Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Making the World Happy

After 9/11, other than the awkward celebrations in the streets of certain, ah, Islamic nations, much of the world expressed deep sympathy for us. But as I've argued before, that sympathy was only because much of the world saw us as a weak victim and they rather like that. Once we began to fight back, the sympathy evaporated.

So it is no surprise that President Obama is feeling the love at the United Nations:

The president scores highly at the UN for refusing to project American values and military might on the world stage, with rare exceptions like the war against the Taliban. His appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear free world, his siding with Marxists in Honduras, his talk of a climate change deal, have all won him plaudits in the large number of UN member states where US foreign policy has traditionally been viewed with contempt.

Simply put, Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack.

This is no way to organize an international community if your goal is to protect America.

And hold the thought on the Taliban exception to our weak ways. All bets are off, I think, as the administration ponders whether it can get away with running away from the Taliban.