President Obama’s speech Tuesday night was much more than an announcement that combat operations in Iraq had come to an end. It was nothing less than the unveiling of The Obama Doctrine.
The major innovation of Obama Doctrine is frightening in that, unlike past presidential “doctrines,” it has little to do with national security and is a posture of premeditated weakness.
This is the Obama Doctrine: “Domestic policy is as important as national security policy to the defense of the United States.”
According to Obama, it’s no longer a case of guns or butter. It’s guns = butter.
In an age without surrender ceremonies, we must earn victory through the success of our partners and the strength of our own nation . . . Indeed, one of the lessons of our effort in Iraq is that American influence around the world is not a function of military force alone. We must use all elements of our power – including our diplomacy, our economic strength, and the power of America’s example – to secure our interests and stand by our allies.
The concept laid out by Obama is a truly dangerous notion that suggests we can reduce our military commitments and spending and fight bad guys by strengthening our economy and providing a shining example to the world. At its core, it is a rationalization for withdrawing from the world militarily by a president who is a dove at heart and whose sole interest is in implementing his domestic agenda.
As the leader of the free world, America will do more than just defeat on the battlefield those who offer hatred and destruction – we will also lead among those who are willing to work together to expand freedom and opportunity for all people . . . Now, that effort must begin within our own borders.
We must, he suggests, make America better so that it can set an example to the world. He draws a clear equivalence between adopting favorable domestic policies – presumably his own – and military might.
And so at this moment, as we wind down the war in Iraq, we must tackle those challenges at home with as much energy, and grit, and sense of common purpose as our men and women in uniform who have served abroad. They have met every test that they faced. Now, it’s our turn.
This is our new model for conducting warfare. We won’t fight them on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and in the streets. Instead, we will fight them with a strong environmental policy.
This is pretty good news for America’s enemies.