I have two ideas to explain why progressives in high places rarely deliver what they promise. The cynic in me likes to think they are out for themselves. They back liberal causes because they believe they are the path to fame and fortune.
When the allied coalition landed in Normandy on D-Day the casualties were appalling, but the West had made a decision. Germany had to be stopped. Violent aggression was intolerable and we ended it. Can we say the same thing about Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere?
It is easy to blame Obama’s deplorably bad leadership for the global deterioration of U.S. foreign policy, but the truth is he is only partially responsible for the mess we are in. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t made long-standing threats worse.
Politics has a way of pushing ideology to the extremes of stupidity. That’s what has happened with the White House’s growing obsession with inflicting fringe liberal values on our society. What was once a necessary counterpoint to the dialogue between left and right has become absurd and even dangerous.
Our politically correct government has made it easier to tolerate Islamists killing children, something we abhor but conveniently cannot stop. We insist this kind of violence can never happen again, a hollow gesture after over a hundred kids were killed at a school in a town on the other side of the globe that most Americans have never heard of.
The United States is spending a lot of time letting the world know that our powerful nation, the preeminent superpower of the 20th Century, is taking a nosedive in the 21st. The president is doing his best to spread responsibility for our security because intervening in places we aren’t often wanted is something he has criticized the U.S.
Nothing draws attention like the word genocide. The term is politically charged and easy to manipulate. When you talk about genocide, people pay attention. When you talk about a plague, they hope it’s happening somewhere else and then put it out of their minds.