Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pence "Dixie Chicks" Obama Administration in Germany?

Last week, Governor Mike Pence had some tough words for the Obama Administration on foreign policy.  His comments came on foreign soil while he was traveling on his purported trade mission.

While in Germany, Pence accused the Obama Administration of not doing enough in Ukraine to stop Vladimir Putin's aggressiveness.  Said Pence, "History teaches us that weakness and appeasement invite aggression."  He continued, "With Russian aggression on the rise, it's clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed."

Later Pence said that he believed the United States should "take immediate steps" by "deploying" missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic."  If this sounds like an 80's remake of the Cold War, stop me.

First of all, Governor Pence, when you are in a foreign land, when did it become okay to criticize your President?  Isn't that what some Republicans might call, inappropriate or, at worst, unpatriotic.  I mean, look at what your buddies did to the Dixie Chicks back in the early 2000's when they spoke out against President Bush's warmongering policies in Iraq.  Lead singer Natalie Maines said, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

With his words, Mike Pence shows exactly the kind of President he might be: brash and undisciplined.  His comments in a foreign country showed a lack of judgement, and his plan was next to laughable and showed a certain nostalgia for the 80's when we stood at a constant threat of war with the U.S.S.R.  Ratcheting up missile defense would just probably escalate the situation.

Pence had better just stick to being a Governor and a former Congressman with a less-than-distinguished record and leave the real foreign policy to those in the arena.

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