Obama’s Post-American World


Picture 3What do the riots in the Ukraine, Iran throwing its weight around in the Persian Gulf and China’s new air defense zone all have in common? Barack Obama and his Post-American world.

Nations exercise power within spheres of influence. As the American sphere of influence shrinks to nothing; Iran, China and Russia are using the opportunity to expand their own spheres of influence.

In Obama’s world the expansion of America’s sphere of influence is done through a non-threatening charm offensive to win over enemy countries. In the real world, charm offensives and soft power extend your influence into areas where you lack the ability to project more conventional forms of power.

That is why China employs soft power in America, but deploys the old fashioned kind of crude military power in the South China Sea, why Russia uses soft power in America, but a cruder form of trade blackmail in the Ukraine and why Iran may have pulled off its charm offensive at the nuclear talks with phony moderation, but its charm offensive in the Persian Gulf is backed by the overt threat of force.

Unlike most American leaders, Obama hasn’t used soft power to supplement or extend conventional power; instead he has traded one for the other. Trading real power for soft power is something that even Bill Clinton didn’t do and even Jimmy Carter only did within certain practical limitations.

Making the American sphere of influence dependent on Obama’s personal charm made as little sense in geopolitical terms as racking up a 20 trillion dollar debt and expecting to pay it off with smiles would in economic terms. Instead the American sphere of influence simply collapsed. It would have collapsed even harder and faster if there had been anyone else to pick up the slack. But Russia and China are not yet ready to dominate the world and the Caliphate is still only a twinkle in a Syrian Jihadist’s eye.

America holds presidential elections every four years and the rest of the world still thinks that there is a prospect of someone competent taking the helm of the ship of state. If that doesn’t happen; eight years of Hillary could make the current implosion of national power into a permanent state of affairs bringing the age of the Pax Americana to a close.

Liberal foreign policy experts like to think of soft power as a peaceful antidote to all those aircraft carriers and nuclear warheads. That’s only true when soft power humanizes those carriers and warheads. Not when the carriers and warheads are tossed aside for the sake of soft power.

The collapse of the American sphere of influence has touched off numerous conflicts. America’s enemies are becoming pushier in their own backyards and that is stirring up dangerous potential conflicts.

Obama’s interim nuclear deal with Iran has given the terror state the confidence it needed to begin intimidating its Gulf neighbors all over again. The Gulf oil states that depended on the projection of American military power were left naked when Obama acceded to Iran’s nuclear bid. Everyone around the Persian Gulf read the agreement as an admission that the area is no longer within the American sphere of influence and is now falling into the Iranian sphere of influence.

Obama’s concessions to Russia have had the same effect in the east. The “flexibility” that he transmitted to Vladimir was another strategic withdrawal of American power and influence from a crucial region and the transfer of that power and influence to Russia.

With his Asia pivot, Obama seems determined to make an oddball last stand. But his losses in the Middle East and Eastern Europe have significantly undermined the credibility of American staying power.

The People’s Republic of China would not be pushing around America’s allies this brazenly if it though that the American sphere of influence was still viable. Every time Obama has been pushed though, he has backed off. And so China has every reason to believe that Obama will also retreat in Asia if it pushes him hard enough and makes it clear that the alternative to recognizing its territorial claims is open war.

The People’s Republic of China is probably right. If Obama wouldn’t stand up to Russia or Iran; what reason is there to believe that he and Hanoi John Kerry will stand up to China?

Substituting soft power for real power tempts your opponents to test your mettle. The staring contest in the South China Sea may end in a war that a military weakened by drastic cuts is unready for. Like WW2; such a conflict would be a further demonstration of the known dangers of combining heavy doses of appeasement with belated resistance.

In Obama’s world, events abroad are a reflection of policies in Washington. China, Russia and Iran react to his moves rather than having motives and agendas of their own. This follows the left’s misreading of every major international event as a response to American foreign policy. Good events reflect a good foreign policy. Bad events reflect a bad foreign policy. This masochistic solipsism is at times indistinguishable from isolationism.

As are its consequences.

If America is responsible for everything; then it’s safest for it do nothing. Instead of viewing world politics as a dynamic system; the world becomes a purely reactive place. American power is treated as omnipotent and destructive. America can do everything, but should avoid doing anything except reassuring everyone that it has the best of intentions which it will prove it by doing nothing.

