The Faculty Lounge Administration

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


kerrynbc1On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to respond to Russia’s invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine. “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” Kerry stated. He added, “It’s an incredible act of aggression. It is really a stunning, willful choice by President (Vladimir) Putin to invade another country.”

So, what would the United States do about Russian aggression? America would consider dropping its scheduled attendance at the G8 meeting in Sochi, Kerry said: “He is not going to have a Sochi G8, he may not even remain in the G8 if this continues.” And on Monday, the Obama administration got truly tough: It announced that it would not send a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Which, of course, had Putin quaking in his boots. Because if there’s one thing a Russian autocrat fears, it’s faculty lounge-style sneering about his unsophistication followed by symbolic withdrawals from meaningless events.

But this sums up the Obama administration in its entirety: When it comes to dealing with America’s enemies, the Obama White House simply assumes that there is no true conflict. After all, who could disagree with an America that has spent five years on bended knee to the rest of the world, that has minimized its influence in the world, and that is planning to slash its military by 30 percent over the next several years? Who could oppose an administration so dedicated to harmony that it is willing to undercut its own allies for the sake of a humbler America on the global stage?

This complete incapacity to understand America’s geopolitical enemies dominated the 2012 election cycle. With the help of the media, the Obama campaign scoffed its way to victory by tut-tutting Mitt Romney’s designation of Russia as America’s chief geopolitical challenge.

That acidic jeering, which cloaks a pathetic naivete, underscored America’s unwillingness to place armed troops in Benghazi.

And that same desperate and ironical urbanity reared its ugly head last week when National Security Adviser Susan Rice blithely informed David Gregory, “It’s nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate.” When Gregory asked whether Putin sees the world “in a Cold War context,” Rice ignored the question entirely: “He may, but if he does, that’s a pretty dated perspective.”

But that’s the point: If Obama and his staff disagree with a perspective, that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Wishful thinking won’t make the Palestinians an Israeli peace partner, no matter how much President Barack Obama pressures Israel to make concessions; caustically mocking Putin’s worldview won’t make it any less real or mitigate the Russian threat.

In the ivory tower inhabited by the great intellects of the Obama administration, however, no problem is too big to be thought or talked or surrendered away. If Russia won’t change its perspective, we will simply cut our military more to convince them we mean well; if the Palestinians or Iranians don’t change their perspectives, we will force Israel to negotiate with them in order to prove our goodwill.

Meanwhile, our enemies laugh. And they should. The global battlefield is no place for the Kennedy School political science grad students who inhabit our White House and believe that a well-aimed, snooty barb is a substitute for a muscular foreign policy presence.

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  • quousque

    Meanwhile, on the Rutgers University ranch, the like minded academics want to deny Condoleeza Rice her voice to speak. Please, somebody wake me up from that nightmare.

    • Ethan

      Maybe some good patriot will bomb Rutgers University. That would be AWESOME and do a LOT towards PUTTING AMERICA RIGHT again.

  • cxt

    To a Leftist “talking” IS “doing something.” They actually believe that making speeches and delivering the correct tone is accomplishing something.
    Mores the pity.

    • trapper

      Yes, remember that one of their political motives is to make themselves “feel good”.

  • Silver Garcia

    Even America’s allies are look at America and are disgusted at the Anglo/American Harvard/Ivy League/Princeton/Yale domination of all things at all times at all places. China has stated at least once that America ( and the West ) is a fraud economy, the currencies are of dubious value if at all and even Western military now depends on rare earth metals produced in China. The period of Anglo/American control and influence is done.

    • GinoMachiavelli

      In about 20 years we’ll be Haiti with snow banks…

      If we lucky!

  • Douglas Mayfield

    Obama and company are dedicated to stamping out freedom and individual rights not only in America, where they would be delighted to see a permanent socialist tyranny a la Castro’s Cuba or Chavez’s Venezuela, but wherever they find them around the world. Hence their leaning on Israel to try to force that country to accommodate vicious murdering savages, the Palestinians. Their pathetic response to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine is completely consistent.

