As ISIS runs amok in Iraq and Syria decapitating Americans and committing genocide, as Libya falls to Islamists, as American, British, and German citizens rush to join up with ISIS and prepare to bring home their savage ways, as Boko Haram slaughters entire African villages, the President of the United States dithers in denial.
You have to wonder if reality has yet caught up with any of Obama’s slavering fan-boys yet.
Hot Air reminds us how, in 2008, gay Trig-Palin Conspiracy Theorist Andrew Sullivan proclaimed that Obama’s face was going to make Muslims like America, and his magical genius would transform the political dynamic in the Middle East, create lasting peace, and raise America’s internal prestige to unprecedented levels of awesome.
What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan. Such a re-branding is not trivial—it’s central to an effective war strategy. The war on Islamist terror, after all, is two-pronged: a function of both hard power and soft power. We have seen the potential of hard power in removing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. We have also seen its inherent weaknesses in Iraq, and its profound limitations in winning a long war against radical Islam. The next president has to create a sophisticated and supple blend of soft and hard power to isolate the enemy, to fight where necessary, but also to create an ideological template that works to the West’s advantage over the long haul. There is simply no other candidate with the potential of Obama to do this. Which is where his face comes in.
Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.
I wonder if this seems as idiotic to Andrew Sullivan now as it did to everyone with an IQ above room temperature in 2008.