Fred Hiatt is the Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Post. Normally Fred has an easy job. Debbie Wasserman Schultz faxes the Democratic National Committee’s talking points and he polishes them a little in the name of “fair use” and prints it.
On Saturday Fred was apparently drinking because here’s the start of his Editorial .
This may be the most surprising of President Obama’s foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.
He goes on to note that when disasters have befallen people, as in Darfur with millions starving, America came to the rescue. No more.
More than a quarter-million have been killed. Yet the “Save Darfur” signs have not given way to “Save Syria.”
One reason is that Obama — who ran for president on the promise of restoring the United States’ moral stature — has constantly reassured Americans that doing nothing is the smart and moral policy.
Mr. Hiatt walks through the moral bankruptcy of the past seven years, reminding us of the insanity of withdrawing troops from Iraq so he could stir up his base while turning the region over to ISIS.
And then there was the US pushing for an overthrow in Syria and standing back and doing nothing while half of Syria became homeless.
Here’s how Hiatt wraps up his Editorial, and what should be the judgment of history on the shameful presidency of Barack Obama.
Yes, the nation’s outrage over the decades has been uneven, at times hypocritical, at times self-serving.
But there also has been something to be admired in America’s determination to help — to ask, even if we cannot save everyone in Congo, can we not save some people in Syria? Obama’s successful turning of that question on its head is nothing to be proud of.
There has been nothing done by Barack Obama, from the foreign policy disasters outlined by Hiatt to complete destruction of race relations in the US, to be proud of.
Unless you’re Michelle Obama.
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