Posted by Erick Erickson
While Americans are fixated on the weekend blizzard and the health care debate, the rest of the world is fixated on the disastrous “climate change” talks in Copenhagen.
More importantly, though world leaders could not agree on much of anything significant, they could all agree on one thing: Barack Obama screwed up a delicate situation and unintentionally sunk the deal.
For a man who is supposed to be a brilliant speaker and skilled diplomat, leaders from London to Beijing are openly blaming Obama for screwing up Copenhagen. About the only thing good anyone can say about his performance is that he left early.
Former British Deputy Prime Minister and current Member of Parliament John Prescott wrote in the Observer, “President Obama’s speech blaming China didn’t help.”
What was that? It appears Obama tried to bully China into accepting Obama’s vision that nation-states are meaningless and every nation should act in the interests of one world.
“For the Chinese, this was our sovereignty and our national interest,” said Xie Zhenhua, head of China’s delegation.
Then there was Obama’s “commitment” to help the third world with $10 billion. That made even his friend Hugo Chavez mad. It also made a lot of other third world nations mad.
Obama miscalculated like the amateur he is.