COMMENTARY | It is customary for the commander in chief to deliver the commencement address at one of the service academies each year. This year it was the turn of the Military Academy at West Point. The reaction was decidedly unimpressed.
Indeed, according to the Daily Caller, CNN reported that the reception by the newly minted second lieutenants was “icy.”
Hot Air suggests that the president placed himself firmly in the middle between crazy people who want to militarily intervene everywhere and craven people who want to withdraw from the world entirely. The problem is that these extremes largely do not exist. Not even John McCain is in favor of invading the entire world. The closest we have to a 1930s style isolationist, Ron Paul, voted in favor of invading Afghanistan, albeit largely because he had no choice as the ruins of 9/11 were still smoldering.
But the most off putting part of the speech, according to RealClearPolitics, is the revelation that the president was against American exceptionalism before he was for it. “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”
It would be interesting to find out when President Obama came by this belief. He was infamous for sneering at American exceptionalism, even making a reference of “Greek exceptionalism.” This disdain colored a lot of his policy, ranging from his enthusiastic bug out of Iraq, which resulting in losing the peace that was so hard won under his predecessor, to cancelling the Constellation return to the moon program, plunging NASA into chaos.
It looks like American troops are going to linger in Afghanistan for a while, training Afghans and making targeted strikes against terrorists in that eternally troubled country. This has Obama’s erstwhile supporters yelping. Did he not promise that all American troops would be out by 2014? But of course every promise by this president has an expiration date, though this one needed to be set aside and forgotten.