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Ed Driscoll

True Believers Finally Express First Signs of Doubt

April 28th, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Great moments in Chyrons: “The Obama Doctrine in Doubt,” declares CNN.

This can’t be good. Believe CNN! Believe! Bake Barry a fresh cake! Otherwise the whole media-industrial-Democrat complex could topple:
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Besides its myriad and obvious failures in practice, the inability of its namesake to explain what exactly “The Obama Doctrine” is also contributes to doubts among the faithful, as Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air:

The only thing missing from Barack Obama’s defense of his stumbling foreign policy was the word “inherited.” Fox’s Ed Henry asked Obama earlier today to explain the “Obama Doctrine” that drives foreign policy in the wake of the disarray in Ukraine, Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, among other flops. Obama responded that he didn’t have the time in the presser to detail an “Obama Doctrine,” but he took the time to declare that his predecessor’s was all about military intervention:

Ed quotes a tweet noting that Obama’s reply to Henry was “I doubt I am going to have time to outline my entire foreign policy,” but apparently it involves a potent cocktail of leading from behind, Staples “That Was Easy”-style reset buttons, speeches downloaded to iPod players, and Twitter hashtags.

Or [perhaps the flummoxed president needs Charlie Gibson staring down at him arrogantly over his half-frames and demanding an answer to help focus his mind.

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If Team Obama explained its policy, say in a "white paper" (admittedly a racist term), then the US public (the peasants) would be informed about the facts, reasoning, and intended actions of our government.

In the complicated and sophisticated world of Team Obama diplomacy, our enemies must continue to believe that our government is uninformed, clueless, unplanned, and irresolute. We can only defeat our enemies and help our friends if they are completely confused about our intentions and convinced that we are idiots.

This is the devastating accomplishment of Team Obama. The world is convinced that our government is run by idiots. Our own confusion and cluelessness is a small price to pay in this very clever strategy. Everything will go badly until just before the end, when it seems as if there is no hope. Then, POW!, the cleverly hidden secret plan will emerge and devastate the opposition.

Consider our past successes. Al Qaeda is destroyed, and only minor demostrations (eg. in Libya) spoil the new Pax Americana. (Ha)

It is unfortunate that this strategy can be used only once. Once sprung, the world will know that Team Obama is really wicked smart. So, all fronts must be managed to appear lost at the same time. The dramatic reveal will then show victory on all fronts. Our opposition will not know what hit them.

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Where are the white papers describing the detail of Obama's plans?

Has Obama neglected to use the vast resources of the government to answer those questions? Why does he have an economic team and whole departments for analysis? Does he form the US economic and foreign policies only from his own analysis while playing golf? Can we at least see his notes on the cocktail napkins?

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The government must give us the details in writing. Why do we accept evasions at press conferences, when actual answers would be incomplete and inadequate? Why do we accept less planning and explanation from government than government requires to build an ordinary building?
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