Skip to comments.Why Obama Ignored Iraq
Posted on 07/07/2014 4:20:07 AM PDT by servo1969
ISIS marching through Iraq has smashed the medias taboo against criticizing Obamas foreign policy. Substantive discussions are taking place about why his foreign policy is such a miserable failure.
And they mostly miss the point.
Liberal journalists still proceed from the fallacy that there was a foreign policy debate between neo-conservative interventionists and liberal non-interventionists. These are a series of digested Bush era talking points that have no relationship to reality since Bushs foreign policy on Iraq carried over from Bill Clinton. Its why Hillary gets so uncomfortable when she has to discuss her vote on Iraq.
The liberals werent non-interventionists who insisted on multilateralism and UN approval before acting. Obama, like virtually every other Democrat, disproved that myth as fast as he could. Nor were they even opponents of the Iraq War until opposing the war became politically convenient.
Obama however isnt on this map at all. Its not that he is an opponent of intervention. The Libyans can tell you that. Its that his reasons for intervening fall completely outside the grid of national interests.
The anti-war activist as pacifist is largely a myth. There are a few anti-war activists who oppose all wars, but mostly they just oppose America. Obama, who got his foot up the political ladder by flirting with the anti-war movement, falls into that category. Obama isnt opposed to wars. Hes opposed to America.
Obama is an ideological interventionist, not a nationalist interventionist. And despite his multilateralist rhetoric, he isnt your usual globalist either. Instead he uses national and international power as platforms for pursuing ideological goals without any regard to national or international interests.
That is true of both his foreign and domestic policy.
Obamas foreign policy is issue oriented, just like his domestic policy is. There is no national agenda, only a leftist agenda. America is just a power platform for pursuing policy goals.
Domestically, Obama does not care about fixing the economy. The economy is a vehicle for pursuing social justice, environmental justice and all the many unjust justices of the left. It has no innate value. Likewise national security and power have no value except as tools for promoting leftist policies.
Obama thinks of the ideological issue first. Then he packages it as a national interest for popular consumption. Its a Wilsonian approach that is not only far more extreme than the policies of most White House occupants have been, but also more detached.
Wilson couldnt understand that American power couldnt exist without a national interest. Obama and his staffers see America as just another transnational institution that they happen to be running, not all that different than a corporation, non-profit or UN body. They dont see it as a country, but a series of policymaking offices that reach across the country and the world.
Its a globalized mode of thinking that is common among Eurocrats, but has never been represented in the Oval Office before.
Obama doesnt just oppose America. He disregards it as an outmoded institution. When confronted with the border crisis or the rise of ISIS, he doesnt see them in terms of American interests or even world interests, but in the narrow terms of leftist ideology.
He will use national and international institutions to promote LGBT rights or Green Energy. He wont however get involved in actively using them for national security unless he absolutely has to in order to protect his own political power.
To a transnational mindset, institutions exist to promote issues. America is only of value to the extent that it can promote the lefts agenda. To the extent that it doesnt, America is dead weight.
Once Bush was out, Iraq ceased to matter because it was no longer a packaged issue. It couldnt be broken down into a simplistic Blame Bush policy agenda. And so Obama stopped paying attention.
Now Iraq is getting in the way of the things that he really cares about, such as illegal alien amnesty, dismantling Israel and transsexual bathrooms, because these are ideologically meaningful issues to him. And like every other obstacle, whether it was the national debt or the VA scandal, he pretends to take them seriously until a sufficient amount of time passes and he can dismiss them as phony scandals.
Obama didnt just ignore Iraq because he wanted to avoid any connections to a war that he had helped make unpopular. He ignored Iraq because it had nothing to offer his ideology. If Iraq had a secular dictator, he might have been interested. If Islamists were fighting to take over from that dictator, there would have been planes and diplomats flying over Baghdad before you could shout, Allah Akbar.
Its why he backed the Islamist overthrow of Arab governments, but not the popular protests against Islamist governments in Iran or Turkey.
But Iraq was a battle between Sunni and Shiite Islamists, backed by the Saudis and Iran. Even the left has trouble picking a side between two anti-American Islamic factions who are divided over theological issues, instead of practical things like dialectical materialism and the discourse of othering. In a pinch they pick the Iranian side as being more anti-American, but the prospect of American intervention on the same side as the Shiites confuses them even further and they have to go lie down in a dark room.
When there is no clear ideological guide, Obama takes meetings with generals, tunes them out, plays with his phone and delays doing something for as long as possible. That was the pattern in Afghanistan and Syria. Ideologues cant function without an ideological orientation. When the ideological value of a problem is unclear, Obama either freezes up, like a robot whose manual was misplaced, or ignores it.
Obamas only approach to Iraq came from Bush era opposition. Without Bush to push against, he had no idea what if anything should be done about Iraq. He still doesnt. Instead he resorts to the antiquated attacks on Bush because its the last time that Iraq made any sense to him. It was the last time that the left had successfully packaged Iraq into a simple scenario in which there was only one right choice.
Ideologues are not big on independent thinking. When everything is politicized, they lose the ability to see the things that cant be neatly assigned to one side or another. America is being run by a blinkered ideologue who ignores issues that fall outside his ideological spectrum.
Those problems that he doesnt cause directly and intentionally through his ideology, he causes indirectly and unintentionally by being unable to operate outside his ideology except in an emergency. Like the difference between the pilot who flies a plane deliberately into a mountain and the one who accidentally flies it into a mountain, there is a gap in motivation, but not in outcome.
History will not record why Obama screwed everything up. It will only record that he did it.
Obama is an Indonesian Moslem plant who
relishes destroying the stupid American
people who elected him (while he lied).
Which is why Obama must be removed
H. L. Mencken
Its humorous how so many attribute intrigue, stealth, cunning and intelligence to the schemes of this administration and esp Barry Soetoro. This guy and his buddies are garden variety dolts. They continually get the big picture wrong and most of what they do blows up in their faces or shortly thereafter. The reason we have dolts running the country is b/c We the People are even bigger dolts. We elected the guy and his buddies. We’re the problem....
It’s the same reason he has ignored the economy or illegal immigration or foreign policy or the national debt. All of these things require leadership as well as actually doing work - two qualities that are not conducive to someone who views the Presidency as a lottery prize.
Greenfield seems to have Obama nailed.
a) Weakens America/AmericansI have yet to have anyone raise a single substantive counter example in several years of posting this.
b) Distances America's allies
c) Strengthens America's enemies
d) Serves Islam
e) Harms Israel
Or some combination of the above.
To which I might add, in any green on green (muslim on muslim) conflict he will invariably stay out of it unless the most radical, most fundamentalist, most rabid side is losing, then he will covertly or even overtly provide any support they need to be triumphant.
He, or his handlers, know precisely what they are doing.
It's not stupidity, it's pure malice and spite.
I read yesterday that Chelsea Clinton had her wedding at the home of George Soros. The Shills honor The Grifter.
The reason there is a welcome mat at the southern boarder is plain and simple. Obama wanted a "comprehensive" immigration bill passed that included amnesty. The congress refused to do so, requiring the border be secure first and foremost - meaning no comprehensive bill.
Obama's mode of operation is to create a complete disaster down there, flooding towns with illegals until they go begging the federal government to "do something!" Obama will then blame congress for not sending him his "comprehensive" immigration bill (which includes amnesty and increases in yearly immigration quotas).
Finally, somebody that really gets how Barry operates. Outstanding analysis of the clown’s motivations.
Yes. Daniel Greenfield is always good, but this is an outstanding contribution.
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