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July 8, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Over at The National Interest, Robert Merry doesn’t seem to be too happy with Egypt’s new military government — but he’s even less pleased with America’s civilian ruler:

What’s clear, though, is that Obama has brought to the matter of Egypt’s internal struggle a lack of intellectual rigor, and this has undermined any consistency in his thinking. If Mubarak had to go because he had been entrenched for too long and was standing in the way of an Egyptian path toward democracy, then Morsi should probably have stayed because he had not been in office through his duly designated electoral term and his forced departure likely will wreck Egypt’s prospects for keeping on a democratic path.

But that’s for the Egyptians to decide. What’s the lesson for America? It is that we should stay out of the internal politics of other nations because our involvement inevitably tosses us into inconsistent and even hypocritical postures and makes us look like a sanctimonious nation. Further, such meddling always has unintended consequences. Why did Obama have to get involved in Mubarak’s fate in the first place? What standing did he have to lecture the head of a foreign state—and an ally, at that—on when his time had passed? And what standing did he have to suggest, as he subtly did, what Morsi needed to do to legitimize his rule?

Lord Palmerton famously observed that “Britain has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies; she has permanent interests.” That’s exactly right. For example, Britain could easily be swamped by a Europe united by a single dictator. That’s why they joined various coalitions to defeat Napoleonic France, joined France (twice) to defeat Germany, and joined Germany (well, two-thirds of Germany) to resist Russia. Friends changed, interests did not.

It’s become clear however that President Obama has no permanent friends or permanent interests — unless you count “trying to make Obama look good” as a vital national interest.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Maybe Obama is being a suicide liberal - "doing good" at any cost. In this case, "doing good" means "nurturing democracy throughout the world." And in this case, "nurturing democracy" means "supporting illiberal religious fanatic fascists who will eliminate democracy."

People like Obama seem to have no problem defying the will of the people in our country, if they're convinced the people are wrong and the liberals are right. Why do they seem to believe the will of the people in other countries is absolutely sacred - even if those people democratically choose religious tyranny over secular freedom?
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Those are Obama's principles, and if you don't like them, he has others.
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"It’s become clear however that President Obama has no permanent friends or permanent interests — unless you count “trying to make Obama look good” as a vital national interest."

Alas I believe you have hit the nail on the head.
What we have with the Community-Organizer-In-Chief, is a man of the modern Democratic (post 68) party. He is not a far left socialist, unless we consider the Democratic Party Socialist....and an argument can be made this it is....or at a minimum well on the way down that road.
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"It’s become clear however that President Obama has no permanent friends or permanent interests — unless you count “trying to make Obama look good” as a vital national interest."

Actually, he's been pretty consistent about trying to help his Muslim friends, particularly the Islamists. The only exception I can think of to that observation is the assasination of Osama bin Laden. I think he knew that it would be political suicide if he had the opportunity to take bin Laden out and it came out that he'd failed to take it, otherwise, I doubt it would have happened. He'd have pontificated about how it would upset the practitioners of the Religion of Peace if he were to kill a Muslim.
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"Actually, he's been pretty consistent about trying to help his Muslim friends, particularly the Islamists."

Sources please. Listen I am not the regional president of the I Love Barry cllub, but when you and others say things like that, you come across as a Nutter....he's a secret Muslim...etc...etc.
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I understand where you are coming from, but he didn't say anything about him about him being a Muslim. (I'll take a Muslim over a Liberal Christian like Obama, that is someone whose replaced the Bible with the DNC platform, any day.)

As far a Muslim friends are concerned, he has discussed his close "Palestinian" friend.
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I know I am biased, but I honestly can't think of a single Foreign OR Domestic policy that Obama can tout, by any measure, as successful.
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We have to give him credit for consistency, then. And harmony between his domestic and foreign policies.

How does he manage to pick the wrong policy every single time?
40 weeks ago
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Maybe Obama is being a suicide liberal - "doing good" at any cost. In this case, "doing good" means "nurturing democracy throughout the world." And in this case, "nurturing democracy" means "supporting illiberal religious fanatic fascists who will eliminate democracy."

People like Obama seem to have no problem defying the will of the people in our country, if they're convinced the people are wrong and the liberals are right. Why do they seem to believe the will of the people in other countries is absolutely sacred - even if those people democratically choose religious tyranny over secular freedom?
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"Maybe Obama is being a suicide liberal - "doing good" at any cost. In this case, "doing good" means "nurturing democracy throughout the world." And in this case, "nurturing democracy" means "supporting illiberal religious fanatic fascists who will eliminate democracy.""

Well put! What gets me is they don't apparently see the insanity of this. I think it comes from not liking the West & America, because we are not perfect. In the long history of the West & America we have done some very nasty terrible things. (examples available on request...not that you need them.)
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Those are Obama's principles, and if you don't like them, he has others.
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Crap, I should have looked at your dek first. I should have known you wouldn't miss a chance for a Marx Brothers riff.
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Obama has bus wheels...and the people (and countries) he throws under them.

He's Ralph Kramden on a bad acid trip.
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Obama has one permanent interest - doing everything possible to make America a 2nd-rate power, such that our exceptionalism (the greatest & most charitable people, the mightiest military, the strongest economy, the greatest healthcare system, winner of the most Olympic medals, etc/) is no longer exceptional.
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Didn't Herman Cain get beat over the head because he didn't know foreign policy? Obama's been in the office for five years and he still hasn't learned anything.
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