The Four Pillars Of Obamaism?

Although it is still too early to speak of an "Obama Doctrine," four trends, already apparent, will define the Obama administration's approach to foreign affairs in the years ahead. They are: Cosmopolitanism, Soft Power, Appeasement and Global Meliorism.

Cosmopolitanism : In his final book, Who Are We? , the late Samuel Huntington defined the "Cosmopolitan" approach to foreign affairs as one in which "the activities of Americans would more and more be governed not by the federal and state governments, but by rules set by international authorities, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, customary international law and global treaties and regimes." That is, instead of leaving the rest of the world alone unless the United States, or its allies, are directly threatened (the conservative/nationalist approach to world affairs), or trying to make the rest of the world more like the United States (the Wilsonian /Bush approach), Cosmopolitan elites, "who increasingly identify with global institutions norms and rules rather than national ones," try to make the United States more like the rest of the world.

That Barack Obama is America's first Cosmopolitan President is already evident from his trips abroad. Obama behaved not like an American President determined to justify America's ways to a skeptical world, but like a global citizen who just happens to be America's President, and who shares the world's skepticism. Such an individual is more than ready to identify America's faults (real or alleged) and apologize for them, but has little to say in defense of American virtues, unless they begin with "multi" -- as in multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. The Obama administration has already announced that the U.S. will run for a seat on the United Nations' viciously-biased Human Rights Council. Look for a great deal more involvement with the United Nations in the future.

Soft Power : The Kennedy School's Joseph Nye, who coined the term "soft power" and wrote a book about it, defines it as "the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or payments. It arises from the attractiveness of a country's culture, political ideals and policies. When our policies are seen as legitimate in the eyes of others, our soft power is enhanced."

Obviously, Cosmopolitan elites are attracted to theories of Soft Power, as it enables them to argue that by abandoning unilateral actions in favor of a multi-lateral, U.N.- centered approach to national security, we are actually strengthening America (by making our policies "legitimate"), and not, as virtually our entire political tradition asserts, weakening America by tying its hands. And Soft Power doesn't just mean giving the U.N. a larger say in our affairs; it also means making America a better place by lightening our "carbon footprint" and becoming "greener," by pursuing greater economic "justice" and redistributing wealth, and by abandoning arrogant notions of American "Exceptionalism" and becoming a decent, non-threatening Social Democracy -- a Sweden writ large. These actions, it is argued, will so increase our Soft Power that our foes will realize the errors of their ways and will "buy into" our values, thus enabling us to regain our "world leadership" without firing a shot.

Of course, all this is pure moonshine. But as Angelo Codevilla points out in Advice to War Presidents , Soft Power "is not about empowering America but about making Americans do what people like Joseph Nye want -- people such as [those who] meet at the Davos World Economic Forum, teach at places like Harvard's Kennedy School, and rule the prestigious media…" And, one might add, people such as currently occupy the White House.

Appeasement : In his March message to the people and leaders of Iran, President Obama offered "the promise of a new beginning" and declared that "the United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations," -- a striking departure from the Bush Administration, which wanted the Islamic Republic of Iran overthrown. The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, called President Obama's appeal "very constructive," which means, of course, that it's actually very destructive. Should Obama's initiative result in serious American-Iranian negotiations, look for Tehran to put forward a long list of grievances, which the Obama administration, conscious of the many wrongs we have supposedly committed against Iran, will duly set out to appease. The difficulty, however, will be to accord Shi'ite Iran its "rightful place" in the international community without unduly alienating our traditional Sunni "allies," Egypt and Saudi Arabia, both of whom loathe and fear Iran. Fortunately, both Sunnis and Shi'ites hate Israel, so look to the Obama administration to bash Israel as a way of appeasing Sunnis and Shi'ites alike.

Global Meliorism : This is a truly bi-partisan American tradition, which historian Walter McDougall has defined as "the socio-economic and cultural expression of an American mission to make the world a better place." President Truman embraced Global Meliorism when he launched the Point Four program in 1949 -- "a bold new program [Truman said] for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas," and President Eisenhower also endorsed Global Meliorism in 1957, when he declared that "the freedom of nations can be menaced not only by guns but by the poverty that communism can exploit." The United States has been devoted to Global Meliorism ever since, and while such critics as the late British economist, P.T. Bauer, have denounced American foreign aid programs as doing more harm than good, look to the Obama administration to step up foreign aid to anti-American regimes in the hope of winning their friendship through bribery. That this approach will fail goes without saying -- ideological enemies must be defeated, not co-opted -- but in the meantime, President Obama and his team will be hailed for their bold new thinking, their willingness to discard the stale orthodoxies of the past, and their readiness to take risks for peace and face up to the realities of a new century.

Look to these four approaches -- the essence of an emerging Obama Doctrine -- to win our President a Nobel Peace Prize, even as the world itself descends into chaos and war.

This is from an article on May 5, 2009

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Cosmopolitanism: Having worldwide rather than a narrow influence. What is wrong with that? GW was go it alone! And look at the mess we are in now!

