National Security: We're "not just" Americans, says our new secretary of state, but "citizens of the world." And globalism comes before "protecting the country from catastrophic attack," says our top general.
Barack Obama apparently got his foreign policy thinking not from anything he learned at Columbia or Harvard (where we still don't know his grades), but from noted diplomats Lionel Richie and the late Michael Jackson.
"We Are the World" was their 1985 Live Aid anthem to raise money to fight famine in Ethiopia — much of which ended up in the pockets of dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam and his army.
"Change can only come when we stand together as one," the song declared, which sounds a lot like the "Change We Can Believe In" rhetoric of Obama's campaigning.
It took more than a quarter century, but this infantile pop-star fantasizing has finally risen up the charts to the highest levels of military and diplomatic power.
According to Obama's new secretary of state, 2004's ill-fated Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, speaking to staff at the U.S. Embassy in London on Monday: "We are not just, though we are proudly, citizens of the United States of America; we are also Citizens of the World."
The next day, during his first trip abroad as secretary, Kerry — infamous for throwing his Vietnam military medals onto the steps of the U.S. Capitol over 40 years ago — spoke to students in Berlin.
To these youths who undoubtedly subsist on an information diet of Euromedia-produced anti-Americanism, he quipped that "in America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be ... I think that's something worth fighting for."
Kerry managed to be the Ugly American and the Dumb American simultaneously, and the youths duly guffawed.
Beyond mere talk, at the Pentagon the right of a taxpayer-salaried Citizen of the World to be stupid is fully deployed under the guidance of the Obama administration.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff were traditionally supposed to advise the president on the nation's defenses.
After the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Pentagon structural reform, however, the Joint Chiefs chairman gained substantial independent power, and now often tends to be indistinguishable from a civilian presidential appointee in viewpoint.
On Jan. 31, Obama's Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey gave Coast Guard cadets the full Obama line: There are four "national interests" now guiding the military. And in that ranking, "our contribution to the stability of the global economic system" comes before our armed forces' duty "to protect the country from a catastrophic attack."
And if that's not dumb enough for you, in the House of Representatives, Democrats want to establish a new federal "Department of Peacebuilding" Cabinet-level bureaucracy, featuring a "Secretary of Peacebuilding" who would sit on the National Security Council.
Presumably, during NSC meetings at the White House, he or she would point out that planned U.S. military attacks would not be very peaceful.
According to extreme left-wing Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., however, the Peacebuilding department wouldn't just scale down U.S. military actions abroad but would enjoy jurisdiction domestically, going after school bullies and preventing cruelty against animals.
It would even set up a "peace academy" modeled after West Point and Annapolis.
Maybe President Obama will put the federal Peace bureaucracy in charge of domestic drones, which could shoot flowers at their surveillance targets.
Between defending stupidity rights, a military busy defending globalism rather than homeland terrorism, and designing a new Department of Peacebuilding, it's hard to see how Uncle Sam can survive this Friday's sequester of 3% in automatic spending cuts.
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