Is American Exceptionalism Dead?

Recall then-vice-presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del) pontificating the likeliness of an “international crisis’ that would “test the mettle of this guy” – referring to then-candidate Barack Obama during the campaign of 2008? Since the time Biden uttered those remarks at a Seattle campaign fundraiser event, he’s mostly been right. Who’d a thunk it? Yet, the irony of all of this premonitory soothsaying is that president Obama, along with his administration, still does not have a clear and cogent foreign policy strategy that gives meaning to what the U.S. stands for. Our guiding principle, as portrayed by the White House, is to wet one’s finger and see which way the wind blows. We all sat back in disbelief as a Green Revolution enveloped the streets and plazas of Tehran during the summer of 2009, only to be trounced by a megalomaniac nicknamed A-Jad and supported by the theocratic mullahs. Where was the U.S.? Now we are faced with a new crisis. After it took a few days or weeks for the White House and State Department to figure out just who the bad guy was in Cairo, another decades-long authoritarian ruler has one-upped Mr. Mubarak. Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi has gone mad. He’s ordered his own citizens killed, brought in paid mercenaries from other nearby North African nations and believes he will be a martyr in the Bedouin tradition for his actions. Where’s the official statement from our administration? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made one prosaic statement saying effectively that “this sort of behavior is unacceptable.” Of course it’s ‘unacceptable.’ He’s killing innocent Libyans, threatening to burn down important oil fields near Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, and has all but caused Israel to soil its collective pants, especially since Egypt’s once-friendly, decades-long  policy towards Israel is now in flux. Meanwhile, news sources report that a radical branch of Al-Qaeda is forming in the eastern portion of Libya and has already made veiled threats against any non-Muslims. Even Iran is breaking with past restrictions and has sent two navy warships through the Suez Canal (something that has not been allowed by Egypt since the 1979 Iranian Revolution). Iranian Defense Ministry officials explain, “It’s only a military training exercise.” It looks more like planned provocation and saber-rattling to me. So where is the official statement? Apparently Obama has other more important things to worry about such as ordering U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ to not defend the Defense of Marriage Act. Aside from Obama’s apologetic rhetoric abroad and his insidious attempt to eschew American Exceptionalism in the name of gentlemanliness, Obama is not leading us. He’s often naïve in world affairs and he’s not proactive in foreign policy. The federal budget crisis, job creation and social issues like the DOMA law are all important things; however, I’d like to hear at least a peep from Obama on the Libya debacle. And please hold the platitudes.

19 thoughts on “Is American Exceptionalism Dead?”

  1. It’s true. Other countries too are becoming prosperous, industrious, and are embracing democracy. We have successfully spread our values, and we are less alone in many regards. Isn’t that what we said we wanted?

  2. Is American Exceptionalism dead? Watch Fox News (or CNN) Thursday at 4:50 PM and see something that only America can do…something only American workers can build.

    Go Discovery!

    Go STS-133!

    Go, American Exceptionalism!

  3. Nine days after it began, Barack Obama FINALLY had something to say about Libya.

    Yeah, if he’s not careful Libya could end up like Egypt.

  4. Yeah, if he’s not careful Libya could end up like Egypt.

    ‘End up?’ What end?

    You act like you have some kind of inside information as to how the situation in Egypt will ultimately be resolved. If history is any indicator, expect some type of Islamic theocracy. In any case, BO had nothing to do with any of it.

  5. “Yet, the irony of all of this premonitory soothsaying is that president Obama, along with his administration, still does not have a clear and cogent foreign policy strategy that gives meaning to what the U.S. stands for. Our guiding principle, as portrayed by the White House, is to wet one’s finger and see which way the wind blows.”

    I disagree very strongly. BO’s background and family roots lean heavily in favor of the Islamic religion. His foreign policy from his own words in many speeches has been and will always be to show the entire world that the United States does not hate the Islamic Religion. It is to this end that BO is working his foreign policy.

    “Now we are faced with a new crisis.”
    This crisis has been here for over a decade now. When the towers fell that’s when our crisis began. Our own people did not support Bush in his efforts to deal with this “crisis”. This is not a new “crisis”. It’s a continuation of one that the American people refuse to deal with it.

    “After it took a few days or weeks for the White House and State Department to figure out just who the bad guy was in Cairo, another decades-long authoritarian ruler has one-upped Mr. Mubarak.”

    The White House and BO knew exactly what they were doing. Come on… Let’s get real. We are not going to get involved because we don’t want to drill for our own oil because BO and the White is in bed with the earth loving environmentalists who feel its more important to stop global warming than it is to get the United States into the world oil market.

    Is American Exceptionalism Dead? Not yet! Is BO, the WHITE HOUSE and Congress facilitating the destruction of American Exceptionalism? YEP! Hands down.

  6. His foreign policy from his own words in many speeches has been and will always be to show the entire world that the United States does not hate the Islamic Religion.

    The bastard! Republicans must reverse this policy immediately. Bring on the hate! it’s worked so well in the past.

