COMMENTARY | Sarah Palin, the most powerful female politician on the planet, took time out from taping her upcoming show on the Sportsman Channel to take the Obama administration to task for its “junior high school diplomacy” on Facebook.
At issue was the ham handed way Secretary of State John Kerry has been dealing with Israel, making an implicit threat about economic boycotts if the Jewish state did not get right with making concessions to the Palestinians. The matter was compounded by former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, the same person who covered herself with such ignominy in the aftermath of the Benghazi Massacre.
“Well, National Security Advisor and former UN Ambassador Susan Rice went on Twitter to chastise Israel for criticizing Kerry! What is this – junior high school diplomacy? What next – using Facebook to ‘unfriend’ Israel? Isn’t it about time for the Obama administration to remember who our friends are and to treat them like friends?”
Palin comes from a rich tradition in American foreign policy that eschews the real politick view that a nation has no friends but rather interests. The Obama administration has gone beyond even that by following a more pernicious tradition, started by Neville Chamberlain, of betraying ones friends and appeasing ones enemies. Of the two approaches, one cannot but conclude that the Palin Doctrine is the far more attractive and, as history has shown, more likely to succeed.
Of course being who she is, her criticism of Obama, Kerry, and Rice is likely to elicit a lot of eye rolling and even spittle producing rage from the left and from some parts of the Republican establishment. It would not be because of the substance of what she said. Palin could announce the cleanliness is next to godliness, that the sun rises in the east, and that puppies and kittens are cute and there will be a certain type of person who will scream and leap to the keyboard. Angering that right kind of people is a source of Palin’s considerable power to move opinion and even shape events. Giving the Obama administration the back of her hand for its foreign policy follies will be no different.