Naïveté, weakness, and incompetence lead to death, disaster: Did the Three Stooges cause World War II?
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And so the much ballyhooed speech in a Muslim capital came to pass.
The speech was delivered in Cairo. It was an appalling pottage of moral equivalency, historical revision and outright apologetics. Or, as Senator Clinton once said of Rumsfeld, the speech was “happy talk”… sending the inevitable signal of weakness.
Weakness. The underlying message sent over and over again by the foreign policy of the United States government that was under her direction.
One could go on and on here to illustrate the point. The use of moral equivalence, bows to foreign heads of state etc., etc., etc.
All of this, of course, was a distinct and quite deliberate change from the Bush era, in which the National Security Document specifically said: “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”
Not to mention this changed attitude by the Obama administration looked at the Fort Hood shootings as an incident of “work place violence.” And replaced the term “global war on terror” with “overseas contingency operation.”
Can you imagine if the Roosevelt administration sent the Secretary of State in front of newsreel cameras to insist that in fact there was no need for war on December 8, 1941, because there was no connection between the previous day’s Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the aggressive desire of the Japanese for military expansion? That the whole problem revolved around the film portrayal of an Asian (Chinese) detective named Charlie Chan? Then banned the U.S. government from using words or phrases that might offend the Shinto religion which proclaimed the Japanese Emperor was a god?
What if the Secretary of State of the day insisted there was no connection between Nazism’s anti-Semitic ideology and the ongoing Holocaust? That all those death camps for Jews were really the fault not of Nazi ideology but a mocking, tasteless anti-Nazi film (excerpt here) made in America called I’ll Never Heil Again. A film made by three Hollywood Jews named Louis Feinberg, Moses and Jerome Horwitz? Known professionally by the names of Larry, Moe and Curly — The Three Stooges?
Any Secretary of State who insisted on this reaction to Pearl Harbor or Hitler would have been laughed out of Washington. Replaced on the spot.
Yet that is precisely the stance being taken by Secretary Clinton. She has willfully signed on to a doctrine that insists an anti-Islamic YouTube video is somehow responsible for the death of State Department personnel not to mention all the destruction of the last few days.
She has made the deliberate decision to conduct American foreign policy based on the idea of “soft power.” The silliness that soft power combined with the President’s personal biography would somehow change the world view and the actions of those who believe Jihad is their duty and Sharia not simply their law but a global goal. To see how foolish this was, take a look here at this 2008 Huffington Post article by — you can’t make it up — a Harvard professor. The opening of this foolish, foolish business is, no kidding — this:
I have spent the past month lecturing in Oxford and traveling in Europe where Barack Obama could be elected in a landslide. I suspect that this fascination with Obama is true in many parts of the world. In fact, as I have said before, it is difficult to think of any single act that would do more to restore America’s soft power than the election of Obama to the presidency.
Soft power is the ability to obtain the outcomes one wants through attraction rather than using the carrots and sticks of payment or coercion.
How’s this idea working for the Obama-Clinton team now, Professor Nye?
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?