Obama, yo mama. Hail to the king. Long live his opponents in Sing Sing. No, actually folks, let’s get serious. Thanks to Obama, we’re back to looking inwardly. To being insular. To forgetting that America needs a foreign policy.
Think about it. Obama just ran for president for over two years with no foreign policy except, he would talk to Ahmadinejad, he would pull out of Iraq, and???? Um???? Oh yeah, change and hope and all that crap.
He ran as the hate Bush president. Hate America president. Hate the direction we’re going in. Period.
He never said, nor indicated he was up to the task of running the world, much less America.
Ronald Reagan had a cogent foreign policy, but then the Cold War ended and so we drifted for 12 years. Four of those years were under George H. W. Bush. His foreign policy was for the birds. And he wasn’t so hot at running things at home either, so he got canned, just like Jimmy Carter, for being a big fat loser.
Then we got eight years of Clinton. Clinton tried to put out a couple of fires, like in Bosnia, but basically he was riding high, taking credit for a housing and stock market bubble that would take many more years to burst. During the interim he sold us on a bill-of-goods, that exporting jobs was a good thing. So we got NAFTA and friends. And we got tons and tons of illegal aliens.
After Clinton we got George W. Bush who also had no foreign policy, although some prominent members of his staff still wanted to screw Saddam Hussein. Then we got 9/11. And our foreign policy became the screwing of Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, we fucked with the Taliban and al Qaeda and anyone else who wanted to mess with us.
Our entire raison d’etre became defeating the terrorists. That was good, but hardly a cogent foreign policy. Meanwhile, we got tons and tons more illegal aliens and lost much of our industrial base.
Now we’ve got Obama. The guy has never said anything important, never done anything important, and now he’s the most important person in the world. No doubt his soon to be all-powerful staff will be a bunch of Carter and Clinton hacks, people without a cogent view of anything. All they’ll want to do is undo whatever the Republicans did. They’ll want as much power as they can get. And they’ll get to vent their spleens wherever and on whomever they please. Meanwhile, we may get poorer and poorer as other entities such as Russia, the EU, Arabia (the Muslim states), and China drift in directions that could eventually do serious damage to the freedoms that were spreading around the world up and through the Reagan Administration.
Since then we’ve been in an unpleasant Post-Reagan Period and there’s no end in sight. At least no pleasant end that I can see, which sucks.