That is why Obama thinks that he can change the world by making a speech. He can, but only when the true significance of the speech is another diminution of American power. Obama isn’t actively changing the world. He’s passively changing the world by strategically withdrawing American power.

His soft power isn’t an act of power. It’s an omission of power. Obama is trading away American influence for goodwill and coming away with neither influence nor goodwill.

It’s not Obama’s world. It isn’t even America’s world anymore. There is no surer path to war than a power vacuum. And in the hopes of making peace; he has made war inevitable.

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  • camp7

    Obama’s world? A world of resentment, contempt for conservative values, hate towards whites, self-love, lies and deceit — that world? If he wasn’t such a pathetic specimen of the most deplorable of human traits I’d almost feel sorry for him. But I don’t, because he not only chose his path, he lied very step of the way. It’s never been about ‘peace’ with him, it’s always just been about HIM!

    To the extent of risking the security of our country and allies. Pffft..

  • camp7

    Obama’s world? A world of resentment, contempt for conservative values, hate towards whites, self-love, lies and deceit — that world? If he wasn’t such a pathetic specimen of the most deplorable of human traits I’d almost feel sorry for him. But I don’t, because he not only chose his path, he lied very step of the way. It’s never been about ‘peace’ with him, it’s always just been about HIM!

    To the extent of risking the security of our country and allies. Pffft..

  • wally

    Affirmative migger-pigger action must end.
    Deport the piggers back to Afrika now!

    • BenJabo1Machal

      He is a ZEBRA, half assed bad sample of each color

      • margstar

        you insult zebras!

  • Michael Garfinkel

    It’s been said many times before, especially by Greenfield, but it bears repeating: Obama is in office primarily because of the ongoing decay of the American electorate and the American ethos.

    I agree as well that the issue is not yet decided, but it is getting very late indeed.

  • Texas Patriot

    All true power is based on a combination of economic power and military power. Unfortunately, as a result of Communist and Islamist infiltration, political corruption. and grotesque mismanagement, American economic power has been in steep decline for the past fifty years, and without economic power, there can be no military power. Therefore, I think it is fair to say that Obama is the first American president to preside over a diminished, weakened, and bankrupt America, but he is not the cause of it. Rather, Obama s the president who promised Change We Can Believe In but failed to provide the necessary leadership to make it happen.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Foreign policy not rooted in using a country’s strength to its best advantage can never succeed.

    • carpe diem 36

      he is not only following the political mismanagement of the last fifty years, he is taking giants steps to destroy what is left of the american enterprise and success, on purpose! he is using IRS, EPA, Treasury and everything else to make america a failure, and he is succeeding. we have a lousy economy, lousy foreign policy and a weakened army because of the way obama is president. that is what he wants america to be, and if there will be war america will not be able to defend itself., god forbi.

      • Texas Patriot

        CD36: “we have a lousy economy, lousy foreign policy and a weakened army because of the way obama is president. that is what he wants america to be, and if there will be war america will not be able to defend itself.”

        I don’t see Obama that way at all. You can connect the dots to believe that if you want to, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. To me he’s just a weak and ineffectual president who knows he’s in way over his head, who knows his foreign policies haven’t worked, who knows his domestic economic policies haven’t worked, and who knows very well that Obamacare is a deeply flawed piece of legislation that probably should have been shot down by the Supreme Court. In other words, he knows he’s failed but he doesn’t want to admit it. And at this point in time, he’s just trying to play out his term before the whole house of cards collapses. Basically, he never should have run for a second term, but he was too proud to step down.

  • Hallgard Vormann

    Only a raving narcissist lunatic would think that countries like Iran, Russia and China will become friends of the USA though charm and speeches.

  • m4253y

    Daniel, I was wondering when you were going to touch upon the latest happen stances around the globe and the caliphate’s lack of anything except campaigning and raising funds.

    The obvious death of America’s global footprint as a given, what exactly is he campaigning and raising money for?

    Seriously, there is no precedent in my 51 years on this planet that I can recall the leader of the ‘free’ world campaign so aggressively for money. Why?

    This is a worthwhile question. His ego as grand as it is would not suggest that he is doing it for the benefit of ‘the team’, let’s be clear, he is NO TEAM PLAYER.

    So, why? There is obviously something in store with this insecure, megalomaniac on the horizon.

    We would do well to start sniffing out the clues before it is too late.

