Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rex on the fallen obamessiah

bo is not the chosen one anymore. He is not a leader. rex sums him up very well


Rex Murphy: When crisis strikes the world, Obama falls silent

There’s a great vacancy at the top of the world: A retreat by the American government from its global leadership role.

From the end of the First World War right up until about a year ago, there could be no gainsaying the predominant role of the United States in the world, the product of its economic and military power, and its active, however spotty, promotion of the core concepts of liberty and democracy. The tired metaphor of the United States as a beacon to the oppressed has been no less true for all its fatigue. Similarly, the style, vigour and continuously innovative broad popular culture of the United States has proved to be a benign contagion to the young of the world, meaning that America also has had an enormous secondary or “soft” influence on the great events and broad currents of an always changing and dangerous globe.

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