Even though the Obama administration proposed the sequester, according to a recent book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, President Obama placed the blame on Congress for proposing and passing the sequester. His press secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters that the sequester was a “designed trigger” and a “forcing mechanism” that was never meant to become policy.
But become policy it did. Even so, President Obama assured us during the third presidential debate that the January 2 cuts “will not happen.”
During last night’s foreign policy debate, President Obama and Governor Romney touched on a broad range of issues and topics, from sequestration to the military budget to the Navy — horses, bayonets, and all. They even tied the conversation back to domestic policy, championing the need for good teachers and better education as well as a strong economy and more jobs in order to be strong abroad.
While they touched on the Middle East, at times they criticized each other without actually articulating the differences between their ideas with regard to that region.
Good philosophy tells you something true about reality. It aids in the interpretation of historical events, which do not interpret themselves, and that’s why philosophy is necessary. But no matter how pretty a philosophical idea may sound or appear on paper, if it does not align with reality, it better make itself comfortable in the realm of ideas, because that’s where it’s going to stay.
President Obama’s philosophy about nuclear arms reduction is that if America unilaterally weakens itself militarily and in terms of its nuclear capacity, other nations will follow our ‘lead.’ Hate to break it to you, but…
No matter how they try to paint it, the attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on sovereign U.S. territory reflects badly on President Obama and his administration. Not only was their handling of the situation embarrassingly poor; they added insult to injury by falsely claiming that the incident was simply a spontaneous outburst of anger due to a movie trailer.
Thomas Sowell recently said of Obama, “His desire to redistribute wealth domestically is part of a larger ideological vision that includes a redistribution of power internationally.” Frighteningly, Sowell observes, “What many regard as a failure of Obama’s foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, may well be one of his biggest successes.” In Obama’s mind, that is.
Antagonistic assumption? We can speculate about Obama’s personal intentions for our country. What we can be completely sure about is what the evidence clearly indicates, which is that his foreign policy, especially with regard to the Middle East, has not been conducive to a strong and safe America.