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November 27th, 2013
09:33 AM ET

Obama's foreign policy: Pass or fail?

Newt Gingrich reveals the results of Crossfire's Fireback question, which includes a response from Rep. Allen West.

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  1. e j cool

    Despite unprecedented radical tea party opposition & no support from weak, alleged House leader Boehner (who literally JUMPS to tea party commands), The President's foreign policy has been an amazing success.

    Troops home from Iraq. the devastating NEEDLESS war initiated (UNDER FALSE PRETENSES IN PART TO MAKE MONEY FOR DICK CHENEY'S HALLIBURTON FIRM) by George Bush will cost us more than 2.2 TRILLION dollars and at least 190,000 people including 4,488 US troops & at least 3,400 U.S. contractors.

    Troops scheduled to leave Afghanistan. Middle-east peace between Israel & Palestine still on track despite several acts of aggression by Palestinian military.

    Negotiations under way for Iran to allow nuclear Inspections despite interference by some war-mongering politicians who stand to benefit by war.

    All of these accomplished while fighting IMPOSSIBLE Congressional opposition:

    THE MOST UNPOPULAR DO-NOTHING CONGRESS EVER WHOSE MAIN MISSION WAS TO OPPOSE OUR 1ST BLACK PRESIDENT. This includes the government shut down, to block a WILDLY POPULAR Obama Care program – over 1 million enrolled to date, and rapidly growing to beat the January enrollment month.

    Currently, the spread between the President’s popularity and Congressional unpopularity (Congressional unpopularity – President’s popularity ratings) is at 30%, the greatest in recent US history.

    I believe that the vast majority of the fail votes cast in this poll are either tea party ideologues, or influenced by their Republican Commanders Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz & Senator Patrick Toomey or otherwise influenced by right-wing Fox News, or right-wing leaning CNN News including Fredrika and some of her extreme tea party guests (12/22/2013 CNN afternoon News segment

    Under the circumstances, I give our president a 5* thumbs up approval rating. I just happen to be white Caucasian, and not a bigot.

    December 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  2. Joy Dimon

    I trust the Republicans more than Democrats. The Democrats are completely out of touch with my viewpoints. I am a registered Democrat that has lost all hope of getting my party back.

    December 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  3. jakob


    December 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  4. Paul Reynolds

    Why has Bush not yet been Arrested under the International Warrant for War Crimes – Why does our President Obama protect these Criminals.!?

    December 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • Kris Kane

      If Bush was guilty of war crimes don't you think Russia would be leading the charge to have him brought to trial? China?
      You Bush haters need to get over it. Dems backed him on both war fronts by the way and even if Iraq was under faulty intel thats not Bush's fault and the majority in D.C. bought into it as well.

      December 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Inga Zorin

      The only President that should be brought to International Court for crimes committed against the humanity is Barak Obama and that is what happening already. Egyptian government filed the suit against Obama. Bush didn't do anything illegal – remember his actions were fully supported and agreed upon by the Congress. You just clueless and don't know what you're talking about.

      December 5, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  5. Kingaire

    This inept administration scares me. They seem to want to protect the terrorists. We can't call them terrorists, if we be nice they will be nice??. Does not give me the warm and fuzzy's

    December 2, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  6. W.G.

    Mr. Obama´s foriegn policy is a success . Right wingers may not think so but a lot of those
    goons also voted for Palin and also RomLIE !

    December 2, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  7. Franny


    December 2, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply
  8. Dave

    I am somewhat surprised that even 36% currently say "pass". I guess there are more absolutely blindly bias followers than I thought.

    December 2, 2013 at 12:55 am | Reply
    • Dale

      says the Foxbot, blindly following the talking points of the Right wing talking heads.

      Had Bush brought the Iranians to the table, you cons would have declared him a GOD.

      When the BLACK Dem does it, then it must be the end of the world

      December 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
      • Amanda

        OH PLEASE! Stop playing the race card. Its his policys that are under fire!

