Ed Morrissey has put together a very useful post summarizing various liberal media attempts to understand the Obama doctrine. Morrissey concludes at the end that, try as hard as one likes, “There really is no doctrine.”
Morrissey is correct that there is no doctrine if one is looking for a verbally articulated doctrine. Obama says everything, and Obama says nothing, and Obama says it all as boringly as possible.
The mere fact that the greatest communicator since Abraham Lincoln (that’s sarcasm, by the way) is incapable of articulating a doctrine, though, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have one. Indeed, if one buys for one minute into the whole greatest communicator shtick, it’s pretty clear that, as I said in my earlier post, that Obama intentionally obfuscates in his speeches because he doesn’t want people to know what the doctrine is.
Fortunately, because actions speak louder than words, we can arrive at the Obama Middle Eastern doctrine without any actual verbal help from Obama. Here goes:
America can no longer selfishly engage in wars that directly affect (i.e., improve) her national interests. To prevent her from doing so, she must always sublimate her sovereignty to the U.N. A small number of U.N. players, most notably Europeans who are dependent on Libyan oil, have decided that Qaddafi must go. Even though the number is smaller than the number that joined with Bush on Iraq, they’re the “in” crowd, so Obama must follow where they lead. Hewing to the popular kid theory, these “cool” U.N. players matter more than the American Congress, which is made up of rubes and hicks, who lack that European savoir faire, even the useful idiots who hew to Obama’s political ideology.
A subset of this Obama doctrine is that, while America must never mine or drill her own energy resources, it is incumbent upon America to dig into her pockets to enable other countries to get to their energy resources, which America will then buy back at a premium. This is American charity at its best. If you want to feed a man for a day, buy him a fish. If you want to feed him for a lifetime, teach him to fish, buy all his fishing equipment, stock the lake with trout, break all your fishing equipment, make it illegal to fish in your own lakes, and then buy that man’s fish back from him at the highest possible price.
And whatever else you do, make sure you kick Israel around . . . a lot. That will make the cool kids (e.g., the Euro-trash and the Mullahs) happy. It never pays to lose sight of your true constituency.