Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments. ~Frederick the Great
Here we go.
Obama’s off to a tough start. His pick for Treasury Secretary has lost his moral authority, Leon Panetta has no experience in a field which is incredibly complex and has immediate and powerful consequences.
Israel–whatever Obama decides is the proper course of action in Gaza– will remain a country that strongly divides Obama’s own constituents; Many liberal Jews for instance support Israel’s actions, while the “War is Never the Answer” crowd despise Israel.
Russia will continue to test the world’s limits, seeking an identity that convinces its people that the years between 1965 and 1990 were the Good ‘Ol Days. Every failing culture has to remember the Good ‘Ol Days, because the Right Now Days are bitter and it’s too painful to admit one’s own guilt.
Our southern neighbor, Mexico, teeters on the verge of collapse, and is getting little media attention. Narco-terrorists, governmental corruption and impending finacial disaster have colluded to bring down a country that was once considerd hopeful.
International terrorism, or more plainly put–the global jihadist movement–will continue to threaten the United States, and even more so–Europe. Europe is still slumbering after a half-decade of American military protection. Under Obama’s term, I believe that we will witness several major attacks against Europe from Islamist extremists.
Then there’s the economy…
All of the finger pointers can’t hide. The world knows who you are, because you’ve trumpeted your message for so long and with so much hyperbolic vitriol. Those who blamed Bush for their plugged toilets and burnt toast will soon get a firm dose of reality. The world is a bad place, and when one takes the seat of the toughest job in the world, it all comes caving in on you. The finger pointers will lie, they’ll try to hide, they’ll make excuses for what happens to America and the world over the next 4-8 years. That won’t change the truth.
So this new world–which bears a striking resemblance to the same world I’ve lived in for 37 years–is now Obama’s to manage. The near-impotent State Department will continue to put on a smart charade, to which ultra-leftists can applaud. But in the end, only the strong survive.