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Prior to, during, and in the aftermath of that election, the Obama administration kept asserting that it would negotiate with any leader to emerge. Well, that’s about the only issue on which that administration has been true to its word. Since then, it has been conducting pointless, fruitless meetings with Iranian regime representatives, in order to persuade them not to enrich uranium for military purposes.
FP: How are Obama and Carter the same? Who is worse in your view?
Blum: What they mainly have in common is a dim view of American power, greatness, and exceptionalism. They also share an affinity for — even a romanticizing of — the Third World, and believe that if it weren’t for countries like the United States and Israel, everybody in the world would be happily prospering and free of racism. They also both believe that the way to an enemy’s heart is through appeasement.
I think that Obama is worse, because one could argue that during the Carter presidency, there had not yet been a precedent of radical Islamic regimes on which to base American policy. Obama doesn’t have that excuse. And so willfully blind (to use Andy McCarthy’s expression) has he been in relation to America’s enemies that it causes me to question whether he isn’t, in fact, actually on their side.
FP: So tell us more specifically about what your book is about. What is the main argument?
Blum: The main argument of the book is that American appeasement of its enemies has disastrous consequences. The worse possible attitude that a US president can have is to “understand” why others hate his country. This conveys the message that they are right to harbor such feelings. It also perpetuates a false and dangerous notion that the cultures, ideologies, and religions of others would miraculously change if only countries like the United States and Israel would alter their own behavior. This is nonsense that has been proven, time and again, to have no basis whatsoever in reality. Enemies do not need to be courted and cajoled; they need to be defeated.
FP: What do you hope your book will help achieve?
Blum: I hope it will shed light on the situation in the Middle East today, and why it is crucial for there to be an American administration that not only believes in the superiority of Western values — which include political, social, religious, sexual, economic, and ideological freedom — but believes in the need to fight for them, not view them as some kind of multicultural choice, equal to all others.
FP: What if Obama gets in for a second term?
Blum: Though a distinct possibility, it would be a disaster. Not only will he finish off the American economy through his socialist policies, but he will destroy any modicum of morale the country has left. Just as he won’t let small business owners take credit for their hard work and successes, he won’t allow America to take credit for being a great and superior nation. Where Israel is concerned, it will also be a tragedy if he is reelected. He has been as hostile to Israel during his presidency as he has been apologetic towards Israel’s enemies.
FP: Ruthie Blum, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.
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