Perhaps I have been overly hasty in denying Obama’s messianic claims. After all, while Mr. Obama’s Syrian adventure hasn’t been a complete success, it is worth noting that a series of American presidents have tried and failed to “rehabilitate” (as with Richard Nixon) the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.
Tried, but failed. Due to Mr. Putin’s former KGB tenure, it may well be that he had been in need of rehabilitation prior to being welcomed back onto the world stage. And yet here he is; as a man of peace, no less.
But what is impossible for man is … well, you remember the quote. And while America was busy blabbering away via Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama about doing Syria’s Assad a “really, honestly, incredibly-tiny little owie” just to teach him a lesson, Mr. Putin swooped onto the stage and urged caution. Writing in the New York Times on Sept. 11, the Russian leader worried that “A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.”
Mr. Putin further noted: “Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multi-religious country.”
And finally, Mr. Putin observed: “It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan ‘you’re either with us or against us.'”
Ouch. It only hurts because it is so true.
One really does need a messianic complex to think that he or she can waltz onto the world stage, sprinkle a bit of calming rhetoric on the Mideast’s fires and undo wounds going back to the earliest recorded biblical history.
But that complex was alive and well in the current American administration. Devoid of historical knowledge, the entire administration swallowed it’s own rhetoric. Backed into an ever-smaller corner of the sandbox as one red line after another was crossed, the administration gratefully reached for Putin’s life preserver, even if it did end up around their necks.
The left has yet to learn that there are consequences – often terrible, horrible consequences for millions of people – to their make-believe view of the world. To the left, the actions themselves are meaningless; what matters is how they are sold to those footing the bill in blood and tears.
I doubt that Putin has educated many American leftists. But he has educated the world about the state of America under the reign of Obama.