As Time Goes By . . .
- by Victor Davis Hanson - February 20th, 2012 - National Review Online
It is hard to remember a more tense time in the last 20 years. Tiny Israel may be poised to preempt the nuclear capabilities of Iran (an Iran that itself once attempted, unsuccessfully, to take out the Iraqi reactor at Osirak before Israel finished the job), whose terrorist appendages and missiles have the ability to do it a great deal of damage in return. How such a war would escalate or end, no one knows. There is no sense of a global effort to stop Iran’s proliferation, given that China and Russia seem to enjoy the irritation that Iran causes the West. I think U.S. policy amounts to a sort of shrug (we publicly discourage the Israelis, privately sorta hope they do, and publicly will sorta condemn them if they do). Whatever is happening in Afghanistan and Iraq, no one seems to know, or — despite our tens of thousands of troops in combat — even seem to care, given that the administration seems irked more than engaged.
Barack Obama is simply one of the most disastrous elected officials in the history of our nation. And his election could not have come at a more critical moment in the last 80 years. The out come of World War II was always critical, and despite my disgust with FDR over his economic beliefs, he did a brilliant job of assuring America won the war. He saw it coming. When needed he even turned our capitalists loose to build the most powerful military armaments mankind had ever seen. In the midst of war, FDR established the economic dominance that allowed our amazing success after the war as well. Yet few in America seem to see the parallels in our current situation to that earlier crisis. It need not have turned out well.
However rather than another FDR, with his faults, this time the Democrat Party has turned to a man who despises what America did, both during that war and after. Barack Obama's policies are a foreign policy nightmare.
The most frightening line in the article is "It seems more like 1936 than 2012 in Europe." Just like 1936, the voters do not want to believe that war is coming. This time, that includes our President.
For that reason alone, this is not going to end well.