The View From 1776

Liberal-Progressive Foreign Policy Fallacy

Liberal-progressives are so involved in self-admiration and congratulating themselves on their moral superiority that they fail to note that much of the rest of the world does not share their views about acceptable international conduct.

Nor does much of the rest of the world aspire, as apparently does Obama, to a socialistic world government under which diplomatic tea parties will amicably settles all international conflicts.

Even the Washington Post, one of the nation’s most prominent left-wing newspapers, has been compelled to recognize this self-delusion and the damage it’s doing to our foreign relations and to our standing in the world. 

See President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy, a current editorial in the WaPo.

The world, at the close of World War II, was ordered by the balance of power between the USSR and the United States.  The collapse of the Soviet Union, coupled with Obama’s backing away from a leadership position in asserting American diplomatic power backed with overwhelming military power, has opened the 21st century to a repeat of the endless wars that devastated Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.  The rise of Great Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries and its naval command of the world’s sea lanes created the long Pax Britannia, during which the world was blessed with the greatest increase in prosperity and living standards ever experienced.

A world in which Russia and China, as well as rogue nations like Syria, increasingly feel free to block international trade paths, to seize control of other countries, and to brutalize their own populations is not a stable or prosperous world. 

It’s well past the time for Obama to stop conducting our foreign policy based solely upon considerations about re-election prospects of the radical left element of the Democrat/Socialist Party.  It’s well past time to resurrect the bi-partisanship in foreign policy that prevailed from the 1940s until the rise of left-wing radicalism in the Vietnam War era.