"If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see farther into the future." – Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under Bill Clinton
It is a judgment on Barack Obama's timorous, apologetic, irresponsible and ultimately anti-American conduct of foreign affairs that Madeleine Albright's words, spoken little more than 15 years ago, now sound as antique as a pronouncement by Harry Truman at the onset of the Cold War, the great challenge America confronted bravely and without equivocation a generation ago. While Obama has quoted this statement repeatedly to hide his real disdain for his country, he has set in motion policies meant to make America far from indispensable — a diminished nation that "leads from behind" if at all; a nation with a downsized military that is chronically uncertain about its meaning and its mission as it skulks in the wings of the world stage.
Albright's statement was made about Iraq when Democrats were still supporting their country's confrontation with its sadistic dictator Saddam Hussein, and before they defected from the war shortly after its battles were under way. As a senator, in step with his Democratic colleagues, Obama opposed America's war with Iraq while American troops were still in harms' way, and then opposed the military surge that finally won the victory; as president he presided over the withdrawal of all American forces from Iraq, against the wishes of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who wanted a continuing military presence, paid for with the blood of thousands of American men and women in arms. Obama thus turned that benighted nation over to the malign influences of America's chief enemy in the Middle East, Iran, while betraying every American who gave his or her life for its freedom.