Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the foreign “policy” of our current president, Barack Obama.
While reading an article this morning (see below), my vague feelings (ok, not so vague) coalesced.
Here’s the article, if you’d like to read it.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37523915/ns/world_news-washington_post
Our current government’s “foreign policy” appears to be that it is our duty to treat everyone (friend, foe, ally, neutral) in the world equally, and to behave in accordance with what the majority of nations decree is “right”.
This is a wonderfully naive perspective, since clearly, many of the nations of the world don’t have our best interests, or those of our closest allies, at heart.
Sometimes, the majority opinion does NOT reflect what is morally or ethically (per OUR morals and ethics) “right”.
The treatment of Israel by a large majority of the countries in the world is a prime example.
Our ethics tell us that everyone should be treated fairly. We are not doing that to Israel – we and the rest of the world have singled them out and are holding them to a higher standard. Turn the other cheek, then turn it again, then again, then again, etc.
We (the world) demand self-flagellating behaviors from Israel that we wouldn’t consider demanding from ANY other country in the world.
But, even worse is our (America’s) current self-flagellation at the expense of the worst the world has to offer.
Of course, let’s put their interests first! Of course we’ve hurt other countries! Of course we’ve offended others! We must apologize and propitiate ourselves in order to make them like us.
But, what if these actions strengthen those who wish to hurt or destroy us?
Not everyone in the world has such a “Pollyanna-ish” perspective.
There are plenty of countries rejoicing that we are not standing by our friends and that we are putting the interests of the world community before our own.
Maslow, in his famous hierarchy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maslow%27s_Hierarchy_of_Needs.svg describes how needs are determined and typically addressed.
First are physiological needs – food, water, air, etc. The absolute basics required to survive.
Next are needs related to safety – security of employment, resources, employment, family, body, health, etc.
After that comes love and belonging between friends and family, and only after that come achievement, belonging, self-esteem, respect of others, and respect by others.
It seems to me that Obama, in his policies, is ignoring that the basic needs of the collective American “I” must be met first before worrying about the collective “wants” of the rest of the world.
It is his job to secure OUR survival first, THEN worry about what the rest of the world thinks of him.
Throwing friends to the wolves reduces our security, and provides a false sense of belonging to the worldwide community.
Many of the nations of the world wish us harm. Of this, there can be no doubt.
Not everyone who tells us they’re our friend has our best interests at heart.
There is a very long list of countries who would like nothing better than to see the United States fail. Many have tremendous jealousy of our way of life at the same time they profess to abhor it. Then, there are those who truly despise our way of life and what we stand for.
Appeasement of these nations in no way serves our best interests, nor does it make us safer. The opposite, in fact.
Appeasement as policy does not work. Just ask Neville Chamberlain. Had the United States stood by and let OUR ALLIES be conquered, getting along in Europe today would involve knowing only one language – German – instead of the joys of myriad different cultures.
We, as a Republic (which is NOT the same as a Democracy!!!), stand for the rights of individuals, for self-determination, and for freedom.
Most of the countries which Mr. Obama is trying to appease have absolutely no desire to embrace ANY of our principles, are not and never will truly be our “friends”, and on a more basic level, wish we would just go away, along with Israel.
I think Mr. Obama is doing us, as a nation, a severe disservice by making us appear weak in the eyes of the world, and by not standing firm by Israel’s side, he is signaling to the rest of the world that our guarantees of the security of our friends means absolutely nothing. That it is safe to attack and isolate our friends because clearly, we won’t lift a finger to help them, since that might make other countries not like us.
What a sad time for us…..