Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Leading From Behind (The Desk)

I laughed. I cried. I cried some more. By the end of reading The New Yorker's article "The Consequentialist" I was already thinking up ways to destroy the earth. Alas, I could only guarantee that three fifths of the world's population would be wiped out, leaving a full two fifths of the world to survive something more horrible than being eaten alive by rabid marmosets (that's what I came up with): living out the rest of Obama's term. I linked the quote below, but you can save yourself some stupidity-through-osmosis by not reading the whole thing. Here's the notable quote anyway...
"Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It’s a different definition of leadership than America is known for, and it comes from two unspoken beliefs: that the relative power of the U.S. is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the U.S. is reviled in many parts of the world. Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and modesty as well as military strength. “It’s so at odds with the John Wayne expectation for what America is in the world,” the adviser said. “But it’s necessary for shepherding us through this phase.”"
That's right, leading from behind. You see, even though Obama is stupid, naive, arrogant, a terrible dancer and too cowardly to actually stand behind anything even resembling a "doctrine", the media, university professors and barristas are going to celebrate everything he does as if it was the right thing to do. Of course I do sort of agree with one part. If we are going to be shepherded (Sheesh, "shepherded"? Really?) through a new phase of second place-ism and diminished expectations with a loss of liberties, what better person to lead us from behind than Barack Hussein Obama? It's ok if you cry. That's what Obama would do.


  1. 2nd Place usually gets a pretty cool trophy, so maybe it'll all be OK.

  2. "Leading from behind" is an appropriate phrase, since he has everything all assed up.