Team Obama, Megalomaniacs
Foreign Policy in Focus, a left-leaning think tank, noted:
Across the Arab and Islamic world, the change in style will be measured against the substance of U.S. policies. Over the years, many commentators have attributed America's poor image to its unpopular policies.
Of course, part of the problem is defining the purpose of foreign policy. As much as it may anger those on the left, there is only one reason for any country's foreign policy: to advance the goals of that country. Period. Any behavior by this administration that degrades that goal must, by definition, be contrary to that advancement. Obama has extended his hand to the Iranians time and time again, only to have his hand slapped. He has sought (ineffectively) sanctions against Iran time and time again, and has gone as far as offering to exempt China and Russia from those sanctions in order to get their vote:
The Obama administration is pressing Congress to provide an exemption from Iran sanctions to companies based in "cooperating countries," a move that likely would exempt Chinese and Russian concerns from penalties meant to discourage investment in Iran.
"If you will vote for sanctions, you can continue to sell to Iran regardless of those sanctions, but your vote will prevent any others from doing so." Omnipotent? I don't think so. Psycho-pathological? Absolutely!
The Obama administration's need to reframe the discussion -- changing "act of terrorism" to "man-caused disaster," and "the war on terror" to "overseas contingency operations" -- is evidence that they believe the rest of us don’t have a clue and that only they know how to bring "change" to fruition.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg allowed the possibility that the Times Square attack was carried out by a “teabagger,” a domestic terrorist angry about ObamaCare "or something." Jihadism likely did not qualify as a something.
From ThreatsWatch.Org ("Examining Target New York: Initial Analysis Of The Times Square Bombing Attempt") came a more sober analysis:
The reasonable will protest and air complaints. The violent, the extreme, the Islamist and terrorist will attack, kill, maim and destroy. ...
We have no choice but to pursue. We are at war, a long war. A war of bombs, a war of ideas. The enemy gets a vote and a turn. We must win more than we lose. For all its complexities and the natural fears within Target New York, it's also just that simple.