Thoughts of a Canadian in China: Whether due to sheer ineptitude or by sinister design, the disaster that is current USA foreign policy in the Middle East will probably soon invite other players to seize this historic opportunity of USA mismanagement and decline. In this regard, there are only too many parallels with the 1930′s. Iran is Nazi Germany. Israel is Czechoslovakia. Obama plays the role of Neville Chamberlain. The Europeans are cast as their feckless selves. The fact of weakness and the perception of weakness are together often one of the principal causes of major wars. Round the world Obama is feared perhaps only in Israel. However, what some USA pollsters call “the political class” inhabit an ideological bubble, wherein there are all the answers and nothing but praise for Obama (“the dear leader”) who is imagined to be intelligent, wise and capable. But, in Beijing, Moscow and Tehran nobody of any weight thinks that Obama is intelligent, wise and capable. For those outside “the political class,” there has been enough time to take the measure of the man, and consequently the enemies of the USA are greatly emboldened. At home, perhaps too many Americans are still distracted by economic woes. Nonetheless, there have been some recent opinion polls showing that confidence in Obama’s handling of foreign policy is beginning to slip. And to be sure, there will probably be lots more bitter criticism in the months to come as the USA struggles to deal with the fallout from the growing international disorder that the Obama administration seems to consistently encourage. Can it possibly be that such a great country as the USA is unable to produce a solid candidate worthy of the presidency? With an eye to 2012, this can be asked of both Republicans and Democrats. However, in the nature of things, the burden is today on the Republican Party to get serious and find an experienced standard bearer fully qualified to lead the USA in the very troubled times ahead.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
US demise is all too obvious
Reader's Allen Z. Hertz comment to the article on the delusional Obama Syria policy has one of the best description of the collapse of the US induces by incompetence and mismanagement. The comparison to the 1930's Europe--which I have argued for a long time--is particularly apt:
Posted by Fabian Pascal at 11:32 AM