SH$# TO YOUR LEADER ON FOREIGN SOIL, THE EXPRESSION ON THE OTHER LEADER FACE HE DIDN’T LIKE IT, HE ADJUSTED HIS GLASSES, WE ARE HAPPY PRESIDENT OBAMA KNOW’S HOW TO HANDLE HIMSELF. THE PRESIDENT FELT NO PAIN AFTER HE FINISH WITH ED HENRY AND JIM. MY FRIEND FOUND THAT OUT THE HARD WAY, LISTENING TO THE REPUBLICANS SHE WROTE THE PRESIDENT A BIBLE VERSE, SHE SAID THE PRESIDENT ANSWER HER LETTER HE SENT HER THREE BIBLE VERSES,BACK…

  18. ONE of my FRIENDS TRIED SEND PRESIDNET OBAMA, A LETTER TELLING HIM ABOUT THE BIBLE, and SENT HIM BIBLE VERSE, HE ACCEPTED, BUT GUESS WHAT HE ANSWER HER LETTER, CALLED AND TOLD ME THAT SHE HAD GOTTEN A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT SHE SAID HE EMBARRASSED HER HE SENT HER THREE BIBLE VERSES AND EXPLAINED EACH ONE SHE SAID YOU KNOW HE IS REAL RELIGIOUS.

    RIGHT THE 2013 PRESIDENT INAUGURATION MY PASTOR WAS THERE IN WASHINGTON, HE WROTE THE PRESIDENT TO TELL HIM HE WAS AGAINST GAYS, HE ALSO SENT THE PRESIDENT SOME BIBLE VERSES, HE TOLD US IN SUNDAY MORNING SERVE, THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD WROTE HIM BACK, HE WOULDN’T TELL US WHAT THE PRESIDENT TOLD HIM.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA SERVED DONALD TRUMPH, and BILL O’REILLY. ED HENRY SHOULD KNOWN BETTER THEN TO GO AT THE PRESIDENT, ED HENRY AND THE REPUBLICANS, FOX ENTERTAINMENT, CNN AND MSNBC, SHOULD LEARN THEY SHOULD KNOW BY NOW DON’T TAKE PRESIDENT OBAMA BY NOW DON’T TAKE HIS KINDNESS AND NICENESS FOR WEAKNESS.

  19. So the republicans want to send in boots on the ground and start shooting under rules of engagement? Where will this go or when will it stop? Years from now? Sureley not in the next 90 days. It may take years for sanctions to work, but shooting wars evolve into years and everyone believes we will win, but when you start an armed conflict with another country you don’t know who will win.

  20. What’s so frustrating about this is that Fox “News” sheeple viewers ave not and will not hear the president’s retort. They’ll never hear a fair or balanced story about our foreign policy because Fox tells them not to watch other news outlets and the old, white, male viewers do exactly as they say.

    They are simply CLUELESS. It’s pathetic.

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