About foreign policy

While it is a consuming interest of mine, I don’t discuss it much at this blog.

The reason is that the “evolving particulars” don’t necessarily interest me as much as the grand strategy, by which I mean the American grand strategy.

Right now, what I’m seeing, is a dangerous devolution of grand strategy by Obama. What he does or does not do this coming week about Afghanistan has little to do with it. (I rarely mention Afghanistan here because the subject is not suited to the normative terms of foreign policy or military engagement. A real discussion of Afghanistan begins only when you recognize that it is not a country as we generally use that term, for instance.)

Obama’s foreign policy seems to be a layering in of Leftist wet dreams: He tells the world, effectively, that America is weak, America is guilty, America doesn’t listen, America is wrong, America has caused rather than solved problems, America has wrecked the peace rather than preserved it.

In other words, Obama is an artifact from the losing side of the Cold War, a typical empty vessel from a hard Left university environment filled up with twenty-years-passed-its-expiration-date KGB propaganda out of the can.

This makes for an atavistic foreign policy out of a parallel history of the Cold War, one that might have been written by a congental liar like Noam Chomsky, where the Soviet Union was, well, just that big place over there that didn’t really do anything, while it was the U.S. that was wreaking havoc with the world. Perhaps that is why Obama had no real interest in the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, because that real history conflicts with the old KGB narrative that saturates the Obama mystique.

Victor Davis Hanson set that off.

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