Is this a random series of errors by an incompetent leadership or does some grand, if misconceived, idea stand behind the pattern? To an extent, it's ineptitude, as when Obama bowed to the Saudi king, threatened Syria's government over chemical weapons before changing his mind, and now sends the U.S. military to aid Tehran in Iraq and fight it in Yemen.In his own mind, Obama is the conquering hero of virtually every left-wing political fantasy of the last 50 years. What is so outrageous, as I've said before, is that he considers the rest of us to be mere bit players in the great unfolding drama of his life and accomplishments (starring, written by and directed by Barack H. Obama). I do not know of a bigger or more dangerous case of narcissism in America's political history.
But there also is a grand idea and it calls for explanation. As a man of the left, Obama sees the United States historically having exerted a malign influence on the outside world. Greedy corporations, an overly-powerful military-industrial complex, a yahoo nationalism, engrained racism, and cultural imperialism combined to render America, on balance, a force for evil.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Is Obama's foreign policy succeeding or failing?
Daniel Pipes says that Barry's policies have at least one big fan: Obama himself. And there is a method to his madness - although the method is pretty crazy, too: