Skip to comments.Robert Fulford: As the world burns, America shrugs
Posted on 07/20/2014 2:10:33 PM PDT by Hojczyk
The slow American withdrawal from world affairs has been apparent for a long time, but has never been so glaringly evident as this week in the Middle East.
Hamas is at war with Israel, the brutal struggle in Syria frustrates the world, the terrorists of ISIS are making serious progress in Iraq and now another attempt to deprive Iran of nuclear weapons has, so far, been thwarted.
The United States has a position of sorts in each of these arenas, but its not powerful in any of them. American influence has faded.
The worlds governments no longer worry as much as they once did about what Washington wants, partly because Washington doesnt know what it wants. U.S. policy has become erratic and half-hearted, subject to arbitrary change without notice.
Barack Obama, who apparently distrusts American power, personifies this approach. He moves capriciously from subject to subject. One week hes furious about Syria and announces that Bashar al-Assad has to go. When Assad doesnt go, Obama loses interest. He seems always to be making a fresh start. When hes not doing that, hes pivoting, shifting his interest from one continent to another. He seems detached much of the time, then committed, then detached again.
On Libya, for instance, Obama opposed taking part in the UN strike to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Then suddenly he decided to join the French and other participants. The American bombs he sent became the key to destroying Gaddafi and his reign, but Obama claimed America had played only a peripheral role.
An Obama adviser famously described Libya as a new model for American intervention, leading from behind. Whatever it was, the allies didnt follow through and Libya was left in chaos. Terrorists gratefully inherited a huge cache of weapons.
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Robert Fulford is a Toronto author, journalist, broadcaster, and editor.
Why would an arsonist want to put out the fire when he started it? You get in the car and get far away from it.
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Mr. Fulford comes from a very wealthy Canada. Perhaps they can start putting out some of the world’s fires.
No, not America.
“American Socialists with the Coyote in Chief” as their leader.
If it hurts America, they go along with it.
If it helps America, they block it.