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Obama Worldview Unchanged Since His College Years?

In his latest post at the Washington Examiner, Michael Barone wonders if the President still shares the prevailing attitude in the 1980s of the smart set in the United States that dictatorships thrived in Latin America because they and their corporate backers were “all propped up by the United States.”  That wold certainly help explain his bizarre reaction to events in Honduras where he favors the reinstatement of a president “ousted by the Supreme Court for violating a constitutional provision that forbids any moves to seek a second term.”

Guess he prefers the amorphous ideology of “the people” to the reality of the Honduran constitution.

The president’s worldview,  Barone believes, seems mired in the 1980s: “But some people, including Barack Obama, whose college thesis written in those years has never been made public*, seem stuck in a time warp in which the United States is the bad guy“:

But on foreign policy as his record emerges — as he reverses himself on missile defense and perhaps on Afghanistan — his motivating principle seems rooted in an analysis, common in his formative university years, that America has too often been on the side of the bad guys. The response has been to disrespect those who have been our friends and to bow to our enemies.

It’s Barone, so it goes without saying just read the whole thing.

*Wonder why this supposedly transparent President won’t release that thesis.

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  1. Let us not forget… The President of the US disallowed the Visa of the Honduran President, allowed the Visa of Imadinnerjacket and the former president of Honduras.

    Again, why does President Obama hate free people?

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 23, 2009 @ 12:09 pm - September 23, 2009

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  3. I’m beginning to wonder if Obama is insane. Everything he believes – from “climate change” to “Israel is as bad as the Palestinians” to “socialized medicine” to “I (Obama) am a Great Healer” – is flat-out wrong. It would all be senseless, if it were not all centered around 2 concepts: the idea that America is awul, and the idea that he (Obama) is awesome.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 23, 2009 @ 1:49 pm - September 23, 2009

  4. The notion that most of the dictatorships that plagued Latin America were propped up by the United States was not simply some “analysis”. It was obvious, irrefutable fact.

    And when is it that you are going to come to grips with the fact that Obama’s position against the military coup is not a position that he holds alone, nor that he holds only with leftists leaders. It is a position held by ALL leaders in the hemisphere, including the conservatives.

    It is a pretty basic notion in empirical analysis – you need to pitch your explanation at the same scale that the phenomenon exists. If 100 people react the same way to a certain event, you dont focus on one person and wonder why they reacted that way. You look at all 100 and seek to find the common explanation for why they all reacted the same. The question in not primarily why Obama took the position he did on Honduras, but why ALL governments took that position.

    Comment by Tano — September 23, 2009 @ 2:11 pm - September 23, 2009

  5. Barone can sure put together a good almanac, I’ll say that about him. His political analysis pieces however, always struck me as mean-spirited, unoriginal, and throughly mediocre. I think of him as the idiot-savant of American politics.

    Just look at the incoherence in the passage you quote.
    “as he reverses himself on missile defense and perhaps on Afghanistan — his motivating principle seems rooted in an analysis, common in his formative university years,”

    What does this mean? He hasn’t changed his worldview since his college years, and to prove his point, Barone points to instances where he “reverses” himself?

    And how on earth can the missile redeployment be seen as “bowing to our enemies”? Our enemy that the missile defense system is focused on is Iran. The change in the defense system is reflective of a changed assessment of Iranian capabilities.

    How on earth does Barone imagine that this change can be attributed to a view that America was on the “side of the bad guys”??? This is absolutely incoherent.

    Comment by Tano — September 23, 2009 @ 2:33 pm - September 23, 2009

  6. Obama won’t release his college thesis because it will reveal him to be an idiot. The main reason his supporters gave for voting for him despite his complete lack of achievements was his intellect. Apparently he’s amazing and a genius and he got there all through his intellect and that’s why he’ll magically make everything better. As long as he keeps his high school and college transcripts secret that illusion can be maintained. Remember when it turned out that Bush did better than Kerry in both college and Army tests.

    Comment by Lisette — September 23, 2009 @ 2:38 pm - September 23, 2009

  7. Tano, let me try two names on you Israel, Taiwan.

    Now that we’ve debunked *again* your lie that everyone in the Hemisphere has condemned the rightful actions of the constitutional government, will you admit it?

    Oh and while your at it, your hero Dhimmy Carter took time off from his race bating and Jew hating to insinuate that we organized the coup attempt in Honduras. So tell me. Why do you hate free people?

