The Arrogance of Power

America is in trouble. We need jobs. We need to bring back manufacturing. We need to stop the taxes and regulations that are driving jobs out of the country. We need to stop illegal immigration that is flooding the country with unskilled labor, taking jobs away from young people. This is what the American people are concerned about. According to exit polls, the economy was the number one concern of voters across the country.

So, what does our president do as soon as the election is over? He threatens to take executive action on illegal immigration. He wants to give 5 million illegals a path to citizenship. That’s a lot of jobs we don’t have, and a lot of people to support. Shouldn’t the American people expect more from their president? Shouldn’t we expect that an elected official, in this case the president of the United States, listen to the American people? And the big question…shouldn’t we expect our president to put American citizens and interests first?

Sadly, the answer is all too obvious. Obama has never been the president of the “United” States of America. He has made it his job to rip us apart in every way possible. He made it his job to try to destroy the Republican party by constantly playing the blame game. He made it his job to make sure Harry Reid didn’t put the 360 House Republican bills to a vote in the Senate, thereby, denying Republican voters representation. Now, he is making it his job to bypass Congress.

He has traveled the country and the world sniping at Republicans, the GOP, the Tea Party, Fox News, and anyone who doesn’t agree with his agenda. He has bullied, threatened, whined, thrown temper tantrums, vacationed and golfed.

He has played the race card more than once, getting involved and speaking out when he should have waited for the details to come out. This president, our first black president (he is half white, but doesn’t acknowledge that fact), could have accomplished so much to bring the country together in regards to race relations. He could have guided African Americans toward better skills for building a good life. But, instead, he made matters worse. He forgets that he is supposed to be president over the entire country, not just those that will vote for him.

I wanted to give him the benefit after the election, but every time I try to do that, he proves himself unworthy. He’s in a snit because the Democrats lost power, so he’s going to pull this stunt. It’s a power play that’s pure political posturing. President Obama you’ve had 6 years to pass immigration reform. You had control of the house and the senate for your first two years, and you didn’t do anything about immigration reform. You are thumbing your nose at the American people by taking this action at this time. Shame on you.

These are my thoughts. I don’t ask anyone to agree with me. My frustration with this president and this administration is beyond exasperating.

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Failure: Obama’s Utopian World View

I’ve long been of the opinion that Barack Obama, along with most progressives, has an ideology that sees this grand worldwide utopia. Never mind that history has shown us quite the opposite to be true.

In order to get to this utopia, first the government has to take away freedoms in order to control the masses. The 2nd Amendment–throw it out. The little people aren’t responsible enough and have no right to own guns! Make our own medical decision in tandem with our personal doctors? No, put the government in charge of that. Freedom of speech? No–political correctness has run amok, stifling every utterance.

Under Obama’s leadership our country is farther apart than I have ever seen it, so if he cannot govern the USA, how does he think the world is going to magically become a utopia? It baffles the mind.

Here is an excellent article by Erick Erickson of RedState.

Many people suggest President Obama has checked out. He treats the ever growing threat of ISIS as an abstraction. Sources from within the administration are now more openly admitting that for almost a year intelligence and Pentagon officials have advised the President of the threat. He has chosen to do very little. Last Wednesday, he said we would “shrink” ISIS and make it “a manageable problem” as opposed to eliminate it.

A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a sitting governor and a dear friend of mine. The friend leaned over to the governor and me and said Barack Obama is to America as Clarence the Angel was to George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Barack Obama is showing the world what it would look like had America never been born. As this friend later wrote, “Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.”

 Consider how far the world has collapsed in the past year. Again, my friend noted, since Labor Day weekend last year the Chinese expanded their air defense identification zone to incorporate the territory of other nations, the Russians annexed Crimea, ISIS rose, the Russians invaded Ukraine, Mosul fell, the Hungarian liberal democracy collapsed into Russian aligned authoritarianism, a Central American refugee crisis spawned a border and humanitarian crisis in the United States, the Egyptians and Emiratis attacked Libya without telling the United States, Iraqi Christians and the Yazidi are suffering genocide at the hands of ISIS, NATO is scrambling to shore up its eastern-frontier defenses, mainstream anti-Semitism is re-emerging, the Americans are on the verge of yet another war in Iraq, middle America is seeing race riots, etc., etc.

