THE OBAMA DOCTRINE
By RALPH PETERS
of The New York Post
AFTER a mere 100 days, the “Obama Doctrine” for our foreign and security poli cies has emerged. And it’s terrifying.
The combination of dizzying naivete, dislike of our allies, disdain for our military, distrust of our intelligence services and distaste for our own country promises the worst foreign policy of our lifetimes.
That includes President Jimmy Carter’s abysmal record of failure.
The core tenets of the Obama Doctrine to date would make a charter member of the Weather Underground cheer:
We’re to blame. If there are problems anywhere, they’re America’s fault. This central conviction of leftist ideology appears to have soaked so thoroughly into our president’s consciousness during his lengthy friendships with extremists that it’s now second nature to him.
Problems can be negotiated away. From Somali pirates to Moscow’s belligerency, Obama and his Cabinet see a good chat as the best response to a challenge. Our president got to the Oval Office by talking, not doing, and his faith in his powers of persuasion is unlimited.
An acquaintance who may have our government’s best grasp of the Russians shakes his head at the tone in Washington. The current mantra: “We have to get over our Cold War thinking.” Great -- except that it’s the Russians who’ve revived Cold War hostility.
The Taliban devours Pakistan, and we want to talk. President Hugo Chavez destroys Venezuela’s democracy, and we want to talk. Iran pursues nuclear weapons with refreshed enthusiasm . . . and we want to talk.
Problems that can’t be talked out can be bought off. Pakistan, a nuke-armed state of 170 million Muslims seething with anti-Americanism stirred up by our “friends,” faces a crack-up as its once-monolithic military splinters. Obama’s answer? Send billions of dollars that will disappear and weapons that may soon be used against our troops.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks the solution to piracy is a generous program to rebuild Somalia. (Been there, done that.) She’d also like to hand Hamas a billion bucks.
The “Las Vegas law” applies: You can buy sex but not enduring love. We can’t defeat terror with welfare checks.
Islamist terrorism doesn’t exist. The term’s even been banned from government departments. As Muslim extremists slaughter innocent victims by the thousands, we’re assured Islam’s a “religion of peace” that contributed profoundly to our country’s development. (Huh?)
It’s as if 9/11 never happened. The “nonterrorists” drenching the greater Middle East in blood and threatening us as loudly as they can are just victims of our aggression. It’s all our fault.
Terrorists do exist, though -- among our returning veterans and amid those Americans who don’t subscribe to MoveOn.org’s revulsion at our country.
Israel’s the obstacle to Middle East peace. Palestinians are all victims. Hamas consists of struggling community activists. The terrorists are in the Israeli military.
Our nukes threaten world peace and we need to get rid of them. Other states only maintain or seek nuclear arsenals because we worry them. If we can get down to zero nukes, peace will reign on earth.
Forget that only our nuclear weapons prevented World War III and that they still deter potential enemies. Just get rid of them, OK?
Our military is dangerous. Beyond Obama’s cynically choreographed appearances with our troops, he and his coterie clearly disdain military advice and uniformed service. The administration views our troops as primitive creatures who must be collared and leashed, not as part of any solutions.
Our intelligence services are even more dangerous than our military. The administration’s already begun to gut our intelligence capabilities. Carter at least pretended to study the problem. Obama’s plunging straight in with the demoralization of our shadow warriors.
It’s only torture if we do it.
Blame President George W. Bush. Should the Obama Doctrine lead to new terror attacks (sorry, Janet: I meant “man-caused disasters”) or to foreign-policy humiliations, it won’t be Obama’s fault, but Bush’s.
We’re becoming a third-world country, succumbing to a sickening (in both senses of the word) culture of blame. And that culture is fostered by breathtaking ignorance.
We now have a president who doesn’t know that Pakistan was founded as a democracy, a secretary of state who thinks we created the Taliban, a head of the Department of Homeland Security who doesn’t believe Islamist terrorists exist and a vice president who claims FDR gave televised speeches during the Depression.
If Bush had made such gaffes, the media would’ve mocked him. But Obama and his entourage excite orgasmic forgiveness among journalists. Which brings us to the Obama Doctrine’s final tenet: Our media sluts will portray defeat as victory.
Ralph Peters is Fox News’ strategic analyst.
All of the above in only 100 days? I shudder to think of what will happen in the next four years? We can only hope and pray that there are enough thinking democrats who care more about the long term safety and well being of our country than temporary political gains, at least until the next election.
We surely can’t depend on the national news media to help because the radical left wing members will be leading the charge to destroy America as we know it: old Jeremiah will be in there pitching too!
As Jimmy would say, “What a revolting development”.
That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
Milo A. Nickel is the former President and COO of Louisiana State Newspapers.