Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seventy percent of Americans oppose the barely visible military support the Obama administration last week promised the Syrian rebels. Seventy percent! I doubt if such a large figure could quickly be gotten up in favor of free lemonade on the 4th of July.
The public, according to Pew, feared the rebels might be no better than the government; in which case, why were we helping them? The New York Times itself -- house organ for the administration -- expressed uneasiness "about getting pulled into yet another war in the Middle East,"tentatively, hesitantly in Syria. What contributes even more to it, I would say, is Barack Obama's failure over the past five years to explain what he sees as America's position in the world.
I would venture a reason for that omission: He doesn't seem to know what that position ought to be.
The United States has never had such a non-foreign policy as it has presently tend to gaze at it in befuddlement. What is our national interest? We never hear the question raised anymore, not since the George W. Bush administration. The American interest, according to Bush, was the implantation of democracy in the soil of autocracy, so that good and generally peaceful behavior might flourish where hatred and oppression had been more common.View Full Article             

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