Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy
Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.
Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”
Mr Danzig spelt out the need to change by reading a paragraph from chapter one of the children’s classic, which says: “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs. But sometimes he thinks there really is another way if only he could stop bumping a minute and think about it.”
Well, at least we now know the makeup of the Obama Cabinet:
I, for one, am hoping Piglet is Press Secretary.
The article goes on to say that Obama’s likely foreign policy is popular with governments in Europe. Of course it is: they’ve spent the last 20 years disarming and now all they can do is suggest everyone sit down over bread, honey, and tea, and have a good chat so that all that troubles us will go away. As pointed out in a very good book, the EU is living in a Kantian post-historical dreamworld that leaves them ill-equipped to deal with the reality of a very dangerous world.
And Obama and his NSA-to-be want us to go down the same path with their “Hundred Acre Wood Grand Strategy.”
On the 15th, Christopher Robbin Barack Obama insisted we could go back to a pre-9/11, law-enforcement model of dealing with terrorism, a method we know has failed. While most of us didn’t recognize that failure prior to 9/11, it’s as plain as day in the aftermath, and yet Obama contends that’s the correct way to handle the problem. He also defends the wretched Supreme Court decision in Boumediene, while his ally John Kerry seemed to say that Osama himself would have habeas corpus rights.
Did the Democrats take the wrong exit on the way to reality?
I love fantasy literature, but I prefer my presidents and their key advisors to take their cues from serious works written by educated adults, not the “Cat in the Hat Guide to Foreign Affairs.”