Meandering Thoughts on President Obama and Foreign Policy July 26, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
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.