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Mr. Klein demonstrates the incredible lightness of historical being that is Barack Obama, as manifest in a completely vacuous foreign policy speech.
At the Tehran conference of the Big 3 during WWII, Roosevelt included a statement, forced on Churchill and Stalin that glowingly promised Iranian autonomy after the War. His advance man, General Patrick J. Hurley, produced a White Paper enthusiastically detailing how Iran could be supported as a democracy in the Middle East, with American support and guarantees of independence. Truman actually used the statement of Iranian autonomy from the Tehran Conference to insist on Russian troop withdrawal from Iran after the war, the only area occupied by Russian troops from which they withdrew in the aftermath of the war. This allowed Iran to elect Mossadeq as Prime Minister. He was overthrown in 1953 in the famous coup engineered by the CIA at the behest of the British, whose oil interests had been nationalized by Mossadeq. The Shah assumed power, reluctantly, as an American surrogate, leading ultimately, with a little help from Jimmy Carter, to today’s situation of an Iranian Islamic Republic characterized by totalitarian extreme religious ideology and confrontation with the West, terror support, and nuclear weapon development.
Roosevelt had planned to use Iran as a model for American support of Democracy around the world in the aftermath of WWII, a prospect that “realists” circumvented as described above, in the new Cold War. General Hurley’s white paper had vigorously supported this approach to independence, autonomy, and democracy around the world as a counterbalance to totalitarian systems or prior colonialism. The sainted Dean Acheson, along with Rostow, responded to Hurley’s paper, calling it “Messianic global baloney.” They were completely wrong in that assessment of Hurley’s paper, and had Hurley’s (after Roosevelt) recommendations been followed, the situation that we confront today in Iran most likely never would have occurred. Nevertheless, Acheson’s description applies very well to Obama’s supposed vision of a new direction in American foreign policy.
That policy appears to be an extension of Obama’s approach in Chicago, and consists of throwing money at kleptocratic regimes, just as Obama threw money at kleptocratic “real estate” functionaries in Chicago (Rezko) to provide improved housing to his constituents (except that the point was to line the pockets of cronies, never mind his constituents lived in filth in hardly habitable housing and saw no benefit whatsoever from the taxpayer money Obama threw at the problem). The same result is likely to ensue around the World with Obama’s approach, one that has been tried with disastrous results for years in developing countries. His praise for the UN is laughable. NATO is a shell. The World Bank is irretrievably corrupt and does more harm than good, along with the IMF. The institutions and approaches that Obama would use have failed or are failing everywhere. The $50 billion he would spend annually within 20 years will equal what Johnson arranged to spend on poverty to end it, and the result will be at best the same, more likely far worse.p>An entirely new set of institutions, such as an Organization of Democracies, with adjunct institutions promoting global security and economic development through strong military alliances and universal free trade with strong and stable currencies, along with the enlightened rule of law, is needed to supplant the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, NATO, etc., etc. Obama’s approach reflects the failed policies of the past. If his is a Messianic vision for the future of the world, the world is better off in its current nightmare. He clearly has no clue regarding the type of global institutions needed at this juncture in history. He will lead the nation and the world to the conditions that fomented the global wars of the last century, and he has no capacity to win, or interest in winning any such wars. He has neither the experience, decency, common sense, let alone any grasp of international affairs, or the tenacity of a Truman, who was a vigorous cold warrior, a parsimonious Senator who decried waste in the war machine, much as John McCain does now, was a Cyrus for Israel (Obama would cashier Israel in a heartbeat if he thought it were politically advantageous), and had a profound love of country and democracy. Obama has none of these characteristics. His is simply a tired socialist-internationalist refrain that reflects failed ideology, and refuses to recognize the abject failure of that ideology world-wide, coupled with a remarkable indifference to and toleration of terrorism and corruption. br> — Kent Lyon br> College Station, Texas /p>
Mr. Klein makes many accurate observations — in his response to Obama’s adulation of Truman as a model for foreign policy — concerning Truman’s tenure as President and his creation of the blood bath that was Korea.
I would add that Mr. Truman had no qualms with dropping the “Big One,” twice, on Japan even though they had already been all but bombed into submission (see the McNamara documentary, “The Fog of War”). Truman, in fact, was perhaps impatient (see David McCullough’s Pulitzer prize winning biography), for the completion and development of “the bomb” so that he could put an end to the war in the Pacific. An act that the likes of Barry Obama would, in all probability, shamefully apologize for today.p>Germany had already surrendered “unconditionally” and it was not until after the dropping of “the bombs” that Japan was willing to do the same. It may have been nothing more than this one condition of “unconditionality” that was the biggest factor in destroying tens of thousands of Japanese lives. What say you, Big O. br> — Jim Jackson
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online