Chilling commentary from David Goldman (as Spengler). We’re too busy preparing to sail for Hawaii to do any research now or for a while, so don’t have much clarity on the accuracy of Goldman’s perspective:
Writing this morning in Asia Times Online, I draw out the implications of the power vacuum left by the collapse of American foreign policy with the Iranian elections. The editorsâ€™ summary is:
President Barack Obama has not betrayed the interests of the United States to any foreign power, but he has done the next worst thing, namely, to create a void by withdrawing American power. By removing America as a referee, he will provoke more violence than the United States ever did. A very, very dangerous period is about to begin, and it could start with Iran.
Thereâ€™s a joke about a man who tells a psychiatrist, â€œEverybody hates me,â€ to which the psychiatrist responds, â€œThatâ€™s ridiculous â€“ everyone doesnâ€™t know you, yet.â€ Which brings me to Barack Obama: one of the best-informed people in the American security establishment told me the other day that the president is a â€œManchurian Candidateâ€.
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That canâ€™t be true â€“ Manchuria isnâ€™t in the business of brainwashing prospective presidential candidates any more. Thereâ€™s no one left to betray America to. Obama is creating a strategic void in which no major power will dominate, and every minor power must fend for itself. The outcome is incalculably hard to analyze and terrifying to consider.
Obama doesnâ€™t want to betray the United States; he only wants to empower Americaâ€™s enemies. Forcing Israel to abandon its strategic buffer (the so-called settlements) was supposed to placate Iran, so that Iran would help America stabilize Iraq, where its influence looms large over the Shiâ€™ite majority.
America also sought Iranâ€™s help in suppressing the Taliban in Afghanistan. In Obamaâ€™s imagination, a Sunni Arab coalition â€“ empowered by Washingtonâ€™s turn against Israel â€“ would encircle Iran and dissuade it from acquiring nuclear weapons, while an entirely separate Shiâ€™ite coalition with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would suppress the radical Sunni Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This was the worst-designed scheme concocted by a Western strategist since Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery attacked the bridges at Arnhem in 1944, and it has blown up in Obamaâ€™s face.
Iran already has made clear that casting Americaâ€™s enemies in the leading role of an American operation has a defect, namely that Americaâ€™s enemies rather would lose on their own terms than win on Americaâ€™s terms.