“The message we have to send to the Muslim world is we expect you to work with us to keep our people safe,” Obama said during a taped interview with CBS’s David Letterman in New York. “We expect their full cooperation because that’s the only way the world works.”
All this does is remind the Muslim world that Obama has no clue how their world, or any world, works.
Nothing works because Obama says it does. Countries do things because those things are in their interest, except in the case of his stewardship of America where they do things because it is against their interest.
The world doesn’t work by keeping Americans safe. The only reason that places which hate America or fear Islamist mobs have for keeping Americans safe is fear of America. That is how the world works.
Obama announcing, “We expect their full cooperation” on a talk show, as if he were a driver making an announcement to the train in the usual, “We thank you for your cooperation” style, is completely meaningless. It’s how the incompetent address their captive audiences, thanking them for what they have no choice but to do. And it has no meaning outside of that power relationship. It has no meaning without leverage. After alienating American allies and rewarding America’s enemies, there is no leverage left.
Libya was fought in the most gutless way possible. Why would the Benghazi Islamists have reason to fear America? Even now Obama is not targeting the attackers, he expects the Libyans to do it for him. And if they don’t, then what, “We expect your full cooperation because that is the only way the world works.”
Here is the only way the world actually works. There are civilized countries and savage countries. In a civilized country, the government and people may not like you, they may cheat you and take advantage of you in all sorts of ways, but they will not drag your corpse into the street for their amusement. In savage countries they will do that unless they have good reason to fear the consequences.
The Libyan government that Obama is putting his faith in has no ability to keep Libyans safe. It certainly has no ability to keep Americans safe.
Keeping Americans safe was Obama’s job and he blew it badly. Now he has to take responsibility for that. Because that is the only way the world works. The alternative is the Post-American world that Christopher Stevens encountered on the way to work.