Emmett Tyrrell

And so the government of the United States has put its foreign policy in the steady hands of President Vladimir Putin, and the KGB Americans from coast to coast are breathing a sigh of relief. In Congress, the left and the right and those in between are relieved. In recent months, it has become abundantly clear that the president of the United States is not up to the task. He would rather lecture us on domestic issues, such as how to run up trillions of dollars of debt. Then he would like to work on his golf game -- do you recall how our elites laughed and laughed when the former Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe, then the Supreme Commander of NATO, and finally the two-term president of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower, played golf?

Now our foreign policy is in the hands of true professionals. The KGB has a spotty record on human rights, but everyone says they are pros at handling the realities of power. In fact, in yesteryear when they had real power they were -- you will remember the term -- "prudent."

Oh, yes. It would probably be better to have the foreign policy of our country residing in the hands of an American professional, say, Henry Kissinger. But Henry has limited time these days and besides his power base is compromised. He has many Republicans on his side, but the American left has never been a big fan of Henry's. Besides, over the last few weeks Putin has shown that he has the will and the agility to run foreign policy for his country as well as ours, or at least ours when the president is Barack Obama, a man who before coming to the White House had been a part-time United States senator for four years, a state senator for three terms, and -- most spectacularly -- a community organizer. Naturally his experience in foreign policy has been a little thin.

In welcoming Putin's takeover of American foreign policy I do not mean to imply that we Americans have become isolationist. I think most of us recognize that America has responsibilities throughout the world. People in other lands depend on us. The weak depend on us. Yet, there is a split among Americans as to the nature of those responsibilities, and during this respite from foreign policy we will have time to sort out what we want to do after President Obama retires. Will we be following the goody-goody left and stick our noses into every human rights unpleasantness, possibly with some high-level bombing as in Kosovo in years gone by? Then bug out? Will we lecture the world on shaky pieties as Secretary of State Jean-Francois Kerry has done? Or will we act in a measured fashion, employing diplomacy, and perhaps the military, where we are welcome or where we can make a difference?


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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