“It’s now official. America is the France of the 21st century,” Rich Galen writes at Real Clear Politics. Which is infinitely more supine than the France of the Napoleonic era, despite the fantasies of Mr. Obama and his palace guard at Newsweek (Remember them?):
France was a big power in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The French were pretty much in a constant state of war what with everything from the Seven Years’ War, to the French and Indian Wars, to the American Revolution, to the Napoleonic Wars.
Then came the 20th Century when World War I was mostly fought on French soil leading to their preemptive surrender in World War II.
Since then the French still pretend to be a full-fledged member of the Planetary Cool Kids Table, but they have to sit on the end and fetch extra pints of milk for the real members.
The United States, under President Obama, is looking more and more comfortable at the other end of the table.
We haven’t been sent to get extra napkins yet, but Barack Obama is responsible for the most dramatic decrease in a nation’s standing since Alderaan was blown up by the Death Star in 1977 (Earth date).
The Edward Snowden debacle is the latest in a string of embarrassments, miscalculations, examples of mis- non- and/or malfeasance of his keeping his Administration under control, and just plain incompetence.
Personally, if I had to choose a metaphor for the Obama-induced decline of the nation, I’d compare America to England in the 1970s, another basket-case postwar Euro-socialist kleptocracy, but as a former Secretary of State likes to say, what difference does it make?