So, as the good doctor likes to say: Get real. Get real about North Korea. Get real about the U.N. Get real, also, about NATO, arms control, Russia, the global financial system, and every other item headlining the president’s unreality tour through the capitals of Europe.
Start with North Korea. What was the purpose of the missile test? Surely not (or not mainly) to showcase the efficacy of North Korean technology, which Dear Leader Kim Jong Il must have known was likely to fail. The real test conducted Sunday was of Mr. Kim’s international position. And here he scored a direct hit.
At the U.N., China’s ambassador counseled a “cautious and proportionate” response, which is tantamount to no response at all. Russia wondered, in a style worthy of Andrei Gromyko, whether Pyongyang had actually violated the terms of Resolutions 1695 and 1718, which demand, inter alia, that the North “not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile.” (My emphasis.)
Politics as unreality television. Go read the whole thing. I’ve never before seen a president making a world tour to diminish his own country and abase his own countrymen before. And for what? To gain a few popularity points with people who have looked at America and Americans with scorn and envy for decades? Obama is not trying to mend fences with the world, he’s reinforcing negative opinions that have existed for years. Opinions that will not change for the better regardless of what Obama does or says.
But they will deteriorate even further with a president busily pointing fingers at his own country.