Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Failure as success

The premise of this article, to which I agree wholeheartedly, is that Obama's foreign policy strategy makes sense if you understand that his goal is to undermine America's influence and power around the globe.  Writing in the WSJ, Norman Podhoretz states,
Yet if this is indeed the pass to which Mr. Obama has led us—and I think it is—let me suggest that it signifies not how incompetent and amateurish the president is, but how skillful. His foreign policy, far from a dismal failure, is a brilliant success as measured by what he intended all along to accomplish. The accomplishment would not have been possible if the intention had been too obvious. The skill lies in how effectively he has used rhetorical tricks to disguise it.
Two things: first, astute viewers of the political sphere have thought this since before he was elected.  And second, astute viewers think the same forces drive his domestic philosophy as well.  Great article by Podhoretz, a definite must read.[ht: glenn reynolds]