Perhaps it’s a consequence of being led by mush-minded progressives who believe that the primus inter pares of all virtues is getting multinational agreement and approval before the United States does anything. This is the same mindset that got us the League of Nations and which pretends that the United Nations actually exists in anything but name, Manhattan traffic jams, and lovely formal dinners held at (mostly) U.S taxpayer expense.
One symptom of this disease, which was also shared by George W. Bush, is that we shall not go to war unless we have a lot of partners in a coalition. In the current conflict against the latest offshoot of the Religion of Body Pieces, ISIS (the “Islamic State” that isn’t islamic, according to Dimbulb Kerry), the Obambis are jumping through hoops to claim that they’ve got lots and lots and lots of nations who are part of the coalition. Hoo-rah.
Not that most members will be doing anything more than sending nice notes to our State Department, or, if they are particularly motivated, flying a couple of planes (which we will no doubt have to pay for in the long run). But the point is not what little any of these allies of convenience might or might not do. The point is quite simply: Why do we worry about who will join us?
If our fight against ISIS is in our national security interest, then it matters not that Belgium, Britain, France, or Saudi Arabia are with us. We will and ought to do what is needed, on our lonesome if necessary.
If, on the other hand, our fight against ISIS is not in our national security interest, then none of this is worth even mentioning.
The United States, pre-Obama, used to consider itself the lead nation in the Free World. Leaders stand tall in front and don’t beg for people (or nations) to follow. Now, under Obama, we’re no longer exceptional, we’re just another happy United Nations member. No more important than Gabon, Congo, or any other fly-speck of a nation.
It is always nice to have nations on your side. It is not essential, if the mission is essential to our national security.