Obama’s “Stunning Naiveté”

Last week at the Heritage Foundation, Former Ambassador John Bolton delivered a speech titled, “Protecting National Sovereignty in the Age of Obama.”  The focus of the speech laid emphasis on the importance of maintaining American sovereignty in order to ensure the preservation of freedom.  In this context, Bolton reviewed Obama’s policies on national security, charging the President with a worldview that demonstrates “stunning naiveté.”

On one side of the debate are the Americanists who believe, as the Founding Fathers intended, that the Constitution of the United States is “the supreme law of the land.” On the other side of the debate are the globalists who advocate that “customary and international law,” international organizations, conventions and resolutions should take precedence over national sovereignty.  In this worldview, nations which constitute the beacon of liberty and human rights would hold no sway over those which snuff out freedom and human dignity.

Bolton pointed out the near-theological weight that Obama places on treaties, international organizations, and multi-lateral collaborations.  He is indeed a “post-American President.”  As Evan Thomas from Newsweek explained, Obama is “standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God….He’s going to bring all different sides together.”  Central to Obama’s worldview is his obvious rejection of American exceptionalism, made clear in numerous prior statements.  This view maintains that the US is merely one of 192 UN members, with no special role over that of other countries.

Obama’s positions stem from the false assumption that all countries, cultures and religions share common values, interests and goals.  This gross misconception has led the President down the dangerous path of advocating treaties and policies which will drastically weaken America’s national security and reduce her ability to defend herself.  The President’s ultimate vision is that of a nuclear-free world.  His “stunning naiveté,” as Bolton phrased it, has led the President to believe that if America takes the first steps toward disarming herself, she will set a virtuous example for the rest of the world, and her enemies will then follow suit.  This misguided belief has inspired Obama to pursue the following national security goals:

  • Become signatory to the International Criminal Court ceding prosecutorial jurisdiction to the international community.  Countries that may themselves be human rights violators would be able to prosecute Americans for alleged violations of human rights to which their countries have no connection.  For example, Obama has refused to promise that he would disallow former Bush officials to be criminally tried in foreign courts for implementing enhanced interrogation techniques in the War on Terror;
  • Sign the new bilateral Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), thus “re-setting” American-Russian relations.  This treaty will obligate Russia and the US to reduce their number of nuclear warheads by 30%.  Obama hopes that Tehran will follow America’s lead in nuclear stockpile reductions.
  • Become signatory and ratify a number of multi-lateral treaties including the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty; and the Landmines Convention.

Additionally, though not mentioned in Bolton’s speech, Obama has already cut the American national security defense budget substantially, and impeded our ability to update expired nuclear weapons.

There is no doubt that contrary to the President’s assertions, enemies of freedom who seek the demise of America will view America’s reduced ability to defend herself as weakness, not virtue.  They will likely seize the opportunity to gain military advantage.  This puts America’s safety and national security at greater, not lesser risk.

Additionally, it places America in a position where it is more difficult to achieve success in diplomatic negotiations, a tactic which Obama seems to place as high priority.  The President advocates meeting with terror states, rogue states and hostile states without pre-condition in diplomatic efforts.  However, without a healthy national security system in place, the leverage he needs to attain his goals is substantially reduced.

President Reagan had it right: the maintenance of a healthy military, an effective missile defense system, and cutting edge weaponry is not tantamount to an invitation to war.  Rather, these can be used as leverage in diplomatic negotiations in addition to serving as protection against enemy forces, should the need arise.  In the age of Obama, Americans must stand their ground and insist that the policies set forth by elected officials will produce “peace through strength.” After all, it is “we the people” to whom they must answer.

  • John Q. Smith

    It may be that Mr. Barry Obama's aligning himself with America's sworn enemies and distancing himself from our longtime allies could lead to his ultimate downfall much like LBJ, Abraham Lincoln and other presidents retired while in office.

    It is clear now that Obama has revealed himself as a far left Marxist and radical Islamist. All while being the commander in chief of the armed services of the United States. America and the world at large can ill afford a naive pretender or despot int he oval office.

    • Jim C.

      Abraham Lincoln had a funny way of "retiring."