        December 3, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  9. Tom1940

    And exactly what "non-existent" "policy" (either foreign or domestic), are we talking about here? On each and every "foreign policy initiative" since first elected to President, this "fella" has failed. Failed miserably. He, and his "pointy headed intellectuals", all of whom appear to be "theory-long", "experience-shy" have not one success "one" time ever. They have "given" and "given" and "given" to the point this country (along with our allies), are regarded as a "laughing stock", (paper-tiger), by our enemies and those neutrals, who now think that the U.S. is no longer the world leader, but giving way to an emerging China, followed by the Russians. The terrorists around the world have gained strength and will be coming at us again. Anyone thinking the U.S. is in a better position in the world now, than before the "Obama years" quite frankly needs their head examined.

    December 1, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
  10. Tom1940

    And exactly what "non-existent" "policy" (either foreign or domestic), are we talking about here? On each and every "foreign policy initiative" since first elected to President, this "fella" has failed. Failed miserably. He, and his "pointy headed intellectuals", all of whom appear to be "theory-long", "experience-shy" have not one "one" time. They have "given" and "given" and "given" to the point this country (along with our allies), are regarded as a "laughing stock", (paper-tiger), by our enemies and those neutrals, who now think that the U.S. is no longer the world leader, but giving way to an emerging China, followed by the Russians. The terrorists around the world have gained strength and will be coming at us again. Anyone thinking the U.S. is in a better position in the world now, than before the "Obama years" quite frankly needs their head examined.

    December 1, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      While our politicians have been bickering for years like idiotic fools, China has been crushing the USA in a war that we don't even know we're in and without even firing a shot.

      Bringing manufacturing back home to the USA is going to end up being not only a key to restoring our economy, but to maintaining our national security as well.

      * Chinese firms and state agencies have been implicated in a host of hacking attacks, on targets ranging from leading industrial and technology firms, to the Pentagon and other US government agencies, to the New York Times, Coca-Cola and numerous other companies and industries.

      * Oct 2012: The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said U.S. telecommunications operators should not be allowed do business with China's top network equipment makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat.

      * Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China's GDP.

      * Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      Over the past 2-3 decades, both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

      Our leaders are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place or foreign citizens!

      That whole frigging shortsighted Wall Street mentality from the 1980's to the present has been what has destroyed the real American economy and the future of the American people.

      This just shows us another reason why "Our Government" has to starting protecting and restoring domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

      December 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • HereInTheUSA

      Our leaders need to Start Protecting Income-Tax-Paying American Citizens Jobs and the rest will take care of itself.

      The outsourcing is not just limited to unskilled and skilled blue-collar manufacturing jobs either. It's also impacting white-collar jobs like, plant managers, engineers, IT jobs, purchasing, customer service, etc........... being outsourced to India, China................. When will it stop?

      Foreigners will be coming here and buying our houses after we all foreclose. They'll also be taking over our government too, after it defaults from lack income tax revenue, due to businesses in the USA shutting down and or US jobs being outsourced and everyone being out of work.

      Just the other day a friend that works in the IT department of a major paint company found out that 90% of their IT department in the USA is being laid off and will be replaced by IT techs in India. He has until February and he's gone, but not until he helps train and transition the job to those that are replacing him.

      This summer I learned from a friend of mine, that's a highly educated engineer, that their company had recently displaced 100 of their 105 engineers here in the USA by replacing them with engineers in India. He was fortunate enough to be one of the 5 out 105 American engineers that they kept here in the USA.
      This is eventually going to effect even the few Americans who are championing outsourcing. It's all about cheaper employees.

      Our leaders better wake up and put some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to have a devastating effect on America and the American citizens.

      December 5, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
  11. sammy750

    Crossfire is not a valid source of information or even for comments. They are the voice of CNN and special groups.

