Commentary Magazine


Don’t Think They’re Not Keeping Score, Mr. President

Let’s face it. We’re in doormat territory at this point. This comes from the land of “resets” and “comrades”:

Iran poses no threat to the United States, Russia said Tuesday, rebuffing a key argument of President Barack Obama on whether to go ahead with a European missile shield bitterly opposed by Moscow.

We’re in uncharted territory. Never – the Carter years included – has an American administration been so deliberate and thorough in spreading the word of an America with its guard down. If you’re Moscow or Pyongyang or Tehran, it’s a free-for-all. No one is minding the store. Take what you want, work in groups, work in shifts, pretend you’re law-abiding or be brazenly criminal. You’ll get the same “have a nice day” from the shopowner either way.

Mark Steyn nailed it earlier:

It’s not just embarassing to hear the so-called “leader of the free world” talking like a 14-year old who’s been up in his room listening to “Imagine” for too long. I fear this presidency has the makings of global tragedy.

Or global triumph. It all depends on where you’re sitting.