Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A "Winnie the Pooh" foreign policy?

Seen via Breda's
The Breda Fallacy: pooh.

Here's the quote that I want to focus on.

"In a subtle break from Mr Bush’s belief that the war on terror can be won, Mr Danzig, who is a Pentagon adviser on bioterrorism, warned that while the West can defeat individual terrorist groups and plots, it can never entirely remove the threat posed by nuclear proliferation or the prospect of bioterrorism. "

I agree with Danzig's point that the threat will always exist, however I don't agree with the attitude that "Oh well, we can't stop the threat so let's just ignore it" should be official U.S. foreign policy. There will always be risks and threats, but ignoring them and placating those who would do us harm is disasterous foreign policy. Every time the U.S. has portrayed weakness to our enemies things have ended badly. Portraying strength & force doesn't always work either, but deescalating and taking force off the table from the get-go (I.E. the Obama approach) is incredibly stupid and naive. Diplomacy is great, but Obama damn well better portray force (and the willingness to use it) behind everything he says. Without that foreign leaders will walk all over him. Lord knows we've seen that happen before.

The world won't stop to hold hands and sign Kumbaya, no matter how many times Obama says "Let's play nice children."

Ignoring national security threats was the hallmark trait of the Clinton Administration, and it culminated in the 9/11 attacks. Bin Laden tested us throughout the 90's with smaller scale attacks and our response was pussified. I'm not a big fan of Bush's foreign policy, but I don't want to go to the extreme left either. Obama' s message to America's enemies is "do what you want, friends." or at least that's how they'll interpret it.

Imagine if you will what the Cold War would have been like under Obama rather than Reagan. Does that image scare you? It should.


Unknown said...

Obama already told the world that he wouldn't use the nuclear arsenal in response to a nuclear attack - for any reason.

I agree wholeheartedly with you that most bureaucrats on the left are pansy-asses when it comes to foreign policy, and rolling over to show our soft underbelly is not going to get us into Al-Qaeda's panties.

Mike W. said...

Clinton took that approach and look at how well it worked. Bombings of US embassies, the USS Cole, and finally 9/11.

Reagan would have taken out Bin Laden when he had the chance.