September 04, 2013

Narrative shattered

How bad is the US policy in the Middle East? This guy nails it:

As we await Congress’s decision on authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria, Democrats are suddenly realizing that their foreign-policy brain-trust completely misjudged the world.

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

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LOL, Duff ... look right below this post. :-)

Posted by: Hube at September 4, 2013 07:16 PM

Just an old quote I found in a movie.

The American grizzly fears nothing--not man, not guns, not death. . . The American grizzly bear is a symbol of the American character--strength, intelligence, ferocity, a little blind and reckless at times but courageous beyond all doubt. And one other trait that goes with all previous--loneliness. A bear lives out his life alone...indomitable, unconquered...but always alone. He has no real allies, only enemies, but none of them are as great as he. This is an American trait. The world will never love us. They respect us. They may even grow to fear us. They will never love us for we have too much audacity and we're a bit blind and reckless at times, too. . . The American grizzly embodies the spirit of America.
Brian Keith "Teddy Roosevelt"
in "The Wind & the Lion"

in this world it is better to be feared than to try to get countries to love you. An iron fist is more effective than a rose in a glove.

Posted by: Greg Fisher at September 4, 2013 08:39 PM

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