Obama Dismantles American Power Abroad
Last night, Barack Obama distracted the nation's attention with a rousing, campaign speech dressed up as a State of the Union address. On domestic affairs, the President's Animal Farm-like attempts at saying black is white and night is day were wasted. The true nature of the Archangel Barack's politics and his vision for America have been clear for some time.
As Hugh Hewitt blogged recently, "[t]he country knows." No one's fooled -- except, perhaps, for some of Mr. Obama's own partisans.
But what is the Obama Administration's actual foreign policy?
Well, as with President's "stealth" Marxism, he's not coming clean with his foreign policy either. Last night, in a 7,000-word address, the American President who doesn't like to think of himself as the Leader of the Free World devoted about 1,000 words to sounding like exactly that. His peroration confronted his Republican and conservative critics head-on too.
Here is Mr. Obama, in his own words:
"The renewal of American leadership can be felt across the globe. Our oldest alliances in Europe and Asia are stronger than ever. Our ties to the Americas are deeper. Our iron-clad commitment to Israel's security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two counties in history. We've made it clear that America is a Pacific power, and a new beginning in Burma has lit a new hope. From the coalitions we've built to secure nuclear materials, to the missions we've led against hunger and disease; from the blows we've dealt to our enemies to the enduring power of our moral example, America is back.
"Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn't know what they're talking about. That's not the message we get from leaders around the world, all of whom are eager to work with us. That's not how people feel from Tokyo to Berlin, from Cape Town to Rio, where opinions of America are higher than they've been in years. Yes, the world is changing; no, we can't control every event. But America remains the one indispensable nation in world affairs - and as long as I'm President, I intend to keep it that way."
Is any of this self-congratulation true?
No. It's empty rhetoric. In fact, it's worse than that: it's false rhetoric. And this Obama Credibility Gap makes the President's disingenuousness particularly dangerous, because under the Constitution, our Chief Executive has much greater power (both as commander-in-chief and as head of state) to act unilaterally to implement his agenda abroad than he does at home.
For a trenchant reality-check on Mr. Obama actual foreign policy in operation, see Michael Ledeen's analysis in PJ Media. It was posted several hours before the President spoke. A distinguished scholar and American foreign policy advisor, Ledeen (although he doesn't use this label) exposes Mr. Obama's foreign policy to be McGovernite to its core.
This should hardly be a revelation. Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her future husband, after all, worked for George McGovern in 1972. Yet, like President Obama's own Marxist roots - as chronicled in Stanley Kurtz's Radical-in-Chief, it's a reality which remains largely unreported in the MSM.
That makes Michael Ledeen's short piece essential reading.
Here's what I'd add as factual counter-points to the President's rosy scenario:
- (a) the on-going withdrawal of the United States militarily and diplomatically from the Eurasian land-mass, as ordered by Mr. Obama, and his neglect of Europe;
- (b) the abandonment by the President of America's traditional ally, Israel, as part of a wider retreat from the Near and Middle East described by Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post in her column this week;
- (c) the Obama Administration's talks with the Taliban (while they're killing Americans) and the State Department's dealings, too, with the Islamist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood now coming to power in many countries touched by the so-called Arab Spring;
- (d) the President's announced intention to shrink, rather than expand, the U.S. military in the face of a rising China; and
- (e) the continued hollowing-out of the economic basis for America's global power through
ruinous deficits, a refusal to promote private-sector job growth, encouragement of a culture
of dependency and actively seeking to prevent our energy independence.
In his SOTU remarks, President Obama denied some of these criticisms directly and obfuscated others. Specifically, the President heralded the Arab Spring, saluted the American military and hailed his precipitate withdrawal of American troops -- contrary to the recommendations of military leaders -- from Iraq. He also criticized China's trade policy.
Saying it doesn't make it so, Mr. President. Are you really asking us: who you gonna believe, me or your lyin' eyes? We already had one Democratic president do that.
As the Roman proverb goes: facta non verba. Deeds not words. And, when it comes to deeds, sir, Michael Ledeen's got your number.
We have a President who is determined to take down his own nation as the world's sole superpower. And that process is already underway, with - as Ledeen pithily lays out - Iran and China's on-going penetration of Latin America. Mr. Obama is not even willing to enforce the 190-year old Monroe Doctrine, barring foreign interference in the Western Hemisphere.
Even Ron Paul isn't prepared to go that far.