Sunday, April 5, 2009

Why does he bash us?

April 5, 2009 Posted by Paul at 3:10 PM | Powerline

We've commented more often than we would have liked to about President Obama's constant bashing of the U.S before foreign audiences. Perhaps it's time to consider why Obama persists in doing this. Here are four possible reasons:

First, it's what Democrats do. Obama isn't the first Democratic president to "blame America first." Rather, he is following in the footsteps of Presidents Carter and Clinton. Both must somehow have thought, as Obama professes to, that our friends and adversaries would react to our self-abasement by embracing policies more to our liking. Both found out that nations and factions act as they do out of self-interest, not in reaction to American words. Obama caught a glimpse of this phenomenon in Europe last week.

But Obama has already done as much America-bashing in a little more than two months as Carter and Clinton did in their entire presidencies. Moreover, if memory serves, neither Clinton nor even Carter went hat-in-hand to our sworn enemies, as Obama has done with Iran. (Carter suggested that we had an "inordinate fear" of Communism, but I don't think he apologized to the Soviet Union for it). Thus, there seems to be more at work here than mere adherence to past Democratic wishful thinking.

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