President Obama’s core, his center, his essence, is not as simple as viewing him as a classic leftist/progressive in the FDR model. To really understand, and subsequently be able to predict his future activity you have to understand his Global Leftism.
In part driven by his upbringing, and in part driven by his associations, and in part driven by his own self-created values and beliefs. When you listen to his words, watch his behaviors, understand his purposes and intents, watch his jealousies (Clinton Global Initiative), and understand the well written psychologies behind his endeavors, you recognize his approach is more mentally academic than I believe people give him credit for.
President Obama believes the stuff he has developed an affection for. He truly does. That’s not to say the policies that flow from it are appropriate, reasonable or even well constructed, indeed most are not. But what they “are” is predictable.
Most people can adequately and correctly, at this point, identify his views and intentions as progressively left. But, again after much research, deep connectivity, and puzzle building, in my opinion most people mistake his “global” view.
Have you noticed President Obama and his de-facto doctrine(s) like R2P etc have publicly ramped up the five-alarm fire-fight with Israel to make the Iran issue appear to be an “Israel only” issue? Thereby preemptively embarrassing the Saudis out of even asking for the US to strike… (Remember, it was the House of Saud inviting the U.S. into Saudi Arabia in defense of attacks by Iraq that developed the deep seething angst from Osama Bin Laden).
So for Obama it’s a win-win-win, actively attack Israel, well, actually more like belittle, blame Israel for destabilizing the Middle East, attack Israel’s American supporters as dual loyalists, and passively pre-reject the Saudis request for an attack on Iran’s facilities before the Saudis even ask for one.
Obama’s academic approach is bigger than a single, or even a handful, of aspects. But when you understand his global view various parts come together. The House of Saud is, viewed by Obama as part of the issue – and in a sense he is in alignment with the Osama Bin Laden viewpoint. (*note he does not appear to support OBL’s terror action, but he does understand and sympathizes with the reasoning behind it)
The problem for indoctrinated leftist-globalist believers has always been the U.S. as world police. Looking at it from the Academic Ayers/Obama mindset – THAT part cannot be undone unless you tackle the underlying economic cause for the U.S. Military to be the world’s police force, the dollar as the global currency.
This is the sticking point for everyone from Vladimir Putin to Osama Bin Laden and beyond, to the current leadership of radical Islamists and a consortium of anti-American world leaders. It is also the reason OBL organized the attack against the “World Trade Center”, and not the Empire State Building.
The presence of our military around the globe, but most pointedly in Europe, is a subsidy of sorts allowing other nations not to have investments in their own military defenses. In exchange for this global policing they allow, and accept, our fiscal policy (printing dollars) to inflate the standard of living for Americans.
In essence the average American benefits in a higher standard of living and lifestyle from our foreign policy approach which permits the dollar to be used as currency for all the world’s trade. We can continue to print money without it having a “drastic” negative effect here at home because the value of “those dollars” is tied to international trade.
Think of it like this. A Taiwanese widget seller is selling his widgets to Canada based on the exchange of dollars. His widgets have a value all their own, and because he trades in dollars we can print dollars supported by his production value.
Once this aspect is understood and accepted you can then, and only then, connect the Putin anger over global currency to the Obama request for “flexibility” in term two to correct the problem.
Flexibility not only means retracting the tentacles of U.S. strategic missiles in Europe, it also means “flexibility” in deconstructing the tentacle of economic influence of the dollar.
Withdrawing the US tentacles of influence from around the globe,WHICH IS THE ULTIMATE BIG PICTURE GOAL of his anti-colonialist view, takes a multi-pronged approach. You must approach the economics, you must approach the military aspects of years worth of economic subsidy for allies, and finally you must approach the resource development of other nations with “economic fairness” and “distribution” models.
Prosperity also requires tearing down walls that stand in the way of progress -– the corruption of elites who steal from their people; the red tape that stops an idea from becoming a business; the patronage that distributes wealth based on tribe or sect.
–- New York Times, 5/19/11 “Obama’s Mideast Speech”
Watch all of President Obama’s speeches, look at all the subjects of his interest, follow what he reads and subscribes to and you can see how this all revolves around the same approach.
Currently Israel is more a nuisance in the de-globalization plan than anything else… a pain in the doctrine per se’. Because Israel is viewed as a U.S. proxy territory…. liberty, freedom, and all that inherent constitutional “stuff” that gets in the way of globalists who prefer the U.N. collective to individual sovereignty.
So Obama approaches Israel like the piece of pesky tape stuck to the bottom of his shoe and he just tries to shake it off.
Remember the “hot mike” conversation with Nicholas Sarkozy? that is just a visible point of evidence for his view of Israel as a thorn. He doesn’t hate Israel, he just doesn’t think of them any different, or any more valuable, than any other nation-state. Remember his Cairo speech? again, just more visible evidence.
But unfortunately for him, and fortunately for Israel, America is connected to Israel by the Beacon of Freedom and the horrid concept of “exceptionalism”. Most of the United States citizenry still believe in the principles of Liberty and Freedom, even those currently addicted to the subversive indoctrination principles of government dependency.
The full effect from dependency Kool Aid drinking takes generations of application to take hold. In a larger context we are still about two generations away from fully accepted dependency, despite the increased speed toward that end.
When you view his behavior and each policy that way it reconciles everything people have ever written about him: his personality, his outlook, his ideology and his approaches…..
Having said all that, Obama is still evolving as he understands the scope and breadth of the U.S. influence and power. He never fully comprehended it until he took office. Remember what he said about the Iraq war when George Bush was in office:
“You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality. . . .”
Classic leftism connected to a globalist view of fairness and non-exception. The fully visible ideological approach from the heart of, Frank Marshall Davis, and Valerie Jarrett, and Bill Ayers, and Samantha Power, and Bernadine Dorn, and Frances Piven, and even Stanley Ann Dunham.
Again, just my humble and researched opinion…..