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In this revealing broadside, Victor Davis Hanson explains how President Obama has imprinted his domestic ideology of victimhood onto a therapeutic, Carter-inspired foreign policy. In Obama’s vision, the United State renounces its role as a defender of the postwar order and instead becomes an agent of global change – one that questions our existing system of defense, values In this revealing broadside, Victor Davis Hanson explains how President Obama has imprinted his domestic ideology of victimhood onto a therapeutic, Carter-inspired foreign policy. In Obama’s vision, the United State renounces its role as a defender of the postwar order and instead becomes an agent of global change – one that questions our existing system of defense, values, alliances, interests, and commerce. In tactical terms, Obama believes that his 'hope-and-change' rhetoric and non-traditional background give him a moral authority abroad that will trump any inconsistency in U.S. foreign policy. But, as Hanson explains, at some future date, regional hegemons like Iran, Russia and China will demand even more acquiescence on the theory that the present government of the United States either will not object, or will do nothing concrete to stop them.


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In this revealing broadside, Victor Davis Hanson explains how President Obama has imprinted his domestic ideology of victimhood onto a therapeutic, Carter-inspired foreign policy. In Obama’s vision, the United State renounces its role as a defender of the postwar order and instead becomes an agent of global change – one that questions our existing system of defense, values In this revealing broadside, Victor Davis Hanson explains how President Obama has imprinted his domestic ideology of victimhood onto a therapeutic, Carter-inspired foreign policy. In Obama’s vision, the United State renounces its role as a defender of the postwar order and instead becomes an agent of global change – one that questions our existing system of defense, values, alliances, interests, and commerce. In tactical terms, Obama believes that his 'hope-and-change' rhetoric and non-traditional background give him a moral authority abroad that will trump any inconsistency in U.S. foreign policy. But, as Hanson explains, at some future date, regional hegemons like Iran, Russia and China will demand even more acquiescence on the theory that the present government of the United States either will not object, or will do nothing concrete to stop them.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Hanson is an interesting figure to me. He’s positioned himself as Fox News’ go-to intellectual (Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford and on the faculty at the Hoover Institution) and appears on Fox to lend a more cerebral cast to Fox News’ agenda while also writing in conservative publications. He often and regularly makes anti-ruling elite comments in an elitist and supercilious way. He seems to make much of his part-time occupation as a farmer in northern California, apparently to give him credibil Hanson is an interesting figure to me. He’s positioned himself as Fox News’ go-to intellectual (Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford and on the faculty at the Hoover Institution) and appears on Fox to lend a more cerebral cast to Fox News’ agenda while also writing in conservative publications. He often and regularly makes anti-ruling elite comments in an elitist and supercilious way. He seems to make much of his part-time occupation as a farmer in northern California, apparently to give him credibility as a non-elite. I find his positioning similar to the way Fox News initially situated itself to appeal to the niche conservative media market in that he’s the niche academic supporting their version of news. I’m sure a case could be made that this is the most successful and lucrative niche market exploitation in history. I haven’t read Hanson’s histories, but he drops references to ancient history throughout his writing and interviews. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough to see their relevance (or even to know how accurate they are). It is telling that he doesn’t make their relevance clear so that these allusions seem gratuitous and like he’s showing off, which makes for off-putting reading. This book is an exploration of what I personally think of as Obama’s erratic, naïve foreign policy written early in his first administration. It’s written through a decidedly conservative prism and looks at impacts throughout the world including the Middle East, Radical Islam, Europe, Russia, Latin America, and America’s enemies. I was initially attracted to it in my ongoing quest to understand how we could have possibly elected Mr. Trump based on how easily the book’s description could be used to describe the 45th president despite having been written about the 44th. He talks about Obama’s alienating traditional European allies, acquiescing to regional hegemons (Iran, Russia, North Korea), and renouncing the United States’ role as a defender of the postwar order while questioning our existing system of defense, values, alliances, interests, and commerce. I understand the need to constantly be aware of the inherent biases and lack of objectivity in all we read and in political writing more than any other form. Additionally, one of the tasks of the political polemicist is to simplify issues in order to more easily bend them to the views he expounds. However, there’s a certain disquieting intellectual dishonesty that runs through Hanson’s political writing that seems to transcend fundamental prejudices and fact twisting/omission. While there’s always been a political element to foreign policy, Hanson’s defenses of Trump for doing in a different way what Obama did ten years ago speaks to this deceit. It’s disturbing that Trump’s policies (to say nothing of his astonishing treatment of the truth) have higher stakes and potentially greater deleterious effects.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eurydicegirlgmail.Com

    Damn satisfying read Victor Davis Hanson is a voice of sanity in a world determined to ignore history, ruled by an insulated neutered caste of entrenched pseudo statesmen..

  3. 4 out of 5

    David

    How the Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security by Victor Davis Hanson is part of the Encounter Broadside series of short books written by recognized experts that explore specific topics in their area of expertise. In this one the author looks at the issues related to how the Obama administration's national security policies put America and its citizens at risk. The author studied previous US Presidents and their foreign policies to see who President Obama's foreign policies most re How the Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security by Victor Davis Hanson is part of the Encounter Broadside series of short books written by recognized experts that explore specific topics in their area of expertise. In this one the author looks at the issues related to how the Obama administration's national security policies put America and its citizens at risk. The author studied previous US Presidents and their foreign policies to see who President Obama's foreign policies most resembled and provides analysis by which he claims that the closest match would likely be President Jimmy Carter. He naively assumed that foreign nations would change their stance on America if he renounced the prevailing policy of America supporting the spread of democracy and instead took an apologetic approach and declaring that America is not an exceptional nation. What he got for taking this approach was allies who were not sure that they could count on America for support and enemies who sensed opportunities to take advantage of this amateur strategy. If you are concerned about the security of the United States, you should read this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doug J.

    Sadly, Professor Hanson was correct in his opinion about Barack Obama. After two terms of Barack Obama, we are respected by neither our allies nor our adversaries.

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