Quote: Originally Posted by WalterJimmy Carter's second coming
Lorne Gunter, National Post
Smart woman; got out when the going was good; didn't want to see Barry screw up and become Jimmy Carter II.
Published: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Americans have not elected the next JFK. The next Jimmy Carter, maybe.
For months now, Barack Obama and his handlers have done all they can to cultivate comparisons between their man and John Kennedy, from spending US$700,000 staging Mr. Obama's "citizen of the world" speech in Berlin this summer in hopes it would be favourably likened to Mr. Kennedy's famous 1963 "Ich bin ein Berliner" address, to having the Illinois Senator give his acceptance speech in a football stadium at last summer's Democratic nominating convention. Even the fake columns brought in to frame Mr. Obama's backdrop were meant to evoke images of JFK's acceptance address at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1960.
It's true both men share a rhetorical eloquence that makes idolatrous reporters go weak in the knees, and that Mr. Obama is the first incumbent U. S. Senator since Mr. Kennedy to be elected to the White House. But the similarities end there.
Jack Kennedy was a Cold Warrior, a staunch anti-Communist, even a "hawk" when it came to the military. Barack Obama on the other hand is a foreign policy naif who feels all that's needed for peace in most crises is talk and sincerity.
President Kennedy's Berlin speech was a warning to the Soviets and a pledge of undying support to West Berliners, trapped, as they were, behind enemy lines. When he said he was a Berliner, he meant he was someone who would not abandon the German capital to communist rule, no matter what, even if that meant war.
These sentiments were deep-rooted in Mr. Kennedy, who had risked his life fighting the enslaving ideology of Fascism and was not about to concede one square inch of free soil to another enslaving ideology, communism.
Barack Obama would seem to have no similarly entrenched faith
in the goodness of Western pluralistic democracy, or fear of the evils of totalitarianism in its many forms. It's hard to picture a President Obama being similarly willing to commit American resources and lives to the defence of a cause such as Berlin.
Mr. Kennedy was an American Exceptionalist. He believed America had much to teach the world; some things to learn, but much more to teach. Mr. Obama seems to feel shame for his own country, at least in international affairs. When he said in August he was a citizen of the world, he almost certainly meant he was a multilateralist, willing to subvert American foreign policy to the direction of America's international critics, particularly its European critics.
Admittedly, Mr. Kennedy's first big international foray -- the Bay of Pigs invasion -- did not go well. But he did not let that keep him from staring down the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis, tightening the embargo of Cuba or expanding the Vietnam War.
He really, truly felt America was in a fight for survival with global communism (which it was) and he was prepared to do whatever it took to win.
Mr. Kennedy was the first president to sell arms to Israel and the first to warn of the "missile gap" between the U. S. S. R. and the States.
There is no way a president who has wined and dined with radical Islamists, befriended '60s hippy terrorists and said he believes negotiating with Iran will convince it to abandon its nuclear programs could ever be a foreign-policy Jack Kennedy.
It was president Carter whose undermining of the Shah of Iran lead to the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian hostage crisis, the Desert One debacle and, ultimately, to the nuclearized Iran we face today. It was Mr. Carter who sold out Taiwan and sold off the Panama Canal. He was also an appeaser of communist Cuba and North Korea and an apologist for Palestinian terrorists.
It might have been a good thing if Mr. Obama were the second coming of JFK. Instead, unfortunately, he seems to be the heir to the Man from Plains.