From Iran to Venezuela to Cuba, from Myanmar to North Korea to China, from Sudan to Afghanistan to Iraq to Russia to Syria to Saudi Arabia, the Obama administration has systematically taken human rights and democracy promotion off America's agenda. In their place, it has advocated "improving America's image," multilateralism and a moral relativism that either sees no distinction between dictators and their victims or deems the distinctions immaterial to the advancement of US interests.The whole thing is beyond even the most extremist parody of Realpolitik's worst excesses.
Even more damning is this passage:
So if Obama's foreign policy has already failed or is in the process of failing throughout the world, why is he refusing to reassess it? Why, with blood running through the streets of Iran, is he still interested in appeasing the mullahs? Why, with Venezuela threatening to invade Honduras for Zelaya, is he siding with Zelaya against Honduran democrats? Why, with the Palestinians refusing to accept the Jewish people's right to self-determination, is he seeking to expel some 500,000 Jews from their homes in the interest of appeasing the Palestinians? Why, with North Korea threatening to attack the US with ballistic missiles, is he refusing to order the USS John McCain to interdict the suspected North Korean missile ship it has been trailing for the past two weeks? Why, when the Sudanese government continues to sponsor the murder of Darfuris, is the administration claiming that the genocide in Darfur has ended?An additional thought: Is it now safer and more beneficial/advantageous to be one of America's enemies than one of her friends and allies?
The only reasonable answer to all of these questions is that far from being nonideological, Obama's foreign policy is the most ideologically driven since Carter's tenure in office. If when Obama came into office there was a question about whether he was a foreign policy pragmatist or an ideologue, his behavior in his first six months in office has dispelled all doubt.
I can't quite believe it's come to this. But even the most cursory glance at Obama's domestic policies reveals pretty much the same desire to operate on ideology despite the strictures of objective and practical reality. It's almost the active, aggressive desire to live in defiance of reality. Seriously, why else would any sane person decide unprecedented government spending and interference in the private sphere is the way to resuscitate a moribund economy? what person with even a rudimentary grasp of international history could have given the (in)famous "Cairo Speech" with a straight face?