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - September 23, 2009

  8. And just to add, that’s the northern hemisphere, and Eastern and western.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 23, 2009 @ 3:05 pm - September 23, 2009

  9. Why do you hate free people?

    For the same reason all leftists hate free people; people who have freedom might think differently, and make different choices, than he would allow them to make.

    Comment by V the K — September 23, 2009 @ 3:23 pm - September 23, 2009

  10. ‘Now that we’ve debunked *again* your lie that everyone in the Hemisphere has condemned the rightful actions of the constitutional government, will you admit it?”

    I love this site – I learn so much about the world. Like, for instance, that Israel and Taiwan are in the Western Hemisphere.
    Who knew?

    Oh – hey, I just saw your later comment. Har har – you are a riot Livewire.
    That was pretty funny. I guess I should gracefully accept that you concede the point.

    Now, can you speculate as to exactly why it is that all governments in our hemisphere have taken the same position as Obama?
    Hey, maybe you can borrow ILC’s standard explanation of the world – that everyone that disagrees with him is a racist fascist, even the ones that profess to be conservatives.

    Comment by Tano — September 23, 2009 @ 4:29 pm - September 23, 2009

  11. that’s the northern hemisphere, and Eastern and western.

    Leaving the “south + square root of minus 1″ hemisphere. The Tanosphere ;-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 23, 2009 @ 5:10 pm - September 23, 2009

  12. Hey, maybe you can borrow ILC’s standard explanation of the world

    Hey, maybe Tano can learn to be honest, sometime. You know – rather than misrepresenting people, or doing other forms of lying. Stranger things have happened!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 23, 2009 @ 5:12 pm - September 23, 2009

  13. I had a response to this comment from the libtard Tano.

    Fact is the only one who has usurped power is Ahmanutjob.

    As for the L-I-C, he suffers from narcissism (same as Hitler). He has these grandiose ideas of his own self worth. Also, people have conspired to tell lies about his intellect and his college records.

    Comment by thestraightaussie — September 23, 2009 @ 5:12 pm - September 23, 2009

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  15. Ok, I understand now. Tano doesn’t understand geography or the constitution.

    Western Hemisphere See how Europe is part of the Western Hemisphere? See how the EU has backed down on punishing the country for following its constitution? See how Panama said they’d accept the results of the november election? So there goes your Western Hemisphere.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 23, 2009 @ 9:42 pm - September 23, 2009

  16. Now, can you speculate as to exactly why it is that all governments in our hemisphere have taken the same position as Obama?

    [Citation STILL Needed]

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 23, 2009 @ 9:52 pm - September 23, 2009

  17. “Tano doesn’t understand geography”

    Clearly not. Lets all sit quietly and learn from Livewire.

    “See how Europe is part of the Western Hemisphere?”

    Oh, you mean Israel and Taiwan are part of Europe??? Wow. this is getting better. I shure dint lurn this kinda ritewing geography in publik skool.

    And no, you cant even read the map very well. Using the meridional definition of hemispheres, a very small percentage of Europe is in the West – only that part west of Greenwich.
    And neither the EU, nor Panama, have changed their view that the coup was illegal. At least you havent shown that.

    Comment by Tano — September 23, 2009 @ 9:57 pm - September 23, 2009

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  19. Still waiting for your citation of facts, Tano.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 23, 2009 @ 11:25 pm - September 23, 2009

  20. And while you’re gathering your roll call of these leaders of ALL nations, perhaps you can also come up with an explanation of how this supposed popular opinion trumps Honduran law?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 24, 2009 @ 1:12 am - September 24, 2009

  21. Poor Tano, won’t even admit when there are facts presented in front of him.

    Tano, why do you hate free people?

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 24, 2009 @ 8:16 am - September 24, 2009

  22. Tano wants to know your definition of FREE! Like Cuba free health care, free rice cookers, lots of free time…..

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — September 24, 2009 @ 11:07 am - September 24, 2009

  23. International Consensus always trumps individual state rights TGC.

    Just ask Poland, circa 1939.

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 24, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - September 24, 2009

  24. The thing that makes me so crazy, is that in their view, the “bad guys” are the evil corporations that want to pay workers less than they “ought” to, but the good guys are the dicatators and tyrants who want to take freedom away from their citizens. You are guaranteed a job, but no freedom. What?

    This past month we’ve seen Obama in Poland, Honduras, and addressing the UN, screw freedom loving “little guys”, the people of those nations, in favor of those who would be their tyrants.

    It just boggles the imagination.

    Comment by plutosdad — September 25, 2009 @ 9:35 am - September 25, 2009

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