President Obama once summed up his foreign policy strategy as: “Don’t do stupid sh*t.”
On the surface, that sounds like a pretty good plan. I have often said Congress functions best when it is on one of its many long recesses, like its upcoming paid vacation from July 18 through September 2. When they aren’t in session at least our congressmen aren’t writing bills ‘supporting the support of transgender acceptance‘ (yep, it’s a real bill), or bailing out Puerto Rico and the Post Office, or doing a sneaky-workaround to allow Lindsey Graham’s favorite crony, Boeing, to sell airplanes to Iran via a taxpayer-guaranteed loan through the corrupt federal Export-Import Bank.
I pretty much like it when Congress is “not doing stupid sh*t.”
But as a long-term strategy, especially for something as critical and far-reaching as the foreign policy of the world’s still-barely-greatest-but-fading-fast-superpower, “don’t do stupid sh*t” has some flaws. After all, “stupid sh*t” is in the eye (or the nose?) of the beholder. When he took office, Obama adopted the position that everything his predecessor did was “stupid sh*t”, and vowed that our country would never do any “sh*t” like that again. Under President GW Bush, Russia and China were pretty well in check, the military surge had stabilized Iraq as their fledgling democracy took root, and our armed forces were re-tooled and modernized. Apparently that didn’t meet Obama’s “smell test”. But giving Iran a half-trillion dollars with which to build their nuclear weapons program and fund terrorism? Inviting hundreds of thousands of unvetted, illegal immigrants to indulge in our social services buffet, exacerbate our unemployment, push down wages and stifle our economic growth? Naw, that’s not “stupid sh*t.”
Another major flaw in the Obama foreign policy plan: some might confuse “don’t do stupid sh*t” with “don’t do any sh*t.”
Obama failed to help Iran’s “green revolution” oust their nation’s radical Muslim leadership. He stood on the sidelines as former allies (or at least peacekeepers) in the Middle East were toppled and replaced by tyrants and terrorists. When Russia began pushing around its former minions in Georgia and the Ukraine, Obama laughed it off. “Boys will be boys.” He smiles and waves as Russian and Chinese jets buzz over the bows of our depleted and duct-taped warships.
Most critical of all, while our president was proudly implementing his “don’t do stupid sh*t” foreign policy, our adversaries were doing all kinds of scary, aggressive “sh*t”. China has all but claimed the entire South China Sea as its own private domicile and locked up the world’s supply of strategic rare-earth metals. While the US nuclear capability has been whittled down to a few 1950s era B52’s and a couple of rusty Minuteman missiles, Russia has developed 14 new state-of-the-art tactical and strategic nuclear systems. Obama’s do-nothing policies have made our nuclear arsenal the equivalent of Cuba’s auto industry.
And now Obama’s partner in foreign-policy crime, Hillary Clinton, waits in line to dutifully continue the strategies that have brought them universal praise from leftists and globalists worldwide.
Oh boy. Eight more years of “don’t do stupid sh*t.”
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
The time is right, your perfume fills my head,
The stars get red
And oh, the night’s so blue.
And then I go and spoil it all,
By saying something stupid
Like “I love you”
Sorry, no live video of this dad and daughter classic exists. Some nice photos though, and worth a listen!