For America’s fearless leaders who happen to be Democrats -with the exception of Bill Clinton whose Waterloo was a size 12 navy blue Gap dress) – foreign policy seems to be a common weak spot. John F. Kennedy and Cuba, Lyndon B. Johnson and Vietnam, Jimmy Carter and Iran. Could President Obama possibly follow in his donkey party predecessors footsteps???
From National Review Online:
America and Libya are defined by their differences.
By Mark Steyn
September 26, 2009
Half a decade or so back, I wrote: “It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog feces and mix ’em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That’s the problem with the U.N.”
Absolutely right, if I do say so myself. When you make the free nations and the thug states members of the same club, the danger isn’t that they’ll meet each other half-way but that the free world winds up going three-quarters, seven-eighths of the way. That’s what happened in New York last week. Barack Obama is not to blame for whichever vagary of United Nations protocol resulted in the president of the United States being the warm-up act for the Lunatic-for-Life in charge of Libya. But it is a pitiful reflection upon the state of the last superpower that, when it comes to the transnational mush drooled by the leader of the free world or the conspiracist ramblings of a terrorist pseudo-Bedouin running a one-man psycho-cult of a basket-case state, it’s more or less a toss-up as to which of them is more unreal. To be sure, Colonel Qaddafi peddled his thoughts on the laboratory origins of “swine flu” and the Zionist plot behind the Kennedy assassination. But, on the other hand, President Obama said: “No nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”
Pardon me? Did a professional speechwriter write that? Or did you outsource it to a starry-eyed runner-up in the Miss America pageant? Whether or not any nation “should try” to dominate another, they certainly “can,” and do so with effortless ease, all over the planet and throughout human history.
And how about this passage?
“I have been in office for just nine months — though some days it seems a lot longer. I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world. These expectations are not about me. Rather, they are rooted, I believe, in a discontent with a status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences . . . ”
Forget the first part: That’s just his usual narcissistic “But enough about me, let’s talk about what the world thinks of me” shtick. But the second is dangerous in its cowardly evasiveness: For better or worse, we are defined by our differences — and, if Barack Obama doesn’t understand that when he’s at the podium addressing a room filled with representatives of Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Venezuela, and other unlovely polities, the TV audience certainly did when Colonel Qaddafi took to the podium immediately afterwards. They’re both heads of state of sovereign nations. But, if you’re on an Indian Ocean island when the next tsunami hits, try calling Libya instead of the United States and sees where it gets you.
This isn’t a quirk of fate. The global reach that enables America and a handful of others to get to a devastated backwater on the other side of the planet and save lives and restore the water supply isn’t a happy accident but something that derives explicitly from our political systems, economic liberty, traditions of scientific and cultural innovation, and a general understanding that societies advance when their people are able to fulfill their potential in freedom. In other words, America and Libya are defined by their differences.
What happens when you pretend those differences don’t exist? Well, you end up with the distinctively flavored ice cream I mentioned at the beginning…
Foreign relations necessitate a close examination of differences as well as similarities. Parallels are great…for ice breakers. However, the failure to acknowledge differences can prove to be disastrous. Not only for you Mr. Obama, but our country. Remember America did you a favor by electing you to the highest office in the land. It should be an honor for you to serve us- not the other way around.
Of all the political science courses I took in college for my bachelor’s degree, comparative politics and political theory was paramount to my understanding of the world dynamic.
Obama’s UN speech offered nothing more than his usual apologetic chow. Unity, peace, shake hands, bow, kiss and give an iPod Kumbaya speak which does nothing to really strengthen our country during a time when our enemies are poised to strike. Iran has lied to us once again, Russia is in a political position that would make Ronald Reagan roll in his grave, our troops in Afghanistan are dwindling in resources and manpower, and worst of all we owe our financial security as insecure as it is to China.
To Barack Obama this is all inconsequential, it is far more important that America is the kewl likable kid on the UN block. Any sacrifice to our national security and political dignity is well worth the Noble Peace Prize he will receive for making America the world’s friend with benefits whose doesn’t mind getting slapped around a bit.
9 months is several months shy of one year. 9 months and babies have been conceived and born, promises to our nation broken, partisan temperatures have risen. 9 months of Barack Obama as our president already feels like 4 years. I have already suffered through one terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. I do not want to add a world war to my collection of experiences. I did not live it , but I saw what the effects of World War II did to my family and our nation. My mother promised me that there would not be a World War III and I am going to hold her to that promise.
Liberals reading this may wonder why Afrocity is taking the line of advocating a tougher Obama while being fearful of war… My answer….Because straw dogs and paper tigers are good for one thing…fires and ex presidents with Nobel Peace Prizes.
Autographed Letter Signed,