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September 24, 2009

Netanyahu Attacks UN At UN

Compare and contrast this talk with Obama's Hopey Changey obsequiousness at the UN yesterday.

Me? I'm with Bibi.

More righteous UN butt kicking here (via mere_rhetoric)

It a very sad day when America's friends have to say the things we should be saying. Worse still, those same friends are under attack by our own administration.

Yesterday in my Obama at the UN post I wondered whether Obama was simply naive or if he really wants to see the US brought low to atone for what he sees as our past sins.

Michael Ledeen comes down on the side of the latter....

. I think that he rather likes tyrants and dislikes America. I think he'd like to be more powerful, I think he is trying to get control over as much of our lives as he can, so that he can put an end to the annoying tumult of our public life. As when he said (about health care) to the Congress, "Okay, you've talked enough, now it's time to do the right thing (my thing)." And he's trying to end American power in the outside world. He's saying "I'm going to stop us, before we kill again."

More at the link.

Given Obama's speech yesterday (and those that came before), his lack of action in support of Iranian protesters and continueed desire to engage Iran, his abandonment of our allies in eastern Europe and the shameful support of tyranny over liberty in Honduras, there's really no other conclusion to reach, is there?

I have some vague childhood memories of the Carter years and never thought I'd see us go down that path again. And yet here we are. Worse still, we're only 8 months in to the Age of Obama

More: Rich Lowry disagrees with Ledeen.

That's way over-board. It's a horrible speech, accompanied by dreadful policies from Honduras to Eastern Europe. But it's not that Obama positively likes tyrants and thugs. It's just that he thinks the policies we'd want to see him adopt vis-a-vis those countries are flatly mistaken, short-sighted, not worth the cost, or all three.

I don't like the hysterical style of politics and there's always a danger in ascribing motives to political opponents but at some point you look at all the evidence and draw conclusions.

It's not just that Obama is engaging some sort of super smart realist foreign policy. It's one thing to lie down with some unsavory characters to achieve a greater end but that's not what Obama is doing. He's actually going out of his way to alienate and endanger our allies. He's not following some grand scheme (like say 'not meddling'), he's simply putting his thumb on the scale of the side he wants to see win.

If, for example, he had gotten something for abandoning missile defense it would be arguable that it was a worthwhile trade but he specifically said he didn't.

So why exactly when, time and time again, Obama alienates friends and pleases tyrants, shouldn't we conclude that's his preferred outcome?

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