The Maturing of Barack Obama – Not

Right From the Start

Liberalism, when applied to international affairs, is often described as the naïve belief that you can pick up dog poop by the clean end. For many well-meaning liberals, it is the rudimentary belief in the goodness of man. For the far left, represented by people like Barack Obama and Eric Holder, it grows out of a dismay that the United States cannot possibly be right – particularly in the aftermath of a Republican administration. That most of the evil in the world stems from an overbearing, overreaching United States. And that the pursuit of the American dream has left the rest of the world ignorant, impoverished and helpless.

And that brand of liberalism is usually expressed passionately by those who are not responsible for the outcome of such nonsense – particularly congressional members. Thus Sen. Obama and candidate Obama, and even early President Obama, conducted international affairs, as if the United States must enter a twelve-step program to rectify its “sinful ways.”

There were the commitment to close the terrorists prison at Guantanamo, to end rendition, to try terrorists in civilian courts, to withdraw from Iraq and to engage foreign enemies such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venzuela’s Hugo Chavez. And there is the ongoing apology tour in which Pres. Obama seems compelled to start every speech by stating that the United States has not always been a good neighbor.

But now Obama is President. He is responsible for the outcome of his beliefs. And he is finding that those beliefs are foolish and impractical in a world littered with tin horn dictators, blood thirsty religious zealots and truly evil men. The only surprising thing is that a man can grow to the age of nearly fifty and fail to understand that tyrants, madmen and fanatics, like schoolyard bullies, never respond to anything other than the threat of superior force.

As a result, Obama has been forced to accept reality. Thus rendition still occurs. Guantanamo is still open and will remain open indefinitely. Attorney General Eric Holder has been forced to grudgingly announce that the terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo will be tried in military courts as war criminals. Obama was forced to use military might to protect Libyans from Gaddafi. And Obama continues to be scorned and ridiculed by the likes of Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Nicaraqua’s Daniel Ortega.

Grown ups – responsible grown ups – at a point in time acknowledge when they are wrong. But not Obama nor his administration. Obama has accepted without question the information obtained from rendition without acknowledging his acquiescence in its use. He has sent Holder out to acknowledge that military courts will be used while criticizing “politics and ideology” for his consent to their use. He has refused to acknowledge the successes of the Bush administration through its surge and pacification program while claiming victory in Iraq at the very moment that he may preside over its undoing because of premature withdrawal. He has escalated the conflict in Afghanistan while imposing more restrictions on the fighting men and women to prosecute the war. In the end he will withdraw in defeat and humiliation. He has failed in every diplomatic effort involving rogue nations and regimes.

Even in Libya, he resisted the use of force after calling for Gaddafi’s removal and allowed the Libyan resistance movement to suffer brutal attacks. He lied about our nation’s involvement by denying the commitment to “boots on the ground” while simultaneously signing an order authorizing covert operations by the CIA and their favorite weapon – the Special Forces units.

Shortly after Obama’s election, Vice-President-elect Joe Biden, noted that the world would test “this brilliant man” and that it is “not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right, in how we deal with whatever it is.” Biden was correct that the world would test Obama and they have done so repeatedly and the world has universally concluded that he is weak, indecisive, irregular and that he lacks vision and resolve when it comes to international affairs. By any measure short of the far left’s agenda for a non-dominant America, the Obama administration has failed.

Diplomacy is nice among civilized nations seeking a reasonable solution to a mutual problem. But for rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran, Syria, Libya, the Taliban, Hezbolah, Hamas, and a variety of African tribal governments hell-bent on genocide of rival tribes, diplomacy is a game to be played to stall while they carry out their murderous intents.

Mr. Obama, it’s time to grow a pair and accept America’s role as a super power with an agenda to support freedom everywhere – not just where we can throw former allies under the bus and back down from belligerent third world tyrants.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    I think a lot of this is right. Obama was and remains inexperienced and somewhat incompetent. Many of us said from day one that he would not close GITMO and we would still be in Iraq. At some point Obama might have actually thought he would close GITMO, but I believe such thoughts were brief. At all points however, Obama knew he was simply using the prisoners at GITMO as a campaign tool. Once he was elected he really didn’t give a damn about them because he didn’t have to. He knew his constituency would forget their once fervent concern about human rights.

    Same thing with a lot of other things. Roving wiretaps, rendition etc. all still go on and no where do we see anywhere near the level of criticism that was levied at Bush2 for “shredding the constitution and eviscerating peoples rights”.

    Why the sudden switch? Pretty simple. The human rights groups attacking Bush2 were simply stooges for the Democrat party. We saw this once before where Anita Hill supposedly hearing about pubic hairs on a Coke can got womens groups fired up about sexual harassment but when Bill Clinton was accused of far worse with far more substantiation the same womens groups were largely silent.

    Same thing here, Obama and the rest didn’t give a damn about anyone’s rights when they yammered on about Bush shredding the constitution. They didn’t really care about anyone’s rights in GITMO, they were just simply willing to use their plight to get elected, after that they could die for all this crowd cared.

    This is why the Abu Ghraib photos got such massive media coverage and the kill team videos have gotten almost zero media coverage. Walking a guy around on a dog leash was “horrific” we were told, yet teams of people going out an shooting people apparently isn’t, at least not when the president is a Democrat.

    Frankly Im not sure whats worse, a man who stands there and tortures someone with a car battery charger or the person who walks in and sees a campaign opportunity and says “smile for the camera”

    I know people who have used car chargers on people. At least they understand and dont deny what they have done. The person who used that man being tortured to win an election will never admit to their crime. What a bunch of jerks.

  • Fatandhappy

    I NEVER thought I would pine for the good old days of Carter or Clinton, but believe me, they were both better in so many ways.
    Which is saying something, as prior to this, they were the worst ever.

    • eaop

      Hey, what’s the problem? DCites elected Marion Berry *twice*!

  • valley person

    Obama does not represent the “far left.” He is far left of Larry, way far left of most Catalyst readers, but not far left of most of America. That is why he was elected by a majority and remains popular with a near majority despite lots of problems.

    Claiming that because Obama is part of the far left (which he isn’t) means he rejects the idea that America can ever be right is even more wrong. People on the far left (I am one) do not think America can never be right, or that our nation is the source of all evil. We do think that America is not always right just because it is America. If you can’t tell the difference, that is your problem, not ours. And lets face it, the right is no different in this regard. You do not think everything America does overseas is right. You tend to oppose foreign aid, the peace corps, and military interventions that are done primarily for humanitarian purposes. Is this because you think America is always wrong?

    Obama did not allow the Libyan resistance to suffer brutal attacks. He did the opposite. But he has stopped short of fighting their war for them. If they want to topple Ghaddafi, they need to do the job. Some of them, maybe many of them will die in the effort. That is the way of most revolutions, including our own.We can’t control the outcome in Libya. We can give a nudge to one side at relatively low cost to us. That is what Obama is doing. Whether it works or not remains to be seen, but at least he is trying.

    Diplomacy is hardly necessary among friends. it is very necessary between potential enemies. Most armed conflicts end in agreements, Few end in one side being vanquished.

    • eaop

      Always re-liable Valley Joseph Goebbels Persona shticks his icks in! Oy!

      • True Blue Oregonian

        It might be nice if you came up with something substantive instead of pretending you’re clever. Too much to ask?

        • eaop

          Sam Adams and Randy Leonard talk $ubstantively. Is that what you want?

          Frankly, I’d rather read quotes from Norm Crosby!

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