It’s Us or Them, Obama

Obama Gump - Stupid Is As Stupid DoesWhether Americans; our oikophobic domestic enemies, the Liberals, Progressives, and the minority tenants; or the world at large likes it or not, the decision as to how America responds, both openly and covertly, to the insurgency in Tunisia and Egypt is in the hands of President Obama. For better or worse, he will be the one to decide upon and set the tone for America’s foreign policy in this matter.

There are only two choices before him. He can choose to support and further America’s interests or he can choose to support and further the perceived interests of the popular insurrection in Egypt and Tunisia. He cannot do both because those two sets of interests are in direct conflict with each other.

America’s interests are for stability in the region, irrespective of how that stability is maintained. Unrest, turmoil, chaos, and anarchy in North Africa and the Middle-East will be the near- and mid-term effects of these insurgencies and are very much not in our nation’s interests, especially since Islamists will likely rise to power in the wake of these revolts.

The perceived interests of the rebels, such as we can discern with limited access, is overthrowing regimes that they find economically dysfunctional, oppressive, and too fond of America and the West.

That present Obama with a stark binary choice. He can have America back the current regimes in the region despite their flaws and maintain the stability that America requires or he can ave America back the popular revolts despite their strong anti-American sentiments, the chaos they will bring, and the probability that these nations will become even more Islamist in outlook.

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Or Obama can choose not to choose in any meaningful way, as he did concerning the attempted Iranian revolution in the wake of Khameni’s and Ahmadinejad’s theft of Iran’s election in 2010.

The Obama Solution - Do Nothing and Then Talk About It
Obama’s Likely Third Option – Not To Choose

Of course, just as in the case of the Green Revolution last year, that sort of non-response will only lead to all sides and our titular Western allies, distrusting and disliking America even more than they do now.

Sadly for America it is this non-choice that I expect Obama to make regarding the Tunisian and Egyptian revolts. It would show the aloofness, born of inexperience, inability, and insecurity, that Obama has become so swiftly become infamous for.

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Liberals’ Oikophobia

Liberals and Progressives within America’s borders have long suffered from oikophobia, a term coined by modern British philosopher Roger Scruton to describe those that are possessed of, “the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours.'”

No adequate word exists for this attitude, though its symptoms are instantly recognised: namely, the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours’. Being the opposite of xenophobia I propose to call this state of mind oikophobia, by which I mean (stretching the Greek a little) the repudiation of inheritance and home.

— Roger Scruton
England & the Need for Nations

One of the things that truly spotlights their oikophobia is the dichotomy inherent in their attitudes towards the current chaos in the Muslim World and America’s Tea Party.

2011 Muslim Revolts

Liberals endorse, support, and laud the insurrectionists in Tunisia and Egypt who have turned to violent means to overthrow their governments due to economic problems, loss or lack of personal liberties, and those governments being seen as having ceded too much power to foreign interests, mostly America and the nations of the Civilized World.

2010 Tea Party Protest

Conversely, Liberals utterly condemn and vilify the Tea Party Patriots who have peacefully protested against America’s government due to economic problems, loss or lack of personal liberties, and that government being seen as having ceded too much power to foreign interests, namely the United Nations.

Yes, the Left’s conflicting views of these two disparate groups who have protested for very similar reasons points up their oikophobia with a clear and harsh light for all Americans to see.

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Keep your eyes open. Travel light but load heavy, and always put another round in the enemy after theyre down. 😉

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