"Obama apparently believes that strategic threats are not checked with
tough diplomacy backed by military alliances, balances of power, and
military deterrence, much less by speaking softly and carrying a big
"Rather, crises are resolved by ironing out mostly
Western-inspired misunderstandings and going back on heat-of-the moment,
ad hoc issued deadlines, red lines, and step-over lines, whether to the
Iranian theocracy, Vladimir Putin, or Bashar Assad.
Sometimes the administration’s faith in Western social progressivism
is offered to persuade an Iran or Cuba that they have missed the arc of
Westernized history—and must get back on the right side of the past by
loosening the reins of their respective police states."
(That is it, in a nutshell...the arrogant ethos of Western liberals is perfectly encapsulated in that paragraph.)
that engagement with Iran in non-proliferation talks—which have so far
given up on prior Western insistences on third-party, out of the country
enrichment, on-site inspections, and kick-back sanctions—will
inevitably ensure that Iran becomes “a successful regional power.”
Read about Obama's "zesty confidence in the redemptive power of Western moral superiority".
(I think he has "zesty confidence", but not in Western values, only in Western values insofar as they enable and facilitate the suicide of the West via Obama's presidency.)
"The world is going to become an even scarier place in the next two
years. The problem is not just that our enemies do not believe our
President, but rather that they no longer even listen to him."