    • BenJabo1Machal

      You can bet your bippy that Obama will find a reason for him to stay in office after his second terms expires .He needs the funds for his personal army

      • m4253y

        not so sure Ben, I thought the same up until this moment. Think about it, his ego is so big that I bet he believes he can do more as God than he can as a president.

        There is an old saying, he who holds the purse strings holds the power, the sway.

        The most practical way for him to control any democratic president after him, Hillary precisely, is to hold the purse strings before 2016…as her disastrous example as sec of state, her presidency will be run by none other than the caliphate pushing all the buttons.

        He has successfully usurped the democratic machine from the clintons and that is the real power struggle taking place behind the scenes and he is winning it hands down.

        what the Republicans nor press have asked the caliphate is why he needs to raise so much money if this is his final term in office?

        where is the historic precedent for such action?

        there is none. his transformation of America will continue long after his presidency is complete.

        this is not to be taken lightly.

        • BenJabo1Machal

          Obama has repeatedly stated that he wanted his own Army to be equal in strength to the Legitimate American Armed Forces.. SEIU FOR STARTERS?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      As I wrote last week, Obama isn’t campaigning for the Dems. He’s campaigning for the left and a political infrastructure built around him.

      And even if he leaves the WH, he’s not done with politics. He’s already talking about staying on in D.C.

      Why?

      • m4253y

        sorry Daniel that I missed that article…will look for it as I am sure it is a superb read.

        great question and at this time, the answer isn’t easily found.

      • lyndaaquarius

        if that happens,I would hope we have a very shrewd,tough as nails,principled Chief Executive like Sarah Palin who would shut down quickly any attempts by him to manipulate events. Other presidents I think might be tempted to be gentlemanly in their treatment of him.Respect for the office and all that. Not Sarah Palin. She can’t be played.

      • ApolloSpeaks

        Why? The transformation of the US into a more perfect [dependency] Union could take decades. And Obama will be using his post-presidential years to do everything he can to complete what he started and see the work through.

      • Debbie G

        He says it’s because he wants his daughter to finish school there. Hmmmmmm.

  • BenJabo1Machal

    What else could you expect from a man(?) like Obama who feasts on $200,00 beef while the elderly exist on dog food

    • Daniel Greenfield

      If only he were satisfied with the beef and did nothing else.

      • John E Coleman

        I may have a very positive solution ? About 10 minute’s ago ,
        My Damn Toilet wouldn’t flush So, I now know what to do with the
        leftovers ! Oh, by the way , can I ship it to DC via ; UPS ??

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Sign up for a bunch of liberal charities. Then send it to them in their own envelopes at their expense.

          • John E Coleman

            Great Idea Dan !
            Only one problem ! Its appears to be little LOOSE and the damn envelopes { several } would Leake !!!

        • MLCBLOG

          I think they already have more than a full tank.

          • John E Coleman

            MLC , You may be right ! But I would still love to Cram a
            little bit more down Obama’s throat !

  • mileikowski

    Welcome Back, Jesus; Pontifex Maximus apostolic exhortation.

    ✡Obama is Liberal Hippie alas a hooker-on-the-heat. Can be purchased at 77 Water Street New York, NY 10005. Call 1-212-348-8882 for a bargain. Condoms & tiger-balm on me.

    ✡Don’t be afraid. You need an undertaker if you ever think that USA, Israel, Saudi and Iran ain’t 60 years old’ FRIENDS’and the rest of the argument is “Dog & Pony” show for American Fools.

    ✡Obama must visit Iran to meet with his poodle in its natural habitat.

    ✡Arabspring proved to Bibi & Obama that GCC ain’t trustworthy to secure swift flow of Lower Gulf’s Hydrocarbons & GCC’s Petrodollar surplus to World Market.

    ✡Iran is a godsend tamed enemy to skin GCC alive, drain their treasuries and confront Arabspringers who vowed to turn Khamenei bones to toothpicks and chopsticks.

    Though both Obama and his Dems Marshals ain’t my Saturday-nights favorite whores, Krauthammer’s worst nightmare is that both Obama and his Dems Passy ain’t controlled enough by Zionists as they have Republicans on leash.

    ✡Dumbdown Chuck. Krauthammer “Very Cavalier Attitude” metaphor ain’t either clever or funny its lethally boring GoogledJunk and monotonous WikiTrash, Newsbusters vlogged Krauthammer’s ‘The Pope Is a Democrat – He Ought to Run For President’ analogy is too stooopid.

