Just when you thought you’d heard it all…
The Obama White House insists they’re not indecisive or lazy-
They’re practicing “Strategic Patience” by leading from behind.
Via Ben Shapiro
Today Strategic Patience brought us news of the death of American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller.
More BS from the Worst President Ever.
Foreign Policy reported:
This story has been updated with details from the White House strategy document.
Critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy have for years assailed his administration for responding too slowly to crises ranging from Syria to Russia. In a far-reaching blueprint released Friday that outlines the administration’s worldview, the White House insisted the United States is leading the global effort to confront challenges in a deliberate manner described as “strategic patience.”
The National Security Strategy, required by U.S. law, is intended to set the direction for the administration and communicate American intent to lawmakers, the public, and the world. It is Obama’s second such strategy, and likely last, before he leaves office in early 2017.
It aims to rebut criticism that he has consistently waited too long to respond to challenges like the rise of the Islamic State and Moscow’s military aggression in Ukraine, allowing the problems to worsen while his administration debated ways to act. And it represents a defiant defense of Obama’s leadership.
A White House summary of the strategy, released in tandem with the overall plan, repeatedly highlights the administration’s intent to lead — in partnerships, with military power, and “with a long-term perspective, influencing the trajectory of major shifts in the security landscape today in order to secure our national interests in the future.” That is a clear pushback to lawmakers, policy experts, and prominent U.S. journalists who have lambasted the White House for “leading from behind” — a catchphrase that the administration itself once used to describe the U.S. role in a 2011 coalition bombing campaign in Libya, but has since become shorthand for being too passive in global crises.
Friday’s strategy essentially is the written product of what the White House has all along argued is in the U.S.’ best interests: Carefully constructed security plans that consider all options before getting ensnared in risky and potentially open-ended conflicts. It makes the case for Obama as a prudent president who was ever mindful of possible future risks rather than an overly cautious one unwilling to act aggressively in the nation’s defense.
Obama introduces the new strategy by arguing that although the United States remains the strongest global military and economic power its influence is not without limits.
The United States should not “attempt to dictate the trajectory of all unfolding events around the world,” Obama wrote. “As powerful as we are and will remain, our resources and influence are not infinite.” Further, the president wrote, “the challenges we face require strategic patience and persistence.”
Obama just made Jimmy Carter’s famous Malaise Speech his official foreign policy.