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Is Obama inept?

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Submitted by Reliapundit (United States), Aug 21, 2013 at 20:30

Mr. Pipes;

You argue that the foreign policy of the last 5 years has been a fiasco and that this fiasco is a result of "Obama's ineptitude".

I believe that you have incorrectly characterized both the results of Obama's policies and the cause.

You are under the mistaken opinion that America has been led into our current global situation by ineptitude and that the situation is awful. Those characterizations are predicated upon the belief that a strong America, able to defend the West and our former allies and our previously held national interests, is an important goal for Obama - and that an ascendant Muslim Brotherhood is bad for the West, our former allies and our own national security and interests.

I believe that the consistency of the results of Obama's foreign policy proves that they cannot have been caused by ineptitude; ineptitude would have yielded inconsistent results - sometimes "good" and sometimes "bad". Obama's foreign policy has consistently aided the Mulim Brotherhood and weakened the West, and our ability to defend the West. Obama has consistently punished our traditional allies - and islamo-terrorists who don't follow the much less violent MB/AKP/HIZB'ALLAH/FATAH path. (He and Biden and Kerry - since the time they were Senators - have also aided the political islamists in Pakistan like Nawaz Sharif - the Morsi of Pakistan.)

You and I are traditional, patriotic Americans; we agree that for the Free World to expand and prosper and be safe and secure that we need an America that leads and has a military that's second to none.

But Obama is not a traditional patriotic America. Obama is a postmodern leftist who believes very deeply that America specifically and the West in genral have been negative forces in human history.

Postmodern leftists like Obama blame the West for (a) Third World poverty, (b) the impending "Global Climate Catastrophe", (c) sexual repression of LGBT's and sex workers, (d) implanting phony nations within authentic nations at the expense of indigenous peoples - as in the cases of Israel and South Africa, (e) all racism, and (f) most of history's genocide.

ALL OF THE NOTIONS ARE DEMONSTRABLY FALSE: (a) Without freemarket capitalism and industrialization the Third World won't ever become prosperous - (even Bono agrees with this now); (b) the Earth has not gotten warmer for 16 years despite a doubling of man-made CO2 - and sea level has actually declined the last 3 years; (c) the Gramscian desire to obliterate the family has led postmodernists to argue that there is no such thing as normative sexual roles and mores, but all species which sexually reproduce value the individuals who can reproduce over the ones who cannot or do not; the future of the species demands this; sexual norms are part of our nature - and typical of ALL human cultures for all time. In other words: normative is not a culturally relative term - and destroying the normative is a political act. (d) Almost all peoples on Earth are immigrants - Hungarians didn't arrive in Hungary until 895AD; Burgundians and Finns are also immigrants around that era. So-called "native Americans" came here about 40,000 years or so years ago FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE.

As for Israel: Jews have lived there in great numbers continuously, more so than Greeks or Romans or or Turks (who also immigrated into Turkey!) or Arabs. And the Dutch and the British were in South Africa for centuries. Longer than most people today who call themselves Americans - (and had no connection whatsoever to slavery, or the Indian Wars). (e) There is plenty of racism all over the world between and within many ethnic and racial groups: light-skinned blacks versus dark-skinned blacks; Koreans versus Japanese; and there has always been plenty of tribalism everywhere and for all time. (f) Most of the genocide in human history was committed by islam; and socialists killed more people in the 20th C than Europeans did in the preceeding 20 centuries. (A fact that leftists like Obama conveniently overlook.)

Despite the facts, despite the demonstrable truth, postmodern leftist persist in their negative feelings about the West in general and the USA in particular as the leader of the West/the Free World.

And when you deeply believe that the West and the USA are to blame for all our current problems and maybe a "global climate catastrophe" then of course you are willing to do just about anything to punish the West and the USA and make sure they can never ever ruin things again.

As a postmodern leftist, Obama is in a difficult position: he must appear to be patriotic without actually being patriotic. The most obvious illustration of this conundrum Obama must continuously face was when - while campaigning in 2007, he said he wouldn't wear a flag-pin on his lapel - and this greatly pleased his leftist base. Later - needing to appeal to a bigger part of the electorate, he realized it was a good thing to wear the flag-pin: wearing deflected a lot of criticism and helped make him appear to be something he was not: A PATRIOT. Since then, Obama has repeated this trope in many ways: appearing to be patriotic when he is not.

The results speak more loudly than anything else. The consistency of the results prove this. And the consistency of his appointments and attempted appointments - as do the characters of the people with whom he has been close for the decades before he ran for federal office:

Charles Freeman, Samantha Power, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Jodie Evans, Louis Farrakhan - to name just a few.

And then there's the fact that Erdogan is his closest personal foreign ally.

SO... I must respectfully disagree: what you and I - and people who love the USA and the Free World - call a foreign policy fiasco is "Mission in the Process of Being Accomplished" for Obama and the postmodern left; though Obama can never admit it.

Submitting....

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