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Meandering Thoughts on President Obama and Foreign Policy July 26, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.
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The closing of our embassy in Libya is a little unnerving, particularly when Libya was supposed to be such an awesome example of the President’s genius in “leading from behind.”

So I was just curious: Is there a trouble spot in the world that isn’t in trouble right now? Maybe Cuba*? Otherwise, it’s a perfect storm of unrest and violence. Middle East, Africa, Asia ==> all typified by instability and movement by the big players.

I don’t recall a time when things have been this bad in so many places. Seems like someone might start reevaluating their foreign policy. And their slashing of our military forces.

The problem with the administration’s approach to foreign policy is the same as its approach to the economy. Most people set goals, formulate and execute the plan, and adjust/adapt until the goal has been reached.

The President sort of goes through the first two stages, but then blames his predecessor, his opposition, or the world when he doesn’t reach his goal. This is the mindset of the social activist rather than the manager or businessman. The manager/businessman knows that at the end of the day, only your results matter, so you’ve got to keep pushing and striving and recalculating and maneuvering until you get where you need to be.

The social activist, on the other hand, laments that the world should be more just, so that her plans will work.

And that pretty much sums up this presidency.

*Cuba’s not a problem today, but tomorrow? Looks like Russia’s reopening an electronic surveillance post there, and China’s sniffing around.

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1. geoff - July 26, 2014

Ed Klein seems to have a similar perspective:

How Our World Fell Apart

2. Lipstick - July 26, 2014

Instead of thinking that Obama is incompetent, I feel that he is horribly competent.

He wants this chaos, he wants the U.S. brought to her knees, because in his twisted mind, we’re no better than any other country and in many ways worse. Everything he does points to that.

People shouldn’t be puzzled — this is the plan, and he’s having great success at it.

Everywhere he’s meddled in the Middle East, for example, it was with the goal of Muslims coming out the winner. In Egypt it was temporary because their military is relatively strong, thanks to decades of our support after the peace treaty. In Syria, he wanted to support the terrorist-dominated rebels, and yes, it was known that the rebels were starting to be pushed aside by America-hating radical Islamists by the time he started supporting them.

And he is currently forever changing the lovely demographic mosaic of this country by overflowing it with one ethnic group that will forever be the clients of his party.

He is quite successful in achieving his personal goals.

3. Retired Geezer - July 26, 2014

What Lipstick said.

4. historyupclose - July 27, 2014

I still say Pres B.O. does not plan to hold normal Presidential elections in 2016.

5. geoff - July 27, 2014

Walter Russell Mead is on the same wavelength:

As Libya Implodes, “Smart Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line

6. geoff - July 27, 2014

I still say Pres B.O. does not plan to hold normal Presidential elections in 2016.

I dunno. It seems like he’s already had enough.

7. geoff - July 27, 2014

And he is currently forever changing the lovely demographic mosaic of this country by overflowing it with one ethnic group that will forever be the clients of his party

Typical Democrat: terrible at policy but great at politics.

8. sobek - July 27, 2014

“The manager/businessman knows that at the end of the day, only your results matter”

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