Barry Rubin writes:
Unintentionally, the mistakes of the Obama Administration has become a factor spreading the power of radical Islamist movements. People aren't going to like that sentence but it is objectively true.
When Barry says that people won't like his sentence, I assume he means that people "aren't going to like" to admit a possibility that the Obama administration may be imperfect. Granted, criticism of The Won is never welcome by his supporters and is more often than not met with bitter partisan rancor.
I have a different objection to the sentence, however, and it's this: How in the world can Barry Rubin or any other pundit know the intentions of Barack Obama? We can assume, we can imagine -one way or the other- but we cannot know. The only thing that's "objectively true" is that radical Islamist movements are gaining power and influence, while the U.S. is losing power and influence. Not one of us can know whether the Barack Obama we're seeing is making "mistakes" toward that end, or is actually, successfully, taking steps in a plan toward that end.
Is there no skepticism left anywhere (outside the heartland of this country)? I certainly don't claim to know Obama's intentions, but I am skeptical of the baseless assumption that they are for the good. I think what we can say is that Obama couldn't be doing a better job of spreading the power of radical Islamist movements... if he tried.
I'm afraid we may never truly know the nature of his intentions; they are just as clouded now as they ever were [see also his birth certificate]. And this recent play-acting by the president and his state-run media, trying so desperately to assert that Obama somehow resembles Ronald Reagan, is incredibly absurd. But it fits the pattern: Black is white, up is down, slavery is freedom, terrorists are good (Jews are bad) -- and now? Barack Obama is the quintessential representation of American optimism, exceptionalism and patriotism.
Yeah, right. Gd and Country all the way.