MORE ON OBAMA'S FAILURE – AT 9:10 A.M. ET: At least there are some, mostly outside the in-the-tank-for-Barack media, who recognize that is happening to us as a nation. Jed Babbin, who has served in Republican administrations, has a superb piece at American Spectator showing that there is a history to our current tragedy:
Reality has a way of intruding, interfering with political hopes and ambitions. The realities of the past week in Egypt and Libya are so clear that they have propelled at least a few European liberals to what they surely regard as an ugly realization that challenges one of liberalism's most precious dogmas.
Since the beginning of the Cold War, liberals here and abroad have always wanted to cut the American superpower down to size. America, in their view, should submit its foreign policy to the learned guidance of its betters among the EUnuchs and the UN. The U.S. should be made to reform, to end its unilateral exercise of power, to drop its cowboy attitude and work harder to get along with its adversaries.
Now they have what they wanted: an American president who has consistently worked to limit American power and has submitted our foreign policy to the judgment of the EU and the UN. Obama went to war in Libya at the request of France and after his first defense secretary said there was no American national security interest in play. He -- and his second defense secretary -- emphasized that the action was undertaken pursuant to authority granted by the UN, not by our Congress. He bows to foreign kings and emperors, insists on decimating the Pentagon's budget and "leads" from the rear.
Certainly has gotten us far, hasn't it?
Now there is a small glimmering of recognition that maybe, just maybe, the world needs the American superpower.
This week's issue of the devoutly liberal Economist magazine contains the first recognition of the problem the liberals have created. Insisting that the "Arab spring" is broadly moving that part of the world to democracy, an Economist editorial declaims that in the "many years" it will take for the Arab nations to become democracies, "America will remain essential to progress."
What Economist revealed is what liberals here and throughout Europe have always denied: if America doesn't project its power in its own interests and those of our allies, no one else will. We are a nation indispensable to their freedom as well as ours.
The events of the past week prove redundantly that the world will descend into war and chaos if America continues along Obama's path of retreat from leadership and opposition to evil.
Obama is, to coin a term, the unleader. His diplomacy consists of rhetoric unsupported by the threat of military action. And that rhetoric is aimed more at changing our -- and our allies' -- behavior than that of our enemies.
The November election will be our choice between remaining the only superpower defending freedom or leaving the world -- and our interests in it -- to whatever forces choose to fill the vacuum Obama is creating.
COMMENT: Very well said. But are more than a few people listening? Look at the disgraceful behavior of the media last week. They were more interested in Mitt Romney's denunciation of a statement of appeasement by an American diplomat than on the raids against American installations.
Indeed, unless we, on our side, learn to deal with the performance of the media, all may well be lost.
We forget that Britain, in the late 1930s, almost went under because much of its media ridiculed the warnings of Winston Churchill. The BBC even fought the idea of allowing him on the air. Are we seeing a repeat performance in America?
September 17, 2012