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WP: Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Based On Fantasy

From the editorial board of the Washington Post:

President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy

By Editorial Board | March 2, 2014

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality.

Why limit this to Obama’s "foreign policy"? It’s true of everything he does.

It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces…. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”

That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means [but]…

Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power…

The White House often responds by accusing critics of being warmongers who want American “boots on the ground” all over the world and have yet to learn the lessons of Iraq. So let’s stipulate: We don’t want U.S. troops in Syria, and we don’t want U.S. troops in Crimea. A great power can become overextended, and if its economy falters, so will its ability to lead. None of this is simple.

But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not.


While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding.

The "tide of democracy" has also been receding right here at home, where Obama’s ‘pen and a phone’ have replace legislation. Which the Post has just cheered.

In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.

As Mr. Putin ponders whether to advance further — into eastern Ukraine, say — he will measure the seriousness of U.S. and allied actions, not their statements. China, pondering its next steps in the East China Sea, will do the same. Sadly, that’s the nature of the century we’re living in.

But don’t worry. By tomorrow at the latest, the Washington Post will be back to calling for even more cuts to our military and gutting our intelligence agencies.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “WP: Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Based On Fantasy”

  1. Astravogel says:

    The KGB Colonel vs. the Chicago Community Organizer.
    I know which I’d bet on.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    This is why I carry ..

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Kerry said, … these were things of the past

    As was said in 1945

    As was said in 1918 (The war to end all wars)

    And so on.

    Humans make war. Sometimes for very good reason. But let me post this, something I first read when a cadet in ROTC. I still believe it now though the sociopolitical face of the military has left me very dissatisfied and disgusted.

    War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    John Stuart Mill
    English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873)

    So, Mr Kerry, I suggest, ever so politely that you find a great big rusty rail spike and insert it into your rectum. You, and people like you, believe that “words are the way of the future” and you believe this because, like your boss, your nothing but a bullsh*tter.

    Like I’ve seen in so many sci-fi flicks and war movies, while the bad guys are busy killing the good guys, the protagonist says, “OK, smart guy, let me see you talk your way out of this

    I’m SO SICK of leaving the fate of the nation to a**sholes.


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