An extract from a Caroline Glick
article “Ideologue-in-Chief”, on
the radical anti-American ideology that is motivating Barak Obama.
June 30/09. From Iran to Venezuela
to Cuba, from Myanmar to North Korea to China, from Sudan to Afghanistan to
Iraq to Russia to Syria to Saudi Arabia, the Obama administration has
systematically taken human rights and democracy promotion off America's
agenda. In their place, it has advocated "improving America's image,"
multilateralism and a moral relativism that either sees no distinction
between dictators and their victims or deems the distinctions immaterial to
the advancement of US interests.
While Obama's supporters champion
his "realist" policies as a welcome departure from the "cowboy diplomacy" of
the Bush years, the fact of the matter is that in country after country,
Obama's supposedly pragmatic and non-ideological policy has either already
failed — as it has in North Korea — or is in the process of failing. The
only place where Obama may soon be able to point to a success is in his
policy of coercing Israel to adopt his anti-Semitic demand to bar Jews from
building homes in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.
Of course, in the event that Obama
has achieved his immediate goal of forcing Netanyahu to his knees, its
accomplishment will hinder rather than advance his wider goal of achieving
peace between Israel and its neighbors. Watching Obama strong-arm the US's
closest ally in the region, the Palestinians and the neighboring Arab states
have become convinced that there is no reason to make peace with the Jews.
After all, Obama is demonstrating that he will deliver Israel without their
having to so much as wink in the direction of peaceful coexistence.
So if Obama's foreign policy has
already failed or is in the process of failing throughout the world, why is
he refusing to reassess it? Why, with blood running through the streets of
Iran, is he still interested in appeasing the mullahs? Why, with Venezuela
threatening to invade Honduras for Zelaya, is he siding with Zelaya against
Honduran democrats? Why, with the Palestinians refusing to accept the Jewish
people's right to self-determination, is he seeking to expel some 500,000
Jews from their homes in the interest of appeasing the Palestinians?
Why, with North Korea threatening to
attack the US with ballistic missiles, is he refusing to order the *USS
John McCain* to interdict the suspected North Korean missile ship it has
been trailing for the past two weeks? Why, when the Sudanese government
continues to sponsor the murder of Darfuris, is the administration claiming
that the genocide in Darfur has ended?
The only reasonable answer to all of
these questions is that far from being non-ideological, Obama's foreign
policy is the most ideologically driven since Carter's tenure in office. If
when Obama came into office there was a question about whether he was a
foreign policy pragmatist or an ideologue, his behavior in his first six
months in office has dispelled all doubt. Obama is moved by a radical,
anti-American ideology that motivates him to dismiss the importance of
democracy and side with anti-American dictators against US allies.