Background music of appeasement gave both Obama and Carter murdered diplomats.
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And the same exact approach Carter employed with the Communist world was applied to the Islamic revolutionaries in Iran — unleashing the Islamic fundamentalist whirlwind on the world.
This time around the problem is another American president — Barack Obama. And unsurprisingly, in his September 4th video address to the Democrats in their Charlotte Convention, it was Jimmy Carter who claimed Obama was seen as a “leader among nations.”
Said the man who led and left the world in chaos in his single term:
Overseas President Obama has restored the reputation of the United States within the world community. Dialogue and collaboration are once again possible with the spirit of trust and goodwill in our foreign policy.
Seven days later, Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered by Islamic terrorists.
And the Middle East was in flames, with violent protests breaking out throughout the world.
Why was this happening? And happening again?
Because one more time an American president has led with weakness. With policies that Romney last night correctly labeled a “rising tide of chaos.” Chaos. The main link that ties the results of the Carter and Obama policies so tightly together.
• By ostentatiously signing the order to close Guantanamo — and being unable to keep his promises.
• By releasing a video addressed to the Iranian mullahs asking for a Carteresque “new beginning” in the American relationship with Iran “that is honest and grounded in mutual respect,” enabling Iran to “take its rightful place in the community of nations… [not] through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization.” In response, Iran continues its work to get a nuclear weapon.
• By insisting his administration replace the word “terrorism” (and others) terms like “man-caused disaster” because, as Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano put it in an interview in Der Spiegel:
… In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.
• By going to Cairo University and making the Obama equivalent of Carter’s “inordinate fear of Communism” Notre Dame speech. Saying, among other things:
… I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
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