    ✡It is amusing that He lost his argument on both front and yet Weasel Zipper religiously posts Krauthammer’s horsemanure.

    ✡Krauthammer can gain more mileage if he quits playing Anglosexual Israelifirster and he will have my attention.

    ✡Here’s the BIG-BANG: “Have Israelifirsters extorted you to reblogg their disinformation & misinformation CRUDE propaganda religiously on daily basis or you’re history”

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Bigotry or mental illness?

      You decide

      • Drakken

        This guy is the direct result of over a thousand years of inbreeding, and they wonder why we hold them in such contempt.

        • mileikowski

          Your IP shows that you’re hooked-up on Gardasil and Flunitrazepam. Quit those. You’re pregnant

          • Drakken

            I’ll be your huckleberry Haji !

      • truebearing

        Is there an “all of the above option?

        • mileikowski

          I pass sorry I am straight ain’t Anglosexual

          Boooring gooogledjunk. anyway. Get Jimmy Fallon trash

          You got cellulitis quit Brazilian wax. I feel your pain. Shave your legs.

      • CowboyUp

        Relax, it’s a bigot AND a mental case (in Dan Aykroyd voice).

  • Johnnnyboy

    I lack the enthusiasm I detect here for the extension of American power. There are various downsides and too often it becomes dominated more by vanity then judgement. And so some withdrawal would seem appropriate to me, primarily in the area of the extent to which we try to influence events abroad.

    Under Bush we had an unwise extension of American power and some withdrawal is appropriate. Unfortunately, Obama is showing unusually bad judgment in the areas where American influence is reduced. Unless we are to abandon our global role entirely we do need to have a credible military threat directed at those who, to use Obama’s illusion, cross a line drawn by us.

    Alas, from Bush to Obama, from inept to even more inept.

    • WhiteHunter

      “Extension”? I’ve seen no “extension” of American power since the Spanish American War, nor even any attempt to maintain what little is still left of our “power” and influence with anybody today. All of the islands and territories conquered by Patton and MacArthur in WW II were returned to Japan and Germany long ago.
      Under Obama, we’ve been cowed into retreat on all fronts around the world, exactly as he intended from the first. Unlike the Soviets and the Chicoms, we have no colonies or satellites, and nobody fears us anymore.
      Our most dangerous, belligerent enemies, like Iran and North Korea, have been taught by Obama that they can do whatever they please, and pay no price whatsoever–not even worry about some toothless “sanctions” agreed to by a timid, cynical U.N. committee and then immediately violated and ignored.
      Our best allies–not just Israel, but recently freed Eastern European nations like the Poles and Czechs (and soon, no doubt, the Japanese and South Koreans)–now justifiably recognize us as a worthless “friend” who will stab them in the back and abandon them to the wolves at the first opportunity.
      No wonder we’re in trouble–just as Obama planned.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Extension doesn’t have to mean war. But the reality is that an unstable world is dangerous and we can maintain a certain amount of international stability fairly cheaply. An unstable world will end up being a lot more expensive as WW2 showed us because sooner or later, it will drag us in on much worse terms.

      • Drakken

        Make no mistake, the historic parallels are there in spades, war is on the horizon for everyone to see, it is coming and the people cheer and bow in supplication to the man and his minions who should have known better. Things are about to get much much worse.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          History tends to repeat itself

          • Drakken

            Always.

          • Flowerknife_us

            Obama expects us to lose and the Jews to die.

            The dye was cast for certain when the Iranian people were rising up and the President washed his hands as did Ponces Pilot.

            Health Care-a giant smoke screen as the World is intentionally allowed to melt. While Medical Services for the survivors become problematic at best.

      • Softly Bob

        Daniel, what you said in this article is good, but really you have only put into words what has already been expressed by those who write about the Sudetenland crisis. It’s the same thing repeating itself in a later time. The only minor changes are the differences between Chamberlain and Obama. Chamberlain was a fool who meant well, Obama is a fool that means harm. Otherwise there is no difference.

        As Bill Whittle said recently when referring to the expression ‘history repeats itself’:
        “…the actors and the cast change but the characters remain the same and the plot never changes”
        This is more or less true and gives us all an important lesson in life. We must never forget history, nor should we let those who mock history be the ones to decide our fate. Unfortunately we have already done this by allowing fools to educate our children, fools to take over the media, and fools to decide who they want to govern over us.

