The Arab Spring has exposed the direction of American foreign policy in the Age of Obama with great clarity. It undermines friends and takes a hands-off approach to enemies. It’s time for you to go, Hosni Mubarak. I’d like to get to know you, Dr. Assad, you old reformer, you.
The mixed-up confusion is vividly on display in our approach to Libya. We haven’t heard much about it lately. Should an American action intended to remove a tinpot dictator be stuck in neutral this late in the day? One wonders where the prince of Denmark is when you really need him. Hamlet, call your office.
Israel was the first victim of the Obamaian treatment of America’s friends. Will we end up frankly supporting the genocidal enemies of Israel and the United States in the Middle East? I doubt it, but in Obama all things are possible.
Now that Hamas is patching things up with Fatah in the West Bank and Gaza, what is a smart diplomat to do? That is the question to which Jennifer Rubin tried to get an answer from the State Department yesteray. Long story short: “State Department won’t rule out aid to a Fatah-Hamas government.” This despite the fact that legal considerations alone seem to rule it out.
James Burnham wrote the book on the Suicide of the West in the heart of the Cold War. The book’s subtitle is An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. Barack Obama is contributing material for another chapter or two to someone with the sagacity to update Burnham’s classic.
UPDATE: Peter Schweizer draws on Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker article to take us “inside the strategic mind of Barack Obama.”
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