Not as smart as other people told him he was

From the superb Richard Fernandez:

The Era of Hope and Change has been one prolonged act of suicide. If anyone had said that Obama would manage to alienate Israel and the Philippines, lose Turkey, pay Iran a hundred billion dollars, preside over the loss of a won war in Afghanistan, lose billions of dollars in military equipment to ISIS, watch a consulate burn, restart the Cold War with Russia, cause Japan to re-arm and go the knife’s edge with China would you have believed it? If someone had told you in 2008 millions of refugees would be heading for Europe and that the UK would leave the EU after Obama went there to campaign for them to remain would you not have laughed?

He promised “smart diplomacy” and the restoration of American prestige in the world. How did it come to this?

Incompetence, matched by an arrogance which blinds one from the feedback necessary for correcting one’s errors, is my guess.

Nemesis will follow closely on.

Blogging has been unforgivably light in the past month. A combination of both my time being absorbed in completing my thinking course for launch, and of my not having found much to write about (although that has changed recently). I hope to get back to writing for the blog soon.

 

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About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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