By now it seems obvious that Barack Obama would be a lot better off never traveling to Copenhagen again. Not much good happens there for him.
Obama’s speech to the assembled communists, misanthropes and malcontents in the Danish capital didn’t go particularly well, as he was unable to persuade the Chinese and Indians to sign on to the economic suicide pact being bandied about in the Danish capital.
“The situation is desperate,” a top Indian negotiator said of the negotiations.. “There is no agreement on even what to call the text — a declaration, a statement or whatever. They (rich nations) want to make it a politically binding document, which we oppose.”
Obama, meanwhile, played Angry Guy in his speech.
“The time for talk is over, this is the bottom line: We can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward. We can do that, and everyone who is in this room will be part of an historic endeavor, or we can choose delay,” he said.
He added, “The question is whether we will move forward together, or split apart. … We know the fault lines because we’ve been imprisoned by them for years.”
He didn’t move the needle, as the Copenhagen conference rushed headlong toward disintegration.
None of this is a surprise. The fact is, if all the terrible things prophesized by the AGW mob are to come true the worst victims will likely be the Chinese, Brazilians and Indians – and those three countries have made the decision to grow their economies and seek capitalist prosperity nonetheless. So for Obama to attempt to buffalo them into a statist and sclerotic economic future when they are fully aware that the American people will not allow any reciprocal action to pass is worse than naive; in engaging in histrionics like we saw today, he has cheapened and degraded our leadership position. This will undoubtedly come back to haunt America at a time when our national interests are in fact jeopardized; Obama’s geopolitical capital has now been wasted and will not return in any meaningful way.
This matters because while the president was in Copenhagen engaging in fantasy, the real world was continuing. Iran, the ball Obama’s eye has never been on, invaded Iraq today, seizing an oilfield on the border the two countries share. This after the Iranians boasted of their advances in uranium enrichment technology and test-fired a long-range missile which can easily hit Israel. The likelihood of the president being able to get Chinese help with Iran – or for that matter North Korea, with whom we will be engaging in six-party talks early next year, is almost nil.
Obama’s is a path to ruin for America on every front – economic, geopolitical, medical, legal and with respect to domestic tranquility. The question becomes whether the president will recognize the damage he is doing and seek to arrest the fall – if for no other reason than his own political self-preservation, the country be damned.
UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that a deal has been struck after all between the U.S.A., China, Brazil, India and South Africa. No details have been announced as yet, but it appears that fundamentally America will borrow money from China to spread around to the other three countries in an effort to compensate them for agreeing not to engage in capitalism – while exacting no legally binding commitments from any parties.
This sounds worse than the Kyoto treaty which got zero support in the Senate. Obama’s Copenhagen efforts will meet a similar fate.