      I'm curious to know how Obama revealed himself as a radical Islamist all while being Commander in Chief. See, I am certain you've just revealed yourself to be a delusional idiot, but maybe you can prove you're not by walking me through specific actions and events where this was revealed.

      I won't hold my breath.

      • Guest

        Your question obviously means you're incapable of understanding the answer, which is right in front of your face. Ask a kindergartener to explain to you what this means.

        • Jim C.

          Still waiting for the answer…Is there an actual fact you can give to support your claim, or is it "just a feeling" you guys have?

      • Arnold Wolf

        Jim boy you are a bit naive yourself. Obama's wife has now revealed his true birthplace in a speech made without thinking. This is a common trait among people of low intellect like Obama and his ilk. (just 9 seconds into the following video)
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wObTKzSpOAg

        Abraham Lincoln, JFK and another president were involuntarily retired while sitting in the oval office. Calling other people names like you have done is a clear indication of your level of copraphagia.

        • Jim C.

          Yep, that's proof, all right. Now, marshall all your resources and take him to court.

  • watchful

    How much longer do we have?????????????????????

  • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

    It should have been obvious to historically astute & decent, moral & ethical people, who Obama was, before he was ever elected, from his known associations. Why was his statements that he was going to "Transform" America not seen as a stunning danger sign and why did it go unquestioned. Transformed into WHAT ? I want it restored not transformed. Can you now see that he is dismantling traditional America and in it's place building a framework for dictatorship. (that is what you call getting everything under government control) Can you now evaluate the frivolous direction of the stimulus money and see that Obama is deliberately trying to drive us into an economic collapse from which there will be back, except the solutions that will be offered in the implementation of the New World Order. A brake down is 1st necessary for revolution. This Video will enlighten you as to the truth of what I say. Saul Alinski's "RULES For RADICALS" — Community Organizing, The Obama Administration & the Transformation of America.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyAgQJk4q5c

    • Jim C.

      Historically astute, moral & ethical people elected Obama as your president.

      "Frivolous direction of the stimulus money"–keep it up, and see you in 2012.

      What I love is watching you guys, who mocked Obama daily for not bringing "change," now apopleptic over the much-needed changes he's bringing.

      And kudos to the guy on top calling Obama a "Marxist" and a "pretender." We need more like him, believe me. Raise your voices and shout that to the heavens!

      • AmicableConfused

        Historically astute graduates of tenured pampered theoretical jackasses whose relevancy revolves around PEER REVIEW. LMFAO.

        HIstory, what Columbus raped the US, The US id the problem in the world. If only we, like Neville Chamberlain bend over and spread our cheeks our enemies will love us??????????

        DOGS PROFFER THEIR TAILPIPES IN COWARDICE WHEN EMINENT DEFEAT IS IN THEIR MIND'S EYE .

        You are astute in being told what to think,,, not how to think JUNIOR.

        HISTORY, unless taken over by STATISTS, will tell the story of the witless academic incapable of coherency lacking a script read from a prompter. YOU read me now you will HEAR MR LATER JUNIOR.

        • Jim C.

          All I can say is:

          Get ready for six more years of "Barry Hussein," AmicablyConfused one!

          And watch while we grow more prosperous and regain our standing as the nation all others look up to as a beacon.

      • guest

        "Historically astute, moral & ethical people elected Obama as your president" Ha. What do you think? Many of those astute folks are beginning to wonder "what the hell did we do?"

    • Fiddler

      All I needed to know about B. Hussein:__1) 20 years in a church that cursed America__2) Affiliation with William Ayers__3) His mentor__4) Saul Alinsky__5) No experience governing__ a) Never having to meet a payrol__ b) Never having been commander-in-chief of a local guard__ c) Never having responsibility to protect citizenry__.
      Add to that a very GUARDED history where college transcripts and other personal records are off-limits, and I have to ask: "What happened to the collective mind of America that we would elect someone like this?"

      The naivete was with US; we have unwittingly made a Faustian deal. God help us.

