Syria. One more link in Obama’s plan of decline for America
The week before President Obama’s first inauguration he said, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming America.” He was right. Five years into his term of office, for Barack Obama Syria is the icing on a cake made of layers — 90,473,000 people not participating in the labor force; 169,000 jobs created in August continuing to signal a weak-to-tepid recovery; 90% of all jobs created are part-time; companies are decreasing workers’ hours to avoid Obamacare; elsewhere, insurance premiums are skyrocketing because of Obamacare; the Keystone XL pipeline continues to be stalled; and every other day, we receive new revelations about intrusions into our privacy by the long-arm of the NSA.
Now we come to Syria, a symbol of America’s decline in stature on the world stage, a stage of Obama’s making. In two years of fighting, one hundred thousand Syrians are dead from bombings, beheadings, and bullets, many of them women and children in wholesale massacres. Yet Barack Obama did nothing. (Well, perhaps I shouldn’t say nothing. In a September 8 interview on Fox News Sunday, Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff, did point out that we instituted travel bans.) Chemical weapons were purportedly used by Assad against his people, evidence still to be revealed to us little folk, and that now constitutes a reason for America and our slowly degrading military to launch an “unbelievably small” strike against the Assad regime. Not to remove Assad, just cripple him, and ultimately, to save the credibility and face of America’s number one narcissist-in-chief, who “went off his teleprompter” with his “red line” bloviating.
In an interesting, spot-on September 8 opinion piece by Norman Podhoretz in The Wall Street Journal, “Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure,” he grasped the truth that is Barack Obama.
Summing up the net effect of all this, as astute a foreign observer as Conrad Black can flatly say that, “Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and before that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States.”
Yet if this is indeed the pass to which Mr. Obama has led us—and I think it is—let me suggest that it signifies not how incompetent and amateurish the president is, but how skillful. His foreign policy, far from a dismal failure, is a brilliant success as measured by what he intended all along to accomplish. The accomplishment would not have been possible if the intention had been too obvious. The skill lies in how effectively he has used rhetorical tricks to disguise it.
But foreign policy was another matter. As a left-wing radical, Mr. Obama believed that the United States had almost always been a retrograde and destructive force in world affairs. Accordingly, the fundamental transformation he wished to achieve here was to reduce the country’s power and influence.
As Vladimir Putin throws Obama a lifeline resulting from John Kerry’s gaffe, what will be the ultimate price America pays for Obama’s extraction. A nuclear Iran?