Charles Krauthammer: The Age of Obama: Anno Domini 2 – Heritage Foundation Lecture

In the real world, as opposed to what French
President Nicolas Sarkozy calls President Barack Obama’s
“virtual world,” America faces the reality of Iran’s intransigence
and aggressiveness; China’s headlong pursuit of its
own national, regional, and global interests; Russia’s determination
to regain its Near Abroad; the Arab states’ refusal
to accept any kind of a reasonable settlement of the kind
that Israel has already offered under several governments;
Syria’s designs on Lebanon; and Hugo Chávez’s designs on
the weaker countries in Latin America. President Obama’s
foreign policy agenda of gradual American retreat will
have inexorable consequences: When erstwhile allies see
the American umbrella being withdrawn, they will have to
accommodate themselves to those from whom we were protecting
them. If Obama proves impervious to empirical evidence
and experience, all these accommodations, the
weakening of alliances, the strengthening of centers of
adversarial power in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Caracas,
and elsewhere will continue until we are awakened by
some cataclysm. Read the whole lecture here.

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