President Obama loves the smell of humus in the morning. Smells like ... victory. At least, that seems to be the message resonating from this suddenly imperialistic White House. According to the UK Guardian, "American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement, which is likely to see U.S. troops, spies and air power based in the troubled country for decades."
Meanwhile in Libya, President Obama continues to escalate the conflict, despite the fact that he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution in five days. And in Israel, Obama is attempting to force our ally to come to the negotiation table with a Hamas-backed regime, and to pre-emptively give up all claims to anything beyond the pre-1967 lines, save a few choice areas.
Why Obama's sudden shift from passive-aggressive in the Middle East to aggressive-aggressive? Because he's running out of time.
Desperate to shift Americans' attention from the looming double-dip recession of his own making, President Obama is now attempting to refocus Americans on overseas conflicts. And he's doing so in perfect Clintonian fashion. When President Clinton fell under scrutiny for engaging in illicit acts in the Oval Office, he immediately shifted his focus to militarism across the globe.
Clinton fired off missiles into Afghanistan and Sudan, missing Osama bin Laden but nailing a drug factory. He targeted Israel at Wye River, forcing our ally into concessions from which Israel gained precisely nothing. A few months later, he launched a useless war in Yugoslavia using NATO -- a war in which there was no discernable American interest.
This is the Democratic playbook, and Obama is running it to perfection. When you're stuck on domestic politics, start a war somewhere. When you're stuck on foreign politics, bring forth a major domestic initiative. When you're stuck on both, attack the opposition as racist.
We've already seen the first scenario. Watch as President Obama now attempts to shift focus back to domestic politics by pushing a regulatory regime that "simply can't wait." Whether it's immigration reform or a Wall Street crackdown or global warming, President Obama will attempt to shift American attention away from the foreign sphere with a shiny new policy.