  7. See, there’s a lot more to being Leader Of The Free World than you guys can even dream of:

    Obama aims to avoid a war of words with Qaddafi

    President Obama was “cautious” in his remarks Wednesday about the situation in Libya because he is concerned that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi might target Americans still in the country, CBS News has learned.

    Senior White House officials told correspondent Chip Reid that Mr. Obama wants to avoid a war of words with the dictator that could provoke a hostage crisis.

    Mr. Obama condemned the violence Wednesday in his first remarks since protests broke out last week (watch video), calling it “outrageous” and “unacceptable,” but did not mention Qaddafi by name, much less call for him to step down as he eventually did in the case of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

    There is a discreet evacuation going on even now.

  8. When in the past have we hated Islam? Even though the radicals of the faith have attacked us for 32 years starting with the Iranian Hostage Crisis. We as Americans can understand the difference between friends and enemies or Sincere people of faith and radical killers.

    We do not hate Islam and it is wise policy not to pick a fight with a billion and half people who have no fight with you. K L raises a different question that is worth discussing. Let’s get back to it.

  9. Alpha, domestic policy is complicated. Foreign policy is even more so. I pray for wisdom to be given our President.

    That said, it does not give a blank check to whatever administration is in power. There was a window when we could have flipped Lybia into a friendlier place by standing with the people. It is reasonable to ask if we are blowing a once in a generation opportunity out of fear and indecision.

  10. David, the Arab dictators are telling their people that America hates them. I have to admit, they have a good case, based on the Bush policies. This is the propaganda that Obama has been seeking to overcome since his Cairo speech. Obama is connecting with millions of Arabs and telling them their leaders are lying to them; we do not hate them. It seems to be working, as the Arab street is experiencing an “Arab Spring” and questioning their leaders.

  11. According to all the losers and whiners on WDEL America sucks bad. Listen to these self described losers complain about the oligarchs and corporations. None of these complaining clowns could run anything or do anything worth a damn.
    Al does not know any facts just union talking points that mean little to the average joe.
    Here is the point to know. Government workers are 90% worthless and want us to pay for their laziness and outright stupidity. If we had a real Governor and we don’t Delaware would stand up and be counted.
    Boycott WDEL and the morning show.

  12. Beg pardon all…

    but read his lips… LOL!

    President Obama, June 4, 2009

    source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09

    “We meet at a time of great tension between the United States and Muslims around the world — tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate.”

    “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.”

    “In Ankara, I made clear that America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam. (Applause.) We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security — because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject: the killing of innocent men, women, and children. And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.”

    Yep Alpha, it can’t be an open and honest discussion. It always has to be about hate. When is discussing truth hateful?

    My point exactly David, when have we ever hated anyone? This country has always been open for all.

    The question on the floor remains, “Is American Exceptionalism Dead?” I still say it’s dying at the hands of those american’s (Muslim and Christian and any other faith)who ignore truth. If that’s hate. So be it!

  13. In any case, BO had nothing to do with any of it.

    You will change your tune if it goes bad.

    No, I can see why you’d say that, but in this case, I don’t see how BO can control events one way or the other. Ditto Libya. I’d be like blaming Chavez and Morales on Bush.

  14. Whether one likes or hates George W. Bush’s policy after 9/11, he was unequivocal with making the distiction between radical terrorists and average Muslims.

    In the hours after the attacks, Bush was was crystal clear as he cautioned all Americans and citizens alike to not blame Muslim Americans or Muslims worldwide for the cowardly attacks precipitated by Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

    “His foreign policy from his own words in many speeches has been and will always be to show the entire world that the United States does not hate the Islamic Religion.”

    Again, this is somewhat off-topic. The ‘hate the Islamic Religion’ narrative you purport is merely your personal opinion. Obama has attempted in his foreign policy thus far to “not be Bush.’ Therefore, in all of his speeches abroad, he’s tried to (in his mind) apologize for Bush and the US.

    There are no fences to mend; only myriad unstable and dangerous leaders and other terrorist organizations who do ‘hate us.’ Every world leader sees Obama as weak in his rhetoric (from reading UK, German, Russian and S. Korean news reports). If you’ve lost the soft underbelly that is Western Europe, you’re toast.

    Look at today. A 20-year-old Saudi man studying at the University of Texas planned to bomb Bush and others before the FBI stopped him. His own words were a harbinger. He basically claimed that “all infidels in the U.S. must die!”

    Obama’s ‘Cairo’ speech was mostly oratorical fluff and platitudes.

    American Exceptionalism is not a policy or something to brag about – it’s an ideal.

    Apparently, political correctness has usurped the notion that we basically erraticated Cenral Europe of the Nazi scourge, helped our NATO partners and others, implemented the Marshall Plan and allowed hundreds-of-thousands of immigrants to relocate here, if they so chose.

  15. There are still about 500 Americans in Libya that we are trying to get out.

    How about YOU go paint targets on their backs.

  16. In case you missed it, Obama’s statement that Gaddafi must step down came minutes after the last plane with US diplomats aboard left the ground.

    You “shoot from the hip” types are way too cavalier about the security of those who serve this country abroad.

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