by John Hawkins | November 3, 2008 11:27 am
Over at the Daily Telegraph, Piers Akerman asks,
Some people who have had the opportunity to meet Obama during the campaign have told me they are concerned what a Democrat victory will mean for Australia.
They say in conversation he showed an extraordinary naivete about economics, one describing his views as Cuban circa 1960; his foreign policy outlook was very ’70s Eurocentric; and it was also pointed out that in his foreign policy statement he made no reference to Australia’s role in future schemes.
Further, it was noted that the Democratic Party leans towards greater protectionism and is well behind the ALP in its thinking on globalisation and the trade implications of modern technology.
This column comes out a day after Democratic Congressman Jerrod Nadler said of Russia,
“So let ’em invade Georgia. It’s right next to them.”
Here’s what allies of America need to understand if Obama wins tomorrow.
Barack Obama is a creature of the far left wing and thus, he’s pacifistic; he puts minimal value on freedom around the world, and being a staunch ally of America over the last few years means little to him.
In other words, unless we’re talking about going into some third world hellhole where America’s interests aren’t at stake or firing a few missiles at a rogue nation because his poll numbers are dropping, Obama isn’t interested in using our military. In other words, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, etc., etc. — you are on your own for the next four years. If the Big Bad Wolf comes knocking on your door, Obama is more likely to hand him a napkin and ask him to sit down for a spot of tea after he eats you — than to help.
Moreover, even after Obama is happily out of the White House, because of our rising national debt, the fact that NATO is little more than a hollow shell, how poorly the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq has gone, and because of American anger at the world’s reaction to our invasion of Iraq, isolationism is going to be much more in vogue on the right.
In other words, for good or ill — and I suspect for ill, America is likely to be much less willing to come to the aid of an ally in need.
So, America’s allies: I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you’re on your own. My best advice would be to hope the bad guys in the world, Russia, China, Iran, etc, haven’t quite grasped this yet or will be slow to react and that their tardiness will give you time to develop the capability to properly defend yourself.
For nations like Japan, that might mean building up your conventional forces. For nations like Poland, that might mean forming protective military alliances with the other former satellite states around Russia. For nations like Taiwan and South Korea, it may mean building nuclear weapons.
That’s not a message a lot of people are going to want to hear, either here in the US, in the countries affected, or even in Europe where they love to look down their noses at the U.S. while they silently hope we’ll do the dirty work they don’t have the guts to do.
However, it’s the new reality of the world…
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