The How and the Why of Obama’s Deconstruction of American Standing

Much proverbial ink has been spilled attempting to summarize Barack Obama’s utter failure as President vis. foreign policy and America’s standing in the world–but these two articles, taken together, sum up the how and the why quite tidily:

“The Cost of American Indifference: By continually taking the path of least short-term trouble, the U.S. ensures long-term hardship,” by Victor Davis Hanson:

aviWarIsOverV2The Obama administration apparently has assumed that calm, not conflict, is the natural order of things. The world supposedly can run on autopilot without much guidance from its only superpower.

If conflict does arise, the U.S. counts on sermonizing without feeling any need to back up tough and often provocative rhetoric with action. When occasional decisions must be made, the U.S. usually chooses the easiest way out: withdrawals, concessions, and appeasement.

Behind these assumptions also lie the administration’s grave doubts that the U.S. has in the past played a positive role in postwar affairs, or that in the present and future America can claim the moral authority — or has the resources — to confront aggressors.

“Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure: The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad,” by Norman Podhoretz:

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….

And nobody should have been the least bit surprised, given the President’s easily-discoverable CPUSA/DSOC/DSA/New Party pedigree.

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Addendum: My friend @talkradio200 sent along a link to a piece that, although it might leave the impression that Obama cares more about foreign policy than his frequent apparent disinterest seems to indicate, adds nicely to the overall portrait as it were.

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