Under the Unleader, America is creating power vacuums that liberal vanity won’t fill.
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.
Last February Obama said, “One of the proudest things of my three years in office is helping to restore a sense of respect for America around the world, a belief that we are not just defined by the size of our military.” Liberals all over the world should be celebrating the fact that America is withdrawing from its superpower role. Everything is working out just as they’ve wanted, right?
Well, not so much. America’s withdrawal has created a vacuum part of which is being filled by radical Islam. In the past week, there have been riots and attacks on American targets in more than twenty nations.
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.”
The Economist opines: “Libya’s relative success was largely thanks to American firepower at the start of the campaign against the Qaddafi regime.… America is needed to put more pressure the Gulf monarchies it supports to loosen up their political systems.” It calls for more American financial aid, contingent on economic reform, which it says “could make a huge difference.”
In the same issue, another Economist article calls for American airpower to establish a no-fly zone over Syria to suppress the regime’s use of its own airpower and give the Syrian rebels a chance. But only, of course, after we get UN permission to risk American lives and pay the costs.
Why doesn’t France do it or, better still, Saudi Arabia, which has hundreds of combat aircraft and capable pilots? Because they fear Syria’s allies — Iran and Russia — more than they care about what happens to Syrian people. They want us to take the risks.
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.
Israeli pleas for support against Iran are met with gauzy assurances of our solid support but nothing more. Hillary Clinton has said that we have no time limits for diplomacy to work on Iran. Just yesterday, Obama’s UN ambassador, Susan Rice, said on Fox News Sunday that the only way to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program is for Iran to decide to give it up. Diplomatic efforts have never succeeded in changing the Iranian regime’s behavior, and won’t now.
Iran has been pursuing nuclear weapons since the regime took power in 1979. Yesterday, on Meet the Press, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Iran is six months away from having enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb. Unending diplomacy won’t lengthen that time.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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H/T to National Review Online