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More Krauthammer on Obama

Since I'm quoting Krauthammer today, I should include his recent perspective on the new "Obama doctrine" articulated in Oslo. I'm one of those "conservative colleagues" toward whom Krauthammer's just scolding is directed.

I was less impressed [than my conservative colleagues] by the dawn of his "new realism." What the president stood up and said was there's evil in the world and Gandhi would not have done well against Hitler.

Well, for most of us, you dispose of those issues in the first week in the freshman dorm in college after a couple of late-night discussions. And to elevate it as a great philosophical achievement ... is quite astonishing. It is emperor's new clothes.

It is obvious.

The fact that we were all impressed is to tell you how unrealistic, idealistic, and naive were all the previous speeches, starting with the speech he gave in '08 in Berlin in which he said that the [Berlin] wall had come down ... "because the world stood as one."

Well, that's not why the wall had come down. It came down because America stood fast for 50 years on the ramparts of freedom and didn't flinch, and in the end the other guy conceded and collapsed.

This kind of globalism, this universalism, this naivete runs through all of his policy.

Hat tip: NRO.

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It was the naivete of the candidate, the expression of the dream and vision and hope and change that the majority of voting Americans loved. Now it is the globalism, universalism and naivete that has most of adult America nervous as a cat about him. Which I suppose means we have gone from dog-like devotion to cat-like suspicion in a pretty short time and it must be unnerving for that poor silly man who now finds himself demanding that we treat the American economy like it was based on Monopoly money and giving speeches denouncing the demand practically with the same breath.

How can the poor guy reconcile his past and present? To be the president America needs means renouncing the campaign that won him the presidency. I feel like I am watching Houdini in his glass aquarium trying to work his way out of the straitjacket. I am going to clap like crazy if he succeeds, but at this point truly expect him to fail. What that failure means for all of us is nasty and I like it no more than Krauthammer does.

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