Imagine you were watching a movie in 2008, and in that movie a candidate for American President was portrayed as a man who would fan the flames of radical Islam around the world, pursue feckless policies that would embolden America’s enemies (including retreat and a global apology tour), abandon America’s allies either overtly (England) or indirectly, openly embrace Marxist dictators including Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers in Cuba, and turn his back on American diplomats who end up getting murdered in hostile foreign lands and dragged through the streets (while people in his own administration push Orwellian propaganda to cover up his culpability, and yet keep their jobs even after having been exposed)…
You would leave the theater shaking your head saying — “Things are tough around here, but thank god it hasn’t gotten that bad yet…”
Except that this movie is real, and it stars Barack Hussein Obama.
We are living it, and so are the people of the Middle East.
…the bloodshed that has engulfed Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria in the past two weeks exposes something new and destabilizing: the emergence of a post-American Middle East in which no broker has the power, or the will, to contain the region’s sectarian hatreds.
Amid this vacuum, fanatical Islamists have flourished in both Iraq and Syria under the banner of Al Qaeda, as the two countries’ conflicts amplify each other and foster ever-deeper radicalism. <source>
Note the phrase “post-American“, which almost slips by as if it were inevitable.
But it was not inevitable, for our nation has come through many crises without abandoning its own values and without diving into self-hatred and self-immolation.
Until the regime of Barack Obama.
Since 2009 the United States is being led by a man who has been committed for most of his life to creating a “post-American” world. This is the vision and the fantasy cultivated in him by his real father and by many father-figures who mentored him. Frank Marshall Davis and several of Obama’s professors held virulently anti-American, anti-colonialist, anti-England, pro-Communist views, and Barack Obama became their Manchurian candidate.
This is why he embraces dictators like Chavez and Castro: he identifies with their alleged victimization by the United States, and he approves of their Marxist central control over their impoverished societies.
This is why he returned the bust of Winston Churchill to England upon his occupation of the Oval Office, and why he relegated the UK Prime Minister to the equivalent of an after-thought on his first visit to the White House, and why he refused to attend the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.
When he was trying to garner support for a war intervention in Syria, he was rejected by the UK:
Britain has stood side by side with America in almost every post-war conflict. The one major exception was the Vietnam War, arguably America’s biggest ever defeat. Put simply, America wins when it goes in with Britain, it loses when it does not. And Britain almost always stands shoulder to shoulder with its strongest ally.
So what happened? <source>
“What happened” is Obama’s sustained campaign of anti-anything British.
There is no doubt that Obama’s insulting gestures towards the UK affect actual policy: The Obama administration sided with Argentina over the UK regarding Argentina’s bid to reclaim part or all of the Falkland Islands:
The Obama administration, speaking through then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sided against their best ally, and with Kirchner’s Argentina, demanding Britain sit down with Argentina and negotiate sovereignty of the British territory under the pretense of neutrality. <source>
This episode buttresses two of the indictments against Obama: his anti-colonialism and his hatred of the UK.
Which brings us back to the Middle East.
Barack Obama’s disastrous handling of the Syria situation, which was an inevitable outcome of his aggressive dissolution of American power, has created the “power vacuum” that the New York Times is highlighting in the article quoted above. And into that vacuum has rushed an orgy of violence led by Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
“I think we are witnessing a turning point, and it could be one of the worst in all our history,” said Elias Khoury, a Lebanese novelist and critic who lived through his own country’s 15-year civil war. “The West is not there, and we are in the hands of two regional powers, the Saudis and Iranians, each of which is fanatical in its own way. I don’t see how they can reach any entente, any rational solution.”
Barack Obama is a harbinger of destruction here and around the world, and the lights are going out.