Saturday, July 26, 2008

John Bolton on Obamarama

Former UN ambassador, John Bolton with some choice remarks on Obama's Excellent Adventure in the LA Times: One world? Obama's on a different planet

SEN. BARACK OBAMA said in an interview the day after his Berlin speech that it "allowed me to send a message to the American people that the judgments I have made and the judgments I will make are ones that are going to result in them being safer."

If that is what the senator thought he was doing, he still has a lot to learn about both foreign policy and the views of the American people. Although well received in the Tiergarten, the Obama speech actually reveals an even more naive view of the world than we had previously been treated to in the United States. In addition, although most of the speech was substantively as content-free as his other campaign pronouncements, when substance did slip in, it was truly radical, from an American perspective.


"Content free". "Radical". "...still has a lot to learn about both foreign policy and the views of the American people"*. I'd say Bolton has his number!

...Obama used the Berlin Wall metaphor to describe his foreign policy priorities as president: "The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down."

This is a confused, nearly incoherent compilation, to say the least, amalgamating tensions in the Atlantic Alliance with ancient historical conflicts. One hopes even Obama, inexperienced as he is, doesn't see all these "walls" as essentially the same in size and scope. But beyond the incoherence, there is a deeper problem, namely that "walls" exist not simply because of a lack of understanding about who is on the other side but because there are true differences in values and interests that lead to human conflict. The Berlin Wall itself was not built because of a failure of communication but because of the implacable hostility of communism toward freedom. The wall was a reflection of that reality...


"Confused". "Nearly incoherent". Gosh! I wonder if Bolton is angling for reappointment under an Obama administration? Nah! Didn't think so!

The best we can hope for is that Obama's rhetoric was simply that, pandering to the audience before him, as politicians so often do.


Ouch.


*I left out "More Naive".

Cross Posted at Say Anything

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