COMMENTARY | Hot Air notes that our current secretary of state, John Kerry, is bemoaning what he regards as the fact that things were so much simpler during the Cold War when all we had to do is worry about the Soviet Union.
Now, of course, there are all sorts of problems, ranging from Russia, China, Iran, Islamist terrorism, and other problem regions and groups.
Kerry is being somewhat simplistic, of course. The Middle East has always been a problem area, for example. More importantly, Kerry was a problem senator, often weighing in on the other side when it came to American/Soviet relations. He fought President Reagan’s efforts to win the Cold War, coming down against SDI and arming the Nicaraguan contras and for the nuclear freeze movement. Now he just seems like an innocent abroad, somewhat confused about the chaos spreading around the world under his boss’s watch.
The problems Kerry points to are symptoms of Obama’s deliberate policy to lower America’s profile in the world and, in effect, manage the decline. The economic malaise still afflicting the United States somewhat limits the country’s ability to grow and assert power. But even if the economy were humming along, the president and his loyal secretary of state seem bent on not doing anything effectively.
Bad actors such as Putin, Bashir Assad, the Iranian mullahs, among others are thus far being given free rein to make mischief, with the only practical consequence being that the Obama regime will admonish them yet again. Any policy that might have some teeth in it is being studiously avoided at all costs.
Clearly the next president is going to have some messes to clean up, both home and abroad. Besides fixing the economy, he or she is going to have restore American power and standing in the world. It will be a long, arduous process. But fortunately we have the example of Ronald Reagan to show us how it can be done and that it can be done.