Barack Obama’s foreign policy reminds me of Seinfeld’s George Constanza. I’ll explain. Read on.
On August 29, Barack Obama addressed a group of his adoring supporters and shared some pearls of wisdom about the state of the world, and America’s place in it.
We have, since 9/11, built up the capacity to defend ourselves from terrorist attacks. It doesn’t mean the threat isn’t there and we can’t be — we don’t have to be vigilant, but it means that we are much less vulnerable than we were 10 or 12 or 15 years ago.
And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through. The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary, and there’s really no competition out there for the ideas and the values that can create the sort of order that we need in this world. (emphasis mine)
Yes, the Middle East is challenging, but the truth is it’s been challenging for quite a while. And our values, our leadership, our military power but also our diplomatic power, the power of our culture is one that means we will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past. And I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago. (emphasis mine)
Yes, damn you Twitter and Facebook! What are rational observers to make of these insane statements, which are clearly at war with reality? How can an allegedly intelligent, well-informed person say things that make it clear that he is at best very confused, and at worst deeply in denial? Things are not less dangerous. A July 13, 2014 Wall Street Journal story entitled “Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Unseen Since 70’s.”
A convergence of security crises is playing out around the globe, from the Palestinian territories and Iraq to Ukraine and the South China Sea, posing a serious challenge to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and reflecting a world in which U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous.
The breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s, U.S. security strategists say, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, revolutionary Islamists took power in Iran, and Southeast Asia was reeling in the wake of the U.S. exit from Vietnam.
In the past month alone, the U.S. has faced twin civil wars in Iraq and Syria, renewed fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, an electoral crisis in Afghanistan and ethnic strife on the edge of Russia, in Ukraine.
In other words, the last time the world was in such chaos was during the presidency of the King of the Useful Idiots, one James Earl Carter. Coincidence? Yeah right. At the time of this Wall Street Journal story, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff still had their heads still attached to their bodies, and “No Drama” Obama had not yet been taunted by a British-born jihadist murderer. Some might suggest that if there were ever a time for drama, this just might be it.
He extols the importance of American leadership, and yet on September 3, while in Estonia, asked about the threat of ISIS, he stated[I]f we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem. And the question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy, but also making sure that we’ve got the international will to do it. This is something that is a continuation of a problem we’ve seen certainly since 9/11, but before. And it continues to metastasize in different ways.
A manageable problem? Seriously? His own top military advisers Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Sec. of Defense, Chuck Hagel, have both called ISIS an unprecedented danger. How many ISIS propaganda videos, starring these knife-wielding headchopping lunatics gleefully sawing off Americans’ heads, do we need before we decide that this “cancer” must be destroyed, not “managed?’
IF we are joined by the international community? What if we aren’t? What if we don’t have “the international will” to get rid of this problem that he admits is “metastasizing?” How many Americans are expendable in the alternative universe inhabited by this reality-avoiding, dithering, passive, pathetic empty suit? What about that American leadership that is so necessary? How does that manifest itself? So far, despite the hype leading up to his 2008 ascension to the Presidency, he has demonstrated an absolute inability to form coalitions and to persuade others to follow his lead. Perhaps everyone will start wearing tan suits and spending a lot more time on the gold course.
So how do we explain Barack Obama’s bizarre, inconsistent and very distressing statements and behavior? It’s simple. Obama is a prisoner of his ideology, and his determination to the be anti-W. When he assesses the correct of action, he asks himself one question, “What would George W. Bush do?” and he does the opposite. It’s as if he’s George Constanza in the legendary Seinfeld episode of the same name, in which the hapless schlub decides that every decision he has ever made in his life has been wrong. He decides that, therefore, the opposite would have to be right, with amazing (and of course, hilarious) results. Unfortunately, a world in turmoil, with evil individuals looking to exploit American weakness and passivity, is not a sitcom, and I fear that the outcome here will be anything but funny.
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