How bad is the US policy in the Middle East? This guy nails it:
Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no “international community” ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be.
Countries do not have friends. They only have interests. Russia's interests and our do not overlap very often. They, along with China, want to be hedgemon. They are doing their best under Putin to do so and while China has several problems bubbling under the surface they still have designs on Pacific Rim dominance at minimum and if they can expand their navy, become a major player globally.
This merits a much longer entry than I have time for at the moment but the wonder of this administration has been just how completely the liberal/progressive narrative has suffered at the hands of reality. Keynesian economics has proved an abject failure and now "smart power" is shown to be anything but. "Dangerous naivete" is a more fitting name. I'm amazed (though I shouldn't be) that Obama is doing everything that the Left has been screeching about for the last ten years. Domestic surveillance? Check. Shutting down political enemies with the power of state? Check. Go it alone cowboy interventionism? Check. Arrogance combined with ignorance? Check.
Can you hear the foundation cracking?Posted by Duffy at September 4, 2013 01:46 PM | TrackBack