Obama's Foreign Policy Blunders are NOT a Function of His Inexperience and Stupidity: Bruce Bawer
What they are, says Bawer, are cogent and purposeful, a manifestation of the POTUS's skewed worldview:
These foreign policy blunders [Russia, Syria, Iran] and numerous others––especially the loss of
critical ally Egypt–– reflect ideological delusions that go beyond Obama. The
notion that aggressors can be tamed and managed with diplomatic engagement has
long been a convenient cover for a political unwillingness to take military
action with all its dangers and risks. Crypto-pacifist Democrats are
particularly fond of the magical thinking that international organizations,
summits, “shuttle diplomacy,” conferences, and other photogenic confabs can
substitute for force.
But progressive talk of “multilateralism” and “diplomatic engagement” hides
something else: the Oliver Stone/Howard Zinn/Noam Chomsky/Richard Falk
self-loathing narrative that the United States is a force of evil in the world,
a neo-colonialist, neo-imperialist, predatory capitalist oppressor responsible
for the misery and tyranny afflicting the globe. Given that America’s power is
corrupt, we need a foreign policy of withdrawal, retreat, and apologetic
humility, with our national sovereignty subjected to transnational institutions
like the U.N., the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of
Human Rights ––exactly the program that Obama has been working on for the last 5
years. Given the damage such policies are serially inflicting on our security
and interests, it starts to make sense that inexperience or stupidity is not as
cogent an explanation as enemy action...
In other words, these Pogo "progressives" have met the enemy and it is (the) U.S.
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