        We are seeing history in the making now and it looks very grim. I too am expecting war. The thing is, are we ready for it? We belong to the post-war generations who have had it so easy. Apart from the few that have seen military service, for three generations not one of us has lived through conflict. We never had it so good and now we are in danger of losing everything.

        • lyndaaquarius

          Another good reason to vigorously oppose Hillary Clinton’s plans to take the reins of power. Everything she does is a failure in any position she occupies.

        • Drakken

          You asked if we are ready for war? We definitely are not, it will come never the less but come it will. This time what we end up with as a form of govt is a crap shoot, as our dumbed down electorate has proved, they are to stupid to be left with what they are governed with.

      • Johnnnyboy

        A clarification,

        The problem I have is the tendency we have to expand our goals. Really, there are only two areas where we have a compelling interest. One is keeping countries within their borders because territorial expansion so often leads to a wider conflict. That goal has to be selectively enforced owing to pre existing border disputes.

        The other compelling interest is to keep down nuclear proliferation. That is best achieved by defense treaties or commitments with countries that might otherwise feel the need to have nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia is the current case in point. No longer trusting us they are moving in the direction of acquiring nuclear weapons.

        Beyond the above two considerations, everything else should be done on an opportunistic basis, which is to say, done only when it is easy to do. None of this invading countries to change the culture or government to something that we approve of.

      • Texas Patriot

        DG: “….we can maintain a certain amount of international stability fairly cheaply.”

        Sounds good. How much stability and how cheaply? And how do you suppose we can do that?

        Should we bring our armies home from around the world and save hundreds of billions of dollars by abandoning the now obsolete Cold War “forward deployment” strategy? Should we keep a strong navy to protect sea lanes and project carrier-based air power around the world? Should we keep a strong submarine fleet to project nuclear deterrent around the world? Should we focus on developing defensive missile shields that are second to none? Should we develop satellite surveillance technology that is second to none? Should we develop drone and robotics technologies that are second to none?

        Should we achieve energy independence from the middle east? Should we build up our domestic manufacturing capabilities until they are the most modern and efficient in the world? Should we encourage education, research, and development in the area of high technology, advanced manufacturing and robotics?

        Obviously I think the answer to all those questions is “yes”. In the world we live in today, a weakened America is a temptation to our enemies. And if we want America to be the guarantor of peace in the world, we must work to make America once again, the strongest economic and military power in the world.

        • Drakken

          As much as I enjoy your enthusiasm, Obummer and the commi left have all but brought what you speak to a grinding halt, he is tearing this country to pieces and frankly speaking this commi SOB is going to crash this country into the ground. If you still think that this does not end without a considerable amount of blood, the hours are ticking down to zero that much faster.

          • Texas Patriot

            Don’t worry, Drakken. There’s no substitute for good strategy. When Israel starts implementing the policy of relentless defensive conquest and expulsion, Muslims will flee the West and return to the middle east to defend their Holy Land just like the snakes fled Ireland in front of St. Patrick. We all just need to make sure that Israel is strong enough to do the job, and that the West is strong enough to survive without middle eastern oil. Everything else will take care of itself. We may even find that the massive bloodbath you’ve been predicting simply never materializes.

          • Drakken

            The muslims won’t flee the west unless we give them a little help from our boots kicking them in the backside.
            History proves me right and unfortunately it is going to end in lots of blood, there is no getting around it.

          • Texas Patriot

            That shouldn’t be too hard. Banning burkas like the French are doing is a step in the right direction.

    • Drakken

      After what your hero Obummer has done, I will take Bush ten times over what we have now.

  • Infidel4Ever

    As usual, Mr. Greenfield nails it. I believe we are headed into very dangerous times as countries like China, Russia and Iran flex their muscles in America’s absence. Not to mention the threat from Jihadists will only increase since those people only fear real power and a real leader. Given Iran’s stated ambition to wipe Israel off the map, all I can say is thank God they have a real leader in Bibi. Like the old Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times.” That we are.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      We’re becoming the elderly gatekeepers with lots of vicious predators fighting each and us to get in.

