March 28, 2012
The World According to ObamaBy Lauri B. Regan
President Obama recently toured the Korean demilitarized zone and, according to reports, stared disbelievingly into North Korea. "It is like you are looking across 50 years into a country that has missed 40 years or 50 years of progress," he stated. Well, yes, it is. It is also what a country looks like when decades of communism, military dictatorship, human rights abuses, and nuclear obsession exist instead of democracy and freedom. What did he think he was going to see? Skyscrapers, green parks with children skipping through the daisies, and obesity due to too much fast food consumption (God forbid)?
Alas, Barack Obama is living in an ivory tower in which he has absolutely no conception of what is taking place in so many parts of the world. And that is not surprising based on the way he has governed over the past three years. He has proven ignorant of history and world affairs, disinterested in what the majority of Americans want for the future of the country, and focused on himself and his own worldviews. He is obsessed with diplomacy, the U.N., and leading from behind -- all of which have proven useless in dealing with the world's tyrannies and vitriolic regimes. But so what? If these things work inside the vacuum of an Ivy League classroom, they must lead to the idealism envisioned by Obama's indoctrinators, notwithstanding the lessons of history and present-day reality.
But Obama made another comment as he looked head-on into the face of communism. In discussing the North Korean government's failures, he stated, "There are certain things that just don't work, and what they are doing doesn't work." Instead of condemning communism itself, the ideology driving North Koreans into poverty and tyranny, Mr. Obama seemingly criticized the management of North Korea. Communists worldwide have always complained that communism itself is workable, but that problems with the implementation of the ideology have prevented it from being successful.
North Korean communism has been working well for the family that has been suppressing freedom and human rights for decades while it pursues nuclear weapons with which it threatens the world. What Obama's statement shows is a complete disconnect from the reality of communism, and an indifference to our values of self-determination and respect.
Obama carefully avoided calling a spade a spade and announcing that North Korea is yet one more example of the failures of an ideology that suppresses a society's development. For in his world view, the bigger the government entitlement program, the more regulation controlling the populous, the better off the citizenry. In other words, what is not working is not communism, but the government's improper application of communist principles.
This president views the world from his own prism. In his mind, Muslims hate us because of George W. Bush, but a self-proclaimed grandiose speech in Cairo will turn things around. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs wish to build a nuclear weapon because of American aggression, but a sit-down with Barack Hussein Obama will put a quick end to that. The Israelis and Palestinians have been incapable of reaching a peace agreement for the past sixty years, but not only will the mediator-in-chief make the rising oceans recede -- he will force an agreement down the Israelis' throats, notwithstanding Palestinian intransience and violence.
Obama frighteningly reminds me of Holocaust deniers who reject the very existence of those atrocities, notwithstanding the vast amount of evidence of the horrifying deeds of the Nazi regime. In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Bibi Netanyahu felt compelled to take out a map of Auschwitz as proof of the Holocaust, notwithstanding the fact that more than enough evidence exists across Europe for anyone to view and stare in disbelief as Obama did in Korea this past week. However, most people do not actually have to visit the concentration camps in order to recognize that they did exist, nor do they have to spy into North Korea to understand the dire nature of those poor people's lives.
And most people understand that the likes of Hitler, the dictators constituting the North Korean dynasty, and Islamic extremists all view the world quite differently from how individuals brought up in a free society and ingrained with centuries, if not millennia, of Judeo-Christian values do. To date, in fact, outside Jimmy Carter, U.S. presidents have understood that the world's maniacal leaders require a different type of communication -- one that perhaps may involve not only speaking softly, but also carrying a big stick.
Further limiting Obama's worldview is his desire to restrict his continuing education -- something presumably required of world leaders on a daily basis. Not only has Obama chosen to surround himself with like-minded individuals of similar backgrounds spent in academic isolation, but he has also opted to limit his sources of news and information. It was reported several years ago that Obama "hardly ever watches news programs, preferring to 'read the news.'" What news does he read? Obama recently shared that he enjoys reading "African American publications" because "those stories of success and hope, that's what sustains us, that's what has driven us, that's what has given people a sense that no matter how tough things get sometimes, there's always a better day ahead." Tell that to the North Koreans. Obama is superficial and naive.
So Obama's reaction to the sights in North Korea through his binocular lenses was clearly revealing. For it offers an explanation as to why he has spent the past three years helping to build fundamental Islamic dictatorships across the Middle East and Northern Africa, "reset" relations with Russia while undermining relations with Eastern European countries whom the U.S. had previously promised to protect, refused to threaten Iran with military action if it does not cease its march to nuclear capability, and required Israelis to search their souls and stop settlement expansion while the Palestinians -- well, the Palestinians don't have to do much of anything. In a nutshell, Obama's recent statements explain why he continually reaches out to our enemies while bashing our allies.
In Obama's world, every past and present problem in the Mideast and North Africa is Bush's fault. Only Obama was capable of killing Osama bin Laden, and the Bush policies to fight terrorism that led to that success were all problematic and unconstitutional. The Iraq and Afghan Wars are successes because of Obama's policies to prematurely end the U.S. military presence in both countries (while simultaneously and hypocritically telling the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea that they are performing honored service at "freedom's frontier"). When those countries finally and completely fall apart, I wonder whose fault it will be.
Through Obama's rose-colored glasses, the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate; Tunisia and Morocco, Turkey and Egypt are all headed in the right direction due to U.S. foreign policy, notwithstanding their march to Islamic supremacy; Ahmadinejad can be reasoned with while Netanyahu must suffer the reprisals of protecting the Jewish democratic homeland; Turkey's Islamist prime minister is a terrific source of advice on how to raise your daughters; and getting caught whispering sweet nothings to the Russian president to subtly reassure Vladimir Putin that the administration will pass along U.S. missile defense secrets once unburdened with an upcoming election is simply a step toward resolving "incredibly complicated issues."
Were Obama a rational and well-educated individual rather than a narcissistic ideologue, one might suggest duplicating his experience in the DMZ, thinking that perhaps if he witnessed the atrocities committed in other areas of the world, he might alter course and actually invoke effective foreign policy in order to safeguard U.S. interests and human rights abroad. But that has been tried and proven a failure. For while President Obama has not seen fit to visit Israel, candidate Obama did find it politically expedient to tour America's strongest ally in the region. And while in Sderot, where tens of thousands of missiles have landed since 2006, Obama's speechwriters did include all the right rhetoric, as he stated that "Israel has the right to defend itself, and peace should not undermine its security." Sadly, however, Obama's reality revealing binoculars have apparently gone missing. Since entering office, he has continually demonized Israel's prime minister and policies, discouraged Israel from defending itself against a potentially nuclear Iran, and ambushed Netanyahu with the pronouncement that Israel must return to the indefensible pre-'67 borders.
I am reminded of Sesame Street's Elmo and his cute little song, "Elmo's World":
La la la la, La la la la, Obama's world
La la la la, La la la la Obama's world
He wrote the music
He wrote the song
That's Obama's world.
In your own words Mr. President: "There are certain things that just don't work." What you are doing does not work.
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