Seventy-five years ago this past Monday, German tanks rolled across the Polish border setting off World War II. Sixty-nine years ago this past Tuesday, World War II ended as the Japanese formally surrendered. In the nearly seven decades since, the West has established a world wide peace. Though not flawless, we have lived a relatively stable and secure existence. In just the past year, Barack Obama has largely undone seven decades of gains toward peace.

 

For the rest of the article, please go to http://www.redstate.com/2014/09/04/the-president-is-not-checked-out/

What’s Going on in Ferguson?

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Do the happenings in Ferguson, Mo seem normal to anyone? It’s been ten days! The reaction of the citizens of this predominantly black Missouri town is bordering on fanaticism at this point in time. Why are they still marching? Why are they still looting? They’ve had two autopsies, and Eric Holder is requesting another one at the Federal level. Holder is coming to their rescue. The Governor spoke out calling for an aggressive prosecution. Obama took time from his vacation to speak on the matter. It looks to me like everything is going in their favor…except for the facts as I understand them.

But for Obama, Ferguson is a splendid gift of a distraction.

Here is an interesting blog that I read on Red Flag News. It was written by Wayne Allyn Root of WMD…

There is something very wrong. I can feel it. Can’t you?

The unrest and rioting is getting worse in Ferguson. Get used to it. More unrest is on the way … soon to a street near you. Obama never lets a good crisis go to waste. For Obama, this is the perfect crisis.

August 9. That was the day that a young black male was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. That was 10 days ago. The situation has smoldered for 10 long days. Monday night two people were shot, 31 arrested.

This situation could have been defused 10 days ago with an appearance by the president. Barack Obama isn’t just any president; he’s the first black president. The young man killed by police was a black male. The smoldering town is predominantly black. The angry crowds are black Americans. A few words from Obama while standing on the ground in Ferguson could have put this smoldering fire out days ago.

Obama could have stopped this fire from getting out of control at any time of his choosing. So where was Obama? Why doesn’t he want to put the fire out?

My new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class,” is all about the accelerating decline and destruction of America under Barack Obama. Nothing Obama does is by mistake. Everything has a purpose. Everything fits an agenda to “fundamentally change America.” Obama never lets a crisis go to waste. He uses every crisis to distract the people. Don’t look now, but Ferguson is the perfect crisis, at the perfect time. This one came on a silver platter!

What is Obama distracting us from? Pick a story, any story. America is crumbling on all fronts. Jobs. The economy. Immigration. Obamacare. Israel. Putin. ISIS. It’s all going bad. Fast.

The economy is in crisis (there’s that word again). The decline for middle-class Americans gets worse by the day. The only jobs being reported by government and their media lapdogs are crummy part-time jobs that keep the employee dependent on government. Obamacare is a disaster. Health insurance premiums are up 88 percent in California. They are up more since Obamacare took effect than in the eight prior years COMBINED. Obamacare is bankrupting the middle class ad therefore destroying the economy.

The Southern border of the United States is under attack. Obama refuses to put up a wall. He refuses to deport the thousands showing up every day. He’s assigning them lawyers. He is relocating thousands of illegal-alien gang-bangers at the border into middle class neighborhoods and schools near you. These aren’t sweet kids. They are hardened criminals and drug dealers with tattoos from head to toe. At the same time Obama chose to release tens of thousands of violent illegal alien felons from America’s prisons.

And worldwide, the meltdown is even worse. The world under Obama is on fire. Pick a zone, any zone. Israel, Syria, Iran, ISIS in Iraq, Ukraine. Disaster is unfolding across the globe. America, American interests, American exceptionalism, Christianity itself … they are all under attack. Obama is the first president in history to put a hold on arms shipments to Israel in the middle of a life-or-death conflict. Our enemies are emboldened.