    December 1, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
  12. sammy750

    Obama has done a great job in the foreign policy area. Obama, unlike Bush, has taken the route of Peace and not war. The Tea Party and Republicans prefer war so they are against anything Obama does. The nation does not want war if it can be avoided, but the Republicans will LIE and give out misinformation as Bush did to make war. This nations debt was caused by Bush and the Republicans, including Boehner, McConnell and 57 other Republicans currently in DC. The People must make a decision to defeat those Republicans that have stopped the workings of the government.

    December 1, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Kingaire

      No one wanted that war. The Democrats all voted to go into that war. Our CIA gave bad information and like fools we bought it. Obama on the other hand is just playing at being a leader. He is nothing more, never will be more than a community organizer and campaigner. He is really good at those things.

      December 2, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Amanda

      Remember, Bush had a Dem. House and Senate

      December 3, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
  13. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Let's see: 1. Intelligent use of diplomacy. 2. No unnecessary wars, despite chicken-hawks noise. 3. Fewer embassy attacks, despite the GOP er, screeches. (They don't know math). 4. International law respected. 5. Ability to talk to our enemies in a civilized way. Yes, definetely a Pass.

    December 1, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
  14. Jules

    Ended one war and kept us out of 3 more where the war mongers wanted to go – for me, that is a pass.

    November 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Jules: I agree. What most people don't realize is that president Obama used JFK's playbook from the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 to resolve the Syrian poison gas issue. As soon as president Kennedy learned about the ICBM's in Cuba, he ordered every Navy ship in the Atlantic to steam to Cuba and blockade the island. Contemporaneously, he ordered a flyover of about 1,000 military aircraft, one of which I flew as a Naval aviator. Shortly thereafter, JFK and Kruschev had a few private meetings, Kruschev blinked and within 30 days the missiles were back in Russia.

      President Obama used a different threat of force with Putin, Putin blinked, and today the UN is overseeing the international agency responsible for the control of poison gas while it identifies and destroys the Syrian poison gas. In my judgment, the president gets more than a pass on this one; he gets an A+.

      November 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  15. Pete Trinidad

    I think he got into the job to early with to little experience personally, meanwhile with the Edward Snowden deal i feel like we looked weak to the world with how we dealt with russia and north korea. On a second note lets stop getting involved in the worlds affairs and get OURselves back on our feet here at home first

    November 30, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Pete: The president can walk and chew gum at the same time. America doesn't have to discontinue its international obligations in order to get the economy in better shape. FYI, US isolationism has never worked, in fact our delayed entry into WW1 seriously jeopardized the outcome.

      Frankly, what is needed is a House whose occupants want to create needed legislation. The Tea Party almost cratered the US earlier this year, and we have yet to learn the true damage. Our country's credit rating is going to take a hit – probably dropping two levels. This will cause an increase of 200 basis points on future borrowings, which will increase interest costs at least $100 billion. This, in turn, will most likely trigger the largest tax increase in America's history in order to pay those costs.

      November 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  16. simplyput

    Last I heard there were 200,000 dead in Syria. How can anyone call that success? I think that's called genocide stepping over a pink line.

    November 30, 2013 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • Jules

      So you think it is our responsibility alone to go in there with troops and put a stop to it? What is the criteria for US troops being sent into a foreign country to risk their lives and to spend trillions of our dollars? When is it necessary and when is it not and are you willing to have taxes raised so we can go in and police all these countries?

      November 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      simplyput: The president's Syrian success was in resolving the poison gas problem without firing a shot. Whether the US should get actively involved in the Syrian civil war is an issue for the president and Congress to decide. So far, there has not been an interest by those participants to pursue that option. It is not something that the president can do unilaterally, under the Constitution.

      November 30, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  17. California

    That REST BUTTON didn't work now did it.

    Why are democrats praising things that in time eventually fail?

