Saturday, May 22, 2010

Krauthammer: The Fruits of Weakness

Charles Krauthammer recently chronicled the Obama administration's shocking level of default in foreign policy declaring:
This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat -- accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum.
He also identified the more fundamental ideology driving the administration's actions:
Nor is this retreat by inadvertence. This is retreat by design and, indeed, on principle. It's the perfect fulfillment of Obama's adopted Third World narrative of American misdeeds, disrespect and domination from which he has come to redeem us and the world. Hence his foundational declaration at the U.N. General Assembly last September that "No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation" (guess who's been the dominant nation for the last two decades?) and his dismissal of any "world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another." (NATO? The West?)
The notion that "no one nation is better than any other" is textbook multiculturalism. In Obama Takes the Tiger Out of Paper Tiger, I analyzed how pragmatism and ethical relativism have neutered American foreign policy, resulting in our sovereignty being ceded to a world government. In another post, I claimed that Obama's moral agnosticism was precisely why he was awarded a preemptive Nobel Peace Prize concluding:
Obama's weakness and pragmatic appeasement is making the world more dangerous not less. Obama has given a tacit green light to every enemy of the United States by implying that we will not defend our values either morally or practically.
As America's enemies swarm and riot in this relativist vacuum, Krauthammer logically concludes:
Given Obama's policies and principles, Turkey and Brazil are acting rationally. Why not give cover to Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions? As the United States retreats in the face of Iran, China, Russia and Venezuela, why not hedge your bets? There's nothing to fear from Obama, and everything to gain by ingratiating yourself with America's rising adversaries. After all, they actually believe in helping one's friends and punishing one's enemies.

2 comments:

Trevor said...

Ed Cline over at "The Rule of Reason" takes Krauthammer's position one step further. Thought you'd enjoy.

http://ruleofreason.blogspot.com/2010/05/obama-neither-naive-nor-foolish-nor.html

I agree with him that it's time for us to explicitly articulate the principles driving the actions of our elected officials. Since most people don't think in principle, we need to connect the dots over and over again so people can see there's a reason to why the USA is where it is.

Doug Reich said...

Trevor,

Thanks for that excellent link. As usual, Cline is right on. The idea that historically, tyrants usually trumpet the glory of their nation, yet Obama actually denigrates his is a great point. As he said, even Clinton and Carter didn't do that. Obama is truly anti-American in a way that no previous president comes close to matching.