In Caroline Glick’s Jerusalem Post column on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s close encounter with President Obama last week, we find this condensed account of the challenge raised by Obama’s leadership style:
Obama’s leadership model is the model of subversive leadership. Subversive leaders in democracies do not tell their citizens where they wish to lead their societies. They hide their goals from their citizens, because they understand that their citizens do not share their goals. Then once they achieve their unspoken goals, they present their people with a fait accompli and announce that only they are competent to shepherd their societies through the radical shift they undertook behind the public’s back.
Several examples spring to mind, but for the moment let us just note that this explains a lot.