American Elephants

Today’s Must Read Essay, Not to Be Missed. by The Elephant's Child

Today’s must read column is by Victor Davis Hanson, who explains the Obama Doctrine for America — our foreign policy, theory and practice.

Summed up, the Obama Doctrine is a gradual retreat of the American presence worldwide — on the theory that our absence will lead to a vacuum better occupied by regional powers that know how to manage their neighborhood’s affairs and have greater legitimacy in their own spheres of influence. Any damage that might occur with the loss of the American omnipresence does not approximate the harm already done by American intrusiveness. The current global maladies — Islamist terrorism, Middle Eastern tensions, Chinese muscle-flexing, Russian obstructionism, resurgence of Communist autocracy in Latin America — will fade once the United States lowers its profile and keeps out of other nations’ business.

Do read the whole thing. I think Dr. Hanson is spot on, though I wish it were otherwise. We will pay a high price for our gullibility in electing this man.

If you find that piece rewarding, as I did, you may appreciate Dr. Hanson’s self-described ‘apocalyptic essay’ on Monday, in which he is not so optimistic, but excellent, as always.



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I was just thinking about Obama’s comparison of bin Laden to Kobe Bryant (I wonder how Bryant feels about that, by the way?), and today’s al-Qaeda being the “JV”.

Remember in the movie “Blazing Saddles” where Jim “The Waco Kid (Gene Wilder) is telling Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) about when everyone was challenging him to gunfights, and one time he turned, and it was a six-year-old kid? How he threw down his guns, turned and walked away?

“Little bastard shot me in the ass!”

Why do I have the overwhelming feeling that Obama (and the US) is about to get the same thing?

(yes, I tend to think of movie comedies whenever Obama speaks… not in a good way.)


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