Columnist Charles Krauthammer’s Pithy Line of the Year on Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Rhetoric

–Richard E. Vatz

     President Barack Obama’s foreign policy fecklessness, which quality will confound future honest historians, was described in a column today in /The Washington Post/ by Charles Krauthammer.

      In a piece titled “Obama vs. Putin: The mismatch,” Dr. Krauthammer lists a variety of platitudes President Obama has iterated to describe how foreign policy would be conducted in a world of gentlemen who play by the rules of civility, while apparently blithely unaware that we do not live in such a world.

     Krauthammer has for years articulated, as have others, but not as presciently, the inexorable consequences of such weakness in a world wherein some foreign principals do not play by the rules of the Marquess of Queensberry

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     In the op-ed Obama’s quote at the United Nations of five years ago is provided: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”

     At which point Krauthammer makes his devastating, Vatzian award-winning,
interpretive observation: “That’s the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world explaining his foreign policy.”


Prof. Vatz teaches political rhetoric at Towson University and is author of /The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion/ (Kendall Hunt, 2012, 2013).

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