Monday, September 28, 2009

Obama's Vision Thing

Jennifer Rubin on Obama's view of America vs. Americans view of America.
Obama plainly embodies that mindset of liberal elites. America is flawed. America has no distinct message or values, and its interests are entitled to no more weight than Belgium’s or Cuba’s. It’s wrongheaded to assert our national interests. We should be seeking consensus and righting the great wrongs that America has done to other nations—both its stinginess in redistributing wealth and its failure to cater to other nations’ geopolitical and psychological concerns. Russia needs reassuring. The Arabs need validation. And it’s the president’s job to lower America’s profile so as to not incur the wrath of hostile powers.

Average Americans don’t buy into any of this. They have the notion—ridiculed by Obama and his supporters—that America is unique, both in its attributes and in its role in the world. They might grow weary of the burdens and prefer shorter and less costly wars (what democratic people do not?), but the notion that we should simply go along with the crowd, avoid hurting Russian sensibilities, or accede to false historical narratives of Arab nations in contravention to our own interests and those of our allies are alien and off-putting to them. If Iran is a threat to the world, ordinary Americans expect their president to do something about it, not merely call another meeting to talk with thugs spouting genocidal nonsense."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Bob said...

Gil - It's possible to be a great nation and an honest nation at the same time. Admitting obvious mistakes doesn't make you weaker, it makes you stronger, and generates respect. After eight years of the "shoot first, ask questions later" leadership of W., Obama is confronted with the task of rebuilding the respect that the U.S. lost during the Bush years. Bush left this country with a tarnished reputation. Obama seems to be doing a pretty good job of turning that around.

September 29, 2009 at 8:24 AM 
Anonymous jake said...

Sorry Bob, but you definitely have a problem when the French think you're a wimp.
There's a great email going around...first a picture of President Bush clearing brush at his ranch, then a picture of President Reagan chopping wood at his cabin, and finally a picture of Obama hanging curtains in his townhouse.
It's called "pictures worth a thousand words."

September 30, 2009 at 2:39 PM 

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