With this title in his article, Victor Davis Hanson captures perfectly Obama’s foreign policy.
Events around the world since Obama was elected have shown that our would-be enemies are bolder, our friends pushed away from us, and our military a target for cuts to the lowest levels since before World War II.
Teddy Roosevelt is famous for writing and saying what should be obvious to anyone who has ever had to face a bully: speak softly and carry a big stick. Carrying that big stick is not sufficient, of course. Your enemies need to know that you will use it if necessary.
Obama has the big stick of the still-paramount American military. But he lacks the sand to actually use it. And the world’s bullies, such as Vladimir Putin, know this very well.
Being weak is not just an embarrassment, although this is true enough. It encourages the Putins of this world, who don’t give a fuzzy white rat’s posterior about what the good people of this world may think of them. Who don’t care if an effeminate president and his poodle John Kerry bleat that Putin will be on “the wrong side of history.”
Nonsense on stilts. History, as they say, is written by the winners. Not the whiners. And, as VDH concludes,
Being weak is sometimes dangerous. Being loud, self-righteous, and weak is always very dangerous indeed.
Obama and the people he surrounds himself with are all three of these things. And the world is, as it has always been, a very dangerous place. No place for those better suited for faculty lounge debates.