Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Death Rattle of Obama’s Reputation | commentary

The members of Barack Obama’s administration in exile have become conspicuously noisy of late—even more so than usual. Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Donald Trump and his administration of engaging in “outrageous,” “narcissistic” behavior typical of “vengeful autocrats” by threatening proportionate retaliation against countries that voted to condemn the United States in the United Nations, as though that were unprecedented. It is not. James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, all but alleged that the president is a Russian “asset.” Perhaps the most acerbic and incendiary series of accusations from the former Democratic president’s foreign-policy professionals were placed in the New York Times by Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice. In her estimation, America has abdicated its role as a “force for good.”


Pretty good stuff.

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Look, that's all very well, Smudger, but our goose hasn't been delivered and tomorrow's Xmas Eve. First things first, old horse.

Posted by: dearieme | Dec 23, 2017 4:59:28 PM

'America has abdicated its role as a “force for good.”' What a laugh: where's she been since the Second World War?

Posted by: dearieme | Dec 24, 2017 3:06:25 PM

Or, perhaps more generously, since the end of the Cold War (though there would be disagreement from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia).

Posted by: dearieme | Dec 24, 2017 3:07:51 PM