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What is Obama Doing, And Why Is He Doing It? by The Elephant's Child
April 17, 2015, 7:20 am
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Victor Davis Hanson supplies the answers. “Obama and Revolutionary Romance:”:

His foreign-policy errors result not from incompetence but from a conscious agenda.

Lots of questions arise about the muddled foreign policy of the Obama administration. Critics suggest that America’s friends have now become enemies, and enemies friends. Others cite incompetence and naïveté rather than deliberate agendas as the cause of American decline, and of growing global chaos from Libya to Ukraine. But, in fact, there is a predictable pattern to Obama’s foreign policy. The president has an adolescent, romantic view of professed revolutionary societies and anti-Western poseurs — and of his own ability uniquely to reach out and win them over. In the most superficial sense, Obama demonstrates his empathy for supposedly revolutionary figures of the non-Western world through gratuitous, often silly remarks about Christianity and Western colonial excesses, past and present. He apologizes with talk of our “own dark periods” and warns of past U.S. “dictating”; he contextualizes; he ankle-bites the very culture he grew up and thrived in, as if he can unapologetically and without guilt enjoy the West’s largesse only by deriding its history and values.
Do read the whole thing. It’s worth it.

If that explanation of the Obama project doesn’t satisfy, here’s another. Daniel Pipes writes on “Decoding the Obama Doctrine”

James Jeffrey, Barack Obama’s former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iraq, has this to say about the administration’s current record in the Middle East: “We’re in a goddamn free fall.”

Count the mistakes: Helping overthrow Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, leading to anarchy and civil war. Pressuring Hosni Mubarak of Egypt to resign, then backing the Muslim Brotherhood, leading now-president Sisi to turn toward Moscow. Alienating Washington’s most stalwart ally in the region, the government of Israel. Dismissing ISIS as “junior varsity” just before it seized major cities. Hailing Yemen as a counterterrorism success just before its government was overthrown. Alarming the Saudi authorities to the point that they put together a military alliance against Iran. Coddling Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, encouraging his dictatorial tendencies. Leaving Iraq and Afghanistan prematurely, dooming the vast American investment in those two countries. And, most of all: Making dangerously flawed deals with the nuclear-ambitious mullahs of Iran.

Is this a random series of errors by an incompetent leadership, or does some grand, if misconceived, idea stand behind the pattern? To an extent, it’s ineptitude, as when Obama bowed to the Saudi king, threatened Syria’s government over chemical weapons before changing his mind, and now sends the U.S. military to aid Tehran in Iraq and fight it in Yemen.

Read this whole thing too.


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“Is this a random series of errors by an incompetent leadership, or does some grand, if misconceived, idea stand behind the pattern?”

Why not both?

Deep down in his heart of hearts, Obama knows that when he won his Nobel Peace Prize, it wasn’t because of anything he had done. It was given to him as a finger in the eye of western conservatives. But the simplest explanation for his foreign policy behavior for me has been his desire to show the world that he actually deserved the Prize, coupled with his innate belief that everything about America is wrong, and must atone. His lack of any kind of policy success is not a deterrent, because (as pointed out by Rush Limbaugh, among others) what is important are his INTENTIONS. The results are unimportant, or even irrelevant, because Obama has (in his mind) good intentions.

And I’m sure you’ve heard what the road to Hell is paved with.


Comment by Lon Mead

The Left is all about intentions, and if they don’t work out, it’s allright because next time they will get it right. So they excuse themselves for any kind of failure because they intended it to help somebody or other. I just can’t quite grasp the mindset. I understand that they think that way, I just find it inconceivable. I am worried about this Iran deal. Some columnist said that conservatives were wrong about it because — science. Apparently because Earnest Moniz is a physicist, he knows all about nuclear weapons and can tell just how far along they are, or something like that. Perhaps his superior vision can tell just where the hidden sites are.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

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