      • AmicableConfused

        AMEN Brother

        FROM THE CROSS JESUS SAID "FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO"

        May GOD BLESS & KEEP US ALL IN THIS LIBERAL ASSAULT AGAINST ALL THAT IS MORAL, LAWFUL AND DECENT!!

  • BS1977

    Naivete? Seems more deliberate and planned. Work hard to vote in fiscal conservatives and candidates who are tough on illegal immigration, national security and preservation of our Constitution, rights, liberties and traditions. Get the Marxist big spenders, the collectivists, far left liberal dodos out of Congress and elect people who make sense for our economy, our nation…….Stop the trillion dollar spending binges.

    • Rick

      Thank you for those very sane words, you are right on. I think that Obama being called naive could somehow work to his advantage. Innocence, something more for his followers to swoon over. Awwww. While he purposefully continues to transform and destroy America.

    • Jim C.

      I agree: it's not naivete.

      So when the conservatives DID have power (as they did for the majority of the last decade), what happened to the economy? How about spending? Did those conservatives spend any money?

      Please don't say they weren't "real conservatives," because you know darn well to a man that's what they'd have called themselves. So I'm curious…who are you going to vote in that's somehow different from that crop?

  • Wifey

    Is Mr. Obama naive, or is he “preparing a way” for the Caliphate?

  • Wifey

    Is Mr. Obama naive, or is he "preparing the way " for the Caliphate? He spreads jizya all over the place.

  • Rick

    You know, we should of did this God’s way and not our own way.
    So now America will suffer. Sadly.

    And now, the end is near,
    And so I face the final curtain.
    My friends, I’ll say it clear;
    I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.

    I’ve lived a life that’s full –
    I’ve travelled each and every highway.
    And more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.

    Regrets? I’ve had a few,
    But then again, too few to mention.
    I did what I had to do
    And saw it through without exemption.

    I planned each charted course –
    Each careful step along the byway,
    And more, much more than this,
    I did it my way.

    Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew,
    When I bit off more than I could chew,
    But through it all, when there was doubt,
    I ate it up and spit it out.
    I faced it all and I stood tall
    And did it my way.

    I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried,
    I’ve had my fill – my share of losing.
    But now, as tears subside,
    I find it all so amusing.

    To think I did all that,
    And may I say, not in a shy way –
    Oh no. Oh no, not me.
    I did it my way.

    For what is a man? What has he got?
    If not himself – Then he has naught.
    To say the things he truly feels
    And not the words of one who kneels.
    The record shows I took the blows
    And did it my way.

    Yes, it was my way.

    • Jim C.

      So just how would God have framed the nuclear policy of the United States?

  • Scott S.

    Americans get what they voted for. They voted for worse health care, for a weakened military, higher taxes, and a deteriorating standard of living. This is what Americans voted for, this is what they will get.

    Why whine about it? Get used to living smaller lives with less hope. Perhaps the Communist Chinese will be gentle with us as their star brightens, and ours dims.

  • Paul Ashley

    The Left has no concept of human nature and no knowledge of history. Ridding the world of nuclear weapons would require wiping out the knowledge of such weapons from history and science and further would require the removal of sin from the world, something I suppose "progressives" think they have the ability to do. The spear and bow and arrow were invented thousands of years ago, and despite the existence of more efficient weapons, they're still with us – and always will be, as will people who will use them for evil purposes.

  • Rib/eve

    Naivete – My foot

    Delibert and systematic. Heck of a good job too.

    The questions are:

    How much of the American Public is remaining clueless?

    Will there be elections again?

    What will it take to get over half of us on the same page?

    And then what? What are our options?

    Vote. Ok sure. But what if we vote for Repulicans and they turn out to be more democrats with an R next to their name? We call them moderates and Rhinos.
    I do think they are the majority of Republicans today.

    I see the freight train coming and I seem to be stuck on the tracks. Time to get out my cape!

  • Len Powder

    "After all, it is “we the people” to whom they must answer." But, it is we the people that they refuse to answer to and that they hold in contempt and derision. A rebellion is inevitable. Hopefully their ouster will be through ballots, not bullets.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    Any way hussein can hem America in, he will. Notice the dp never holds the hostile parties to their treaties with us. They are only meant to restrain us and enable our enemies.