  • Frostbite

    The comparison with a faculty lounge is perfect.

  • http://batman-news.com John G. Gault

    Both Reagan and W Bush had a huge task to regain the world stage following the failures of both Carter and Clintaurius. For Reagan in was mostly a budget battle since Carter only had 4 years to screw things up. W had a bigger mess after 8 years of the Clinton’s leading up to 9/11. I shutter to think what the next President will face after 8 years on the kind of pure incompetance of OZero and his school house morons.

  • christopher mahoney

    According to Ms. Rice, since none of us wants war, then Putin must not want war. All Putin asks is to peacefully extend his borders. Hitler didn’t want war either, just more territory. It saddened Hitler to sacrifice German soldiers on the battlefield. If it’s Ok for Putin to take the Crimea, why don’t we take Alberta? The political map of the world is not a shop window for new territories.

  • 11johnmac66

    Talk all you want about ”interests” and maybe that’s what its about…economic interests… That border that is presently consigned as the Ukraine is a most arbitrary thing. Only so because Khrusheive decided to hand it to the Soviet republic of the Ukraine for convenience.
    This isn’t anything to do with ”extending liberal democracy”…The Ukraine is – and its current administrators are every bit as corrupt as what can be found in Russia. Those people about the Crimea are – for the great majority Russian to the core. And it would be a huge disaster should shots be fired that ignite WAR. What’s more so many western media’s keep harping on about a Russian ”invasion” when it has been a mere ”occupation” for a time by Russian forces not over all of the Ukraine but that more purely Russian part. How about giving them a right to determine their own future and then honour it. ( Even some states in the US feel they have a right to secede if the people of those states should choose to do so )

    ( It was an unusual position I found myself in a pub tonight – in the Republic of Ireland – at the counter with two left-wing friends…. to see us nodding in agreement for a change over this issue )

  • Elseebee

    The title of this article is very offensive to me- a retired teacher. To heck with the lounge, I had first graders who could have done a better job of running this country than this administration!

  • Lorilu

    To paraphrase Obama’s sneering remark to Romney (the 80s called and they want their foreign policy back): The 70s called, and they want their inadequate president back.

  • nimbii

    Jared Diamond (the guy with the world class comb-over) comments in the video “Why Societies Collapse” in part saying that elites are isolated from the effects of their actions.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/jared_diamond_on_why_societies_collapse

    In “The Black Book of the American Left” David Horowitz refers to a dangerous option: “…the suppression of truth in the name of hope.”

    Obama’s faculty lounge administration is getting its comeuppance now that they are trapped in the realities of Ukraine’s impact on us on the world stage and Obamacare’s impact on each American at home.

    We may take some disgusted solace in the “nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” corner they’ve painted themselves into but these individuals have as part of their stock in trade some contrived and tortured get out of jail cards to evade accountability as slickly as always with the MSM invested in their outcomes.

  • Ethan

    It is remarkably easy to develop a profound hatred for Barack Obama. I do wish somebody would assassinate him sooner rather than later. I am undecided as to who should do it. Would it “speak louder” if Obama’s assassin was an American? or wouldit be better for America if Obama bit the bullet on foreign soil due to foreign fire? I’m torn.

    But of one thing I am certain. The World Will Be A Better Place When Barack Obama Is Stone-Cold Dead And Buried.

  • BagLady

    “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by
    invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,”

    ………Unless you are the arrogant North American/European alliance and then you ‘invade’ any bloody country that stands in the way of your hegemony.

    This will be dealt with in the board room. Money will change hands. Favours will be done. It will all go away in reality. What will be left is the propaganda that keeps the foolish Westerner believing in his superiority and voicing this belief very loudly around the world. Very annoying.

  • BagLady

    If Russia won’t change its perspective, we will simply cut our military
    more to convince them we mean well; if the Palestinians or Iranians
    don’t change their perspectives, we will force Israel to negotiate with
    them in order to prove our goodwill.

    If America doesn’t change its perspective the rest of us will……..