      • PG

        This is exactly, exactly! how I see us now. But even when I mildly mention the possibility of the visa system breaking down in Western countries (I think it will completely disappear quite soon) people think I am mad. Once this happens, it won’t be long before my front door is simply smashed open and my house taken.
        Young, fighting-age men appear to be pouring into my country. The weapons will follow.

        • Drakken

          Well prepare and arm yourself, you can die on your knees or stand up and be counted.

          • PG

            Arm myself? Guns are banned in my country; only Muslim thugs seem to have them.

          • Drakken

            It is your God given right to defend yourself, as for the so called man made laws of your country? If your in Europe, there are many places to get arms, I would highly suggest you do so.

  • Myrtle Linder

    A child bully grown into an adult anti-GOD bully. He is what he was raised to be, the dictator of the USA, or soon will be. The plans he has for America have been a long time developing, with many people assisting him. He has bee especially groomed for the job he is doing and not by GOD’S people but Satan is big in his development.

  • Gee

    The biggest threat to world security and the United States is Barak Obama and his regime of liars and appeasers

  • ApolloSpeaks

    WILL OBAMA MEET WITH KHAMENEI IN TEHRAN FOR HIS SUPREME MUNICH MOMENT?
    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com for the answer.

    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com for the answer.

    • Drakken

      Yes he will, that bloody traitor Jarret pretty much assured it.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    The Left always scoffs when accused of hating America. Yet when it comes to foreign affairs, the Left always supports policies that reduce US global influence. If they believed that the US were a force for good as opposed to what they really believe–a force for evil–they would seek more US influence in international affairs. But they blanch at the thought of active US involvement with other countries.

    • Softly Bob

      To be honest with you, the Left are just a group of highly tiresome fleabites. I no longer have any patience with them.

  • margstar

    It’s almost as if Obama wants America’s destruction. (sarcasm)

    • johnnywood

      He does.

  • truebearing

    “Liberal foreign policy experts”

    I’m not criticising your article, because it is dead on, but if liberals were true foreign policy experts, they’d have to cease being liberals. The closest they can get to being experts, without renouncing their liberal perspective, is “Liberal foreign policy delusionists.” They constantly try the same failed strategies to assure peace, while war dogs their every effort. The morons never learn from their repeated failures.

    One has to wonder with Obama, however, if he isn’t intentionally setting up WWIII. It’s either that, or he is the singularly most efficient and focused bungler in human history.

    • USNbubblehead

      Many liberals in foreign affairs go for the ‘constructivist’ approach to international relations. This involves forming partnerships at many levels. It also means you have to have some trust involved. More conservatives favor the ‘realist’ approach and favor either superior power metrics or at the least a balance of power to achieve a favorable position. I think it works better because you don’t have to trust actors who have goals which are divergent from your own. Liberals like to say that the realist approach is cynical and pragmatic, but I’ve always felt it was the more practical approach.

      • lyndaaquarius

        Reagan brought down the Communist Empire without a shot being fired.But,unlke Obama ,President Reagan was a deeply intelligent and principled man.

      • truebearing

        The constructivist approach is fertile ground for delusional thinking. The only kind of trust that makes sense in foreign policy is Reagan’s formula of “trust, but verify,” which needless to say, isn’t really trust.

        • USNbubblehead

          I think when you go with only the constructivist approach, or center the bulk of your foreign policy around it, then you are absolutely correct. I also think that in dealing with actors who have little or no animosity towards the U.S., some constructivist thinking is absolutely necessary. Agreements like the ones that evolved into NATO, for example, are not achievable without some partnerships.

          But of course, we can also see from the NATO example that not always are all agreements and obligations met by some of the individual state actors signed on to them. In other words, you can’t depend on everyone to keep these obligations when it isn’t necessarily in their best interest at a particular point in time to do so. Keeping the realist approach in the foreground of our foreign policy is the only way to be certain that we are looking out for our own best interests in all cases.

    • lyndaaquarius

      he has,as Rush always says, a head full of “mush” .Sadly,the public never gets to see how foolish he is because he’s never challenged in any substantive way.Romney just didn’t have the killer instinct to expose him in the 2012 “debates”Mark Levin,David Horowitz,Sarah Palin,Ted Cruz would have thrilled to that opportunity!

      • truebearing

        Obama is going far beyond the usual liberal folly when it comes to foreign policy. He is actively helping our sworn enemies, while weakening America intentionally.

    • johnnywood

      Since he is a Moosie he may well be. Maybe he is waiting for the “Twelfth Imam”.

