Norman Podhoretz On Successful Failure

In “Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure: The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad,” Norman Podhoretz brilliantly expands on an argument I have often made, albeit inchoately: that much of the Left’s seeming incompetence in fact serves to further their meta-goals, notwithstanding obligatory rhetoric to the contrary:

Even members of [Obama’s] own party are despairingly echoing in private the public denunciations of him as “incompetent,” “bungling,” “feckless,” “amateurish” and “in over his head” coming from his political opponents on the right….

Saul Alinsky[But his] foreign policy, far from a dismal failure, is a brilliant success as measured by what he intended all along to accomplish….

The key to understanding what Mr. Obama has pulled off is the astonishing statement he made in the week before being elected president: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”….

As a left-wing radical, Mr. Obama believed that the United States had almost always been a retrograde and destructive force in world affairs. Accordingly, the fundamental transformation he wished to achieve here was to reduce the country’s power and influence….

For this fulfillment of his dearest political wishes, Mr. Obama is evidently willing to pay the price of a sullied reputation. In that sense, he is by his own lights sacrificing himself for what he imagines is the good of the nation of which he is the president, and also to the benefit of the world, of which he loves proclaiming himself a citizen….

I strongly urge you to read the entire piece here.

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