Yesterday, I asked if anyone could identify a specific “Obama Doctrine” in foreign policy, besides the usual Academia dreck about the illegitimacy of American power used in service to the interests of America and liberty around the world. Michael Ramirez, the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoonists at Investors Business Daily, argues that the real Obama Doctrine is jumping on the latest bandwagon — even if it means missing it:
Charles Krauthammer and John Hinderaker both argue that Obama seems to be jumping on the neocon bandwagon after more than four years of attacking the pro-democracy policies of his predecessor, but Obama’s response seems even less coherent than that. Ramirez gets to the heart of it better; the momentum has gone towards overturning autocracies in the Middle East, and Obama can’t seem to make up his mind whether to cheerlead that or back the status quo in a more Scowcroftian manner. Only after the situation appears decided has Obama bothered to commit full-throttle to hope and change, and by that time either the bandwagon has left him in the dust (Libya, whose regime no Western nation had cause to defend even with tacit silence), or Obama overtook because the bandwagon threw a wheel (Egypt, where Obama had much less hesitation in telling a nominal US ally to get out).
The Obama Doctrine seems to be “we’ll make it up as we go along.” One misses a lot of bandwagons that way.
Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.