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Bruce Herschensohn’s prescient survey of Obama’s callous foreign policy.
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One of Mr. Herschensohn’s boldest exhortations, and one which differs from every senior member of Congress and every presidential administration in recent memory, is how to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
After explaining the military history of modern Israel, Herschensohn exposes the lie of “the 1967 lines,” noting that in 1967 the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were the territory of Egypt and Jordan. Thus going back to those lines would not mean the creation of a Palestinian state — which has never existed. While Herschensohn vehemently opposes forcing Israel to give back territory won in wars started by the Arabs, he does agree with his own logical conclusion, telling the Spectator “I believe in a One State Solution called Israel.”
From the so-called “Right of Return” to Barack Obama’s statement that the Palestinians should have “a sovereign and contiguous state,” every aspect of the “peace process” of the last few decades and particularly the current president’s thinking (not that he seems to be thinking about it very much) seem designed to assist the Arabs’ long-term goal of the elimination of Israel. While a one-state solution may seem unrealistically far afield of current thinking both inside and outside the U.S., Bruce Herschensohn’s arguments are thought-provoking and a valuable contribution to a situation that has been hampered by stultified and stagnant thinking, and further hampered by Barack Obama’s destruction of another special relationship.
While the examples noted in this review are all based in or near the Middle East, the point is not a geographical analysis as much as emphasizing the Obama administration’s pattern of mistreating friends and coddling adversaries. In that same vein, Herschensohn has numerous examples of abysmal foreign policy behavior by the Obama administration closer to home, not least being the underreported support of Obama for a leftist president of Honduras who wanted to remain in office despite that nation’s constitution’s term limits provisions. In doing so, Obama opposed Honduras’ supreme court and “the chief elements of democracy in Honduras. Opposing [the rule of law in Honduras] was the government of Castro’s Cuba, the Chavez government of Venezuela, and the Obama administration of the United States of America.”
Given the recent events across the Muslim world, Bruce Herschensohn’s book was unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, prescient. Abandoning allies and projecting weakness has emboldened our competitors and enemies from Egypt to Iran to Russia to North Korea.
In a mere 175 pages of eminently readable prose, Bruce Herschensohn calmly makes a devastating case against the foreign policy of President Barack Hussein Obama and, more importantly, offers readers a foundation on which they can build their own ability to assess American international relations going forward. It is thus a book that, despite its title, is worth reading whether or not Barack Obama wins re-election in November, something our allies probably fear as much as Mitt Romney does.
As we’ve watched UN Ambassador Susan Rice tour the Sunday shows with obvious ignorance or lies, as we see the current administration sell our national security down the river (who can forget Obama telling Russian President — now Prime Minister — Dmitri Medvedev that he will have more “flexibility” to cave in to Russian wishes regarding missile defense if Obama wins his “last election”?), I can only nod my head in appreciative agreement with what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn once said about Bruce Herschensohn: “If all Americans were like you, America certainly would not perish.”
But then, Barack Obama probably thinks Solzhenitsyn is the captain of the Russian national hockey team…
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?