As a candidate for the U.S. presidency, Barack Obama touted himself to foreign audiences as a "citizen of the world." As President, Mr. Obama is determined to make sure we are such citizens, too.
The President's serial apologies, bowing and pandering to various unsavory international leaders has gained the most notoriety for his policy approach - giving rise to this column's characterization of the "Obama Doctrine" as: "Emboldening our enemies; undermining our friends; and diminishing our country."
More worrisome are myriad other steps largely being taken out of the public eye. Particularly when such actions are taken together, they will have the effect of institutionalizing the core notion behind Mr. Obama's brand of what his top international lawyer (and prospective future Supreme Court nominee), State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh, calls "transnationalism": A new world order in which the United States is simply one nation among many, subject to a higher - if utterly unaccountable - authority.
Many of these changes involve the secular strain of this phenomenon and its holy of holies, the United Nations. Team Obama has made a point of building up the UN at American expense by: legitimating the organization at every turn; deferring to one lowest-common-denominator consensus after another - no matter how inconsistent they might be with U.S. positions and interests; and joining discredited entities like UNESCO and the Human Rights Council.
For example, as the indispensable investigative reporter Claudia Rosett noted in her Forbes.com column last week, the Obama administration has seen fit to submit "its own special selection of domestic policies and laws for review by the U.N. Human Rights Council, whose 47 members include such tyrannies as Saudi Arabia, Libya, Cuba and China."
Under the quintessential "transie" rubric of creating "a more perfect union" in "a more perfect world," this 29-page report is meant to demonstrate the United States' exemplary role in building transnationalism. Specifically, Mr. Obama's team evidently hopes the virulently anti-American UN council will weigh in during its scheduled November 5 review of the American human rights record on an internal constitutional matter: Whether the State of Arizona violated such rights by trying to enforce federal immigration law - a step the report notes with barely implied criticism has "generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world."
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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