Of course, that last quote is not from President Ahamdinejad’s speech. It’s from President Obama’s remarks in Cairo, which put forth a new foreign policy strategy at the beginning of his term in which the United States would strive to “use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible.”
To coincide with this perhaps worthy intention, the Obama Doctrine relies on a strategy of “broader engagement” which has never acknowledged a “war on terror” or a “global war” because such positioning might invite an unwarranted clash of civilizations. Instead, the administration has sought to rebuild the image of a kinder, gentler America abroad through the unmatched eloquence of one man’s soaring words.
To support this assertion, President Obama has consistently repudiated national security efforts of the past, and as John Brennan — chief counterterrorism advisor — noted in 2009, people “can see (the administration’s) new approach most vividly in the president’s personal engagement with the world — his trips, his speeches, his town halls with foreign audiences — where he [has addressed] terrorism directly and forcefully.”
Yet almost four years later, President Ahmadinejad still told the Associated Press that, “Even elementary school kids throughout the world have understood that the United States government is following an international policy of bullying.”
Did he somehow miss the Obama Doctrine’s message of Hope and Change?
While watching Ahamdinejad’s finger punctuate the air as he addressed the United Nations — as he questioned the veracity of 9/11 in light of the murder of Osama bin Laden, referred to “the uncivilized Zionists,” and repudiated the current international order of “materialism” and “selfish interests” led by the West — I thought about one of those personal engagements President Obama had earlier this year that might “vividly” show the attitude others have about his policies after one term.
In April 2012, Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor whose life’s work has been to illuminate the “night” that fell so completely over his people during World War II, asked the president directly, “How is it that the Holocaust’s number one denier is still a president? He who threatens to use nuclear weapons — to use nuclear weapons — to destroy the Jewish state?”
Did Mr. Wiesel deserve a reply?
Or perhaps this question was an unfair one for an American president who made his philosophy quite clear in Cairo when he said, “No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation on any other.”
Therefore the United States should not be faulted now for not supporting the Green Movement that might have toppled Ahmadinejad way back in 2009. After all, even amidst the Arab Spring, the Obama Doctrine has relied on ousting dictators only when the United States can be seen as “leading from behind.”
Of course, according to Ahmadinejad, Wiesel should be upset anyway. Israel has no real “roots” in the history of the Middle East, so calls for its destruction by any means are righteous. It does not matter that the Jews found their “promised land” thousands of years before Christ was born, or that Christ was born centuries before the debut of Islam’s prophet.
President Ahmadinejad also purported, “Everyone is aware the nuclear issue is, in a way, an imposition of will of the United States government on Iran.”
Clearly that man’s ears have been clogged with wax since 2009.
While Obama reiterated in his own 2012 U.N. address that, “the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” he also said in Cairo that, “no single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons.” One should understand this is not a contradiction because under the Obama Doctrine, the United States “(seeks) a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons” at all.
Until that time when we have actually created a new world order that weakens the U.S. and makes President Ahmadinejad happy — He’s probably just upset about a movie! — Americans need not worry that the Middle East is on fire, an American ambassador is dead, or that Iran continues to spin centrifuges.
President Obama is still working on putting his policies into practice by speaking vividly about that war in which we aren’t engaged against terrorism. Not with other world leaders, mind, but he did go on The View.
Barbara Donnelly Lane lives in east Cobb and blogs on the MDJonline.com web site.