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They think of America as a horrible cruel bully that pushes around other nations, which is why they thought Obama's "apology tour" of the world after his election was completely appropriate.
But they feel this way only because they remain, as Obama is, completely ignorant of world history.
America, a big bully? Compared to what powerful nation, ever?
What nation has ever behaved as generously or shown so much forbearance in its relations with allies? No other dominant power has ever put up with the defiance and impudence of other nations as America has done since our ascendancy began in World War I.
Don't get me wrong – there have been some real blunders and misdeeds in the American past. I'm glad we learned from most of them and try not to repeat them.
But what nation are they comparing us with when these Americans with tenure at American universities and American media giants talk about how evil and awful America is?
The answer is: There is no nation they can compare us with which has had comparable power, and behaved as well as, let alone better than, we did.
There is no other nation founded, not on ethnicity, but on an ideology that people voluntarily embraced, instead of having it rammed down their throats (as in Communist- and Muslim-ruled countries).
Other peoples have aspired to emulate us – or flocked to our shores – because we were seen, correctly, as the best thing going.
America, as a nation, has nothing to apologize for. The misdeeds of individuals we deal with and punish appropriately. Our recent errors as a nation have usually been errors of omission – not saving lives in Rwanda and Bosnia, because we trusted other powers to intervene.
So in Obama's foreign policy, he speaks for his buddies in the academic/media elite – you know, the ones who despise those icky ordinary Americans who "turn to guns and religion."
He promises Putin that when he's reelected, he can be more helpful to Russia's plans for dominating their portion of the world.
He expresses his envy of the Chinese government, which doesn't have to put up with the interference of an opposition party.
It was candidate Obama in 2008 who briefly called for a national police force – never quite explaining what it would be for. (Remember how Bush was beaten up for years for the Democrat-supported Patriot Act – not for what it actually did, but for what it might do? But candidate Obama got a complete pass on his national police force.)
It is Obama who snubs our staunch ally, democratic Israel, as it faces a struggle for its life against the avowed intention of Iran to blast it off the map with nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, it is Obama who refuses to support rebels against the Iran-backed Syrian government, which fuels and shelters terrorists of every stripe – including terrorists who attack both Israel and the United States.
It is Obama whose best friend among foreign heads of state is Turkey's Islamist leader, who deliberately provokes Israel.
Obama does have a consistent foreign policy. But it is not American foreign policy. It is anti-American foreign policy.
In case after case, Obama comes down as far from America's national interest as he can, without making it impossible for the lapdog media to disguise or ignore his anti-Americanism.
The media and others of the puritanical Left are outraged when anyone "questions" their "patriotism," but of course when they aren't being outraged, they ridicule the whole idea of American patriotism and express their shame at American actions.
Too bad they don't know any history, or they would be proud of most of America's actions, and would recognize that even with our flaws, there has been no kinder, gentler boss-of-the-world in history.
That's what this election is really about. Everyone talks about the economy, including – especially – Romney. That's because Obama's policies are economically ruinous, and because historically, people vote their pocketbooks.
But those of us who study history, thoroughly enough to learn from it, understand that something much greater is at stake.
Obama's anti-American foreign policy is designed to weaken America's power, to retreat at every possible point, and to cripple any ally that tries to act on its own to protect our, and the world's, interest.
The prosperity of the whole world – including India, China, Russia, Europe and any other place that is prospering – depends on the Pax Americana, the international order that America has maintained since World War II.
What the poor, ignorant, arrogant academic/media elite seem not to know, in their contempt for history, is that nothing America has done wrong since 1945 is anywhere near as terrible as the worldwide economic collapse, chaos and famine that would result from the breakdown in the worldwide system of trade that our military dominance has permitted.
Our "bullying" makes the world safe for trade, and swift, reliable world trade is what makes prosperity possible everywhere. Including, especially, here.
If you like today's high costs and high unemployment under Obama's policies, then you'll love the eventual result of his foreign policy, when we can no longer buy cheap foreign goods, and can no longer sell our goods abroad.
I can just hear the elitists of the Left mock these statements of mine. Alarmist fantasies! The world trade system couldn't collapse!
They believe it can't happen because, of course, they're idiots. It can happen. In fact, it always happens. That's how great empires die. They can no longer maintain their system of free trade.
Archaeologists track the collapse of the Roman economic order in one ancient city after another all over the empire, when suddenly foreign-made goods disappear, replaced by shoddy local manufactures.
China has collapsed more than once in its long history – and when it does, trade breaks down, and famine and mass death ensue.
All during the Cold War, people talked about how the prosperity of the West and the poverty of the Communist world were the result of the superiority of "democracy" over "communism."
What they neglected to point out was that free trade (not democracy) was the source of that prosperity, and it flourished where American guns protected it, and nowhere else.
The radical Muslims of the Middle East, the Communists of China and North Korea, and the wistful ex-Communists in Russia are like the barbarians who, living close enough to the Roman Empire to participate in the Pax Romana and to see and covet Roman prosperity, thought that if they could break Roman power, they could take the wealth.
What they didn't understand is that by breaking down the protection that made it possible, they made the prosperity evaporate.
It's like the poor idiots who think that Palestinians would be rich if only the Israelis left. No – until the Zionist Jews moved into Israel, Palestine was the poorest armpit of the Ottoman Empire. The Zionists made it safe and that made it prosper. Then all those educated "Palestinians" moved in from all over the Arab world....continued on page 3