[AUTHOR'S NOTE: I'm working on a post about the ominous significance of Obama's feckless blustering re Russia's involvement in the situation in the Ukraine. In the process I revisited an article I wrote back in April, 2010 that included some general observations that are pointedly relevant again now. For readers new to me and my background, a biographical note may be helpful: During Ronald Reagan's Administration I served on the State Department's Policy Planning Staff and on the staff of the National Security Council (when William P. Clark, Jr. was National Security Advisor) before serving as one of President Reagan's Ambassadors at the United States Mission to the UN, and thereafter as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations. All of which goes to explain my continuing interest in matters of foreign policy and National Security.]
In a brief article entitled Disarmer-in Chief Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy, aptly summarizes the effect of Barack Obama's Nuclear Posture Review.
According to today's New York Times, it took over a year and 150 meetings to translate Pres. Barack Obama's vision of a nuclear-weapons-free world into a policy prescription known as the Nuclear Posture Review. Evidently, it took that much time and that much bureaucratic thrashing to wear down opposition from within the Obama administration to the only practical effect such a vision can have: disarming the United States.
Most Americans will be horrified that President Obama is compromising our deterrent to chemical and biological attacks on this country. Our allies will also be troubled by his aspiration to eliminate U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Foes and friends alike will be bemused by his assertion that such steps will, as the Times paraphrased it, "create incentives for countries to give up any nuclear ambitions." In fact, none — not one — of the other nuclear states or the obvious wannabes has evinced any interest in abandoning such "ambitions."
In every respect Barack Obama has repeatedly shown himself to be a fanatical ideologue. His words, policies and actions support the conclusion that he is the first anti-American occupant of the White House in U.S. history. Apparently the only power he does not want the Federal government to control is the power to defend the nation.
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many people go on assuming that Obama seeks somehow to serve the nation's good. He has rejected the moral premises, criticized the principles and undermined the authority of the Constitution. He has pursued fiscal policies that promise to destroy the good faith and credit of the U.S. Government and bankrupt its Treasury. He has pursued military policies with no rational strategic context or purpose, fruitlessly eroding the strength and morale of our armed forces. Ignoring the unequivocal lessons of history, he has pursued economic and social policies that assault the private sector, curtail individual economic liberty and aim to compel the reluctant majority of the American people down the path of failed and discredited socialist party dictatorship.
On any assumption of goodwill toward America and its institutions, Obama's policies appear incoherent, disjointed, incompetent and self-destructive. On the assumption of hostility toward America's vital interests and its way of life, however, they resolve into the rational, coherent and indeed directly linear pursuit of its destruction.[Read more...]