It’s not as if Obama’s intentions from the start were difficult to read. He’s a hard left ideologue whose greatest hatreds are for the civilisation of the West and in particular the country of which he is president. That there are revelations upon revelations as one by one, but ever so slowly, the truth begins to dawn on those fools who elected him, or the international mobs who supported him, is something like a revelation to me. Just how self-deluded can these people really have been. This is from Richard Fernandez:
The capitals of Europe have gone from complacency to a near panic in the last 72 hours, not simply over the crisis in the Ukraine but in the growing awareness that for at least the last half decade they’ve been standing on a trapdoor.
Are they really that clueless? Could they really not see that Obama is their greatest enemy? We are living in a sea of troubles, which are building not going away, and the American defence budget is about to be slashed. Could these people really not see it coming? Whatever the panic that may suddenly have overtaken them, did they really have no inking of the kind of person Obama is, what his beliefs are and the end points he has been aiming at. Listen to Fernandez himself, who still writes as if Obama wants to do the right thing by America and the West:
To see it coming would have invalidated the fundamental premise of Obama’s foreign policy: that the train line was unobstructed; that he could talk to people he now knows he can’t talk to. For a while the deal making seemed too almost too good to be true and Obama marketed his “opportunities” and “investments” with almost evangelical zeal. Even now Obama plans to tell Benjamin Netanyahu that time is running out for Israel to make a deal with the Palestinians. One of those magic deals Kerry’s negotiated, like the one with Syria. He is figuring to tell the Israeli prime minister he had better buy now while supplies last or miss the deal of the century, the deal of a lifetime! Maybe he even plans to exhibit all the notices he’s received from his “partners for peace” about how close he is to grabbing the Big Brass Ring.
“The fundamental premises of Obama’s foreign policy”! It really is pathetic. The principle of Obama’s foreign policy is to encourage our enemies, and the greatest possible triumph in Obama’s mind would be the destruction of Israel. More from Drudge:
Obama warns of ‘fallout’ for Israel if peace effort fails…
‘Time Is Running Out’…
USA pushing Israel to stop assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists…
Basically, it’s the USA pushing Israel to stop defending itself. That he will never get them to do, but he might get the US to stop providing help. That’s the aim. And as for us out here in the South Pacific the message is equally grim. No immediate threats at the moment but with America withdrawn from active engagement and too broke to really do anything, and more so as time goes by, where does our safety lie, thinking say a decade or two ahead?
The kind of empty thought processes that seem to animate political decisions is a never ending frustration for me, but the mere 6% of Australians who supported Romney at the last American election has left me with the profound belief that the world map a century hence will look nothing like the one we see today. Some people will be on top – who I do not know – and a lot more will be on the bottom, and the possibilities of peace, freedom and prosperity will have withered. But it is the present delusion that Obama is a fit and proper president, that he intends to do the right thing and is trying to make the world a better place for the likes of us, still does not go away. We will reap the whirlwind and never know why that was.
UPDATE: From The Diplomad, Climbing Out of the Obama Foreign Policy Hole:
The Obama foreign policy team is peopled by the “well-educated,” i.e., they have college degrees, and as befits the “well educated” in today’s America, they are stunningly ignorant and arrogant leftists, but mostly just idiots. They do not make plans; they tend to fly by the seat of their pants using a deeply ingrained anti-US default setting for navigation. They react to the Beltway crowd of NGOs, “activists” of various stripes, NPR, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Relying on what they “know,” they ensure the US does not appear as a bully, or an interventionist when it comes to our enemies: after all, we did something to make them not like us. Long-term US allies they view as anti-poor, anti-Third World, and retrograde Cold Warriors. Why else would somebody befriend the US? Obama’s NSC and State are staffed with people who do not know the history of the United States, and, simply, do not understand or appreciate the importance of the United States in and to the world. They are embarrassed by and, above all, do not like the United States. They look down on the average American, and have no problem with anti-American regimes and personages because overwhelmingly they are anti-American themselves.
His conclusion is what I was trying to say:
Above all, we need men and women in the highest reaches of our government who know, understand, and love the greatness that is Western civilization, especially that variant of it handed us by our great English forefathers, and the role the USA should and must play in ensuring its survival. We do not have that now; freedom-loving people around the world pay the price for that hideous fact, and that must change. That is the only way out of this hole dug by the Obamistas and their “progressive” groupies.
I just make the further point that it is now unimaginable to me that the United States could elect such a government which is what makes me pessimistic about our future. And while all this goes on, the headline at Drudge is, RUSSIACHINA UNITE!.