Barack Obama is no friend to the military and does not support our military apparatus including NATO. It became apparent this week in his refusal to meet with Jens Stoltenberg, the new NATO chief who is in town for three days.
The president, who has time to meet with a YouTube star who bathes in multi-colored Fruit Loops, does not have time to meet with a most important NATO leader.
Stoltenberg’s office notified the Obama team well in advance and no one from Obama’s administration even bothered to respond, giving them plausible deniability.
This is unheard of and no other U.S. president or NATO country leader has done this, and certainly not at a time when Russia is menacing NATO states in the Baltics, Poland and even Denmark.
At a time when ISIS rebels are threatening to invade Europe and as Iran takes control of one country after another, Barack Obama is diminishing the prestige of our allies and the strength of our NATO alliance while giving immense credibility to the Iranian dictatorship.
It’s a terrible message.
Bloomberg reported that 28 NATO member state leaders have met with Stoltenberg.
This is more than Obama’s strange detachment problem, it’s deliberate and willful. His priority is to not protect the NATO alliance.
Kurt Volker, the U.S. permanent representative to NATO said George Bush held a firm line on meeting the secretary general of NATO when he came to town to send the right message and to not diminish his stature or authority.
“It is hard for me to believe that the president of the United States has not found the time to meet with the current secretary general of NATO given the magnitude of what this implies, and the responsibilities of his office,” Volker said.
Protecting NATO allies is our most important treaty obligation and some of these nations are under grave threat.
Obama’s schedule for Wednesday is a brief speech and an Obamacare meeting. Thursday is another speech on the economy and some more fundraising. He could have found the time.