Soft Power: In this phrase I would think that you are referring to negotiating, discussions, and whatever it takes not to go to war. For shame Marinerecondad! Hasn't this planet had enough wars? With all the dying for causes that have never been truly defined except to make rich people of money even more wealthy?

Meliorism: The belief that the world tends to improve and the humans can aid in its betterment.

By the way, all definitions from the New Webster, Collegiate Dictionary Edition

I am not sure what you are driving at. If humankind lived by the three definitions that you state, what a better world we would live in. Hospital Corpsman 3rd. Michael Joel Held

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, Establish Justice,; insure domestic Tranquility, to provide for the common defense, to promote the general Welare, and to Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America.

What we are going trhough now is Fabian communism, its the elitists feathering theirt nest as fast as they can and we go down the tubes because of it. The constitution has been kicked to the curb and Congress and the Fed Reserve have turned it all into a free for all , as much as you can grab, grab it.  We have a wild eyed insane woman passing a helath care bill tonight or tomorrow that will kill off half the population, seniors, the disabled etc. that was the idea from the beginning. How we are allowing them to do this is beyond me, to ever let it get to this point is just sad. Nancy Palosi  doesn't know she works for us and is paid by us, none of them do and therefore their arrogant attitude is overwhelming, it is too late now to do much of anything, once this medical program is passed it will be too late to change it.  By the end of the year a new world order will truly take place just as they planned, This is their dream, a world bank, a world Government and a world health care system, how better to control the population. Here is a link ot an article I posted the other day but it only got two replies which is one of the reasons we are in the fix we are in, no one cares and most just think you're  overreacting Marine, I'm sure you will be interested in this article anyway.  I intend to post the list as soon as I can, everyone on the CFR list, maybe Sunday.Steven Yates -- The Four Cardinal Errors That Almost Destroyed America, Part 4 

read part 1 first, its on the bottom of the page. These are the 4 cardinal errors that you may have meant?

How about just not wanting to go against your own kind? Obama said in one of his speeches two weeks ago that "We will never be at war with the Muslims" since then we have been attacked at least 6 times here and abroad. The Man obviously doesn't know where he is, who he is or whose side he is on, he has done nothing but hook up with the UN, whose instructions he seems to be following, and knock us down to near 3rd world status. He has broken every law of the Constitution  and spends more time in the Presidential Jet than he does in the oval offie. You can put all the labels on it you want to but to me he is just an unAmerican interloper, whether he was born here or not.

This Government is not governed by the people or the Senate or Congress, it is Governmed by the CFR which has approved of all Presidents since Woodrow Wilson, with the exception of JFK, who was on the verge of closing down the Federal reserve, you know what happened to him, which should explain who is running the show since they are all members of the CFR, big bankers who migrated/ran from other places, mostly Germany, who are still in power and are still running the Federal reserve and the Government and are all part of the power eltie.The CFR wants nothing better than to dismantle America and Obama put almost all CFR members into his cabinet. Newt Gingrich , who is a CFR member is now out giving speeches on what this Gov. is doing wrong, why? who knows why but it is not to help us. Obama was chosen for this job, anyone who opposed him was a racist, anyone who asked to see his birth certificate was labeled a birther and a right wing nut because the people out there don't know that you are entitled to see it, they know nothing about the constitution. Ross Perot, you know , the man who got most of the votes and then quit the race because his family was threatened, a right wing crazy, of course, he refused an invitation to a Bilderberg meeting, thats all he had to do, he couldn't be bought. Obama could, not to mention his own agenda. The Muslims said they would destroy us from within without firing a shot, well they are doing a good job, they got one of their own into the Presidency.

People in high places like Nancy Palosi, an obvious mental case, and a member of the crazy womens club, Napolitano and her ilk, as a woman I'm offended by all of them, have done everything that a good traitor would do to help out.  We have no one to blame for this except ourselves, certain people wanted change, well they got it and it will come back to bite them in their ignorant butts, thats something to hope for anyway, the only thing to hope for at this point. Obama is shoving us into a new world order of communism and misery, no home ownership no money and rationed food, no gardens , no nothing, he said it was unfair if one country had more than another, if one person had more than another so he is redistributing the wealth, while he spends spends  spends and acumulates his own wealth. The only people communism works for are the head communists. This medical plan and all the other plans he has for us will not work, he has not allowed for the human/American spirit and thats where the flaw in his plan is, if anyone goes against the American people they should be sent away from America for good, then they will see the change they have been waiting for. Get rid of the CFR and you will end our Governmental/Presidential  problems.    

Yes,King Obama appears to be ushering in the end of the American Empire. Americans need a leader like this every 30 or 40 years so we are forced to fight for our freedom over and over again. Only this time we are choosing not to fight the statists, the opposition party is gutless and would rather go along to get along than do the right thing,and most cower in fear of being called racists.
this is the new McCarthyism. Not only are we afraid to call the Obamanists what they really are, communists or socialists,but we are afraid of being called racists by the left. Anyone who defends freedom and American excellence is called a racist. Its working,and our country is coming apart like a cheap suit.

I don't wish to be argumentative ,but I disagree with the Islamic belief that I should be killed! " If radical atheists decided they needed to kill believers to ensure their place in nothingness, I'd be criticizing that too."

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