15 April 2010

Uncommon Commentary #110: Obama Goes Non-Ballistic

Most of the current dissatisfaction with Emperor Nerobama has resulted from his foisting upon us the unpopular, unconstitutional, unmanageable, and unwholesome ObamaCareless; for now, though, let's forget about that—I'm sure that most of my readers would like to be able to forget about that forever—because our President's worst legacy might actually be in the field of not domestic but foreign policy.  Take, for example, his recent pronouncement that the USA will not use nuclear weapons even if attacked by such weapons, unless the attack should be made by so-called rogue states like Iran or North Korea. (I say "so-called" because "rogue state" implies the status of an outsider in regard to the world order.  I think that it's questionable whether a "world order," as opposed to a world disorder, truly exists; the countries of the "international community" seem to share little other than an indifference toward everything except making money and clamoring for more "rights.")
President Obombast's declaration is notable in more than one way.  First, he seems to take it for granted that Iran and North Korea will become nuclear powers, if indeed the latter does not already qualify (as Kim Jong Il's regime says that it does).  I must charitably assume that his motivation in making his statement was not to acknowledge that his mishandling of international relations is helping to make such an outcome inevitable, but, rather, to dissuade the polities in question from becoming nuclear powers, for fear of atomic retaliation by the USA; even if that's the case, though, hasn't he betrayed a lack of confidence in his own policy of "engagement?"
Second, and more importantly: In the 65 years that have gone by since the two-ever uses of nuclear weapons, the threat of employing the US atomic stockpile has served the purpose of helping to deter foreign attack upon the USA (and upon our allies).  Has it not occurred to Obama that this very purpose is what he now publicly denies it will serve, with, he says, the two exceptions mentioned above?  I can only hope that Russia, the People's Republic of China, and other non-"rogue states" have learned that what our President says bears no relation to what he does, so that our shrinking and obsolescent nuclear arsenal can maintain whatever credibility it yet retains as a deterrent.  Only God knows how Obama would actually react to an atomic assault upon this country; my guess is that, like Stalin in the wake of the Axis invasion of the USSR, he would fall into a coma-like state, as a result of his inability to reconcile the fact of the disaster with his belief in himself as a sort of secular messiah.