I wasn’t an empty nester to begin with, but now I am a super full nester — hence my difficulties blogging this week. Here it is, 9:30 on a Friday night, and I finally have a minute to sit down and write:
A unified theory of Obama. David Hazony has written a masterpiece. Using statements from Samuels’s interview with Ben Rhodes and Goldberg’s interview with Obama himself, Hazony comes up with a unified theory of everything Obama when it comes to foreign policy. It is a terrifying tale of a president who kept carefully hidden from view his dangerously utopian view of the world, one that sees his calm, Spockian reason preside over the withdrawal of the Pax Americana to force the world to join him in reason and peace. It’s a story of lies, manipulation, duplicity, and an insanity that promises to escalate before he leaves office.
Neither Trump nor Hillary shares Obama’s world view. The question for voters is, given the chaos into which Obama has pitched the entire world, which of these two candidates is best suited to lead the America and her allies to some semblance of safety.
Oh, and one other thing: While it’s clear from the article that Obama has an absolute horror of exercising American power abroad, except when it comes to pushing global warming, he sadly has no problem whatsoever exercising government power against his own people. A deadly pacifist abroad; a monstrous tyrant at home.
One other little aside. when I read Goldberg’s interview with Obama after it originally came out, I passed without thinking over a specific phrase that Obama used in that interview. Here’s the quotation, with that specific phrase bolded:
[The purpose of Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, he told Goldberg, was to] trigger a discussion, [to] create space for Muslims to address the real problems they are confronting—problems of governance, and the fact that some currents of Islam have not gone through a reformation that would help people adapt their religious doctrines to modernity. My thought was, I would communicate that the U.S. is not standing in the way of this progress, that we would help, in whatever way possible, to advance the goals of a practical, successful Arab agenda that provided a better life for ordinary people.
Just today, Jonah Goldberg published a piece noting how Progressives love to “trigger a discussion” or “start a conversation,” something that, as often as not, they do using hoaxes or other crude deceptions (e.g., Katie Couric’s deceptively edited gun video). Here’s what Goldberg says those triggered discussions are really about: