It is obligatory to start this one out with the point that not everything on earth is Barack Obama’s fault. Not everything is even the fault of the ideology he embraces. The affairs of men are more complicated than that. Obama, like every U.S. president, has to respond to a number of things that didn’t necessarily happen because of his policies, just as he has to shoulder the responsibility for things that have happened because of his policies.
The complexity of human affairs means, moreover, that it is simplistic to view such concepts as negotiating or using force in a single, all-purpose framework. “Negotiating” isn’t always weak, nor is it always wise, benign, or the only “peaceful” course. “Using force” can be stupid or smart, depending. Sometimes it’s just the least atrocious option. Other times, it’s the most atrocious, and not using force is still atrocious. Life is like that. Continue reading “Five ways in which Obama doesn’t represent the American people”