So how do you hide and distract the masses from this unfolding multi-pronged disaster? How do you try to change landslide losses in the upcoming midterm elections? You change the game. You create strife and division. Racial division. It’s the perfect cover.

Watch tonight’s news. Count the minutes on all these stories versus Ferguson. It’s Obama’s dream come true! The perfect distraction. Heck, not only is Ferguson eating up all the air in the room, but Brian Williams and the NBC national news was coming from Ferguson last night. Can you imagine if unrest, rioting and looting spreads to cities across America? It will dominate the news for weeks, pushing all Obama’s disasters off the air.

Obama has stirred the pot for six years now. Black against white. Rich against poor. Men against women. Republicans against Democrats. Private sector against public servants. Taxpayers against the tax takers. Obama needs “division.” Race warfare. Class warfare. Anger. Resentment. Civil war. America is bursting at the seams. It’s all part of the agenda. It’s all part of the Cloward-Piven plan we learned as classmates at Columbia University, Class of ’83. Obama desperately needs to distract the people to carry out his plan to destroy this country. He is following the plan to a T.

Enter Ferguson, Missouri. The first black president has had 10 days to defuse unrest among black protesters in Ferguson. He could have ended this any time in the last 10 days.

Obama has had 10 days to point out that thousands of blacks are killed by other blacks every year – with no protests, no unrest, no crowds. Ten days to point out that in one weekend in Chicago there are often 25 blacks killed by other blacks and dozens shot and injured – without a word of protest.

Ten days to point out that there are no facts in about this case. That no one knows if this kid (Michael Brown) was in fact innocent, or if he was charging a police officer, high on drugs, after a strong-arm robbery, and after already punching the cop and trying to grab his gun. Obama could have pointed out that this is no cut-and-dried case of police brutality or racism. There isn’t a shred of evidence to indicate race had anything to do with this shooting.

But that’s not part of the plan. Ferguson just happened to come along at the perfect time. It’s exactly what Obama needed. Ferguson is the perfect match to light the fire. Here is the perfect opportunity to divide the nation, to incite unrest and violence across America.

If the American people are fighting each other, they won’t see what is really happening to the country. And think of the bonuses here. Obama could use spreading unrest to declare martial law. This crisis could accelerate Obama’s plans times a thousand. Cloward and Piven are smiling. Saul Alinsky is nodding. Karl Marx is applauding.

Ferguson is just the start. Obama has lit the match. America is on fire.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/obama-lit-the-match-in-ferguson/#z0RpbS0tQFGbGmDj.99

http://www.redflagnews.com/headlines/war-obama-lit-the-match-in-ferguson

How Historians Will Look at Obama

I came across this article and it expresses so well the problem with voting an inexperienced man to be the president of the USA, that I just have to share it. Sadly, since Matt Patterson wrote this on The American Thinker blogsite, thinks have gone from bad to worse concerning this president and the mess he has made of everything he touches.

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor;” a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president? There is no evidence that he ever attended or worked for any university or that he ever sat for the Illinois bar. We have no documentation for any of his claims. He may well be the greatest hoax in history.

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were ‘a bit’ extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years. (An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his 2008 speeches)

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerless-ness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The other day he actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our economy and country back on track). But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly? In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such an impostor in the Oval Office.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/obama_the_affirmative_action_president.html

 

Letter to Obama from Mom of Officer Killed by Illegal Immigrant

This is a heart-breaking story that never should have had to be told. I just have to wonder if our unconcerned president will ever bother to read a letter like this. Will he invite this mother to a press conference at the White House? I think we all know the answer to that.

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President Obama,

I am writing this letter to you regarding illegal immigrants.

As a tax paying, law abiding citizen of the United States, I WANT my voice heard on this issue. My son, Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, an officer who was with the City of Mesa, Arizona police department, was killed in a tragic head on collision on May 12, 2014 by a wrong way driver on our freeways. This man happened to be an illegal immigrant, was in this country illegally, convicted of previous crimes, no Social Security number, no valid driver’s license BUT he had purchased a vehicle and registered it to drive in Maricopa County Arizona.