    November 30, 2013 at 1:24 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      California: How is it that you know the poison gas resolution program by the UN is going to fail? Do you have a crystal ball that tells you that? Would you rather that we fired missiles into the country? Why? Actually, like most of your ABO right wing gasbag compatriots, you haven't thought about it at all; you just like to throw manure at the president. Here's something for you to think about: the only people who believe your BS are other right wing radicals.

      November 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
      • California

        Only the radical liberals such as yourself are arrogant and ignorant enough to continue believing this administration.

        You fit the definition of a dolt.

        December 1, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  18. Waitaminute

    This poll has to be wrong. Only the hard core left think he has done a good job. 87% Fail .....13% Pass

    November 30, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
  19. bob

    fails in all areas of foreign policy, ( he's a stand down president and the world knows it)

    November 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  20. Grego


    November 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  21. A. Milstein

    The Chief Socialist Dictator Snake Oil Salesman is a 110% FAILURE, both Foreign and Domestic! He lied in Chicago, Lied in Springfield, and still Lies. He is a Pathological Liar that could not run a Hot Dog stand.

    November 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Maria Rivera-Carvalho

      Oh, may, you need to go on medication before you hurt yourself any further.

      December 1, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
  22. gonzo

    The question implies he has a foreign policy; he has none!!

    November 29, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  23. ratherbbboating

    Obama has a foreign policy?

    November 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  24. William1444

    Obama is doing great on foreign policy. He is accomplishing things in the mid-
    east with no wars and in short order compared to bush and republicans killing
    our soldiers and stealing trillions of tax dollars as war criminals. Got bin laden,
    ended Iraq fraudulent bush occupation, winding down fraudulent bush occupation
    of Afghanistan, helping Syrian refugees, getting verification of no weapons grade
    uranium production in Iran. Obama has to get an A+ compared to bush and republicans
    grade of F-

    November 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • bob

      got bin laden ?? what a joke they knew where he was 6 months before they actually went after him, the seals did there job absolutely great obama is a joke at leading , you've seen his picture watching the raid take place does he look like a man in charge; no way he is coward in the picture as he is with his life . he is a stand down president and a disgrace to the military , look at bengarzi the order that came was stand down , no one lifted a finger to help . do u want your son/daughter in the military . with him at the helm , if they get in a jam can they count on relief !!! not with him...

      April 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  25. Susan

    like obama and his secretaries of state, complete and total failure.

    November 28, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply
  26. dalene44

    Pass if you support the Muslim Brotherhood, Fail if you support our allies and world standing.

    November 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  27. abby

    Obama: Help Saeed incompetent useless man.

    November 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  28. Patrick

    How many millions get wasted on these meaningless polls?
    Does anybody know?

    November 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  29. Patrick

    So, 1500 tea party people give POTUS BO a failing grade (how laughable)?

    November 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  30. That Dude

    The only thing this type of polls show is that people who disapprove of POTUS for one reason or another – mostly about things that have nothing to do with foreign policy – have access to social media. If you want to make it reasonable, make it a requirement that the only people who can participate in these surveys are those who can name at least 30 countries (outside of Europe or the Middle East) with the name of the corresponding leader (either a Head of State and / or Government) political economy, civil society and other relevant information that proves some knowledge of foreign policy. Otherwise you’ll be getting responses from the same folks that watch “Honey Boo Boo”, “The Kardashians”, “Parking Wars”, “Moonshiners”, and so on. -

    November 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • That other dude

      You mean, no liberals need reply ?

      November 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      Maybe without should do the same with voting too, so that we do not elect someone to be chief executive of the US that has absolutely NO executive experience.

      November 29, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • A. Milstein

      WOW how true it is!

      November 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  31. Amado Urra


    November 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • A. Milstein

      PASS???? Do you know how to read or are you simple another sheeple. My bet (and I will win) is a sheeple.

      November 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
      • basedonfact

        Libya no ground troops. Syria Disarmed without an american soldier dying. Iran disarming without an american soldier dying.
        3 for 3 resounding success

        November 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
  32. Tom1940


    November 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply

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