Misc. Mondays: Australia’s Concerns with Obama

Beginning today, Mondays are dedicated to miscellaneous topics/updates that do not necessarily warrant a full day to themselves, but nonetheless are newsworthy.

I read a lot of articles each week about labor, and although this one isn’t completely pertinent to this blog, it was amusing enough for me to want to share it with all of you.  The Australian Online Newspaper of the Year ran an article about how people don’t know who Obama really is or where his ideological center (they said centre) of gravity rests, to the extent it rests anywhere, and went on to describe four fears they had of Obama.  Here are two of them:

1.  He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  This is a legitimate fear.  Obama throw around numbers like confetti.  In the campaign, he said he would create one million jobs.  After the election, he put out a plan he said would produce up to three million jobs.  Then in a radio address on January 10, he said the number could reach 4.1 million and said 500,000 would be jobs in the alternative energy field, 200,000 in health care.  Does he really believe he can achieve this?  The fear is that he might believe it.

2. He’s another Jimmy Carter on foreign and national security policy.  Carter had misplaced confidence in his ability to bend anyone, including dictators, to his view through persuasion.  He was a talker, not a doer.  A year after he met Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, Carter was shocked when Breshnev ordered an invasion of Afghanistan.  His talks with North Korea led to a treaty on nuclear weapons that the North Koreans soon violated.  Carter was surprised again.  Obama’s willingness to meet dictators or other anti-American leaders has raised the Carter fear.

For what it’s worth, I thought you all might enjoy reading that.  For the rest of the article, click here.


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