It was George W. Bush who set in motion the events that caused the American consensus on liberal internationalism to splinter and finally collapse. Although his goal of promoting democratic change echoed Kennedy, the methods and the incompetence were unique to his administration. In trying to pursue nation building in Afghanistan and Iraq with few international allies, and then failing so spectacularly, Bush shattered America’s confidence in its international leadership. It is worth recalling how tall America stood after the fall of the Taliban in 2001: our adversaries—North Korea, Iran, even China—feared not only our overwhelming military power, but also our skill at leading the world into action. Soon enough, however, that sense of American strength and leadership was gone.
It is the height of intellectual dishonesty to place this at Bush’s feet when Democrats openly sided with Saddam and lived every day to condemn and tear down his efforts with every breath. They forget the Saddam financed trip Democrats took to Baghdad in the run up to the war and the broadcasts of solidarity they made from there. They conveniently forget Kerry’s, Pelosi’s and Hillary’s cozy relationship with Assad.
Never mind that one of Obama’s major objectives was to reduce America’s influence around the world. Outstretched hand, not a fist – remember that? Smart diplomacy – what a freaking joke that is.
Well, mission accomplished, chief. Well done – now your sycophantic media buddies have to work overtime to blame it on anybody but you…
James P. Rubin is an idiot and a former Clinton political hack – no wonder Newsqueak is worth less than a dollar.
What a bunch of morons.