ON-Lion Letter
President Barack Obama has imprinted his domestic ideology of victimhood onto a therapeutic, Carter-inspired foreign policy, according to Bradley Prize recipient Victor Davis Hanson in a new Encounter Broadside, How the Obama Administration Threatens Our National Security.  In Obama's vision, Hanson writes, the United States renounces its role as a defender of the postwar order and instead becomes an agent of global change -- one that questions our existing system of defense, values, alliances, interests, and commerce.

In tactical terms, Obama believes that his "hope-and-change" rhetoric and non-traditional background give him a moral authority abroad that will trump any inconsistency in U.S. foreign policy.  But regional hegemons like Iran, Russia, and China, Hanson's Broadside notes, will demand even more acquiescence knowing that America will not object or will do nothing to stop them.

"If there is no midcourse steering correction toward a more moderate appreciation of American interests, Obama might find that the people of this country will become disturbed by America's increasingly precarious position in the world and the messianic pretensions of their transnational commander in chief," it concludes.  "If that happens, he could find his campaign slogan reformatted and shouted back at him:  No We Can't; No We Shouldn't."

Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
 
Encounter Broadsides will be a series of chapbooks from Encounter Books that aim to combine an 18th Century sense of political urgency and rhetoric with 21st Century technology and channels of distribution.  It will feature prominent writers on a variety of topical issues in essays of 5,000 to 8,000 words -- long enough to elaborate a case, short enough to be read in a sitting.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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