I had my son’s life STOLEN from me by a man who didn’t value his life, was 3X the legal limit drunk, was high on Meth, drove for over 35 miles THE WRONG WAY on 4 different freeways and had NO BUSINESS BEING IN THIS COUNTRY!!!

The Federal Government knew he, Raul Silva Corona , was an illegal immigrant when he was convicted on crimes in 1994 in Colorado. The prosecutors were “lenient” on him and several charges were dismissed. When he was convicted of these crimes and 1994 and the government knew he was in the country illegally, why wasn’t he deported? Why are any of these illegal criminals in this country ??

I am furious that the Federal Government allowed this criminal to stay in this country and KILL my son! I have attached several articles for you to PERSONALLY read about my son. He was an Icon with the City of Mesa Police Department. He was instrumental in making life better for people of all walks of life in the park project he took on. He was humble, selfless, worked many hours off the clock helping disadvantaged children and often used his own money to do things for the community, including “adopting” children at Christmas to provide them with gifts….out of his own money!!

I have attached numerous articles for you to read about my son. This was not a life that should have been taken so early. The good he was doing in our community is remarkable, the difference he made in people’s lives is amazing and the comfort he brought people in friendship was unmeasurable.

All you have to do is Google ” Sgt/Officer Brandon Mendoza” and you will have plenty of reading material about my wonderful son who had just passed his Sergeant’s exam to become a Sgt. The Chief of Police posthumously promoted him during the week of his funeral but that highlight of his life was stolen from him!!! He was officer of the year last year. Officer of the quarter for the first quarter of 2014. He was only 32 years old and had done more in his life than most of us have done in a lifetime!

I am going to have my voice heard and I want to you to know what my personal feeling is on whether CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS should be allowed in this country. I have been DIRECTLY affected by this. I am sure if your life had been affected like mine has been, you would have a different view of this situation. I have lived in Arizona most of my life. My son, Brandon Mendoza, was half Hispanic. It’s not the color of skin that my son or I see, it’s the person and how they conduct their lives. If you can’t enter this country legally then you shouldn’t be here. If you commit crimes, you should pay the time any of us as US Citizens would have to serve. Letting these illegal criminals out of our jails before their time is served and turning them loose on the streets to commit further crimes and KILL our loved ones is NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME!! AND it shouldn’t be acceptable to any US Citizen. Mr. President, you don’t have the right to make this decision yourself……I have a say, even if it is for one moment. Maybe that one moment will light a spark with another citizen who can then light a candle, who can then light a bonfire, who can then light a city up and so on. My light has just been lit and I am not going to back down when so many of these illegal immigrants have more rights than we do. My son’s death will not be ignored as another statistic.

I want laws to change that would not allow illegal immigrants to purchase vehicles in our country and register them to drive them in our states WITHOUT having driver’s licenses to drive them legally. How is this happening??? I want laws changed that will force the removal of illegal immigrants who break our laws. This man, this repeated law breaker, was allowed to be released and he continued breaking the laws in our country until what???? UNTIL HE WAS STOPPED BY MY SON IN A HEAD ON COLLISION THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!!!! HE KILLED AN OFFICER OF THE LAW AS HIS LAST ACT!!! When are you going to see the flip side to this issue? When will you realize the hurt and pain and destruction these illegal immigrants who break the law will continue to cause???? Until you live in a state that deals with this on a daily basis, you will not understand it.

I want answers that make sense. I want answers from you personally as to why this criminal was allowed to stay in our country until he took my son’s life.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Mendoza

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/10/mom-of-officer-killed-by-illegal-immigrant-pens-scathing-letter-to-obama-i-want-my-voice-heard-on-this-issue/

Male/Female Wage Gap

Our Government continues to pass laws, supposedly for the benefit of “we the people.” Many of these laws, if not most, are just to quiet the demands of one of any number of special interest groups. Groups that think their cause trumps the majority of the population. A lot of these laws are just feel-good band aids meant to calm down the ignorant masses (that’s us, folks).

