Because Barack Obama was elected on a campaign promise of “fundamentally transforming” the United States, and because our nation then proceeded to lose much of its international influence and domestic economic dynamism, it is easy to say “this is intentional. It’s just what he wants.”
Yet while Obama might, in his heart of hearts, not bemoan the loss of jobs and economic growth at home, and American power and prestige abroad, ascribing it to an intentional effort gives Obama credit for qualities and skills he does not possess.
Neocon David Horowitz entitled a recent fundraising letter for his Freedom Center “Urgent: Is Obama's incompetence by design?”
It surely feels that way sometimes.
But politics has rarely seen an elected leader, a man of supposed vision (even if a dark one), a prophet of hope and change, so desperate to do anything other than his job (and so eager to be on the golf course) as the current American president. He is not capable, or does he work hard enough, to “design” such fecklessness?
To paraphrase Freud*, sometimes incompetence is just incompetence.
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
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