Liberal War Illusions

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Whether it does even that depends on what the situation is like in Libya when the 2012 elections roll around.

As for the national interests of the United States of America, Barack Obama has never shown any great concern about that.

President Obama started alienating our staunchest allies, Britain and Israel, from his earliest days in office, while cozying up to our adversaries such as Russia and China, not to mention the Palestinians, who cheered when they saw on television the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Many people in various parts of the political spectrum are expressing a sense of disappointment with Obama. But I have not felt the least bit disappointed.

Once in office, President Obama has done exactly what his whole history would lead you to expect him to do— such as cutting the military budget and vastly expanding the welfare state.

He has by-passed the Constitution by appointing power-wielding “czars” who don’t have to be confirmed by the Senate like Cabinet members, and now he has by-passed Congress by taking military actions based on authorization by the United Nations and the Arab League.

Those who expected his election to mark a new “post-racial” era may be the most disappointed. He has appointed people with a track record of race resentment promotion and bias, like Attorney General Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Disappointing? No. Disgusting? Yes. The only disappointment is with voters who voted their hopes and ignored his realities.


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  • vlparker

    As usual Dr. Sowell nails it. Being from Illinois and familiar with Obama's track record iin the Illinois senate I knew what we were getting. If the voting public would ever do their homework before an election and ignore the debates and rhetoric they would know too.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    SOWELL: "President Obama started alienating our staunchest allies, Britain and Israel, from his earliest days in office…"

    Let's not forget his (and the Democratic Party's) treatment of Colombia, a friend and ally which has braved and essentially triumphed over a vicious narco-insurgency in ways Mexico could only dream of, and yet is denied a free-trade treaty with America because of the staunch opposition of the AFL-CIO, Castro, Chavez and many others on the left who romanticize Colombia's FARC guerrillas (the only folks in the region who DON'T romanticize FARC are the Colombian people themselves, where FARC's approval rating hovers consistently around 5%). Colombia cooperates with us in a myriad of ways, including offering us multiple anti-narco intelligence posts and bases…and yet, it is left twisting in the wind economically so that Obama can placate his leftist friends.

    And let's not forget Honduras, where former President Zaleya attempted to usurp dictatorial control of his country against the concerted efforts of the Honduran Parliament (dominated by HIS OWN PARTY) AND its Supreme Court, both of which ruled his power-play to be unconstitutional. While Obama followed Castro and Chavez in slapping on economic sanctions because the country's institutions refused to succumb to dictatorship, let's remember that even the hyper-liberal Europeans refused to go along, recognizing the right of Honduras to impeach its president and remain a democratic state. Eventually, Hillary prevailed upon Barak to withdraw the sanctions, but the action revealed the extent to which Obama's instincts and interests are inimical to the those of the United States and the free world.

  • Paul Joseph

    "Obama's… inimical to… the United States…"

  • Michael

    What do you expect from 13th Imam?The elections have consequences!