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June 02, 2014

Obama Defines His Foreign Policy Goal: "Don't Do Stupid Shit"

A goal. Not an accomplishment, of course.

Still trying to figure out what President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine is? Search no more. The White House has got you covered.

“For those pining for an Obama Doctrine victory for the president, here it is: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Shit,’” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote in his daily tip sheet, the Politico Playbook, Saturday. “Playbook rarely prints a four-letter word — our nephews are loyal readers. But we are, in this case, because that is the precise phrase President Obama and his aides are using in their off-the-record chats with journalists.”

Allen went on to point out all the places the phrase has popped up in recent days and weeks....

“WHAT’S CLEAR is that the White House is pushing this line hard, and effectively,” he concluded. “What’s not clear is how a high school cliché will help successfully define a foreign policy that many on the right and left find soft and uninspired.”

Obama has long undermined the customary measures for judging the success of a president -- he infamously rejiggered the jobs created vs. jobs lost numbers into "jobs saved or created," for example.

Obama's new mantra -- "don't do stupid shit" -- is perfect for him, because it contains no actual discoverable standards within it. Bush, for example, had self-defined standards of foreign policy success -- spreading freedom through the world and increasing America's safety-- and while it's not clear he met that first standard, he did at least announce the standard by which he intended to be judged.

"Don't do stupid shit," on the other hand, announces no such standard. The definition of "stupid shit" is left entirely to Obama and his Cult Minions; if Obama releases five hardened terrorist commanders in exchange for one deserter (who some suspect of active collusion with the enemy), well, Obama's legions of throne-sniffers will just say that was smart shit, not stupid shit.

Obama has no adduceable foreign policy doctrine, obviously. But he can't confess to that -- how can the Most Intellectual President in history be utterly without an actual foreign policy goal? -- so once again he tries to win the day via a Twitter #Hashtag.

He might as well have said "I'm rubber and you're glue, nyahh nyahh nyahh."


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