This sounded hopelessly naive in May – it’s starkly delusional today


My GOD but we're smart - how do we stand it?

My GOD but we’re smart – how do we stand it?

Newsweek and CNN analyst and, of course, Yale grad, Fareed Zakaria: Obama’s disciplined leadership is right for today  

[T] he world today looks very different — far more peaceful and stable than at any point in decades and, by some measures, centuries.

The United States faces no enemy anywhere on the scale of [former] Soviet Russia. Its military spending is about that of the next 14 countries combined, most of which are treaty allies of Washington.

The number of democracies around the world has grown by more than 50 percent in the past quarter-century. The countries that recently have been aggressive or acted as Washington’s adversaries are getting significant pushback. Russia has alienated Ukraine, Eastern Europe and Western Europe with its recent aggression, for which the short-term costs have grown and the long-term costs — energy diversification in Europe — have only begun to build.

China has scared and angered almost all of its maritime neighbors, with each clamoring for greater U.S. involvement in Asia [to which we’ve turned a deaf ear – Ed] . Even a regional foe such as Iran has found that the costs of its aggressive foreign policy have mounted. In 2006, Iran’s favorability rating in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia was in the 75 percent to 85 percent range, according to Zogby Research. By 2012, it had fallen to about 30 percent. [And nothing constrains a dictatorial foe better than a popularity poll – ED]

In this context, what is needed from Washington is not a heroic exertion of American military power but rather a sustained effort to engage with allies, isolate enemies, support free markets and democratic values and push these positive trends forward. The Obama administration is, in fact, deeply internationalist — building on alliances in Europe and Asia, working with institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, isolating adversaries and strengthening the global order that has proved so beneficial to the United States and the world since 1945.

The administration has fought al-Qaeda and its allies ferociously. But it has been disciplined about the use of force, and understandably so. An America that exaggerates threats, overreacts to problems and intervenes unilaterally would produce the very damage to its credibility that people are worried about.

Obama is battling a knee-jerk sentiment in Washington in which the only kind of international leadership that means anything is the use of military force. “Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail,” he said in his speech Wednesday at West Point. A similar sentiment was expressed in the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a strong leader who refused to intervene in the Suez crisis, the French collapse in Vietnam, two Taiwan Strait confrontations and the Hungarian uprising of 1956 [lucky Hungarians – Ed].

At the time, many critics blasted the president for his passivity and wished that he would be more interventionist. But Eisenhower kept his powder dry, confident that force was not the only way to show strength. “I’ll tell you what leadership is,” he told his speechwriter. “It’s persuasion — and conciliation — and education — and patience. It’s long, slow, tough work. That’s the only kind of leadership I know — or believe in — or will practice.”

Maybe that’s the Obama Doctrine.

Eisenhower led a nation to victory in WW II; our community organizer has done nothing except, of course, win the Nobel Peace Prize, a medal that clangs as hollowly as Mr. Zakaria’s intellectual pontifications. It’s almost laughable that Zaharia and his ilk actually sit around Washington admiring themselves and their leader for being so very wise, so capable of raising their thoughts above the plebeian plain and to see the true nature of the world.

Aren’t we fortunate to have them in our hour of need.


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8 responses to “This sounded hopelessly naive in May – it’s starkly delusional today

  1. Walt

    Dude –

    The two biggest threats to this Nation, which are causing it to crumble more and more every day, are a Liberal biased press, and the stifling of free speech under the mantra of political correctness. It corrodes the very building blocks of what we were founded on.

    The progressive liberal agenda would IMPLODE if the “free press” did its job and accurately presented the facts. But they don’t. They support the lies and stifle the truth. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

    And the moronic, spineless populace believes everything they see on TV. When it is not reality. Except for “I Dream of Jeannie”. She really existed. And Samantha in “Bewitched”. If they didn’t, who was I tossing off to? But that was the 60’s. It’s been downhill since then.

    Anyhows, Barry promised to “transform” the Nation, and he is doing it. We have become a borderless, lawless society, where the Commie in Chief rules by fiat, supported by a corrupt DOJ, IRS, EPA and others. Local Law enforcement is being transformed into a military unit, not meant to protect the people, but rather to protect the Government from the people they pretend to represent. And lack of fair and unbiased reporting allows it to go on.

    And Captain Kirk was real too. How could I forget him? But I didn’t toss of to him. NTTAWWT. Did you Dude? Or was Spock your favorite?

    Prima facie DUDE!!
    Your Pal,

    • anon

      Free press. Funny. NBC cans David Gregory and installs Chuck Never Met A Liberal I Disagree With Todd as new “moderator” of MTP. If it weren’t so sad, it’d be comedic. Alas….

    • you need to subscribe to Emilie’s channel (i don’t understand Norwegian and i don’t care):

  2. P

    It’s not laughable – it is frightening. Even if US military power were in top shape (Obama seems to be culling it if Dick Cheney is to be believed), it can only last as long as there is a viable economy. Obama, and Bush and Clinton before him, are giving away the store by offering “free trade” to all comers in the name of global prosperity and engagement. While China, Japan, India, etc. refuse to allow all but carefully-sanctioned incursions by foreigners into their markets, they can sell and acquire assets freely in the US. I dearly hope someone as smart as Zakaria and Obama will acquiesce to this problem, and soon.

    • “Obama seems to be culling the military”
      Indeed he is – aside from the 127 generals he’s forced out, he’s now determined to rid the ranks of 1,200 captains and 500 majors. I know one of those majors, low on the seniority list because of the lengthy waits for promotion that were already going on due to budget cuts, and I can see the pattern: train them at huge expense at West Point, bring them up the officer ranks as they serve in Afghanistan and Iraq, weeding out the less meritorious along the way, and just when they are their most useful to their nation and their fellow soldiers … send them packing. It took 15 years to train my major friend – our next war may not allow that much time to train another.

      • The rational for relieving. 2,000 officers is their political affiliation. The Obama administration is trying to cull the military leadership of Republicans.

        Soooo f-ed up. Nobody is paying attention.

  3. Anonymous

    What does anyone expect from a president whose first act of diplomacy was sending Churchill’s bust back to Britain? One of the unfortunate accidents of our recent history was Colin Powell’s rejection of a presidential nomination that was likely his for the taking. We would have avoided W and probably Obama.