The View From 1776
Friday, October 09, 2009
Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Abstract Theory
The president believes that his words alone can effect world peace.
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius writes that President Obama’s foreign policy is based, not on the real-world passions of international relations, but on a presumption that everyone can and should follow the rules of behavior he advocates.
This vision of a global rule of law exemplifies what we are coming to understand as Obama’s way of thinking—optimistic, rational, practical. But like the mantra of “change” that got him elected, it is an empty vessel waiting to be filled with the details of real life. It’s not a strategy. It’s a formula for how to solve problems—which is not the same as global leadership.
Liberal-progressives’ assume that their beliefs, from New Soviet Man to world government under the UN, are so compellingly clear and indisputable that merely enunciating them is sufficient to lead the world back to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s imagined paradise of propertyless beneficence and harmony.