Re­al­ity will smash Obama’s fan­tasy world

Forbes - - Fact & Comment // Steve Forbes - BY STEVE FORBES, ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Pres­i­dent Obama will have a ter­ri­ble year in 2016. His pop­u­lar­ity will plum­met as peo­ple re­coil from his pas­siv­ity in the face of the ter­ror­ist on­slaught. He will be­come in­creas­ingly iso­lated and bit­ter as his view of how the world works comes crash­ing down. His over­ween­ing pride and rigid­ity will pre­vent him from truly chang­ing his poli­cies. There will be feints to sug­gest such a course, but peo­ple will see through them, just as they did with his re­cent ad­dress to the na­tion and his sub­se­quent speeches on this sub­ject.

What famed Amer­i­can his­to­rian Richard Hof­s­tadter once wrote about Her­bert Hoover’s re­sponse to the Great De­pres­sion ap­plies equally well to Barack Obama’s han­dling of Is­lamic ter­ror­ism: “Hoover’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion af­ter the crash of 1929 is one pro­tracted rite of hara-kiri. No Pres­i­dent, not even Grover Cleve­land, has ever been se­duced by his con­vic­tions into blunter de­fance of ma­jor­ity opin­ion. On this score Hoover can al­ways be ac­quit­ted of the charge of re­vis­ing his ideas to cater to mass sen­ti­ment.”

While Obama is ver­bally more dex­ter­ous and de­vi­ous than Hoover ever dreamed of be­ing, it ap­pears his world­view hasn’t budged since he was a young man. The U.S. has been a force of evil in the world; ergo, the smaller our role, the bet­ter. Most any­thing bad hap­pen­ing has at its source Amer­i­can and Euro­pean colo­nial­ism. If we play down the aw­ful be­hav­ior of Is­lamic bar­bar­ians and other no­to­ri­ous ac­tors, such as Vladimir Putin, they’ll come to mend their ways. The world will thereby be a nicer place, and most ev­ery­one will rec­og­nize the ge­nius that is Barack Obama. The No­bel Peace Prize that Obama was awarded not long af­ter he took ofce will be re­garded as pre­ma­ture but am­ply earned.

The op­po­site is hap­pen­ing. Obama’s men­tal con­struct is in­creas­ingly at odds with mur­der­ous re­al­ity,

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