Taking Obama's Foreign Policy Seriously
Last month, I argued that many conservatives were failing to take Barack Obama seriously—in their attacks on his golfing and their presumption he was in over his head, they were failing to grasp that Obama might be a world-historical figure who would change the trajectory of the American polity as significantly as Ronald Reagan did.
Liberals rather enjoyed this point before they came upon the sentence in which I said that Obama’s “anti-exceptionalist foreign policy is setting the world on a course for nihilistic chaos.” This was deemed an unserious attack, and therefore any argument I was making that it was “Time to Get Serious” (the title of the piece) was disqualified. My critics were right, in the sense that I was guilty of making a point too complicated to be thrown away in a single clause. So let me try to make the case at greater length.
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John Podhoretz is editor of COMMENTARY.