March 20, 2014

We Won’t Do What No One Wants

The easiest promise.

“We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine,” Barack Obama proclaimed this week in an interview, a sentiment echoed during a second questionnaire: “Obviously, you know, we do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia.” Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey notes the curious element of these remarks: “No one wants it [war], no one would approve it, and for a couple of really good reasons – we have no national interest in who governs Crimea, and an attempt to start a war there would make Dieppe look well-considered. It’s in the Russian’s back yard. So why bother saying it at all?” Because, Morrissey continues, “Obama has an annoying habit of attempting to present his critics’ arguments in his own fantasy reductio ad absurdum constructs that end up bearing no resemblance to the actual criticisms, all to paint himself as the voice of centrist reason.” Obama’s straw man doesn’t change the fact that, especially when it comes to foreign policy, he’s just an empty suit.

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