Politicians tell us what the new law is supposed to accomplish. They tell us how it will help us. If we’re smart, we know it will only help a certain segment of society. And, if we’re very smart, we know they rarely tell us the truth. They rarely give us anything other than the talking points that will speak to our emotions, and get the far extremes of both parties excited about it – both pro and con.  They leave the murky hidden depths of the laws behind closed doors. Or, actually lie right to our collective faces. Sadly, some think that is okay, as long as the government takes care of them so that they don’t have to think for themselves.

In light of Obama’s newest Executive Order, I decided to gather further information on the wage gap in America. I encourage you to check out the article on this subject on the  IWF – Independent Women’s Forum – website. Like me, you may not agree with every facet of the article, but I hope you find it as enlightening as I did. Also, watch the following video titled Straight Talk About the Wage Gap, also from IWF.

 

http://iwf.org/files/IWF-Wage-Gap-Final.pdf

http://iwf.org/blog/2790999/video:-straight-talk-about-the-wage-gap

Obama’s Fantasy World

1378230_477080392417665_1901069596_nWhen I look at this picture of Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton, I see two people lying to the American public. It’s unconscionable that anyone could remember that fact, and still believe that she should be our next president…but like with Obama in the last election, people will forget anything just to push their agenda.

I’ve said for quite some time that many people on the left vote with a ideologically utopian view of what the world should be. Like the beauty contestant saying with simpering sincerity that she hopes for “world peace.”An unobtainable goal, in my opinion. But, on the other hand, not just my opinion. All we have to do is look at history to see that human beings are flawed, and world peace, multiculturalism, open borders, etc does not and will not work.

I was surprised to see that my humble opinion has been agreed with by none other that The Washington Post. Here is what the Editorial Board had to say on March 2nd:

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in whichthe tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”

That’s a nice thought, and we all know what he means. A country’s standing is no longer measured in throw-weight or battalions. The world is too interconnected to break into blocs. A small country that plugs into cyberspace can deliver more prosperity to its people (think Singapore or Estonia) than a giant with natural resources and standing armies.

Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power.

Mr. Obama is not responsible for their misbehavior. But he does, or could, play a leading role in structuring the costs and benefits they must consider before acting. The model for Mr. Putin’s occupation of Crimea was his incursion into Georgia in 2008, when George W. Bush was president. Mr. Putin paid no price for that action; in fact, with parts of Georgia still under Russia’s control, he was permitted to host a Winter Olympics just around the corner. China has bullied the Philippines and unilaterally staked claims to wide swaths of international air space and sea lanes as it continues a rapid and technologically impressive military buildup. Arguably, it has paid a price in the nervousness of its neighbors, who are desperate for the United States to play a balancing role in the region. But none of those neighbors feel confident that the United States can be counted on. Since the Syrian dictator crossed Mr. Obama’s red line with a chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 civilians, the dictator’s military and diplomatic position has steadily strengthened.

The urge to pull back — to concentrate on what Mr. Obama calls “nation-building at home” — is nothing new, as former ambassador Stephen Sestanovich recounts in his illuminating history of U.S. foreign policy, “Maximalist.” There were similar retrenchments after the Korea and Vietnam wars and when the Soviet Union crumbled. But the United States discovered each time that the world became a more dangerous place without its leadership and that disorder in the world could threaten U.S. prosperity. Each period of retrenchment was followed by more active (though not always wiser) policy. Today Mr. Obama has plenty of company in his impulse, within both parties and as reflected by public opinion. But he’s also in part responsible for the national mood: If a president doesn’t make the case for global engagement, no one else effectively can.

The White House often responds by accusing critics of being warmongers who want American “boots on the ground” all over the world and have yet to learn the lessons of Iraq. So let’s stipulate: We don’t want U.S. troops in Syria, and we don’t want U.S. troops in Crimea. A great power can become overextended, and if its economy falters, so will its ability to lead. None of this is simple.

But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not. While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.

As Mr. Putin ponders whether to advance further — into eastern Ukraine, say — he will measure the seriousness of U.S. and allied actions, not their statements. China, pondering its next steps in the East China Sea, will do the same. Sadly, that’s the nature of the century we’re living in.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html