Islamic State In the Levant

A Quote … and an Onion Metaphor

I have my concerns about President Obama's foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There's an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama's policies in the Middle East. Peel away the layers of grave-sounding but vacuous rhetoric, and you're left with almost nothing intellectually nourishing at all.

“I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama’s policies in the Middle East. Peel away the layers of grave-sounding but vacuous rhetoric, and you’re left with almost nothing intellectually nourishing at all.”

Peter Beinart

There really is something to the idea that Republicans have simply lost the plot of their own myth. We might, for instance, ask ourselves just when it became a complaint that a president preferred to understand a situation before sending people to start shooting and bombing and killing?

Just sayin’.

And it is true; we all have our concerns about something President Obama is doing or failing to do. But that is rather quite the way things are supposed to be. Another question we might pause to consider: When did perfection become our expectation?

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