  • USNbubblehead

    If I were CinC I would have planes in their new ‘Air Defense Zone’ around the clock. How about a joint refueling exercise with the Japanese? If I were still in the military, I doubt I’d follow 0 if he were leading an expedition to the bathroom.

    • johnnywood

      Or a “cat-house”:)

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I don’t know Mr. Greenfield’s personal life history, but this article reveals a mind so far ahead of the pack, so prescient and prophetic that it…well…it just leaves me totally amazed. His analysis about the relationship of soft power, and force, and no power provides a visionary trajectory whereby everything that is presently happening or not happening in American foreign policy and the effects of same can be understood. Thank you Mr. Greenfield for becoming the visionary you are.

    • lyndaaquarius

      I’m always staggered by Daniel Greenfield’s thinking and writing genius. I really appreciate that he uses his gifts to further the cause of Liberty and prosperity. Long may he live and prosper. He’s one of the preeminent guardians of civilization, proving that the pen is mightier than the sword.

      • camp7

        ditto.

    • 11bravo

      Guys and gals, Greenfield is only doing what foreign policy wonks, and strategic thinkers (think Carolyn Glick), have always done.
      Dan would take the compliment I’m sure…but this is what we “should” expect from our leaders and their teams.
      LBJ was picking bombing targets in Viet Nam he was so elitist and anointed in his own mind.
      Dan’s thinking was standard practice during the cold war years.

      • carpe diem 36

        that is why he stands out from our MSM who should have done what they also always did, but do not. they are a total failure in their chosen profession.

    • carpe diem 36

      the very people who should read Mr. Greenfield’s wise articles are the ones who do not and who dismiss him as either a racist or ignorant. obama and all his advisers would have done well to consult him before making policy on everything. but they will not, they are ignorant and their policies are doing whatever they can to ruin america and strengthening its enemies.

  • Sgt Maj

    This piece by Dan Greenfield is a torture chamber for liberals who insist on defending the Chicago thug. A radical neighborhood agitator has it in mind to diminish the US and his nutty followers believe it’s their role to support him.
    Once they no longer have freedom of speech, they’ll be the first to ask, “What happened?”
    They are ostriches who can’t see beyond their left wings.

  • Alexandra

    What is the next after Obama’s Post-American World? Hope this world will be better!

    Vietnam visa

  • Drakken

    The natural order of things have been thrown off kilter since Obummer has been in office. No wonder the Russians and everybody else for that matter are playing this affirmative action hapless fool for everything that he is worth, get ready for a very rough ride folks, this does not end well.

  • 11bravo

    To pander to the anti-war, anti-American left is one thing; but what do these policy people in Obama’s cabinet agencies think they are accomplishing. What is their goal? Can they not see the consequences – what are they thinking?
    To not be able to take a global view of our foreign/military policy is adolescent thinking in the extreme. amateurs, rank amateurs.
    The political messaging people are writing our foreign policy. That just shows a lack of seriousness.

    • johnnywood

      This madness is the result of the Lefts hatred of American and Capitalism.

  • 11bravo

    It is now known Obama, via Jarrett and others; have been engaging the Iranians for a year or more, and that agreement is all they have to show for it?
    What an effing JOKE!!

  • Mummydust

    Well, web have lost all respect in this world. All of the 3rd & 2nd world countries are laughing their asses off at us. The mighty giant has fallen. God help us, this arab communist has 3 more years in office. I wonder who the occupation forces are going to be in this country. It reads like a 1980′s Science fiction book. Where we are congered by a communist country from within. Or maybe I should say a Muslim country. Here come Sheria law. Whipping & beheadings in the town square. Man I’m glad I don’t have much longer in this world. I don’t think I could stand to see all this crap happening. And it’s coming. Somebody wake up & smell the roses or the horse dung. It needs to be stopped in it’s infancy!!

  • johnnywood

    Obummer is an incompetent, idiot who is so arrogant that he cannot see his own ignorance. Woe to them whose king,(President) is a child.Eccl.10:16.

  • Hard Little Machine

    And as most of the rest of the world turns into a lake of fire, it’s the liberals and leftists who will jump up first that not only is THAT America’s fault too but that we should all rush over wherever and spend every last dim in America saving them so they can turn around and want to kill us all over again.

    Me? I’d be happy to watch it all burn and sink.